Remote Telephone Befriender

Deafblind UK

Hours

Minimum commitment:
1 hr a week for 3 months

Where we are

Head Office:
Centre for Deafblindness
19 Rainbow Court
Paston Ridings
Peterborough
Cambridgeshire
PE4 7UP

About the Volunteer Opportunity

Could you help support our members who would like to stay in contact over the telephone and receive a weekly call from a friendly volunteer?

Making a regular call to one of our members could make a huge difference right now. So many of them live alone and having the opportunity to speak to another person can be of huge benefit to their general wellbeing.

We are looking for confident, chatty and friendly individuals who can hold a good conversation with our member over the phone. You could be chatting about similar interests or learning about each others lives. Whatever the conversation you’ll be making a positive difference.

As a Volunteer Telephone Befriender your role would be:

  • To contact predominately older people with acquired deafblindness
  • To establish and build a befriending relationship
  • To call an identified Deafblind UK member at a mutually convenient time on a regular basis
  • To enable the person to discuss topics of their choice
  • To engage in conversations of mutual interest and to provide encouragement to maintain the flow of conversation for the allotted time
  • To provide advice and guidance at 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.

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.

www.deafblind.org.uk/about-us/deafblind-ni/

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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.