It is recognised that the inability to wash clothes properly can have a detrimental effect on an individual’s ability to present themselves positively to other family members, the wider community and prospective employers and that this can have a detrimental effect on people’s self-esteem and their ability to gain employment. The Cupar Community Laundry aims to help individuals and families who will benefit from practical support with the laundering and maintenance of their clothes, bedding etc. This is a pilot project, which will be staffed by volunteers, and will commence in March 2016. The project will be managed in partnership by Cupar Foodbank, Cupar YMCA-YWCA and Fife Council. Examples given of clients requiring support were: - Young parents with limited or no family support in the area, who lack the skills to launder their clothes properly - Individuals facing severe financial hardship who cannot afford to use the white goods they have in their homes - Individuals recovering from addiction who need support with independent living - Families, in financial hardship, with members suffering from illnesses that generate significant laundry - Young first time tenants who lack the skills and knowledge to launder their clothes properly
Volunteers will be given training on:
1. Objectives of the Laundry and the model of operation.
2. The role of the Volunteer & Confidentiality
3. Health & Safety
4. Personal Safety
5. Signposting to other agencies
6. Listening and communication
Out of pocket expenses paid?
Yes - If requested/required - volunteers can be paid public transport rates and can be paid weekly.
No specific requirements for experience were provided by the organisation.
Restrictions on who can volunteer
Volunteers will be working without direct supervision and need to have the ability to take full responsibility for themselves, without referral to a parent or carer.
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