Voluntary Action North Lanarkshire

Charity registered in Scotland SC041224

VANL’s charitable objectives are to:
“advance citizenship and community development, including rural and urban regeneration, the promotion of civic responsibility and the voluntary sector and the effectiveness of charitable/voluntary/community organisations”.

VANL strives to promote benefits for the residents of North Lanarkshire; in particular:

“the advancement of education, the furtherance of health and the relief of poverty, sickness and distress by the promotion of voluntary service and developing volunteering within the local area”

VANL’s vision is for a thriving and effective community and voluntary sector in North Lanarkshire which supports local people’s quality of life and well-being

VANL’s Mission is to:
“improve the quality of life and wellbeing of North Lanarkshire’s citizens by fostering dynamic, inclusive communities through promotion and support for volunteering and the development of the voluntary and community sector”

Current opportunity

A Digi Connector is someone who makes a commitment to a person to spend time with them on a weekly basis (1 to 2 hours each week). Helping them to become more familiar with online and digital tools. This role will be until mid July and will provide a support to someone finding it difficult to access daily activities. This involves a one to one relationship to someone finding community living difficult or would otherwise be socially isolated. This will provide people with a new direction in life, opening up a range of activities leading to increased self-esteem and confidence. A Digi Connector will offer their time, build up a trusting supportive relationship whilst establishing and maintaining appropriate boundaries. There will be a requirement to have the skills to help someone to use digital technology; for example, explaining how to access the internet and use various audio/visual communications such as WhatsApp, Skype or Zoom. This might also include assistance to access health resources such as GP appointments, participate in hobbies and interests, connect with friends and family or do whatever is important to them. There will also be a requirement to attend some additional training. Participating Organisations Befriend Motherwell, Cumbernauld Action for Care of the Elderly (CACE), Glenboig Development Trust & North Lanarkshire Disability Forum