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Our member,Greg,is a very interesting man with lots of stories about his army days. Due to Greg's combined sight and hearing loss he doesn't get out and about as much as he once did and spends a lot of time at home alone. This has resulted in him feeling increasingly lonely and cut off from his local community and he is now hoping that a volunteer befriender can come over and pay a visit and offer some much needed company. Gregwould love to have someone to chew the fat with.
Gregused to be a keen fisherman and has a love for horses, he would very much enjoy talking aboutthese activities and many other topics with his befriender.
Gregcommunicates with clear speech and no experience is required - simply a warm heart and theability to chat and listen. Could you have a couple of hours to spare each week to brighten up Greg and be the positive change he needs.
What is a Volunteer Befriender?
A Volunteer Home or Social Befriender will regularly visit a deafblind person in their own home or at another mutually convenient location to engage in or support them in social, leisure and practical activities as appropriate, to build and maintain social interaction and independence. Thus, breaking isolation and improving their quality of life.
The activities which may include:
- Engaging in conversation or other activities as appropriate to build and maintain friendship e.g. chat and a cup of tea or going for local walks.
- Providing information about local leisure opportunities and transport options
- Accompanying the person to the first few meetings of one or more social or leisure groups or activities in the local community, e.g. the W.I., swimming pool, University of the 3rd Age, community walking groups, a local deafblind group or activity
As a Volunteer Home/Social Befriender your role will be:
- Establishing and building a befriending relationship and enabling our member to socialise and link to social events within the community
- To visit an identified person at a mutually convenient time and place to engage in activities as described above and appropriate to normal companionship (Deafblind UK will work to match you with an individual with similar interests who would benefit from your life experiences)
- To provide advice and guidance to the member at a level appropriate within a mutual companionship.
- To supervise the member as required in specific tasks ie gardening.
- To take charge of communication and guiding support as needed with the member to enable local walks, or enable them to access activities at their chosen meeting location
- Providing regular updates of your volunteering activity to your Deafblind UK named contact
What times do I need to commit to?
- This role requires a regular commitment of time to regularly visit our member, normally weekly at a mutually convenient time and place.
The role will suit people who are …
- Willing to share their own personal interests with our member who have the same or similar interests
- Willing to engage in conversations with our members to share interests
- Willing to learn communication and guiding techniques to meet the needs of our members with combined sight and hearing loss (full training will be provided)
- You must be over 18 to take up this role
What are the benefits to you?
- Opportunities to meet like-minded people in your community
- Be part of a friendly, supportive and dedicated team
- The satisfaction of knowing you will be making a difference to real people’s lives
- New communications skills
- Establishing positive employability skills to help you in your career path
How do we support you?
We ensure all volunteers who join our team are well equipped to undertake any tasks and will provide training and supervision throughout your journey with us. Any specific training will be outlined within your onboarding and induction stages and then discussed at your reviews with your Deafblind UK named contact.
Please click on the ‘Apply’ button and complete the short application form, alternatively to find out more you can contact our Volunteer Recruiter on 01733 316587.