Across Northern Ireland in each of the five Health and Social Care Trust Areas
You will need to be prepared to commit to a regular visit to the client, on a weekly, fortnightly or monthly basis over the period of one year.
- Spend time on a regular basis with older deaf and hard of hearing people in the community – friendship, support, shopping trips, visits, and other community activities. This maybe in 1:1 settings or through In Touch Groups.
- Providing support in residential homes such as training for staff and befriending of residents.
- Goal setting with befriendee for year ahead.
- Sensitive towards other people
- Positive attitude
- Active listener
- Aware of issues affecting deaf and hard of hearing people
- Committed to the wellbeing of others especially the older community
- Reliable, trustworthy and honest
- BSL to at least Level 2 but this is not essential for all the people we support
- Have access to your own transport (Preferable)
Support and supervision
You will be assigned a volunteer co-ordinator in your area who will be your main point of contact. There are regular Volunteer Support Meetings with other volunteers in your area.
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.
- Training – learning new skills and gaining up -to-date knowledge of issues affecting deaf and hard of hearing people.
- Experience – meeting new people in different situations and building new friendships with other Action on Hearing Loss volunteers.
- Fulfilment – knowing that the information you provide will make a real difference to those who receive it and raising awareness throughout N Ireland.
- Expenses – all expenses incurred as a result of your volunteering will be reimbursed in line with Action on Hearing Loss policy
- Become involved in the Deaf and hard of hearing community in N Ireland.
- Work as part of a team
All volunteers are required to complete an Access NI check.
Thank you for showing an interest in volunteering for Action on Hearing Loss. If you are interested in becoming a befriending volunteer, please complete the volunteer application form or contact us if you have any questions:
Regional Volunteer Manager
Action on Hearing Loss NI
4 – 8 Adelaide Street
Tel/text: 028 90239619
Fax: 028 90312032