The need has never been greater. Our statistics have revealed that 240,000 people in Scotland regard the television or a pet as their closest companion. Our Helpline’s Community Connecting service improves the lives of older people who are lonely and isolated.
About the role:
Your role will involve contacting the older person to find out their interests and what type of groups and activities they are looking for. Using our Community Connecting database, local guides and additional online services (such as local council databases) you will research the opportunities available to them.
You may keep in touch with them for a few weeks with regular calls and encouragement and, where relevant, identifying community links and making contact with local services on their behalf. Once they have attended an activity, you will find out how they got on and provide further suggestions or alternatives where appropriate.
We are looking for volunteers who:
• enjoy talking to people
• can listen effectively
• can research online and use Age Scotland resources.
• have a general knowledge of I.T
• are comfortable working on their own at times.
• can commit to 3-4 hours per week.
Benefits include training and development opportunities, travel reimbursements, invitations to Age Scotland social events and ongoing support. Your volunteering can be arranged for mutual convenience; anytime Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm.
To apply, complete and return the application form below or, if you would like an informal chat first, call us on 0333 32 32 400. We will be more than happy to help.
Download an Application Form