Befriending and Supporting

St Monica Trust

Name: Befriending and Supporting
Organisation: St Monica Trust
Location: Cote Lane, Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol, BS9 3UN
Type: Part Time
Routine and familiarity are important for people living with dementia so we are looking for people who are able to volunteer regularly on a weekly basis on a Wednesday or Thursday morning )10am and midday) for a minimum of 6 months.


St Monica Trust is inviting volunteers to help with the Blossom Project, the new befriending project at St Monica Trust's specialist dementia service in Sandford, Winscombe. You will help residents living with dementia to live fuller lives and improve mental and social well-being through regular companionship and activities.

The St Monica Trust volunteer team is made up of 120+ people from all walks of life.

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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

  • Befriending and Buddying
  • Caring

Skills and Qualifications


*No previous experience
*Reliability - able to volunteer on a regular basis
*Empathy, interest and adaptability to the needs of people living with dementia. *A willingness to learn about dementia including creating a positive environment for people to blossom and flourish
*Willingness to work as part of a team
*A willingness to attend induction and group support/training sessions (included in the 2 hours weekly volunteering)


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 within your community.
You will be matched with people 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 s 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 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: Yes
Wheelchair Access: Yes
Expenses: Out of pocket expenses will be reimbursed
Restrictions: NA
Induction: Yes
Insurance Cover: Yes
Special Needs: Yes
Offer: On-going support
Training: Yes
Other: NA

Recruitment Method

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