Befriender (King's Lynn, Thetford and Breckland areas)
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SummaryProviding regular support on a 1:1 basis to a young person and/or family.
This role is dependent on individual needs and may require regular or ad hoc support.
We are looking for Befrienders for King's Lynn, Thetford and Breckland areas to provide regular support on a 1:1 basis to a young person and/or their family or other significant people who are affected by substance misuse issues, either themselves or affected by a loved one's use.
This role is dependent on individual needs and so may require regular support or support on an ad hoc basis. It may be a one off visit, telephone support or accompanying the young person to an appointment or meeting. All meetings must be in a public place, e.g. café, school.
Tasks will be agreed with the team and Practitioner Manager on an individual basis and may include:
- Making calls to the young person as necessary an agreed with the individual, to check on their wellbeing.
- Meeting with the young person for a coffee and chat in a public place.
- Following up on any needs identified by the young person’s Matthew Project worker (e.g. support in completing a form, offering moral support at a meeting where the Matthew Project Worker is not required in a professional capacity etc.).
- Reporting back to the young person’s Matthew Project worker.
- Supporting the young person to access services.
- Accompanying the young person to any Matthew Project event, preferably being able to drive them there if required.
A Volunteer must also be able to recognise and report safeguarding concerns promptly (training and support will be given to enable you to do this).
Personal qualities are also important such as:-
good listening skills
good communication skills
commitment to recovery principles
Volunteers must be able and willing to attend induction training. This will usually be approximately 6 hours and preferably within a volunteer group. Ongoing training will be available and encouraged where appropriate.
This could be an ideal opportunity for someone who wants to gain experience in social care, education or mental health.
Depending upon location you may need to use your own car or access public transport to attend visits. Expenses are given for this.
About The Matthew Project
As well as the individuals themselves, our work also creates social change and improvements to the local community in a range of different ways. These include improved family relationships and friendships, reductions in drug/alcohol misuse, reduced strain on local health and wellbeing services, reductions in rates of offending, and improved skills and employment outcomes for our service users, all of which help to regenerate the local community.