Our Volunteer Group, ‘Friends of Campbell Snowdon’ plays an important and much valued role in the lives of many of our residents. Residents love meeting new people, going out and about, or enjoying a wide variety of in-house activities. Volunteers, too, get a lot from being involved with our residents, hearing about their interesting lives, helping them to reconnect with aspects of their lives they enjoyed before they came to Campbell Snowdon House, and sharing the delight of new experiences.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer we would be very happy to meet with you for an informal chat about what we do and how you could help. If you like what you see and hear we can then start the recruitment process. This involves the filling out of a few forms, a mandatory Police Check and the completion of a short Induction course.
Volunteers are supported by the Manager, the Volunteer Co-ordinator and members of the Friends of Campbell Snowdon Sub-committee who organise regular volunteer get-togethers and training events.
Everyone needs other people, but not everyone has someone. For people who become isolated because of ill health, disability or social disadvantage, being matched with a befriender often fills a big gap. Even with our staff ratio of 2:1, we know there will sometimes be gaps at Campbell Snowdon. We are pleased to work with the relevant national organisations and networks to offer befriending opportunities within the home. Befriending offers supportive, reliable relationships through volunteer befrienders to people who would otherwise be socially isolated. The results of befriending can be very significant. Befriending often provides people with a new direction in life, opens up a range of activities and leads to increased self-esteem and self confidence. Befriending can also reduce the burden on other services (especially medical) which people may use inappropriately as they seek social contact.
For more information on befriending contact the Befriending Network Scotland
If you would like to become a volunteer or befriender, please contact us.
As a charity, we are always looking for additional support from businesses, charitable trusts, and individuals keen to help us care for our residents. The fees they pay cover the basic costs, but we are always trying to improve the quality of their experience, and it is support from the community, from residents’ families, or from other Friends of Campbell Snowdon that enables us to do so. We need that support in order to continue to meet the standards we have set, and to keep our fees as reasonable as possible. We want to be able to offer the highest standards of care to Campbell Snowdon residents - without charging the earth. That means we need the support of our friends via ongoing donations, legacies, in memoriam gifts, or fundraising.