Befrienders provide practical and emotional support as well as relief from stress and isolation for INS clients and their family carers. The service is provided by trained and supported volunteers whose aim is to offer ongoing support, practical help and friendship.
As a Befriender you would be asked to visit someone who would welcome regular visits, or who might need help to get out and about – shopping, a trip to the cinema or whatever. Your visit might also provide an opportunity for the family carer to take a well-deserved break from their caring role.
Volunteer Befrienders are given training and are fully supported in their role, with regular meetings to get to know other Befrienders and discuss any problems. Clients and Befrienders are carefully matched and both sides can withdraw from the arrangement at any time.
The role of the Befriender is hugely appreciated by our clients and Befrienders usually find it enjoyable and extremely rewarding. The project offers Befrienders opportunities to learn new skills and build on existing ones, the satisfaction of building a relationship with people they visit and social contact with other volunteers and staff.
For more information see: Volunteer Befriender Role Description
The aim of the Activity Buddy Service is to improve the emotional, physical and social wellbeing of INS clients through community participation. Activity buddies are volunteers who support INS clients to participate in activities in the community – from art groups, to Tai Chi to walks in the park.
Are you passionate, enthusiastic, positive, able to motivate, inspire confidence and are willing to commit a couple of hours a week? If so, Buddy UP Now!
For more information see: Volunteer Activity Buddy Role Description
Like most charities, INS is dependent on fundraising to enable it to continue its work and we need help in all areas – from coffee mornings, to quiz nights, to applications to the Lottery and we welcome people who are able to give some time either to fundraise independently or to join our fundraising team. New ideas are always needed! Learn more
For more information see: Volunteer Fundraising Role Description
Clients can become involved with our education programme talking to medical students during the regular training sessions that INS delivers to St. George’s University of London.
We are keen to recruit additional, regular support from people with good IT and office skills to help our office administration team.
For more information see: Volunteer Administrator Role Desciption
We need experienced people to help us with a wide range of IT issues, including: desktop publishing; setting up online databases; streamlining systems; creating a picture library; archiving.
If you have a particular skill to offer that is not mentioned here, please get in touch to discuss it.
For more information see: Volunteer Handyperson Role Description
How to Volunteer
To learn more about volunteering opportunities please email our Volunteer Coordinator, Amanda Lyndon-Chappell: alyndon-Chappell@ins.org.uk
If we don’t have any voluntary roles that suit you at the moment, please try the following websites, but do remember to revisit us.
For volunteering opportunities in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames:
For volunteering opportunities in the London Borough of Hounslow: