Home Visiting Volunteers Needed NOW
The Home Visiting Service is one of the longest running services provided by York Blind and Partially Sighted Society (YBPSS).
The Volunteer Role
Home Visitors meet one-to-one with a blind or partially sighted person, usually at home, to offer practical and emotional support. Clients are aged over 18 years and many are aged over 65. Visits usually take place weekly and last 2-3 hours.
Volunteers may carry out a variety of activities, depending on the needs and interests of the client. It may include: reading post; helping with paperwork; sharing leisure activities like crosswords or exercise; going clothes or grocery shopping; chatting over a cuppa; or sharing an outing together. Some clients enjoy being read to, others request help with simple jobs around the house such as changing batteries or a lightbulb.
All Home Visitors are required to complete and return a brief report every three months using a simple form. New volunteers also return a short report after each visit for the first six visits.
No previous experience of supporting blind or partially sighted people necessary. Volunteers need to have an interest in supporting and enabling visually impaired people; be good listeners; be non-judgemental and have an understanding of how to deal appropriately with confidential information.
It is important that volunteers are able to make a commitment to visiting their client regularly. If you are unable to visit your client as expected (for instance for a holiday or sickness) we ask that you let the client know, either by communicating directly with them (if appropriate) or through the YBPSS office.
Volunteers must be over 18. We welcome volunteers from all backgrounds and with a wide range of interests, life experience and skills. Some evening and weekend opportunities are available.
All Home Visitors are required to undertake initial training (carried out over 3 sessions and held 3 times each year); provide two character references and undertake an enhanced DBS check (Disclosure and Barring Service). An offending history will not necessarily be a bar to volunteering – each case being judged on an individual basis.
Support and Supervision
One-to-one support (in person or by telephone or email) is provided, as and when required by the Volunteer Manager. Advice and information to support the role can also be provided by the Equipment and Information Centre staff. Volunteer meetings are held three times a year, offering peer support and additional training. Travel expenses to and from a client can be claimed; when taking clients out the client is expected to make a contribution towards travel and any additional costs.
Potential volunteers are asked to complete and return a Home Visitor Volunteer Registration Form.
Please contact Deb to ask for the Registration Form or if you have additional questions about this role:
Deb Wheller, Team Leader
Tel: 01904 636269