Our vision is an inclusive society in which we all have the opportunities to live valued and fulfilled lives. We work to make that vision a reality by our mission to support people excluded from family, home, work or community on their life journey.
Volunteers are peer mentors to the community residents and both live within our city and farm communities, and manage the day-to-day domestic tasks and decisions within the building, which is their home. Volunteer tasks may include: Accompanying a resident to appointments, Helping a resident to cook a meal for the whole community, Acting as a sounding board for a problem or difficult situation, Offering mature and calm guidance.
Be part of a small team focussed on regenerating growth in our walled garden (Mon/Wed):
• Weeding, digging, planting, hoeing
• Barrowing compost about the site
Join our horticulturalist in tasks across the farm (Wed/Thurs afternoon):
• Weeding, digging, grass cutting, strimming, compost turning, planting
OPAL (Older People Active Lives) aims to maintain or increase the independence and well-being of older people across the West Lothian area. Our service is delivered by dedicated, trained volunteers who offer encouragement, companionship and support to engage in social, leisure and community activities.
We support anyone of age 60+ who is looking to re-connect socially either on a one-to-one basis or in a group setting. People can either self-refer or be referred by a health professional.
You will provide transport, using your own car to enable a client to visit groups or events, to accompany a client to go shopping. Your support and encouragement could help them to:
• Remain independent at home, socially connected and engaged
• Reduce feelings of loneliness and isolation
• Increase self-confidence
• Create links with the local community
Examples of activities include:
• Attending a local club or group e.g. activity groups, local walking group, dementia cafe
• Visiting local shops
• Attending an event e.g. gala, open day, taster session, tea dance
Local pantries are designed to give dignified and affordable access to a selection of chilled and ambient foods and fresh fruit and vegetables. Your skills and experience will help: lead in the setting up of the Pantry. Taking delivery of products. Setting up products in a safe and appropriate manner. Ensuring that food is handled safely. Taking payment from members. Assisting members where necessary