Volunteer Befriender (Sight Scotland Veterans: Outreach Service)

  • VO90841


About This Role:

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

  1. Supporting members to participate in activities
  2. To work alone and/or within a group setting to assist, support and accompany veterans who have a visual impairment
  3. 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. (This is dependent on other factors including current COVID guidance.)

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.










Frequency and commitment details

Flexible, typically 2-4 hours per week


Experience required: Essential 1. Applicants should have a caring empathetic nature, an attitude which encourages independence, ability to use life experience and initiative to minimise risk and provide a friendly companionship. 2. Applicants should be reliable and willing to undertake training in sighted guided technique. Desirable 1. It would be helpful for applicants to have their own car.
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


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.

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