Befriender for the Royal Air Forces Association - Pill

Royal Air Forces Association

Name: Befriender for the Royal Air Forces Association - Pill
Organisation: Royal Air Forces Association
Location: Pill
Type: Part Time
Befriender volunteers are asked to commit to: - One day of initial training, which is provided free of charge and for which travel expenses will be reimbursed. - As much time as you can offer to the role. Each visit to a beneficiary would be around one to two hours, or more if desired by both parties, this can be either a short or long term support package.

Description

The Befriender role is at the heart of the RAF Association’s objectives in delivering welfare support to members of the RAF family requiring it.

The aim of the Befriender role is to help alleviate isolation and loneliness, by giving time to listen to people either in person or over the phone and to encourage communication on a shared interest or topic, to ensure that the beneficiary remains part of the community and feels socially connected.

The role of a Befriender is varied and could involve helping out with practical tasks such as driving someone to a doctor’s appointment, it could simply involve a cup of tea and a chat or it could be to accompany them to their first meeting of an interest group in their community.

Timing expectation:

Befriender volunteers are asked to commit to:
- One day of initial training, which is provided free of charge and for which travel expenses will be reimbursed.
- As much time as you can offer to the role. Each visit to a beneficiary would be around one to two hours, or more if desired by both parties, this can be either a short or long term support package.

The aim of the Befriender role is to help alleviate isolation and loneliness, by giving time to listen to people and to encourage communication on a shared interest or topic.

Volunteer opportunities available in Clevedon, Weston-super-Mare and Pill.

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Organisation Description

The RAF Association is one of the leading providers of welfare assistance to the RAF family, providing support to serving and veteran RAF personnel and their families. Our vision is to ensure that their sacrifice does not result in suffering, poverty, loneliness or isolation.

Although we can trace our history back to 1918 (when a number of squadrons and unit associations were formed by those who served as a way to stay in touch), the RAF Association was officially founded in 1943 and is incorporated by Royal Charter, which Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II granted to the Association in 1952.

Today, the RAF Association has over 74,000 members and over 400 branches, and provides a number of services and initiatives that, in 2018, supported 85,000 members of the RAF family who required emotional, physical, mental and financial assistance.

RAF serving personnel, veterans and their families make significant sacrifices for their country in pursuit of the RAF’s mission to prevent conflict, protect our skies and deliver aid to those in need. The most obvious sacrifices are loss of life or health. But all members of the RAF family also sacrifice the normal life most people take for granted, such as the chance to see their families every day and to live close to friends and relatives. They do all this to protect the peace and safety we enjoy every day.


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Cause / Interests

  • Elderly
  • Families

Types of Activity

  • Advice, Information and Support
  • Befriending and Buddying

Skills and Qualifications

Requirements

Befriender volunteers need to be:

• Caring and empathetic, with the ability to build a rapport with others and put them at ease, through a friendly and sensitive approach
• Good listeners and communicators
• Reliable and dependable
• Able to put people who may be anxious or worried, at their ease
• Aware of some local social groups the beneficiary could get involved in or be able to research this for them


Benefits

With the opportunity to directly improve someone’s quality of life and see the difference each contact with that person has on them, this role is something to feel proud of. Other benefits include building self-confidence and improving communication skills with a variety of people, as most people will be in touch with a couple of people during the year.

Additional/Specific Suitabilities

Minimum Age: 18
Maximum Age: NA
Disabled Access: No
Wheelchair Access: No
Expenses: Out of pocket expenses will be reimbursed in line with the RAF Association volunteering and expenses policies.
Restrictions: NA
Induction: NA
Insurance Cover: NA
Special Needs: NA
Offer: Support from Welfare team for any issues provided.
Training: Befriender volunteers are required to attend a one day training course which is free and for which expenses will be paid.
Other: NA

Recruitment Method

Application form, DBS Check, Informal discussion, Interview, References