Befriender

  • VO64001


Description

To provide regular friendly conversation and companionship for an elderly, socially isolated person on an ongoing basis.
The activities and responsibilities will vary according to the needs of the visually impaired person. Some people require help with reading and writing letters. Others may want to go out for a walk, but can only do so with a sighted guide. Some people like the chance to go shopping, while others just want to sit and chat over a cup of tea.
While the Coronavirus is an ongoing threat, befriending will be limited to telephone contact. Friendly chats can be a lifeline at this time. We would hope that this initial telephone contact might later lead to befriending in person.

Organisation aims and objectives

The society exists to enhance the quality of life of, promote the continuing independence of and to raise the awareness of the needs of visually impaired people of all ages living in Perth and Kinross.

Restrictions

Experience required: • Warm, friendly and patient approach • Able to put people at ease • Flexible and committed • Adherence to the policies and procedures of VisionPK.
Travel details: We have clients all over Perth & Kinross
Minimum age: 16

Support

Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: Travel expenses are available
Training details: General induction, plus vision awareness training
Support: Named Contact For Volunteer

Last updated 16 days ago

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