Witham, Essex, East of England


About the organisation

Deafblind UK is a membership organisation of, and governed by, people who are deafblind or have both a sight and hea... Read more

Job Description

Role Description:

Our member Bernadette is in her 90's and has loved a very full and interesting life.

Bernadette loves nothing more than a good chat and a chance to share her stories.

She lives with her daughter and son-in-law but due to their busy lives she spends most of her days by herself.

Bernadette has become extremely lonely and isolated and would love to find a volunteer befriender to have a chat over a cup of tea with.

Bernadette is registered blind in one eye but still has enough hearing to hold a conversation.

She communicates with clear speech very well, no previous experience is required.

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

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