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.
A full Action on Hearing Loss Induction will be provided, as well as specific training in the role of befriender- befriending and vulnerable adults.
- 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