Group Facilitator/Driver

  • VO67217


Our Community Inclusion Project is looking for more awesome volunteers to expand our team of group facilitators and
drivers for our Moray-based social groups! The 'Connect Include Support' project aims to reduce social
isolation and loneliness in people over the age of 65 who have a significant sight or hearing impairment.
We do this by supporting social groups in Forres, Elgin, Keith and Buckie, which provide our service users
with the opportunity for friendship, activity and support. Transport to attend community groups is often an
issue for our members so we provide drivers too! Most of our older members are frail so a level of physical
support is required.
As a CIS volunteer, you would be helping to facilitate at a group of your choice and you would be joining an
experienced team of dedicated helpers. You might be needed to guide someone on an outing, to describe
the cake selection, or assist someone to take part in a game of floor curling: every session is different. If
you're a natural leader, you may eventually want to take on responsibility for running a group, or you may
be someone who prefers a quieter role to be getting on with. There are many options available to you and
each small volunteer team divides their own tasks with the on-going support of the CIS Coordinator.
Volunteers are well supported and find their experience rewarding, uplifting and fun, often forming fulfilling
long-term friendships with our service users. Roles solely based on driving or escorting on bus transport
may also be available.
Full induction and Sensory Awareness training is provided, aswell as the opportunity to get more involved
with the charity in other ways if desired. Out-of-pocket expenses are reimbursed monthly.

Organisation aims and objectives

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.










Choice of helping at one or more groups from below: Elgin group (weekly, Monday afternoon) 3 hours Elgin group #2 (fortnightly, Wednesday morning) 3 hours Forres group (fortnightly, Thursday morning) 3 hours Buckie group (fortnightly, Tuesday afternoon) 3 hours Keith group (monthly, Thursday afternoon) 3 hours

Frequency and commitment details

Due to the training input, a commitment of at least 6 month's availability is expected.


A PVG for working with Protected Adults will be obtained.
Experience required: Friendly, patient and empathetic personality, be a natural helper and find it easy to chat to people and foster companionship. A background in care/support often helps you settle in but is not strictly necessary as we value skills from all walks of life. Adherence to personal-professional boundaries, confidentiality, and to the charity's values of inclusivity and promoting independence is essential.
Travel details: Elgin Community Centre and local Hanover Housing residences. Transport expenses/mileage (@40ppm) is reimbursed monthly.
Minimum age: 16


Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: Transport expenses/mileage (@40ppm) is reimbursed monthly
Taster available: Yes
Training details: Compulsory training: CIS induction, Group induction, full day's Sensory Awareness training Optional training: First Aid, Adult Protection, Passenger Evacuation etc. On-going support provided by CIS Coordinator via one-to-one supervision (optional), monthly drop-in sessions, quarterly volunteer newsletter and team meetings.
Support: Named Contact For Volunteer

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