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City of Edinburgh Council - Health & Social Care Department

The City of Edinburgh Social Work Department aims to provide good quality services to people in Edinburgh to protect people from abuse, neglect, accident & self harm. We arrange and provide services for people in their own homes, in day centres, in family care & residential homes. We encourage voluntary organisations & self help groups whose work helps us to achieve our aims and to tell the citizens of Edinburgh, the local Council and central government about groups and minorities whose needs are being neglected, to try and promote their welfare.

Current opportunities

We are looking for gardeners who can help the elderly to maintain their gardens. Tasks involve general gardening tasks such as weeding and mowing the grass, leaf picking, tidying up borders, planting flower bulbs and sometimes growing some vegetables. Your initiative and imagination will be welcomed! No gardening knowledge required. There will also be a bit of chat and time for a cuppa! Some people, if able, may even join you and do some gardening with you.

We are looking for volunteers to befriend elderly people living in their own homes in Colinton and Oxgangs. The aim is to reduce social isolation and feeling of loneliness amongst the elderly people. Your volunteering will involve meeting with the person on a regular basis (weekly or fortnightly) and taking part in various activities in the community: going for walks, cinema, coffee, or just having a chat and cuppa.

Volunteers will be supporting adults (aged 30-50) with physical or learning difficulties (i.e. people with Down Syndrome, or people affected by strokes, or with long term condition like MS, cerebral palsy, etc.). Volunteers will be ask to go out with the person: for coffee, walk, cinema, shops or library, Support always takes place in the community on a 1:1 basis

We are looking for a volunteer to befriend a women in her 80s. She is socially isolated and lacks confidence to go out on her own. We are looking for someone who can volunteer on a regular basis and go out with this person for coffee, walks (Cramond, Botanics) and to the shops. Person is still very independent and active so needs minimal assistance. Car is essential for this role.