One-to-One Befriender Volunteer

Guild Care

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One-to-One Befrienders help the service’s members connect with others through weekly telephone contact or companionship visits.

This role is a flexible and enjoyable opportunity to spend time providing emotional support and companionship to an older person, helping reduce feelings of loneliness and social isolation by connecting them to others in their community.

This role is based within the community, so you will need access to a car or be able to use public transport to travel within the Worthing area.

  •  To support an individual older person for an agreed period of time, at a mutually agreeable time and location.
  •  To make regular telephone contact and/or meet the individual by home visiting.
  •  To help the individual to rediscover social skills and increase confidence by building up and maintaining a close and supportive relationship.
  •  To provide company and friendship, assist with shopping, go for a walk, and share activities of common interest.


We are looking for friendly and reliable people who:

  •  Have great listening skills and an ability to communicate with a range of different people.
  •  Can empathise with older people who are feeling lonely or isolated.
  •  Have a non-judgemental attitude and are accepting of people's differences.
  •  Have some knowledge of local services in Worthing area.
  •  Can maintain confidentiality and comply with appropriate policies.
  •  Can work unsupervised in the local community (support and training will be provided).
  •  Can provide satisfactory DBS Check.


  • Making a difference to somebody's world, making them smile.
  • Building friendships and reducing own isolation.
  • Enjoyment and personal achievement.

Practical Considerations

This role will involve building relationships over time so an ability to:

  • commit to meeting regularly for a number of weeks at a mutually convenient time
  • travel to different homes, so access to transport will needed.

When do I need to be available?

Morning Afternoon Evening

Where does this role take place?

Methold House
North Street
West Sussex
BN11 1DU

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  • Details
  • Disabled Access
    This is in people's homes so we are unable to ensue disabled access
  • Equal Opportunities Policy or Statement
  • Expenses
  • Health and Safety
  • Induction
  • Insurance Cover for Volunteers
  • Other
  • Suitable for 13 - 16 years
  • Suitable for 16 - 18 years
  • Suitable for a group of volunteers
  • Suitable only for (e.g. 18+, LGBT, BAME, Women only)
  • Support on Offer
  • This role is adaptable for different abilities
  • Training