Elderly Persons Project / ‘Buddy a Granny’
Elderly Persons Project
GUSRC provides opportunities for volunteers to work in a variety of roles with elderly people in Glasgow. These roles can range from helping out at lunch clubs to slightly more challenging work in Dementia Units, so whatever your reasons for getting involved, there are plenty of opportunities to offer a friendly ear and some company to residents in the local community.
Volunteers with these projects should keep in mind that it will not be your job to act as a carer. Your role will primarily be to give up some of your time to provide company to residents. You’ll probably learn a lot too.
Of course, ‘helping the elderly’ is a general phrase and you may be involved in a variety of activities depending on what you choose to do. At no point will you be expected to care or look after any residents, as that’s the job of paid staff. You’ll be taking part in activities that the care homes run or helping with trips that they have arranged for their residents.
Volunteering your time in a care home
GUSRC offers GU students the opportunity to volunteer in a local care home. As with all our projects, you will not act as a carer, but will simply give up your time to visit a local care home, meeting with residents and working with staff. Most placements require a minimum commitment of one hour per week, for around ten weeks.
Nursing Homes and Sheltered Housing
GUSRC have developed a partnership with Bield Housing and Care which gives you the chance to volunteer in a number of roles with them, ranging from helping as a befriender in their sheltered housing complexes to helping out with residential and nursing dementia homes.
’We all want to be free to do the things we love and which bring us fulfilment and enjoyment. Our vision is for a Scotland where people of all ages are respected, can make their own choices and are able to lead independent and fulfilling lives.’
Forget Me Not
This is for students looking for something a bit more challenging and who are able to visit someone in a care home or hospital and brighten their day. We’ve teamed up with Alzheimer Scotland to give students three half day sessions of group training on how to relate to the person rather than their illness followed by a placement in a care home or hospital for, on average, two hours a week to befriend a person with dementia. Training is provided by Alzheimer Scotland for this project. To get involved, just complete an application form at the bottom of the page and bring it to the SVSS Coordinator where you will receive an Alzheimer Scotland application form.
You can learn more about this project here
Protection of Vulnerable Groups Scheme
If you wish to volunteer with Bield or in a care home, you will be required to become members of Disclosure Scotland’s PVG (Protection of Vulnerable Groups) Scheme (Alzheimer Scotland will process PVGs for the ‘Forget me Not’ project). You can collect a PVG form from the SVSS Coordinator on the first floor of the John McIntyre Building, or from the GUSRC Welcome Point on the ground floor. Please complete and return Pvgs and application forms together.
Application forms are available below. Please indicate on the form the project you wish to work with.
Please email the Student Volunteer Support Service Coordinator: [email protected] if you have any questions.