Re-engage (Moray)

Charity registered in Scotland SC039377

Reengage (formerly Contact the Elderly) is a national charity and organises monthly Sunday afternoon tea parties for people over 75 who live alone with little or no support from family and friends. One Sunday afternoon a month volunteers use their car to take older members to and from a volunteer host’s home for tea, cake and companionship. Hosts take it in turn to welcome the small group of older people and volunteer drivers into their home for a few hours.


Current opportunities

Our tea party hosts are a vital part of the Re-engage team. Tea parties provide a lifeline of friendship for our older people, and the regular, warm, friendly chats and companionship provide a vital link with the outside world from which they have become isolated. Reengage needs enthusiastic volunteers to work as tea party hosts. This is a flexible, voluntary role that can easily be fitted in around your own lifestyle and availability. As a volunteer host you will run a local Re-engage tea party one to two times a year. You will host a group of four to 12 people (which includes drivers, the group coordinator as well as older guests) in either your home or a community venue. The tea parties will last around two hours and will usually take place on a Sunday afternoon. You must be comfortable socialising with people and providing guests and other volunteers with refreshments. You will need two references and to complete an ID check for this role. Tasks include: *Completing and submitting a host’s home checklist for your own home or signing a declaration if you’re hosting at an external venue before your first tea party and on an annual basis. *Welcoming a group of older guests and volunteer drivers into your home or to the community venue. *Providing and serving refreshments for your group – usually food and drinks for afternoon tea. *Liaising with your group coordinator to ensure dietary requirements and the older guests' needs are met prior to the tea party. Informing the group coordinator of any safeguarding concerns or issues you might have. *Following all guidance in your host training modules to ensure that the tea parties are enjoyable, appropriate, and in line with our charitable aims.

Our tea party drivers are a vital part of the Re-engage team. Tea parties provide a lifeline of friendship for our older people, and the regular, warm, friendly chats and companionship provide a vital link with the outside world from which they have become isolated. Drivers take older people to the parties and stay with them to enjoy the get-together. Over time, drivers and older guests get to know each other well and together you will spend many hours full of fun, laughter, and stories. As a tea party driver, you liaise with your group coordinator and take older guests to and from the tea parties each month. Staying at the tea party is part of your role, so it’s much more than being a driver. You will need to have a full, clean, driving license, and a or PVG. You will also need to check that you are covered by your regular motor insurance policy to do this role. Tasks include: *Driving one to two older guests using your own car to a tea party venue and returning them home again after the event . *Staying at the tea party to help with conversation and serve refreshments. *Liaising with the group coordinator to confirm which older guests you will pick up. Informing the group coordinator of any safeguarding concerns or issues you might have. *Following all guidance in your driver training modules to ensure that the tea parties are enjoyable, appropriate, and in line with our charitable aims. *Completing a driver declaration before your first tea party and on an annual basis. The declaration is to confirm you will adhere to Re-engage's policies and procedures and that you have completed the relevant training provided for your role. This is a flexible, voluntary role that can easily be fitted in around your own lifestyle and availability. As a tea party driver, you will be responsible for picking up one or two older guests from their homes usually on a Sunday afternoon once a month. You will drive them to either a host's home or a community venue for an afternoon get-together to socialise and enjoy some refreshments. The parties last around two hours after which you drive them home again. Please note that you must be at least 18 years old to volunteer as a driver.

Some of ReEngage's tea party groups for older people across the country are starting to meet up again. Unfortunately the 2 groups in Buckie and the 2 groups in Elgin no longer have a group co-ordinator so are unable to restart until they have some volunteers to help. Tea parties provide a lifeline of friendship for our older people, and the regular, warm, friendly chats and companionship provide a vital link with the outside world from which they have become isolated. Tea party group coordinators are a vital part of the Re-engage team. Tea parties provide a lifeline of friendship for our older people, and the regular, warm, friendly chats and companionship provide a vital link with the outside world from which they have become isolated. Over time, the members of the group will get to know each other well and together you will spend many hours full of fun, laughter, and stories. As a tea party group coordinator, you will ensure older guests know when and where the next tea party will be held and who will be collecting them each month. Some of ReEngage's tea party groups for older people across the country are now starting to meet up again. The 2 groups in Buckie and the 2 groups in Elgin no longer have a group co-ordinator so are unable to restart until they have volunteers to help. Could you help? This is an administrative role that requires planning and scheduling, you must be comfortable organising monthly events, socialising, communicating with people and resolving issues that might arise. The co-ordinator is supported by Re-engage staff, to match folk together and will spend a few hours each month talking with companions and older people, making sure everything is okay. Volunteers receive training too. As one of our valued volunteer leaders, you will receive training, online support, and regular communications from the charity. This is a fulfilling and enjoyable role which will enable you to develop your leadership skills, gain valuable experience with a national charity and, most importantly, connect with lonely older people and make a real and lasting difference to their lives. Can you help? For more information and for applying, please visit https://www.reengage.org.uk/volunteer/new-volunteers/become-a-tea-party-volunteer/become-a-tea-party-group-coordinator/

As a call companion, you will make regular telephone calls to a lonely and isolated older person. These calls provide a lifeline of friendship for our older people, and the regular, warm, friendly chats and companionship provide a vital link with the outside world from which they have become isolated. Over time, you and the older person you have been matched with will get to know each other well and together you will spend many hours full of fun, laughter and stories. You will need two references and to complete an ID check for this role. Tasks include: Calling the older person you have been matched with two to four times per month at an agreed time. Following the guidance in your call companion training modules to ensure that your calls are enjoyable, appropriate and in line with our charitable aims. Keeping in regular contact with your call companion coordinator and letting them know how everything is going. Completing monthly online reports about your call companion calls.