Social Prescribing Buddy

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Job Description

Aim of volunteering role:

Volunteers will offer physical and emotional support to fellow patients who want to improve their wellbeing and social isolation.


Tasks & activities:

Tasks will be varied depending on your skills and availability. Volunteers will be matched up with a patient and help them to access services, activities and groups in their local area. Tasks may include:

  • Driving to/from activities and groups
  • Befriending – talking to people about activities they have attended, offering emotional support
  • Supporting patients to attend groups, for example going with a patient to a singing group for the first time because they are too anxious to go alone

Time: various – you will be matched with someone to support so timings will be based on when they are attending groups/activities/services

This role is very flexible and can fit around you

Place of work:
across West Kent – you will work in the local area of one of our 5 selected GP practices:

  • The Vine, Maidstone
  • Borough Green Medical Practice
  • Marden Medical Practice
  • St Andrews Medical Practice, Tunbridge Wells
  • Snodland Medical Practice

Volunteer manager:  Involve Co-ordinator, based in the named GP practice

Transport needed: own transport desirable but not essential

Skills required:
good listener, supportive, encouraging, motivated

Benefits offered:

  1. Full training within role as well as additional access to other courses
  2. Travel expenses
  3. Full insurance cover
  4. Volunteer recognition events, e.g. Christmas, Volunteers Week and other holidays


DBS Checking:

Volunteers who will be directly and significantly involved with children and/or vulnerable adults will be required to undergo a police check.

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