Our member, Grace, is 90 years old and lives with her daughter in Kingston. Due to her sight and breathing problems, Grace is finding herself spending extended periods of time alone at home as her daughter works long hours. She is looking for a friendly Home Befriender who shares her love of gardening to pay a visit, have a drink and perhaps go out to either RHS Wisley or Kew from time to time.
Grace grew up with a love of the countryside in the West Country, began her working life as an accountant after the war and then studied Science at the Open University. Many holidays were spent in France with her family and she can speak french well. She also played a lot of sport and was a keen tennis player. She has a keen interest in the environment and current affairs and has a small garden that she enjoys. Grace is registered blind and says that this has stopped her doing a lot of things but one thing she still loves is gardening and is a member of the Royal Horticultural Society. As such, she and a volunteer can visit RHS Wisley and Kew, both a short distance away, for free. She has Pulmonary Hypertension type 2 which affects her breathing when walking and uses her own wheelchair to enable her to go further.
Ideally, you will be a driver with your own car able to push a wheelchair able to spare a couple of hours a week for a home visit initially. No other experience is required simply a warm, friendly personality and the ability to chat and listen. Having a regular visit would be of huge benefit to Grace who is becoming more lonely and cut off from her local community.
Be the positive change in Grace's life and apply today......
What will you get out of it?
It's a direct way to make a difference to a deafblind person’s life You will be supporting a great cause, while giving something back to your community You will build a new friendship and have the opportunities to learn new skills We will offer you full training, support and guidance throughout your volunteering experience with Deafblind UK Reimbursement of out of pocket expenses such as mileage or public transport costs.
Qualities and Skills we are looking for:
We are looking for enthusiastic and reliable Volunteers Good communication skills, particularly with regard to conversational skills To be reliable and have a genuine interest to make a difference in lives of deafblind people Patience and a warm and friendly attitude
What will we ask for in return?
A regular commitment of one weekly visit – usually 1-3 hours We will need to undertake two references and a DBS check before this role can start You will need to be over the age of 18 years to apply for this role
Then we want to hear from you...
Please click on the ‘Apply’ button and complete the short application form, alternatively to find out more you can contact our Volunteer Recruiter on 01733 358100.