Volunteer Application Pack – Application Form

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Many thanks for your interest in the role of Volunteer Befriender with Fife Women’s Aid (FWA).

Within this pack you will be able to find all the information you need to apply for the role of volunteer befriender:

1. Role Description and Person Specification This document provides you with all the information you need to know about what to expect from being a volunteer befriender.
2. Application Form This should be completed in as much detail as possible; as you are answering each question you should also be providing us with evidence to back up your answers.
3. Equality and diversity monitoring form The information provided in this form will have no impact upon whether or not we select you as a volunteer.
4. Criminal convictions declaration form Each volunteer who is successfully selected must complete a PVG application to ensure their suitability for working with vulnerable groups.

If you have any questions feel free to contact us on 01383 732289 at any time

Role Description and Person Specification

Purpose and aims of the role

Fife Women’s Aid (FWA) aims to provide a holistic approach to supporting the women who use our service. To ensure their continued recovery we have recognised a need for their ongoing emotional and social support that can be provided by community members who have a desire to assist and support women. This part of the healing process is a vital element to their recovery and future and we are looking for people with the nature and qualities needed to provide this support.

Roles and responsibilities

  • Provide 1 to 1 befriending support according to the needs of the service user for a few hours per week for a minimum commitment of 6 months
  • Offer an accepting and understanding presence
  • Helping to build a woman’s confidence and self-esteem through social interaction and encouraging her to take part in activities and social groups
  • Establish and maintain appropriate boundaries within the befriending relationship
  • Liaise with, support and assist Fife Women’s Aid to ensure the best service is provided
  • Undertake core training as is required by Fife Women’s Aid
  • Attend regular support and supervision meetings with your Volunteer Coordinator (VC)
  • Participate in Volunteer Network Activities where possible
  • Maintain regular contact with your VC including completion of necessary reporting documents, particularly expenses and diary sheets

Qualities and skills required

  • A genuine interest in the well-being of women who have experienced domestic abuse
  • Non-judgemental, empathetic and open approach to working with our service users
  • Friendliness, sensitivity and approachability
  • Self-awareness and an ability to reflect on your work and progress
  • A common sense approach and ability to take your own initiative
  • Good communication, listening skills and a willingness to show flexibility
  • Ability to treat all information in a confidential manner
  • Able to work within guidelines without direct supervision

What will you gain from the role?

  • An insight into the lives of women who have survived domestic abuse and the knowledge that you have been a part of her journey to regaining her independence
  • Experience in the field of befriending and how one person can have an impact on someone’s recovery and development
  • The chance to explore new interests and opportunities through working with FWA, other volunteers, service users and partner organisations
  • Make new friends within your community and take part in events and activities in Fife
  • Development of professional skills which can enhance your CV

Training and support

  • Comprehensive volunteer training is required prior to starting befriending in the community. Training takes place at our office in Glenrothes. It only requires a few hours one evening a week and is provided over a 3 week period.
    • Unit 1 “Befriending & Boundaries”
    • Unit 2 “Domestic Abuse and Fife Women’s Aid”
    • Unit 3 “Safety, Mental Health and Wellbeing”
  • Opportunities for personal and professional development in the voluntary sector
  • Ongoing support and supervision

Training and support

  • This is an unpaid volunteer role
  • Days and hours of work are flexible but you must be available a few hours per week
  • Role is Fife wide, but we will do our best to match you locally
  • Travel expenses will be reimbursed, other expenses are subject to prior VC approval
  • Final selection is subject to two satisfactory references and PVG check
  • You must be committed to equal opportunities and anti-discriminatory practice
  • Due to Health and Safety requirements you must be at least 18 years of age to undertake this volunteering role.