Care and Share Companionship

Charity registered in Scotland SC048873

The organisation offers 1:1 support, 2-3 hours per week to older people living in the Kirkcaldy area, tailored to their needs. This can be by going shopping, taking them to health appointments, visitng the library, going for a walk, visiting friends, attending a local community group of interest, or simply having a chat over a cup of tea at home. This gives respite to carers to have a little "me time".


Current opportunities

Care and Share Companionship supports older people living in isolation and loneliness within the Kirkcaldy area. Support is offered by our volunteers on a 1-1 basis. Their aim is to provide a service that helps improve health, well being to make people feel valued and part of their community. Volunteer Companions might take people out shopping, to appointments, hairdressers, places of interest such as library, local exhibitions, for a refreshment or simply have a cup of tea and chat at home. They can accompany their 'friend' to groups of interest to help build their confidence or return to a hobby they previously enjoyed. Occasionally there will be group events for 'friends' which volunteers can be part of e.g. lunch or theatre. Care and Share Companionship listens to what the person would like and tailor our support to their needs. They offer fixed term volunteer roles and welcome volunteers from 16 years upwards. They believe everyone has life experience and skills to bring to this role and welcome volunteers' suggestions and ideas.

Care and Share Companionship, with the support of volunteers, reaches out to adults of 60 years & over who find themselves, for a wide variety of reasons, living in loneliness or isolation. In providing 1-1 support, guided by the needs and aspirations of their clients, they hope to help them find their way back out into their local community, confident that they can be supported in accessing appointments etc, and that there is someone to care and be a listener and friend. C&SC are a young charity and in the early stages of developing their service to its fullest potential, and this is where they would like to entice a wide diversity of people to be part of their Board of Trustees. They are keen to welcome enthusiasm and the ability to commit some of your time, and if you have some experience of being part of a committee of Board that would be most useful.

Give your time on a weekly basis to assist the service manager with administration tasks. You will meet potential volunteers, be involved in all aspects of the admin from interview, induction and PVG application to becoming a Volunteer Companion. You will also be involved in organising social of peer support meetings, bringing people together. Case and Share Companionship are looking for a reliable organised, friendly, supporting and flexible people with some experience of Microsoft packages. Within this opportunity you will feel valued; either gain new skills or augmenting an existing skillset; share your experiences, knowledge and ideas; make new friends; and be part of a welcoming service. Full induction is given with ongoing training. "No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted." -Aesop

Care and Share Companionship is a relatively new Scottish Registered Charity. We recently celebrated our first year of being an active service. We support people over the age of 60 who are living in isolation and loneliness within the Kirkcaldy area of Fife. Our aim is to provide a service that helps improve health and wellbeing. Our mission is to provide 1-1 personalised flexible companionship and make people feel valued and part of their community. This is an exciting and challenging year to establish our presence, with ambition, empathy, passion and energy to support those people who sometimes feel invisible. We are looking for a Chairperson to help us in achieving our potential with knowledge, skills and experience in these roles who are excited about our vision and committed to good governance. For further information please visit our website : www.careandsharecompanionship.org or our Facebook page.