Volunteer Befrienders are urgently required for the leading visual impairment charity in Fife. seescape (Fife Society for the Blind) supports people living with visual impairments in Fife to enable them to live as independent a life as possible. This includes social support and connecting with their community. They are looking for volunteers who are people orientated, get a great deal of satisfaction with engaging with others and can provide a friendly listening ear as a Volunteer Befriender.
The role is incredibly rewarding and makes a huge difference to a person living with visual impairment. All you need is an hour or so every week or so to call your match, who will be carefully chosen for you, to build a befriending relationship. The role involves telephone calls initially, but as restrictions ease, may also involve visiting your match, and travel within Fife, to share a cuppa and a blether or take part in an activity, agreed in advance with seescape.
Befrienders come from all walks of life; full training and support is provided, Sighted Assistance training.
Ability to download and complete online training materials (3 modules) including:
1. Introduction to befriending and seescape,
2. Confidentiality and Safeguarding and
3. How to Befriend.
One to one support is provided by a named contact at seescape and can take place on the telephone, via email, online (e.g. via Zoom) or when permitted face to face. Other training opportunities provided throughout the year for volunteers, including Visual Awareness, Sighted Assistance, Deafblind Scotland, risk assessments, and others as identified by seescape and volunteers.
Out of pocket expenses paid?
Yes - Yes - Volunteers are paid travel expenses, including 45p mileage if they use their car for befriending and other reasonable expenses e.g. tea/coffee are also reimbursed.
Good listener, friendly and warm personality, awareness of boundaries in a befriending relationship (provided as part of training), awareness of the importance of confidentiality (will be required to sign a confidentiality agreement), honesty, reliability, ability to take part in training (can be made available online), positive attitude, sense of humour.
Telephone befriending service can be done from your own home, with the befriender making the telephone call to the client. Once restrictions ease, if both the volunteer and befriender, are happy with contact, visits will be discussed but must be agreed in
This opportunity is compatible with the Saltire Awards for volunteers aged 12-25.
To enquire/register an interest in this opportunity call us (FVA) on 0800 389 6046, e-mail us, or fill out this form:
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