Current opportunities

Now more than ever, a friendly face or a supportive phone chat can make a world of difference. ‘Fancy a Blether’ volunteers help to reduce loneliness and social isolation for local people in Midlothian. Volunteers are matched with their ‘Fancy a Blether’ partner to provide a friendly contact once a week. Volunteers initially make phone contact with a view to meeting face-to-face to support the person to access services and activities in their community. With each call or meeting, volunteers can expect to feel the immediate impact of donating their time as they help to reduce loneliness and social isolation for local people in Midlothian. This role can be flexible around your work or family commitments as the schedule is mutually agreed with the person you are supporting. Get in touch to find out about upcoming dates for volunteer training and start your journey today!

Volunteers offer companionship to a person who has an unpaid carer and supports the carer to take some time for themselves in the knowledge that their loved-one is safe at home. Carer Relief Companions provide companionship to person aged 16 or over who has a family member or loved-one who cares for them at home. This supports the carer to take a break from their role and have some time for themselves while giving them peace of mind that the person they care for is safe and has company in their home environment. The person who has support needs benefits from a new social connection and engaging in activities such as reminiscence, enjoying a hobby together, chatting, or watching TV. This is a great opportunity to make a meaningful difference to people with long-term health conditions or disabilities and their unpaid carers and you can expect to see the immediate impact of your volunteer time. This role takes place for 2-4 hours per week, between Monday-Friday 9am – 5pm. A minimum commitment of 6 months is requested after training and induction is complete. Get in touch to find out about upcoming dates for volunteer training and start your journey today!

Volunteers help to reduce loneliness and enhance the wellbeing of the tenants of extra-care housing. We are looking for a volunteer to host a small group of male residents to socialise and share common interests. Volunteers help to reduce loneliness and enhance wellbeing for the tenants of Cowan Court extra-care housing development in Penicuik. Volunteer visitors host a small group of tenants to take part in activity or socialise and share common interests. This opportunity is for a volunteer to host a group specifically for male tenants who have interests such as sports and local history.

Volunteer Visitors help to reduce loneliness and enhance wellbeing for the tenants of Hawthorn Gardens extra-care housing development in Loanhead by leading activities and entertainment for small groups of residents. Volunteers will plan, set up, lead, and tidy up after activities for small groups of residents with the support of on-site staff. Activities could include carpet bowls, crafts, quizzes, board games, musical entertainment, gentle chair exercise and gardening. With each visit they make, volunteers can expect to feel the immediate impact of donating their time as they help to enhance wellbeing for local people in Midlothian. Get in touch to find out about upcoming dates for volunteer training and start your journey today!