Eating Well Volunteer

  • VO76300


Description

Eat Well Age Well is a national project tackling malnutrition in older people living at home in Scotland. Eat Well Age Well is brought to you by award winning Scottish Charity Food Train and is funded by The National Lottery Community Fund.

It is unacceptable that one in ten older people in the UK are malnourished; across Scotland this equates to 103,000 older people.

Eat Well Age Well was launched in 2018 and works in collaboration with a wide range of groups including the voluntary sector, local and national government, health professionals and communities, to develop initiatives that will make a difference to older people.

Eating Well volunteers will spend time with older people either on a one to one basis or a group setting helping to improve their nutrition and hydration and raise awareness of malnutrition:

Directly engage with older people aged 65 years and over at home.

Gather information on older peoples’ food likes/dislikes, assessing normal dietary intake (no meals/snacks per day)

Provide simple nutrition and hydration advice to meet individual needs e.g. tips on staying hydrated, Food First advice (e.g. little and often or things that could be changed in their diet such as switching to full fat options)

Consider signposting to relevant services

Use malnutrition tools (e.g. Salford paperweight armband, Patient Association Nutrition Checklist) to raise issue of appetite and weight loss and identify risk of malnutrition
Refer to & disseminate Eat Well Age Well, Food Train and Meal Makers project resources

Follow guided questions for volunteers and record information

To represent Food Train/Eat Well Age Well in a professional manner to older people and the wider community

There are no formal educational requirements for this role however knowledge of the needs of and interest in older people acquired through life and family experiences, training received or practice based experience is desirable.

Interest in nutrition, health and well-being and making a difference to the lives of older people

Good listening and communication skills are required, able to get a good conversation going and build relationships

Friendly, sociable and patient with a caring manner

Organisation aims and objectives

Food Train is a registered charity, voluntary organisation and social enterprise. Since 1995 Food Train has been making daily life easier for older people, providing vital services to those who are no longer able to manage independently, through age, ill health, frailty or disability. Food Train makes hundreds of grocery deliveries every week, ensuring those most in need have access to fresh groceries. Teams of dedicated local volunteers across the regions also go that extra mile by helping with household jobs, delivering books through our library service and providing much needed friendly social contact and meals through our Meal Makers and befriending services. Our Growth Following 15 years of successfully supporting older people throughout Dumfries and Galloway, in 2010, Food Train embarked on our ambitious project to make our services available to older people in other parts of Scotland. With support from the Scottish Government, Community Food and Health Scotland and the relevant health and social care partnerships, we are delighted that Food Train services are now available in many more areas. Our Vision In order to fulfil our vision for all older people in Scotland, we endeavour, in partnership with our public and independent sector partners, to continue growing and expanding our services and support for older people to enable them to eat well, live well and age well at home.

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Restrictions

Experience required: There are no formal educational requirements for this role however knowledge of the needs of and interest in older people acquired through life and family experiences, training received or practice based experience is desirable. Interest in nutrition, health and well-being and making a difference to the lives of older people Good listening and communication skills are required, able to get a good conversation going and build relationships Friendly, sociable and patient with a caring manner
Minimum age: 16

Support

Expenses paid: Yes
Support: Named Contact For Volunteer

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