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Ageing Well Buddy Swimming Volunteer

Buddy Swimming is an exciting and diverse role, helping older adults find their love of the water again. Held at a rang of Edinburgh Leisure venues, our Buddy Swimming Volunteers patiently help older adults to access swimming in a quiet, private environment. Their support and encouragement is instrumental in giving older adults the confidence they need. Maintaining accurate records for the project is also an important part of the role so that we can maintain our services. Min age 45

About Edinburgh Leisure

Edinburgh Leisure’s Active Communities team uses physical activity to improve the lives of people affected by health conditions, disabilities, inequalities and poverty. We have opportunities to volunteer in a vast range of projects and programme that help people become and remain active. We aim to make a positive impact on the Health and Wellbeing of people in Edinburgh.

Experience Required

Water confidence, Good communication skills , Welcoming and friendly, Good team worker, Well organised, Min age 45.

Training Details

1 day of core training, which covers safeguarding, data protection, and all the induction training they need to start their role. Other, swim specific, training available. Ongoing support in the form of volunteer meetings, celebration events, and 1:1 support from staff.

Flexibility & Commitment

Term Time;Flexible;Summer Holidays

1-2 hours per week for 1 year.

Location/Travel Details

We currently run Buddy Swimming at the following Edinburgh Leisure Venues: Ainslie Park Leisure Centre, Drumbrae Leisure Centre, Glenogle Swim Centre, Leith Victoria Swim Centre, Royal Commonwealth Pool, and Warrender Swim Centre.


Volunteers fill in a bank details form when they first claim expenses, along with the expenses form itself and expenses will be paid directly into their bank account monthly.

Accessibility Details

  • Wheelchair Access/Disabled Access Toilet
  • Induction Loop
  • Support Workers Welcome
  • Disabled parking
  • Happy to have a conversation about volunteer’s needs
  • Smart technology (eg tablets)