about 3 years ago
Deafblind UK are looking for volunteers to regularly supervise and support a deafblind person(s) in their own home or at another mutually convenient location to engage with and access social, leisure and practical activities. To build, supervise and maintain social interaction and independence, breaking isolation and improving the deafblind person(s) quality of life.
Such activities may include:
- Engaging in conversation, and supervising activities as appropriate to build and maintain friendship e.g. chat and a cup of tea, gardening and going for walks.
- Providing information, advice and guidance on local leisure opportunities and transport.
- Supervising the deafblind person to attend their first few meetings of local social, leisure or activity groups in their community. E.g. W.I., swimming, University of the 3rd Age, walking groups, local deafblind group or similar.
- Supporting the deafblind person as necessary to access local services such as plumbers.
The exact activities will be different for each deafblind person (s) and will be agreed with them, the volunteer and volunteer co-ordinator in advance of any activity.
- To establish and build a befriending relationship.
- To enable and /or supervise the deafblind person to socialise and link to social events in their community
- To regularly visit an identified deafblind person at a mutually convenient time and place, ideally weekly.
- To engage in and supervise activities as above and as appropriate to normal friendships (Deafblind UK will work to match you with an individual with similar interests or who would benefit from your life experiences)
- To provide advice and guidance to a deafblind person to a level appropriate within a mutual friendship
- To take charge of communication and guiding support as needed with the deafblind person to enable them to access their chosen activities
- To take charge of contacting professional services such as plumbers, where the deafblind person is unable to do so due to their sight and hearing loss. To supervise the safety of the deafblind person whilst the professional is in their home, taking charge of ensuring communication needs are met, explaining what is happening and providing reassurance that the deafblind person is safe in their home with a stranger present.
- To provide regular updates of your volunteering activity to your supervisor, and report any concerns / issues as soon as possible.
- To provide a regular commitment of time and provide as much notice of any absence as possible
- Willing to share own personal interests with deafblind people who have similar or the same interests
- Willing to engage in conversations with deafblind people to share interests
- Willing to engage with deafblind people in social situations and activities
- Willing to research and advise on modes of public transport available to access activities
- Able to appreciate that a social befriender role may not be long-term with each deafblind individual, willing to step back in appropriate social situations such as the WI so the deafblind person becomes a group member in their own right, and can then be supported in that activity by the group.
- Willing to supervise a deafblind person to safely access professional services, and provide reassurance of their safety
- Willing to learn communication and guiding techniques to meet the needs of the deafblind person / people (training will be provided)
- To adhere to the requirements of Deafblind UK’s volunteer policies and procedures including the Code of Conduct as outlined in the Volunteer Handbook.
If you would like further information or wish to apply, please email us at email@example.com or telephone 01733 358100 and speak to Lyn Pollard.