Befriender  with Building Circles in Gloucestershire (Ref: 154)
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We know that people with learning disabilities and their families can often feel "cut off" from the community they live in. Unfortunately these people are missing out on many things that make life worthwhile and enjoyable - friendship and socialising.

Building Circles offers people the chance to enjoy a more fulfilling life. With the help of their volunteers, they offer friendship to people with learning disabilities throughout Gloucestershire who are lonely or isolated.

They are looking for people of all shapes and sizes - young or old, male or female, chatty and bubbly or quiet and reflective to join their amazing team and offer friendship to someone who needs it.

You would be matched with someone within your local area that has similar interests to you. Dependant on the individual you are meeting you might go for a coffee or a walk, a trip around the shops or something more adventurous! The important thing is to give the person some company, someone to talk to and someone to have fun with.

They are looking for people who would ideally be able to give 2-4 hours a month. Training and on-going support is provided, and travel and other expenses are paid.

DBS checks are carried out; however a criminal record will not necessarily bar you from volunteering.

Volunteers from all ages groups are welcomed, however the minimum age for this role is 18.

Wheelchair access with vary due to the visit arranged.
What are they looking for?

Communication skills.
An interest in and perhaps some knowledge of people with learning difficulties.
An ability to create empathy with people.
An enjoyment in working with people.
Patience and willingness to work slowly to develop a worhtwhile relationship.



When: Variable times
Age requirements: Over 18


About Building Circles in Gloucestershire
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We Know that people with learning difficulties can sometimes miss out on many of the things that make life worthwhile. Problems with health, mobility or difficulties in communication can lead to social isolation both for the person with learning difficulties and the people caring for them. Building Circles recruits, trains and supports volunteers who offer friendships to socially isolated people with learning disabilities, as well as their families and carers. With a circle of supportive people built around them, we can offer someone with learning difficulties the opportunity to experience a more fulfilling life.

Volunteers typically spend two to four hours a month building a freindship with a person and enjoying activities together. Going for a drink, enjoying a short walk or spending time on more adventurous activities for those who are keen to broaden their horizons. Building Circles also organises a variety of social events to appeal to different tastes. This includes quarterly events for everyone involved with the organisation. We invite all to come aand share lunch and join in with the activities and music if they wish.

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