Carer Relief Companion

  • VO86948


Volunteers offer companionship to a person who has an unpaid carer and supports the carer to take some time for themselves in the knowledge that their loved-one is safe at home.
Carer Relief Companions provide companionship to person aged 16 or over who has a family member or loved-one who cares for them at home. This supports the carer to take a break from their role and have some time for themselves while giving them peace of mind that the person they care for is safe and has company in their home environment. The person who has support needs benefits from a new social connection and engaging in activities such as reminiscence, enjoying a hobby together, chatting, or watching TV.

This is a great opportunity to make a meaningful difference to people with long-term health conditions or disabilities and their unpaid carers and you can expect to see the immediate impact of your volunteer time.

This role takes place for 2-4 hours per week, between Monday-Friday 9am – 5pm. A minimum commitment of 6 months is requested after training and induction is complete. Get in touch to find out about upcoming dates for volunteer training and start your journey today!

Organisation aims and objectives

Health care facilities and Hospitals










2 hours per week for at least six months


Experience required: Good listening and communication skills Empathic, patient, and non-judgemental Punctual and reliable A warm, friendly, and professional approach Respect for confidentiality No previous experience is required; full training will be provided Previous experience of supporting people with long-term health conditions or people with disabilities would be useful.
Travel details: Volunteers are matched with to visit people in their homes across Midlothian
Minimum age: 16


Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: Out-of-pocket expenses will be reimbursed in line with the NHS Lothian Volunteer Expenses Policy.
Support: Named Contact For Volunteer