We’re on the Hunt for Volunteers

The HOPE Project is an initiative based in the CLASP Resource Centre, 10 Alexander Avenue, Stevenston (opposite the GP surgery).  Are you out of work and looking for something to do or add to your CV, retired, new to the area and want to get to know people? Whoever you are – if you have some spare time, even a few hours a month –  the HOPE Project are looking for Volunteers for 1 to 1 befriending, to help with delivering activities to older people, assisting with lunch clubs, providing welfare rights advice and information (no experience required – full training provided free of charge) and more work relating to welfare benefits or financial advice or any privileged information to which they may be exposed whilst serving in a voluntary capacity.

Hope Project Volunteering Opportunities:

Volunteer Befrienders:

  • Provide companionship and support by visiting an older person in their own home.
  • Where possible, accompany older people to lunch clubs, social activities etc. to increase social interaction and allow the older people to develop new friendships

Group Befrienders/General Volunteers:

  • Assist with the preparation and delivery of activities programme
  • Liaise with Hope Activity worker or Coordinator regarding social outings etc
  • Enable  older people who have mobility issues to attend social outings
  • Encourage & motivate older people  to attend community activities
  • Interact with service user to continue meeting on a regular basis to prevent isolation & loneliness
  • Stay informed of agencies /services beneficial to older persons and refer to HOPE coordinator when necessary

Lunch Club Volunteers:

  • Assist in the preparation of eating area by setting tables
  • When necessary, preparation of food and serving of food
  • Dish washing and clearing tables.
  • Keep kitchen clean by adhering to Health & Safety standards and completing necessary paperwork.
  • Hold a valid Health & Hygiene certificate or be prepared to attain this

Telephone Call service/Befriender:

  • Someone who likes a good chat and is able to encourage and stimulate an older person to express themselves and feel comfortable engaging in conversation
  • Inspiring enough confidence further down the line to allow for attendance at a social activity

Volunteer Drivers:

We are looking for Volunteer Drivers to help support Older People enabling them to attend lunch clubs and social activities by providing transport.  This role requires the driver to use their own car. Mileage will be paid for all travel connected with the project. (Training and Volunteer Work.  If you like the idea of working alongside older individuals to prevent isolation then this is the right opportunity for you.

Interested in becoming a volunteer with the HOPE Older Peoples Project?

CLASP are also looking for volunteers to join CLASP as Committee Members -by attending monthly progress meetings – you’ll be able to find out more about what we do, how you can help and what is happening in your local community.

There are no special qualifications required for any of our volunteer roles – young or old alike – all we ask is you have a willingness and commitment to provide some support and help in your local community.

If you are interested please contact Rosemary McCurdy on 01294 602711 for more information or a chat about joining CLASP as a Committee Member.

OR call Cathy McGregor on 01294 463444 if you are interested in becoming a volunteer for the HOPE Project.