About the opportunity
The Springfield Neighbour Scheme is setting up a Befriending Scheme to support lonely and isolated people in Sparkhill. The commitment would be for a fortnightly meeting.
Volunteer befrienders will be asked
1. To visit patients referred by their GP to encourage participation in events happening under the Neighbour Scheme
2. To accompany people referred to the Neighbour Scheme who lack confidence to attend activities alone
3. To visit people attending the Neighbour Scheme who are lonely and isolated, to get to know them by chatting and listening to them.
We will run training - Monday September 19th and 26th in the morning at Springfield Project. Evening training will run in October, dates to be announced. The training will cover active listening and other befriending skills.
The Neighbour Scheme is an exciting new project which brings local people together in activities to promote wellbeing. We are working with 6 local GP practices who refer people into our services.
About The Springfield Project
The Springfield Project is a Birmingham-based charity with a passion for our local community. We are committed to providing a safe and welcoming space in which people from diverse backgrounds can meet and receive support.
The Project developed from St Christopher's Church's commitment to supporting families in the local area and sharing God's love in our community.
We work in partnership with Birmingham City Council to deliver children's centre services providing activities and support for families with children under 5.
We run the Neighbour Scheme, a social prescription project between local GPs and the Springfield Project, working to reduce isolation and improve the mental wellbeing of adults referred by their GP or self-referred.
What are they looking for?
We are looking for friendly volunteers who are willing to support lonely and isolated people in Sparkhill.
The ability to speak community languages (Urdu, Mirpuri, Bengali, Punjabi, Hindi, Arabic and Romanian) is desirable but not required.
• Working with people from diverse backgrounds and ethnicities
• An approachable, friendly and non-judgemental manner
• An active and compassionate listener
• Able to communicate effectively with a variety of people
If you are interested in this opportunity, please email Rosalyn Clare at firstname.lastname@example.org saying why you would be a good person for the role, as well as your post code.
Ref: EXPIRED - LF734 | Published: 18th Jul 2016