To support elderly service users with severe sensory loss to keep connected with their local community by supporting them as a sighted guide/escort/communicator on prearranged occasions, supporting them to practise independent living skills or being a befriender either face to face or telephone.
Ness provides support to over 3500 people with severe sensory loss across Grampian. The CIS-Connect Inform Support Project aims to support older people with sensory loss who may feel lonely or socially isolated or may lose independent living skills as a result of the daily challenges of their sensory loss. This service has been developed to reach out to those individuals and to offer support, assistance, social opportunities and companionship through trained volunteers. Volunteers aim to help service users to build up their confidence and to increase their independence by providing assistance, a listening ear and encouraging service users to get out and about and rediscover old interests or find new ones.
This is a great, enjoyable opportunity to help in the local community, make a positive difference and also the opportunity to develop new skills and interests as well.
For more information please contact:
Tel.: 0845 2712345
North East Sensory Services (NESS) is the leading provider of fully integrated joint sensory services in the North East of Scotland. Through our wide range of services, we work to achieve independence for blind and deaf people.
Experience required: -Good listener and communicator
-Warm, caring and encouraging
-Interest in other people
-Reliable, honest and trustworthy
-Able to maintain confidentiality
-Able to work alone
-Ability to recognise and respect other people’s boundaries
Travel details: Opportunities available in Aberdeen city/ shire
Minimum age: 18
Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: Reimbursement of public transport tickets; mileage paid for use of your own car: other relevant expenses that might arise
Training details: Good support is provided to volunteers: 10 hour induction training and 5 hour sensory awareness training. Other relevant complimentary training will be offered. Support is offered through regular one-to-one supervision and peer volunteer meetings.
Support: Named Contact For Volunteer,
Wheelchair Access/Disabled Access Toilet