Age Scotland

Charity registered in Scotland SC010100

We work to improve the later lives of everyone on the ageing journey. We celebrate ageing and challenge ageist prejudice throughout society. Our mission is to make Scotland a better place for older people. From a dedicated helpline for older people, to support and funds for older people's groups, to campaigns on the issues that older people tell us matter to them, we're working on many fronts to make Scotland a better place for older people.

Current opportunities

We are looking for a volunteer to provide Videoconferencing Technical Support across a number of Age Inclusive Workplace workshops. Virtual training runs more smoothly and provides a more positive learning experience for participants if the presenter is supported by a second facilitator with responsibility for the technical requirements of the platform and the session. The role will primarily be providing support on our Planning for Your Future Pre-Retirement workshops. To help people prepare for taking the step into retirement and later life, Age Scotland has developed a workshop aimed at the 50+ age group. We want to inspire and engage with people through an informative and interactive workshop providing guidance and support on transitioning into later life. The volunteer may be based anywhere in the country, assuming they have internet access. Full training will be provided. The role may also include providing technical support for other workshops we run within the Age Inclusive Workplace team. The role will include: • starting the session • admitting the presenters to the session • assisting the speaker with getting their session set up • admitting participants to the session • creating and manage breakout rooms and groups • launching polls • monitoring the chat box while the speaker is presenting and raise any points made or questions asked at an appropriate point • assisting participants with any technical issues which arise during the session

The Comradeship Circles service aims to reduce loneliness by offering older members of the ex-service community the opportunity to enjoy regular group camaraderie by telephone. A Comradeship Circle will host typically six people on the same day and time each week to chat about a range of topics and interests over the phone. We are looking for Technical Support Volunteers who will ensure the smooth running of the Comradeship Circle by connecting veterans to the call, monitoring connection throughout the hour, and updating the contact management database. This role is home based and requires access to a laptop, headphones, and the internet.

The purpose of a Friendship Caller is to provide calls of companionship to different people each week who are 50 and over, who may live alone or feel alone and would benefit from a chat. Having a conversation can have such a positive impact, we can talk about many things that aren’t Coronavirus related for example, current interests, hobbies, top tier biscuits, time travel– the list is endless!

218,000 over 50s in Scotland say they feel lonely all or most of the time. Here at Age Scotland, we aim to tackle loneliness and social isolation on a practical level through our Community Connecting Service – and we need your help! Community Connectors support older adults across Scotland link in with community organisations that offer friendship, social activities, health and fitness groups, events. Your role will involve contacting the person over the phone to find out their interests, researching the relevant opportunities and keeping in touch with them for a few weeks with regular calls of friendship and encouragement. Whether you want to develop your skills, try something new or just make a difference – this role is for you!