Royal Voluntary Service

Charity registered in Scotland SC038924

RVS. aims to help people maintain independence and dignity in their own homes and communities, particularly in later life. This strategy places increased emphasis on: - Food delivered to the home - Extending the service we provide in hospitals to include not just cafes and shops but also patient support and get-you-home service - Community help schemes that support independence for older and housebound people at home and in their community - Emergency services to support those vulnerable through national or other disasters


Current opportunities

Supporting people to get about in Shetland you could be doing local journeys or somewhere a little bit further. Your support for lonely and isolated people in Shetland will be vital to connect them with their community and improve their lives As Volunteer driver you might take an individual to a community club, a regular appointment, respond to ad-hoc requests for transport or taken someone home after a stay in hospital. Drivers use their own vehicles to provide a friendly journey and support people to and from their home and destination. Your role will involve elements of lone working and building a relationship with those you transport. We also have opportunities available for people with specific skills, so please tell us what your strengths are when we meet.

Community volunteers are needed to provide services that support people in their local area to lead the life they choose.Key tasks are many and varied and will depend on the needs of your local area. However tasks may include volunteering in a local cafe, hub or club, chatting and providing companionship to individuals, offering dementia friendly support, simple everyday practical tasks such as food preparation, assisted shopping, providing transport and/or social outings, helping with care of pets, delivering books and collecting prescriptions. This is ideal if you want a flexible volunteering opportunity to suit your availability, make new friends, develop your skills/experience and contribute to the work of the charity by helping your local community. You’ll need to have a friendly personality with an ability to observe and identify areas of concern. You’ll have good communication and listening skills with a non-judgemental attitude towards an individual’s circumstances and a willingness to ensure confidentiality. Supporting Clients at the daily lunch club in the Isleburgh Hall

As a volunteer driver you will be helping clients to attend medical or social appointments - this can be to the hospital, GP, dentist or to visit family/friends; to the hairdressers or to a lunch group. Volunteers can also choose to help a client with shopping - using your own vehicle to drive to a shop to do a shop or accompany a client to the supermarket.

As a volunteer driver you will be helping clients to attend medical or social appointments - this can be to the hospital, GP, dentist or to visit family/friends; to the hairdressers or to a lunch group. Journeys can be local or longer. For example, a client may have an appointment in Aberdeen or Moray. Volunteers can also choose to help a client with shopping - using your own vehicle to drive to a shop to do a shop or accompany a client to the supermarket.