Action on Hearing Loss - Home-Based Befriender in Northern Ireland

Help enhance the quality of life for older hard of hearing people in the community and residential homes in Northern Ireland by reducing social isolation in your area.


Weekly or fortnightly contact with service user by telephone or letter


Home-based in Northern Ireland. You need to live in Northern Ireland and be 18 or older for this role.

What you’ll be doing

As a home-based befriender in Northern Ireland you will:

  • communicate on a regular basis with older hard of hearing people in the community via phone or letter
  • provide friendship, support and other activities on a 1:1 basis

What you need

It would be good if you:

  • are sensitive and empathetic towards other people
  • have a positive attitude
  • are open-minded and non-judgemental
  • can listen actively
  • are friendly, reliable, trustworthy and honest
  • are aware of issues affecting hard of hearing people
  • are committed to the wellbeing of others especially the older community

What you’ll get in return

As a volunteer you will:

  • have the satisfaction of helping older people with hearing loss in your community
  • get regular one-to-one support from our Deaf Befriending Officer
  • receive training and learn new skills
  • meet people from different backgrounds
  • build new friendships with other Action on Hearing Loss volunteers
  • have the opportunity to try other volunteering roles within Action on Hearing Loss
  • have all expenses incurred as a result of your volunteering reimbursed, according to the Action on Hearing Loss expenses policy


To find out more & to apply for the role - click here.