Home Visitor / Buddy

  • VO88237


Description

Can you spare a few hours a week to brighten someone’s day?

This is a great opportunity to provide crucial social interaction for a veteran, who can’t reach our centres, and can feel isolated or lonely.

By popping by once a week or fortnight, a Home Visitor / Buddy is a friendly face that can make all the difference to our veterans. A visit could be a simple chat and a cup of tea, getting involved in shared interests for example playing dominos, or a game, listening to music, watching TV or discussing audio books.

You will never be asked to do any personal care.

Although you will be working in the community independently, your manager is only a phone call away and there is a network of other volunteers for you to link in with too. 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 we ask that you are reliable and punctual for our veterans. You will be fully trained and supported so you feel comfortable and confident in your volunteering.

For more information please contact Gary Flew, Volunteer Coordinator at email: gary.flew@blindveterans.org.uk or tel.: 0751 493 1950.

Organisation aims and objectives

We are here to support anyone who has served in the Armed Forces, or who has done National Service, and who is now living with significant sight loss. We help blind ex-Service men and women lead independent and fulfilling lives by supporting them with our in-depth expertise, experience and full range of services. We give veterans much-needed support to adjust to sight loss, overcome the challenges of blindness and enjoy daily life. Our charity has been offering physical and emotional support to vision-impaired veterans since 1915.

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Flexible times available - all help greatly appreciated.

Restrictions

Experience required: We are looking for a friendly, reliable person who would enjoy supporting a visually impaired older male. Someone who is a good listener, can make conversation and share in the veterans interests.
Travel details: This is Aberdeen - AB25. In the veterans flat in a sheltered complex. Next to the North East Scotland College.
Minimum age: 18

Support

Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: Expenses for travel can be paid. Expenses are agreed prior to the activity. This is an online form and money will be paid into your bank account once a fortnight.
Training details: Excellent support and training is provided to all volunteers. We will provide a good induction looking at information on Blind veterans, the role you have applied for, Boundaries, policy and procedures, including lone working. We often get the opportunity to provide additional training including blind guiding, dementia, first aid or many other training opportunity on-line.
Support: Named Contact For Volunteer

Last updated 16 days 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.