Riverside Centre at Newton Stewart, seek enthusiastic people who want to make a difference to older peoples’ lives. By joining their Board of Directors, you will help steer the charity and gain valuable experience in management and governance. The Board is the governing body of Riverside Centre at Newton Stewart and Board members (typically numbering 6 to 8 people from all walks of life) work as a team ensuring that the centre is run effectively and efficiently.
The Riverside Centre provides services for older people in Newton Stewart and the Machars area that enhance their quality and enjoyment of life by encouraging interaction, mental & physical activity and companionship, thus contributing to their health and wellbeing, maintaining their independence and providing respite for their family. Your own experience and expertise will contribute to the board’s ability to provide the services needed to meet this aim.
This opportunity not only gives you the chance to develop your own management, planning and teamwork skills, but contributing effectively also gives you a very real feeling of actively helping vulnerable people.

Organisation aims and objectives

Open weekdays 9pm-4pm. The Riverside provides a place for older people to meet in warm, friendly surroundings. Less able members are provided with a bus service to and from the day centre. Upon arrival at the member's house, a staff member or a volunteer will enter the house and ensure it is safe. Bus remit extends from Isle of Whithorn to Gatehouse of Fleet, Glentrool and Kirkcowan. Staff assist people with toileting and personal hygiene. Throughout the day members area offered food and drink from a breakfast menu (9.30am-11.30am); morning tea and coffee and then Lunch which is prepared by a cook and kitchen assistant. In doing this they also offer a Healthy option in line with the Healthy Living award. Entertainment and activities are laid on every day after lunch. This also features bingo, dominoes, music, films, and New Age Curling. In addition members run Ceilidh dances on alternate Thursday evenings. Free wireless internet and access to computers are available as well as classes in computer and mobile phone use provided through Building Healthy Communities. The centre also benefits from weekly visits from a fully qualified hairdresser and beautician for a small fee. Annual member is £50 open to anyone over 60.


Experience required: Good, independent judgement An ability to think creatively A willingness to speak authentically and honestly An ability to work effectively as a member of a team A commitment to the Riverside Centre’s purpose A willingness to devote the necessary time and effort To have integrity and a genuine wish to contribute Empathy for vulnerable older people
Travel details: The Riverside Centre (Mid Galloway Community Day Centre for Older People at Newton Stewart)
Minimum age: 25


Expenses paid: Yes
Training details: Induction is by visiting centre and being shown activities on offer and introduced to members. Training in duties and responsibilities of charity directors is available. If you wished to become directly involved in working with members you would be required to be PVG registered and training would be available in first aid, moving and handling, food hygiene and MIDAS driver training.

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