Do you have a few hours each month to spare and an interest in the welfare of older people? If the answer to this question is yes then you might just be the kind of volunteer that WRVS Services Aberdeenshire is looking for.
With a history spanning 74 years, WRVS is a charity dedicated to providing practical support through the power of volunteering so that older people can get more out of life.
In Aberdeenshire alone WRVS has over 150 volunteers who give generously of their time on a regular basis to help a large number of older people access local services, visit loved ones in hospital or even just pop in on a regular basis to have a chat and a coffee with a lonely person.
Local services co-ordinator for North Aberdeenshire, Alison McKessick, has a host of volunteering opportunities available in the Fraserburgh area.
“This is an exciting time for WRVS,” she said. “We are currently expanding our services country-wide and because our services are volunteer- led we are looking to recruit many more volunteers to ensure that we can provide a wide range of services in Fraserburgh and the surrounding area.”
Volunteering with WRVS is available to men and women and although not always necessary, it is advantageous if volunteers can drive and have access to a car.
“Although many of our services , such as visiting a socially isolated person or relieving a carer for a short time to allow brief respite, take place in the service users home, sometimes they can be geographically isolated so a car is essential to enable our volunteers to visit them,” explained Alison. “
Many of our services also rely on volunteers with cars. Taking people shopping or to a health appointment for example require volunteers to use their own cars. A mileage rate is paid to cover costs incurred by volunteers.”
WRVS volunteers offer local people the kind of informal help and support that a relative, friend or neighbour might provide – if they were available.
This includes a shopping service, either accompanied one-to-one shopping or shopping for a housebound person, social transport which can range from providing transport for older people to attend medical visits such as local doctor, dental, chiropody or optician appointments and Good Neighbours tasks which can range from delivering and collecting Library books to providing companionship to a lonely person.
“All our volunteers undergo a Criminal Disclosure Check and will receive appropriate training for the tasks they undertake” said Alison.
“At WRVS we appreciate that people have family and other commitments so they can choose how much time they want to give to volunteering with us and when they want to give this time.
“Volunteering with us is very flexible and whether our volunteers can offer one or two hours a week, a fortnight or a month their gift of time will always be equally valued by us and the people we help.
“We have had many requests for our services in the Fraserburgh area in the last few months and I am sure this will continue to increase and that is why we need to recruit more dedicated volunteers,”
For more information on the services provided by WRVS in Aberdeenshire contact Alison on (01888) 544017, the office on (01467) 626012 or visit the WRVS website at WRVS.org.uk