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Blind Veterans UK - Arts & Craft Companion

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:

Keen on Cooking, our 80 year old veteran used to be a Chef during most of his civilian life. He would like a volunteer who will be able to provide him with puzzles, crosswords and Arts & Crafts activities on a weekly basis at his home, during afternoons in Willesden, Brent. Someone creative enough to adapt any activity for a person with sight loss – counting on the Blind Veterans UK’s financial support for materials. Does this sound like you?
And what about his National Service? Our member served with the Royal and Electrical Engineers and he served in Egypt.

If you think you can make a difference in our member’s life, we look forward to hearing from you. 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.
  • Good listening and interpersonal skills.
  • An understanding of the importance of confidentiality and relationship boundaries is key to this role.

Additional Benefits:

  • Necessary training, induction and support provided
  • Travel expenses reimbursed
  • Will be recorded on your HEAR – which goes on your permanent university record
  • All hours contribute towards your Brunel Volunteers Award, which may lead to an invitation to the annual Brunel Volunteers Awards Ceremony in May
  • Interested? Apply below:
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  • Name
  • Have you come to study at Brunel from outside the EU
  • If you are an international student which visa do you hold?