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Volunteer Development Scotland Ltd. (also known as Volunteer Scotland).
Charity registered in Scotland SC013740 and a company limited by guarantee, registered in Scotland, No. SC106743. Our registered Office is Jubilee House, Forthside Way, Stirling. FK8 1QZ

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Peer Support Volunteers

Role Summary:
To support the work of Spinal Injuries Scotland (SIS) who are the national voluntary organisation concerned with helping new and long-term spinal cord injured people to see the possibilities of living life beyond their injury.

Role Description :
Your involvement as a volunteer will be focused – if a non-spinal cord injured person - on helping to organise monthly coffee meets for members within the Borders area. If you have a spinal cord injury yourself you will also have the opportunity to contribute to the discussions that take place, offering empathy and understanding as required. This opportunity offers volunteers an invaluable insight into the challenges faced by those living with a spinal cord injury as well as access to information about how these same challenges can be managed.

Experience required

• Be friendly and approachable
• Have a passion for supporting people, encouraging them to engage and helping them to feel included in their community
• Possess active listening skills and have the ability to interact positively and empathically
• Be non-judgemental and able to respect individual’s cultural, religious, and ethnic backgrounds.
• Have the ability to offer or obtain relevant information, both local and national, for members and their families.

Travel details

Various locations within the Borders area, with the current focus being on Galashiels.

Training details

Volunteers are given an induction on basics to volunteering & safeguarding. Those directly involved in providing peer support will also get training in listening skills, suicide awareness and one to one/mentoring /side by side training with the peer support advisor.

Taster available

Minimum age: 21
Must meet PVG – Protection of Vulnerable Adults (PVG) - requirements. As this role is regulated, the charity will apply for an PVG on your behalf.

Volunteers (aged 21-25) taking part in this opportunity are eligible to claim Saltire Awards hours for their activity.
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