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When The Coatbridge Kid met The Blue Angel, by Doug Carnegie, Blether Buddy.

When The Coatbridge Kid met The Blue Angel, by Doug Carnegie, Blether Buddy.

Posted in Volunteers blog on 18/01/17
Stanley McQueen (pictured) has been telling me tales for the better part of a year now. Though I’m a journalist by trade it’s seldom a result of a direct question I’ve asked him. Read more.

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Volunteering opportunities at ScotsCare

Volunteering opportunities at ScotsCare

Posted in Volunteers blog on 30/06/14
Current Volunteering Opportunities      Role: Lunch Club and Social Events Volunteer (Luton Based)  To assist in setting up and running a monthly lunch club for clients age 50+ in Luton.   Tasks: Assist in preparing the venue for the arrival of clients and clearing up at the end of the session Assist with food preparation, making and serving hot and cold drinks Chat to clients and occasionally lead on bingo games Provide information about ScotsCare to clients and the ways in which ScotsCare can offer help Act responsibly and work to Health & Safety and Food Hygiene policies, for the safety of volunteers, clients and staff   Qualities Needed: Good communication skills,  friendly and a welcoming manner Non-judgmental attitude Awareness and understanding of confidentiality Willingness to attend training relevant to the role   Timing: The club runs on the 1st Friday of each month and there is potential to help with occasional coach outings throughout the year.     Role: Blether Buddie Befrienders (Home Visits and / or Outings)  The aim of this role is to reduce isolation and improve the emotional wellbeing of ScotsCare clients   Main Tasks: Spend time with a ScotsCare client on a weekly/fortnightly basis as agreed with client to engage in conversation, listen to any concerns or issues and, or escort the client on short walks or outings if desired Uphold all aspects of the Volunteer Handbook and comply with Scotscare’s professional  boundaries Respect autonomy and dignity of the client, in line with ScotsCare’s Confidentiality and Equal Opportunities Policies Keep log of all visits and complete monthly feedback reports for Volunteer Co-ordinator, reporting any concerns or difficulties straight away Attend further training when necessary   Qualities Needed: Ability to work unsupervised, using own initiative as required Excellent communication and listening skills, patience and sensitivity Understanding of confidentiality An interest in or understanding of Scottish culture Patient and non-judgemental   Timing: Visits normally last between 1- 3 hours and will be agreed from the onset; days and actual timing are flexible and agreed between you and the client.     Role: Telephone Blether Buddie Befrienders  The aim of this role is to reduce isolation and improve the emotional wellbeing of ScotsCare clients   Main Tasks: Phone ScotsCare client(s) on a weekly/fortnightly basis as agreed with client from the ScotsCare office of from home if willing to use your own phone Engage in friendly 10 – 30 minute conversations, listen to any concerns or issues Respect autonomy and dignity of the client, in line with ScotsCare’s Confidentiality and Equal Opportunities Policies Regularly log calls and report to the Volunteer Co-ordinator at least once a month to update on progress and report any difficulties or changes of well-being to your client.   Qualities Needed: Ability to work unsupervised, using own initiative as required Excellent clear communication and listening skills, patience and sensitivity Understanding of confidentiality   Timing: Days and times to suit you and the client       Role: Community Outreach Volunteers   Help raise awareness of the services provided by ScotsCare and Borderline to increase the number of clients who can benefit. Read more.

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A wee word from a Blether Buddie

A wee word from a Blether Buddie

Posted in Volunteers blog on 23/05/14
We had this lovely email from Tina yesterday who has been a volunteer Blether Buddie here at ScotsCare. If you would like to get involved then drop us a line or fill out our volunteers enquiry form.. Read more.

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Become an ambassador for ScotsCare

Become an ambassador for ScotsCare

Posted in Volunteers blog on 07/05/14
Do you meet a lot of Scots in your day to day or work life? Would you like to be an ambassador for ScotsCare? We are always working to improve awareness and bring new people into the Charity. Read more.

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Volunteer Befrienders Needed!!

Volunteer Befrienders Needed!!

Posted in Volunteers blog on 24/04/14
Our Blether Buddie Befriending  Service has recently expanded to work with clients of all ages across the Greater London area and beyond. Could you commit to giving just one or two hours a week or fortnight to spend time with one of our clients?  Read more.

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Celebrating Blether Buddies

Celebrating Blether Buddies

Posted in Volunteers blog on 26/12/13
Blether Buddies is a scheme where clients aged 60+ receive regular phone calls or visits from ScotsCare volunteers. Read more.