Volunteer Opportunities

Befriending Volunteer

All volunteers must be aged 18 and over to work within this role and must be able to travel independently to service users homes. Volunteers using their own vehicle must evidence their insurance covers volunteering activity.

The Role

Purpose of this role:

To offer social contact for an older person who has been assessed by the Befriending Officer as being lonely and at risk of isolation

Time commitment :

1 - 2 hours minimum per week

Mon – Fri (between 9.30am and 4.30pm)


Preston, South Ribble and Chorley

This position will report to:

Befriending Officer, in their absence the South Ribble Outreach Officer

Necessary personal qualities:

  • Honesty and integrity,
  • an ability to be empathic,
  • maintaining professional boundaries,
  • reliability,
  • only committing to a level of volunteering which is realistic,
  • good interpersonal skills,
  • the ability to be non-judgmental.

The duties/ activities’ for this role will include:

The role requires assisting the older person to become more socially independent by visiting them once a week and providing friendship and support to keep the service user feeling connected to the outside world and to motivate and encourage them to remain well, independent and to get the most out of life. You may take an interest in local news and share this with the person you visit or you may have a number of interests you can share; you might want to share an actvitity for example cards, dominos or board games. The role also requires you to touch base with your nominated key worker on a regular basis, by means of written logs and by phone if further support is required by the service user.

Training required for this role:

All Volunteers will receive a localised induction and are expected to attend the Safe and Sound Training which includes information around GDPR. To attend volunteer peer support group meetings, if applicable. Disclosure and Barring Service Check This post requires an enhanced DBS check.