Real Life Options
Charity registered in Scotland
Real Life Options was first established in 1992 to support and empower people with learning disabilities and autism to have more choice and greater control over their lives. Over the last three decades, we have grown to become a national provider of social support and care while staying true to our core ethos.
We support people across the UK to develop their independence and achieve their potential. We recognise that to be excellent in our field, we need to truly understand and champion the changing needs and aspirations of the people we support. Through partnerships with families, thought-leader organisations and professional services, we believe in constantly evolving and providing a person-centred approach at every step in an individual’s support journey.
We are looking for ayone with an interest in enhancing the lives of the people we support to get in touch as although we are a social care company we are seeking both individuals interested in social care and also other individuals who have some other skill set and would like to use this within our services. This could be from playing musical instruments to gardening or taking service users into the community.
During this time of covid-19 the main task may include going for service users shopping and delivering it to them or by going to get their prescriptions.
First Home Care is a health and social care company with services located throughout Scotland. We offer Care at Home to support people within our care to live their lives as full as possible. We are also a part of the Real Life Options family as they have other types of services which include supported living accommodation, day centres and care homes for individuals with disabilities
Loneliness at this time is heightened and the current social distancing measures are particularly difficult for some people. With the help of a volunteer to support our business objectives it will ensure that service users have that extra bit of communication with our company. We hope to get the volunteer involved within our social media and recruitment campaign to gain some new ideas about how we can improve our social media presence. In terms of the recruitment aspect we would love volunteers to be able to support in organising job packs and other admin tasks that may come up if the volunteer is happy to assist with them.
The best gift you can give someone is your time.
These will include; providing admins related tasks, working closely with the service manager, providing social media support, providing daily tasks such as preparing job packs and phoning service users/arranging appointments. To help organise events/trips for staff and service users to ensure that the First Home Care are going out their way for their staff and service users.
Required skills, qualities and experience.
Be able to make time, once or twice a week, to support the business objectives alongside the service manager for up to a period of three months. Must be a Good listener and empathetic ,Honest and reliable ,Friendly and calm. It is a benefit to enjoy making phone calls and be confident speaking to new people as we have a lot of people we speak to on a daily basis within the company such as service users/ staff. Can maintain confidentiality. Good IT skills and admin skills would be beneficial. A knowledge of social media (However not essential). Finally, a happy and positive approach to learning as any volunteer that comes on board will have to learn how our company operates.
Where and when will volunteering take place
This can be agreed with the service manager in terms of times and days. We aim to be as flexible as possible.
For continuity and routine we look for at least 2 hours per week for the benefit of the services and the volunteer the opportunity to build and develop relationships within the company.
This role will require the volunteer to be enthusiastic about gardening and working with residents and staff in a creative manner. We would like to create a space for residents to enjoy and grow their own vegetables but also look at expanding the garden in more creative ways. Do you think you can help and give something back to the local community?
What will I be doing ?
To help plant and maintain the gardens, main tasks include:
• Planting, Pruning, Sowing Seeds, Weeding,
• Edging Borders, Digging, Ground Clearance, Grass Cutting,
How will I benefit from the role?
The Volunteer Gardener role offers:
• Opportunities to learn new gardening skills and gain more gardening experience.
• Creating a haven for residents that have learning disabilities.
• Opportunities to make new friends.
• Satisfaction of helping to maintain the gardens.
• Assisting staff and becoming part of care friendly team that help vulnerable people.