North East Sensory Services (Angus)

Charity registered in Scotland SC009537

North East Sensory Services (NESS) is the leading provider of fully integrated joint sensory services in the North East of Scotland. Through our wide range of services, we work to achieve independence for blind and deaf people.


Current opportunities

One to One Volunteer Befriender Person Specification Essential Advantageous Personal Qualities • Warm, friendly and encouraging • Interested in supporting people • Reliable, honest and trustworthy • Able to maintain confidentiality • Empathic and understanding attitude • Conscientious and self-motivated • Able to keep calm in stressful situations • Flexible • Clean driving licence and access to a car • Good sense of humour • Happy to be in the presence of dogs (Guide Dogs) Experience • Previous one to one volunteering experience • Previous experience of people with sight loss and hearing loss Knowledge/Understanding • Knowledge and understanding of issues faced by people with sensory loss Skills • Good communication/ Interpersonal skills • Good listening skills • Ability to recognise and respect other people’s boundaries • Ability to recognise and apply own limits and boundaries • Ability to attend and make use of support and supervision • Open to ongoing training as required • Ability to promote confidence and independence Values • Accepting the person for who they are – being non-judgemental • Respecting others as being of equal worth • Respecting other’s choices, lifestyles and rights • Not imposing own values and beliefs • Appreciating differences (e.g. race, culture, gender etc.) • Able to view someone as a person, not a stereotype   ROLE DESCRIPTION GROUP VOLUNTEER . Who are we looking for? We are looking for friendly and reliable people who enjoy the company of others. Sensory Awareness training will be provided and so no previous experience of working with people who has sight/hearing loss is required. A PVG check will be required for this role, and we would be looking for a minimum of 6 months commitment. Tasks • To provide company and emotional support • To assist service user to develop social contacts by joining community events and social groups • To support a service user with shopping • To provide telephonic befriending when necessary • To accompany service user to café or for a healthy walk • To Commit minimum 6 hours per month. We are looking for volunteer/s who drive and can assist our service users with transport. But not driving would not exclude you from being suitable for the role. Volunteers are particularly required in the Arbroath area. Training & Support • Induction training will be provided by Cilmi Eldho. North East Sensory Service’s (NESS) Volunteer Coordinator in Angus. • Sensory Awareness Training will be provided by Libby Hillhouse, the Training and Information Officer • Support in the voluntary role will also be provided by Cilmi Eldho. • Out of pocket expenses will be reimbursed through NESS. Contact for Application form: Cilmi Eldho NESS Volunteer Coordinator (Angus) 07720 811896, cilmi.eldho@nesensoryservices.org

Group Volunteer Person Specification Personal Qualities • Warm, friendly and encouraging • Interested in supporting people • Reliable, honest and trustworthy • Able to maintain confidentiality • Empathic and understanding attitude • Willingness to learn • Conscientious and self-motivated • Able to keep calm in stressful situations • Flexible • Happy to be in the presence of dogs (Guide Dogs attend with some members) • Clean driving licence and access to a car • Good sense of humour Experience • Previous volunteering experience • Previous experience of people with sight loss and hearing loss Knowledge/Understanding • Knowledge and understanding of issues faced by people with sensory loss Skills • Good communication/ Interpersonal skills • Good listening skills • Ability to recognise and respect other people’s boundaries • Ability to recognise and apply own limits and boundaries • Ability to attend and make use of support and supervision • Open to ongoing training as required • Commitment to work within the group’s and organisation’s boundaries • Ability to promote confidence and independence Values • Accepting the person for who they are – being non-judgemental • Respecting others as being of equal worth • Respecting other’s choices, lifestyles and rights • Not imposing own values and beliefs • Appreciating differences (e.g. race, culture, gender etc.) • Able to view someone as a person, not a stereotype We are looking for friendly and reliable people who enjoy the company of others. Induction training will be provided and so no previous experience of groups or of sight/hearing loss is required. A PVG check will be required for this role and we would be looking for a minimum of 6 months commitment. Tasks • To support the group to achieve what they wish to do • To assist group members with refreshments • To assist group to plan and organise activities/speakers • To assist group members to find seats and negotiate the room • To interact with group members and develop positive relationships • To encourage the group to interact with one another • To assist with money handling as required We are hoping that we can also secure volunteer/s who drive and can assist with transport to the group for a limited number of group members. But not driving would not exclude you from being suitable for the role. Training & Support • Induction training will be provided by Cilmi Eldho. North East Sensory Service’s (NESS) Volunteer Coordinator in Angus. • Sensory Awareness Training will be provided by Libby Hillhouse, the Training and Information Officer • Support in the voluntary role will also be provided by Cilmi Eldho. • Out of pocket expenses will be reimbursed through NESS. Volunteers are particularly needed in the Arbroath area. Contact for Application form: Cilmi Eldho, NESS Volunteer Coordinator (Angus), 07720 811896, cilmi.eldho@nesensoryservices.org

Are you looking for something new to do? Could you help people with sight or hearing loss to take part in their community? North East Sensory Services (NESS) has opportunities for volunteers to assist as Volunteer Drivers in Dundee & Angus. Volunteers are particularly needed in the Arbroath area. Training, support and out of pocket expenses will be provided. Volunteers must be willing to complete a PVG check. For more information, contact Cilmi Eldho, Volunteer Coordinator on 03452 712 345 or 07720 811 896 or cilmi.eldho@nesensoryservices.orgryservices.org