Mid-Lin Day Care ltd

Charity registered in Scotland SC034269

Our main aim is to assist in alleviating social isolation and loneliness and offer a supportive environment and work to offer a wide range of social activities and events - all designed to encourage adults and older people to lead happy, independent lives. This can impact on people’s lives by improving confidence, by encouraging interaction and contributing to the making and sustaining of friendships. A nutritious three course meal which is cooked on the premises also assists in meeting the dietary needs of service users who attend.

The Day Service also supports carers to enable them to take a break from the caring role in knowing that there loved one is being supported.


Current opportunities

On arrival at our centre, carers can assist with tidying the centre, help prepare daily activities and read volunteer notice board for any updates regarding daily rota assigned tasks. On arrival/departure of service users, carers are to meet the bus in the car park and assist with the safe exit/entry of service users. Patience is required as some of the Service Users have mobility problems. Once our service users are seated, coats are to be collected and placed on corresponding hook in the cloak room. Introduce yourself to services users at allocated lunch table, reading the menu together and filling in appropriate paperwork. To assist if required with cutting food, pouring liquids, or visits to the toilet etc. Help with daily activities and afternoon tea while assisting escorts prepare for the homeward journey. A general tidy of hall in preparation for next day would assist others. Volunteers will be encouraged to obtain a Moving & Handling and First Aid qualification. Once in post, with volunteer consent, we will apply for an I.L.A. (Individual Learning Account) to pay the cost of these courses. Volunteer should read notice board for updates regarding training or fundraising activities.

Morning volunteer escorts should attend at morning team meetings. Afternoon volunteers to liase with the volunteer team leader regarding any updated information. When collecting/returning service users, two escorts will go to the house door. Patience is required as some of the Service Users have mobility problems. In some cases, you may need to ensure their home is secure and they have keys to get back in. A visual scan is carried out checking electrical items are switched off. In some cases, contact should be made with other agencies to alert them of departure/return of the Service User from/ to their home. This is an excellent opportunity for volunteers interested in gaining new skills and qualifications in the care of older people. Some of our service users have dementia problems, others physical disabilities. Volunteers will be encouraged to obtain a Moving & Handling and a First Aid qualification. Once in post, with volunteer consent, we will apply for an I.L.A. (Individual Learning Account) to help pay the cost of these courses. Volunteers should read notice boards for updates regarding training or fundraising activities.

Volunteers will be given the opportunity to assist the cook with general kitchen duties, some food preparation, the serving of meals and basic kitchen hygiene. All volunteers will receive training and are required to complete a course at Elementary Food Hygiene Level 1. On arrival at the kitchen, based at Mid-Lin Day Centre, the volunteer will be asked to help prepare the lunch time meal. This will involve basic food preparation e.g peeling potatoes, chopping onions etc. Depending on each volunteer's skills they may be asked to make soup or assist with a sweet course. The volunteer will assist the cook with kitchen hygiene duties. They may be asked to assist with the preparation of foods for the afternoon snack or next day’s menu. This may include home baking etc. No volunteer will be asked to make anything out of his/her comfort zone. Each volunteer will be encouraged to develop his/her skills within the kitchen environment. As confidence grows the volunteer may offer to assist the cook with more tasks but we would like to stress that there is no pressure to take on more responsibility than they feel comfortable with. Volunteers will be encouraged to obtain a Moving & Handling and a First Aid qualification. Volunteers should read notice boards for updates regarding training or fundraising activities.

We have 4 opportunities for domestic assistants. Each person will be responsible for the general cleanliness of communal areas to include toilets, corridors, reception and one small and one large hall. A member of staff will demonstrate training regarding equipment and chemical dilution rates. Volunteers would be encouraged to obtain a Moving & Handling and a First Aid qualification. . An average of 3 hours per day is required. Volunteer should read notice board for updates regarding training or fundraising activities.