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SSAFA Devon The Armed Forces Charity
Home-based
Travel and associated expenses paid
Southwark Day Centre for Asylum Seekers
Multiple Locations
non-remunerated
Page 12 of 24
Leeds, West Yorkshire
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Voluntary
This recruiter is scheduling interviews as the applications come in. So apply now!
Job description

Our member Mary lives alone in Leeds and is looking for a friendly Home Befriender who can spare a couple of hours each week to visit and enjoy a chat over a coffee.

Due to Mary's combined hearing and sight loss she is finding herself spending more and more time home alone and is missing being able to chat and have the regular catch up that we all enjoy. Mary likes to talk about anything and everything and would love some company and the chance to have a chat at home and perhaps sit out in the garden when the weather is good.

Mary uses walking aids to get around the house and uses clear speech to communicate and ideally, she would like a visit any morning except Friday. No experience is required simply a warm heart, the ability to chat and listen and the desire to make a positive change in someone's life.

Apply today!

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.

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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: 29 January 2020
Closing date: 28 April 2020
Tags: Social Care/Development,Support Worker
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