Volunteer Opportunities - Elgin Area

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Activities/Coffee Buddy – ref EL72 (re-opened 3/10/17)

When – 2-3 hours once a week
Role – To offer support to gentleman with visual impairment to reduce isolation and to engage with his community  
Tasks – To accompany gentleman out for coffee and to attend activities of interest to him such as library/museum. Provide companionship and conversation.  Observe policies and procedures, maintain boundaries, attend training and reviews.
Skills required – Experience of working with people with visual impairment and anxiety would be helpful but not essential. Training provided.  Caring nature, patience, good communication skills, reliable and committed, trustworthy and respectful.  PVG check required, paid for by Moray Council

Activities Buddy – ref EL153 (22/4/15)

When – 2-3 hours a week                                                                                                     
Role – To accompany gentleman to go out walking/swimming  
Tasks – To accompany gentleman to go out in his community, helping him to build his confidence and access the community independently. To provide social contact and companionship.  Observe policies and procedures, maintain boundaries, attend Adult Protection training and reviews.
Skills required – An awareness of difficulties experienced by people with a learning disability.  Patience, good communication skills, reliable and committed, trustworthy and respectful, ability to maintain boundaries and follow policies and procedures.  PVG check required, paid for by Moray Council

Home Buddy – ref EL162 (30/6/15)

When – 2 hours a week                                                                                                      
Role – To visit with gentleman in his own home   
Tasks – To visit with gentleman at home for coffee and chat. To provide social contact and companionship thereby reducing isolation.  Observe policies and procedures, maintain boundaries, attend  training and reviews.
Skills required – An awareness of difficulties experienced by people with visual impairment, short term memory loss and mobility difficulties desirable but not essential. Training provided.  Patience, good communication skills, reliable and committed, trustworthy and respectful, ability to maintain boundaries and follow policies and procedures.  PVG check required, paid for by Moray Council

Activities Buddy – ref EL195 (2/3/16)

When – 2 hours once a week                                                                                                      
Role – To support gentleman to attend activities in his community   
Tasks – To support gentleman to attend activities he enjoys such as 10 pin bowling, gym and to explore other activities he may enjoy. To provide social contact. Observe policies and procedures, maintain boundaries, attend training and reviews.
Skills required – An awareness of the difficulties experienced by people with a learning disability and mobility difficulties desirable but not essential. Training provided. Patience, good communication skills, reliable and committed, trustworthy and respectful, ability to maintain boundaries and follow policies and procedures.  PVG check required, paid for by Moray Council

Social Buddy – ref EL219 (25/7/16)

When – 2 hours once a week                                                                                                      
Role – To accompany lady out for coffee
Tasks – To support lady to go out in the community for coffee. To provide social contact and help her regain her confidence. Observe policies and procedures, maintain boundaries, attend training and reviews.
Skills required – An awareness of the difficulties experienced by people with mobility difficulties desirable but not essential. Training provided. Patience, good communication skills, reliable and committed, trustworthy and respectful, ability to maintain boundaries and follow policies and procedures.  PVG check required, paid for by Moray Council

Social Buddy – ref EL231 (30/8/16)

When – 2 hours per week                                                                                                    
Role – To support gentleman to go out in the community
Tasks – To take gentleman in wheelchair from nursing home to visit his local and help him to continue to feel integrated within the community. Observe policies and procedures, maintain boundaries, attend training and reviews.
Skills required – An awareness of difficulties experienced by people with hearing impairment, mobility difficulties and a learning disability desirable but not essential. Training provided. Patience, good communication skills, reliable and committed, trustworthy and respectful, ability to maintain boundaries and follow policies and procedures.  PVG check required, paid for by Moray Council.

