Action on Hearing Loss
Deaf Befriending project aims to reduce isolation for older people who are living in care homes and who use sign language to communicate.
This unique project is particularly important during the coronavirus crisis as any visits from family and friends have been suspended.
This project will match older Deaf sign language users with trained befriending volunteers who can communicate using video calls, in their own language. It will also support older deaf people to communicate with their family and friends using digital technology.
Information for volunteers
Befriending is a highly rewarding way to volunteer and is flexible enough to fit around other commitments. It gives you the chance to build a lasting relationship with older deaf person and to enhance their quality of life in the care homes by reducing social isolation experience first hand the difference that you are making.
We are looking for volunteers to spend time on a regular basis with older deaf people via video call and provide friending, support and other activities on a 1:1 basis.
Volunteers who have BSL/ISL level 3 or fluent in BSL/ISL and access to a computer, laptop or tablet at home for video calls.
BSL to at least Level 2 but this is not essential for all the people we support