When We Need You
From 18/03/2011 onwards
You would be linked with an adult with learning disabilities so you can meet up regularly to do social and leisure activities of your choice. This could be anything from attending an evening class, golf, bowling or swimming to shopping, crafts, music, going for a walk or drive or going to the cinema, a concert or the pub. The satisfaction to be had from the role and the difference it makes to a service user’s life is immense: By being linked with a volunteer, service users can do the things they want to and know that the person helping them is doing so because they want to, not because they are paid to or feel obliged to. This improves their quality of life, confidence and self-esteem. The role is great work experience and a source of references if you are thinking about applying for courses or paid jobs in Care.
About Interest Link Borders (Berwickshire Branch)
Interest Link Borders aims to improve the quality of life of people with moderate to severe learning disabilities in the Scottish Borders.
It achieves this through an adult 1:1 befriending service and a group befriending service for young people aged 16-25
The services are needed because although most people with moderate and severe learning disabilities now live in the community, they are still socially excluded as they have no social contacts outside their family or day centre, no experience of making friends and no transport. This is frustrating, isolating and limiting; they cannot pursue interests, participate in mainstream community activities, make choices, gain skills or develop independence.
Skills & Experience
No experience or special skills are required: the most important qualities volunteers can bring are their personalities and interests. The role is not that of a professional carer but of a friend and supporter, and we will provide the training and support
Berwickshire We will match you with someone who lives reasonably near you. The activities you do, and where they are, will be decided jointly by both of you.
All service users are aged 16 and over
Application Form, Induction/Training, Interview, Other, Police Check, Trial Period
Training and Induction Details
Induction and ongoing training is in groups or 1:1. There is also a written Volunteer Pack. Support is provided by the local Co-ordinator.
Befriending / Mentoring
We reimburse mileage costs at 30p per mile, other transport costs and activity costs such as admission fees and refreshments. Expenses are paid monthly.
No Wheelchair Access
No Disabled Toilet
Frequency & Commitment
Trips out by service users and volunteers usually last 3-4 hours and can be on a weekly, fortnightly or monthly basis Minimum commitment 0f 6 months expected
Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age.
Opportunity Provided By
Contact: Volunteer Centre Borders
Tel: 0845 602 3921
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