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Blind Veterans UK - Home Visitor (Fulham)

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 30 years old veteran has recently moved to Fulham and would like more opportunities to get out and become more familiar with the local area and community. He’s looking for a lively male volunteer to go out up to twice a week (including weekends), with good knowledge of Fulham & Chelsea. The right person will have good conversation and a strong personality to bounce off and cope with our veterans banter! Does this sound like you?

Our veteran is very active, likes to keep fit, trains Jiu Jitsu and Boxing and enjoys outdoor sports. He has a personal assistant to help him manage his day to day needs. He would really benefit from spending time with someone that knows the local area and who could help him build up positive relationships in Fulham and the wider Kensington and Chelsea area. Our member joined 2 Rifles, went to Northern Ireland followed his training at Catterick, and in 2009 he was posted to Afghanistan were he sustained his sight changing injury. 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
  • 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?