Volunteer Midlothian (VM)
The project coordinator will facilitate the digital skills clubs, providing equipment, learning materials and refreshments. Volunteers will come along and help learners, either one-to-one or in small groups, on a range of topics, depending on what learners would like to cover using resources provided by the coordinator.
The Volunteer Club Leader will run the group by helping learners, either one-to-one or in small groups, on a range of topics, depending on what learners would like to cover using resources provided by the coordinator and with the help of other volunteers.
Volunteers will visit housebound learners within their own homes for one hour per week to provide tuition on the computer. Tuition will last for 8 weeks and will generally cover basic digital skills such as using internet and email, online shopping & social media, but can be flexible dependent on what the learner would like to cover.
At present the Connect Project is running as a Telephone/Online Befriending Service. Volunteers will live close to or in the Midlothian area itself. Volunteers provide company and conversation to help a person feel less isolated and part of their wider community. This role involves making contact via telephone or video conference with a person to whom you have been matched on an agreed regular pattern. Key aspects of the role are to provide company and emotional support through conversation and information about other support services as necessary. You will be expected to stay connected with Volunteer Midlothian and feedback any concerns that may need addressing. A little human contact and conversation, makes the world of difference to an isolated person.