Matched Support Volunteer

Reference Code: VO61398 (Volunteer Edinburgh)

Activity Type(s): Care / Support worker

Client Group(s): Elderly

Distance & Location


About Volunteer Edinburgh - Community Connecting

Community Connecting is an innovative service that works across Edinburgh. We help isolated older people get involved with activities in their local communities, and take up hobbies both old and new. It has an immensely positive impact on their quality of life.

About Opportunity

Volunteer Edinburgh is working in partnership with Places for People Scotland Care & Support to recruit and support volunteers to help older people who have become lonely and isolated. Community Connecting supports older people to find out what is going on in their local area and, through matching them with a volunteer for up to 16 weeks, helps to build their confidence to access community resources, try new things, or take up old interests once again. You will be matched with an older person in your community, build a good relationship with them and understand their goals and support them to work towards achieving their goals, e.g. by helping someone rebuild their confidence to go on a bus, or attending activities together until the person feels comfortable doing it themselves.

Skills & Experience

Volunteers will come from a wide range of backgrounds and will have many different qualities and skills. Essential qualities for this role are: excellent communication skills, a real interest in helping older people, patience, reliability and a sense of humour. All volunteers will be required to provide 2 references and have PVG (Protection of Vulnerable Groups) Scheme membership, which we will help you to obtain free of charge.

Travel Details

Volunteering takes place at service users’ home address and within local communities throughout Edinburgh. You will also need to attend training and support sessions at the Volunteer Edinburgh offices at 222 Leith Walk.

Training and Induction Details


Selection Procedures:

Expenses Detail: Reasonable expenses paid.

Accessibility Details:
Wheelchair Access: Not available
Disabled Toilet: Not available

Frequency & Commitment: A commitment of around 2-3 hours per week is required, at times convenient to both parties. A minimum commitment of 6 months (i.e. completion of training and at least one full 16 week match) is required.

Minimum Age: Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age.



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  • Travel costs and expenses can be provided.