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  • Community Connecting Support Assistant
    with British Red Cross (Fife Branch)

    Volunteer Opportunity No. VO67090 - Created/last updated: 26/02/2020


    About this opportunity:Loneliness and social isolation do not just affect older people. Our research found people from many walks of life can be affected. This includes new mums, those dealing with health and mobility issues, people dealing with bereavement, divorce or separation, those who have retired or seen their children leave home and teenagers feeling alone and can't talk to anyone. Anyone can be affected at any time.
    Through just a few hours support a week over a 3 month period, volunteers could make a big difference to someone experiencing loneliness or social isolation. Initially, volunteers will meet people in their own homes and then go out using public transport. You will help build their confidence and by listening to the person's concerns, you will form a plan to help them manage health issues, social isolation and so on.
    As part of the world's largest humanitarian organisation you'll have the chance to meet different people, develop your skills and enjoy the company of like-minded staff and volunteers.

    Takes place:
    Minimum age:18
    Maximum age:no upper age limit has been specified
    Training provided:Volunteers would need to be available to attend a 2/3 day training course which if out of town, all hotel, travel and food expenses will be paid for.
    Out of pocket expenses paid?
    Yes - Public transport and car mileage (45p per mile) .

    Experience required:Volunteers should have patience, empathy, understanding and confidence in talking to the service user; have a good sense of humour; good listening skills; able to work with different age groups and be non-judgemental as we are a non-discrimination organisation.

    Restrictions on who can volunteer
    No restrictions were specified.

    Application process:Application Form; Induction/Training; Informal Chat; PVG membership required

    Taster available?No, not for this opportunity.

    Travel DetailsThere are 4 pilot areas within Scotland - Fife-wide, Dundee, Aberdeen and Inverness. The volunteer can work within their own area. All travel expenses will be met and we encourage public transport usage. Advanced rail tickets, etc. can also be arranged to

    Saltire AwardThis opportunity is compatible with the Saltire Awards for volunteers aged 12-25.

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