Volunteer Befriender

  • VO79092


We’re looking for friendly volunteers with good people skills to befriend our members, who are all veterans with sight loss, and take part in activities with them. Part of the role will involve supporting members one-on-one, and you’ll also help us provide monthly lunch clubs and other social events. You will help us to improve our members’ quality of life and play a vital role in easing isolation.

Tasks and Responsibilities include 1) supporting members to participate in activities 2) working alone and/or within a group setting to assist, support and accompany veterans who have a visual impairment 3) Supporting and befriending visually impaired veterans within a lunch group setting or within the veterans’ home. If you have your own car and are able to drive veterans to and from designated activities this would also be very helpful.

The successful volunteer will be supporting the Scottish War Blinded 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.
Scottish War Blinded provides free support to veterans living with significant sight loss across Scotland, and are here to help all veterans regain independence after sight loss.

Organisation aims and objectives

Scottish War Blinded is a registered charity that was established in 1915. Originally we were established to support blinded soldiers returning from World War 1. Today we support anyone who has served in the Armed Forces who has a visual impairment, whether they lost their sight during or after service.


Experience required: 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. 3. Applicants should have a commitment to demonstrating Scottish War Blinded values of being approachable, forward thinking, professional, positive, empowering and sector leading.
Travel details: Various locations across the Scottish Borders.
Minimum age: 16


Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: Mileage rate: 45p/mile, paid by bank transfer. Other travel and other pre-agreed expenses reimbursed with valid receipt and completed expenses form.
Training details: Induction training will welcome you to the organisation, let you know more about us and what to expect as a volunteer. We will also provide compulsory visual impairment awareness training.
Support: Named Contact For Volunteer

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