Care Words Volunteer

What is a Care Words Volunteer?

A Care Words Volunteer visits local care settings and delivers the Big Lottery funded Care Words Project. This involves reading, chatting and reminiscing with residents / day visitors.

What’s in it for you?

  • Give something back to the local community.
  • Be a friendly face and voice to older people living in care settings.
  • Meet new people.
  • Share skills with others.
  • Help reduce social isolation sometimes felt by older people living in care homes.
  • Work with service users who may be living with Dementia,

What’s involved?

  • Care words Volunteers work in pairs to deliver this new free library service.
  • Volunteers are assigned a care home which they visit for an hour, once every 4 weeks.
  • A specially prepared bag of texts, large print, images, objects, audiobooks and sensory items can be used to stimulate conversations in this group activity.
  • Volunteers are supported by the Care Words Co-ordinator and care support staff / activity organisers within the care settings.
  • Volunteers are asked to write a short evaluation after each visit and keep a note of how many people they have engaged with.
  • By building positive relationships with the older people in the care settings, volunteers in time will be able to tailor these sessions to the group’s needs and likes.

Skills, Attitude, and Experience Required

  • Volunteers should be patient, understanding, friendly, approachable and caring,
  • They should enjoy reading and/or literature.
  • They will be interested in helping to improve the lives of older adults and be good communicators with great listening skills.
  • No experience required and training will be given prior to starting

    Other important information

Location: Throughout the Falkirk area.

Time Commitment: You can volunteer for as much time as you are able to. The minimum requirement is 90 minutes per month for an initial 6 months.

Contact: Claire Davis - Care Words Co-ordinator
01324 503614 claire.davis@falkirkcommunitytrust.org

Training: Care Words Project Trainings & Dementia Awareness Training

Expenses: Travelling expenses to and from care settings are provided

How to apply

Please complete the online application form here.

If you require a hard copy, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator at FCTvolunteering@falkirkcommunitytrust.org or phone 01324 503 614.

This role is purely voluntary and this arrangement is not meant to be a legally binding one or an employment contract.

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