Are you a BSL user or do you have BSL Skill Level 3 equivalent and are
interested in volunteering? Then we may have the role for you!
How can you help?
Our BSL video social groups are a fantastic way of providing our members
with opportunities to make new friends in a relaxed accessible environment and
is a way of making new friends for everyone involved.
However, our social groups can’t run unless we have some fantastic
volunteers to help out. So, we need you!
If you are a confident and outgoing person with good
communication skills, then we want to hear from you!
No previous experience is required, but we do need you to have a
competent level of BSL
You will need to know how to make video calls and to have your own
computer or laptop with a camera.
Could you give an hour or more at a regular time,
once a fortnight, to help connect our members?
The meetings last for one hour. You will need to be available at a
fixed time, once a fortnight, to host the group.
Dual sensory loss can be isolating and lonely, however
getting people together to enjoy each other's company goes a long way to
A BSL Video Social Group Volunteer facilitates the remote group
video calls with our members. You would ensure that members are following the
guidelines for the group calls and, where required, engage in conversations of
mutual interest offering support and company to the group. Your
involvement can greatly improve our members’ quality of life and reduce their
As a BSL Video Social Group Volunteer your role would be:
host a recurring video meeting with the same members on a fortnightly
basis (the meeting and invitations will have been generated for you in
advance by a member of Deafblind UK staff team).
ensure all members participating in the group are welcomed and actively
joined to the group
enable the members to discuss topics of their choice without
discriminating against anyone
engage in conversations of mutual interest with members and to provide
encouragement to maintain the flow of conversation for the allotted time
provide advice and guidance to a deafblind person to a level appropriate
within a mutual friendship
provide regular updates of your volunteering activity to your named
Deafblind UK contact to flag any concerns or queries
assist in making the groups fully accessible for our members
What times do I need to commit to?
As mentioned above, this role requires a minimum of 1 hour on a
fortnightly basis.The meetings are scheduled at a fixed recurring day and time,
so you will need to be regularly available at that scheduled
time. We currently hold the BSL Social Group on Tuesday afternoons,
however we may host additional groups on different days of the week if there is
The role will suit people who are…
to make valuable use of their BSL language skills
to share their own personal interests with members who have similar or the
to engage in conversations with deafblind people to share interests
to learn new skills to meet the needs of deafblind people (full training
will be provided)
18 and over
in the UK
What are the benefits to you?
satisfaction of knowing you will be making a real difference to people’s
to meet like-minded people
be part of a friendly and dedicated team
acquire new awareness skills
establish positive employability skills to help you in your career path or
How do we support you?
We ensure all volunteers who join our team are well equipped to
undertake any tasks and will provide training and supervision throughout your
journey with us. Any specific training will be outlined within your onboarding
and induction stages and then discussed at your reviews with your named lead
We also hold regular informal online volunteer get togethers where you
can meet other volunteers, discuss volunteer activities and share good