What is a group volunteer?
We run various social groups to support people who have sight and hearing loss. We aim to be inclusive and supportive, ensuring a safe environment and encouraging local members to attend regularly to reduce isolation and loneliness. There are various volunteer roles available at our groups, including:
- Group co-ordinator
- Coffee morning co-ordinator
- Activities co-ordinator
- Group admin
- Group finance
- Named first aider
- General group volunteer
As a group volunteer you will provide support to our social groups or coffee mornings enabling members to widen their social networks and friendships.
- Preparing drinks
- Offering communication and guiding support
- Having group-based and one to one conversations and helping with equipment
- Organising monthly social groups, including activity planning and member transport supporting Deafblind UK members
- Welcoming and support any visiting speakers, activity providers, etc.
- Organising or promoting regular coffee mornings or meet ups
- Keeping accurate finance records and balance of accounts paid in as subs by attendees
- Opening and closing venues
How much commitment do I need to give?
This role requires regular monthly attendance, days and times vary depending on location.
Am I suitable?
The role will suit people who…
- Are confident with a warm, friendly and engaging manner
- Can empathise with the pressures that people who are deafblind and their famillies face, and understand the need for support
- Have a sense of humour
- Are self-motivated with an ability to work on own initiative
- Have excellent communication and organisational skills with the ability to work on own initiative
- Are reliable, confident and responsible with enthusiasm and great social skills
- Are sensitive and understanding of the needs of people who have sight and hearing loss
- Are willing to learn communication and guiding techniques to meet the needs of the people who attend the group
- Have experience in organising group activities and session planning
- Are confident in handling cash and logging information
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.
“There are so many people who are locked in a silent world, so the Deafblind UK social groups are very relevant. In this day and age people are more and more isolated... I have learned a lot at the group that I am applying to my own life. It has helped me a great deal to cope with my disability. I really have a heart for people who have lost their sight."