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  • 1-2-1 Volunteer Befriender
    with Castle Furniture

    Volunteer Opportunity No. VO96055 - Created/last updated: 14/03/2024



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    About this opportunity:The role is to provide a social connection for elderly people in North East Fife who face struggles with feelings of loneliness and isolation and help to build confidence. Volunteers and members are matched based on their hobbies, interests and preferences. Volunteers will visit the member in their home at a time suitable for both, the visit is for company only and the volunteer is not home help or a qualified care assistant. The volunteer and member might decide to go out for lunch or a coffee or provide support in the client's home. Loneliness is hugely detrimental to an individual's mental and physical health and by providing a social contact each week you can contribute towards preventing this.

    Takes place:
    morningsafternoonsevenings
    Mondays
    Tuesdays
    Wednesdays
    Thursdays
    Fridays
    Saturdays
    Sundays
    Minimum age:18
    Maximum age:100
    Training provided:All volunteers will be initially provided with around 1-2 hours induction covering everything from role specifics, expectations and boundaries, health and safety, manual handling and everything else needed to succeed in the role. Also PVG checks will be done and costs covered if don't already have one. Continued support will be provided throughout by the coordinator and opportunities for continual ongoing training provided depending on the needs of the role and personal interests.
    Out of pocket expenses paid?
    Yes - Yes - Mileage paid at 40p per mile or public transport cost paid

    Experience required:No previous experience required and full training will be provided. Desired skills and qualities of volunteers include: -Being a caring listener for people -Reliability to commit to agreed times -Motivation to make a positive impact on elderly lives in Cupar -Drive to help build confidence in clients and promote the lounge -Understanding the importance of confidentiality

    Restrictions on who can volunteer
    No restrictions were specified.

    Application process:Application Form; Induction/Training; PVG membership required

    Taster available?No, not for this opportunity.

    Travel DetailsMost often the clients own home or at an agreed upon place in the community such as a café or social club.

    Saltire AwardThis opportunity is compatible with the Saltire Awards for volunteers aged 12-25.

    What Now?

    To enquire/register an interest in this opportunity call us (FVA) on 0800 389 6046, e-mail us, or fill out this form:

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Type of volunteering: Befriending / Mentoring
Opportunities which benefit Elderly


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