Good Neighbour Volunteer Location: EH41
About Royal Voluntary Service

To help people maintain independence and dignity in their homes and communities particularly in later life.

About Opportunity

Many older people struggle with little day to day things like shopping, dealing with forms or changing light bulbs. We are looking for good neighbours to help people stay independent and healthy.

There are lots of little everyday things that older people can struggle with due to reduced mobility, eyesight or hearing. But, these should not be things that mean they need to leave their homes and stop living independently. They are the sort of things a good neighbour or family might help out with, but not everyone has friends or family living close by to call on. 
We are looking for people to take people shopping, do shopping for people, help with filling out forms and paperwork, small DIY tasks, gardening, anything a good neighbour might do. 
We do not ask our volunteers to do any personal care, lifting people or using power tools, and you only need to take on tasks you are happy to do

Skills and Experience

Good communication skills. To be patient, courteous, understanding caring and reliable. Volunteers need to respect confidentiality at all times. Must have an interest in the welfare of the older person and enjoy helping with a wide range of activities.

Travel Details

Volunteers help people local to them. Duties can often be done on foot, or by public transport so ability to drive or access to car not essential.

Minimum Age 18
Maximum Age Not Supplied
Wheelchair Access No
Disabled Toilets No
Selection Procedures

Application FormInductionInformal ChatPVG CheckReferences

Morning Afternoon Evening

Available During School Holidays Yes
Available During Termtime Yes
Frequency & Commitment

Variable depending on demand.  3-4 hrs per month.

Training Details

Online training, volunteer handbook, induction session with service manager and shadowing with existing volunteer.

Other Information
Saltire Compatible Yes
Reference Code119
Work Type Befriending/Mentoring
Client Group Elderly
Childcare No
Expenses Paid Yes
Expenses Details

Mileage rate of 45p per mile can be paid weekly or monthly whichever volunteer prefers

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