Befriender - Sheltered Housing

Bresler House is a sheltered housing accommodation scheme in Paulsgrove. Some of our residents live completely independently but many others have various support needs. We have a shared common room where our residents are encouraged to come together to socialise and take part in activities such as crafts, reminiscence, quizzes and board games.

We are looking for help to tackle the problem of loneliness amongst our residents, through the use of volunteer befrienders. This works by assigning a befriender to each resident who may not receive regular visitors or where loneliness is a problem. They will provides friendly conversation and companionship. Reminiscing, reading and chatting can help to improve the quality of life for our residents, both in the communal room and in their own homes. This is a rewarding role that can be fun as well as challenging, and where you can make a difference.

Are you able to make a positive contribution to your community?

This would be good experience for someone thinking of going into care work or anyone with a caring nature and some free time!

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


Good communication skills

Good listener

Patient and caring nature.

Be committed and reliable.




  • Accessibility
  • DBS check required
  • Training provided
  • Volunteers covered by insurance

When can I volunteer?

Start Date: 10/01/2018

End Date: 10/01/2020

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Availability Details

A DBS check and reference are required as many of our residents are considered to be vulnerable. There is no charge for the DBS check. Please be aware initial meetings and inductions normally happen during the working week from Monday to Friday. However you can volunteer on weekends and early evenings.


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