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About Voluntary Work at Milltown
In both Milltown House and Peesie's Knapp, the emphasis is very much on creating a supportive and friendly environment. The needs of the residents and tenants, all of whom are adults, vary considerably. Some are fairly independent while the others require varying degrees of help with their daily care and hygiene, and it is important to be prepared and willing to be involved with such care. They are all very much at home here and are always welcoming to new co-workers.
The work is variedand includes supporting the residents and tenants with their daily tasks, their hobbies, interets and personal hygiene, cooking, household tasks, outdoor jobs on the smallholding and in the garden and organising outings. As we are a small community co-workers are involved with all aspects of the life and work. As part of a small team you are expected to share responsibility for the daily running of the community and for the general well being of the residents and tenants. Most of the co-workers who have lived here in the past were happy with that challenge. There is much scope for initiative and creativity.
Some of the residents and tenants attend our Day Workshop for part of their working week. This workshop is run by employed co-ordinators living locally and is also attended by several people with special needs from the area. This daily contact with local people has given our small community added dynamic.
We do provide ‘in-house’ training and induction and we will introduce you to all the main work areas.
Voluntary co-workers do not receive wages, but food and accommodation are provided and a weekly amount of pocket money to cover personal expenses, £40 at present, plus an allowance for local public transport. We are in the countryside three miles from the nearest bus route- you can arrange a lift to and from the bus stop, 10 miles from the local town Stonehaven and 28 miles from the city of Aberdeen. Although the local area is a paradise for walking and cycling, if you depend on busy city life, living in Milltown might not be so easy for you. You will have a day and a half off every week. We work co-operatively and we try to accommodate individual needs and time off for holidays and special occasions as well. Holiday breaks are by arrangement.
We work as a team and discuss work needs usually on a daily basis. We have three employed workers who live locally. Andrew and Barbara are living in Milltown house with usually one or two more voluntary co-workers living in the house. John and Tineke live in Peesie's Knapp with one voluntary co-worker. Mel and Stewart and their family live the chalet next to Milltown House.
If you feel that you could fit in with our community life and would like to join us, then please get in touch with Barbara Plant, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note that we require two references from you and if you are from abroad we also need a statement from your local police office regarding criminal offences; if you are from Britain we will apply for an enhanced disclosure on your behalf.