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Hammersmith, Greater London
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Voluntary
Job description

Make a difference today!

Shari would love to get out more to the theatre, cinema  and exhibitions - could you be the one to help her make this happen?

Our Member Shari lives alone in the Hammersmith area and has a real passion for the theatre and films with audio descriptions. Due to her sight loss, she finds it really difficult getting out and about and lacks the confidence to travel alone. Subsequently, she is beginning to feel quite isolated and cut off from so much available to her locally.Ideally Shari is looking for a volunteer who shares the sames interests and who would also benefit from a friendly companionship.

Shari not only enjoys films and plays but also has an interest in psychology, history and archaeology - she would also enjoy keeping a bit more fit and maybe going to the gym. Shari is flexible with times and we would provide you all the training you needed to become Shari's volunteer including guiding skills. No experience is required simply the enthusiasm and desire to be a positive change in one of our member's life's.

Could you brighten up Shari's week - then 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.

Interested?

Then we want to hear from you...

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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: 12 February 2020
Closing date: 12 May 2020
Tags: Social Care/Development,Advocacy
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