We are looking for friendly, outgoing individuals to support our social groups across the region, whether this be supporting existing groups or helping to set up new ones. These groups are a place where blind and partially sighted people can enjoy each other’s company, share experiences and information, try out new activities/sports and provide encouragement to each other.
Locations: We are currently urgently seeking Social Group Facilitators in the following areas:
Bedminster - Frist Friday of each month from 10am to 1pm
Henleaze - First Monday of each month from 11am to 1pm
Keynsham - Third Friday of each month from 2pm to 4pm
Kingswood - First Thursday of each month from 10am to 12pm
Whitchurch - Second Monday of each month from 2pm to 4pm
What you will be doing?
Ensuring the space is safe and ready before the group arrives
Greeting members as they arrive and introducing new members to the group
In self-catering venues, making tea and coffee for the members
In a cafe setting, ensuring all members have tea and coffee and working with the cafe staff to ensure the group is supported
Facilitating conversation amongst the group and referring on to a Sight Loss Advisor where a member requires advice or support in relation to their sight loss
Feeding back any issues, comments, suggestions or incidents that have occurred during the session
Where possible, promoting the group within your local area
What skills and experience are needed?
Good communication skills
Friendly and approachable
Punctual and reliable
Able to work with a diverse range of people
An understanding of issues affecting blind and partially sighted people
What will you gain from the role?
The knowledge that you are making a positive difference to the lives of people living with sight loss
Experience of working with a variety of people
A greater understanding of sight loss
Useful facilitation skills
What support will be given?
Understanding Sight Loss Training
Supervision and support from the Volunteer Coordinator
Additional training as appropriate
When will you be needed?
Times and dates vary depending on location. See above for details
How often will you be needed?
Usually once a month for 2-3 hours
Two references required. These can be from anyone you have known, other than a family member, for over two years
This role requires a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check