For many people, a simple outing to the beach is impossible. Volunteer, ‘be the change’ and help others relive fond memories or experience the joys of sand, sea and shore for the very first time!
Our pool of volunteers are contacted when a booking is made to hire one of our beach wheelchairs and invited to help out. On the day of the hire, the volunteer on duty will collect the equipment required from the Sea the Change storage shed, taking it to meet the hirer at the appointed time next to the disabled parking bays by Coldingham beach. After demonstrating the features and safe use of the wheelchair and/or hoist, hirers will be left to carry on and enjoy their visit. Volunteers are NOT required to assist with transfers to and from wheelchairs or with using the hoist. At the end of the hire, the volunteer will clean equipment as necessary and wipe down surfaces with antibacterial solution before returning items to the storage shed. In the event of an emergency, the volunteer will contact the Project Officer for assistance.
Sea the Change is a registered Scottish Charity based on the Forth Coast of the Scottish Borders. Our Coldingham Beach Wheelchairs project was launched in 2019 to help make the beach accessible to everyone, whatever their ability. Without volunteers our events, projects and campaigns would not exist, and our goal is to grow our network of willing helpers and loyal users, both locally and beyond.
Experience required: No previous experience is required, and training will be given. An outgoing, friendly and helpful nature is of course hugely beneficial, and a willingness to ensure that users are comfortable and confident when using the wheelchairs, accessing the beach and shoreline. Any background in assisting or engaging with others face to face would be an advantage but not essential.
Travel details: Coldingham Bay, Forth Coast, Scottish Borders
Minimum age: 16
Taster available: Yes
Training details: A full training session and ongoing support will be given in the features, safe use, cleaning and upkeep of the beach wheelchairs and hoist. Shadowing for the first volunteer duty and beyond can be given if needed. Volunteers will have the opportunity to deliver training themselves once they have built up some experience if they wish.
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