Lingo Flamingo

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Battling Dementia Through Language - Lingo Flamingo brings people together and provides 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.

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  • Icelandic Befriender

    This opportunity is ongoing, with no end date.

    We are looking for volunteers that speak Icelandic and that can support older adults overcome social isolation. Befriending takes place 1 to 2 hours a week, over at least 10 weeks. Some of the supported people will have dementia, so the volunteers needs to show patience and empathy.

    • Type of activityBefriending/Mentoring, Community, Disability, Elderly, Health and social care, Languages/translating
    • Opportunity lengthOngoing
    • AvailabilityFriday AM, Friday PM, Monday AM, Monday PM, Saturday AM, Saturday PM, Sunday AM, Sunday PM, Thursday AM, Thursday PM, Tuesday AM, Tuesday PM, Wednesday AM, Wednesday PM
    • University SchoolEdinburgh Medical School, Health in Social Science, History, Classics and Archaeology, Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences
    • Assertiveness
    • Cross-cultural communication
    • Ethics and social responsibility
    • Interpersonal / Confidence
    • Self-awareness and reflection
    • Verbal communication and presentation
  • Urdu Befriender

    This opportunity is ongoing, with no end date.

    We are looking for volunteers that speak Urdu and that can support older adults overcome social isolation. Befriending takes place 1 to 2 hours a week, over at least 10 weeks. Some of the supported people will have dementia, so the volunteers needs to show patience and empathy.

    • Type of activityBefriending/Mentoring, Elderly, Families, Health and social care, Languages/translating
    • Opportunity lengthOngoing
    • AvailabilityFriday AM, Friday PM, Monday AM, Monday PM, Saturday AM, Saturday PM, Sunday AM, Sunday PM, Thursday AM, Thursday PM, Tuesday AM, Tuesday PM, Wednesday AM, Wednesday PM
    • University SchoolEdinburgh Medical School, Engineering, Health in Social Science, History, Classics and Archaeology, Literatures, Languages and Cultures, Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences
    • Assertiveness
    • Cross-cultural communication
    • Ethics and social responsibility
    • Influencing and negotiation skills
    • Initiative
    • Interpersonal / Confidence
    • Self-awareness and reflection
    • Verbal communication and presentation
  • Language Tutors

    This opportunity is ongoing, with no end date.

    Lingo Flamingo is the world's first social enterprise which aims to make language learning accessible to older adults. We believe that it is never too old to learn a new language, and that language learning should be accessible, fun, immersive and stimulating. Since starting in 2015, we have taught in over 150 care homes across Scotland, from Edinburgh to the Isle of Arran. Because we are a not-for-profit social enterprise, we rely on being able to recruit talented and passionate linguists who are looking to gain unique teaching experience. Do you have language skills in either French, Spanish, Italian or German? Do you have 1 hour a week to spare over a 10 week period?

    • Type of activityAdults, Care/Support work, Community, Education, Elderly, Health and social care, Languages/translating, Tutoring
    • Opportunity lengthOngoing
    • AvailabilityFriday AM, Friday PM, Monday AM, Monday PM, Thursday AM, Thursday PM, Tuesday AM, Tuesday PM, Wednesday AM, Wednesday PM
    • Impact
    • Commercial / Professional / Situational awareness
    • Creativity and inventive thinking
    • Cross-cultural communication
    • Decision making
    • Ethics and social responsibility
    • Handling complexity and ambiguity
    • Independent learning and development
    • Independent research
    • Influencing and negotiation skills
    • Initiative
    • Interpersonal / Confidence
    • Knowledge integration and application
    • Planning / Organising
    • Problem solving
    • Public engagement
    • Self-awareness and reflection
    • Specialist knowledge
    • Time management
    • Verbal communication and presentation
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