Activities Buddy – ref EL232 (16/8/16)

When – 2-3 hours per week                                                                                                         
Role – To support gentleman to go out in the community
Tasks – To support gentleman to participate in community based activities eg swimming, visits to the cinema. To provide social contact out with the family. Observe policies and procedures, maintain boundaries, attend training and reviews.
Skills required – An awareness of difficulties experienced by people with mobility difficulties and a learning disability desirable but not essential. Training provided. Patience, good communication skills, reliable and committed, trustworthy and respectful, ability to maintain boundaries and follow policies and procedures.  PVG check required, paid for by moray Council

Walking Buddy – ref EL237 (reopened 28/8/18)

When – 2 hours once a week                                                                                                           
Role – To visit with lady and accompany out for walks  
Tasks – To visit with lady in carehome and accompany out for walks. Observe policies and procedures, maintain boundaries, attend training and reviews.
Skills required – An awareness of difficulties experienced by people with dementia desirable but not essential. Training provided. Patience, good communication skills, reliable and committed, trustworthy and respectful, ability to maintain boundaries and follow policies and procedures.  PVG check required, paid for by Moray Council

Alarm Responder x 2– ref EL239 (26/10/16)

When – as required, emergency situations only
Role – Community Alarm responder for lady – must live within 30 minutes travel time   
Tasks – call and check well being of person who has activated alarm.  Observe policies and procedures, maintain boundaries, attend training and reviews.
Skills required – Understanding, calm in difficult situations, level headed, Standard Disclosure check required, paid for by Moray Council

Bowling Buddy – ref EL240 (26/10/16)

When – 2 hours once a week  
Role – To support lady to go carpet bowling   
Tasks – To support lady to continue to participate in bowling. To explore other activities that may be of interest to her. To provide social contact and reduce loneliness. Observe policies and procedures, maintain boundaries, attend Adult Protection training and reviews.
Skills required – Awareness of difficulties experienced by people with short term memory problems desirable but not essential. Caring nature, patience, and good communication skills, reliable and committed, trustworthy and respectful.  PVG check required, paid for by Moray Council

Gardening Support – ref EL258 (reopened 10/4/18)

When – To be arranged                                                                                                     
Role – To improve the gardens of people in supported accommodation
Tasks – To help make accessible areas for residents and to create a sensory garden. Observe policies and procedures, maintain boundaries, attend training and reviews.
Skills required – An understanding of gardening and creating new areas of interest. Patience, good communication skills, reliable and committed, trustworthy and respectful, ability to maintain boundaries and follow policies and procedures.  PVG check required, paid for by Moray Council

Church Buddy – ref EL270 (reopened 28/11/17)

When – 2 hours on a Sunday                                                                                                           
Role – To accompany gentleman to church  
Tasks – To accompany gentleman to church and support during the service. Observe policies and procedures, maintain boundaries, attend training and reviews.
Skills required – An awareness of difficulties experienced by people with dementia desirable but not essential. Training provided. Patience, good communication skills, reliable and committed, trustworthy and respectful, ability to maintain boundaries and follow policies and procedures.  PVG check required, paid for by Moray Council

IT/SKYPE Buddy – ref EL283 (reopened 22/8/18)

When – once a month (in a care home setting)
Role – To support lady to converse with her family through Skype  
Tasks – To visit with lady and support her to use Skype to interact with family face to face.. To help build up social contact in care home setting. Observe policies and procedures, maintain boundaries, attend training and reviews.
Skills required – An awareness of difficulties experienced by people with mobility difficulties and mental health issues desirable but not essential. Patience, good communication skills, reliable and committed, trustworthy and respectful, ability to maintain boundaries and follow policies and procedures.  PVG check required, paid for by Moray Council

Social Buddy – ref EL284(31/7/17)

When – once a week
Role – To support lady to visit her mother in care home  
Tasks – To support to visit mother in Care Home in Keith. Observe policies and procedures, maintain boundaries, attend training and reviews.
Skills required – An awareness of the difficulties experienced by people with learning disability and mobility difficulties desirable but not essential. Training provided. Patience, good communication skills, reliable and committed, trustworthy and respectful, ability to maintain boundaries and follow policies and procedures.  PVG check required, paid for by Moray Council

Social Buddy – ref EL291 (24/8/17)

