Befriending Coordinator

Closing date: Tuesday 11 April 2023
Location: Derby, DE1 1UR
Hours: 30 hours per week
Salary: £19,500 per annum
Contract: Permanent
Interview date: Thursday 13 April 2023

Sight Support Derbyshire has just been awarded funding to develop and deliver a befriending service in Derbyshire. The service aims to relieve social isolation and improve the wellbeing of visually impaired people by linking them with a volunteer befriender who will visit them (or link with them by phone/online). We are looking for a Project Coordinator with passion, drive and enthusiasm to lead this important service and take the work forward.

The Coordinator will work with our Volunteer Coordinator to find suitable volunteers to link up with our visually impaired service users. You will do a home assessment, make the introduction, and then provide support to both parties as the befriending relationship develops. You will reap the rewards of seeing what a positive impact befriending can have on the service user and the volunteer – real job satisfaction!

Part of the operational team based in Derby and reporting to the Operational Services Manager, you will need to be a ‘self-starter’ and able to work on your own initiative to ensure that services run smoothly and deliver the required outcomes.

At a time of big changes in both voluntary and statutory services, we need people who can be flexible, adapt to change and bring a positive attitude to their work.

It is essential that you are a real ‘people person’ and can show compassion and understanding alongside a common sense approach to your work. Whilst it is desirable that you have experience in working with visually impaired people, it is not essential, as full training will be provided.

You will need access to a vehicle for work purposes and be able and willing to travel around the county. (Expenses will be paid in line with our policy.)

We can offer you a challenging and rewarding environment, and a competitive package. This post is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check.

For an informal discussion call Rachel Graham, Operational Services Manager, on 01332 292262

For an application pack, please email:

Closing date for applications:12 noon, Tuesday 11th April 2023

Interview date: Thurs 13th April 2023

For further information about this vacancy and details of how to apply, please visit the Sight Support Derbyshire website:

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