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.
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.
Various locations across Birmingham including: Handsworth Wood; Hodge Hill; Garretts Green; Wylde Green/ Sutton and Harborne
Below is a list of some of the tasks that volunteers may help with:
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.
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.
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.
For more information about this role or if you would like to apply, please contact the Outreach Community Coordinator on 0121 478 5221