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Befriender

with Herts Vision Loss

Opportunity Type: Long-term Commitment
Opportunity Start Date: 06/10/2021
Opportunity End Date:
Where is the opportunity located?: Indoor
Time of day: Weekday Mornings, Weekend Half Days, Casual or Intermittent
Description: Herts Vision Loss is a local charity providing a wide range of support and services to visually impaired people, their families and carers in Herts. There are over 26,000 visually impaired people in Hertfordshire, and in addition there are over 35,000 people with long term eye conditions that may result in them losing their sight further. As a society living longer, Age Related Macular Degeneration is the most common source of someone losing their sight. Everyday 100 people will lose their sight in the UK and without dedicated and committed volunteers HVL would not be able to offer the vital information, support or services to our community. Losing your sight is more feared than being diagnosed with cancer, many people need someone to talk to, who can offer support and help at key times when they start to lose their sight, or as they learn to live without their sight. Befrienders are needed to visit clients who have a visual impairment, who may be isolated in their own home, and to chat, read or carry out small tasks for them. Some befrienders also enjoy walks or outings with their clients. Honest, reliable, flexible, good listening skills, good communicator, willing to learn, committed, has time to spare, wants to make a difference, common sense, experience of working with someone with a visual impairment (not essential)
Practical Considerations: This volunteering opportunity spans throughout Hertfordshire.
Requirements: Will require a criminal record check (DBS)
Other Requirements: Will require references
Suitable for: 18 – 25 year olds, Aged 26 and over, University students, Older People
Suitable for volunteers interested in: Physical Disabilities, Sensory Impairment, Social Activities
Wheelchair access?: Yes