Brighten up Julia's week with a visit and a chat
Our member Julia is 93 years old and lives alone in the Wrexham area. She has very little vision and can only make out shadows due to Macular Degeneration and is registered blind. Julia lost her husband four years ago and moved to her supported flat in Wrexham last year. She was originally from Yorkshire but has spent most of her life in North Wales, firstly in Rhyl then in the Wrexham area. Julia enjoyed a career in accountancy for many years and then for the Milk Marketing Board based in Wrexham. She loves music, mainly classical and listens to audio books and has always been a member of various amateur dramatics groups. This was a huge passion of hers and something she got involved with wherever she lived.
Julia would particularly like a volunteer to visit her at home for some company and a chat as she doesn’t get out so much now due to her dual sensory loss. She has led an interesting life and loves to talk and would benefit so much from a regular visit from a friendly, chatty befriender. Julia communicates with clear speech but isn’t able to walk very far but if she could only be accompanied outside in the local area she would be very grateful. She uses a stick to help her get around and would require guiding should she ever go out and full guiding training will be given.
Ideally, Julia is looking for someone to visit any time on a Monday or Tuesday - could you spare a couple of hours a week and make a huge difference to her life?
No experience is required simply a warm heart and the ability to chat and listen. Apply today.....
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...