MS support volunteer: visitor

  • VO42366


Description

MS support teams aim to empower people affected by MS through giving information about MS, emotional support and facilitating access to available services and support.

As an MS support volunteer: visitor you will assist greatly in this work through helping to reduce isoation of people with MS. Tasks include:

•visit people with MS in hospital, residential care or who are isolated at home (as requested)
•provide emotional support (a listening ear) to people you visit
•adhere to health and safety guidelines on lone working
•identify any problem areas for the individual or family visited and refer to the lead support volunteer.

Full training and support is provided to all volunteers. This is a great opportunity to make a real difference in supporting people affected by MS and all volunteers are greatly appreciated.

For further information please contact:
Lynda Boyce
Volunteer Development Manager
MS Society
Tel: 07889088016 or 0131 3354050
e-mail: lboyce@mssociety.org.uk

Organisation aims and objectives

One aim: to beat MS. We’re the MS Society – a community of people living with MS, scientists, campaigners, listeners, organisers, ambassadors and fundraisers. 68% of all our activity is delivered through voluntary contribution. Our local groups are run by volunteer teams who fundraise and deliver a range of activities and services to support people living with MS. Over 13,000 people affected by MS accessed information, support and services delivered by volunteers through our national network of local groups in the past year. Scotland has one of the highest incidences of MS in the world. We make it our mission to beat it. We raise awareness of MS, make it a priority and provide support and information to people affected by MS.

Restrictions

Experience required: The main skills needed by all members of the support team are: •good listening and communication skills •work as part of a team •empathy •ability to maintain confidentiality.
Travel details: This opportunity occurs across the whole of the Aberdeen area. A designated volunteer within the team will receive the calls from people affected by MS and designate the call to either the nearest trained volunteer or to one whose specialist area is required for the call, for example, providing emotional support. Travel will either be by public transport of by car if the volunteer has a car to use (any travel expenses are re-imbursed).
Minimum age: 18

Support

Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: Agreed out of pocket expenses will be reimbursed as per our policy. We reimburse public transport rates upon receipt of travel tickets and car mileage if own car used.
Training details: Good support and full training is provided to volunteers. Includes induction pack, four specific training sessions and support provided by the Lead Support Volunteer.
Support: Named Contact For Volunteer,
Wheelchair Access/Disabled Access Toilet

Last updated 3 months ago

Please note, organisations are currently experiencing a large volume of enquiries from people looking to help out. They may not always be able to meet this demand so please be patient, you may not receive a quick response or be assigned to a role.