Caledonia Housing Association (Dundee)

Caledonia Housing Association provides sustainable homes and a range of services for its tenants. The majority of its tenants are older people, from retirement age up. The volunteer programme is designed to support services for older people or those disadvantaged through disability or ill-health, living in the Dundee area.

Current opportunities

This is a fantastic opportunity to use your computer skills and develop a fun, friendly social group in a Supported Housing Scheme. Caledonia Housing Association is supporting interesting and stimulating social activities for older residents that will link them into the wider community. Small groups or one to one, looking for support to receive and send information; browse the web; and possibly develop other methods including skype etc. This will be very much a social group and the ability to encourage social interaction will be as important as computer skills. If you have computer skills; a friendly personality; and can spare 2 hours a week / fortnight, we would love to hear from you.

Caledonia HA has 8 Sheltered Schemes across Dundee providing accommodation for older people. Each Housing Scheme is a small community. We are recruiting friendly, sociable and creative volunteers to organise group activities for older people. These are small groups of older people, usually between 4 and 12, who want fun, stimulating activities in a social setting. The types of groups that are popular include: coffee mornings; afternoon teas; reminiscing groups; sing-alongs / live music; Tai Chi; seated exercise class; beauty therapies; listening to guest speakers, Art & Crafts and the list goes on. Can you organise a small group? get the conversation going? have skills that would interest older people? A creative mind and a ‘can do’ attitude? Then why not give this a go. YOU’LL ENJOY IT !

This is a wonderful opportunity to support ‘older people’ by becoming a short-term Buddy or Companion. Caledonia Housing Association is putting together a list of volunteers who can be contacted to enable older people to attend meetings, appointments or social events throughout Dundee. The volunteer will agree to be a companion, escorting the older person to the activity and supporting them during the activity. It may be a hospital visit, shopping, opticians, visit a place of interest or family member. For most of us, going out and about is a daily occurrence that we take for granted. However, for a number of older people this can be a worrying experience causing unnecessary stress and heightening the feeling of isolation. Can you spare time once a week, fortnight or month? Use your car or help someone use public transport? Be a companion? Then get in touch and make a difference!

Caledonia Housing Association has 8 Sheltered Housing Schemes across Dundee providing accommodation for older people. Each Housing Scheme is very much a small community and our volunteer programme aims to increase the variety of social activities available to our tenants. We are recruiting friendly and sociable volunteers to facilitate Arts & Crafts groups for our tenants. We are looking for volunteers with a broad knowledge and the ability to share skills at all levels. This could be making greeting cards, knitting, making decorations or other interesting and stimulating craft activities you can come up with. We estimate that group sizes will be between 4 and 8 people.