Home Visitor / Shopping Buddy

  • VO88561


Description

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

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

Can you provide a once a weekly or fortnightly Home Visit?

They are looking for a female volunteer, prepared to use their car, who would provide a friendly face for a cuppa and chat, and also guide this lady out to the local shops now and then. Her main shopping is done by family on a weekend, but this lady would like to go for a trip to the shops to pick up little treats etc.

Although you will be working 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 our veterans. Training and support is provided to all volunteers.

This is a purely social visit, you will never be asked to do any personal care.

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

Female as the client is female
Experience required: We are looking for friendly, reliable and chatty volunteer. Someone who is creative and a good listener. A confident person who would guide the person around the shops – A driver would be needed
Travel details: This is a home visit to the veteran’s home in Kirkcaldy
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

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