Recovery Project Volunteer

  • VO70258


Description

The aim of the project is for volunteers to support people to regain self-esteem and independence, and empower them to take back control. Unlike general befriending services, we're working to help people recover from their experience and regain the skill and confidence to eventually move on from the project.
A 'peer' volunteer could be someone who has experienced abuse themselves, someone of a similar age or background, or with similar interests. The key is that the person feels comfortable with their volunteer, and they can build a relationship with them in an informal and non-threatening environment.
Volunteers will meet with the older person either on a one-to-one or group basis (or both), which might include:
Befriending and/or emotional support.
Group-based peer support with other people and volunteers.
Activity-based support e.g. taking the older person to clubs, groups or taking part in hobbies or therapeutic activities together.

Organisation aims and objectives

Action on Elder Abuse is a UK-wide Charity which works to protect and prevent the abuse of vulnerable older people. We provide direct information and advice to victims of abuse and others who are concerned about abuse. We also provide information materials for public and practitioners, deliver training, seminars and conferences, actively work to raise awareness of elder abuse and influence and inform policy in this area.

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3/4 hour shift per week (days are negotiable) depending on need with a minimum commitment of 12 months. Training will hopefully comence in March 2018.

Restrictions

Experience required: Enjoy working with older people. Excellent communication and listening skills. Able to build rapport with older people, and/or people in distress. Able to provide empathy, advice and support in a clear and professional manner. Can manage own workload, and cope with challenging situations. Willing to undertake extensive training and commit to a minimum of 12 months volunteering.
Travel details: Supporting people in person, in one-to-one and/or group settings anywhere in Fife. The volunteer may support the older person in their own home, a care home, community centre or other local settings.
Minimum age: 18

Support

Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: We will provide any phone and travel costs.
Training details: Relevant legislation in relation to protecting vulnerable people; - understanding older people's needs; Wellness and Recovery Action Planning (WRAP); managing emotions and facilitating empowerment; ongoing peer and organisational support from AEA Scotland's Services Coordinator and Director and Helpline staff in our London office.
Support: Named Contact For Volunteer

Last updated 4 months ago

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