Providing practical and emotional support to help clients recovering from ill health or facing isolation gain independence and re-engage in their community.
Provide tailored support and encouragement to individual clients to support recovery, reduce isolation, improve health and wellbeing and reduce likelihood of hospital admission.
This varies by individual and can include:
- phone-calls, visits, accompanied walks/visits/shopping including driving or public transport
- mobility practice, seated exercise, practicing domestic tasks in any hospital reablement plan
- encourage healthy eating and hydration
- offer practical support e.g. prescription collection, dog walking, household paperwork, IT support
- guide clients to other sources of support and activities
Leading north east cancer charity Clan Cancer Support is appealing for 100 new volunteers across the north-east as it aims to reach more local people affected by cancer ahead of its 40th anniversary next year.
Clan is looking for people to take on a range of roles involving listening and support services, event support, retail support, driving clients to medical appointments and gardening to help maintain the grounds at Clan’s support centres.
Volunteers will also have the opportunity to take part in Clan’s sculpture trail, The Big Hop Trail, which is due to take the public on a cultural tour of the north-east and the islands from July to September in 2023. The event, which coincides with Clan’s 40th anniversary next year, will see 40 striking hare sculptures located throughout Clan’s geography celebrating the charity’s commitment to supporting people affected by cancer, their family, carers and friends.
Claire Mechie, Clan’s volunteer coordinator, said: “Volunteers are the lifeblood of Clan and we are indebted to them for the amazing role they play in ensuring we can provide first class support services to people affected by cancer across the north-east.
“Lockdown completely disrupted our operations and our volunteering programme, but we’re now back with face-to-face events and client services, meaning we are looking for motivated and positive people who are keen to invest their time with us.
“Whether it’s listening and providing support, helping at one of our events or supporting our shops or driving our clients to appointments, our volunteers have the power to help people affected by cancer in their local area.”
To find out more and to enquire about volunteering at Clan please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01224 647000.
Give the gift of time, and make a difference.
Aberdeen Cyrenians started life as a soup kitchen run by student volunteers back in 1968. That ethos of volunteering and direct community support remains at the heart of what we do and it is essential in allowing us to provide the range of support that our service users rely on.
We’re fully flexible and can take regular, ad hoc, seasonal and team volunteers across a range of services and opportunities.
Our volunteer roles are as varied as our projects, service users and volunteers, whatever your interest, we've got something that's just right for you. All help makes a real difference and is always appreciated.
Excellent training and support is provided to all volunteers.
For more information and to find out about the latest volunteer opportunities we have please visit: https://www.weareac.org/volunteering
As part of our Supporting You at Home service we help vulnerable clients to become less isolated, increase confidence and become part of their local community. We accept referrals for people who have recently been discharged from hospital, but we consider applications for any adult aged 18+. Your role as a Support at Home Volunteer will be to offer valuable support for clients who require help with any of these services. This role is available in Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire.
-Home Visit: you will provide a friendly chat/visit to someone who is lonely/isolated.
-1-1 Garden Visit; 1-1 Assisted Walks: weather dependant! You can provide social companionship or encourage mobility.
-Shopping: you can help get shopping for someone who is unable to do their own shopping or take someone shopping (depending on mobility) to encourage mobility and socialisation.
-Transport: taking someone to an appointment.
All help makes a difference and is greatly appreciated. For further details please contact the RVS Grampian Team at: email@example.com or 01224 937110.
Searchlight Scotland is involved in managing more than 200 asylum seekers from around the world, currently residing at a facility in Aberdeen. We provide people with support and have a range of activities during the day.
We are recruiting volunteers to help us during the daytime mainly in running outdoor and sport activities.
Our volunteers help by:
• Creating and running different activities (sport, DIY, craft, walks around Aberdeen city, art lessons etc.).
• Drive clients to their appointments or to outdoor activities.
