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Volunteer Home Visitor - Gosport

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Can you spare a few hours a week to brighten someone’s day?

This gentleman would love to have a volunteer visit him regularly to chat with and possibly help him access his local community once again.

Our veteran grew up in Portsmouth and was enlisted into the Territorial Army (The Royal Hampshire Regiment) in 1965. He then joined the Regular Army and served in Cyprus, Singapore and the UK  as a cook before he was discharged on compassionate grounds in the mid 1970’s.

He lives in well-maintained, supported living accommodation on the outskirts of Gosport town centre. He has been diagnosed with Macular Degeneration (Dry) in both eyes.  He still gets pleasure from watching films on his large TV screen and listening to talking books.  He uses a wheelchair and additional volunteer training would be provided, should the volunteer be willing to help him get out into the community.

We are committed to supporting our blind veterans no matter where they are. Our community home visitors provide crucial social interaction for our veterans who can’t reach our centres, and can often feel isolated or lonely.

By popping by once a week or fortnight to see a veteran in their area, home visitors are a friendly face that can make all the difference to our veterans. A visit could be a simple chat and a cup of tea, helping out with tasks like reading mail that can otherwise be a struggle for our veterans or getting out and about in the local area. You will never be asked to do any personal care.

Although you will be active in the community independently, your manager is only a phone call away and there is a network of other volunteers for you to link in with too. Volunteers must be over the age of 18 years and understand the importance of confidentiality and relationship boundaries. The role can be flexible around your other commitments, but we ask that you are reliable and punctual for our veterans. You will be fully trained and supported so you feel comfortable and confident in your volunteering.

 

Skills

All our volunteers demonstrate kindness, compassion, empathy and are good listeners.  We aim to help our members maintain their independence, quality of life and reduce social isolation; our volunteers support the attainment of these goals by empowering our members to be as independent as possible.  Volunteers must be able to maintain good boundaries and confidentiality practice, and understand their role in safeguarding both themselves and the member.



Details

  • Accessibility
    Ground floor location
  • DBS check required
    basic or enhanced
  • Equal Opportunities Policy
  • Expenses reimbursed
    45p per mile, public transport and refreshment expenses reimbursed if applicable
  • Health and Safety Policy
  • Ongoing support
    regular contact with volunteer co-ordinator
  • Suitable for Under 18's
  • Training provided
  • Volunteer induction
  • Volunteer Policy
  • Volunteers covered by insurance
  • Written role description

When can I volunteer?

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Morning Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Afternoon Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Evening No No No No No No No

Availability Details

Flexible - volunteers and members can arrange visiting at times mutually convenient for both.


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