We provide a range of activities each Monday and Thursday afternoon for our older members, including musical entertainment, Arts & Crafts, bowls, talks and quizzes. Activity Assistants will help set up and clear away activities, help members participate in activities or perhaps be asked to lead activities. Each volunteer session will last approx 2.5 hours.
Wednesday afternoon volunteers help visually impaired members play cards.
Sight loss often causes isolation and a feeling of low self worth, especially among the elderly. Befriending volunteers become the ‘eyes’ of the people they help, encouraging them to maintain their independence and regain their zest for life.
Befrienders visit clients in their own homes and chat to provide companionship, in addition to reading aloud confidential mail or newspapers.
People with good listening skills who are patient, non-judgemental and able to keep confidences are ideal for Befriending roles. The hours required are variable according to the needs of the client, but are preferred during the day time rather than in an evening.
Bournemouth Blind Society uses its minibus to collect/return members between their homes and the Centre in Moordown. The driver is responsible for the vehicle and the safety of all passengers. The majority of driving will take place within the borough of Bournemouth.
Drivers must hold a Category D1 clean Driving Licence and be prepared to attend training courses.
Opportunities exist Tuesday through to Thursday for approximately 2-3 hour time slots in the morning and/or afternoon.
An Escort rides with the driver to assist members on and off the bus, including handling wheelchairs, using the passenger lift and accompanying members from/to their front doors. Escorts may be asked to assist on members’ day trips away from the Centre and may be invited to help on occasional longer trips on Fridays or Saturdays.
Escorts are provided with a hi-vis vest. Escort opportunities exist Monday through to Thursday for approximately 2-3 hour time slots in the morning and/or afternoon.
Resource Centre Technician
Our Sight and Hearing Resource Centre is designed to encourage people to ‘try out’ equipment to support them in their daily living. Technicians will be asked to provide demonstrations and possibly help to set up equipment in people’s homes. The Resource Centre is open Monday to Friday 10am – 1pm.
We are looking for volunteers who are technically capable and caring, who can work with modern technology. Own car is helpful and mileage costs are paid.
If you are interested in any of the above vacancies, please contact Caroline for an initial discussion on 01202 546644.