Our amazing volunteers provide us with their time, passion and energy, helping us to continue supporting the vulnerable people we serve in our community. In return, our volunteers have been able to:
· gain new skills and confidence
· enhance their CV and employability
· meet new people
· get training and support
· make a difference
If you wish to volunteer or for any further details please contact Eva D’ Amico, Volunteer Coordinator at email: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone.: 07927371717. More details are also available at our website: https://www.searchlightscotland.org/volunteer
You will be providing a puppy with a vital foundation for its future role as a guide dog. This is a full-time volunteering opportunity as a puppy will live with you in your home for around 12-16 months. It should be noted that although it is possible for another Puppy Raiser to look after a dog on your behalf for short periods of time that this may not always be possible. Consideration should be given to your future plans such as holidays abroad.
“It’s so rewarding to know that the dog will go on to help people with sight loss gain independence and freedom.” – Chris, Puppy Raiser
We rely on volunteers like you to help us improve the lives of people with sight loss. In this role your support will include:
• Developing, caring and providing for the needs of one of our puppies using Positive Reinforcement Techniques and following Guide Dogs Puppy Raising for Excellent Partnerships (PREP) programme
• Familiarising a puppy to a wide range of environments including shops and outdoor off lead exercise areas in all climates and seasons.
• Teaching a puppy it’s ok to be left alone by gradually building up from a few minutes to a maximum of 4 hours
• Attending regular puppy classes
• Regularly meeting with Guide Dogs representatives to discuss your pup’s development
• Completing regular on-line questionnaires to help us monitor puppy progress
Ideally you will:
• Be able to handle large breed dogs (around 25-40kg)
• Have access to a car on a weekly basis for training and vet visits
• Have your own home or written permission to have a dog in the home
• Have access to a secure area where the puppy could go to the toilet during the day, especially first thing in the morning and last thing at night
• Be able to access online content and training materials (you will need your own email address)
If you don’t feel you tick every box but are sure this role is the one for you, please drop us a message and tell us why. We’re open to suggestions and happy to chat with you to find out what’s possible!
Volunteering is a two-way street, so in return for your time you will get;
• A dedicated volunteer manager/key contact who will help you settle in and support you during your time with us.
• The challenge and reward of seeing a puppy develop in your home.
• The opportunity to learn and develop your understanding in dog body language, learning theory, the human animal bond and the life of a Guide Dog.
Volunteering for Guide Dogs should never leave you out of pocket. We’ll make sure we pay any expenses related to your volunteering with us in line with our policy.
If you have any questions or would like to discuss the role further before applying please email volunteer coordinator Aaron Puckrin at email@example.com. Thank you.
We are looking for volunteers to support us on our outings with our older residents. We require a volunteer who would be willing to attend and assist residents and staff during our weekly outings for half a day either mornings or afternoons depending on the event. Ideally volunteers commit to a weekly outing, however we would also accept your support if you can make it twice a month and so creating a pool of volunteers.
Town Break is a charity focused on reshaping the way we think about Dementia. We are always looking to connect with people in the local community to join our team in spreading hope and support to those living with Dementia. If you are passionate and believe in this cause, please take a few moments of your time and help us grow this campaign.
At Town Break, we run daily 'coffee and blether' groups. At these groups we offer a range of stimulating and creative activities as well as the chance to come together as a community. Your role as a Volunteer would be to assist at these groups, from joining in activities or spending time with a few of our clients to making tea and helping our groups to run smoothly.
Do you want to make a difference? Could you share your interests with someone new? Do you like to go for a coffee, for a walk or shopping or visit art museum etc.? Do you have 1-2 hours a week to spare? If you have you could join our team! We can match you with an adult with an acquired brain injury, to reduce their risk of social isolation and where applicable, allow their unpaid carers to receive valuable respite from their caring role. Each match is different and can fit around your time giving you a flexible way to volunteer. PVG required.
Working alongside staff, activities include:
• Carry out meaningful activities with patients, like indoor bowling, arts & crafts, food making, 1:1 chat, reminiscence, table games, garden games, pool, listening to music. It can also include outside activities like bowling, restaurants, cinema and community hall events.
• Set up and tidy up activities in communal area.
• Physical activities, e.g. accompany patients for walks or outings with the support of staff.
• Bring to the attention any concerns about patients to a member of staff.