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Page 16 of 31
Neath Port Talbot
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Voluntary
Job description

Make a difference today!

Our member, Ruth,  has lived in South Wales all her life. She used to work as a dinner lady and during her 50’s was always off somewhere camping and caravanning. She has three sons, two live locally and the third lives in Canada.

Ruth is looking for a friendly volunteer who could pay a visit for a chat and a bit of company each week. Ideally she would like to get out and about, but needs someone with her for confidence more than anything else. She walks using a trolley with a seat, so she can stop and have rest when she needs to. She loves a cup of coffee in the Neath Marks and Spencers and is able to use the Community Transport to get her there with the company of a volunteer. She would also maybe like to walk to the little co-op near her, where there is also a post office with a café.  If you were a driver with your own transport, there is also Knoll Park a couple of miles away you could have a walk around in the better weather. While she is at home, Ruth enjoys listening to talking books and enjoys programmes such as Gold Rush. She would also like someone to chat to about what is happening locally and within the world.

Volunteer Role Profile

Role: Volunteer Befriender

Lead Contact: Outreach Officer

What is a Volunteer Befriender?

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

    What is a Volunteer Befriender?

    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
  • What’s 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 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.

    This role is purely voluntary, and this arrangement is not meant to be a legally binding one or an employment contract

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Deafblind UK

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

Posted on: 23 January 2020
Closing date: 22 April 2020
Tags: Social Care/Development,Support Worker
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