Deafblind UK members have combined sight and hearing loss and many live alone with few family and friends around them.
Making a regular call or sending an email or letter 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 well-being.
A Volunteer Telephone/Email Befriender aged 18+ makes regular phone calls or emails to our members and engages in conversations of mutual interest, offering support and friendship to each member. Reducing deafblind people’s isolation and improving their quality of life. Providing advice and guidance to our members as appropriate within a mutual friendship.
As a Volunteer Telephone or Email Befriender your role would be to:
- establish and build a befriending relationship
- call/email an identified deafblind person at a mutually convenient time on a regular basis
- enable the deafblind person to discuss topics of their choice
- engage in conversations of mutual interest with a deafblind person and to provide encouragement to maintain the flow of conversation for the allotted time
- provide advice and guidance to a deafblind person to a level appropriate within a mutual friendship
- provide regular updates of your volunteering activity to your named deafblind UK contact
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.
Something as simple as phone call could brighten up our members’ week!
Time commitment: This role requires a regular commitment of time, usually weekly.
Expenses reimbursed: Out of pocket expenses are reimbursed.
Training provided: Full training is provided.
Selection procedures: An informal discussion, application form completion, 2 references and a disclosure and barring check (cost met by organisation).