H.A.D.’s Befriending Scheme can provide an informal carer with a much deserved break by matching your cared for with a trained DBS checked volunteer. At the same time this provides the cared for with a companion to have a chat with, do an activity such as play cards, scrabble etc. or go out for a coffee. If you would like to know more about this scheme please contact Clare Kelly 01708 476554
VOLUNTEERING AS A BEFRIENDER
CAN YOU MAKE A DIFFERENCE?
If you can spare a couple of hours weekly or monthly, to chat or enjoy a pastime, you could make a huge difference in the life of someone with a disability. More importantly, you’ll also be giving their full-time carer a much-needed break to relax and have some time to themselves.
HAD will provide volunteers with training, a DBS, out of pocket expenses and a high level of support every step of the way. Further training and regular ‘Time to Talk’ sessions are provided to enable volunteers to feel confident in their role and an important part of H.A.D.
Befriending is a very rewarding experience for all involved.
A befriended person says: ‘I wish my befriender could visit every day’
A carer says: ‘Mum is far more chatty now she has a befriender’
A befriender says: ‘We had the most pleasurable couple of hours becoming acquainted. It’s uncanny how much we have in common- a big thanks to HAD for bringing us together.’
If you like to find out about other volunteering roles please do not hesitate to contact us, we’d love to hear from you.