Imagine a world where your sight is blurred and sounds are muffled, where everyday things like finding information, cooking, leaving the house, even talking to family and friends, are exhaustingly difficult.
Deafblindness is the loss of sight and hearing to the point where someone’s communication, mobility or ability to access information are impacted. Living with deafblindness can be frightening, lonely and confidence-draining. It often brings with it additional problems like mental processing issues and can quickly lead to feelings of isolation and depression.
There are nearly 400,000 deafblind people living in the UK today. Our ageing population means that this number is rising all the time.
We work to ensure that individuals with all experiences of sight and hearing loss are supported to live the lives they want and to make this happen we need to fundraise £35,000 aeach week! This allows us to provide - Care and Support - Infomation, Advice and Casework - Digital Technology Training and Support - Community Befriending and Outreach - Training
We need your support to bring all of this to the South West and ensure our communitiies aren't missing out.
Deafblind UK members have combined sight and hearing loss and many live alone with few family and friends around them.
Keeping in regular contact with our members to check on their wellbeing is one of our key services.
We like to ensure that our members are receiving the best support possible from us; we do this by staying in touch with wellbeing calls, establishing how they are and going into general conversation. By asking how someone is, this may lead you to understand that they are lonely, depressed, needing some help in using technology etc - all areas where Deafblind UK can then follow up with support or it may be that they are absolutely fine and just happy to receive the phone call!
Something as simple as phone call could brighten up our members’ week!
You don’t need to be local to the member and you don’t need experience to become one of our Wellbeing Callers. The majority of our members communicate with clear speech so no specialised skills or knowledge is required. You just need to be comfortable talking over the phone, engaging, able to instigate conversations and commit to a regular weekly time slot to make calls to our members. We provide full training and ongoing support as part of your onboarding and the opportunity to join our growing team of amazing volunteers.
Minimum commitment level: Once a week
Start Date: 12-01-2021