Volunteering role

Befriending Volunteer to support someone living with HIV

Roles are only available to Brighton & Hove residents at this time

Despite vast medical advancements in treatments for HIV, living with HIV as a long-term medical condition can still be challenging, and is sometimes lonely and isolating.

We are currently recruiting like minded volunteers to develop supportive friendships that will help combat these feelings among people with HIV.

As a volunteer befriender supporting someone with HIV, you will be carefully matched with an individual who we think you would be a good fit for. You will make a weekly telephone call, or perhaps a couple of shorter calls each week. We encourage you to decide between the two of you which day of the week you would like to have the calls, and whether this is a set time or not.

You will build up a relationship with the individual you are matched with. We will let you know about the person’s likes and dislikes, hobbies and interests, to help with initial conversations. We will also share our telephone befriending manual for tips and techniques for making conversations.

We encourage you to involve the individual in the conversations through asking questions. You may like to look at new activities and hobbies you can learn and enjoy together for example listen to the same radio programme or share recipes and cooking tips.

It is important to respect and appreciate the individual you are matched with making sure that you do not miss or forget telephone calls . In addition we ask you to commit to at least 6 months of supporting someone.

At this stage, this is exclusively a telephone befriending match.  At some point in the future, if safe and appropriate and if both you and the person you are matched with are keen to meet in person we may be able to consider moving this to face to face befriending.  This will require more in depth training with you, a face to face assessment with the person you are matched with, and a COVID risk assessment.

We welcome volunteers from Brighton and Hove’s HIV+ community.

Time required

1+ hour a week. Flexible. We’d like you to be able to commit to a minimum of six months.

Key skills required

  • Strong listening skills
  • Understanding of older people and/ or people with disabilities/ long term health conditions
  • Non judgemental attitude
  • Honesty and trustworthy
  • Commitment and reliability
  • Respect for confidentiality
  • Friendliness and warmth
  • Empathy and resilience

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