Proficient BSL user required – Community Support Befriending

We are looking for a volunteer with good British Sign Language skills who would be willing to befriend a female with hearing loss.

The ability to communicate using ‘sign Language’ is essential and would really benefit this female so that they can have a nice chat.

Do you have the required skill, and a few hours free a week to chat with her?

The Befriending role is about companionship it is not to provide practical assistance. Community Support Volunteers actively support, encourage and empower the client to achieve specified and agreed goals and objectives. The benefit of having a regular meeting with a Community Support Volunteer helps to increase the confidence, resilience and independence of the service user.

By becoming a Community Support Volunteer (CSB) you are accepting the opportunity that could mark the turning point in someone’s life. This rewarding role offers an excellent opportunity for personal development, new skills and experiences, as well as a chance to put something back into the community.

This role is subject to an enhanced DBS check.

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Tasks:

  • Community Support Volunteers help to support people who are not family or close friends to help tackle social isolation issues.
  • To regularly visit the individual on a 1: 1 basis either in their own home or in a community setting.
  • To regularly support the individual to achieve agreed positive goals to promote their independence – The role is unique to every individual’s needs and circumstances.
  • To provide regular feedback on the progress of the individual.
  • All volunteers must log their volunteering hours monthly and submit expenses where applicable via an on-line computer system.
  • To complete minimum level training e.g. safeguarding and commit to further training relevant to role.

Required Qualities:

  • Ability to use British Sign Language is essential
  • Ability to use basic ICT systems
  • Be able to deal with difficult situations in a professional manner
  • Good sign language communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to use own initiative
  • Respect for equality and diversity
  • Must be over 18 years of age
  • Commitment of 1-2 hours minimum per week / Flexible
  • Minimum commitment of 6 months is required
  • Understanding of vulnerability
  • It would be an advantage to have an awareness of key issues – alcohol, drug abuse, mental health etc.

Training:

Volunteers must have completed the required training before any activity can be undertaken and may be asked to regularly refresh training where required

Required Age:

18 years +

Schedule:

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This opportunity is in the Wyre District.
We recruit local volunteers to support their local community

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If you are interested in this opportunity please contact the Volunteer Co-ordinator for a chat, or click apply now.

Email: Lancashire Volunteer Partnership

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