Bield - Social Activity Assistant - Kirkcaldy

Vacancy posted: Thursday, 22 September 2016

Salary: ŁOut of pocket expenses reimbursed
Location: Kirkcaldy

Closing date: 22 October 2016
Job ref. no.: REQ00654

We are looking for a Volunteer Social Activity Assistant to support our residents who live at Rosebury Court, Kirkcaldy. KY1 1DG

About Bield

Bield Housing & Care is a registered charity. Our mission is to improve the quality of life for older people by offering a diverse range of housing, care and other services. We operate throughout Scotland.

The Role - Social Activity Assistant

Social Activity Volunteers encourage residents to socialise together within the development by supporting agreed social activities in the communal lounge, including:

  • Organising activities in liaison with residents, staff and sometimes other volunteers
  • Support residents with the activity
  • Preparing communal areas for group activities
  • Assist with serving refreshments
  • Co-ordinating a rotating programme of social activities

Why do we need you?

In this role you will help to increase interaction and involvement of residents, who are keen to increase the social activities within the development. They are keen for a volunteer to lead and support with the organisation and overseeing of a mix of different social activities.

Duties of the Volunteer

  • Organise activities alongside service users
  • Run activities in conjunction with service users
  • Set up prior to and clear afterwards,  the lounge area for the activity
  • Assist with refreshments – pouring tea/coffee etc.

When we need you

We expect a regular commitment from all our volunteers

  • Once a week or fortnight
  • Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday
  • Afternoons – 1.30pm-4.00pm (during the first few weeks ((trial period), we ask the volunteer to come along to undertake the activity in the morning 10:30 – 12:30. This is to coincide with the managers working hours and also to undertake the volunteer induction. Once the trial period has concluded, the volunteer will undertake the activity in the afternoon as detailed above)

The minimum time commitment is 6 months.

What skills and experience do you need?

No qualifications are necessary. We are looking for volunteers who are interested in working with older people, have good communication skills, are able to volunteer in an unsupervised capacity, and be reliable and willing to work as part of a team.

Social Activity Assistant

We are looking for an outgoing and organised individual who would enjoy developing an array of different activities to create a varied programme, which to undertake within this development. The residents have expressed an interest in quizzes, games, talks, and reminiscence to name but a few.  The volunteer would assist with the development of these activities, along with suggesting others in which to provide an interesting programme. These activities would take place within the small lounge area within the development.

All volunteers are expected to:

  • Work within Bield’s policies and procedures
  • Promote independence and freedom of choice.
  • Keep records of activities and give feedback to staff

All volunteers can claim out-of-pocket expenses for travelling between home and the place of volunteering and for expenses incurred during the course of volunteering. For car users, re-imbursement is made at a rate of 45p per mile, up to 15 miles from the development (30 mile round trip). You will be able to gain valuable work experience, request a written reference, meet new people and contribute to your local community.

Training and Support

Support is given by an individual member of staff. You will receive an induction into your place of volunteering and the tasks you undertake, and be offered an initial four-visit trial period. All volunteers have access to our range of e-learning courses and other training may be undertaken, where appropriate.

Other information

Please note that this is an unpaid, volunteer position and we thank everyone for their enquiry. However, we hope that you understand that all enquiries may not result in volunteer placements.

All volunteers are subject to a Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG)/Disclosure check. There is no cost of this to volunteers. If you have a criminal record you are encouraged to inform Bield at the application process. A criminal record will not necessarily debar you from volunteering with Bield. A copy of Bield’s Policy on the Recruitment of Ex-offenders can also be obtained from the Volunteer Section, 79 Hopetoun Street, Edinburgh EH7 4QF or email

If you would like to apply for this voluntary position on-line, please click on “Apply Now”. You will be directed to our website in order to apply for this opportunity on-line. Alternatively if you would like to speak to someone about this position call the number below.

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Contact Name Jeni Sinclair
Telephone 01382 309059

About Bield Housing & Care

Volunteering Team
At Bield we are a non-profit organisation with charitable status committed to providing a wide range of housing, care and support services to enable older people to make their own choices and lead independent lives. At Bield it is our firm belief that older people should have the freedom to make their own choices and be free to live as independently as possible. It’s only possible thanks to the experience, dedication and passion of our employees and volunteers.
We look for people who understand and support Bield’s ethos of ‘free to be.’ We have a diverse range of volunteering opportunities in our offices, housing developments and care services across Scotland where you can use your skills to make a difference to older people’s lives. For more information on our current volunteering opportunities, please visit our website

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