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Female Befriender for Elderly Lady

This volunteering opportunity is very much about providing the person with social interaction and reducing sense of loneliness. COVID-19 stopped all her social groups so she is now quite socially isolated.
As a volunteer you will mostly be going out for walks and coffee around the local area. In future your sessions may also involve home visit and having a cuppa with this lady, but this is not the case at present.

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

We are looking for volunteers who are open and chatty, able to maintain a conversation, interested in people with good active listening skills and patience. Also, good sense of humour.

Training Details

1:1 induction will be provided Introduction session with the family

Location/Travel Details

You travel to the person's house and then go for a walk with her around the local area. The session will last up to 2 hours. detailed information will be provided once volunteer completes recruitment process

Expenses

Day tickets can be issued in advance single tickets and petrol expenses can be claimed by completing an expenses form.

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