MansewoodBield, one of Scotland’s leading providers of housing and care, is looking for several volunteers to support tenants by increasing their community involvement and helping to reduce isolation.

Mansewood Court Retirement Housing Development in Whitburn is looking to recruit a Befriender to get to know and socialise with tenants, helping to broaden their horizons, as well as two Social Activity Coordinators.
Social Activity Coordinators work in a group setting with tenants and are vital to ensuring the smooth running of organised social events. From coffee mornings and lunch clubs, to games afternoons and gardening clubs, these events enable tenants to socialise regularly and provide entertainment all year round.

Mansewood are looking to expand their social program and need extra help. Bield are looking for a volunteer to come in once a week on any day, Monday to Friday from 1:30pm to 3:00pm.

Another Coordinator would help service users plan a seasonal gardening programme and help in assisting with light gardening duties. They would be required once a week although days and times are flexible.

Lynn McQueen, Development Manager at Mansewood Court, said:

“The social activities program was introduced so that our tenants could enjoy socialising in the development as well as within the community around them.

“It gives them a chance to go to coffee mornings and various gatherings throughout the year; it really helps brighten up their days.

“It fits in brilliantly with our ‘Free to Be’ ethos, supporting older people to make their own decisions about how they live their day to day lives.”

Bield are also looking for a female Befriender to visit one of their service users on a weekly basis for a bit of a chat over a cup of tea and an interest in crosswords and dominoes is a definite bonus.

Lynn added:

“We really do appreciate the huge impact our Befrienders make on the quality of life of tenants in Bield housing and the added social benefits they bring.”

If you are over 16 and would like to enquire further about becoming part of a team dedicated to enriching the lives of older people in Scotland, please complete the online application form at jobs.bield.co.uk. A minimum commitment of six months is required.

Alternatively you can contact Lynn McQueen on 01501 743 253 or email Donna Dickson on d.dickson@bield.co.uk for further information.

Please note that this is an unpaid, volunteer position and Bield thank everyone for their interest, however, not all enquiries will result in volunteer placements.