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Italian Befriender

Lingo Flamingo

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Minimum Age: You must be at least 15 years old to volunteer for this opportunity.

About this opportunity:

Befriending service for older adults that have limited knowledge of English. 

We are looking for volunteers that speak a foreign language and that can support older adults overcome social isolation. 

There are many people that came from abroad to live in Scotland and are now living in care homes. Some of them have difficulties with the English language and can feel isolated because of that. Lingo Flamingo aims to provide them with social support in their native language.

Befriending takes place 1 to 2 hours a week, over at least 10 weeks. Some of the supported people will have dementia or other disabilities, so the volunteers needs to show patience, empathy and compassion. 

Languages we need: Italian, Punjabi, Polish, Gaelic, Russian, Urdu.

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Frequency & Commitment: You need to be able to commit at least 1 hour a week over 10 weeks, preferably more. 

Where does it happen/How do I get there?
This opportunity can be done all over Scotland.
You will need to travel to the location of the befriendee, who will most often live in a care home.

Group/Organisation aims: Lingo Flamingo brings people together and to provide dynamic, interactive language workshops to empower older adults and delay the effects of dementia and brain ageing. Research has shown that dementia can be delayed by up to 5 years by learning a second language. We are partnered with Edinburgh University and Alzheimer Scotland who are conducting further research into our innovative approach to dementia. Volunteers are needed to deliver language classes tailored to the elderly, engaging them creatively.

Skills, experience, or qualifications required: Reliable & trustworthy, Compassion, Italian, languages, Empathy

Training & Support Details: Private course

  • Expenses IconThis opportunity pays travel expenses. Expenses are reimbursed for travel and hot drink. 
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Reference Code: VMP Ref: 8876

Last Updated: 05/03/2018

Opportunity Contact Details

Contact Name: Papoula Romao

Contact Address:
Lingo Flamingo
840 Govan Road
G51 3UU

Contact Telephone: 07379 576387

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