Please find below information on the current volunteering opportunities. If you would like to be kept informed of future volunteering roles please complete the Volunteering Interest Form

Digital Stories Volunteer

The Borders Cancer Information and Support Service are looking to recruit volunteers to support patients, families and carers as part of the digital story project. Volunteers will capture patient stories, or life histories digitally. This volunteering role will take place within the Macmillan Centre at Borders General Hospital, Melrose or in the patients home, depending on individual cases. All travel expenses will be reimbursed at the rate of 24p per mile.

Digital Stories is an exciting project that aims to capture patients’ stories, memories and life histories. We are looking for volunteers who can support and help develop this project. The time commitment required will vary depending on uptake at any one time. Volunteers will need to be able to work with patients in a respective and sensitive way. A sound knowledge of IT skills is required, although training on the Digital Stories software will be provided. Good listening skills, empathy for patients, families and carers and the resilience to work in an emotionally charged atmosphere is essential.

Volunteers will receive induction training and ongoing support.

For further enquiries please contact kirsty.smith1@borders.scot.nhs.uk or alternately claire.irvine@borders.scot.nhs.uk by Friday the 27 October 2017.

Move More Borders (Macmillan Cancer Support)

Macmillan, in partnership with Borders Sport and Leisure trust are looking for volunteers for an exciting new physical activity programme for people affected by cancer

Volunteers will help people to Move More & feel good through the following activities:
- Walking
- Circuits Class
- Gentle Movement Class (similar to Tai Chi)

For more information, contact Charlotte at Borders Sport & Leisure on:
01896 661166 ext 311
or email: movemore@bslt.org.uk

 

Fundraising Volunteers

‘the difference’ is looking for enthusiastic, sociable people who are interested in fundraising within their local community to join their team of volunteers. 

The Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) at Borders General Hospital has been named as Sainsbury’s Charity of the Year in both the Kelso and Selkirk Store.  There will be opportunities for volunteers to assist with the in-store fundraising for this campaign which we hope will allow SCBU to buy some specialist equipment. 

Our immediate opportunities are therefore in the Kelso area and to benefit our SCBU ward however opportunities that benefit other services, and take place in other areas of the Scottish Borders, may arise in the future as projects and appeals develop.

This is an exciting opportunity which will give volunteers the chance to engage with the public to increase awareness of The Difference charity and raise funds for the benefit of patients in the Scottish Borders.  You will need good communication skills, and the motivation and commitment to help us raise funds.

The time commitment is very flexible depending on your individual situation, successful applicants will receive induction training, on-going support and out of pocket expenses. 

For informal enquiries or further information about this opportunity please contact Karen Wilson, Fundraising Manager on 01896 825542 or email thedifference@borders.scot.nhs.uk

 

Audiology Outreach Clinic Volunteers

The Audiology department provide an outreach service for hearing aid repairs in the 4 corners of Borders – Eyemouth, Kelso, and Hawick.

Volunteers will work alongside a member of the Audiology team to provide support and advice to hearing aid users, their families and carers.  Volunteers will support one outreach clinic in the afternoon per month for a maximum of 2 hours, as agreed by the volunteer and the volunteer lead.

KEY TASKS:

  •  Undertake basic maintenance on hearing aids: re-tubing, hook  replacement, issuing of ear moulds and battery replacement
  •  Sign post patients to other agencies as recommended by the Audiology  team
  •  Monitor the number of visits carried out and feedback to the volunteer lead
  •  Participate in feedback sessions and competencies as required

For further information please contact Susan Kennedy, Deputy Head of Audiology on 01896 826531 / susan.kennedy@borders.scot.nhs.uk