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Hear to Meet volunteer and befriender in Lincolnshire

Support coffee mornings across Lincolnshire and provide befriending support on a regular basis to someone who may have become isolated by sensory loss.

Skegness, Boston and Grantham
2-10 hours per month, depending on your availability

You need to be 16 or over for this role.

What you’ll be doing

As a Hear to Meet volunteer and befriender you will:

  • visit clients in their home on a monthly basis (or more regularly if possible)
  • spend an hour or two of your time with the client each time, chatting and listening to them
  • direct the client to other services that they may be interested in
  • provide assistance with teas and coffees at our social coffee mornings on an ad hoc basis
  • promote the work of our services
  • follow RNID policies and regulations
  • complete any necessary paperwork.

What you need

You will need to provide the names of two referees who have known you for at least 2 years, preferably in a professional context.  This can include employers, colleagues, teachers, tutors, support workers, community leaders, child’s teacher or a member of a hobby or exercise group you belong to.

It would be good if you:

  • are an empathetic and active listener who is reliable, trustworthy, honest and committed to the wellbeing of others – especially the older community
  • have the ability to be able to complete necessary paperwork and return it to your volunteer manager
  • the ability to be able to travel independently around the local area
  • are committed to regular visits
  • are open-minded and non-judgmental
  • have a knowledge of, or willingness to learn about, issues affecting people with a sensory loss
  • have a genuine interest in working for charities
  • have a sensitive attitude towards other people
  • have a friendly and positive approach.

What you’ll get in return

As a volunteer you will:

  • make a real difference to the people you support
  • help us run this important service
  • receive training and learn new skills
  • meet people in different situations
  • raise awareness of deafness in the community
  • have reasonable, out-of-pocket and pre-approved travel expenses repaid.

Our commitment to safeguarding

At RNID, we take very seriously our responsibilities for the safety and welfare of the people who use our services, our volunteers, staff and the organisation as a whole.

All applicants successful at interview will be asked to disclose unspent convictions under the terms of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (as amended in 2013).

Criminal records will be taken into account only when the conviction is relevant and declaring a conviction will not necessarily prevent you from being considered for a role. Any decisions will depend on the type of offence and its relevance to the volunteering role that you are applying for at RNID.

Find out more and apply

0808 808 0123

Once you apply, our Volunteer team will review your application and someone will contact you within five working days to talk about next steps.