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Home Support Volunteer

Caring for a child with a life-shortening condition is a full time job. We know that our families would really appreciate some support in their own homes in two particular areas - practical tasks and sibling support. As a Home Support Volunteer you will be matched to one family to visit on a weekly on-going basis.

What activities will I be involved in? 

  • Sibling support can include help with homework, activity and play, drop off and pick up from clubs or groups
  • Practical tasks for the family can include cleaning, ironing, shopping and/or dog walking – practical tasks are dependent on the family’s needs  

You might be interested in one of these areas or both.

What skills and abilities will I need to have? 

  • Compassionate nature
  • A desire to support families in their own home
  • Ability to be flexible and reliable
  • Good listening skills
  • Shared values with CHAS: respect, care, honesty, accountability
  • Access to reliable public transport or a clean and current driving licence and access to a vehicle is required, as visits will take place within the families own homes therefore travel will be required

How much time should I offer? 

We are currently looking for individuals aged 18 or over who can visit families within their own homes, once a week for a minimum of 2-4 hours. Our Home Support Volunteers roles are flexible and available 7 days per week.  

Travel time will also need to be considered (this is unlikely to be no more than a one hour drive from either Rachel House in Kinross or Robin House in Balloch) but we will try to keep this to a minimum where possible. 

Where is the Opportunity base? 

We are looking for volunteers covering Edinburgh, Fife, Tayside and Central Scotland.

What ongoing learning/support/guidance will I receive? 

It is important to us that you feel happy, safe and confident in your role. As a CHAS Home Support volunteer you will be thoroughly trained and supported throughout your volunteering journey with us.

Before you start your role you will receive an induction to CHAS, along with an assessed learning package which will consist of 4 x 3 hour weekly sessions which is tailored to your role (these sessions are available during the day or in the evening).

Along with this, you will also receive regular support and supervision.

We are always developing new opportunities for volunteers to learn and offer a range of options for volunteers including ongoing training and volunteer meet ups. 

What are the benefits to me?

  • Learning new skills
  • Getting more involved and making a real difference to the families of children with a life-shortening condition.
  • Adding to your CV which can open up employment and studying opportunities
  • Meeting new people
  • Increased self-esteem and confidence

What else should I know? 

We will pay your out of pocket expenses in line with the CHAS volunteer expenses policy. 

All our Home Support Volunteers require membership of the PVG scheme, CHAS will cover all costs associated with this. 

What’s the next step? 

If you’re interested in the role you can apply online.


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