Prestonfield & District Neighbourhood Workers Project
In the building since it was built, we have run day care, dementia day care, lunch clubs, a Men’s Group, a Women’s Group, a Mental Health Support Group and an Art Group. We offer Personal Footcare and have a fast track system for referrals to NHS when more advanced treatment is needed, we are the only Centre in Edinburgh except for NHS Audiology who, following training from NHS staff, do small repairs and replace the batteries in NHS hearing aids. In normal times we organise bus trips and outings for lunch in the good weather and run many activities which include music and singing as well as dancing for those who are able.
During the Pandemic we have delivered freshly cooked meals to hundreds of older people, we have set up and continued a shopping service for those who are still unable to go out to the shops. We provided an outreach service doing home visits or taking out lonely older people or giving Carer respite until that had to stop in December 2020 with the 2nd lockdown. We are still undertaking wellbeing telephone calls and have just received and the staff trained to use 8 x I-pads to enhance to communication with clients between their houses when they still cannot get out.
Information for volunteers
Volunteers will be offered training when they come in to our Centre to work in areas such as Manual Handling, Lone Working, Infection Control, Covid Awareness, First Aid, Food Hygiene and many more subjects to ensure their time supporting our older people gives them the tools to work with them during home visits or out in the Community and to also use the digital equipment we have been gifted to keep our older people in touch with each other in future not just at this difficult time.