Residential Volunteer Companion - Cardenden

  • VO71634


Our short-term, residential, inter-generational service supports older people living within residential care, to re-live their history. As this is an inter-generational project, we typically recruit volunteers from the age of 16-21 years who are then matched with a resident of a local care home. The volunteer will generally visit the older person for 1 hour each week, getting to know them and learning about their history.

Volunteering with one individual lasts for around 16 weeks, towards the end of the match, the volunteer will create a visual representation of the older persons memories in the form of a 'Life Map'. Full training and support provided - no previous experience required.
Background check (PVG) will be needed.

Organisation aims and objectives

We support, develop and represent community groups, voluntary organisations, social enterprises and volunteering. We have around 35 staff members covering these activities across Fife, operating from our offices in Glenrothes, Cupar, Dunfermline and Kirkcaldy. We provide a wide range of support to third sector organisations and have expertise in a wide range of skills and topics including governance, funding, legislation, policy, volunteering, managing people, planning and problem solving.

We receive core funding from the Scottish Government and Fife Council to provide four key functions:
- support, develop and represent the third sector.
- support, develop and represent social enterprises.
- support, develop and represent volunteering.
- support and promote third sector engagement with the Community Planning Partnership.










Generally the best times to visit are between 11am - 12.30 or 2pm - 3.30pm.


Experience required: No previous experience required. However, you should have a positive outlook, empathy and respect that others are of equal worth, along with an appreciation of differences and an openness to learning.
Travel details: We are looking for volunteers from the Cardenden area to be matched with residents of a local carehome.
Minimum age: 15


Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: Out of pocket expenses will be reimbursed.
Training details: A one to one or small group session will be offered to provide an initial induction as well as specific support for this opportunity. Ongoing support will be by telephone and face to face meetings as required by the volunteer.
Support: Named Contact For Volunteer

Last updated 5 months ago

Please note, organisations are currently experiencing a large volume of enquiries from people looking to help out. They may not always be able to meet this demand so please be patient, you may not receive a quick response or be assigned to a role.