Right now, there are RAF veterans in the Wiltshire area who are lonely and isolated. As a Befriender Volunteer, you could step in to change that. It wouldn’t take much of your time and it’s a great way to use your skills, give something back and feel good.
The Royal Air Forces Association (or RAF Association), is a member-led, registered welfare charity that provides welfare support to Serving and Ex-Serving RAF personnel and their families.
The Befriender role is at the heart of the RAF Association’s objectives in delivering welfare support to members of the RAF family requiring it.
The aim of the Befriender role is to help alleviate isolation and loneliness, by giving time to listen to people either in person or over the phone and to encourage communication on a shared interest or topic, to ensure that the beneficiary remains part of the community and feels socially connected.
The role of a Befriender is varied and could involve helping out with practical tasks such as driving someone to a doctor’s appointment, it could simply involve a cup of tea and a chat or it could be to accompany them to their first meeting of an interest group in their community.
Befriender volunteers are asked to commit to:
– One day of initial training, which is provided free of charge and for which travel expenses will be reimbursed.
– As much time as you can offer to the role. Each visit to a beneficiary would be around one to two hours, or more if desired by both parties, this can be either a short or long term support package.