Deafblind UK

Telephone Befriender


1 hr a week
3 month commitment

Where we are

Head Office:
Centre for Deafblindness
19 Rainbow Court
Paston Ridings

About the Volunteer Opportunity

Deafblind UK members have combined sight and hearing loss and many can feel lonely or socially isolated. We offer a free telephone befriending service where we match volunteers with one of our members to have a weekly 30 minute chat together.

We are looking for confident, empathetic and friendly people who can hold a good conversation. You could be chatting about similar interests or learning about each other’s lives. Whatever the conversation you’ll be having a positive impact.

One 30 minute call seems really simple but having someone to talk to and someone to listen, could really make a difference to our members. It could be that you’re the only person they speak to that day, or even that week.

Our members love to chat with people who have had some life experience and stories to tell. You will need good communication skills and be able to strike up a conversation. You will also need to be reliable, patient with a naturally warm and friendly nature.

We will ensure you are supported throughout your journey with us, offering training and support at all times.

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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