There are many ways in which volunteers can help to reduce social isolation in the older population. This may be by accompanying someone to attend a local community group, assisting with shopping or supporting them with activities, in their own home. Other suitable activities may include demonstrating to and supporting clients to do exercise to improve strength and balance, assistance with food preparation, assistance with craft activities and support with digital skills. A little human contact and support makes the world of difference to an isolated person. Volunteers can provide practical support to enable a person to feel less isolated and part of their wider community.
The monthly female peer group is for unpaid carers who look after a relative or friend who has an illness, disability, addiction or are frail or elderly. The group allows carers to meet others in a similar situation, time out from their caring role and access support and information. The facilitator would welcome carers, encourage discussion and liaise with a member of staff to organise relevant speakers if and when requested by carers
The main current focus of LING is keeping the Town Hall in New Galloway open for the use of the community, but grant funding may soon lead to a new range of activities involving more volunteers engaged through the Galloway Glens Projects in restoring old paths and cycle-ways and developing an old walled garden. At the moment, there are no paid staff in this charity - all are volunteers. The work might involve:
1. Helping to recruit volunteers;
2. Keeping a note of volunteers and the work they are doing (important to have records for fundraising purposes as well as being important to recognise how much help people give);
3. Helping to do the asking when volunteer help is needed for an event or whatever;
4. Keeping an eye on advice in relation to recruiting, supporting and recognising volunteers and nudging us when necessary;
5. Being a point of contact for volunteers for support or information
- The charity relies solely on volunteers
- They work with 27 rescue horses ranging from Shetland Ponies (really small ones) to Clydesdale Horses (Xmas Budweiser ones)
- They work with Glasgow Uni vet students, farriers (they put the shoes on horses feet) etc so opportunity to learn as well.
- Duties involve grooming, cleaning out stables and other duties as required
We help people aged 65 and over to maintain their independence. The Extra Service Volunteer would use their practical skills to help customers with household tasks they are finding difficult with advancing years. The tasks we can do are as varied as running a household suggests, such as:
Cleaning the inside of windows
Turning a mattress
Changing duvet covers
Cleaning a fridge
Defrosting a freezer
Cleaning out cupboards
Rearranging moveable furniture
Coordinating and supporting cat care volunteers and fosterers, ensuring they are happy and confident in their roles. Working with cat care volunteers, fosterers and other colleagues to ensure Cats Protection quality of care is provided and maintained to cats in care, this will be supported by adhering to policies, procedures, minimum vetinary standards and minimum cat care standards. Working closely with the homing team to maintain up to date records of the cats in care and ensure cats ready to be rehomed are matched as quickly as possible. Promoting and supporting the development of care care volunteers and fosterers to enable them to fulfil their roles.