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The Retired and Senior Volunteer Programme (RSVP) works with NHS Forth Valley to develop volunteering in local hospitals. Volunteers support staff, patients and the general public in a variety of ways across Forth Valley, based in many different departments and services.
Volunteers contribute to the well-being of patients and visitors by being a listening ear, a helpful and friendly face with the aim of making a visit to the hospital a better experience for patients and visitors. Our volunteers feel valued, make new friends and keep active in retirement.
Braeburn Court provides respite care and short breaks in St Margaret’s Hope for older people. We are looking for volunteers to help with social activities such as visiting for a chat, reading newspapers or books aloud, making crafts or playing music. This is a great opportunity for anyone wishing to gain experience of volunteering in social care but also anyone who has a fun skill to share, some time to give or just loves having a blether.
Be a mentor to an adult individual (a parent referred through the employability pathway in Aberdeenshire) and through discussion is on board with the benefits that can be gained through a mentor mentee relationship • Meet/communicate with your mentee weekly at a time or place that suits both parties, face to face in the local community, or on a video chat, or call for a minimum of 1 hour. This is flexible and can be broken down into bite size chunks if need be. • Be an active listener and offer support and encouragement when appropriate. • Acknowledging the mentee’s strengths, skills and experiences and encouraging them to find ways to use them. Be a positive role model developing a healthy, trusting relationship through clear communication and appropriate boundary setting • Assist the mentee to consider and identify long term personal life/career goals and outcomes • Assist the mentee to identify short term personal goals and aims and support them to work towards these in a planned and thought through way. E.g., conflict resolution at work, time management, self-confidence, presentation skills, communication, identifying support systems etc • Follow Project Scotland P&P’s as detailed in induction and training • Attend training and induction sessions as required.
Following a four-year refurbishment, David Livingstone Birthplace has opened our brand-new museum exhibition, shop, and café in July 2021. This is an exciting time to join us as we welcome visitors into the new museum for the 2022 season.
We are looking for enthusiastic Visitor Experience Volunteers to join our Visitor Experience team. This is a vital role in supporting the museum and interacting with the public as the face of the David Livingstone Birthplace. The Visitor Experience Volunteers will greet visitors and engage with them in a friendly and informative manner to ensure that they have an enjoyable experience.
We are particularly looking for Visitor Experience Volunteers that are excited about greeting visitors and selling tickets at the Welcome Desk. This is an important task as you will be the first point of contact for all visitors at the beginning of their journey around the museum. Full training will be given for Welcome Desk duties and volunteers will work closely with staff.
Vintage Vibes is charity project helping over 60s in Edinburgh overcome loneliness and social isolation. We pair up our Friendship Volunteers and VIPs with shared interests to create genuine friendships. As a volunteer, you will visit your VIP once a week for an hour or so, and enjoy activities such as walks, coffee shops, or a home visit. This is a companionship role, not a carer’s role. You will not be expected to do any personal care, household chores, or financial transactions for your VIP.
Big Hearts Befrienders provides one-to-one befriending for children and young people aged 5-16 years either in kinship care or who are socially isolated within the city through supporting them to learn new skills and provide a social experience. Through the befriending relationship the child / young person and the befriender may touch on topics such as increasing self-esteem; dealing with worries; respect for others, with the main aim of building a trusting and reliable relationship with an adult and working towards set outcomes.
As a Plusone mentor you will make a difference to the life of a young person, providing a positive role model and supporting access to hobbies and interests. The ability to be consistent, non-judgemental, supportive, fun and understanding is key to success in this role. Full initial training will be provided along with ongoing support to ensure the best possible outcomes. We look for a regular commitment of around 2-3 hours per week over a minimum 12 month period. A PGV scheme record check will be required (no cost involved).
As an Intandem mentor you will make a difference to the life of a young person, providing a positive role model and supporting access to hobbies and interests. The ability to be consistent, non-judgemental, supportive, fun and understanding is key to success in this role. Full initial training will be provided along with ongoing support to ensure the best possible outcomes. We look for a regular commitment of around 2-3 hours per week over a minimum 12 month period. A PGV scheme record check will be required (no cost involved).
Your role as the Telephone Befriender is to engage in conversation with a client over the phone, building a rapport and engaging with them on a weekly basis (note: some befriending matches require more than one call per week). Most of the referrals come from our partners and other agencies but some are self-referrals. All referrals are due to the client being lonely and feeling isolated. It should be noted, that does not necessarily mean they are an older person living on their own. Some referrals are for younger adults who may live in a ‘busy’ household.
As a Befriender your co-ordinator will match you to a suitable client. This will be done after finding out more about both yourself and the client to see if there are similarities in personality, hobbies etc. It will not be done purely on age – often the perfect match is with different generations.
Your role will be to chat to the client, using your own phone from your own home. You will be required to actively engage and encourage conversation – sometimes this needs to be led by you, the volunteer, as there could be barriers with the clients such as: confidence, disability, speech issues etc. The Telephone Befriender will not be expected to offer advice or to ‘counsel’ the client – you are simply someone to have a chat to and be a listening ear – something for the client to look forward to each week. Befrienders should give minimal personal details about themselves and should never ‘off-load’ their own issues to a client. Your coordinator will always be there to deal with any concerns you have about any of your matches.
VASA induction training will be given and guidelines issued around safety protocols for volunteers and clients. Workshops will be available from time to time to cover areas of interest around Befriending.
A PVG check will be carried out prior to commencement as a befriender.
It should be noted that this role does not include any face-to-face befriending and no volunteer should arrange to meet with a client. Post COVID, if a one-to-one, face-to-face service was developed, appropriate training would be given then if deemed applicable.
DUTIES: The role of the Telephone Befriender will be as follows:
• To offer friendship and encouragement, via a telephone call, to a client who is isolated and lonely.
• To provide a listening ear.
• To facilitate conversation and engage with clients.
• To build up a relationship with the befriendee, giving them something to look forward to on a weekly basis.
• To commit to a minimum of 20min per week to the service.
The Young Person's Befriending Project works alongside young people (aged 8 - 18) offering them support through a volunteer befriender.
Befrienders meet with their young person for a couple of hours every fortnight and take part in a wide variety of activities together. Over these sessions the volunteers aims is to offer support and encouragement, introduce new activities, build the young persons confidence and self-esteem and offer real friendship to them.
We need volunteers of all different walks of life, as no two of our young people are the same!