When – 2-3 hours once a week                                                                                                          
Role – To support gentleman to go out in the community  
Tasks – To visit with gentleman and support him to engage in social activities in the local community and to go shopping and reading mail. Observe policies and procedures, maintain boundaries, attend training and reviews.
Skills required – An awareness of difficulties experienced by people with visual impairment and mental health issues desirable but not essential. Training provided. Patience, good communication skills, reliable and committed, trustworthy and respectful, ability to maintain boundaries and follow policies and procedures.  PVG check required, paid for by Moray Council

Social Buddy – ref EL299 (reopened 18/4/18)

When – 1 - 2 hours once a week                                                                                                          
Role – To visit with gentleman and take out for short drives  
Tasks – To visit with gentleman and support to go out walking and for short drives. To provide social contact and improve mental well being. Observe policies and procedures, maintain boundaries, attend training and reviews.
Skills required – An awareness of difficulties experienced by people with dementia desirable but not essential. Training provided. Patience, good communication skills, reliable and committed, trustworthy and respectful, ability to maintain boundaries and follow policies and procedures.  PVG check required, paid for by Moray Council

Social Buddy – ref EL301 (reopened 8/5/18)

When – 2 hours once a week                                                                                                     
Role – To accompany lady out for coffee/walking
Tasks – To accompany lady out for walking and going for coffee. To provide social contact.  Observe policies and procedures, maintain boundaries, attend training and reviews.
Skills required –Patience, good communication skills, reliable and committed, trustworthy and respectful, ability to maintain boundaries and follow policies and procedures.  PVG check required, paid for by Moray Council

Social Buddy – ref EL307 (23/11/17)

When – An afternoon once a week                                                                                                           
Role – To support lady to go out in the community  
Tasks – To support lady out in the community, to go shopping or to the Hydropool. To explore activities that may be of interest to her. To have coffee and chat. To reduce social isolation and improve mental health. Observe policies and procedures, maintain boundaries, attend training and reviews.
Skills required – An awareness of difficulties experienced by people with mental health issues desirable but not essential. Patience, good communication skills, reliable and committed, trustworthy and respectful, ability to maintain boundaries and follow policies and procedures.  PVG check required, paid for by Moray Council

Social Buddy – ref EL308(3/1/18)

When – 1 hour once a week                                                                                                           
Role – To support gentleman to go out in the community  
Tasks – To visit with gentleman and accompany him out in the local community for coffee. To provide social contact. Observe policies and procedures, maintain boundaries, attend training and reviews.
Skills required – An awareness of difficulties experienced by people with a learning difficulty  desirable but not essential. Patience, good communication skills, reliable and committed, trustworthy and respectful, ability to maintain boundaries and follow policies and procedures.  PVG check required, paid for by Moray Council

Activities Buddy – ref EL316 (15/2/18)

When – 2 - 3 hours once a week                                                                                                       
Role – To support lady to access activities
Tasks – To accompany lady out in the community, go for coffee and explore activities that are of interest to her.  To provide social contact. To improve self-confidence and self-esteem. Observe policies and procedures, maintain boundaries, attend training and reviews.
Skills required – Patience, good communication skills, reliable and committed, trustworthy and respectful, ability to maintain boundaries and follow policies and procedures.  PVG check required, paid for by Moray Council

Activity Buddy – ref EL318 (30/1/18)

When – 2 hours once/twice a week                                                                                                      
Role – To support gentleman to access activities in his local community
Tasks – To support gentleman to access activities such as bowling, pool and walking. To provide social contact. Observe policies and procedures, maintain boundaries, attend training and reviews.
Skills required – An awareness of the difficulties experienced by people with a learning disability desirable but not essential. Patience, good communication skills, reliable and committed, trustworthy and respectful, ability to maintain boundaries and follow policies and procedures.  PVG check required, paid for by Moray Council

Social Buddy – ref EL319 (22/2/18)

