Befriender - Care Home Cosham

Edinburgh House is a residential care home in Cosham. We have approximately 30 residents, all of whom have dementia or severe memory loss.

We are looking for volunteers to support and assist the care teams who look after our residents, some of whom receive no visitors and loneliness is a  problem. Reminiscing, reading and chatting can help to improve the quality of life for our residents. This is a rewarding role that can be fun as well as challenging, and you can make a difference to the lives of vulnerable people.

Could you spare a few hours on a regular basis between 10am and 7pm?

Good experience for someone thinking of going into care work, hospital work, or anyone with a caring nature and some free time! Could you make a difference and make a positive contribution to your community?

Application Forms are also available from Portsmouth Together at Central Library.


Good communication skills and a pleasant manner. Patience and a sense of humour are essential. Good team player. Committed and reliable.

An understanding of dementia would be an advantage but don't worry as training will be provided.

A DBS check and 2 references are required as all our residents are considered to be vulnerable & this is a legal requirement as residential homes are registered providers with CQC.  There is no charge for the DBS check.


  • Accessibility
  • Over 18s
  • DBS check required
  • Suitable for Under 18's
  • Training provided
  • Volunteers covered by insurance

When can I volunteer?

Start Date: 02/10/2017

End Date: 15/09/2019

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Availability Details

Please be aware initial meetings and inductions normally happen during the working week from Monday to Friday. However volunteering can be done at weekends and early evenings.


Edinburgh House
Sundridge Close

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