Our community transport service helps older people to get out and about when walking or public transport is not an option.
Main duties include escorting clients from their home to the car and providing transport for a variety of reasons. These can be taking the client to visit family or friends, go to a lunch club, shopping or to an appointment. A friendly helpful approach is all that is needed. This role is flexible and depends on your availability.
This is an opportunity to work with other volunteers to run Social Clubs at various locations throughout Shetland with support and guidance.
chatting with older adults / booking entertainment such a music, talks, photography / Organising activities such as board games / Arranging day trips for example visiting a museum / taking a register / handling money / reporting any concerns about an elderly person / booking transport.
Volunteers arrive early to set up and stay to finish up any activity.
We are looking for someone to escort members from their homes to the Vale of leven Swimming Pool and returning them to their homes on a Monday Evening. Helpers are required from 6pm-7pm to assist the members either in the swimming pool or to assist them in the changing room.
We occasionally run social outings with our members and we would require assistance on these trips.
Morning volunteer escorts should attend at morning team meetings. Afternoon volunteers to liase with the volunteer team leader regarding any updated information. When collecting/returning service users, two escorts will go to the house door. Patience is required as some of the Service Users have mobility problems. In some cases, you may need to ensure their home is secure and they have keys to get back in. A visual scan is carried out checking electrical items are switched off. In some cases, contact should be made with other agencies to alert them of departure/return of the Service User from/ to their home. This is an excellent opportunity for volunteers interested in gaining new skills and qualifications in the care of older people. Some of our service users have dementia problems, others physical disabilities. Volunteers will be encouraged to obtain a Moving & Handling and a First Aid qualification. Once in post, with volunteer consent, we will apply for an I.L.A. (Individual Learning Account) to help pay the cost of these courses. Volunteers should read notice boards for updates regarding training or fundraising activities.
Volunteers are required to do four duties per month, one of which will be an overnight duty. They listen to those who contact Samaritans, either on the telephone, by email or by visit. However, as volunteers run the branch, many take on extra work. Samaritans work is strictly voluntary.
You will be there to watch, listen and work with staff members. You will be involved in a wide variety of activities such as: singing, dancing, playing games, dicussion groups, reminiscence, helping with crafts, baking, gardening, walking, trips, dining duties, toileting, talking, listening, laughing. You may also be asked to set the table, make cups of tea, wash dishes, tidy up or escort a client from their day care home. At times it may seem as though you are doing nothing, but simply holding someone's hand or sitting listening with one of the members will be one of your most valuable contributions. Training & expenses are given to all volunteers.
Ability Shetland offers adults with disabilities the opportunity to take part in various sporting activities including swimming, badminton, bowls, football and much more. Volunteers join in and have fun helping our members enjoy their activities.
Volunteer to assist day care workers, join in on recreational activities with the elderly who the majority have a form of dementia. Sit and chat to the group providing socialisation and company to individuals in the group, assist with lunches and general running of the day-to-day routine and volunteers can also assist with escorting duties.
Van Helpers support our delivery service going out on one of our vans with a Driver. You will pick up shopping boxes from the supermarkets and make multiple deliveries to our customers. You and the Driver will take the groceries into the customer’s house, unpack the groceries, check the order over with the customer and receive the payments. Van Helpers carry a small money float and some cash handling will be required. Van Helpers are required either Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday from around 9a.m. till 3p.m. approximately.