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Can you offer friendship and support to the deaf community?

by Sandwell Deaf Community Association (SDCA)

Become involved in the various community groups and events which take place within SDCA and in the wider community
● Develop and promote a positive relationship with our service users
● Help raise self-esteem through a positive befriending relationship, gradually expanding ‘comfort zones’
● Help build confidence by increasing the range, the nature of activities and the potential for independent social interaction
● Help build independence by empowerment through social and leisure activities
● Enter into a partnership agreement to:
- meet socially at an agreed time and frequency
- participate in social and leisure activities of mutual interest
● Attend induction when you start, and training as reasonably required
● Receive and attend regular supervision
● Maintain confidentiality and adhere to all SDCA policies and procedures
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Organisation description

SDCA is a charity based in Sandwell providing services to Deaf, Deafblind and Hard of Hearing adults


The New Deaf Centre
Summer Street
B71 4JA West Bromwich


Amanda Bennett
07791 921011


Please contact us to discuss any access requirements

Preferred skills

● To have BSL communication to Level 2 or equivalent.
● Have an understanding of the difficulties that arise when living with a hearing loss / sensory impairment
● Good listening and communication skills
● Be non-judgemental in approach
● To manage appropriate boundaries in the befriending relationship
To be consistent and dependable when working with our service

Experience gained

Induction and safeguarding training.
Building professional relationships.
Planning of activities.

Will the organisation carry out a DBS check?


Minimum age


Age focus

  • Young adults
  • Adults
  • Older people

Time of volunteering

  • Weekdays
  • Weekends
  • Daytime
  • Evenings


  • Mainly indoors
  • To learn new skills and improve my job prospects
  • To share my skills and creativity

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