Are you looking to try something new, perhaps volunteer for an hour each week or fortnight? We could have the opportunity for you to make a real difference to the life of someone with sight loss. The role will involve supporting individuals affected by sight loss across Fife, (volunteers are particularly needed in North Queensferry, Glenrothes, Kirkcaldy, Leven, Dunfermline and Dalgety Bay). This service helps clients work towards personal goals, increasing confidence, giving them the opportunity to learn something new or reconnect with interests either at their home or in the community. Volunteers help by offering conversation and social companionship, trips out, walks, visiting cafes etc. seescape has been serving the people of Fife for over 150 years. They are the leading provider of support, advice and training for people living in Fife with a sight impairment. For more information visit them at seescape.org.uk (they're also on Facebook and Twitter).
no upper age limit has been specified
Sighted Guide Training is provided to all volunteers. First Aid, adult & child protection training can also be offered. Other training needs discussed with volunteers on a case by case basis. Volunteers need to be able to commit to 1-2 days induction training (approx 7 hours in total).
Out of pocket expenses paid?
Yes - Volunteers are paid travel expenses, including mileage if they use their car for befriending and other reasonable expenses e.g. tea/coffee are also reimbursed.
seescape requires volunteers to have good all-round communication skills, including active listening. You should also be able to empathise with people affected by sight loss.
Having an awareness of boundaries in a befriending relationship is important and a willingness to undertake training.
Also require reliability, honesty, respect for confidentiality, friendliness, warmth, resilience and a professional approach to working with the organisation.
Restrictions on who can volunteer
Volunteers are required to have a clean driving licence, own car preferable - although volunteers can be matched if there are good public transport links.
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