Volunteer Befriender (Braeside House)

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Royal Blind
50 Gillespie Crescent
Edinburgh, EH10 4JB

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Location: Braeside House, 81 Liberton Brae, Edinburgh EH16 6LE

Support and supervision from: Care Home Manager

Time Commitment (Hours): Mornings, afternoons or weekends

Contact Phone: 0131 229 1456 (Option 1 then Option 2)

Closing Date: 01/04/2020

Job Summary

Volunteer befrienders play a vital role in Braeside House Care Home, spending quality time with our older residents who are all visually impaired. Do you love to chat, reminisce, read and play games with older people? Perhaps you have a love of art, music or sport that you can share with our residents? You could become a member of our activities team and help us them make sure there’s never a dull moment at Braeside House!

What does Royal Blind do?

Royal Blind is Scotland's largest vision impairment organisation. We create life changing opportunities for vision impaired children and adults from across Scotland and the rest of the UK. 

What team will you be supporting and what do they do?

Braeside House is a care home in Edinburgh, Braeside House offers nursing care to older people with vision impairment, including those that may have other medical needs such as dementia. Braeside House is a dynamic team who will welcome and support volunteers to have a positive and rewarding experience.

Tasks and Responsibilities

  1. Provide individualised befriending and social support to residents. Could include activities, writing letters, current affairs or anything that the resident wishes to do to pass the time.
  2. Spend 1:1 time with residents to prevent social isolation

Volunteers should meet the following criteria


  1. Minimum Age 18+
  2. Experience of meaningful activities/befriender. Compassion, patience and understanding with good communication skills.
  3. A commitment to demonstrating Royal Blind and values of being approachable, forward thinking, professional, positive, empowering and sector leading.



  1. Experience of guiding the vision impaired

Support for volunteers

  • Structured induction and training
  • Ongoing support and supervision from Volunteer Development Manager
  • Ongoing support and supervision from your volunteer supervisor
  • Access to further training
  • Travel expenses


If you are interested in applying for this position, please complete the application below. For more information, please email volunteering@royalblind.org