Minority Ethnic 60+ Project - Companion

  • VO88338


Description

ME60+ Companion Support project connects people from minority ethnic communities aged 60+.
We encourage speakers of all languages (beginners as well!) to meet and make new connections in Fife.
Volunteers will provide multi-lingual companion support to build meaningful connections, reduce social isolation and improve health and well-being for all involved.

Companion Support will be offered on both a 1:1 and small group basis. Activities could include; visiting interest groups, cafés or shopping together. There will be opportunities for companions and members to collectively meet in small groups for their chosen health and well-being activities.

We welcome anyone over the age of 18 years, who is confident, bilingual, good listener, can keep a confidence, has a sense of humour and can provide emotional support. Companions who want to make a difference to another person’s life and value the opportunity of working across diverse cultures, languages, and backgrounds.

Organisation aims and objectives

Fife Centre for Equalities (FCE) was established in April 2014, as a joint initiative between Fife Council, Fife Voluntary Action and NHS Fife, to work with partners to develop more inclusive and responsive services for people in Fife, and to build a positive picture of Fifes modern and diverse population. FCE became an independent body on 1 July 2016. FCE wants to build a collective voice to champion equality, diversity, inclusion and social justice. The centre provides practical guidance and support to everyone working to tackle inequality; here in Fife, and beyond. We want to: - Make equality a normal part of everyday life in Fife - Promote the rights of individuals, because everyones story is unique - Help communities make their voices heard, and have their say in the planning and delivery of local - Develop relationships with partners and stakeholders from public, private and third sectors to advance equality, diversity, social justice and community cohesion.

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Restrictions

Experience required: 1. A commitment to equality and diversity 2. An openness and willingness to learn 3. Good communication skills 4. Time to dedicate to volunteering 5. A warm welcoming personality 6. Experience of using Microsoft Office and Teams
Travel details: Companions will be matched with a member from the minority ethnic 60+ project. It will be upon mutual agreement between the companion and project member to when, where and how to make those vital connections to alleviate social isolation and loneliness. Every effort will be made to match companions and members from within the same geographical area of Fife
Minimum age: 16

Support

Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: public transport rates and mileage rates
Training details: Volunteer Companions will be offered 3 sessions of 1.5 hours of training, which includes induction to the organisation and project. Training will cover aspects of confidentiality, health & safety including lone working and promoting mental health and well-being. Additional specific training will be offered in the field of First Aid, Fire & Home Safety, Dementia Friends. Other specific trainings, requested by volunteers will be considered. There will be ongoing support for volunteers with a named person and regular meet ups with other volunteers.
Support: Named Contact For Volunteer

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