Volunteer Befriender

Reporting to: Sarah Davidson

The Deafness Resource Centre has a responsibility for, and is committed to, safeguarding and the promotion the welfare of adults, children and young people.

The Volunteer Befriender will:

Volunteer Befrienders may be asked to undertake and agree to the following:

  1. Arrange a time and date with the client which is mutually convenient to meet and participate in activities
  2. Aid communication and encourage participation with the clients chosen activity
  3. To follow all the Deafness Resource Centres policies i.e. lone working, safeguarding, health & safety etc
  4. To assist in planning, developing and delivering a successful befriending programme
  5. To report any concerns regarding the client immediately to the Outreach worker
  6. Respect the clients wishes and needs and positively promote equal opportunities
  7. To attend meetings and training sessions as appropriate.
  8. To undertake such other duties as may become necessary from time to time.

Person Specification

The qualities and experience that we are looking for in people who apply are as follows:

We are looking for volunteers who have a positive attitude and approach and who demonstrate the following personal attributes:

The following skills would be an advantage but are not essential:

Job location

Volunteers will work in the client’s home, the local community and from the centre – Deafness Resource Centre, 32 – 40 Dentons Green Lane, St Helens, WA10 2QB.


Travel expenses will be paid.

Other information

Due to the nature of the work the provisions of Section 4(2) of the 1974 Rehabilitation of Offenders Act do not apply. Information about convictions, which for other purposes are “spent” must therefore be disclosed. Successful applicants will need to give permission for an enhanced Criminal Records Bureau check to be made.

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