Support the wellbeing of a resident at QME Care, Kelso, with volunteer companionship. Spend time together participating in a mutually enjoyed hobby, or just having a cuppa and a chat.
Our aim is to provide a service that helps improve health and well-being, providing companionship to increase confidence and reduce loneliness and isolation. Companionship/ Befriending visits are tailored to meet the needs of our residents with volunteer companions/ befrienders carefully matched to residents based on shared interests.
They can accompany their ‘companion’ to groups of interest to help build their confidence or return to a hobby they previously enjoyed.
During a weekly or fortnightly visit to their assigned resident, volunteers will provide friendship and companionship. This might include participating in shared interests, playing a game, going for a stroll, or simply having a cuppa and a chat.
We are a Non-Profit Charitable Organisation based in Kelso providing autonomous care to our residents in Queens, Murray & Evanthea House.
Experience required: We are looking for volunteers who have a friendly, warm personality, with good communication and listening skills. Volunteers ideally would have an understanding of communicating with people living with dementia, and the ability to maintain confidentiality and boundaries.
As this volunteering role involves contact with vulnerable people, you will be required to complete a Disclosure Application. We will assist you with the application if required.
Travel details: QME Care, Kelso, Scottish Borders
Minimum age: 18
Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: Any out-of-pocket costs relating to companionship, for example purchase of tea/coffee if taking resident out.
Training details: Volunteers will receive training including, Induction, Dementia awareness, boundaries, confidentiality, and Safeguarding. You will receive support from our staff team at QME, as well as having opportunity to meet up with other volunteers to share experiences.
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