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Join our team of telephone befrienders

Befriending / Visiting volunteers needed for Berkshire Vision

Berkshire Vision provides information/support to children and adults who are blind or visually impaired. We offer a wide range of services to our members and their families, as well as working with health and social care professionals, local employers and community groups to improve their understanding of visual impairment.

We are recruiting more Volunteer Telephone Befrienders to join our team. Visual impairment causes some of our members to feel loneliness and isolation, which is exacerbated by Covid restrictions and the onset of winter. A regular weekly phone call and a lovely chat can make all the difference and we have had some wonderful friendships develop as a result. This is rewarding role and particularly suitable for those who want to make a difference and have extra time on their hands.

This role will be carried out from home and with the full support of our volunteer team. Training will be given. Volunteers will be required to provide two references.

Contact person firstname
Gillian Comley, Head of Volunteering
Contact person's position
Their phone number?

Location description
From home.
Wheelchair accessible?
Not specified
Car parking for the volunteer?
Not specified
Secure bicycle parking?
Not specified
Near public transport?
Not specified
How much time?
A few hours a week
What times and days of the week?
Mon AMMon PMTue AMTue PMWed AMWed PMThu AMThu PMFri AMFri PMSat AMSat PMSun AMSun PM
Availability required
Any of these times
Task type?
Befriending / Visiting
Will suit someone like this:
Prefers a specific rolePrefers a regular scheduleHappy to work soloGood sense of humourSociablePatientSupportiveCommunicatorEmotionally robust
Post suitable for supported volunteering?
Not specified
Is training given?
Training description
Induction to policies, safeguarding and boundaries
Is support given?
Description of support
Volunteer on hand to support
Are expenses paid?
Will I need my own transportation?
Will the volunteer be CRB or DBS checked?
Are references required?
Will there be an interview?
Are they properly insured?
Minimum age
Do they need a specific gender?
How many volunteers needed?
Opportunity added on
10 November 2020

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