Time to Help UK and the Dialogue Society has launched a new project called “Talking Bubble” to bring together dialogue volunteers with individuals who need befriending support. The project, which takes place throughout the country, aims to provide over-the-phone befriending service for at least one hour a week to individuals who need social support.
Suitable for the following areas of interest:
- Open to students from all faculties and courses
- A particular interest to those students studying a social science discipline
- Students who have a passion for safeguarding vulnerable people in their community
- Students who would like a career in social care, voluntary/community services or health services
Location of Volunteering
Remote – In the comfort of your home.
Are travel expenses reimbursed?
No travel cost.
The impact a volunteer telephone befriender can have on a lonely individual is amazing and for many of our service users our volunteer telephone befrienders are the only people in their lives who can offer quality time for a nice chat. You will have to complete a DBS check and an Adult’s Safeguarding training, both covered by our organisation.
For this role volunteers will gain:
- Confidence using the telephone
- Develop interpersonal and communication skills
- Free Safeguarding and DBS check
Volunteers can give a minimum of 1 hour per week and must commit to a minimum of 3 months. However, the longer you commit to this role the more you will benefit.
- Level 2 Safeguarding adults
We offer ongoing supervision and regular catch-ups with team members. The volunteer has the opportunity to meet with fellow volunteers for monthly or bimonthly zoom events.
Is a DBS Check required?
- We require all applicants to provide two references. DBS is required for this role but the cost will be provided by the Dialogue Society
- Engage with a client to provide support on a weekly basis, or schedule a specific time with the client
- For this role you will need a clear and polite telephone manner.
- The ability to actively listen, empathise and promote conversation.
- Adhere to the appropriate guidelines while communicating with the clients, preserving the reputation of the organisation
- To identify if a person may be at risk and alert a supervisor.
- To maintain confidentiality.
- To work within a team of volunteers and staff.
- To work within Dialogue Society’s policies and procedures
- A non-discriminatory and a non-judgemental attitude
How to Apply
If you are interested in the role, please send us a CV and a cover letter at firstname.lastname@example.org