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Blind Veterans UK - Home Visitor (Ilford, Essex)



Details of the Charity:

Blind Veterans UK supports anyone who has served in the Armed Forces, or who has done National Service, and who is now living with significant sight loss. We help blind ex-Service men and women lead independent and fulfilling lives by supporting them with our in-depth expertise, experience and full range of services.

We give veterans much-needed support to adjust to sight loss, overcome the challenges of blindness and enjoy daily life. Our charity has been offering physical and emotional support to vision-impaired veterans since 1915.

Details of the Volunteering Opportunity:

Our veteran who turns 100 this year is looking for some male company to get him out and about in his local community.

He lives with his wife of 70 years and in spite of having daily carers, he would like a male and understanding volunteer to take him out in his wheelchair for a short walk or for a coffee, either mid-morning or afternoon on Wednesdays. Does this sound like you?

Our veteran is a member of the Wanstead and Woodford Blind Club and the Redbridge Carers Group. He also enjoys listening to audio books and uses Alexa for support. Born in London, our Blind Veterans UK’s veteran joined the Royal Army Service Corps and served in the UK, France, North Africa, Middle East, Italy and Germany as a driver. After returning to civilian life, he worked in the clothing industry during most of the time.

By providing regular companionship, social interaction and building a positive one-to-one relationship you can help to reduce the effects of isolation so commonly experienced by our veterans. Your positivity, friendliness and communication can make the world of difference to their day lives.

Skills Required:

  • Volunteers need to be over the age of 18 years and able to travel independently to and from our veterans home. 
  • Reliability, punctuality and trustworthiness are essential requirements for this role as are good listening and interpersonal skills.
  • An understanding of the importance of confidentiality and relationship boundaries is key to this role.

*DBS check required - provided free of charge by Brunel Volunteers

Additional Benefits:

  • We will give you the necessary training, induction and support to be confident and enjoy your volunteering.
  • Travel expenses reimbursed
  • Hours recorded on your HEAR – which goes on your permanent university record
  • All hours contribute to your Brunel Volunteers Award, which leads to an invitation to the Brunel Volunteers Awards Ceremony at the end of the year
  • Interested? Apply below:
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  • If you are an international student which visa do you hold?