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 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

Home/Social Buddy – ref FO75 (re-opened 30/11/16)

When – 2 hrs once a week                                                                                                      
Role – To support lady to go out in the community    
Tasks –To visit with lady in her own home and assist with correspondence.  To accompany lady out for coffee and explore activities/groups of interest to her in the local community.  To provide social contact and reduce loneliness. 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 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

Social Buddy – ref FO99 (14/10/16)

When – 2 hours once a week/fortnight                                                                                                     
Role – To visit with lady in her own home   
Tasks – To visit with lady in her own home, providing social contact and companionship. To accompany out for short 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

Home Buddy – ref FO102 (16/11/16)

When – 2 hours once a week                                                                                                         
Role – To visit with gentleman at home for a cuppa and chat
Tasks – To visit with gentleman in his own home providing social contact and reduce feelings of loneliness and isolation. 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

Alarm Responder x 2– ref FO106 (12/12/16)

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

Social Buddy – ref FO109 (27/3/17)

When – 2 – 3 hours once a week/fortnight                                                                                                          
Role – To visit with lady in her own home  
Tasks – To visit with lady for coffee and chat.  To encourage her to spend time out of her flat. 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 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

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 FO111 (30/3/17)

When – 2 - 3 hours once a week/fortnight                                                                                                          
Role – To visit with gentleman and support to go out  
Tasks – To visit with gentleman for coffee and chat and support to go out when health allows. To provide social contact and help maintain independence.  Observe policies and procedures, maintain boundaries, attend training and reviews.
Skills required – An awareness of difficulties experienced by people with mobility difficulties and 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

Social Buddy – ref FO112 (31/3/17)

When – 2 hours once/twice a week                                                                                                          
Role – To visit with lady and support to go out for coffee  
Tasks – To visit with lady for coffee and chat and support to go out in the local community. To explore clubs which may be of interest to her. To provide social contact and help maintain independence.  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

Admin Buddy – ref FO113 (18/4/17)

When – 2 - 3 hours once a week                                                                                                          
Role – To support gentleman with administration  
Tasks – To support gentleman with the administration of his self-employed music business. To support him to monitor communications and possibly to attend business meetings and take minutes of key points for him. Observe policies and procedures, maintain boundaries, attend training and reviews.
Skills required – An awareness of difficulties experienced by people with severe ADHD 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

Walking/Social Buddy – ref FO114 (21/4/17)

When – 2 -3 hours once a week                                                                                                          
Role – To visit with gentleman at home and support to go for short walks  
Tasks – To visit with gentleman at home for coffee and chat.  To support to go out for short walks and help him regain his confidence in walking. 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 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

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