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What is CarelinK Befriending Scheme?
Who can use the scheme?
How does it work?
What do Befrienders do?
How often do Befrienders visit?
How much does the service cost?
Carelink Befriending is a FREE service thanks to funding we receive from the Lottery Reaching Communities Fund and Bradford council.
What to expect:
- Once someone has been referred to Carelink we will call them to discuss the service and take their details. - We will introduce the person to one of our Befrienders as soon as an appropriate volunteer is available. - The same Befriender will visit or call every week for up to an hour, at a mutually agreeable time. - The Befriending relationship can continue for as long as it suits the needs of the client and the availability of the volunteer. - The Befriending relationship will continue to be monitored by the project coordinator. - Carelink can also offer help with: dog walking, deliveries of books, games or DVD’s though our charity shop, doorstep welfare checks, as well as information and advice.
- We have a full recruitment process including an application form, references, a DBS check and training. - Volunteers are supported throughout their role by Carelink staff and are invited to quarterly gatherings with staff and volunteers. - Volunteers receive expenses for travel, but we are unable to pay expenses for telephone calls. - Carelink volunteers have gone on to find careers in care work.
How does CarelinK work?
Older people can refer themselves to CarelinK or can be referred by anyone who is involved with their care.
When a person is referred, we will visit them at home to discuss their needs.
We will introduce the person to one of our befrienders as soon as an appropriate volunteer is available.
The same befriender will visit, usually for an hour or so each week, at a mutually agreeable time.
The befriending relationship can continue for as long as it suits the needs of the client and the availability of the volunteer.
The befriending relationship will continue to be monitored by the project co-ordinator.
Older people can become isolated for various reasons such as: