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Voluntary Action East Renfrewshire SCIO

Seniors Together

Improving lives of older people in East Renfrewshire

The Seniors Together Project is a Voluntary Action East Renfrewshire SCIO initiative funded by the Big Lottery. The project aims to improve the lives of older adults in East Renfrewshire who are isolated and have little or no contact with others.

Get Involved! We have people living in your area who are waiting for a volunteer.

Do you know of someone who would benefit from having a 1:1 volunteer befriender?

“I love her coming to visit because we have a good old chat and I feel there’s not a lot of people I can open up to…
and now I think, I couldn’t think of not having her”  
Liz


“I’ll be old myself one day and hopefully there’ll be someone out there for me and
I just thought if you can give a few hours of your time in the week to brighten up someone’s day or their week,
you know, that costs me nothing.” 
Linda (volunteer befriender) 

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Volunteer with Seniors Together! 

Get Involved! We have people living in your area who are waiting for a volunteer.

As a volunteer you will visit the older person in their home at a mutually convenient time for a chat maybe a cup of tea or do an activity such as playing a board game. If the person is able, you may also go out to a café or garden centre for example.

Skills Required:
Good listening and communication skills
Patience, empathy and understanding
Reliable and trustworthy
Ability to work in a confidential manner and maintain project boundaries
Acceptance of the attitudes, priorities and lifestyles of others

Volunteer Expenses: We pay travel expenses, 45p per mile and expenses for your refreshments.

Commitment: We commit to support you on an ongoing basis through regular one to one sessions and training. We ask you to commit to volunteer for at least six months. The role is subject to a PVG (Disclosure) check.

What's Next: Please contact Claire Ramsay who will arrange an appointment to see you to talk through the role in more detail and answer any questions you might have. We’ll also complete a PVG application on your behalf. 

Claire Ramsay - Project Worker
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or call 0141 876 9555


Do you know of someone who may benefit from having a befriender volunteer? Refer them to the project!

1:1 Befriending: A volunteer will visit the older person at their home either weekly or fortnightly. They will stay for an hour or two and can have a chat and cup of tea or do an activity such as playing a board game. If the person is able, they can also go out with the volunteer to a café or garden centre. This service is free of charge.

To refer an older person just download the form (WORD DOC) and send it to us.

Our basic criteria for referrals:

• 85+ years old
• Living in private housing
• Living in sheltered accommodation/assisted living only if the individual is unable to get out of their home
• Socially isolated with little or no social contact out with family

What's next: Once a referral form has been received and reviewed, project staff will go out to visit within approximately 4 weeks to chat about the project and the options available. Once assessment process is completed, individuals and/or referrers will be notified in writing if we are able to offer a service.

Please note: Referrals for people with dementia will be reviewed, however, assessments will be made on a case by case basis as volunteers are not initially trained to work with people with dementia.

Due to the high demand for social support, it is essential that referrers consider the safety and wellbeing of the individuals they are referring and volunteers when making a referral. Referrer’s should also ensure that they have received consent from the older person to be referred to the service and that social support is something they have requested. If circumstances change for the individual being referred that could make them no longer eligible or appropriate to be in receipt of a service, please inform a member of project staff.

If referrers are in any doubt about the service users’ appropriateness for the service, please contact a member of project staff prior to making the referral.

Maria Hendry - Development Worker
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Claire Ramsay - Project Worker
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