Age UK Portsmouth Joining Forces with Friends Volunteer

Opportunity

This is an exciting opportunity to be a part of the Age UK Portsmouth Befriending Service. Age UK Portsmouth is a successful and independent charity that has been caring for vulnerable and isolated older people in Portsmouth and the local area for over 75 years. Age UK Portsmouth is delighted to have been able to launch our new Joining Forces with Friends service, having recently been awarded funding from the Covenant Fund as part of the Armed Forces Covenant. Joining Forces with Friends provides free befriending support to lonely or isolated military veterans and their dependants in Portsmouth and the surrounding area.

Skills

The aim of the Joining Forces with Friends service is to help older veterans stay independent and have greater confidence by providing friendly social contact, support and companionship. We will carry out an assessment with each veteran to discuss their needs, desires and personal goals so that we can provide the best match with one of our trained volunteers. Our volunteer befrienders will provide anything from chatting about service life or the ‘good old days’, to helping someone feel more confident using technology, to going out for a walk or to the shops, or introducing people to clubs or other social activities. Personal Qualities Most Suited to Role: • The ability to communicate effectively with a wide variety of people at all levels • The ability to be patient and have understanding in difficult circumstances • An understanding and empathy towards the needs of older people • Good interpersonal and listening skills


Details

  • Suitable for under 18s
  • DBS check required
  • Training provided
    Training regarding AUKP policies and procedures will be provided.
  • Volunteer policy
  • Covered by insurance
  • Expenses reimbursed
  • Equal opportunities policy
  • Written role description
  • Accessibility
  • Volunteer induction
  • Ongoing support
  • Health and safety policy

Availability

When: 27/04/2017 - 01/12/2017

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Location

Working from home

This opportunity is based upon working from home.


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