Royal National Institute for Deaf People (RNID)

Virtual Deaf Befriender


2 hrs per week
9 month commitment

Where we are

Harvester House
4-8 Adelaide Street

About the Volunteer Opportunity

To help enhance the quality of life for older deaf people in the community and residential homes by reducing social isolation.

Suggested tasks:
• Spend time on a regular basis with older deaf people in the community via video call.
• Provide friendship, support and other activities on a 1:1 basis

It would be good if you:
• Are sensitive and empathetic towards other people
• Have a positive attitude
• Are open-minded and non-judgemental
• Can listen actively
• Are friendly, reliable, trustworthy and honest
• Are aware of issues affecting deaf people
• Are committed to the wellbeing of others especially the older community
• Have BSL to at least Level 2
• Have access to a computer, laptop or tablet at home for video calls
• Are confident using video call software e.g. Zoom, Skype, FaceTime, WhatsApp

Training/learning needed:
Action on Hearing Loss NI offers full, on-going training for all volunteers, including a one-day induction programme with optional OCN qualification. In addition, you will have a half-day training session in the role of befriender including boundaries, confidentiality and safeguarding.

*NB Training provided is currently under review due to Covid-19 and will be delivered in a digital format

About the Organisation

We’re here for everyone in Northern Ireland who is deaf or has hearing loss or tinnitus.

We work in communities across the country to provide information and support services. We also run fundraising events and campaigns – and we’re always keen to welcome new volunteers.

Find out about our local services in Northern Ireland, how to get involved and who to contact for information or support.

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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.

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