Home Visitor / Buddy (Kirkcaldy)

  • VO88208


Description

This is a great opportunity to support a poorly sighted older veteran in your community.

Home Visitors/ Buddies provide crucial social interaction for the veterans.

Can you provide a once a week or fortnightly visit? This is a purely social visit, you will never be asked to do any personal care.

Blind Veterans UK are looking for volunteers for two different veterans. One volunteer will be a friendly face for a cuppa and chat in the veteran’s home. The second should be someone with an interest in vinyl records, music, films and projectors.

Although you will be volunteering in the community independently, your manager is only a phone call away. Volunteers must be over the age of 18 years and understand the importance of confidentiality and relationship boundaries. The role can be flexible around your other commitments, but they ask that you are reliable and punctual for the veterans. Training and support are provided to all volunteers.

Organisation aims and objectives

We are Blind Veterans UK and we believe that no one who has served our country should battle blindness alone. That's why we're here to help with lifelong practical and emotional support which we provide to Armed Forces and National Service veterans regardless of when they served or how they lost their sight. We help veterans recover their independence and discover a life beyond sight loss. Our charity has been offering physical and emotional support to vision-impaired veterans since 1915. Blind Veterans UK's work ranges from helping veterans relearn vital life skills and providing them with the tools they need to be independent in their own homes, to offering new learning, training and recreation opportunities and providing long-term nursing, residential and respite care.

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2 Hours per week or fortnight

Restrictions

Experience required: Volunteer 1 -They are looking for friendly, reliable and chatty volunteers, People who are creative and a good listeners Volunteer 2 - Should be friendly and reliable with an interest in vinyl records, films, projectors and willingness help a film and music buff continue with his hobby
Travel details: This is a home visit to the veteran’s home in Kirkcaldy. There may be occasional/rare outings if the veteran feels able to manage this.
Minimum age: 18

Support

Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: Public transport expenses reimbursed and car milage paid at 0.45p per mile
Training details: We will provide information on the specific role, boundaries, lone volunteering, history of Blind Veterans UK and guidance/training on volunteering with someone who has a sight loss.
Support: Named Contact For Volunteer

Last updated 3 months ago

Please note, organisations are currently experiencing a large volume of enquiries from people looking to help out. They may not always be able to meet this demand so please be patient, you may not receive a quick response or be assigned to a role.