PKAVS Carers Hub

Charity registered in Scotland SC005561

PKAVS Carers Services support unpaid Carers of all ages, living in Perth & Kinross and caring for family, partners, friends or neighbours. Using a holistic approach in working with people who have caring responsibilities we help carers retain a life outside of caring and develop skills or interests to enhance their own lives.


Current opportunities

YAC Service: • Supports carers to transition from young carers to adult carers service; • Enables young people with caring responsibilities to be young people first through a variety of respite activities, practical support and issue based group work; • Supports carers to have a voice and raise awareness of issues they face. Client Group: Young people aged 16-25 who have caring responsibilities for their families. Main duties and responsibilities: • Communicate effectively with carers and to build meaningful working relationships; • Consult with carers regarding their aims to meet their individual and group needs; • Provide emotional support and encouragement to carers in group setting; • Help promote the service; • Support carers to access the service; • Take an active role in supporting the services’ current and future aims and objectives; • Help to organise activities and resources; • Participate in monitoring, evaluating and developing the service; • Report issues and concerns to supervisor. Commitment: We would ask that volunteers make a commitment towards: • Working towards the aims and objectives of the service. • Informing us if unable to attend a session. • Working within PKAVS’ policy and procedures on confidentiality, health and safety etc. • Report any concerns they have to supervisor. • Be willing to work in a flexible manner to meet the needs of the carers Support and Accountability: Volunteers will be supervised by the YAC Worker who leads delivery of the service. Volunteers will have the opportunity to discuss their personal and professional goals with the YAC Worker and develop a volunteer plan which lays out their key roles. Volunteers will not be expected to take on any role which the feel uncomfortable with. The YAC Worker will have regular support and supervision sessions with volunteers and offer additional support as required. Team working is essential and mutual respect is expected between paid staff, carers and volunteers. If any issues arise with the YAC Worker, volunteers can take their concerns to the Carers Hub Manager. Recognition: The Carers Hub recognises that volunteers bring invaluable experience to the service. We will aim to facilitate ongoing personal and professional development through support, supervision and training. It is important to us that you feel part of the overall Carers Hub team. We support volunteers aged up to 25 to register for Saltire Awards.

Young Adult Carers (YAC) Service: • Supports carers to transition from young carers to adult carers service; • Enables young people with caring responsibilities to be young people first through a variety of respite activities, practical support and issue based group work; • Supports carers to have a voice and raise awareness of issues they face. Client Group: Young people aged 16-25 who have caring responsibilities for their families. Main duties and responsibilities: • Support in the planning and delivery of respite group activities; • Accompany on young adult carers day trips/residentials • Communicate effectively with carers to build meaningful working relationships; • Consult with carers regarding their aims to meet their individual and group needs; • Provide emotional support and encouragement to carers in group setting; • Report issues and concerns to supervisor. Commitment: We would ask that volunteers make a commitment towards: • Working towards the aims and objectives of the service. • Informing us if unable to attend a session. • Working within PKAVS’ policy and procedures on confidentiality, health and safety etc. • Report any concerns they have to supervisor. • Be willing to work in a flexible manner to meet the needs of the carers Support and Accountability: Volunteers will be supervised by the YAC Worker who leads delivery of the service. Volunteers will have the opportunity to discuss their personal and professional goals with the YAC Worker and develop a volunteer plan which lays out their key roles. Volunteers will not be expected to take on any role which the feel uncomfortable with. The YAC Worker will have regular support and supervision sessions with volunteers and offer additional support as required. Team working is essential and mutual respect is expected between paid staff, carers and volunteers. If any issues arise with the YAC Worker, volunteers can take their concerns to the Carers Hub Manager. Recognition: The Carers Hub recognises that volunteers bring invaluable experience to the service. We will aim to facilitate ongoing personal and professional development through support, supervision and training. It is important to us that you feel part of the overall Carers Hub team. We support volunteers aged up to 25 to register for Saltire Awards.

Tasks • To assist/ or run social groups, either via zoom or face to face. • To help develop further support groups throughout P&K • To listen and respond to what carers want from the groups and implement • To help groups become independent and mainly run by carers themselves. • To assist with outings, trips, keep fit classes and group work • To attend any training relevant to role • To assist with setting rooms up for meetings, and to help with facilitating activities and outings for people attending the social groups • Adhere to all PKAVS policies, procedures and guidelines • Essential that we provide a confidential service • To assist with social therapies. Providing tea’, coffee and a presence at the therapies • Travel to different locations to facilitate groups • Attending regular training, support and supervision sessions. • Agreeing to work on regular day(s), and regular hours. • Informing us as soon as is practicably possible if you are unable to come to the Day Club due to illness or for any other reason on your chosen day(s). Volunteer/Paid Staff: The paid staff have a responsibility for the development and running of social groups, walks. Outings etc., including all aspects of health and safety. Staff will also offer the necessary support to volunteers while on duty. Mutual respect is expected between paid staff, service users and volunteers. Support and Accountability: • Initially, volunteers will be accountable to the Adult Carers Team Leader • Initial induction training (half day) will be given. • Ongoing support and supervision will be offered both on a one to one basis and within a group setting. • Ongoing training opportunities designed to improve the effectiveness of volunteer involvement and respond to the needs of volunteers will be arranged throughout the year and participation will be encouraged whenever possible. Recognition: We recognise that volunteers bring invaluable experience to organisations like Perth & Kinross Carers Centre. In return we offer volunteer expenses, facilitate ongoing training with a view to enhancing personal and professional development, we will also give employment references if requested. We fully encourage volunteers to suggest improvements to existing services and encourage a sense of belonging to the overall team.

Volunteering with PKAVS you will learn new and develop existing skills, build up work-experience to add to your CV, attend Respitality events, and get the opportunity to be a priority applicant for future job opportunities at PKAVS – not to mention you will welcomed into our friendly team at PKAVS biggest hub! Although not exhaustive, the role will involve: uploading referrals to Respitality Spreadsheet, contacting carers to match them with gifts and post out confirmations, admin work involved with gathering carer feedback after breaks, a willingness to help make contact with local businesses and organisations to promote Respitality and secure commitment which will benefit carers. Ongoing support and supervision will be offered.