Befriender & Companion (Like a Volunteer)

  • Location

    Taunton, UK

  • Sector:

    Homecare

  • Job type:

    Permanent

  • Salary:

    £9.50 - £11.00 per hour, plus mileage allowance

  • Contact:

    Carol Raine

  • Contact email:

    apply@managedadvertising.co.uk

  • Job ref:

    A/HCA/TAUNTON/MAY20

  • Published:

    about 2 months ago

  • Expiry date:

    2020-06-30

  • Consultant:

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We are looking for Befrienders & Companions to join our team in various locations throughout Taunton and Wellington area of Somerset. No experience is required as excellent training will be provided. However, you must have a full UK driving licence and access to a vehicle.  

Could I be a Befriender & Companion?

People that join us tend to be looking for a part-time job that offers them reward, they also tend to be very caring, passionate individuals who want to make a difference to older people living in their local community, they have often looked after a relative themselves and realised just how rewarding it can be. We have people working for us from all walks of life and all ages, in fact there is no upper age limit!  

You do need to be available some early mornings, lunchtimes, evening and ideally a few hours on a weekend too. I wouldn’t describe this as a job, I would describe it as a vocation.

Befriender & Companion role

Doris is a 91-year-old lady who has lived in her own home since her children were young, she lost her husband 20 years ago but has always stayed independent and outgoing mainly due to her large family, including 10 Grandchildren, and 14 Great Grandchildren. Doris’s family started noticing changes in her behaviour, she was still very much active, but she wasn’t going upstairs she was sleeping on the sofa and you could tell the shower had not been used. She has a set routine, shopping on a Friday, she goes to the hairdressers every Thursday and most days walks into town. If you didn’t know Doris you would think she was fine, but she is in the early stages of Dementia. 

May now has a Dementia Friend & Companion, they get her up on a morning as she is terrified of the stairs, they also prompt her to wash (if they didn’t, she wouldn’t do it) and prepare her some porridge.  When we are not social isolating, they then take her out into town for a few hours some days to do her shopping or to a café for a breakfast

Her Companion says, “Doris is lovely, with a cheeky sense of humour, she will tell you she doesn’t eat much then demolish a full English breakfast, I love spending time with her, she always has funny tales to tell me and she always says to me “you treat me as a person” which I take as a compliment”.

 (Doris is just an example of someone you may support)

How do I apply?

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