Greater London
Job description

Be a friend to Gordon and brighten up his week


Our member, Gordon, is 74 and lives in the Waltham Forest area with his daughter.  He has a number of interests and used to do an awful lot but has lost a lot of confidence in recent years. Sadly, he lost both his daughter and his wife within a short space of time five years ago and since then his hobbies have dwindled away. Gordon is looking for a home befriender, someone who could pay a visit and enjoy a chat over a cuppa and give him some garden inspiration.


Just some of Gordon's interests are motorbikes (he has four!) and a love of fishing and gardening. He has plum and hazelnut trees and is currently trying to grow blueberry bushes. He enjoys the wildlife visitors that come into the garden especially the goldfinches, has a fish pond with Koi Carp and an elderly rabbit. Technology interests Gordon and he has two cameras set up at home – one on the drive and another directed on his pond which he can watch on the TV.


Could you spare a couple of hours on a semi regular basis to pay a visit? Gordon finds himself spending more and more time alone and doesn't go out much at all. Having a link back into his local community and a friendly visitor could make a huge differnce to his life.


No experience is required just a warm heart and a friendly, chatty personality. 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...

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Posted on: 30 July 2019
Closed date: 28 October 2019
Tags: Social Care/Development, Support Worker