PLEASE NOTE: THESE POSITIONS ARE VOLUNTARY AND UNPAID

Gentle Seated Exercise Group Facilitator

The role is to take the gentle seated exercise class. These are usually small groups from 3 to 10 people and designed for older people of all abilities. There will be an induction process to teach the ‘Revitalyz’ method we use and anyone can learn. Previous experience of a physical activity may help but is not essential. We are looking for friendly, reliable volunteers who want to volunteer with older people.
Current vacancies
Magdalen Yard Road (off the Perth Road) – very sheltered scheme – 1.30pm until 2.30pm every Tuesday afternoon.
Sidlaw House, Turnberry Ave, Ardler Estate. Sheltered scheme – 11am until 12 every Thursday morning
Balunie Drive – Sheltered scheme – 11am or 2pm Thursdays
Dickson Avenue, Menzieshill – Very Sheltered scheme – Monday morning 11am until 12.

Group Helpers

These are generally tea/coffee based groups were we need volunteers to help set up and serve tea, coffee, toast or soup and rolls. The role is to set up; socialise with tenants; serve the tea/coffee and food; clear away and wash up at the end. These are small groups from 4 to 12 people. No previous experience is needed. There will be an induction and we are looking for friendly, outgoing volunteers with an interest in supporting older people. There will be an opportunity to gain a basic Food & Hygiene Certificate.
Alexander Street, sheltered scheme – 9.45 until 11.30 Tuesday morning – Tea & toast
Martingale Gardens off Victoria Road & Alexander Street, alternative Mondays -1pm until 2.30pm Soup & Rolls
Sidlaw House, Turnberry Ave, Ardler Estate – day and time to be confirmed.
Other locations around Dundee also require group helpers, include Fintry
Bingo caller
This role is to call the numbers for a small group of tenants at their weekly bingo evening. No experience necessary, but would suit a friendly and sociable person. Other volunteer opportunities are available at this sheltered scheme.
Dickson Avenue, Menzieshill – Thursday evening 7pm until 8.30pm

A Volunteer to organise Quiz night and games evening

To take over an already established quiz night / games evening. The role would suit a friendly sociable person who wants to support older people. Someone with an interest/ability to design simple and interesting quizzes/games specifically for older people. It is important to be able to develop questions with the correct answers prior to the evening and be creative, coming up with new interesting ideas.
Sidlaw House & Turnberry Ave, Ardler Estate – every second Wednesday evening – 7pm until 9pm. Once a month usually on a Monday at 3pm

Arts & Craft Volunteer

This role would be to plan, set up and run an art and craft group. Using your skills and creativity organising a weekly/fortnightly group for older people interested in arts and crafts. Being able to show people how do join in and make a variety of products, bearing in mind that levels of dexterity and sight may be reduced. You would need to be a patient, friendly and reliable person with an interest in supporting older people.
Dickson Ave, Menzieshill and other locations around Dundee - ideally afternoons, Monday to Friday – weekly or fortnightly. Other locations around Dundee.

Computer Skills Volunteers

To support people in small groups or one-to-one. This would suit someone with a basic knowledge of computers, email and the web, who can communicate clearly, in simple terms, to reduce the fear some older people have of technology. We are looking to start groups in a number of housing schemes, the first of these would be Blackness Court, along from the Blackness library. No days or times are arranged yet, but likely to be weekdays.

Befriender Volunteers

The Befriending service is designed to support the more isolated older person by providing a reliable weekly/fortnightly visit. The Befriending role aims to provide social contact and companionship through an artificially developed relationship. The relationship may include a cup of tea and a chat, shared interests and hobbies or going out and about together. For the right person this can be the most enjoyable and rewarding of all the volunteer rolls.
It requires a person who is willing to share their time with another person, generally 2 hours per week / fortnight. It may require you to volunteer with someone who has a difficult medical condition, for example someone who has had a stroke, mobility issues, cancer, dementia, poor sight or blind etc, etc. It will require you to support someone who feels isolated and may not have a network of family or friends to support them.
You will need to be a friendly and outgoing person with a good level of communication skills. You should be reliable and keen to support older people, we also want people who are creative in their ability to overcome obstacles such as reduced communication in their befriendee or reduced mobility. Befriender Induction Training is provided to help you and ongoing support from the volunteer coordinator. Volunteers are needed in all parts of Dundee.

Volunteering opportunities change all the time, it is always worth speaking to the Volunteer Coordinator to find out what is available.

As we are supporting older people there is a requirement to undergo a Disclosure Scotland check – Travel expenses can be refunded – ongoing support is provided by the Volunteer Coordinator.

For more information please contact:
Gary Flew, Volunteer Coordinator
Caledonia Housing Association
118 Strathern Road, Broughty Ferry, Dundee, DD5 1JW

Tel: 01382 237179
Mobile:0781 727 9946

Email: gary.flew@caledoniaha.co.uk