Activity Assistant

  • VO58506
  • Home-based volunteering


Young Volunteers between the ages of 14 - 20 are trained as befrienders before joining them online with Harry (Youth Coordinator). The overall aim is to enhance the young people’s confidence and skills through volunteering, and reducing social isolation for older people as well as increasing usage of technologies, the conversation will be on group video call until face to face can return. The project will train, support and provide supervision for young voluteers to lead on delivering the sessions (with support and supervision from the Project Coordinator) for older people, with those invovled shaping the discussion and activity at each session.
At this time the theme of the sessions are split into being very relaxed, organic and over a cuppa (Tuesdays) and a more structured quiz (Wednesdays)

It is hoped that in addition to the positive impact the project will have on residents, the befriending will allow volunteers to build confidence and gain valuable social skills under the support and supervision of the project worker.










Monday evening 6.15pm-7.45pm


Experience required: No skills required as training will be provided. The project is aimed at young people who would like support and supervision while volunteering, who are non judgemental, enjoy socialising and get on well with people.
Travel details: Midlothian Sheltered Housing Complexes, groups will be arranged according to location.
Minimum age: 14
Maximum age: 20


Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: Transport to and from sheltered housing will be provided
Taster available: Yes
Training details: An induction will be completed by the volunteer prior to starting. The induction will be activity based and fun and will focus on what befriending is, boundaries in befriending, confidentiality and befriending in a sheltered housing. At this time training will also include the use of technology (Zoom or Teams)
Support: Named Contact For Volunteer,
Wheelchair Access/Disabled Access Toilet

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