Volunteer Befriender/Group Helper (Ayrshire)

How To Apply

Download the volunteer role description below.

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Download and complete the application form and equal opportunities form below and return to volunteering@royalblind.org or post to:

Royal Blind
50 Gillespie Crescent
Edinburgh, EH10 4JB

Alternative Formats

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Location: North, East and South Ayrshire

Support and supervision from: Outreach Worker

Time Commitment (Hours): Three to six hours per week

Contact Phone: 0131 446 3154

Closing Date: 01/06/2020

Job Summary

We’re looking for friendly volunteer with good people skills to befriend our members, who are all veterans with sight loss, and take part in a wide range of activities with them. You will help us to improve our members’ quality of life and play a vital role in easing isolation.

What does Scottish War Blinded do?

Scottish War Blinded provides free support to veterans living with significant sight loss across Scotland, and are here to help all veterans regain independence after sight loss. 

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

The successful volunteer will be supporting the Scottish War Blinded Outreach Team which is dedicated to providing advice and information, equipment and social opportunities to veterans with a sight loss with the aim of aiding independent living and improving quality of life. 


Tasks and Responsibilities 

  1. Supporting members to participate in activities 

  2. To work alone and/or within a group setting to assist, support and accompany veterans who have a vision impairment 

  3. To drive veterans to and from designated activity 

  4. To support/befriend vision impaired veterans within a lunch group setting or within the veterans’ home 

Volunteers should meet the following criteria 


  1. Minimum Age 18+

  2. Applicants should have a caring empathetic nature, an attitude which encourages independence, ability to use life experience and initiative to minimise risk and provide a friendly companionship.

  3. Applicants should be reliable and willing to undertake training in sighted guiding technique.

  4. A commitment to demonstrating Scottish War Blinded values of being approachable, forward thinking, professional, positive, empowering and sector leading.


  1. It would be desirable for applicants to be able to drive and have their own car.

  2. If applicants are willing to use their own car, it would need to be insured and their insurance would have to allow for use as a volunteer driver.

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