Independent Living Service Volunteer

  • VO89506


For people leaving hospital, adjusting to life at home can be a difficult time. Helping someone get their essential shopping, pick up their prescription or get the heating turned on can make all the difference for them to feel safe at home.

This service is available 7 days a week 9.00am - 8.00pm depending on needs.

We would like you to :

volunteer at least 4 hours a week within the above times

to drive and have use of a car if possible, though this is not essential

ideally live on Shetland mainland but also need volunteers from the North Isles.

Why we want you
If you are compassionate and like helping and meeting people, then this could be the role for you. Volunteers like you support people who are leaving hospital, helping to build their confidence so that they can continue to live independently in their own home.

What you will be doing
Visit people in hospital as they are getting ready to go home.
Bring people home from hospital.
Help someone settle in when they first arrive home.
Support with shopping and collecting prescriptions.
Help people find further support if they need it.
Keep records of tasks.

To apply:

Organisation aims and objectives

The British Red Cross helps people in crisis whoever and wherever they are. We are part of a global voluntary network responding to conflicts, natural disasters and individual emergencies.\r\n\r\nWe enable vulnerable people in the UK and abroad to prepare for and withstand emergencies in their own communities. And when the crisis is over, we help them to recover and move on with their lives


Experience required: The skills you need Warm and friendly with empathy for others. Good communication skills. Encouraging and supportive. Enjoy meeting and spending time with new people. Can work independently and as a part of a team. Able to commit to a regular shift.
Travel details: Shetland Mainland and North Isles
Minimum age: 18


Expenses paid: Yes
Support: Named Contact For Volunteer