MySight York's Home Visiting Service provides free, one-to-one support and friendship to people living with sight loss. Our volunteers can visit in clients in their own home or support them to get out and about. The service has obtained Approved Provider Standard, the national quality standard designed specifically for mentoring and befriending projects.
Due to the coronavirus crisis our home visiting service has moved to a telephone and garden visit service. However we are putting procedures in place to safely resume the Home Visiting Service.
The service seeks to enable people to retain as much independence as possible and to reduce social isolation. Volunteer visitors provide practical help, emotional support and companionship.
Volunteers are carefully matched and can visit people in their own homes or at other locations, depending on the individual needs and interests of those using the service. Visits usually take place weekly or fortnightly and last for around 2 hours.
Examples of things a volunteer and client might do include: Reading and sorting mail, shopping together, writing cards, reading out loud for pleasure, going for a walk, exercising or participating in a hobby together or having a chat over a cuppa.
Please note that volunteers do not carry out any personal care, undertake cleaning, food shopping for clients or household chores.
Information for volunteers
Our home visiting service is a free service which aims to enable visually impaired people to be as independent as possible. Home Visiting volunteers provide companionship and support, and can be a real life-line to help people maintain independent living skills and social contacts. Due to the coronavirus crisis our home visiting service has moved to a telephone and garden visit service. However we are putting procedures in place to safely resume the Home Visiting Service.
Volunteers may undertake a variety of tasks, ranging from visiting at home for a chat, helping with light practical tasks, reading and helping with correspondence to going out for a walk, shopping or day trips. Some volunteers help clients to continue with hobbies or to find new ones, such as gardening, playing games or using the computer.
Most visitors visit regularly either weekly or fortnightly for a couple of hours on a long-term basis. They are carefully matched with clients, taking interests, availability and location into account. Volunteers will usually visit clients in their own homes which can be anywhere within the City of York. MySight York will meet reasonable travel costs.
No previous experience of working with blind or partially sighted people is necessary as full training will be given. A friendly nature, empathy and an interest in people, especially older people, is a must. You would also be a good listener and have a non-judgemental attitude. Most importantly you must be ready to allow the client to make choices.
If you are interested, you will need to complete an application form and meet with the Volunteer Manager. We normally ask for two references and you’ll be required to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check before training and an induction is provided.