Activities Assistant

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Care home staff do an amazing job but often they just don’t have the hours in the day to spend regular one-to-one time with residents or to find ways to connect the care home with its local community. That’s where you come in. Our Activities Volunteers help us create a fun and stimulating environment for our residents.

Sharing your hobbies, skills and time could significantly brighten an older person’s day, helping them to feel more excited by life and connected to the world around them. Smiddybrae is a residential care home in the village of Dounby that provides a service to up to 32 older residents. You might be able to offer an hour a week or an hour a month. The role is flexible and does not require a fixed commitment. Activities can include physical, social and leisure activities that are ideally tailored to the residents’ interests. This could range from a bit of pampering with hair styling or nail painting, to leisure activities such as reading, gardening, arts and crafts, conversation, and singing. Volunteers will be matched with activities and residents, so everyone feels comfortable and enjoys themselves.

Key activities
• One to one activities with residents tailored to both your own interests and the residents.
• Supporting group activities

What could a volunteer gain from the experience?
The satisfaction of making a real difference to the quality of life of residents. A sociable environment that will be very people focussed. An opportunity to gain experience in a social care setting. Get to meet new people and develop friendships with a varied group of new people, from residents to staff and other volunteers. Help keep Smiddybrae an integral part of your community. Putting a smile on the faces of our residents is the best reward.


Experience required: This will be a varied and creative role, ideal for someone who loves to be with people, is enthusiastic and patient.
Minimum age: 18


Taster available: Yes
Training details: We will give you an induction to the building and residents. We’ll give you full support at all times with the opportunity for regular volunteer meetings etc. You let us know when you are available and what you would like to do.