Companion Volunteers provide one to one support to people with a life limiting illness in the community, often helping with small but important things like having someone to talk to, help getting to appointments or support to still be able to take part in activities they enjoy. People coming to the end of their life might feel isolated, or like they don’t want to worry their loved ones, and having a person to talk to can be incredibly important. You may also be supporting a family member to get a short break by being there for their loved one.
Carry out weekly visits with the person you’re supporting. Provide one-to-one companionship and support such as; offering a listening ear, taking part in activities or hobbies with the person you are supporting. Driving clients to pre-arranged health or social care or taking short trips out. Helping with small, daily tasks, e.g. making tea or accessing the internet. Allowing carers to have a short break. You may be supporting your client’s family or carers before or during bereavement. This may involve offering emotional support, signposting to relevant local support services or finding out information as requested.
Required skills, qualities, and experience
Good communication and strong empathy skills.
Training and support available
There is some on-line training and a one day in person training. Ongoing support is available through regular meetings, support from the volunteer co-ordinator and other volunteers in the same role.
Any other requirements
Should be able to commit for up to a year
Recruitment process (who to contact if someone is interested in applying)
Contact Sara Murray on email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone on 07753 268855
Does this role require a Disclosure Scotland Certification? If yes, which kind of disclosure is required
Date role created