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Hand in Hand Volunteer

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Introduction to the Role

The Hand-in-Hand service is aimed at offering flexible support for people who spend a substantial amount of time caring for a visually impaired person. This could be their husband, wife, son, daughter or friend. The scheme enables the carer to spend some time away from their usual commitments and enables them to have some time for themselves out of the home, in a leisurely way, shopping or anything else they wish to do without

having to rush back for fear of leaving their loved one alone longer than necessary.

With this role, the volunteer is actually providing support for two people. You may just sit and chat with a client or escort them to the shops, or support them with tasks such as gardening, baking or reading.

You will be working independently although you will be supervised by our Volunteer Co-ordinator.

Where the role is based:

At the clients home, although often it can involve escorting clients, by mutual agreement, to venues such as the shops, local attractions etc.

Time Involved:

2 to 4 hours once every two to four weeks, this will be agreed by volunteer, client and carer.

Skills required:

Volunteer must be friendly, committed, trustworthy and able to get to the clients home alone, Have the ability to listen and initiate conversations.

Volunteers complete a regular report sheet and send it in to SRSB, so good communication skills are important.

Register your interest via our online enquiry form

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