Dundee Volunteer & Voluntary Action

Dundee Volunteer and Voluntary Action (DVVA) vision is a socially just, healthy and sustainable Dundee that is culturally diverse where people's voices are heard and power and decision-making is equally shared.

As of 1 October 2019, Dundee Volunteer and Voluntary Action (DVVA) has brought together Dundee Voluntary Action and Volunteer Dundee into one organisation, combining our expertise in the following areas:

• Healthcare and Wellbeing – working together to provide a better, more integrated adult health and social care service;
• Community Planning and Representation – providing strong and cohesive representation of the third sector with clear links to Community Planning Partnerships;
• Organisational Support and Development – providing a single point of access for support and advice for the third sector in the local area;
• Volunteering – working with individuals, communities and organisations to involve, inspire and engage people in volunteering and make Dundee a better place.

DVVA together with Dundee Social Enterprise Network forms Dundee’s Third Sector Interface.

DVVA in partnership with Dundee City Council is working to support vulnerable people in the community during the current COVID-19 crisis through Community Support Centres across Dundee. As part of this partnership, DVVA is recruiting community response volunteers.

Current opportunities

A Boost Box consists of 14 individual 100 calorie snacks that are to be consumed in-between meals at 2 a day for 7 days. A person can receive a boost box for 3-5 consecutive weeks. You would be the key person delivering the boxes across Dundee – allowing you to develop a working relationship with the recipients (usually older people) of the boxes. Providing someone with a boost box gives them time and choices to build their appetite while learning different ways to manage their nutritional wellbeing. Support is offered on a one to one personalised basis and provides a holistic approach to nutritional needs and can also include weekly phone calls, advice, support and signposting to other services. Undernutrition can be caused due to a variety of reasons: social isolation, illness and finances. By providing this holistic approach to undernutrition we empower the individual to become selfsupporting. As a volunteer and valued member of our team you will be supported and trained to enable you to feel confident in your role. Eg • Induction training • Safety protocols • Communication • Prevention of under nutrition No experience in nutrition is required however you must be able to drive and have access to a car. You can get involved on days and times that suit you.

Using video calls for medical consultations and welfare appointments increases access for people who have difficulty attending a surgery, clinic or community-based services. However, some people may not have money to buy devices, WI-FI or mobile broadband. DVVA Techonolgy Enabled Care Team is working with partners to make digital health more accessible to community members, and looking to engage with volunteers willing to maximise the use of technology for health and social care purposes. Volunteers will provide in-person assistance to use the 'Near Me' service, enabling those less digitally confident and/or from disadvantaged communities to access medical appointment and welfare related services from a local community facility, Brooksbank Centre. Volunteers will show people how to use a digital device (i.e. tablets) to book and attend a Near Me appointment, provide reminders ahead of their appointment, and gather feedback from users.