Volunteer Buddy Project
Volunteer Edinburgh’s Health and Wellbeing service will be launching a Volunteer Buddy project and we are looking for volunteers to get involved.
We are looking to fill the gap that exists for people who need a bit more practical support to volunteer because of their mental health, learning disability, physical disability, previous conviction or previous addiction.
The aim is to recruit 15 buddies who will be matched with potential or existing volunteers who have already been assessed and placed by the team. They will meet up to get to know each other and discuss their volunteering.
The buddy will then provide appropriate support for the volunteer to engage in and sustain their volunteering. This might be accompanying the volunteer on a first visit, volunteering alongside, catching up by phone, email or face to face as the volunteering continues.
Training will be provided which will cover: why is the project needed and how they fit in; different kinds of volunteering; disability awareness; boundaries and confidentiality; working with support workers and volunteer involving organisations; what is self-management?; person centered techniques; coaching techniques; and challenging situations.