For professionals supporting amputees

A guide to the Volunteer Visitor service and volunteering programme

We offer a robust service model of peer support for your patients/ clients. Our Volunteer Visitor team are committed to delivering high standards of service delivery and a positive and supported volunteering experience for our wonderful Volunteer Visitors.

The Volunteer Visitor (VV) service has been operating for over 20 years and its volunteers make a unique contribution to the limb loss community. Our trained, vetted and supervised Volunteer Visitors share their own lived experience with those who have had or are about to have an amputation.

Volunteer Visitors offer empathy, support, and practical advice both pre- and post-amputation through a designated number of visits, focussing on key topics identified by the patient/client. It is a free, non-clinical service.

The LA is committed to creating and maintaining a safe and positive environment and accepts its responsibility to safeguard the welfare of all adults it supports and who are involved in its services, projects, and activities.

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What support can Volunteer Visitors offer?

How do visits happen?

Volunteer Visitor service specification

How can I refer?

`` Often, the best person to support you during your limb loss journey is someone who has been through the same journey as you. ``

All our volunteers benefit from

Enhanced DBS checks
Induction and Training programme (6 months)
Ongoing development opportunities
Regular supervision and support sessions
Support from the full time VV team
Gaining the VV Award on completion of training

Can I signpost any prospective volunteers?

Yes, we would be very pleased to hear from any prospective volunteers that are keen to volunteer and share their experience to support other amputees. We are accepting applications on an ongoing basis, therefore please signpost any patients/ clients, meeting the essential criteria.

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