Our member Gillian lives by herself and has lost a lot of confidence when it comes to going outside alone.
She uses a stick when she does go out, but she can no longer differentiate between the pavement and the curb, so gets worried about tripping or falling.
Gillian would like a Befriender to go for a walk into town and possibly do some clothes shopping as she likes this, but doesn't often get the opportunity to do it.
She has a lot of lovely people around her who help with things such as food shopping and taking her to church and a caring neighbour who pops in every morning to make sure she is ok.
Gillian communicates with clear speech.
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.
Quality 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
Please click on the ‘Apply’ button and complete the short application form, alternatively to find out more you can contact our Volunteer Recruiter on 01733 358100.
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