We all need to stay at home to protect ourselves and others. However, those who are well and not at risk can provide essential support for their family, friends and neighbours who cannot leave the house.

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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 Youth Ambassador will be involved in promoting Saltire Awards, inspiring other young people to volunteer, make decisions for the annual summit awards and organising the annual Youth Volunteering Awards. An ambassador will attend monthly meeting and has the opportunity to be involved in fundraising events for the annual awards evening. Being an ambassador will also involve the individual engaging and inspiring their peers to uptake volunteering opportunities in Dundee. The role fits in well with those who currently volunteer at other organisations and can be used as a tool to promote a variety of youth volunteering opportunities across the city.

For the foreseeable future, due to the on-going Covid-19 crisis, many vulnerable people have been told to self-isolate in their homes. Many of these people are now alone and scared possibly for many weeks and even months. We are looking for volunteers to help break that cycle of loneliness by putting people in touch with each other via the phone. A call once a week or more, can make all the difference. This will be a way of providing much needed companionship and a way of ensuring that these vulnerable people are kept supplied with vital provisions etc. The Role: • To be matched with an isolated vulnerable person and call them for a chat on a regular basis. This can mean either a daily short call to check in and see that they are well, or, a longer chat, usually weekly, where you spend time building a relationship with the person you call and blether for 20-30 minutes. You can do either or you can do both. • To find out what, if anything, the person you are calling requires (e.g. groceries/ prescriptions etc.) and pass that information on to the relevant person. We expect that the calls will last approx. 20 – 30 mins and the frequency will be decided between the caller and the other person. We do ask for a little bit of feedback oi each call and o there I a small amount of admin required. We will provide training to ensure that you know what the boundaries are and how and where to pass on the information regarding supplies etc. What support will DVVA provide? · Induction session · Each volunteer receives an expectations sheet detailing what you can expect from us and what we ask of you. · Ongoing support from a named person · All out of pocket expenses paid · Satire Awards (for under 25’s only) For an application form or more details please contact DVVA on: Telephone: 01382 305705 Email: volunteer@dvva.scot

Each volunteer shopper will be allocated to one of eight Community Support Centres across Dundee; where possible this will be the Centre closest to the volunteer’s own home. Volunteer Shoppers will be asked to shop for essential supplies for people who are unable to leave their homes, due to COVID-19 crisis. We are asking that volunteers ensure their own safety first and follow the safety guidelines that we will give them. In this ever-changing landscape, we are aware that our guidelines may be superseded at any time by Government or NHS guidelines. What support will DVVA provide? • Induction session • Each volunteer receives an expectations sheet detailing what you can expect from us and what we ask of you • Ongoing support from a named person • All out of pocket expenses reimbursed • Satire Awards (for under 25’s only) For an application form or more details please contact DVVA on: Telephone: 01382 305705 Email: volunteer@dvva.scot

To collect essential supplies and deliver to vulnerable people throughout the city. Each Delivery Assistant will be allocated to one of eight Hubs across Dundee, where possible this will be the Hub closest to the Delivery Assistant’s own home. Delivery Assistants will be asked to collect essential supplies from either their designated Hub, or another venue e.g. local foodbank During the COVID-19 crisis, we are asking that volunteer Delivery Assistants support the delivery of essential supplies to elderly and vulnerable people in our city. We are asking that Delivery Assistants ensure their own safety first and follow the safety guidelines that we will give them. In this ever-changing landscape, we are aware that our guidelines may be superseded at any time by Government or NHS guidelines. What support will DVVA provide? · Induction session · Each volunteer receives an expectations sheet detailing what you can expect from us and what we ask of you. · Ongoing support from a named person · All out of pocket expenses paid · Satire Awards (for under 25’s only) For an application form or more details please contact DVVA on: Telephone: 01382 305705 Email: volunteer@dvva.scot