Befriender - Scottish Borders
When We Need You
From 21/06/2011 onwards
Volunteer befriending offers a supportive, reliable relationship to blind and partially sighted people who may otherwise be socially isolated. A volunteer befriender will meet with a client on a regular basis, generally once a week/fortnight. They may meet up for a chat, could help with reading mail, or perhaps go out for a short walk, depending on the individual.
What will I be doing?
Keeping in contact with the client and agreeing date and time of visits in advance
Listening and talking with adult clients
Assisting clients with a particular activity
Providing sighted guide assistance when required
RNIB (Royal National Institute of Blind People) is the UK's leading charity offering information, support and advice to almost two million people with sight loss. As a membership organisation we are dedicated to delivering services our members need and campaigning for their civil and welfare rights. We support children and adults with sight loss to live full and independent lives. Volunteers work with us to support blind and partially sighted people in a variety of locations across the UK. We have over 100 different volunteering roles available which can be done from home, based at an RNIB Group office or out and about in the community. Volunteering with us means that you will help even more blind and partially sighted people lead full and independent lives.
Skills & Experience
Excellent communication skills
Good listening skills
Reliability and punctuality
A friendly, outgoing personality
Membership of the Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme
Training and Induction Details
Understanding Sight Loss Pack
Supervision and support from your volunteer manager / coordinator
Befriending / Mentoring
All out of pocket expenses will be reimbursed including expenses to attend training.
Frequency & Commitment
The hours of this role are flexible.
Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age.
VMP Ref: 1026
RNIB Group Volunteering Team
Contact: RNIB Group Volunteering Team
Tel: 01733 375450
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