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Virtual deaf befriender in Northern Ireland

Help reduce social isolation for older deaf people in your community and in residential homes in Northern Ireland, through regular, one-to-one video calls.

Weekly or fortnightly contact with service user by video call
Home-based in Northern Ireland

You need to live in Northern Ireland and be 18 or older for this role.

What you’ll be doing

As a home-based, virtual deaf befriender in Northern Ireland you will:

  • spend time on a regular basis with older deaf people in the community via video call
  • provide friendship, support and other activities on a one-to-one basis.

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 sensitive and empathetic towards other people
  • have a positive attitude
  • are open-minded and non-judgemental
  • can listen actively
  • are friendly, reliable, trustworthy and honest
  • are aware of issues affecting deaf people
  • are committed to the wellbeing of others especially the older community
  • know BSL to at least Level 2
  • have access to a computer, laptop or tablet at home for video calls
  • are confident using video call software such as Zoom, Skype, FaceTime and WhatsApp.

What you’ll get in return

As a volunteer you will:

  • have the satisfaction of helping older deaf people in your community
  • get regular one-to-one support from our deaf befriending officer
  • receive training and learn new skills
  • meet people from different backgrounds
  • build new friendships with other RNID volunteers
  • have the opportunity to try other volunteering roles within RNID
  • have all expenses incurred as a result of your volunteering reimbursed, according to the RNID expenses policy.

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

Contact information

028 90239619

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