We've started recruitment for our second round of volunteers in the Glenrothes, Kircaldy, Levenmouth and Cupar areas.

If you're interested - please get in touch with Ian Sloan (contact details below)

We’re looking for volunteers for our new project in Fife. It’s a unique model for helping older people who have suffered any form of harm or abuse.  These experiences can often leave victims feeling isolated, losing confidence, or finding it difficult to interact with others.

We’re therefore looking for passionate volunteers to work with victims to help them recover from their experiences and regain independence and control over their lives.

What volunteers do

The project matches ‘peer’ volunteers with victims of elder abuse. So you could be someone who has experienced abuse yourself, you might be a similar age, or even just have similar interests to our clients.

You’ll support an older person on a one-to-one basis, which might include befriending, emotional support and encouragement, or taking part in hobbies, groups or therapeutic activities together.

Our volunteers support clients to regain self-esteem and independence. Unlike general befriending services, the unique aspect of our project is that we support clients recover from their experience, and regain the skills and confidence they need to move on from the project.

Why volunteer with us?

  • gain new skills and experience (we provide certificates for all completed training)
  • directly help and support victims of elder abuse
  • meet new people

Do I need any specific skills or qualities?

We don’t ask for specific skills or experiences as full training will be provided. However, we will give preference to people who possess shared characteristics or interests with our client group, which might include:

  • similar age group
  • shared interests
  • people who have personal experience of abuse
  • similar background or other characteristics.

As we’ll be continually recruiting new clients to the project, we’d encourage you to apply now and we can keep your application on file if we don’t currently have any clients who match your skills/interests.

We’d also love to hear from anyone with expertise in areas relevant to supporting older people or victims of abuse, including social work, counselling, health or social care, etc.

Requirements

We ask that all volunteers are:

  • aged 18 or over
  • willing to undergo disclosure checks
  • able to commit at least 3-4 hours per week for at least one year
  • able to take part in a comprehensive training programme.

Our commitment to you

All volunteers will be provided with full training and ongoing support and guidance. We’ll cover all out-of-pocket expenses, and provide certificates for completed training.

Our volunteering roles

We currently have 3 volunteering roles available:

  • Administration Volunteer (home-based): helping set the project up and ongoing administration support

        Administration Volunteer role description 

  • Telephone Support Volunteers (home-based): phone-based befriending, emotional and other support

        Telephone Support Volunteer role description

  • Outreach Support Volunteer (various locations): supporting older people in person. You may support the older person in their own home, a care home, or other local settings.

        Outreach Support Volunteer role description

You may choose to take part in one or various parts of these roles (e.g both phone and outreach support).

Are you interested?

You can complete our online volunteer application form for any of these roles here.  If you'd like further information, please contact Ian Sloan (Project Coordinator) at [email protected] or call 07464 737 157.