Deafblind UK

BSL Video Social Group Volunteer


1 hr fortnightly
usually a Tuesday (pm)
3 month commitment

Where we are

Head Office:
Centre for Deafblindness
19 Rainbow Court
Paston Ridings

About the Volunteer Opportunity

Are you a BSL user or do you have BSL Skill Level 3 equivalent and are interested in volunteering? Then we may have the role for you!

How can you help?
Our BSL video social groups are a fantastic way of providing our members with opportunities to make new friends in a relaxed accessible environment and is a way of making new friends for everyone involved.

However, our social groups can’t run unless we have some fantastic volunteers to help out. So, we need you!

If you are a confident and outgoing person with good communication skills, then we want to hear from you!

No previous experience is required, but we do need you to have a competent level of BSL.

You will need to know how to make video calls and to have your own computer or laptop with a camera.

Could you give an hour or more at a regular time, once a fortnight, to help connect our members?

The meetings last for one hour. You will need to be available at a fixed time, once a fortnight, to host the group.

A BSL Video Social Group Volunteer facilitates the remote group video calls with our 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 and company to the group. Your involvement can greatly improve our members’ quality of life and reduce their isolation.

What’s involved?
As a BSL Video Social Group Volunteer your role would be:

To host a recurring video meeting with the same members on a fortnightly basis (the meeting and invitations will have been generated for you in advance by a member of Deafblind UK staff team).

  • To ensure all members participating in the group are welcomed and actively joined to 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
  • To assist in making the groups fully accessible for our members

About the Organisation

There are around 11,000 people who are living with deafblindness in Northern Ireland. If you have sight and hearing loss, we can support you to continue your life beyond deafblindness, helping you to be more confident, socially active and independent.

Register your interest

Volunteers may be required to complete an Access NI disclosure for some volunteering roles.  A criminal record will not necessarily be a bar to obtaining a volunteer position.

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