Supported Shopping Volunteer

  • VO81386


The Supportive Shopping Service offers assistance with shopping to people who are living with HIV and/or Hepatitis C. Our clients often struggle to manage to get their shopping independently due to poor physical/mental health, limited mobility, social anxiety or literacy issues. This service allows people to choose their own shopping and have some social time and chat with a trusted person. Being able to shop for food and have regular social interactions are important parts of staying well and independent. You’d be helping service users maintain their independence and be supporting their nutrition - a core part of staying healthy while on treatment.

Organisation aims and objectives

Positive Help offers practical help to people affected by HIV and/or Hepatitis C in Edinburgh and the Lothians. The four core services are delivered by a team of trained volunteers. The services provided include: Befriending for children and young people; Home Support (cleaning, de-cluttering, painting, DIY, gardening, and other domestic tasks); a free Transport service, which helps people to get to and from medical appointments as well as support groups or local supermarkets; and Study Buddies, a homework mentoring service for children.










2-3 hours per month for 6 months


Experience required: You should be personable, patient and a good listener with a non-judgemental and caring approach. You need an ability to maintain boundaries with clients and a commitment to maintaining clients’ confidentiality. You should be reliable, with good timekeeping and communication skills. You also need a full driving license with a good record of safe driving.
Travel details: Edinburgh and the Lothians.
Minimum age: 18


Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: Submit relevant form and reciepts
Training details: You will receive comprehensive training on the role, relevant issues and service group, as well as a First Aid session. Once you begin volunteering you will be supported by the service coordinator to fulfil your role. We also offer ongoing training and support sessions to enable you to volunteer with confidence! A PVG is required for this role (Positive Help cover this cost).
Support: Wheelchair Access/Disabled Access Toilet