To help enhance the quality of life for older deaf people in the community and residential homes by reducing social isolation.
• Spend time on a regular basis with older deaf people in the community via video call.
• Provide friendship, support and other activities on a 1:1 basis. It would be good if you:
• Are sensitive and empathetic towards other people
• Have a positive attitude
• Are open-minded and non-judgemental
• Can listen actively
• Are friendly, reliable, trustworthy and honest
• Are aware of issues affecting deaf people
• Are committed to the wellbeing of others especially the older community
• Have BSL to at least Level 2
• Have access to a computer, laptop or tablet at home for video calls
• Are confident using video call software e.g. Zoom, Skype, FaceTime, Wattsap
Action on Hearing Loss NI offers full, on-going training for all volunteers, including a one-day induction programme with optional OCN qualification. In addition, you will have a half-day training session in the role of befriender including boundaries, confidentiality and safeguarding.
*NB Training provided is currently under review due to Covid-19 and will be delivered in a digital format.
Weekly or fortnightly contact with service user by video call
Across Northern Ireland in each of the five Health and Social Care Trust Areas
Support and supervision:
You will be supported by the Deaf Befriending Manager
Benefits: What will you gain by becoming a volunteer for Action on Hearing Loss?
? Have the satisfaction of helping older deaf people in your community
? Get regular one-to-one support from our Deaf Befriending Officer
? Receive training and learn new skills
? Meet people from different backgrounds
? Build new friendships with other Action on Hearing Loss volunteers
? Have the opportunity to try other volunteering roles within Action on
? Have all expenses incurred as a result of your volunteering reimbursed,
according to the Action on Hearing Loss expenses policy