Volunteer Befrienders

We are working with Cornwall Partnership Foundation Trust on the volunteer Befriending Service which provides opportunities for volunteers to visit people in community hospitals across the county.

The role of the Befriender helps to enhance services already provided to patients, whilst giving those in the community an opportunity to be actively involved in their local hospital.

Patients can expect befrienders to spend time talking and listening to them and encourage them to take part in activities such as reading; crosswords and crafts.

The Befriender will also be able to support with spiritual guidance in a listening and responding role, holistic recovery and general wellbeing. They will also be able to spend time with patients and their families, provide signposting to other services and offer advice and guidance with any questions the patient may have.

Volunteers of the Befriending Service will receive full support in their role from the ViP team, Matrons, ward staff and other specialist nurses.

Other volunteering opportunities include: ‘Conversation Partners’ who work with the Adult Speech and Language Team to help those who have difficulties with verbal communication, the Expert Patient Programme volunteers who help patients to manage long-term illnesses and the Guilds, Friends and Leagues of Friends, who work to support Community Hospitals by raising funds for vital equipment.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer befriender, please contact the Volunteers in Partnership team:

Email: cpn-tr.Volunteers@nhs.net

Tel: 01726 873253