We are looking for friendly individuals to join us as Volunteer Befrienders, providing support to people living locally who are blind or have a visual impairment. We will match you one-to-one with clients who share similar interests and hobbies and we ask you to spend a few hours a week or fortnight with them, helping them to live their life to the full.
In particular, we have a client in Golspie who is looking for a companion to assist her with strolls along the beach, baking and general errands. Other roles could involve visiting at home to provide companionship or help with everyday tasks, such as reading mail, or enabling them to get out and about with confidence or enjoy a favourite hobby. We’ve had requests for everything from hill-walking and swimming, to afternoon tea and knitting! This service really helps our clients enable them to live the lifestyle they want and enjoy the interests and hobbies they have, as well as overcoming the effects of social isolation or loneliness.
We provide a full range of training including Sighted Guide training, as well as offering full support to you in your role, disclosure checks and expenses.
Sight Action is a local charity contracted by NHS Highland, NHS Western Isle and the Highland and Western Isles Councils to provide patient support and rehabilitation to blind and visually impaired adults and children. Our Rehabilitation Workers identify the person’s needs and we offer a full range of services to enable patients to achieve everything they wish too. We offer independent living skills to help people cope safely around their home and have a full range of low vision aids and specialist equipment for use or to purchase. We also provide a wide range of advice and emotional support, as well as groups and activities, including Support Groups, our Befriending service, Daytrips and Walking Groups, assistance with Transport and Handyperson services, and much more.
We ask volunteers to commit a 2 hours every fortnight, or more if they wish. The days and times will be arranged to mutually suit the volunteer and the befriendee(s).
Experience required: Volunteers should meet the following essential requirements:
• Excellent communication skills – ability to listen and be non-judgemental
• Friendly and supportive approach to people
• Proven reliability
• Good communication with the Volunteer Coordinator and Sight Action staff
Travel details: Any travel expenses will be reimbursed. Other reasonable out of pocket expenses will be reimbursed if agreed in advance with the Volunteer Co-ordinator
Minimum age: 18
Expenses paid: Yes
Taster available: Yes
Training details: Training will be provided to help develop the necessary skills and understanding of the role, but the below experience would be desirable. • An insight into visual impairment • An understanding of isolation and exclusion • An understanding of the importance of maintaining independence • Previous experience of working/volunteering with, living with or caring for someone with a disability
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