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Vacancy - Volunteer Home Befriender

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Location: Delivery areas - Greater London, Essex, Yorkshire, Lancashire, Merseyside, Birmingham, Cambridgeshire, Suffolk and Northern Ireland
Salary: 0
Vacancy type: Permanent
Sectors: General
Placed by: Deafblind UK
A Volunteer Home or Social Befriender will regularly visit a deafblind person in their own home or at another mutually convenient location to engage in or support them in social, leisure and practical activities as appropriate, to build and maintain social interaction and independence. Thus, breaking isolation and improving their quality of life.
The activities which may include:
Engaging in conversation or other activities as appropriate to build and maintain friendship e.g. chat and a cup of tea or going for local walks.
Providing information about local leisure opportunities and transport options
Accompanying the person to the first few meetings of one or more social or leisure groups or activities in the local community, e.g. the W.I., swimming pool, University of the 3rd Age, community walking groups, a local deafblind group or activity

Whats involved?
As a Volunteer Home/Social Befriender your role will be:

Establishing and building a befriending relationship and enabling our member to socialise and link to social events within the community

To visit an identified person at a mutually convenient time and place to engage in activities as described above and appropriate to normal companionship (Deafblind UK will work to match you with an individual with similar interests who would benefit from your life experiences)

To provide advice and guidance to the member at a level appropriate within a mutual companionship

To supervise the member as required in specific tasks ie gardening

To take charge of communication and guiding support as needed with the member to enable local walks, or enable them to access activities at their chosen meeting location

Providing regular updates of your volunteering activity to your Deafblind UK named contact

What times do I need to commit to?

This role requires a regular commitment of time to regularly visit our member, normally weekly at a mutually convenient time and place.

The role will suit people who are;
Willing to share their own personal interests with our member who have the same or similar interests
Willing to engage in conversations with our members to share interests
Willing to learn communication and guiding techniques as required to meet the needs of our members with combined sight and hearing loss (full training will be provided)
You must be over 18 to take up this role

What are the benefits to you?
Opportunities to meet like-minded people in your community
Be part of a friendly, supportive and dedicated team
The satisfaction of knowing you will be making a difference to real people's lives
New communications skills
Establishing positive employability skills to help you in your career path

How do we support you?

We ensure all volunteers who join our team are well equipped to undertake any tasks and will provide training and supervision throughout your journey with us. Any specific training will be outlined within your onboarding and induction stages and then discussed at your reviews with your Deafblind UK named contact.

For more information and an informal chat, contact our recruitment team on 01733 316587 or email [email protected]
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