Our Volunteer Visitors peer mentoring programme provides vital one-to-one support for individuals both pre and post-amputation who require practical information and emotional support through their limb loss journey.
Find out more about becoming a Volunteer Visitor below.
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What is a Volunteer Visitor?
Volunteer Visitors are all amputees and members of the Limbless Association. Our volunteers are amputees of two or more years and are happy to share their experience of limb loss, supporting individuals either pre or post-amputation.
Our Volunteer Visitors have a unique insight and can provide support, advice, and listen to your concerns on the everyday issues you may be facing. They can share their lived experience to support and guide newer amputees on a range of practical topics.
All our volunteers undergo an Enhanced DBS check, receive essential training as well as having access to a range of development opportunities in their roles.
Volunteer visits currently take place by phone and we will always try to closely match you with a Volunteer Visitor who understands your particular concerns. Once it is safe to do so we anticipate that our Volunteer Visitors will be able to support in healthcare settings, LA Hubs and in the community.
We’re excited to announce that developments are underway to further enhance our Volunteer Visitor peer support programme. These developments are being made possible with the award of National Lottery funding. Our heartfelt thanks to the players of the National Lottery.
How can I become a Volunteer Visitor?
Our Volunteer Visitor programme is an essential support service to ensure no amputee need cope alone.
The first step in applying to be a Volunteer Visitor is to attend an Information Session to learn more about the role and what is involved. In the Information Session, you will learn more about the Limbless Association, the role of the Volunteer Visitor and meet some of the VV staff team. They will provide information about the role requirements, the benefits of peer support and the training and development offered to all volunteers. There is also an opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have about the role. Once you have attended the Information Session you will then be able to complete an application form and progress through the recruitment process.
To be invited to the next Information Session please complete the form below.
What skills and abilities do I need to be a Volunteer Visitor?
It takes a special kind of person to become a Volunteer Visitor and not everyone can do it. Some of the qualities we look for are:
• A commitment to our vision where ‘no amputee need cope alone’
• Great listening and communication skills
• The ability to build rapport with other amputees and professionals
• A non-judgemental and flexible approach
• A willingness to follow our policies and guidelines
• A positive, caring and empathetic attitude.
What will I gain as a Volunteer Visitor?
Not only will you be joining a growing community of volunteers who have experienced limb loss, but we hope the role will also provide you with a sense of achievement in knowing that you are making a difference by supporting other amputees in their limb loss journey. Through becoming a Volunteer Visitor, you will also receive:
• A comprehensive induction and training package
• The opportunity to gain the VV Award on completion of full VV training
• Access to regular support from the team
• Opportunities for social connections and a chance to meet like-minded people
• Career experience and skills development.
• Recognition for your contribution.
How will I be supported as a Volunteer Visitor?
You’ll be supported by our Volunteer Visitor team, as well as VV Mentors. With access to regular one-to-one and group support, there’s always someone available to guide you in your role. Where required, you will also be able to claim expense reimbursement, with prior approval (in line with our expenses policy).
Essential requirements to be a Volunteer Visitor
Our volunteer visitors must be:
• Over 18
• At least two years post amputation
• Emotionally ready to help fellow amputees
• Able to access phone and/or internet to make ‘visits’
• Happy to provide two references
• Willing to undertake a DBS check every three years
• Committed to our induction and training programme.
If you meet all the essential requirements and are interested in becoming a Volunteer Visitor please register your interest to learn more at the next Information Session.