Befriender (Outreach Team, Sight Scotland Veterans)

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We’re looking for friendly volunteer with good people skills to befriend our members, who are all veterans with sight loss, and take part in a wide range of activities with them. This might include visiting members in their own homes for a chat, meeting in town for a coffee, or joining them for a short walk. You will help us to improve our members’ quality of life and play a vital role in easing isolation.

Tasks and Responsibilities

Supporting members to participate in activities
To work alone and/or within a group setting to assist, support and accompany veterans who have a visual impairment
To support/befriend visually impaired veterans within a group setting or within the veterans’ home

Optional: If you have your own car and are able to drive veterans to and from designated activities this would also be very helpful.

What team will you be supporting and what do they do?

The successful volunteer will be supporting the Sight Scotland Veterans Outreach Team which is dedicated to providing advice and information, equipment, and social opportunities to veterans with a sight loss with the aim of aiding independent living and improving quality of life.

Organisation aims and objectives

Sight Scotland provides specialist care, education, and support that empowers people affected by sight loss in Scotland, and their families and carers. Sight Scotland Veterans works across Scotland to support visually impaired ex-servicemen and women.










Frequency and commitment details

We are flexible, but typically this opportunity would suit someone looking to volunteer two or more hours per week.


Experience required: Volunteers should meet the following essential criteria 1. A warm, friendly, and naturally chatty personality; someone who finds it easy to put people at ease. 2. Good listening skills with the ability to offer emotional support if required 3. A commitment to demonstrating Sight Scotland Veterans values of being approachable, forward thinking, professional, positive, empowering and sector leading.
Travel details: For the most part you would be befriending people within the community, so some local travel is to be expected.
Minimum age: 18


Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: Travel and subsistence costs will be reimbursed in line with our volunteer expenses policy
Training details: Most of our training is done online by e-learning and live group sessions. Training includes compulsory induction, befriending, and visual impairment awareness training.

Last updated 2 months ago

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