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  • Volunteer Befriender
    with Seescape

    Volunteer Opportunity No. VO47674 - Created/last updated: 04/08/2020


    About this opportunity: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 (they're also on Facebook and Twitter).

    Takes place:
    Minimum age:18
    Maximum age:no upper age limit has been specified
    Training provided: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.

    Experience required: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.

    Application process:Application Form; Induction/Training; Interview; PVG membership required; References

    Taster available?No, not for this opportunity.

    Travel DetailsLocal befrienders are required throughout Fife particularly: North Queensferry, Glenrothes, Kirkcaldy, Leven, Dunfermline and Dalgety Bay. However, applications are welcome from people all over Fife.

    Saltire AwardThis opportunity is compatible with the Saltire Awards for volunteers aged 12-25.

    What Now?

    To enquire/register an interest in this opportunity call us (FVA) on 0800 389 6046, e-mail us, or fill out this form:

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