Wickford, Essex
Job description

Drop in on Gordon and brighten up his week


Our member, Gordon, is 90 years old and lives alone with his cat in Wickford, Essex. Gordon is looking for a male befriender to come over for a visit as he often feels lonely at home and would enjoy the chance to have a chat over a cup of tea. Gordon used to be a musician but due to his sight loss is now unable to play many of the instruments he used to. He has a great love of music from the Beatles, to film scores and musicals. He also used to enjoy drawing and painting and specialised in Aviation Art drawing his inspiration from his time in the RAF painting scenes of aircraft in warfare. One subject he is not so keen on is football though! 


Gordon communicates with clear speech and uses a white stick whilst out of the house although he doesn't need guiding. He is simply seeking a friendly, chatty person to come over a have a drink with him some time on either a Tuesday or Thursday. No experience is required just a positive attitude and the desire to get to know someone. Even if these days aren't convenient, please do get in touch as we are always looking for Home Befrienders to pay a visit to our members many of whom are lovely and cut off from their local communities.


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



Then we want to hear from you...


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Posted on: 12 August 2019
Closed date: 10 November 2019
Tags: Social Care/Development, Support Worker