Volunteer Befriender (Sight Scotland: Family Wellbeing Service)

  • VO90839


Description

We’re looking for friendly volunteers with good interpersonal skills to support people who use our services. As a befriender, you will meet a wide range of people, all living with sight loss living in our community and experiencing isolation.

This could involve meeting the client for a cup of tea and a chat or accompanying them to an activity (such as a trip to a cafe or the theatre). In some cases, you may accompany the person to the occasional hospital or doctor's appointment. There will likely be some volunteering from your own home involved, checking in with clients by telephone.

You will help us to improve the quality of life of people using our services and play a vital role in easing isolation.

COVID SAFETY: We take every precaution to ensure no one, including our volunteers and services users, is exposed to potential COVID infection. We will explain this as part of volunteer training, but we welcome any questions about this in advance of or during your application to join us. Please contact us if you would like to discuss this.

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.

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Frequency and commitment details

Negotiable, 1+ hours p/w

Restrictions

Experience required: Essential 1. Patient with good listening skills 2. A good understanding of or empathy for those with a visual impairment 3. Understand the need for confidentiality 4. Reliable and trustworthy 5. Able to undertake the role without direct supervision 6. A genuine interest and empathy with older people Desirable 1. Have a full driving license and access to own car 2. Be reflective of own work and willing to develop skills and experience.
Travel details: Travelling to meet people within the community (in their homes or in public places, e.g., cafes, public parks, etc.) will be necessary. Own transport is advantageous. All travel expenses can be reimbursed
Minimum age: 18

Support

Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: We are happy to reimburse travel and substance costs in line with our volunteer expenses policy.
Training details: Training includes organisational induction, visual impairment awareness, befriending skills and more. Training is delivered through a mix of online (both e-learning and live group sessions) and in-person.

Last updated 24 days ago