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Carers' Time Off @ Carers' Resource
Description of the role:

BEFRENDING - weekly, fortnighly or monthly for a couple of hours. Usually visiting people in their own home and chatting, or doing an activity or taking the client out for a walk or coffee . No hands on or personal care required. This befriending service is to allow the carer, husband, wife, son, daughter to take a break whilst you the volunteer keep their loved one company.

Skills and qualities needed for the role:

We are looking for people who are nice caring individuals who are interested in others. A background in health or social care maybe of benefit but is not essential. There is no hands on or personal care involved. The volunteer just needs to be nice kind and personable, have empathy and be non-judgemental and have common sense.

Practical information:

You will be visiting your client in their home and/ or picking them up and taking them out for a walk or coffee. A car user is helpful but not essential.
The manager will have assessed the needs and any risks involved and will only place volunteers with clients where there is no personal care or hands on support required.


Additional Information
DBS check needed: Yes
Driving licence needed: No
Car owner: No
Open to: Over 18s
Is this role wheelchair accessible?: No
Last updated: 08.03.2022
Organisation Information

Carers' Time Off provides a short break service to carers' in the district of Harrogate, Knaresborough, Ripon and the surrounding villages. The service gives carers of a partner, family member or friend, the opportunity to have a break from their caring commitments. Volunteers on average spend 2 to 4 hours a week with the client (either in the home or taking out somewhere) whilst the carer takes some time out. Following referrals the Co-Ordinator/Manager will contact the carer and arrange a visit to assess their needs. A volunteer will then be placed as soon as possible and will be closely matched with the family taking into account the needs and expectations of all involved. Personal care and hands on support is not provided.