Forres Area Volunteer Opportunities

If you are interested in any of these opportunities please contact us at volunteering.CC@moray.gov.uk or 01343 563515

Activities/Coffee Buddy – ref FO32 (15/01/14)

When – 2 hours a week
Role – To offer support to gentleman to reduce isolation and to engage with his community  
Tasks – Initially to visit gentleman at home for coffee and chat.  To go for walks in the local community and have coffee out. Provide companionship and conversation.  Observe policies and procedures, maintain boundaries, attend training and reviews.
Skills required – Experience of working with people with learning disability desirable but not essential. Caring nature, patience, good communication skills, reliable and committed, trustworthy and respectful.  PVG check required, paid for by Moray Council

Activities Buddy – ref FO36 (28/2/14)

When – to be arranged with volunteer and staff
Role – To offer support to gentleman to reduce isolation.
Tasks – To support gentleman in attending computer classes and also to go swimming. Observe policies and procedures, maintain boundaries, attend Adult Protection training and reviews.
Skills required – Experience of working with 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 FO39 (re-opened 12/10/16)

When – 2 hours once a week
Role – To accompany lady to go out for coffee
Tasks – To accompany lady to go out for coffee and to support her to attend activities in her local community. 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. 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 FO48 (re-opened 12/4/16)

When – to be arranged
Role – To support lady to access social activities in her community  
Tasks – To support lady who is registered blind to access social activities in her community.  To assist lady to source and access transport.  To provide conversation and companionship. Observe policies and procedures, maintain boundaries, attend Adult Protection training and reviews.
Skills required – An awareness of the difficulties people with visual impairment can experience. 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 FO49 (14/10/14)

When – 2 hours a week
Role – To support gentleman to access social activities in his community 
Tasks – To support gentleman who is registered blind and a wheelchair user to access social activities in his community.  To assist gentleman to source and access wheelchair appropriate transport.  To provide conversation and companionship. Observe policies and procedures, maintain boundaries, attend Adult Protection training and reviews.
Skills required – Awareness of the difficulties people with visual impairment experience and experience of working with a 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 FO80 (4/4/16)

When – 2 - 3 hrs once/twice a week                                                                                                      
Role – To visit with gentleman and accompany out in the community
Tasks – To visit with gentleman and support him to go out in the community, to go for a drive. To provide social contact and conversation. 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

Social/Shopping Buddy x 2 – ref FO81 (5/4/16)

When – 2 hrs once a week                                                                                                      
Role – To support lady to go out in the community
Tasks – To provide support for lady to spend time out of nursing home environment. To accompany out shopping or taking out for walks. 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 mental health issues and mobility difficulties desirable but not essential (wheelchair user). 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

Home Buddy – ref FO98 (25/8/16)

When – 2 hours once a fortnight                                                                                                    
Role – To visit with gentleman in his own home
Tasks – To visit with gentleman in his own home for chat and cuppa. To provide social interaction. To build confidence with a view to supporting him to engage more with the community. 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. An interest in model aeroplanes would be beneficial. 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 FO110 (2/4/17)

When – 1 – 2 hours once a week                                                                                                          
Role – To visit with lady in her own home  
Tasks – To visit with lady for coffee and chat.  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 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

Social Buddy – ref FO115 (2/5/17)

When – 2 hours once a week                                                                                                           
Role – To support gentleman to go out in the community  
Tasks – To support gentleman to go out in the community, providing company and opportunities for socialisation. 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

Exercise Buddy – ref FO120 (12/6/17)

When – 2 hours twice a week                                                                                                          
Role – To support gentleman to access leisure facilities  
Tasks – To support gentleman to go swimming and use gym facilities. To help keep him motivated and to improve his fitness. Observe policies and procedures, maintain boundaries, attend training and reviews.
Skills required – An awareness of 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

Home Buddy – ref FO121 (27/7/17)

When – 2-3 hours Tuesday evenings
Role – To support gentleman in social conversation and short walks  
Tasks – To visit gentleman in his own home for chat while his wife attends Church meetings once a week, providing respite for wife. To provide company and social interaction and promote well being. 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. 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

Crochet Buddy – ref FO122 (1/8/17)

When – 1 - 2 hours once a week                                                                                                   
Role – To support lady with crochet activities
Tasks – To visit with lady in her own home to support her using her existing crochet skills and  for cuppa and chat. To provide social contact and reduce isolation. Observe policies and procedures, maintain boundaries, attend training and reviews.
Skills required – A knowledge of crochet and 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

Walking Buddy – ref FO124 (16/8/17)

When – 2 hours once a week
Role – To support gentleman to go for walks  
Tasks – To support gentleman to remain safe when outdoors, enabling him to continue to enjoy walking. 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 FO125 (4/9/17)

When – 2 hours once a week                                                                                                           
Role – To support lady to attend activities in the local community                                        
Tasks – To support lady to attend local activities such as Thai Chi, arts and crafts and accompany out to places of interest. To provide social contact and improve confidence. 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

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