When – 2 hours once a week/fortnight                                                                                                           
Role – To support gentleman to go out in the community  
Tasks – To support gentleman to go out in the community and explore activities that are of interest to him eg rugby, curling. To provide social contact and help build confidence.  Observe policies and procedures, maintain boundaries, attend training and reviews.
Skills required – An awareness of difficulties experienced by people with mental health issues desirable but not essential. Patience, good communication skills, reliable and committed, trustworthy and respectful, ability to maintain boundaries and follow policies and procedures.  PVG check required, paid for by Moray Council

Social Buddy – ref EL321 (2/3/18)

When – 2 hours Monday afternoon
Role – To accompany lady to go out for coffee
Tasks – To accompany lady to go out for coffee and chat. To provide social interaction. Observe policies and procedures, maintain boundaries, attend training and reviews.
Skills required – An awareness of the difficulties experienced by people with dementia desirable but not essential. Training provided. Patience, good communication skills, reliable and committed, trustworthy and respectful, ability to maintain boundaries and follow policies and procedures.  PVG check required, paid for by Moray Council

Activities Buddy – ref EL329 (13/4/18)

When – 2 hours once a week
Role – To support gentleman to explore activities that are of interest to him
Tasks – To support gentleman to go out in the community and explore activities that may be of interest to him eg creative writing class, going to gym. To provide social contact. Observe policies and procedures, maintain boundaries, attend training and reviews.
Skills required – An awareness of difficulties experienced by people with mobility difficulties (wheelchair user) and visual impairment desirable but not essential. Training provided. Caring nature, patience, and good communication skills, reliable and committed, trustworthy and respectful.  PVG check required, paid for by Moray Council

Social Buddy – ref EL330 (17/4/18)

When – 2 hours one afternoon a week                                                                                                          
Role – To visit with gentleman and take out for short drives  
Tasks – To visit with gentleman and support to go out in the community. To provide social contact and improve mental well being. Observe policies and procedures, maintain boundaries, attend training and reviews.
Skills required – An awareness of difficulties experienced by people with dementia and mobility difficulties desirable but not essential. Training provided. Patience, good communication skills, reliable and committed, trustworthy and respectful, ability to maintain boundaries and follow policies and procedures.  PVG check required, paid for by Moray Council

Social/Shopping Buddy – ref EL333 (23/4/18)

When – 1 - 2 hours once per week                                                                                                         
Role – To support lady to go shopping
Tasks – To support lady to go shopping and provide more opportunities for social interaction.   Observe policies and procedures, maintain boundaries, attend training and reviews.
Skills required – An awareness of difficulties experienced by people with mobility difficulties desirable but not essential. Training provided. Patience, good communication skills, reliable and committed, trustworthy and respectful, ability to maintain boundaries and follow policies and procedures.  PVG check required, paid for by Moray Council

Shopping Buddy – ref EL334 (26/4/18)

When – 2 hours once a week                                                                                                           
Role – To support gentleman to go shopping  
Tasks – To support gentleman to go shopping. Observe policies and procedures, maintain boundaries, attend training and reviews.
Skills required – An awareness of difficulties experienced by people with mobility difficulties and speech impediment desirable but not essential. Training provided. Patience, good communication skills, reliable and committed, trustworthy and respectful, ability to maintain boundaries and follow policies and procedures.  PVG check required, paid for by Moray Council

Social Buddy – ref EL335 (26/4/18)

When – 2 hours once a week                                                                                                           
Role – To support gentleman to go out for coffee                                                               
Tasks – To support gentleman to go out for coffee and chat. To explore activities that may be of interest to him. To provide social contact. Observe policies and procedures, maintain boundaries, attend training and reviews.
Skills required – An awareness of difficulties experienced by people with mobility difficulties (wheelchair user) and a learning disability desirable but not essential. Training provided. Car driver preferred. Patience, good communication skills, reliable and committed, trustworthy and respectful, ability to maintain boundaries and follow policies and procedures.  PVG check required, paid for by Moray Council

Activities  Buddy – ref EL338 (14/5/18)

