Royal National Institute for Deaf People (RNID)
Virtual Deaf Befriender
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.
• 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
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.
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.