Carer Relief Companions provide companionship to person with support needs, to give their unpaid carer a break from their role while giving them peace of mind that the person they care for is safe and has company in their home environment. The person who has support needs benefits from a new social connection and engaging in activities such as reminiscence, enjoying a hobby together, chatting, or watching tv.
About NHS Lothian Primary Care Organisation
NHS Lothian Substance Misuse Directorate: The Substance Misuse Directorate provides treatment and support for adults who have drug and/or alcohol problems. There are a variety of services which provide variety of care ranging from Harm Reduction, detoxification treatment and rehabilitation. The bases are at Spittal Street Centre, Royal Edinburgh Hospital and Astley Ainslie Hospital.
Good listener and verbal communicator Responsible, patient and non-judgmental Punctual and reliable Warm, friendly and professional approach Respect for confidentiality Desirable: experience of supporting someone with a health condition or disability eg. dementia, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinsons
Training takes place in small group interactive sessions online. Volunteer then have a bespoke induction at an introductory meeting with the family, specific to the client's support needs.
Flexibility & Commitment
2-4 hours per week for 6 months
The volunteer will be matched with a family who they will visit at home. Families are located across Midlothian.
Expenses are reimbursed by completing an expense claim form and (where applicable) presenting receipts or travel tickets. Reimbursement is made by bank transfer.
- Happy to have a conversation about volunteer’s needs