What is a care home volunteer?
Many of the people who we support live in residential care homes. However, due to the strain on residential and supported accommodation, staff often don't have the time to hold stimulating conversations or offer emotional support. This can leave people feeling isolated and vulnerable, especially when they receive few or no visitors.
Our care home volunteers visit our people who are deafblind and living in care homes, and spend some time having a chat and giving them some company. Something as simple as an hour's chat could brighten up someone's week!
- Visiting one of our members on a regular basis to have a chat and get to know them. Whatever the conversation, you will making a positive difference to their life.
- Providing regular updates of your volunteering activity to your Deafblind UK named contact.
How much commitment do I need to give?
This role requires a regular commitment of at least an hour a week.
Am I suitable?
This role will suit people who...
- Are chatty, friendly, approachable and confident
- Are kind-hearted and comfortable engaging with our members
- Are able to instigate conversations and commit to weekly or monthly visits with our members
- Are willing to share their own personal interests with our member who have the same or similar interests
- Are willing to learn communication and guiding techniques to meet the needs of our members with combined sight and hearing loss (full training will be provided)
How will I benefit?
- This is an opportunity to meet like-minded people in your community
- You will be part of a friendly, supportive and dedicated team
- You will know you will be making a difference to real people’s lives
- New communications skills
- Establishing positive employability skills to help you in your career path
What support will I get?
We ensure that all volunteers who join our team are well equipped to undertake any tasks and will provide training and supervision throughout your journey with us. Any specific training will be outlined at the induction stage and then discussed at your reviews with your Deafblind UK named contact.
This role is purely voluntary, and this arrangement is not legally binding or an employment contract.