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 how Volunteer Visitors can help below.
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 find out more, visit our Become A Volunteer Visitor page.
How can I request a VV for myself or a family member/patient?
Referrals to the Volunteer Visitor Service may be either a self-referral or from a health care professional, carer or relative. Consent must be given from the person wishing to be visited before we can make contact.
Referrals can be made via our online form or on a paper form which can be posted to LA head office. Our VV team or LA helpdesk can provide help with completing referrals where needed.
Our aim is to make contact within 3 days of a referral to discuss arrangements for the visit.