Befriender/Buddy (Social Lights)


Social Lights is a volunteering scheme designed to support people who lack confidence to thrive in their community. Whether that be going for a coffee catch up, going bowling, walking, or joining a a group, every activity helps. Giving as little as 1 hour per week can have a huge impact on a person’s wellbeing and confidence.

We receive referrals of adults in receipt of Adult Social Care support through Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council. Client needs can range from low level mental health difficulties, learning difficulties, autism, early stages dementia or Alzheimer’s, or any particular barrier to accessing their community. We want everyone to feel empowered and able to reach personal goals and follow interests, whoever they may be.

We don’t require any qualifications or experience for this role and we will provide full training. Whether you are looking for experience in health or social care for future career prospects, or you simple enjoy supporting people to thrive in their community, you can get involved!

For any further information please email

Health, well-being, adult social care.

  • Meet in the community with the client on a schedule decided by both volunteer and client.
  • Be understanding of the clients support needs.
  • Complete Catalyst training and DBS check (provided by Catalyst at no cost).

  • Ability to support, encourage and enable others to fulfil tasks and activities
  • An understanding of challenges and barriers that people who use the service may face would be useful but not essential

  • Friendly, respectful and non-judgemental attitude
  • Reliable, trustworthy and proactive.

Catalyst will provide necessary training and 1-1 support throughout your voluntary service, including:

  • DBS check
  • Training
  • Paid expenses (including travel and out of pocket)

We can accept applicants aged 16+. Please note you will be supporting adults aged 18+ so proper risk assessment will be carried out after the application stage.

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