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Independent Age (Clacks)

Charity registered in Scotland SC047184

Whatever happens as we get older, we all want to remain independent and live life on our own terms. That’s why, as well as offering regular friendly contact and a strong campaigning voice, Independent Age can provide you and your family with clear, free and impartial advice on the issues that matter. We also use the knowledge and insight gained from our frontline services to challenge poor care and campaign for a fair deal for older people – a reasonable standard of living, fair access to information and an opportunity to contribute to their communities

Volunteering
Whatever your talents, you can use them to help improve the lives of older people. We have a number of volunteer roles available to suit you, from regularly visiting or calling older people, to helping to support our new recruits. We'll give you the training necessary and also cover your expenses. Regular calls and visits

Regular calls and visits
With the help of our committed volunteers, we provide friendship services to relieve loneliness and isolation. These are delivered through phone calls, visits, telephone discussion groups and more, enabling older people to feel more connected to their local community.

Information, guides and advice leaflets
We provide information for older people, their families and carers through this website and by distributing free printed advice guides and leaflets. Topics include money, support and care, housing options, health, personal life and future planning.

Campaigning
We want the UK to become the best country in the world in which to grow older. We campaign to ensure people can enjoy a financially secure, healthy, active and connected older age.


Current opportunities

We have been known as Independent Age since 2005, but have a history stretching well beyond that to 1863, when the United Kingdom Beneficent Association (UKBA) was established. UKBA was incorporated under the Royal Charter to become RUKBA, and later merged with two other charities, Counsel and Care and the Universal Beneficent Society (UBS). Today we are a modern charity, helping to build a better future for older people in the UK. Whatever happens as we get older, we all want to remain independent and live life on our own terms. That’s why, as well as offering regular friendly contact and a strong campaigning voice, Independent Age can provide you and your family with clear, free and impartial advice on the issues that matter. Coordinating Volunteers nurture and support a small group of up to 10 local Volunteer Visitors, ensuring the volunteer and the older person are enjoying their friendship. What you will be doing • Supporting and mentoring a small team of up to 10 Volunteer Visitors • Maintaining regular contact with those volunteers, providing support and guidance following Independent Age guidelines • Liaising with other local volunteers, including Training and Assessing Volunteers • Keeping in touch with your Independent Age contact at regular support sessions and reporting anything concerning • Arranging local volunteer meetings for training and networking, and Supporting engagement and attendance to those meetings • Assisting in telephone review catch ups with older people • Local signposting of older people as and when needed and in-line with our approved lists • Treating what you see and hear as confidential and sensitive • Keeping your skills and knowledge up to date by taking part in training and attending one of our networking events each year • Reading and following our policies and procedures - designed to keep you safe and happy, and everyone’s data safe and protected. We’ve got guidance around safeguarding, lone working, confidentiality and role boundaries to help with this. We’ll ask you to sign to say you understand them • Representing the charity well to the wider public. What’s on offer • An opportunity to volunteer in a charity that enhances older people’s lives, and be part of a growing network of volunteers making a real difference • A chance to meet and work with new people • The opportunity to develop new skills and interests • Full support and a range of relevant training • The opportunity to access other volunteering opportunities • A reference for future volunteering or employment, after 6 months • Following our Expenses Policy, reimbursement of agreed expenses so we can make sure you’re not out of pocket. What you can offer us • Some experience in leading and motivating a team of volunteers • Enjoying meeting a diverse range of people and helping others • An interest in older people and the issues of later life • Reliability, consistency and dependability • Good conversational and listening skills • The ability to work independently but also stay within the role’s boundaries – recognising what should and shouldn’t be done and when to seek advice or report concerns • Your own transport in areas where there is no public transport and use of own mobile telephone whilst out on visits.

We have been known as Independent Age since 2005, but have a history stretching well beyond that to 1863, when the United Kingdom Beneficent Association (UKBA) was established. UKBA was incorporated under the Royal Charter to become RUKBA, and later merged with two other charities, Counsel and Care and the Universal Beneficent Society (UBS). Today we are a modern charity, helping to build a better future for older people in the UK. Whatever happens as we get older, we all want to remain independent and live life on our own terms. That’s why, as well as offering regular friendly contact and a strong campaigning voice, Independent Age can provide you and your family with clear, free and impartial advice on the issues that matter. A lovely role to get involved in your local community. You can do this in different ways, from delivering leaflets, speaking at local meetings/ network events, and signposting older people and their families to our Freephone Helpline to access free advice, support and information. This is a flexible role built around the time you can spare, as you can help in many ways: • Support promotional activities in your local area such as presentations, volunteering fairs, meetings or networking events • Use or develop your knowledge of the local area to identify new opportunities and build relationships for new referral opportunities • Support or lead on presentations at local events and meetings • Help distribute information, such as leaflets in your local area • Signposting older people and their families to our Helpline • Encouraging and signposting potential volunteers wishing to volunteer with us • Keeping in touch with your Independent Age contact through regular support sessions and reporting anything concerning • Keeping your skills and knowledge up to date by taking part in relevant training and attending our networking events each year • Representing the charity well to the wider public • Reading and following our policies and procedures - designed to keep you safe and happy. We’ve got guidance around confidentiality and lone working to help with this. We’ll ask you to sign to say you understand them. What’s on offer • An opportunity to volunteer in a charity that enhances older people’s lives, and be part of a growing network of volunteers making a real difference • A chance to meet and work with new people • The opportunity to develop new skills and interests • Full support and a range of relevant training • The opportunity to access other volunteering opportunities • A reference for future volunteering or employment, after 6 months • Following our Expenses Policy, reimbursement of agreed expenses so we can make sure you’re not out of pocket. What you can offer us • Enjoying meeting a diverse range of people and helping others • An interest in older people and the issues of later life • Good networking and communication skills • Using your experience or developing new skills in public speaking and talking to different groups • Reliability, consistency and dependability • Be proactive and keen to look for new opportunities • An ability to work independently but also stay within the role’s boundaries - recognising when to seek advice or report concerns • Your own transport in areas where there is no public transport and use of own mobile telephone whilst out.

