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Blind Veterans UK - Home Visitor (Morden, Surrey)

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 46 years old veteran has always been keen on computer games and Audio books, and his great companion is his Staffordshire bull terrier. Because of his health problems related to Diabetes and Multiple Sclerosis, our member is now housebound. He would like a patient and understanding male volunteer to push his wheelchair outside for shorts walks – this would enable him to walk with his beloved dog. Does this sound like you? And what about his National Service? This Blind Veterans UK’s veteran joined the Royal Corps of Signals TA Unit at Southfields and after returning to civilian life, he worked as a first aid trainer for 10 years. After that, he worked as a salesman for Hewlett Packard.

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.

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

Additional Benefits:

  • Travel expenses reimbursed 
  • All necessary training, induction and support provided
  • 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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  • If you are an international student which visa do you hold?