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Role Description

Befriender 'Out and About' Volunteer for Person We Support

Location: Maidstone 

Time Commitment: 3-4 hours per week

As a Befriender Volunteer, you’ll play an important role in the lives of those in need of companionship. We are looking for someone to support a person with sight loss to help them to get out and about. This may be anything from going for a walk, going for lunch or helping to take them to organised activities such as horse riding or shopping. You'll find this role is very rewarding and fun!


There will be a introductory period for you to get to know the person we support and for them to get to know you, helping to build trust. The team at our service in Maidstone are extremely experienced and will provide support during the introductory period.

Skills required
  • To have a good sense of humour, love to chat and be a good listener
  • To be punctual and reliable
  • To be kind, empathetic and patient
  • To be able to deal with information in line with our data protection and confidentiality procedures
  • To be able to assist when necessary with sighted guide/orientation
Please note that you will need to be over the age of 18 in order to apply for this role.
To apply for this role, please click on the 'apply' button below and complete the application form. Upon receipt of your application, a member of our friendly Volunteering Team will contact you for an informal chat and to explain about the next steps.
To ensure the safety of the people we support, we require a DBS check and two satisfactory references before a volunteer role is confirmed. As you will be volunteering directly with vulnerable individuals, you will also be required to undertake safeguarding training, as well as any training which is specific to the role.
About Us 

At SeeAbility we specialise in supporting people with learning disabilities and autism, who may also have sight loss, to realise their goals each and every day.  

We encourage people with disabilities to challenge what they expect from life, from themselves and from wider society.  

Registered as The Royal School for the Blind, SeeAbility is one of the oldest disability charities in the UK and has pioneered specialist support for over 220 years.

If you have any queries or would like to speak to a member of the Volunteering Team before applying, please email us at [email protected]
Our Benefits

This is a fantastic opportunity to have a direct impact upon the lives of others. 

Befriending is a great way to keep active and meet new people.

SeeAbility provides training and this can help you to develop new skills.