Respite Befriending Officer

Royal Leicestershire, Rutland & Wycliffe
Leicester, Leicestershire, Rutland
£21,252 per annum
01 Dec 2016
05 Dec 2016
Contract Type
Full Time

Respite Befriending Officer

Fixed Term Contract until June 2018

£21,252 per annum

An opportunity has arisen, to develop and maintain Vista's Respite Befriending Scheme for people with a sight loss and hearing and sight loss  living in Leicester, Leicestershire or Rutland, which has the overall aim of improving lives of people isolated by their sight or sight and hearing loss.

You will be required to work 37 hours per week Monday -Thursday between the hours of 8.30am-5pm and Fridays 8.30am-4.30pm, to be worked flexibly, including additional hours from time to time to meet the needs of the job, and some unsocial hours working. 


  • To be responsible for the recruitment, selection and management of suitable volunteers to the scheme.
  • To work in partnership with residential home managers and key staff during individuals stay and transition to home.
  • To liaise with family members during stay at residential home and once individuals have returned home, ensuring there are planned exit strategies in place.
  • To be responsible for home visits and assessments of prospective respite Befriendees and Volunteer Befrienders in line with Vista lone working policy.
  • Responsible for direct supervision and annual appraisal of respite befriending assistant.
  • Home visits to the people we support to assess suitability for the scheme and potential match with volunteer, including home risk assessment.
  • Coordinates and leads on match meetings with both parties, acting as mediator to develop outcome based support for both parties.
  • Responsible for befriending budget  in conjunction with befriending officer, to monitor expenditure against funding, approx. £329,300

To view further details and to apply for this post please click on the below URL

Closing date: Friday 2nd December 2016

Interviews: Wednesday 14th December 2016

If you do not hear from us within three weeks of the closing date, please assume you have regrettably not been selected for interview on this occasion.  Please note, previous applicant need not apply.

This post is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure from the DBS.