Community Befriending Volunteer

St Monica Trust

Name: Community Befriending Volunteer
Organisation: St Monica Trust
Location: Sandford Station Retirement Village, Station Road, Sandford, Winscombe, North Somerset, BS25 5AA
Type: Part Time
We are looking for someone who can spare an hour a week for up to 6 months or more. The days and times can be flexible.


Can you spare 60 minutes to make a difference to someone’s life.
We are looking for volunteers 18 years and over across North Somerset to visit people 60 years + living in Sandford, Winscombe, Banwell, Langford and Churchill on a weekly basis.

Loneliness can affect all of us at some point in our lives the older we become the higher the risk of becoming lonely and isolated.

On building a companionship with someone 60 years and over, the rewards are endless, with enriching social contact for both. You can choose to spend your visits having a chat, playing cards/board games the choice is yours.

All our volunteers are DBS checked and given the necessary training.

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Organisation Description

Providers of accommodation and support for older people to enable them to live independent, dignified and fulfilled lives.


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Cause / Interests

  • Disability
  • Elderly
  • Health and Hospital and Hospices
  • Mental Health

Types of Activity

  • Advice, Information and Support
  • Befriending and Buddying
  • Caring
  • Community Work

Skills and Qualifications


No previous experience required.
Reliability - able to volunteer on a regular basis.
Social and Caring Nature - Interest and adaptability to the needs of people 60 years and over, who may live alone.
Patience and Kindness
Good communication
Active listener
A willingness to attend induction and group support/training sessions when required.


This is a fun, enjoyable role that works to your strengths and helps you make use of skills and interests while making a big positive impact on someone’s life.
You will be matched with someone to ensure you have similar interests.
You will receive training and support, including valuing equality and diversity and the importance of confidentiality
You will be a valued member of our friendly team, and have the opportunity to develop new skills and to make a difference

You will be invited to use our subsidised pool, gym, and restaurant and join our savings on shopping scheme.

St Monica Trust is committed to wellbeing and recognises that volunteering is good for you too! Remember, helping others has a positive impact on your health and well being. Getting involved gives you the opportunities to meet new people. Giving back to your community and making a difference makes you feel good. Developing new skills and building on existing experience can open new doors.

Additional/Specific Suitabilities

Minimum Age: 18
Maximum Age: NA
Disabled Access: No
Wheelchair Access: No
Expenses: Out of pocket expenses will be reimbursed
Restrictions: NA
Induction: Yes
Insurance Cover: Yes
Special Needs: NA
Offer: Yes
Training: Yes
Other: NA

Recruitment Method

Application form, Informal discussion, References, DBS Check