Scotland’s leading providers of housing and care looks for arty volunteers


Bield-care industry newsBield, one of Scotland’s leading providers of housing and care, is looking to get arty to help its tenants in East Lothian to become more creative.

Southfield Court, a Retirement Housing development in Dunbar, is on the lookout for a local artist who would be keen to volunteer their special skills for a vibrant group of older people who want develop their painting skills.

The tenants have already had a successful still life taster session and this has left them with an enthusiasm to progress their skills even further.

Kate Donohoe, Manager at Southfield Court, said, “Our tenants thoroughly enjoyed their initial still life session and are now particularly interested in learning more about working with charcoals, pastels, water colour and oil painting.

“They are a friendly and enthusiastic bunch and anyone who was willing to give a little of their free time to share their talents with them would be opening them up to a whole new world.

“Recreational classes such as this are greatly beneficial as they can be very therapeutic for the tenants – allowing them to get involved with something creative while socialising with others.”

Whether you are a working artist, an art student, an art teacher or a graphic designer, Southfield Court would be keen to hear from anyone who possesses artistic skill and the ability to teach a class.

Anyone interested will be required to dedicate a couple of hours once a week to working with the tenants. Times can be flexible but arranged around a Monday, Wednesday or Friday morning or afternoon. A minimum six-month commitment is required.

If you are interested or would like more information please call Kate on 01368 863 063 or Donna on 0131 273 4095, or 07887 796 744 or

Please note that these are volunteer, unpaid positions. We thank everyone for their enquiry. However, we hope you understand that not all enquiries will result in volunteer placements.

Bield is a registered charity that came from humble beginnings, starting out with just one development in Bo’Ness to become a major of a wide range of housing and services for around 20,000 older people across 23 local authority areas.


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