Volunteer visits

Volunteer visits

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.

Find out more about becoming an ODCD volunteer