Dundee Carers Centre
To provide information and support services to disabled people and carers. To ensure disabled people and carers understand and exercise their rights to services and support and act in an advocacy role if required. To work with others to identify gaps in services and develop and manage services to fill those gaps.
Dundee Carers Centre is committed to providing information, advice and support locally – and in order to make sure we are reaching the right people in the right places we need your help.
The role is varied, interesting and rewarding – and is flexible to suit your life and time commitments. If you know your community well and you think you could help us make sure we reach all the carers in your area, then get in touch. The following are examples of the types of opportunities you could get involved in:
Identifying local groups and venues in the area, distributing and maintaining publicity in local businesses and organisations, representing the organisation at community events, assisting with information sessions, drop ins and groups in your local area and much much more
You can take on as much or as little as you would like. Preference is given to current or former carers – but more important is that you are enthusiastic and committed to be part of a dynamic team raising the profile of carers in your community,
Dundee Carers Centre provides a range of group support activities for carers of all ages. Types of groups include:
• Drop In Café for adult carers
• Peer Support groups for young carers
• Activity groups for young carers
• Walking Groups
• Arts & Crafts group for adult carers
• Peer Support groups for adult carers
All of our groups rely on volunteers working closely as part of a team with paid staff to organise and run these groups and activities.
If you would like to be part of a supportive team, providing creative and empathetic support to carers then we’d love to hear from you.
Although we are now beginning to work with carers again in real life, much of our support remains online – so we are particularly keen to hear from you if you are confident in using online platforms – and supporting others to use them as well.
Dundee Carers Centre supports disabled people and carers from Black and Minority Ethnic communities. We are looking to recruit volunteers who have multi-lingual skills to help out with various activities. In particular, we would be keen to recruit volunteers who can communicate in Cantonese, Urdu and Punjabi. BME volunteers will take part in a range of different activities that the Centre runs. These may include: awareness raising, helping at regular group events and outings, and providing information and other support, e.g., advocacy work, filling out forms, contact with other organisations, etc.
We are looking for volunteers who would be able to provide one to one support to a young or adult carer to be able to fully participate and engage in social or community life.
Carers of all ages often experience social isolation due to their caring role and can find it hard to put themselves first and get involved in groups, learning or social activities for themselves.
You will be matched with a carer by a member of the Carer Support Team and you will support that carer, through agreed activities, to work towards the goals they have set themselves and support them to engage in activities that are important to them.
We are currently offering a blended model of support and during the current pandemic and some of the support given may also be via an online platform.