Interests

  • Disability
  • Older People

Activities

  • Groups and clubs
  • Support and Befriending

Come and join the fun …. We need friendly, outgoing and welcoming volunteers to assist at our regular online group meet ups.

Our members really enjoy getting together having a good chat about all sorts of things and, here at Deafblind UK, we hold regular meetings where our members get together over the phone and online.

How can you help…

Virtual Volunteers are a fantastic support to our members and you can also benefit immensely by gaining new friendships yourself. We are looking for volunteers to support in facilitating small groups to enable our members to make the most of their time together, encouraging chat and opening up discussions so everyone gets a chance to participate. If you have BSL (British Sign Language) skills, we would love you to get involved with our online virtual groups for our BSL using members.

And if you don't have BSL skills, that is not a problem at all - we are also looking for volunteers to help support our regular group meetings which take place over the phone for those members who communicate with clear speech. No previous experience is required but a willingness to use the appropriate technology and having access to a computer or a smartphone would be required. A confident, outgoing personality with good communication skills go a long way too!

Could you give a couple of hours a fortnight to help connect our members so many of whom manage their sight and hearing loss alone?

Dual sensory loss can be isolating and lonely however getting people together to enjoy each other's company goes a long way in tackling this.

What skills do I need?

A Virtual Group Volunteer facilitates the remote group calls with our members. The group call could either be a video call, telephone call or video call for our BSL using members. You would ensure that members are following the guidelines for the group calls and, where required, engage in conversations of mutual interest offering support to each member. Reducing deafblind people’s isolation and improving their quality of life.

What’s involved?

As a Virtual Group Volunteer your role would be:

To ensure all members wanting to participate in the call are joined into the group To enable the members to discuss topics of their choice without discriminating against anyone To engage in conversations of mutual interest with members and to provide encouragement to maintain the flow of conversation for the allotted time To provide advice and guidance to a deafblind person to a level appropriate within a mutual friendship. To provide regular updates of your volunteering activity to your named Deafblind UK contact to flag any concerns or queries.

What times do I need to commit to?

This role requires a minimum of 1 hour at a committed time on a fortnightly basis.

The role will suit people who …

Willing to share their own personal interests with members who have similar or the same interests Willing to engage in conversations with deafblind people to share interests Willing to learn communication and guiding techniques to meet the needs of the deafblind person / people (full training will be provided)

Interests

  • Disability
  • Older People

Activities

  • Groups and clubs
  • Support and Befriending

Details

  • DBS check required
  • Equal opportunities policy
  • Ongoing support; Health and Safety Policy
  • Suitable for under 18s
  • Training provided
    Safeguarding Adults Data Protection
  • Volunteer induction
  • Volunteer policy
  • Volunteers covered by insurance
  • Written role description

When can I volunteer?

Start Date: 15/10/2020

End Date: 19/10/2022

Slot Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Morning No No Yes No No No No
Afternoon No No Yes No No No No
Evening No No No No No No No

Availability Details

Our virtual groups take place on a Wednesday. We have four groups; two in the morning and two in the afternoon and we would expect a volunteer to support with a least one group.

Location

This opportunity can be carried out whilst working from home.

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