Information & Support for Carers in Kirklees

Tel: 0300 012 0231  |  Email: [email protected]

Volunteering Opportunities

 

Becoming a Befriender

We asked our Carers what they would find most beneficial to them and they said:

  • Someone who would listen to them
  • Someone to offload to 
  • A change in conversation

The Befriender Role

You can volunteer as a befriender! As carers very often neglect time to themselves or lose out on social interaction a befriender aims to change this. 

As a befriender you may:

  • encourage them to take up hobbies they may have neglected or have an interest in
  • be a friendly face
  • be a person they can offload to
  • link them to other support available through Carers Count projects.

How much time do I need to give? 

  • This is flexible, our current befrienders tend to offer a few hours a week.
  • Carers Count would prefer it if you could fulfil a befriender role giving a few hours of your time a week for a minimum of 6 weeks.
  • You can also become a befriender to more than one person - the choice is up to you!

Will I be provided with training?

  • YES! Inhouse training is provided which covers listening skills, information and advice, befriending and boundaries. 

What skills and qualifications do I need?

No qualifications are necessary but there are various skills we require a befriender to have:

Essential:

  • Trustworthy
  • Reliable
  • Empathy
  • Committed
  • Honesty
  • Caring
  • Patient
  • Good sense of humour

Who do I contact?

Volunteering Kirklees can be contacted through calling 01484 519053

Call in to the volunteer centre at:
8 Upperhead Row,
Huddersfield,

HD1 2JN
(By the bus station) 

Opening hours: Monday- Thursday 10am-3pm