By Post FIS, 1 Reading Lane, E8 1GQ
Our Hackney Volunteer & Befriending Service (HVBS) is open to people living in Hackney who need help and support to maintain independence, to recover from illness or to become more involved in their local community.
We can support all sorts of people, provided that they are aged 18 or above and vulnerable as a result of:
- severe social isolation
- being on the verge of a crisis
- frailty caused by age
- mild mental health needs
- non-complex learning or physical disability
- autism spectrum conditions
- long-term health needs
- mild substance-use issues.
How our HVBS could benefit you
Our volunteers support beneficiaries in a number of ways. For example, volunteers check in over the phone, to see how beneficiaries are doing and to assess their needs. Beneficiaries, at the same time, benefit from the sound of a friendly voice.
Volunteers also visit beneficiaries at home, playing board games, helping out around the house and generally providing a sounding board.
There is also an escorting service, helping beneficiaries to get to appointments, get out and about in the community, and to access services in their local area.
Become a volunteer befriender
We welcome everyone who would like to be a volunteer and have a quick and easy induction process to get you started, as well as full support and training whilst you volunteer.
We hold regular volunteer socials and celebrations to say thank you for all of your hard work. It also means you get to make lots of new friends!