Volunteer in our Services
We are always looking for volunteers to support our service users.
Volunteers like you are vital to our services, and there are wide and interesting range of roles available, including supporting communication, administration and organising activities.
All our services are delivered by staff and volunteers who are trained in communication support, providing accessible information and creating a safe and stimulating environment, and we will provide all the training and support you need.
Your level of involvement can be adapted to suit as we require volunteers to provide appropriate levels of support which will enable people to resume activities in a hospital environment and / or within their own home or their local community.
Communication support services drivers
We are looking for car owners who are physically fit, reliable and caring with good communication skills. The level of involvement is arranged to suit as we require regular weekly drivers, regular rota drivers and relief drivers who may be called upon to cover any unavailability of our regular team.
Often the only barrier to service users accessing our services is transport and that is why drivers are so important.
In some regions we may require drivers and escorts for our Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland (CHSS) minibus.
Drivers may assist with transporting passengers from home to services and home again.
All necessary training will be provided by Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland and all volunteers will be supported by their local coordinator.
Volunteer Transport Escorts are required to support service users to attend our services by helping them in the use of public transport and / or supporting a driver in the use of our own, or an externally provided, transport.
The role includes:
- Going to service users' home
- Assisting person to car / minibus / public transport
- Supporting en route to services
- May remain at service and undertake another supporting role
- Returning service user to their residence
- Supporting people who use a wheelchair
Your level of involvement is arranged to suit both partners as we require regular weekly escort volunteers, regular rota escort volunteers and relief escort volunteers who may be called upon to cover any unavailability of our regular team.
Often the only barrier to service users accessing our services is transportation and that is why escort volunteers are important to the service.
Telephone Befriender With the Cardiac and Respiratory Support Service
Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland (CHSS) in partnership with NHS Highland, aims to support clients and carers with the social impact of heart failure and respiratory illness who are living in the community, through the Cardiac and Respiratory Support Service.
People affected by heart failure and respiratory illness often experience breathlessness, distress, anxiety and social isolation. The Cardiac and Respiratory Support Service Coordinators, assisted by volunteers, offer companionship, information and support to enable clients to be socially active.
We require volunteers to provide levels of support to enable service users to resume everyday activities. Service delivery can be very diverse and your level of involvement can be adapted as necessary.
Potential volunteers must have a competent level of English language.
Volunteers will support service users to access communication based activities and conversations within our services either in a hospital, home or community setting.
Training and support
It is important to us that you feel confident to undertake your role and we have a comprehensive training programme in place to support you.
Your training will be discussed with your manager.
We have a wide selection of roles for you to choose from... find one now!