Befriender

Hope Magherafelt

Hours

1 hr a week
Minimum Commitment 6 months

Where we are

Hope Magherafelt Office
10a Broad Street
Magherafelt
BT45 6EA

About the Volunteer Opportunity

As a charity we are looking for dedicated volunteers who can give approximately one hour a week to support those in our local community who are at risk of social isolation and loneliness. As a Befriender you will offer support and companionship. This is a flexible role that gives the volunteer opportunity to help people by talking to them on phone or taking them out for a walk, meeting for a coffee and engaging them in other social activity, all with the purpose of engaging them in conversation, building confidence and reconnecting them into community life.

Volunteering happens within the Magherafelt area and may require driving to meet clients for a walk or to take them for coffee. It may also involve the volunteer picking the client up and transporting them in their car if they are unable to drive (only if the volunteer is agreeable to do so).

Open to anyone over 18, male and female, working, retired.

  • Compassionate, friendly and welcoming.
  • Honest, reliable and committed.
  • Respectful and non judgmental.
  • Good listening and communication skills.
  • Passion for helping others.
  • Able to offer empathy in difficult situations but recognising you are not fixer of problems.
  • Able to work within boundaries and follow charity guidelines.
  • Offer privacy/confidentiality.
  • Willingness to share your Christian Faith and offer prayer.
 

On expression of interest a volunteer application form will be emailed for completion and return. On return references will be processed and Support worker will follow up with a 121 phone call/meeting to talk through interests, availability, etc and check Access NI documentation. Once all this is in order a half day induction training is available to help prepare volunteer for their role, covering topics such as boundaries, confidentiality and safeguarding awareness. Once a match has been arranged ongoing contact and support is available from Support Worker with regular meeting of befrienders organised.

About the Organisation

Hope Magherafelt are a local charity based in Magherafelt and are part of the Trussell Trust foodbank network within the UK. Magherafelt Foodbank are now part of the charity Hope Magherafelt.

Our heart is to feed those in poverty while also helping to address the underlying root cause of the crisis families and individuals find themselves in.

We are based in Magherafelt, Northern Ireland. The aim of the charity is to ‘help transform the lives of those in need – by giving them Hope ‘. We want to do this by providing practical support to those in poverty and helping them tackle the root causes.

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Register your interest

Volunteers may be required to complete an Access NI disclosure for some volunteering roles.  A criminal record will not necessarily be a bar to obtaining a volunteer position.