Volunteer Companion

  • VO75117


Description

Care and Share Companionship supports older people living in isolation and loneliness within the Kirkcaldy area. Our aim is to provide a service that helps improve health and well-being.
Pre Covid-19 we offered support by our volunteers on a face to face basis. Taking people out shopping, to appointments, hairdressers, places of interest such as library, local exhibitions, for a refreshment or simply have a cup of tea and chat at home. They can accompany their 'friend' to groups of interest to help build their confidence or return to a hobby they previously enjoyed.
At present following Government guidance, we offer weekly telephone and/or shopping delivery support.
Training and guidelines are provided.

Organisation aims and objectives

Care and Share Companionship provides companionship support to people over the age of 60 who are living in isolation or loneliness. Support is offered by our trained, PVG checked volunteers on a 1-1 basis which may include an introduction to a local group of interest, weekly, fortnightly or monthly. We offer a flexible and personalised approach to address the needs of the person we are supporting, such as shopping, health appointments or visiting family or friends. We also offer telephone support and respite for carers. We aim to provide a service that helps improve health and well being to make people feel valued and part of their community.

Availability

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2 -3 hours per week

Restrictions

Experience required: We are looking for volunteers who have a friendly, warm personality, with good communication and listening skills. Have an understanding and the ability to maintain confidentiality and boundaries.
Travel details: Kirkcaldy and surrounding area.
Minimum age: 18

Support

Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: 45p per mile. Public transport on receipt of bus ticket.
Taster available: Yes
Taster details: Volunteers may be matched with an existing volunteer for a short period to gain insight to the role.
Training details: Group induction session around communication skills, data protection, health and safety and lone working. Ongoing training will take place quarterly and topics will be discussed with volunteers and trustees.
Support: Named Contact For Volunteer,
Wheelchair Access/Disabled Access Toilet

Last updated 3 months ago

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