We have been known as Independent Age since 2005, but have a history stretching well beyond that to 1863, when the United Kingdom Beneficent Association (UKBA) was established. UKBA was incorporated under the Royal Charter to become RUKBA, and later merged with two other charities, Counsel and Care and the Universal Beneficent Society (UBS). Today we are a modern charity, helping to build a better future for older people in the UK. Whatever happens as we get older, we all want to remain independent and live life on our own terms. That’s why, as well as offering regular friendly contact and a strong campaigning voice, Independent Age can provide you and your family with clear, free and impartial advice on the issues that matter. A lovely role to get involved in your local community and build a relationship through regularly visiting an older person near you! What you will be doing • Visiting an older person regularly to create an enjoyable and supportive relationship • Listening, sharing your experiences and hearing about those of the older person you’re getting to know (likely over a cup of tea) • Treating what you see and hear as confidential and sensitive • Keeping us up to date with how visits are going at regular support sessions and reporting anything of concern • Keeping your skills and knowledge up to date by taking part in relevant training and attending one of our networking events each year • Reading and following our policies and procedures - designed to keep you and the older people we support safe and happy. We’ve got guidance around safeguarding, lone working, confidentiality and role boundaries to help with this. We’ll ask you to sign to say you understand them • Representing the charity well to the wider public. What’s on offer • An opportunity to volunteer in a charity that enhances older people’s lives, and be part of a growing network of volunteers making a real difference • A chance to meet and work with new people • The opportunity to develop new skills and interests • Full support and a range of relevant training • The opportunity to access other volunteering opportunities • A reference for future volunteering or employment, after 6 months • Following our Expenses Policy, reimbursement of agreed expenses so we can make sure you’re not out of pocket. What you can offer us • Enjoying meeting a diverse range of people and helping others • An interest in older people and the issues of later life • Reliability, consistency and dependability • Good conversational and listening skills with a clear speaking voice - some of the older people we support have low level hearing loss • Patience, empathy and a non-judgemental attitude • The ability to work independently but also stay within the role’s boundaries – recognising what should and shouldn’t be done and when to seek advice or report concerns • Other languages – we’re very interested to hear from other language speakers as some of those we support don’t speak English as their first language • Your own transport in areas where there is no public transport and use of own mobile telephone whilst out on visits.

We have been known as Independent Age since 2005, but have a history stretching well beyond that to 1863, when the United Kingdom Beneficent Association (UKBA) was established. UKBA was incorporated under the Royal Charter to become RUKBA, and later merged with two other charities, Counsel and Care and the Universal Beneficent Society (UBS). Today we are a modern charity, helping to build a better future for older people in the UK. Whatever happens as we get older, we all want to remain independent and live life on our own terms. That’s why, as well as offering regular friendly contact and a strong campaigning voice, Independent Age can provide you and your family with clear, free and impartial advice on the issues that matter. Assessing Volunteers make the first step to bridging the gap between an older person’s feelings of isolation and a more positive future. You will visit an older person to carry out an initial assessment, talk about their situation and discuss how Independent Age can support them. What you will be doing • Completing a detailed assessment of the older person’s situation, health and wellbeing through questioning and observation using our standard forms • Sending the completed forms and reports to your Independent Age contact in a timely manner, following Data Protection guidelines • Revisiting the older person’s situation in line with our policies • Treating what you see and hear as confidential and sensitive • Keeping your skills and knowledge up to date by taking part in relevant training and attending one of our networking events each year • Keeping in touch with your Independent Age contact at regular support sessions and reporting anything of concern • Reading and following our policies and procedures - designed to keep you safe and happy, and everyone’s data safe and protected. We’ve got guidance around safeguarding, lone working, confidentiality and role boundaries to help with this. We’ll ask you to sign to say you understand them • Representing the charity well to the wider public. What’s on offer • An opportunity to volunteer in a charity that enhances older people’s lives, and be part of a growing network of volunteers making a real difference • A chance to meet and work with new people • The opportunity to develop new skills and interests • Full support and a range of relevant training • The opportunity to access other volunteering opportunities • A reference for future volunteering or employment, after 6 months • Following our Expenses Policy, reimbursement of agreed expenses so we can make sure you’re not out of pocket. What you can offer us • Enjoying meeting a diverse range of people and helping others • An interest in older people and the issues of later life • A background in health related services is helpful • Reliability, consistency and good eye for detail • Good conversational and listening skills and a clear speaking voice • Patience, empathy and a non-judgemental attitude • An ability to work independently but also stay within the role’s boundaries - recognising when to seek advice or report concerns • Your own transport in areas where there is no public transport and use of own mobile telephone whilst out on visits.