What do Volunteers Do?
Tap into it runs clubs ‘where people are’-Sheltered Housing, Residential Care homes, Community Centres and group/organisation/church premises as well as individual’s own homes. Primarily we are working with ‘older’people from around retirement age and beyond, given that they are one of the biggest ‘offline’ groups at present. Volunteers help people to explore what the web and digital technology can offer them, whether this is chance to keep in touch with family and friends, online shopping,news, information and entertainment and new activities.
Where is this volunteering opportunity based?
Currently we run clubs in sheltered housing complexes in Bruntsfield, Colinton and Prestonfield areas. Travel and other expenses are claimed via an expenses form.
How much time is required?
We ask for a volunteer commitment of 2-3 hours per week for at least a 3-4 month period. Group, ‘club’ and individual sessions are run throughout the year apart from July. At the moment sessions are held during the day.
What training is available?
We offer an initial taster period (around four sessions) where you would shadow an experienced volunteer. In addition, induction and on-going training will cover teaching and learning resources, setting up equipment, health and safety etc. Regular support and supervision will cover the challenges faced in delivering the service, working with older people and your own development needs.
What skills are required?
Basic knowledge of working with a computer/tablet is essential (email, Internet) and preferably skills, or the confidence to develop skills in e.g. Skype, social networking, digital photography and other relevant areas. Equally important is an ability to communicate with people in a calm, patient manner and a desire to improve the well being of older people and others using the service.
How do I apply?
If you are interested in joining us as a volunteer please complete the online application form or contact us (-links below) for more information. We will arrange to meet for an informal chat.Tap into It has full Public Liability Insurance for volunteers.
As this volunteering opportunity involves working with older people, you will need to complete an application for basic disclosure before starting to volunteer. For information please go to the Disclosure Scotland website. We will arrange for you to complete the necessary application form and the process is funded by Tap into It. We also ask for two references.
Apply now (if you have problems accessing this online form, please contact us via the link below, detailing error messages & other info helpful for troubleshooting).
For more information
including Tap’s Volunteer role description, Volunteer Policy and Agreement, Overview etc, go to more info for Volunteers.