Area Visitors act as local contacts to our beneficiaries around the country. All our Area Visitors are volunteers and many of them are from the medical profession. As an Area Visitor, you will:
- Visit a small number of applicants and beneficiaries at home
- Help our beneficiaries understand the kind of support that the RMBF can consider
- Prepare reports for the Case Committee, to help them decide how we can best allocate our support
- Offer personal support where appropriate
We offer training, guidance, and useful resources to all our Area Visitors.
If we already have experienced Area Visitors in your area, we may ask you to join our waiting list or consider helping out in another way.
What our Area Visitors say
I enjoy being a GP. We look at the whole patient, not just the presenting complaint but all the other systems that may be contributing to the overall picture. We look at how their problem interferes with their lives, their relationships and their work.
So it is no surprise to find that I enjoy my work as an Area Visitor, meeting beneficiaries, and trying to form a picture of what is happening to them, how it affects them, and what the practicalities are. I enjoy this, and I also feel privileged that these people will take me into their trust and tell me about themselves.
You don’t have to be a GP to be an Area Visitor– most doctors are caring individuals, and that is what counts most. If you’re tempted to volunteer, do it. You will never regret it. It will improve your life.David Starritt, Area Visitor