Role: Volunteer Befriender

Do you like meeting people? Do you have a good listening ear?

We are looking for caring, empathetic people to become volunteer befrienders to over 65s living in and round Ripon. This is a fantastic opportunity to make a real difference to people living locally by providing them with much-needed social contact. As volunteer befriender you will:

  • Visit clients regularly in their own homes for a catch up over a cuppa
  • Be a friendly familiar face and provide company for people who struggle to get out and about
  • Provide moral support when they might be at a low ebb
  • Be matched with a client, based on your mutual interests

Volunteers should ideally be drivers with access to their own vehicles as this role involves travelling to visit people in their own homes. Volunteers who are good listeners and enjoy the company of older people will be ideal for this role.

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Role: Volunteer to provide company and transport at social groups

We run a Friendship& Exercise Club in Ripon, a Craft Group in Harrogate and organise social outings (around three or four per year) to help our clients remain connected with their communities. At our outings, there is plenty of opportunity to participate, chat, meet new people and have a giggle. We are in need of volunteers to help out at our groups. Typically, you would help meet and greet clients, lend a listening ear and help out with the running of the event. This is a very rewarding role and can be done flexibly to fit in with existing commitments.

Volunteers, particularly car drivers, are needed to support these outings, which provide a lifeline for many of our service users. You will need to be over 18, have access to your own vehicle and be subject to reference checks. In return, you receive the satisfaction of helping local people get out and about and the opportunity to meet new people.

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Role: Teams to help out with gardening and decorating

Are you a group of colleagues or friends who would like to make a difference to local people?  

We are always in need to lots of spare pairs of hands to help out with larger Help at Home jobs, which are too big for our small team to tackle on their own. Typically this might be clearing, weeding or tidying up a garden or lending a hand with painting. This is usually a one-off opportunity either for a day or half day and can be arranged around times to suit you. You would receive full supervision and guidance from a Help at Home Support Worker. Brilliant for team building, no previous experience is necessary, just a willingness to get involved. We have a long list of jobs waiting for us, so please spare a few hours if you can.

“It’s a pleasure to look out at a tidy garden. All the volunteers are very nice and helpful.”

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