North East Sensory Services' social groups are looking to return to full capacity in Moray, but need some friendly, welcoming volunteers to help them. NESS delivers a 'Community Inclusion Project' that aims to reduce social isolation and loneliness in people over the age of 65 who have a significant sight or hearing impairment. They do this by supporting social groups in Forres, Elgin, Keith and Buckie, which provide their service users with the opportunity for friendship, activity and support. Transport to attend community groups is often an issue for members so they provide drivers too! ( and would welcome new volunteer drivers as well!)
As a group volunteer volunteer, you might be needed to guide someone on an outing, to describe the cake selection, or assist someone to take part in a game of floor curling: every session is different. Induction training will be provided, so no previous experience of groups or of sight/hearing loss is required. A PVG check will be required for this role and a 6 month commitment would be ideal.
Some main tasks can include:
• support the group to achieve what they wish to do
• assist group members with refreshments
• assist group to plan and organise activities/speakers
• assist group members to find seats and negotiate the room
• interact with group members and develop positive relationships
• encourage the group to interact with one another
Volunteers are well supported and find their experience rewarding, uplifting and fun, often forming fulfilling
long-term friendships with our service users. Roles solely based on driving or escorting on bus transport
may also be available.
Full induction and Sensory Awareness training is provided, as well as the opportunity to get more involved
with the charity in other ways if desired. Out-of-pocket expenses are reimbursed monthly.