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The shoppers are given grocery lists to pick for customers in a local supermarket and are supported by delivery volunteers in this activity. Grocery shopping takes place Tuesday to Thursday and the service operates 52 weeks a year. Volunteers are shopping using a standard trolley and require a degree of physical fitness.
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A Digi Connector is someone who makes a commitment to an elderly person to spend time with them on a weekly basis (1 to 2 hours each week). Helping them to become more familiar with online and digital tools. This role will be for a minimum of four months and will provide a supportive relationship to someone finding it difficult to access daily activities. This involves a one to one relationship to a vulnerable person finding community living difficult or would otherwise be socially isolated. This will provide people with a new direction in life, opening up a range of activities leading to increased self-esteem and confidence. A Digi Connector will offer time to an elderly person, build up a trusting supportive relationship whilst establishing and maintaining appropriate boundaries within the befriending relationship. There will be a requirement to have the skills to help someone to use digital technology. For example explaining how to access the internet and use various audio / visual communications such as WhatsApp, Skype or Zoom. This might also include assistance to access health resources such as GP appointments. Also, to participate in hobbies and interests and what is important to the older person including connecting with family. There will also be a requirement to attend some additional training. Participating Organisations Befriend Motherwell, Cumbernauld Action for Care of the Elderly (CACE), Glenboig Development Trust & North Lanarkshire Disability Forum
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Do you like the outdoors and meeting people? Why not become a walk leader for Ageing Well and assist us by joining a team in your local area and train to lead health walks and help promote physical activity to those over 50 in Midlothian. Ageing Well are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help deliver a health promotion programme to their peers. There are currently seven weekly walks in Midlothian and we would like to offer more and introduce different levels of walks too. After a year of lockdown some people are struggling with their fitness levels as well as social isolation and we would like to help by offering a weekly activity that would be suitable for all abilities. There is a short training course on leading walks as well as a training pack on all things Ageing Well. Equipment and any expenses will be paid for and there are other opportunities to learn new things and meet like-minded volunteers who want to make a difference to other people’s lives and have fun and keep fit at the same time. If walking isn’t your thing, we also offer other sessions in various sports and activities as well as running annual events and offering functional fitness and information days throughout Midlothian.
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Are you looking for a career in childcare? Good at reading stories, making crafts or singing action songs? We are looking for enthusiastic young people aged 15-25 who would like to share their digital talents by helping us create short video clips for nursery and primary aged children. We hope to create a bank of fun and exciting learning resources to share with local primary schools, nurseries and childcare providers. Your videos will be used as fun and inspiring learning materials for younger children. By taking part you will increase your digital film making skills and your confidence. This experience will give you something positive and interesting to write about on your C.V. and in recognition of your volunteering you will also receive a prestigious Saltire Award. The Saltire Awards are the Scottish Government's way of celebrating, recognising and rewarding the commitment, contribution and achievements of young volunteers in Scotland. You will be joining us online to learn more about this exciting project, you will learn about the benefits of volunteering and how to sign up for a Satire Award. You will also receive training on child development and how to create and produce a series of fun and engaging short videos aimed at a younger audience.
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We are looking for a volunteer with an enthusiastic attitude with strong IT and marketing skills to help us promote sport and physical activity in the West End of Dundee. We want to raise our profile in the community and strengthen our connection with the community. You will also be familiar with different social media sites as we will ask that you keep our social media platforms regularly updated while encouraging others to comment on our posts and share them. You will also have knowledge of the most effective communication strategies to help improve our reach and engage with a wider audience. We would also like our sports marketing volunteer to led on the designing, writing and publishing of a regular newsletter.