When – 3 hours once a week
Role – To support gentleman to attend football activities or local cricket matches  
Tasks – To accompany gentleman to attend local football/cricket matches. Observe policies and procedures, maintain boundaries, attend training and reviews.
Skills required – Awareness of difficulties experienced by people with a hearing impairment desirable but not essential. Training provided. Patience, good communication skills, reliable and committed, trustworthy and respectful, ability to maintain boundaries and follow policies and procedures.  PVG check required, paid for by Moray Council

Alarm Responder x 2– ref EL339 (23/5/18)

When – as required, emergency situations only
Role – Community Alarm responder/keyholder for female – must live within 30 minutes travel time   
Tasks – call and check well being of person who has activated alarm.  Observe policies and procedures, maintain boundaries, attend training and reviews.
Skills required – Understanding, calm in difficult situations, level headed, Standard Disclosure check required, paid for by Moray Council

Exercise Buddy – ref EL343 (12/5/18)

When – 1 – 2 hours once/twice a week                                                                                                     
Role – To support lady to exercise at home or at local gym
Tasks – To support lady to maintain movement by supporting her to access passive cycling using motomed machine at local leisure centre or at home. To provide social contact. Observe policies and procedures, maintain boundaries, attend training and reviews.
Skills required – An awareness of the difficulties experienced by people with mobility difficulties (wheelchair user) desirable but not essential. Training provided. Patience, good communication skills, reliable and committed, trustworthy and respectful, ability to maintain boundaries and follow policies and procedures.  PVG check required, paid for by Moray Council

Social Buddy – ref EL344 (18/6/18)

When – 3 hours one afternoon a week                                                                                                       
Role – To accompany lady out in the community
Tasks – To accompany lady out in the community, go for coffee and explore activities that are of interest to her.  To provide social contact. Observe policies and procedures, maintain boundaries, attend training and reviews.
Skills required – Patience, good communication skills, reliable and committed, trustworthy and respectful, ability to maintain boundaries and follow policies and procedures.  PVG check required, paid for by Moray Council

Social Buddy – ref EL347 (20/6/18)

When – 2 hours once a week
Role – To accompany lady out for coffee
Tasks – To visit with lady and accompany out for coffee and chat. To explore groups that may be of interest to her. To provide social interaction. Observe policies and procedures, maintain boundaries, attend training and reviews.
Skills required – An awareness of the difficulties experienced by people with mobility difficulties  desirable but not essential. Training provided. Patience, good communication skills, reliable and committed, trustworthy and respectful, ability to maintain boundaries and follow policies and procedures.  PVG check required, paid for by Moray Council

Social/Shopping Buddy – ref EL351 (reopened 28/8/18)

When – 2 hours once a week                                                                                                           
Role – To visit with lady in her own home and support with shopping
Tasks – To visit with lady and support to go shopping and/or for coffee. To provide social contact and reduce isolation. Observe policies and procedures, maintain boundaries, attend training and reviews.
Skills required – An awareness of difficulties experienced by people with COPD and anxiety desirable but not essential. Training provided. Patience, good communication skills, reliable and committed, trustworthy and respectful, ability to maintain boundaries and follow policies and procedures.  PVG check required, paid for by Moray Council

Sewing Group Support – ref EL352 (18/7/18)

When – 2 1/2  hours Monday mornings                                                                                                       
Role – To support small sewing group
Tasks – To support a small group of ladies in completing self-directed sewing projects. Observe policies and procedures, maintain boundaries, attend training and reviews.
Skills required – An awareness of the difficulties experienced by people with mental health issues desirable but not essential. Training provided. A good knowledge of sewing practices. Patience, good communication skills, reliable and committed, trustworthy and respectful, ability to maintain boundaries and follow policies and procedures.  PVG check required, paid for by Moray Council

Social Buddy – ref EL354 (31/7/18)

