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Tayside Cancer Support recruiting for a Volunteer Befriender

Title: Volunteer Befriender

Hours:  Varied/Flexible

Location: Tayside

Support: Befriending Co-ordinator, Tayside Cancer Support

A Befriender’s role is varied, and is determined by the needs of the person you are befriending (the client). The responsibilities that are outlined are the areas that a Befriender could be expected to undertake based on the client’s situation:
 to adhere to all TCS policies and procedures
 to recognise the potential need for further support
 to meet with the client on a regular basis, as agreed in the initial befriending contract
 to offer emotional, social, listening and practical support to clients whose lives are affected by cancer, in a respectful manner
 to be reliable, punctual, and professional
 to provide an opportunity for people to increase their self-esteem and confidence
 to recognise and be aware of own limitations and issues, with appropriate disclosure of own experiences
 to be aware of, establish, and maintain boundaries within the befriending relationship
 to be available and flexible, within those boundaries so as to meet the needs of the client
 to maintain confidentiality and trustworthiness at all times
 to work within a non-discriminatory, non-judgemental and non-dictatorial framework
 to support people in accessing information about available services, as appropriate
 to attend supervision meetings and to keep TCS informed of your work and keep notes of your meetings
 to be aware of own training needs and to participate in training events.
 to complement the care and support of family, friends, and other care networks
 to support TCS by contributing to fundraising events for a minimum of 6 hours per year


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