British Red Cross

Charity registered in Scotland SC037738

For the last 150 years, we have put kindness into action. The British Red Cross has been helping millions of people in the UK and around the world get the support they need when crisis strikes.

Current opportunities

Why we want you 1 in 5 people in the UK say they are lonely. Volunteers like you help people to gain confidence so that they can reconnect with their local community. What you will be doing Give companionship to people in their home or in the community. Help people to build confidence and self-esteem. Support people with everyday tasks such as shopping or doctor appointments. Help people to use local community services and social groups. Keep records of tasks. The skills you need Warm and friendly with empathy for others. Good communication skills. Encouraging and supportive. Enjoy meeting and spending time with new people. Can work independently and as a part of a team. What's in it for you Meet new people and be part of a dynamic and inclusive team. A great opportunity to develop your existing skills and gain new ones. All training and induction for the role (there is no charge for training). Reasonable pre-agreed travel expenses for the role including for attending training. An opportunity to be part of the world’s largest humanitarian organisation and the knowledge that you are making a difference to people’s lives

For people leaving hospital, adjusting to life at home can be a difficult time. Helping someone get their essential shopping, pick up their prescription or get the heating turned on can make all the difference for them to feel safe at home. We are looking for volunteers who live in Ayrshire and are able to volunteer at least 4 hours per week from Monday to Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Are able to drive and have use of a vehicle, this is preferred if providing outreach support but not essential. If you will be driving for this role you need to have held a full driving licence for at least 2 years which allows you to drive in the UK. Have good communication skills. Are warm, friendly and able to empathise with others. Are reliable and passionate about making a difference to the lives of vulnerable people. Due to the nature of this role, applicants must undergo an Enhanced PVG (Protecting Vulnerable Groups) check. Please apply directly via the British Red Cross link