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RVS (Elgin)

Charity registered in Scotland SC038924

Volunteering opportunities. Supporting "Care in the community"

Current opportunities

For older people that don’t have a car, have poor mobility, find it difficult to use public transport or that live in rural areas with poor transport links, it can be difficult to get out and about. This can lead to feelings of isolation, loneliness and a lack of independence. Royal Voluntary Service provides community transport to support older people to live more independent lives. Using their own cars or adapted vehicles and minibuses, our friendly local volunteer drivers drive clients to and from hospital, GP and other appointments, to local shops for shopping and to social visits and activities.

When older people come out of hospital, they can need more intensive support than usual to help get them back on their feet. Volunteers are needed to make visits to older people for a period of up to six weeks, depending on the area they live in and what's needed. Volunteers can help with anything from making sure they have a healthy meal, walking the dog, collecting shopping or prescriptions. They can provide a vital link between the older person and the outside world at a time when they are still recovering from an accident or illness. Our volunteers will also check that everything is okay at home (that the heating works, for example) before the end of hospital stay. And when the day comes to leave hospital, our volunteer will be there to escort the older person home.

To support at a monthly activity club. Duties might include assisting service users to complete register/consent forms, help with serving refreshments at the end of the activity and once quarterly assisting service users to complete a feedback survey.

The First Time for Everything service is a joint project between Royal Voluntary Service and the Prudential. The service gets groups of older people together and gives them the opportunity to try out an activity that they may never have tried, or even thought about trying before. These activities aim to keep older people active and social. This is especially key as staying active and social has been proven to be important to keeping healthy and well in older age. Volunteers are required to meet and greet participants, assist with admin/signing-in sheets/surveys. Support participants to take part in the activity if required and help serve tea/coffee refreshments. The activities are monthly/twice monthly on a Tuesday afternoon from 2pm to 4pm.