When – 3 hours one afternoon a week                                                                                                       
Role – To accompany lady out in the community
Tasks – To accompany lady out in the community, exploring activities that are of interest to her.  To provide social contact. Observe policies and procedures, maintain boundaries, attend training and reviews.
Skills required – An awareness of the difficulties experienced by people with mobility difficulties (wheelchair user) and pulmonary fibrosis desirable but not essential. Training provided. Patience, good communication skills, reliable and committed, trustworthy and respectful, ability to maintain boundaries and follow policies and procedures.  PVG check required, paid for by Moray Council

Alarm Responder x 2– ref EL355 (14/8/18)

When – as required, emergency situations only
Role – Community Alarm responder/keyholder for gentleman – must live within 30 minutes travel time   
Tasks – call and check well being of person who has activated alarm.  Observe policies and procedures, maintain boundaries, attend training and reviews.
Skills required – Understanding, calm in difficult situations, level headed, Standard Disclosure check required, paid for by Moray Council

Alarm Responder x 2– ref EL357 (7/8/18)

When – as required, emergency situations only
Role – Community Alarm responder/keyholder for gentleman – must live within 30 minutes travel time   
Tasks – call and check well being of person who has activated alarm.  Observe policies and procedures, maintain boundaries, attend training and reviews.
Skills required – Understanding, calm in difficult situations, level headed, Standard Disclosure check required, paid for by Moray Council

Home/Gardening Buddy – ref EL358 (28/8/18)

When – 2 hours once/twice a week                                                                                                           
Role – To visit with gentleman in his own home
Tasks – To visit with gentleman in his own home for coffee and chat providing social contact. To support him with his gardening. Observe policies and procedures, maintain boundaries, attend training and reviews.
Skills required – An awareness of difficulties experienced by people with mobility difficulties and dementia desirable but not essential. Training provided. Patience, good communication skills, reliable and committed, trustworthy and respectful, ability to maintain boundaries and follow policies and procedures.  PVG check required, paid for by Moray Council

Social Buddy – ref EL359 (17/8/18)

When – 2 hours once a week                                                                                                           
Role – To support lady to go out in the community
Tasks – To support lady to go out, going for drives, coffee and possibly short walks when health allows. To provide social contact and reduce isolation. Observe policies and procedures, maintain boundaries, attend training and reviews.
Skills required – An awareness of difficulties experienced by people with mobility difficulties and dementia desirable but not essential. Training provided. Patience, good communication skills, reliable and committed, trustworthy and respectful, ability to maintain boundaries and follow policies and procedures.  PVG check required, paid for by Moray Council

Gym Buddy – ref EL360 (3/9/18

When – 2 hours once a week                                                                                                       
Role – To support gentleman to attend local gym
Tasks – To support gentleman to attend local gym and help him use the equipment safely. To provide social contact and improve emotional wellbeing. Observe policies and procedures, maintain boundaries, attend training and reviews.
Skills required – An awareness of the difficulties experienced by people with dementia desirable but not essential. Training provided. Patience, good communication skills, reliable and committed, trustworthy and respectful, ability to maintain boundaries and follow policies and procedures.  PVG check required, paid for by Moray Council

Social Buddy – ref EL361 (4/9/18)

When – 2 hours once/twice a week                                                                                                       
Role – To visit with gentleman in his own home
Tasks – To visit with gentleman in his own home for coffee and chat. To provide social contact and reduce isolation.  Observe policies and procedures, maintain boundaries, attend training and reviews.
Skills required – Patience, good communication skills, reliable and committed, trustworthy and respectful, ability to maintain boundaries and follow policies and procedures.  PVG check required, paid for by Moray Council

Home/Social Buddy – ref EL362 (5/9/18)

When – 2 hours once a week                                                                                                       
Role – To visit with lady in her own home
Tasks – To visit with lady at home for coffee and chat. To provide social contact. Observe policies and procedures, maintain boundaries, attend training and reviews.
Skills required – An awareness of the difficulties experienced by people with mobility difficulties and visual impairment desirable but not essential. Training provided. Patience, good communication skills, reliable and committed, trustworthy and respectful, ability to maintain boundaries and follow policies and procedures.  PVG check required, paid for by Moray Council

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