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:
- Good sense of humour
Who do I contact?
Volunteering Kirklees can be contacted through calling 01484 519053
Call in to the volunteer centre at:
12 New Street,
Opening hours: Monday- Thursday 10am-3pm
We are also at Dewsbury Library on the first Thursday of the month from 10am to 1pm, please drop-in to see us!