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Volunteer Visitor

Somerset Sight

Name: Volunteer Visitor
Organisation: Somerset Sight
Location: Northfield House, 51 Staplegrove Road, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 1DG


A rewarding opportunity to support a local visually impaired person by visiting them at home. As a befriender, you will be matched with a person who would enjoy company and conversation, the possibility of going out for a drive or a cup of tea, or maybe help with a bit of shopping. You only need to offer a couple of hours once a fortnight to be able to see the difference you are making to the person you visit.

You will undergo a recruitment process including: references, interview, police check and a day of training in Taunton. Car drivers are preferred. You will benefit from support of your supervisor, social events with other volunteers (if you like) and you can claim back your out of pocket expenses, including mileage

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Organisation Description

We know that life doesn't stop just because your sight has been affected. Our aim is to provide services, training and leisure activities that will help maintain independence and improve the quality of life of anyone who is affected by sight loss Working In Partnership. We have always valued our links with other organisations and have a good working relationship with Somerset County Council who contribute towards the cost of running our Visiting service and other services. We have good links with other sight loss organisations including RNIB, Action for Blind People and Guide Dogs for the Blind. As an independent local charity we are members of Visionary - linking local sight loss charities.
We started in 1919 so we're now over 100 years old. In 2019 we were very proud to receive the Queens Award for Voluntary Service.


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Cause / Interests

  • Disability

Types of Activity

  • Befriending and Buddying

Skills and Qualifications


Happy chatting with people.
Good communication skills.
Able to drive.
Some administration is required for reporting visits monthly.


Seeing the difference your visits make to a person.

Additional/Specific Suitabilities

Minimum Age: 18
Maximum Age: NA
Disabled Access: No
Wheelchair Access: No
Expenses: Out of pocket.
Restrictions: NA
Induction: Yes
Insurance Cover: NA
Special Needs: NA
Offer: NA
Training: Yes
Other: NA

Recruitment Method

DBS Check, Interview, References