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Unread 16 Aug 19, 01:02 AM  
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The other day I was at the park with my friend while our daughters played. This older lady stopped and asked if she could sit with us for a bit as she was so lonely after her husband died last year and didnt like being in the house herself, so chatted to anyone she could. I cried my eyes out after she left, it was so sad that anyone should feel so lonely (she did have family she sees quite regularly but its once shes back in the house herself that it hits her shes alone). Anyway. It has gotten me thinking. My youngest is starting school and currently I am only part time in work, so I thought I could maybe volunteer in some area that is helping people, be it the elderly or community food banks. I wondered, does anyone do this in Scotland? How do you find it? I suppose I am a bit scared at enquiring and then being tied down or not liking it. I would just need to find something that can be flexible on as when the kids are on inset days/holidays I would be looking after them.

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Unread 16 Aug 19, 01:14 AM  
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Ask your local social work department for. Befriending group
I was a care home manager for years my clients loved when our village kids came celebrating holidays local events even going to the park with a picnic
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Some libraries have volunteers who choose and deliver books to people who can't get to the library themselves.
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I'm not in Scotland but would love to hear what you decide to do. Have you thought about contacting age concern?
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Volunteering is a great way to give a little of your time to help individuals or organisations.
As a volunteer, in most roles, you are not tied down and commit based on your availability. Im sure there are befriending schemes around in your area.

Contact Volunteer Scotland as a starting point for what is available in your local area and how you can help.
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Reading your post brought a tear to my eye, that is so sad.

Maybe get in touch with Voluntary Action Scotland for a wee chat and to explain what availability you have etc. they may be able to advise what opportunities are available in your area.

Im in Scotland and I volunteer with Support in Mind in my local area, helping to run embedded literacy groups for adults. I only do 3 hours a week as I also have kids and a part time job so there are opportunities out there to fit in with family life.
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My eldest daughter lives in Edinburgh and volunteers with a charity who provide company for elderly people. The charity matches the volunteer with a person who lives nearby. My daughter visits her person once a week for 2 hours. If the elderly person feels up to it they can go for a little walk or out for a coffee. My DD loves it and has become great friends with her person.

Im not sure of the charitys name but if youre interested I can find out for you.
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There's one my friend is involved in where you cook a meal once a month for an elderly person. I think its quite flexible, you can either go to their house or have them at yours. Again I'll try and find out more.
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