Volunteers are matched with a blind or partially sighted person who would benefit from companionship and needs someone to come with them to a social or leisure activity. Thomas Pocklington Trust will try to match people with similar interests so that everyone gets to have a good time. All activities are in in London.
Main Aspects of the role
- Making arrangements with the service user for the activity
- Meeting and travelling together on public transport
- Guiding and supporting the service user to take part in the activity and joining in yourself
- Travelling with service user back to the meeting point
- Submitting a brief report to the volunteer coordinator after the event (can be done on-line or on the phone).
Desired skills, experience and qualities
- Lively, cheery and welcoming
- Enjoy talking to people and find it easy to start and keep up conversations
- Reliable, organised and punctual
- Confident using public transport in London
- To be alert and able to keep an eye on situations so that you can offer help when its needed and know when to raise concerns about the person’s wellbeing
- You don’t need to have experience of supporting people who are blind or partially sighted as we will provide training and support
What you will learn and achieve
- An understanding of the issues affecting people with sight loss
- A chance to do something positive and fun which benefits someone else who may otherwise have no contact other than with professionals
- The opportunity to demonstrate your communication skills and commitment – which looks great on a CV
- They require references and an enhanced DBS check (they will organise this for you) before you can start volunteering.
- Can reimburse essential travel expenses and provide references for our committed volunteers after two months or eight episodes of volunteering
If you are interested in applying to be a Link Up Volunteer, please download an application form
If you have any questions about the role before applying, please email