Befriend people with long term health conditions  with Creative Sustainability CIC (Ref: 1568)
 
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Their Volunteer Befrienders are people who are currently living with (or have cared for someone with) a long-term condition such as Dementia, Aphasia, or Stroke, who help to support other people with the same or similar condition by visiting them for a chat at home, in the community or at a group. The Befrienders understand the challenges faced by living with a long-term illness and are able to offer support and help to build confidence by sharing their own experiences. Their volunteers have told them they feel they have gained a huge amount from volunteering and helping to make a difference to their own, and others, lives.
What are they looking for?

To be a Peer Befriender you will need to have lived experience of a long term health condition (regarding dementia, it could be that you have a dementia or you have cared for someone with the diagnosis). You need to be patient, kind and a good listener.

To be a Befriender Support Volunteer it would be useful if you could drive, or accompany someone on public transport, be supportive and helpful whilst being able to step back and let the befriender do as much as they can.

Practical

They provide Training about befriending, communication, stroke aphasia and dementia - and lots of support for volunteers.

They also cover their expenses, such as travel. The befrienders are an integral part of the organisation and report feeling really included and a part of something.

When: Variable times
Age requirements: Over 18
Where?

Gloucestershire

About Creative Sustainability CIC
 
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CSCIC run various projects based on their core values of Inclusion, Sustainability and Empowerment. One of their projects is Re Connect which offers a peer befriending scheme in Gloucestershire for people affected by Stroke, Dementia, Aphasia, and other long term health conditions, and their carers. This peer support can happen at home, in care homes, in hospital, or in a Re Connect group setting.

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