Summary of Opportunity: We are looking for volunteers to join our Connect 2 Befriending project. Befriending volunteers provide people living with dementia in Edinburgh regular weekly companionship either in person or digitally. Befriending helps people to reconnect with and stay connected to their local communities. If you are aged 18 and over, willing to help and have 2 hours per week to offer, we would like to hear from you!
Opportunity Details: Our befrienders offer one to one, regular, social - support. Either face to face in the person’s home or care setting or via telephone and video calls. The aim of befriending is to provide companionship to people living with dementia, to increase their confidence and to reduce loneliness and isolation. Befriending visits are tailored to meet the needs of the supported person, with volunteers being carefully matched with the people we support. For some people it may be an opportunity to get out and about, go for a walk or attend meaningful activities, or simply have a chat. The befriender will not carry out any personal care or household tasks.
Do I need qualifications?Previous professional or personal experience with people living with dementia would be useful, although not essential as Induction training and ongoing support will be given. We are looking for people (18 years and above) with 2 hours per week to spare. Befriending is about building relationships and a long-term volunteer commitment with a minimum of 12 months is required for this role. We welcome people from all backgrounds who are patient, understanding and have good communication skills.
Will volunteering cost me anything?No. We will pay out of pocket expenses.
Are any checks made before I start?As this volunteering role involves contact with vulnerable people, you will be required to complete a Disclosure Application. We will assist you with the application if required.
What sort of training is offered?Induction training is given to increase your understanding of dementia and give you an awareness of the values and principles of Alzheimer Scotland. We aim to ensure that you feel confident in your volunteering role. Moving and Assisting Awareness and basic First Aid training are also offered if required.
What support will I receive?You will receive ongoing support from a Volunteer Co-ordinator, both by phone and face to face. There will be opportunities for meeting up with other volunteers and sharing experiences.
Alzheimer Scotland is Scotland’s national dementia charity.
Our aim is to make sure nobody faces dementia alone. We provide support and information to people with dementia, their carers and families, we campaign for the rights of people with dementia and fund vital dementia research.
We are very proud of our 24-hour Freephone Dementia Helpline which provides information and emotional support to people with dementia, carers, families, friends and professionals.
Could you be part of our team?
Are you• Emotionally resilient?• Honest and empathetic?• Flexible and adaptable?• Keen to learn something new?• Aged 18 or over and can commit to a minimum of 8 hours per month, Alzheimer Scotland wants to hear from you!
What the role involves• This vital role can include telephone and online support.• Offering person-centred emotional support and information to people affected by dementia.• Developing and maintaining knowledge on health and social care issues that relate to people living with dementia, including statutory services and welfare rights.• Maintaining knowledge of other organisations and services that can help people living with dementia and signpost when appropriate.• Recording information about enquiries in line with our data protection policy.• Participate in online group learning sessions.• Keep up to date with Alzheimer Scotland news and our work across Scotland.
Dementia doesn’t discriminate, neither does Alzheimer ScotlandRegardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, disability, faith or belief, race or ethnicity, people are at the heart of what we do. We can support you to develop the skills you need for this role, including an introduction into all the areas outlined. You will have the chance to discuss your role and any additional needs with us.
What you need for this role• Empathy, excellent listening and communication skills.• A reliable internet connection and phone line.• Confident and/or willing to use a computer/tablet, including Microsoft TEAMS and Outlook.• Ability to recognise and respect the rich diversity that exists within our communities, views, attitudes and lifestyles.• Committed to Alzheimer Scotland’s values.• Willing to develop skills and experience.• Participate in our Volunteer Preparation Programme and any refresher updates or ongoing learning.• Ability to honestly reflect on practice.• Willing to follow our guidance, feedback and implement changes to practice where necessary.• Able to keep sensitive data safe and secure at home.• Willing to follow our policies, procedures and guidelines.
CommitmentsWhether your volunteering journey with us is long or short, we all make these commitments, so we all know what to expect.
Our Commitment:• Welcome you as an individual.• Offer you a role that fits with you and your life.• Help you learn your role and support you to learn as you go.• Value your personal contribution.• Listen to your feedback and welcome your ideas.• Keep you and everyone safe.• Keep you connected and up to date.• Reimburse your out-of-pocket expenses.• Thank you for the impact you deliver.
Your Commitment:• Contribute positively to the Helpline and Alzheimer Scotland’s vision for change.• Value the diverse contribution of others.• Respect the boundaries of your role and our code of conduct.• Complete the necessary learning pathway for your role.• Share your success and learning.• Express your ideas.• Recognise and be open about the limits of your experience and expertise.• Keep yourself and others safe.• Stay connected and up to date.
Are any checks made before I start?• As this volunteering role involves contact with vulnerable people, you will be required to complete a Disclosure Application. We will assist you with the application if required.What sort of training is offered?• Induction training is given to increase your understanding of dementia and give you an awareness of the values and principles of Alzheimer Scotland. We aim to ensure that you feel confident in your volunteering role.
How many vacancies: 6+
Join the team at your local shop and make a real difference to people living with dementia by volunteering at your local Alzheimer Scotland shop.
We are looking for volunteers with a range of interests and skills to help with the varied roles in our charity shop. We'll give you training and support - and you can choose how much time you volunteer. Some volunteers give us two hours a week, others give us 20. They're all making a vital contribution to our work. We welcome young people as volunteers too – you just need to be 16 or over.
The benefits of volunteering:You will meet new people every day and have some fun for a good cause. You will also get to enhance your CV and learn skills that will boost your job prospects:* customer service* retail skills* IT and administrative skills* increased confidence* teamwork* problem solving
What you'll be doing in the shopJoin us and you'll have the opportunity to:* work on the till processing sales and returns* prepare stock, including sorting and pricing* create stylish window displays* replenish stock on the shop floor* stocktake and other administrative tasks
No experience is necessary as we give our volunteers full induction and training, as well ongoing support from the reporting manager both by telephone and face to face. We welcome people from all backgrounds who are patient, understanding and have good communication skills.
As this volunteering role involves cash handling, volunteers will be required to complete a Basic Police Check Disclosure Application. We will assist you with the application if required.
We also ask all volunteers to provide two referees for us to contact as part of the application process.
Further information on the volunteering positions available can be found in the attachments at the side of this advert.
Applicants will be contacted once a submission has been received.Recruiting Manager Gail GollerService Alzheimer Scotland, Victoria Road, Tain IV19 1AUTel: 07970784950Email: firstname.lastname@example.org