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Have you been Bereaved by Suicide? Do you have a desire to help other people who have also been Bereaved by Suicide? Are you comfortable listening to the experiences of others? You could be just the person we are looking for. We have self-help support groups across the UK, where you can meet with other people who have been bereaved by suicide and we want to enroll some new volunteers to set up a group in Aberdeen. Typically, our groups meet once a month and last for around 2 hours. Presently many groups are meeting virtually via Zoom but when regulations allow, they will return to Face to Face. They provide an opportunity to listen, to share, to ask questions and to connect with others. Each local SoBS group is run by a team of 3: the group leader and two group volunteers, all of whom have been bereaved by suicide themselves. Between them, they facilitate the session, get the conversation started, make sure everyone has the opportunity to talk if they want to, and generally look out for people and each other. The team also work together to manage the administration, fundraising and communication for the group, sometimes with the help of additional support volunteers. There is no set structure to a session – people are free to talk and listen as they wish. The topics discussed vary from week to week but often includes people sharing their story, how they are feeling, what has happened since their last group visit, questions about coroners and discussions about common challenges such as flashbacks, supporting children or facing neighbours. Many groups also offer a small resource library and can share information about local sources of support. For further details please contact Phill Abbiss, Volunteer Coordinator (North) at E Mail: phill.abbiss@uksobs.org or tel.: 07535 854 860.
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Scotland Versus Arthritis is looking for individuals willing to lead short health walks in your area, lead on other physical activities, or facilitate virtual support groups. Full training and on-going support for volunteers will be available. We are also looking for expressions of interest from anyone keen to become an instructor of Tai Chi or Qi Gong for arthritis. The current Covid restrictions have meant that for many the wait for treatment may be a year or more away. Painkilling prescriptions are seldom more than a temporary relief. Support and exercise can however offer a better way to self-manage the daily on-going pain and fatigue. In readiness for the eventual lifting of lockdown we are asking, can you spare an hour or two each month to help? Please contact your local Development Officer, Dr. P. Neville, p.neville@versusarthritis.org or phone 07501 501114 for details.
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We currently have around 40 shops/ community hubs across Scotland. Our shops and hubs help us raise funds so we can provide our services to the people who need us. Every one of our stores relies on a team of volunteers to help run it and support our staff. Quite simply, we cannot provide our services or raise funds without the amazing support of our volunteers. The time, support and the work they do is vital to us and the people we help. By helping out in one of our stores, you can make a difference to people and their families in Scotland who are isolated, scared or anxious about their condition. For more details about volunteering at our Aberdeen Cults Store please email: volunteering@chss.org.uk or tel.: 0131 225 6963. Information about volunteering with Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland is also available at: https://www.chss.org.uk/volunteer-with-chss/
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The Red Cross run a Patient Transport Service which provides an essential lifeline for those who need to get to and from hospital treatment facilities. The service provides enhanced care for those needing additional medical support during the journey and this role includes clinical skills and would give volunteers good experience, especially for those wanting a career in ambulance work and the NHS. The role is based in Aberdeen and we are looking for people who can complete 15 days of training run via a combination of e-learning, Zoom training and face to face sessions. You would need to be able to commit to the dates from 20th-23rd April for training in Aberdeen. Once this is completed, we are looking for people to do 2 x 8 hour shifts per month, which can be weekend, evening or weekdays. The minimum age for the role is 21 and you need to have held a UK Driving licence for 2 years. The role will involve: • Collecting and taking patients to a hospital or other treatment centre for appointments or visits • Completing all tasks associated with service delivery, e.g. accurate records, cleaning to approved infection control schedules, equipment used in accordance with training and procedures. • Using communication equipment, if required, in accordance with the radio licence and British Red Cross guidelines, and keeping appropriate records of use • Applying the duty of candour requirements to communication with service users and representatives. • Additional support and guidance sought when required • Providing basic first aid as necessary, in line with the current scope of practice, regulatory standards, and British Red Cross policies, procedures and core values To apply please go to http://bit.ly/ASAberdeen or for more information email MBaxter@redcross.org.uk
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#YSHive and the Scottish Government are looking to hold a jam session with young people aged 11-18 to explore the main priorities as the COVID-19 restrictions are beginning to lift, looking ahead to summer activity, your hopes for this time and explore how young people can be involved in communication and decision-making going forward. We will be holding an online jam session from 1pm to 5pm on Sunday 25th April 2021 and would like to invite young people between 11-18 years old to take part and share their thoughts! Find out more and sign up via the survey form here: https://young.scot/get-involved/national/opportunity-covid-19-renewal-jam
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