Time Commitment: We offer support which can last up to 9 months and ask volunteers to commit to a few hours per week/fortnight for 6 months minimum.
Location: West Lothian wide
Contact: 27 George St, Bathgate, EH48 1PG. 01506 815815, firstname.lastname@example.org
OPAL (Older People Active Lives) aims to maintain or increase the independence and well-being of older people across the West Lothian area. Our service is delivered by dedicated, trained volunteers who offer encouragement, companionship and support to engage in social, leisure and community activities.
We support anyone of age 60+ who is looking to re-connect socially either on a one-to-one basis or in a group setting. People can either self-refer or be referred by a health professional.
Why we need you and what activities are involved
You will be carefully matched with a client, and will encourage and support the client to get out and about and identify activities which they would like to focus on. Your support and encouragement could help them to:
• Remain independent at home, socially connected and engaged
• Reduce feelings of loneliness and isolation
• Increase self-confidence
• Create links with the local community
• Develop informal local support networks
Examples of activities include:
• Taking up a new hobby or interest
• Joining a local club or group e.g. activity groups, local walking group, dementia cafe
• Visiting a library, church, local gallery or exhibition
• Attending an event e.g. gala, open day, taster session, tea dance
• Going for short walks
Skills we’re looking for
• Good listening and communication skills
• Friendly personality / approachable
• Reliable with good time keeping
• Patience and empathy
• Respectful of confidentiality
• Able to work within set boundaries
• Keep accurate visit records and feed back to the team regularly
What you can gain from this opportunity
• Rewarding experience making a positive contribution to an older person’s quality of life, health, and sense of well-being.
• Develop empathy and listening skills
• Connect with new people and make new friends
• Gain work or study experience or try new things for retirement
• Personal development with training and ongoing support provided