Social Group Volunteer – Harborne, Garretts Green, Handsworth, Wylde Green, Hodge Hill

Do you like to have a chat and meet new people? Could you spare a few hours every week? If so, then being a volunteer for a Focus Birmingham Social Group might be for you! A social group volunteer will support our staff and people with visual impairment to get the most out of our weekly social gatherings. With the support from social group volunteers, we are able to offer local social opportunities to blind and partially sighted people in their communities.

Purpose of Role

To help staff at Focus Birmingham deliver a programme of social groups once a week or fortnightly in some cases. Roles based in various locations across Birmingham, supporting adult service users who have a visual impairment, sight loss and possibly other disabilities such as mobility.

Location

Various locations across Birmingham including: Handsworth Wood; Hodge Hill; Garretts Green; Wylde Green/ Sutton and Harborne

Typical role tasks

Below is a list of some of the tasks that volunteers may help with:

  • Making and serving teas and coffees to service users
  • Assisting service users to get on and off the Ring & Ride buses
  • Providing sighted guide assistance to help service users access the lavatories
  • Assisting staff with occasional off site outings
  • Assisting staff to collect money and oversee the weekly raffle (if required)
  • Assisting staff to oversee and maintain records for the club’s finances and banking (if required)
  • Supporting staff to facilitate the group (if required)
  • To be aware of and put into practice the relevant policies for ensuring the quality of our service which include Health and Safety (including the handling of wheelchairs), Safeguarding and Confidentiality policies
  • To undertake any training relevant to this role

Desirable skills and experience

  • Reliable
  • Friendly and sociable
  • Physically able to carry hot drinks, push wheelchairs (if applicable) and offer sighted guiding support (training provided)
  • Comfortable interacting with small groups of people

Commitment level

To build effective relationships with service users and to ensure suitable staffing levels, we would ask that you attend every week/ fortnightly depending on the frequency of the group.

On days when you are unable to attend, we ask that you get in touch with your Community Worker or Community Outreach Co-ordinator as soon as possible prior to the group meeting so we can prepare and inform other volunteers.

About Focus Birmingham

Focus Birmingham is a specialist charity providing expert support, advice and information to anyone in Birmingham with sight loss or other disabilities. We aim to help people with sight loss and visual impairment have an independent and rewarding life.

Training provided

  • Sight Loss Awareness and Focus Induction
  • Safeguarding Awareness
  • Any additional relevant training to enable you to undertake the role can be discussed

Benefits to you

  • An opportunity to gain new skills and to support people with sight loss
  • Gain a greater awareness of Sight Loss and Visual Impairment
  • An opportunity to get out in the community and meet new people
  • Work as part of a team and gain communication, planning and relationship building skills

Expenses

Focus Birmingham will reimburse any reasonable out of pocket expenses such as travel by bus/ car. We will cover travel and lunch for volunteers when we visit different locations such as pub lunch, park etc.

Further information

For more information about this role or if you would like to apply, please contact the Outreach Community Coordinator on 0121 478 5221

Email: volcoord@focusbirmingham.org.uk