Come and join the fun …. We need friendly, outgoing
and welcoming volunteers to assist at our regular online group meet
Our members really enjoy getting together having a good chat about all
sorts of things and, here at Deafblind UK, we hold regular meetings where
our members get together over the phone.
How can you help…?
Virtual Group Volunteers (a term which incorporates both telephone and
video based roles) are a fantastic support to our members and you can also
benefit immensely by gaining new friendships yourself. We are looking for
volunteers to support in facilitating small groups to enable our members to
make the most of their time together, encouraging chat and opening up
discussions so everyone gets a chance to participate.
No previous experience is required but having access to a phone
would be required. A confident, outgoing personality with good
communication skills goes a long way too!
Could you give an hour or more at a regular time, once a
fortnight, to help connect our members (many of whom manage their sight and
hearing loss alone)?
Dual sensory loss can be isolating and lonely, however
getting people together to enjoy each other's company goes a long way to
What is a Virtual Group Volunteer?
A Virtual Group Volunteer facilitates the remote group calls with our
members. The group call could either be a video call, telephone or video call
for our BSL members, depending on your chosen role. You would ensure that
members are following the guidelines for the group calls and, where required,
engage in conversations of mutual interest offering support and company to the
group. Your involvement can greatly improve our members’ quality of life and
reduce their isolation.
As a Virtual Group Volunteer your role would be:
host a recurring group meeting with the same members on a fortnightly
basis (the meeting and invitations will have been generated for you in
advance by a member of the Deafblind UK staff team).
ensure all members participating in the call are welcomed and
actively joined into the group
enable the members to discuss topics of their choice without
discriminating against anyone.
engage in conversations of mutual interest with members and to provide
encouragement to maintain the flow of conversation for the allotted time.
provide advice and guidance to a deafblind person to a level appropriate
within a mutual friendship.
provide regular updates of your volunteering activity to your named
Deafblind UK contact to flag any concerns or queries.
assist in making the groups fully accessible for our members.
What times do I need to commit to?
This role requires a minimum of 1 hour on a fortnightly
basis. The meetings are scheduled at a fixed recurring day and time, so
you will need to be regularly available at that scheduled time.
We host multiple groups, so there should be one that fits in well with your
The role will suit people who …
to share their own personal interests with members who have similar or the
to engage in conversations with deafblind people to share interests
18 and over
in the UK
What are the benefits to you?
satisfaction of knowing you are making a real difference
to the lives of people with dual sensory loss.
to meet like-minded people and make new friends.
be part of a friendly and dedicated team.
acquire new communication and awareness skills.
establish positive employability skills to help you in your career path.
How do we support you?
We ensure all volunteers who join our team are well equipped to
undertake any tasks and we will provide training and supervision
throughout your journey with us. Any specific training will be outlined within
your onboarding and induction stages and then discussed at your reviews with
your named lead contact.
We also hold regular informal online volunteer get togethers where you
can meet other volunteers, discuss volunteer activities and share good