We support people with combined sight and hearing loss to live the lives they want, and we are currently looking for a home befriender for one of our members.
Our member Debbie is a religious lady and a retired Reverend.
Debbie suffers with Macular Degeneration due to her age an has limited sight and hearing.
Because of this she finds it very difficult to get out of the house and is becoming increasingly lonely and isolated.
Debbie used to love popping to town on the bus once a week but has lost the confidence to do this alone.
She would love to find a volunteer befriender who can guide her (training provided) and go for a wander round the shops or for a cup of tea.
Debbie communicates with clear speech.
What will you get out of it?
- It’s a direct way to make a difference to a deafblind person’s life.
- You will be supporting a great cause, while giving something back to your community.
- You will build a new friendship and have the opportunities to learn new skills.
- We will offer you full training, support and guidance throughout your volunteering experience with Deafblind UK
- Reimbursement of out of pocket expenses such as mileage or public transport costs
Qualities and Skills we are looking for:
- We are looking for enthusiastic and reliable Volunteers.
- Good communication skills, particularly with regard to conversational skills.
- To be reliable and have a genuine interest to make a difference in lives of deafblind people.
- Patience and a warm and friendly attitude.
What will we ask for in return?
- A regular commitment of one weekly visit – usually 1-3 hours.
- We will need to undertake two references and a DBS check before this role can start.
- You will need to be over the age of 18 years to apply for this role.
Tags: Befriending, Community, Community Work, Health and Wellbeing
John and Lucille van Geest Place,
Tel: 01733 358100