City of Edinburgh Council - Health & Social Care Department

The City of Edinburgh Social Work Department aims to provide good quality services to people in Edinburgh to protect people from abuse, neglect, accident & self harm. We arrange and provide services for people in their own homes, in day centres, in family care & residential homes. We encourage voluntary organisations & self help groups whose work helps us to achieve our aims and to tell the citizens of Edinburgh, the local Council and central government about groups and minorities whose needs are being neglected, to try and promote their welfare.


Current opportunities

We offer flexible roles such as helping people with practical tasks (gardening) or spending 1:1 time with the person to offer few hours respite to their families. We support older people with dementia, adults with physical and learning disabilities who live in the community. It's a city wide project but you can choose to volunteer in your local community. Volunteers will be able to take part in various activities such as going out for walks coffee,etc.

We are looking for volunteers to befriend elderly people living in their own homes. The aim is to reduce social isolation and feeling of loneliness amongst the elderly people. By providing 1:1 support you will also indirectly support people’s family by giving them short respite and/or someone to talk to.

Gardener

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We are looking for volunteers’ gardeners who can help elderly people to maintain their gardens. Your tasks will involve weeding and mowing the grass, leaf picking, but also growing some veg. Your initiative and imagination will be welcomed! Not great gardening knowledge is required

We are looking for volunteers to befriend elderly people living in their own homes in Colinton and Oxgangs. The aim is to reduce social isolation and feeling of loneliness amongst the elderly people. Your volunteering will involve meeting with the person on a regular basis (weekly or fortnightly) and taking part in various activities in the community: going for walks, cinema, coffee, or just having a chat and cuppa.