Lead Scotland

Charity registered in Scotland SC003949

Develop learning opportunities for diabled adults, support life long learning. Train and support volunteers in the delivery of LEAD services


Current opportunities

Lead Scotland volunteers support disabled persons and unpaid carers to learn. Most learners receive one to one support, to learn and develop all kinds of skills. Learners may want to brush up on their reading, writing and numbers skills – e.g. learning how to write a shopping list or work on a household budget. Other learners may want to learn how to use a mobile phone or a computer – e.g. send emails, do online shopping or access Facebook. We have a person centred approach, which means we listen to what the learner wants to learn, and we can offer tailored learning packages to support them to achieve their goals. The learning can be formal or informal - learners can be supported to achieve a qualification or just simply learn skills to make a difference to every-day life! Volunteers, who would like to support our literacies learners, will also have the opportunity to do the accredited SALL (Supporting Adult Literacies Learning) training course – it’s a great way to increase your knowledge and will look impressive on your CV too! There are a variety of opportunities throughout Fife and the volunteer role can take place in a learning Centre or the learner's own home if appropriate. It would be beneficial for volunteers to have a driving licence and use of a car, as some opportunities may be difficult to access using public transport. However, volunteers who are willing to travel by bus are also welcome!

Lead Scotland's Befriending Service offers Young Carers in Fife some "Me" time away from their caring role. We do this by enabling young people to have access to the same opportunities as their peers.Being a befriender means making a real difference to someone’s life. Activities could be going for a short walk together, going for a tea/coffee in town, finding a hobby, accompanying them to college or assisting them to link into their community. Befrienders carry out a purely social role and do not undertake any personal care or domestic duties. Volunteers are matched with a suitable service user – a ‘befriendee’. The project covers Fife and volunteers will be matched with someone within easy travelling distance. The meetings may be in the person’s home or out in the community.A variety of factors are considered in the matching process, including where both parties live and their interests. Each match will be for 4-12 months, depending on the needs of the person receiving support, though the support can be extended if both the volunteer and befriendee agree. Main tasks: To make a regular agreed commitment to the project: 2-3 hours per week (or fortnight) To meet with the befriendee at an agreed time and place To develop a positive and supportive relationship with the befriendee but not create a dependency To support the befriendee to investigate local activities or community resources, depending on their interests To adhere to Lead Scotland’s policies and procedures; including Health and Safety, Lone Volunteering, Confidentiality, Equality and Diversity To work within the Lead Scotland Befriending Boundaries Agreement To complete a monthly record of hours of volunteering and activities To maintain contact with the Volunteer Manager to discuss progress and any concerns

Lead Scotland’s Fife Befriending project is a service is for adults (16+) and older people in Fife who feel isolated, lonely or disconnected, perhaps as a result of disability, ill health or other circumstances. Lead Scotland Fife Volunteer Befrienders provide one to one support to enable adults and older people to improve their confidence, to try new activities and to make more connections with their communities and local services. Volunteers do not need to have any qualifications as full training and support will be given. This interim role is to befriend someone within your community who may be feeling lonely and isolated during these challenging times. This may be via a telephone or other means such as Skype/WhatsApp video call etc. Volunteers are matched with a suitable service user – a ‘befriendee’. A variety of factors are considered in the matching process, for example interests and hobbies. Each match can continue for the duration of the outbreak and will be reviewed when face to face befriending is able to resume. Main tasks: • To make a regular agreed commitment to the project: One or two calls (or other forms of contact) per week • To contact the befriendee at an agreed time and day • To give the person(s) some social interaction and emotional support through conversation • To develop a positive and supportive relationship with the befriendee but not create a dependency • To adhere to Lead Scotland’s policies and procedures; including Health and Safety, Lone Volunteering, Confidentiality, Equality and Diversity • To work within the Lead Scotland Befriending guidelines to telephone befriending • To complete a monthly record of hours of volunteering and activities • To maintain contact with the Volunteer Manager to discuss progress and any concerns Benefits to the volunteer: • Get to know new people • Make a real difference in the local community • Training opportunities • Add value to CV (many volunteers have gained or changed employment by volunteering with Lead) • Receive of out-of-pocket expenses • Volunteer flexibly around other commitments • We can provide a reference to a future employer • Feel valued as part of the Lead team • Have fun! Recruitment process: • Contact the Volunteer Manager, by phone or email, for further information and an application form and self-declaration form • Complete the application form and have an informal chat on phone with the Volunteer Manager • Have an informal interview via telephone or video call and answer a number of questions to help determine suitability and apply for PVG membership Please note that PVG membership must be received before volunteering can start.

Lead Scotland’s Fife Befriending project is a service is for adults (16+) and older people in Fife who feel isolated, lonely or disconnected, perhaps as a result of disability, ill health or other circumstances. Lead Scotland Fife Volunteer Befrienders provide one to one support to enable adults and older people to improve their confidence, to try new activities and to make more connections with their communities and local services. Volunteers do not need to have any qualifications as full training and support will be given. Being a befriender means making a real difference to someone’s life. Activities could be going for a short walk together, going for a tea/coffee in town, finding a local activity or simply spend some time having a chat in the person’s home. Befrienders carry out a purely social role and do not undertake any personal care or domestic duties. Volunteers are matched with a suitable service user – a ‘befriendee’. The project covers Fife and volunteers will be matched with someone within easy travelling distance. The meetings may be in the person’s home or out in the community. A variety of factors are considered in the matching process, including where both parties live and their interests. Each match will be for 4-6 months, depending on the needs of the person receiving support, though the support can be extended if both the volunteer and befriendee agree. Main tasks: • To make a regular agreed commitment to the project: 2-3 hours per week or fortnight • To meet with the befriendee at an agreed time and place • To develop a positive and supportive relationship with the befriendee but not create a dependency • To support the befriendee to investigate local activities or community resources, depending on their interests • To adhere to Lead Scotland’s policies and procedures; including Health and Safety, Lone Volunteering, Confidentiality, Equality and Diversity • To work within the Lead Scotland Befriending Boundaries Agreement • To complete a monthly record of hours of volunteering and activities • To maintain contact with the Volunteer Manager to discuss progress and any concerns Benefits to the volunteer: • Meet new people • Make a real difference in the local community • Training opportunities • Add value to CV (many volunteers have gained or changed employment by volunteering with Lead) • Receive of out-of-pocket expenses • Volunteer flexibly around other commitments • We can provide a reference to a future employer • Feel valued as part of the Lead team • Have fun!