Befriender (Veterans)

  • VO88177


Description

We’re looking for friendly volunteers with good interpersonal skills to support people who use our services. As a befriender, you will meet a wide range of people, all living with sight loss living in our community and experiencing isolation.

This could involve meeting the client for a cup of tea and a chat or accompanying them to an activity (such as a trip to a cafe or the theatre). In some cases, you may accompany the older person to the occasional hospital or doctor's appointment. There will likely be some volunteering from your own home involved, checking in with clients by telephone.

You will help us to improve the quality of life of people using our services and play a vital role in easing isolation.

COVID SAFETY: We take every precaution to ensure no one, including our volunteers and services users, is exposed to potential COVID infection. We will explain this as part of volunteer training, but we welcome any questions about this in advance of or during your application to join us. Please contact us if you would like to discuss this.

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1+ hours per week

Restrictions

Experience required: Essential 1. Patient with good listening skills 2. A good understanding of or empathy for those with a visual impairment 3. Understand the need for confidentiality 4. Reliable and trustworthy 5. Able to undertake the role without direct supervision 6. A genuine interest and empathy with older people Desirable 1. Have a full driving license and access to own car 2. Be reflective of own work and willing to develop skills and experience.
Minimum age: 18

Support

Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: It is unlikely that travel expenses will be required but will be paid at public transport rates if so. Payment is usually made within two weeks. Our volunteer expenses policy is available for more information, and can be shared with potential applicants on request
Training details: We aim to offer excellent support to all our volunteers. You will have a named member of staff to support you. This colleague is responsible for your wellbeing and development as a volunteer, and you can contact them at any time. Our volunteer development manager is also keen to check in with you regularly. A wide range of training is available on an ongoing basis. Our main compulsory sessions for new volunteers in this role are: • Organisational induction • Befriending training • Visual impairment awareness training • Dignity at Work
Support: Named Contact For Volunteer

Last updated 3 months ago