Care Home Befrienders

two older ladies playing dominoesBefrienders in care homes make a huge difference to residents through spending extra time chatting or taking part in activities alongside them.

No prior skills or experience are required, but many befrienders

  • Bring talents and interests from their own life and engage residents in activities like arts and crafts, music or story-telling.
  • The care homes also run coffee mornings and tea dances, or go for walks in local communities to shops, parks and other places of interest.
  • Some have gardens and encourage residents to take part in basic gardening tasks and befrienders are always welcome to assist in these activities.

You will be supported by the Gateway Volunteer Service

This is an ideal role for: Anyone who wants to make a difference to the lives of older people.

Time commitment: 3 hours per week.

Locations: The care homes are Ings Grove in the centre of Mirfield, Claremont House in Heckmondwike, Moorlands Grange close to Netherton Village, near Huddersfield and Castle Grange in Newsome in Huddersfield.

Training: Before taking up this role we expect you to undertake a half day induction training session. We will provide professional support and supervision throughout.

Please note, all roles involving children, young people and adults at risk may be subject to screening and will be directed and closely monitored by a supervisor, who will support and guide your work.


Apply now or find out more

Apply or find out moreIf you’d like to find out more, visit:

Gateway Volunteer Service


or contact Janet Edmunds or
Catherine Bickerstaff:

Phone: 01484 414774



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