Leuchie at Home Volunteer Befriender/Sitter

  • VO96537


Volunteering with Leuchie at Home is a very rewarding opportunity and a great way to gain more skills and experience when enhancing a persons life.
Leuchie at Home officially started in July 2022 in partnership with East Lothian Health and Social Care Partnership who refer potential clients to the service. We offer the service to those who have a long-term neurological conditions or stroke. Each person is given at least 2 hours each week and this allows their partner/carer time to themselves. They use this time in a variety of ways from shopping, meeting a friend for coffee or catching up with gardening.
The volunteer will sit with the person and keep them company while their partner/carer has time to do the the things they need to do. During the visits the client may like to chat about their week, the past or any worries that they may have. Play board games, crosswords, quizzes, watch TV or any other activities such as crafts or help with technology (iPad, PC, Phone, Smart speakers).
As well as building a relationship with the client you will also get to know their partner/carer during the visits.
The volunteer will not be expected to provide personal care.

Organisation aims and objectives

To be the UK's best provider of high quality respite for individuals with high dependency physical conditions. We will continually support guests and their carers to enhance the quality of their life. At Leuchie House, our philosophy is that everyone deserves a decent break, whatever their individual care requirements. There is a country house feel at Leuchie, rather than a clinical atmosphere, with the emphasis on social as well as health care. We do everything we can to ensure guests' preferences are taken into account, as you would expect on any break, and offer physiotherapy and a variety of activities and entertainment throughout your stay










2 Hours per week


Experience required: Good communication skills and active listening skills, patience, empathy, compassion and the ability to use technology such as iPads/smart speakers is beneficial but not essential
Travel details: Accessible via Foot, But, Car
Minimum age: 21


Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: Travel expenses will be paid monthly
Taster details: For the first one or two visits you will shadow the Leuchie at Home Coordinator.
Training details: You will be given ongoing inhouse training – moving and handling, meal assist, GDPR, Adult Support and Protection, infection control and other training relevant to the role.
Support: Named Contact For Volunteer