Link Up Volunteers

Link Up Volunteers

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

Other Information

  • 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

Apply

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