BSL Video Social Group Volunteer (Deafblind)

Throughout Northern Ireland

BSL Video Social Group Volunteer

Location: Home Based

Come and join the fun ….

Are you a BSL user or do you have BSL Skill Level 3 equivalent and are interested in volunteering? Then we may have the role for you!

How can you help?

Our BSL video social groups are a fantastic way of providing our members with opportunities to make new friends in a relaxed accessible environment and is a way of making new friends for everyone involved. 

However, our social groups can’t run unless we have some fantastic volunteers to help out.  So, we need you!

If you are a confident and outgoing person with good communication skills, then we want to hear from you!

No previous experience is required, but we do need you to have a competent level of BSL 

You will need to know how to make video calls and to have your own computer or laptop with a camera.

Could you give an hour or more at a regular time, once a fortnight, to help connect our members?

The meetings last for one hour.  You will need to be available at a fixed time, once a fortnight, to host the group.

Dual sensory loss can be isolating and lonely, however getting people together to enjoy each other's company goes a long way to tackling this.

A BSL Video Social Group Volunteer facilitates the remote group video calls with our members. 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.

What’s involved?

As a BSL Video Social Group Volunteer your role would be:

  • To host a recurring video 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 Deafblind UK staff team).
  • To ensure all members participating in the group are welcomed and actively joined to the group
  • To enable the members to discuss topics of their choice without discriminating against anyone
  • To engage in conversations of mutual interest with members and to provide encouragement to maintain the flow of conversation for the allotted time
  • To provide advice and guidance to a deafblind person to a level appropriate within a mutual friendship
  • To provide regular updates of your volunteering activity to your named Deafblind UK contact to flag any concerns or queries
  • To assist in making the groups fully accessible for our members

What times do I need to commit to?

As mentioned above, 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 currently hold the BSL Social Group on Tuesday afternoons, however we may host additional groups on different days of the week if there is sufficient demand.

The role will suit people who are…

  • Keen to make valuable use of their BSL language skills
  • Willing to share their own personal interests with members who have similar or the same interests
  • Willing to engage in conversations with deafblind people to share interests
  • Willing to learn new skills to meet the needs of deafblind people (full training will be provided)
  • Aged 18 and over
  • Based in the UK 

What are the benefits to you?  

  • The satisfaction of knowing you will be making a real difference to people’s lives
  • Opportunities to meet like-minded people
  • To be part of a friendly and dedicated team
  • To acquire new awareness skills
  • To establish positive employability skills to help you in your career path or other roles

How do we support you?

We ensure 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 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 practice.

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