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Student volunteers wanted in West Lothian

Bield is calling for more students to join the team at various locations around the county.

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A leading housing provider is encouraging students to donate their time and help make a difference to the lives of older people in West Lothian.

In celebration of Student Volunteering Week (11-19 February), Bield is calling for more students to join the team at various locations around the county.

Bield volunteers help older people to engage in a variety of activities, helping to reduce the risk of loneliness and isolation, which can have a detrimental impact on health and wellbeing.

Service user Jenny Dyer, of Mansewood Court in Whitburn, has been receiving one-to-one IT support from student volunteer Sonia Dunn. She said: “It’s brilliant. Sonia has been great at helping me to develop new skills on the computer. I’ve learned how to make posters and meeting notes for our social club, and I can now shop online. Amazon is my favourite!

“I’m enjoying using Microsoft Office, too, and hope to write my own book about my career and travels. I used to be a nurse, and I’ve travelled all over the world.

“People keep telling me to write a book, and now I will be able to. It’s opened up a whole new chapter for me.”

Sonia, 34, who is studying Health and Social Care at West Lothian College, said: “I really enjoy my volunteer role. I plan to do social work in the future, so it’s great experience being able to support people. It’s also really satisfying to know that I’m helping someone live their life to the full.”

Bield currently has volunteering opportunities in various locations in West Lothian. Training, ongoing support and expenses are provided. For more information please visit www.bield.co.uk or call 0131 273 4029.