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Befrienders in Colinton/Oxgangs

We are looking for volunteers to befriend elderly people living in their own homes in Colinton and Oxgangs. The aim is to reduce social isolation and feeling of loneliness amongst the elderly people.
Your volunteering will involve meeting with the person on a regular basis (weekly or fortnightly) and taking part in various activities in the community: going for walks, cinema, coffee, or just having a chat and cuppa.

About City of Edinburgh Council - Health & Social Care Department

The City of Edinburgh Social Work Department aims to provide good quality services to people in Edinburgh to protect people from abuse, neglect, accident & self harm. We arrange and provide services for people in their own homes, in day centres, in family care & residential homes. We encourage voluntary organisations & self help groups whose work helps us to achieve our aims and to tell the citizens of Edinburgh, the local Council and central government about groups and minorities whose needs are being neglected, to try and promote their welfare.

Experience Required

Patience, non- judgemental attitude, being reliable and punctual

Training Details

We have ongoing training opportunities which you can choose from, some of which is certificated. The initial mandatory training is as follows - Basic induction to volunteering in Health and Social Care . Moving & Assisting training, full training on autism. Introduction to client and outing alongside Volunteer Coordinator

Flexibility & Commitment

School Holidays;Term Time

2-4h per week or every other week

Location/Travel Details

EH10, EH13 (Colinton and Oxgangs)


All pocket expenses will be paid on a regular basis (as frequently as the volunteer wishes)