Lead or support activities for older people in local communities. Activities include walking, cycling, seated exercise, gardening, indoor curling, swimming, dancing and singing. A social element provides opportunities for participants to share experiences and develop new friendships. Many volunteers choose to undertake additional training to lead or support activities amongst their peers. Other volunteers help out supporting promotional events.
Volunteers would help to organise games and activities to stimulate and provide exercise for dementia sufferers. Would also help to provide lunch and breakfast, by making food, clearing tables and washing/drying dishes. A rota system is in place so everyone takes a turn at different duties. There would also be a chance for conversation and reminiscence, to enable the volunteer to get to know everyone better. The atmosphere is one of fun and laughter and provides a great deal of satisfaction.
The call companions idea is very simple; a volunteer call companion calls the same older person between two and four times a month at a mutually agreed time for an informal chat.
As a call companion coordinator, you will be the main point of contact for all of the call companions and older people in your group. This is a challenging, rewarding role which might be a bit busy initially but will take up less of your time once your group is established.
As a call companion, you will make regular telephone calls to a lonely and isolated older person. These calls provide a lifeline of friendship for our older people, and the regular, warm, friendly chats and companionship provide a vital link with the outside world from which they have become isolated. Tasks include committing to calling the older person you have been matched with two to four times per month at an agreed time and following the guidance in our call companion training modules.
Meal Makers is a local neighbourhood food-sharing project that connects people with a love for cooking who are happy to share an extra portion of home cooked food with an older neighbour (or “diner”) who might be unable or lack the motivation to prepare a meal for themselves. Meals can be shared once a week, once a fortnight or every now and then, at times to suit. It is designed to be a flexible volunteering opportunity based on an everyday activity.
Dewar House is a care home that provides a service to a maximum of 16 older people with up to two long term places for those over 50yrs. Our Service users currently all have a diagnosis of Dementia and are at all different levels of cognition, ability and need.
We are looking for volunteers to provide meaningful activity to the service users living at Dewar House. We would like this to include physical, social and leisure activities that are tailored to the service users’ needs and preferences. The activity can range from activities of daily living such as maintaining appearance- hair washing/styling, nail painting, leisure activities such as reading, gardening, arts and crafts, conversation, and singing. Activities can be structured or spontaneous, for groups or individuals, and may involve family, friends and the care team, or the wider community.
Activities should provide physical, emotional, creative, intellectual and spiritual stimulation for the service users.
Activities should take place in an environment that is appropriate to the service users’ needs and preferences, which can include using service users’ apartments, communal areas and the local community. Each unit in Dewar House benefits of a communal lounge, dining and kitchen areas, quiet room. Outdoor spaces include large, landscaped gardens, green house and lots of seating areas around. Dewar house is a small unit on one level with access straight out to the gardens from a decked area leading out from two large lounges.
Engaging service users in activities beyond routine care is an important factor in the life of service users within Dewar house. A choice of activities is important for improving a sense of independence, confidence, positive self-image health and wellbeing for our service users. Activities should provide a sense of purpose for our service users.
Not all service users want to be involved in a competitive game of cards or bingo, but you will find some that love reading and enjoy having a book read to them.
You will find service users that enjoyed gardening and want to get involved in a care home gardening group or provide individual support to plant plants or flowers.
Service users that enjoy cooking or baking should be encouraged to participate in kitchen activities to give them the opportunity to continue to do what they enjoy and love to feel fulfilled.
Service users that enjoy going for the newspapers should be encouraged to go out into the local community to collect the daily papers. Other social activities example you may wish to undertake can include:
• Card Games
Letter writing /communication with loved ones
• Flower Arranging
• Painting, Drawing, Art Classes
• Board games
• Games Nights
• Singing Groups
• Entertainment Events
• Family Days
• Dog Days
• Exercise Classes
• Afternoon Teas
• Birthday Celebrations
• Quiz Nights
• Outings to local attractions
• Cinema experience
• Relaxation sessions
Rosewell Development Trust Community Company Limited
The Rosewell Lunch club meets twice a week, we are seeking someone to assist on a Tuesday lunch time. Duties will include setting up, serving meals, interacting with the service users and clearing away.
All Sue Ryder Shop Volunteers have the opportunity to be involved in many aspects of the day to day running of the store including but not limited to….
Sorting and pricing stock
General customer service
Ebay/ Social Media
Additionally, our Lead Volunteers receive an enhanced level of training enabling them to take on additional levels of responsibility. This training is both in the store with colleagues, and via eLearning. Lead Volunteers often have the opportunity to take on the responsibility of the day to day running of the shop in the absence of the management team.
Come and join our lovely shop team in Prestwick. Have fun, learn new skills and make new friends, while supporting your local community.
• Learn new skills
• Make new friends
• Regular social activities
• Coffee and cake
• Tea and biscuits
• Support a great charity
You can learn a variety of new skills, including:
• Sorting donations from our wonderful donors
• Filling the shop floor with treasures
• Providing great customer service on the till
• Making the windows look amazing
Days and hours to suit.
Apply online or pop along to the shop 35/37 Main Street, Prestwick.
Older and Active are looking for volunteers to help support older and isolated people In East Kilbride. We are looking for volunteers to carry out a varied mix of duties to assist the charity during Covid-19.
Shopping service –
This will involve the volunteer shopping and delivering food to our service users.
Prescription service -
This will involve the volunteer going to the chemist, picking up a prescription and
delivering it to the service user – a current PVG certificate will be required for this service
Delivering activity packs helping with leaflet drops and admin duties as required