Oxford Diocesan Council for the Deaf has a number of volunteers who visit deaf and hard of hearing people in their homes on a regular basis. The people they visit often experience loneliness because of communication difficulties. This valuable work is done in conjunction with Social Services.
All our volunteers need to complete a Disclosure and Debarring Check before being allowed to visit the deaf or hard of hearing people ODCD are in contact with. The DBS check is done online and ODCD felt that it would be an easier experience for our volunteers (some of whom are also deaf or not particularly technical) if we helped them individually and privately to complete the form online.
So with this purpose in mind, on 5th May some of our volunteers gathered at Denman College in Marcham to enable us to complete the forms with them as well as enjoy some social time together. Denman College is the training centre for the National Federation of Women’s Institutes. The main house is a very attractive Georgian era mansion with many sumptuously furnished rooms and beautiful original features as well as an interesting and varied history. After spending the morning completing the DBS checks we enjoyed a delicious light lunch, and then walked around the extensive grounds of the mansion, before being given a guided tour round the house which was enjoyed by all. Even the sun shone for us!