Volunteer at Portobello Older Peoples Project

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Portobello Older Peoples Project (known as POPP) is a small lunch/social club in Portobello. As part of the Wednesday team at POPP you will prepare the hall, provide a welcome (and a cuppa) when the members arrive and serve lunch. You will also support members to take part in activities such as quizzes, singing, reminiscence sessions and outings. Making time to chat is also an important part of the day. In addition, you will be part of a rota helping as an escort on the bus that bring the older people to the club and home again.

Organisation aims and objectives

Portobello Older Peoples Project is a n unregisteredlunch/social club that supports older people who live in the Portobello area. The aim is to reduce soclal isolation and support physical and psychological wellbeing










There is a minimum time commitment of 4.5 hours per week increasing to 6 when rostered on the bus. The start time is 9.45 am, usually finishing at about 2.15 pm (and 3.30 p.m. when on the bus rota)


Experience required: We are looking for someone with a friendly disposition, a sense of fun and who enjoys working with people, particularly older people. Having the ability to work with others as part of a team, a willingness to learn and a ‘can do’ attitude is also required.
Travel details: The club meets in the Baptist Church Hall at 185 Portobello High Street. It is easy to reach by bus or foot. A number of buses go along the High Street, including the 19,21.26 & 49. There is very limited on-street parking nearby.
Minimum age: 18


Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: Travel costs will be reimbursed based on the cost of public transport. It can be paid monthly or weekly
Taster available: Yes
Taster details: Potential volunteers are invited into the club to meet the organiser for a chat about the role and meet with the other volunteers and the members. They would then spend some time working with one of the volunteers for a couple of hours to get a feel for the club and the role they would undertake.
Training details: All new volunteers are provided with written information about the club and have a short inductions session with the project organiser. They will also work alongside an experienced volunteer until they are confident in the role.
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