IT Support and Learning Volunteer (Braeside House)

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Royal Blind
50 Gillespie Crescent
Edinburgh, EH10 4JB

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Location: Edinburgh and Lothians

Support and supervision from: Care Home Manager

Time Commitment (Hours): Afternoons or weekends

Contact Phone: 0131 446 3154

Closing Date: 01/04/2020

Job Summary

Many of our older residents would like to be able to make better use of modern technology, for example to keep in touch with loved ones or be able to take and share photos and/or videos. This, if you’re the right person, is where you come in.

For this role, we’re looking for two important skillsets:

  1. You should be someone who is comfortable and confident with modern technology. You don’t need to be an expert software engineer or anything like that; we need volunteers who can find their way around the average smartphone, tablet or laptop and make use of their common functions.
  2. You should have great people skills, patience and the ability to explain steps clearly and simply to our residents, helping them build their knowledge and confidence.

What does Royal Blind do?

Royal Blind is Scotland's largest vision impairment organisation. We create life changing opportunities for vision impaired children and adults from across Scotland and the rest of the UK. 

What team will you be supporting and what do they do?

Braeside House is a care home in Edinburgh, Braeside House offers nursing care to older people with vision impairment, including those that may have other medical needs such as dementia. Braeside House is a dynamic team who will welcome and support volunteers to have a positive and rewarding experience.

Tasks and Responsibilities

  1. Act as an IT resource for staff to teach and guide them on IT skills
  2. Teach the residents to use Alexa and IPads if they have an interest

Volunteers should meet the following criteria


  1. Minimum Age 18+
  2. Reasonable IT skills and patience to teach others.
  3. A commitment to demonstrating Royal Blind and values of being approachable, forward thinking, professional, positive, empowering and sector leading.


  1. Experience of guiding the vision impaired



Support for volunteers

  • Structured induction and training
  • Ongoing support and supervision from Volunteer Development Manager
  • Ongoing support and supervision from your volunteer supervisor
  • Access to further training
  • Travel expenses


If you are interested in applying for this position, please complete the application below. For more information, please email