ODCD volunteers provide friendship and support for the person they visit. They may visit you at home and sit, listen and have a chat, or if you prefer, you can go out for coffee and cake or go for a walk with your volunteer - it's really up to you as the person being visited!
Sometimes our volunteers might help you to liaise with other organisations, solicitors or social services you are in touch with or help you with things that will make life a bit easier. Some examples of things that our volunteers have helped with include:
Making sure that a mobile phone was topped up with enough credit to enable the person to send and receive text messages
Helping someone to buy some new clothes via mail order
Organising for the hairdresser to visit
Interpreting at visits from solicitors or social services
Changing light bulbs
The frequency of the visit is also up to you - some volunteers visit fortnightly, but more commonly visits take place once a month or every six weeks.
Our volunteers go through a careful application and interview process and are required to undertake enhanced DBS clearance before starting their visits. They are a mix of ages and include both hearing and deaf people. Many of them have advanced BSL skills.
If you are deaf or hard of hearing or supporting someone who is, and would like to organise a visit from one of our volunteers, please contact us to enquire about this. We are not always able to match up a suitable volunteer immediately, but we will do so as quickly as we can.
If you are able to complete one of our Volunteer Visit Request forms and send this to us, it will also help us in making arrangements.