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Volunteer Handyperson

  • VO57831


Description

Volunteer Handypersons carry out small jobs of a practical nature such as replacing light bulbs, fitting door chains/security/safety devices, putting up shelving/pictures/curtain tracks/poles etc. We do this for older or vulnerable people.

Ho we Work:

The MHPS staff receive requests from clients and collect relevant details, usually over the phone. They then find a volunteer who has the skills, is nearby and is available. If the volunteer accepts the job, MHPS send the volunteer all the details they need to do the job. Most jobs require the volunteer to visit the client in the client’s own home.

The volunteer first makes a brief assessment to ensure the job is as described and it is safe for them to proceed. Once the job has been carried out, there is usually opportunity to chat with the client to determine if they are well, need support in any other areas. This befriending provides the added value that sets the MHPS apart from a paid professional doing the work. Completion paperwork (easy and quick to do) is returned to the MHPS office.

Organisation aims and objectives

To develop a Health and Social Care Forum for Moray in order that the community can be involved in shaping local health and social care provisions. To develop the Handyperson Service (Moray) so that it covers the whole of Moray. To recruit community volunteers to sustain the current and developing service recognising the value and commitment of volunteers in the activities they carry out for the community. To ensure that Community First (Moray) is developed to its full capacity and managed to a high standard. To monitor and evaluate the organisation and the service it provides.

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Restrictions

Reasons for restrictions: Insurance cover. All volunteers also need a PVG (Protection of Vulnerable Groups) check from Disclosure Scotland. MHPS will arrange this.
Experience required: For this particular opportunity a wide range of opportunities are available. Whatever your skills, you would be a welcome volunteer.
Travel details: MHPS operates across Moray. Generally we select volunteers, who have the appropriate skills, from the area near the client’s home. In all cases, we currently pay 45p/mile for the journey between the homes of the volunteer and client. We pay this automatically – you don’t need to fill in paperwork for each journey! ? Generally speaking, you will need your own transport for this volunteering opportunity.
Minimum age: 18

Support

Taster available: Yes
Taster details: We would welcome a visit to our office in Elgin. Dave is our volunteer coordinator and will be happy to discuss the job available and other volunteering jobs available.
Training details: All volunteers receive induction training and support is available from the MHPS staff. On-going training is not normally required but would be available to meet specific needs; eg to enable MHPS to deliver a new service.
Support: Named Contact For Volunteer

Last updated 2 months ago