Outings Companion

We are committed to supporting our blind veterans no matter where they are.

Our Outings Companions help our visually impaired veterans continue to access their local communities, whether it be a local walk, visit to the shops, local attractions, beauty spots or helping them engage with sports and activities they are keen to continue.

It could also include helping people on and off transport, guiding a veteran to help them orientate themselves or providing descriptions of things or events where they may not be able to see.

Our veteran was born and grew up on the Island. He enlisted into the Royal Navy for two years as part of his national service. He then went on to work in construction project management overseas including UAE and in Germany.

This gentleman is now the main carer for his partner who has advanced dementia. Although well supported by his family, he still feels isolated both due to his caring role and his visual impairment. He would very much like to meet a volunteer who would be willing to accompany him on trips into Ryde to look at the shops, and maybe further afield, to Quarr Abbey which used to be a favourite haunt.

Sighted Guiding training will be provided.

For this role, we are looking for volunteers who aren’t afraid to get stuck in, and even learn new skills themselves.

Volunteers must be over the age of 18 and understand the importance of 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

Good conversation and active listening.

Willing to learn about issues relating to sight loss and the needs of older people.

Willing and able to maintain boundaries.

Empathy, understanding, kind.


Details

  • Diversity and equal opportunities policy
  • Accessibility
  • Age restrictions
    18+
  • Child Protection
  • Complaints Policy
  • Confidentially Policy
  • DBS check required
    free for volunteers
  • Ex Offenders
  • Expenses reimbursed
    .45p per mile and all other out of pocket expenses
  • Health and Safety Policy
  • Ongoing support
    face to face, phone and via email
  • Suitable for Duke of Edinburgh Award
  • Suitable for Supported Volunteering
  • Suitable for Under 16's
  • Suitable for Under 18's
  • Training provided
    induction, and visual impairment related
  • Volunteer induction
  • Volunteer Policy
  • Volunteers covered by insurance
  • Vulnerable Adults Policy
  • Written role description

When can I volunteer?

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Morning No Yes No No No No No
Afternoon No Yes No No No No No
Evening No No No No No No No

Availability Details

This gentleman has family support on Tuesdays, which is when he would be able to leave the house accompanied by his volunteer.


Location

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