Quarriers

Charity registered in Scotland SC001960

Quarriers is a Scottish charity providing practical support and care for children, adults and families. We challenge poverty and inequality of opportunity and choice, to bring about positive change in people's lives. Quarriers operates 127 Projects throughout Scotland and South-West England. They vary greatly, due to the wide variety of needs that we address but include group homes and supported living services for people with physical and learning disabilities, support services and Scotland's only residential assessment service for people with complex forms of epilepsy; a residential and day school and community based projects for children with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties; hostels and support services for young homeless people; family centres; respite and long term care for children with a range of disabilities and other difficulties and support services for carers.


Current opportunities

Quarriers Finnart Street provides small residential service for people with disabilities. Purpose Of The Role Do you have a few hours to spare each week or fortnight? If you enjoy baking, knitting, going for a walk, the cinema and other activities then this role is for you. We are looking for a volunteer to befriend a lady supported by the service. As the relationship develops you would support her to enjoy social activities within the community. This will allow her to enjoy favourite activities with someone who shares the same interests as herself. Main Tasks Initially visiting the lady in her home to get to know her, enjoy baking, chats, listening to music, knitting then going for walks, accompanying her to shows and outings and most of all having fun!. Where & When Initially within lady’s own home and then supporting her to enjoy activities in the community. Once or twice a week depending on the volunteer’s availability. What Are the Benefits • Gaining experience in supporting staff • We give our volunteers a sense of family, together transforming the lives of the vulnerable people we care for and support • Gaining new experiences and learn new skills • Build confidence and gain a sense of achievement • Improved physical and mental health wellbeing • Free training and development • Adding to your CV • Trying something new and meet new people • Make new friends and have fun! Selection Procedure Application form, meeting, references and PVG disclosure.

Quarriers Finnart Street provides small residential service for people with disabilities. Purpose Of The Role Do you have a few hours to spare each week or fortnight? If you enjoy gardening, playing pool, trips away and swimming then this role is for you. We are looking for a volunteer to befriend a gentleman supported by the service. As the relationship develops you would support him to enjoy social activities within the community. This will allow him to enjoy favourite activities with someone who shares the same interests as himself. Main Tasks Initially visiting the man in his home to get to know each other. Enjoy some gardening together as well as going out to play pool, swimming, trips away and having some fun! What Are The Benefits • Gaining experience in supporting staff • We give our volunteers a sense of family, together transforming the lives of the vulnerable people we care for and support • Gaining new experiences and learn new skills • Build confidence and gain a sense of achievement • Improved physical and mental health wellbeing • Free training and development • Adding to your CV • Trying something new and meet new people • Make new friends and have fun! Selection Procedure Application form, meeting, references and PVG disclosure.

The William Quarrier Scottish Epilepsy Centre provides the only residential assessment and treatment centre in Scotland for adults with epilepsy. The Centre is an Independent Hospital operated by Quarriers Charity providing services to patients and clinicians across Scotland. The modern, 12 bed in-patient facility provides flexible, patient-centred residential assessment for adults aged 16 years and over. The Centre also operates the onsite William Quarrier Conference Centre which has a variety of meeting rooms let out to many different client groups ranging from the NHS, local businesses to other charities. Client Group Patients aged 16+ years who are admitted for up to 4 weeks at a time for seizure assessment and evaluation. These patients may have additional medical issues and support needs as well as seizure activity. Also any people attending meetings or events in the conference side of the building that you might come into contact with. Purpose Of The Role Do you have: 1) An interest in gardening, and would you like to improve the patient experience of those within an epilepsy assessment Centre? 2) Would you like to help out around the building doing odd jobs to support the facilities team? If you enjoy gardening and doing handyman jobs, and would like to share your interests, then this is the role for you! Your support will make a huge difference to the lives of the patients we support. Main Tasks Gardening: To maintain and develop our central courtyard garden area and rear and side bed areas with support from interested patients who are in the Centre at that time. This would include: • Weeding • Planting/potting up plants • Watering flower beds • Re-soiling/seeding • Maintaining the plants/general garden tidy • Providing any advice on making the garden look nice Handyman Tasks: To carry out odd jobs as required. This will be varied but might include such things as: • Putting up coat hooks • Fixing cupboard doors • Patch up paint jobs • General domestic maintenance • Moving furniture Where & When At the William Quarrier Scottish Epilepsy Centre in Govan. Ideally for a morning or afternoon one or two days a week depending on the volunteer’s availability. Weekend volunteering would also be considered if this was preferable. Commitment Required To get the most out of the role and see developments in the garden throughout spring, summer, autumn and winter it would be good if you could commit for a year. The minimum commitment we would ask though would be 6 months if possible. However, it is ultimately up to you how long you would like to volunteer. What Are The Benefits • Gaining experience in supporting staff • We give our volunteers a sense of family, together transforming the lives of the vulnerable people we care for and support • Gaining new experiences and learn new skills • Build confidence and gain a sense of achievement • Improved physical and mental health wellbeing • Free training and development • Adding to your CV • Trying something new and meet new people • Have fun! Selection Procedure Volunteer application form, references, interview, and PVG check. The volunteer will be required to work within the Centre’s local policies and Quarriers standards. Disabled Access Full disabled access throughout the building.

Quarriers Shared Lives and Family Placement Team provides people with a disability the opportunity to stay in the homes of approved carers and their families. Each placement provides accommodation, care, and support, enabling the person we support to be part of the life and activities of the carer and their family. Where & When Within West Lothian area near Broxburn. Once a week depending on the volunteer’s availability. Purpose Of The Role This is a fantastic opportunity to spend some time each week supporting a young person in the community to engage with different activities. You will be helping him to achieve a better quality of life by learning and development of new skills. This could involve helping to choose clubs to attend, going to the gym, or taking part in other activities the young person may wish to do. Your support will provide the young person with the the opportunity to develop his own skills and give something back to the community. For example, the young person enjoyed learning painting and decorating at Bloom House and has expressed an interest in learning joinery work or landscape gardening, if the opportunities arose. Main Tasks Include The young person enjoys a range of activities and having a volunteer befriender will encourage him to try new things. Going with the young person to community events, sports activities including football, swimming, and playing pool. He is keen to try new sports activities such as badminton, volleyball etc. There is scope to explore the young person helping out in his local community and learning new skills. The young person requires support while out in the community. For example, he will need support to keep him safe and ensure his emotional needs are met. The volunteer will also need to get to know the young person well and become attuned to his own personal needs. Required Skills, Qualities & Experience • It is important that the volunteer builds a positive relationship with the young person. • The young person is a good natured and easy going individual who enjoys having a joke with others as he has a great sense of humour. • The volunteer should be able to put the young person at the centre of any activity while they are together. Supporting his independence as much as possible. For example, listening to the young person’s views and allowing him choice while out in the community. • You must be a patient and kind individual who is able to problem solve and manage any challenges if they arise. • Good communication skills and open and honest is essential and have a basic understanding of IT skills and carry a mobile phone in case of emergency. What Are The Benefits • Gaining experience in supporting staff • We give our volunteers a sense of family, together transforming the lives of the vulnerable people we care for and support • Gaining new experiences and learn new skills • Build confidence and gain a sense of achievement • Improved physical and mental health wellbeing • Free training and development • Adding to your CV • Trying something new and meet new people • Have fun! Selection Procedure Application form, meeting, references and disclosure.