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At Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA), all horses benefit the lives of over 25,000 disabled children and adults. With fun activities like riding and carriage driving, they provide therapy, fitness, skills development and opportunities for achievement – all supported by 18,000 amazing volunteers and qualified coaches at nearly 500 RDA centres all over the UK. RDA is an inclusive and diverse organisation. RDA welcome clients with physical and learning disabilities and autism, and there are no age restrictions. Through their network of member groups, RDA is at work in every corner of the UK, in cities and remote rural areas, bringing the therapy, achievement and fun of horses to as many people as possible. RDA is a charity, and they can only carry out our life-changing activities thanks to the generosity of donors, the dedication of volunteers and the good nature of fantastic horses. The Regional Chair role is a voluntary position and is vital in providing development and direction within their region whilst keeping open communication channels. They support their regional officer’s in their roles, which ensures volunteers are knowledgeable on RDA’s objectives and operations. The Regional Chair works closely with both National Office and their Regional team. In the role of Regional Chair, there are opportunities to contribute to the development of RDA UK through their membership of the Regional Chair’s Committee, which directly report to the RDA Board of Trustees as well as receiving ongoing support from RDA National office. Starting out as a Regional Chair includes the opportunity to attend an induction day at the National Training Centre or by video conference (subject to Covid-19 restrictions). Ideally, you will have: • Enthusiasm for RDA UK and the values it holds. • Experience of being part of chairing a committee and an interest in working with others to develop plans. • An interest and ability to visit and interact with groups throughout the region. • An open mind to supporting volunteers and groups in different ways. • An ability to communicate in a variety of ways including the use of email. Qualities: • A willingness to lead • Have the skills to run a meeting well • Have an efficient approach to the role • Organised
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NHS Grampian is asking the public to be involved in the research endowments grant review process. Every year in NHS Grampian, Research and Development and Endowments offer research funding to local researchers. This funding is to help support new projects in the early stages of their research. The hope is that these initial findings will help projects to secure external funding for further research. All projects are aiming to help NHS Grampian patients and staff by developing new or better medicines, care ideas and more. We would like to invite volunteers to help review this year’s applications. This would involve reading and scoring three sections of the applications (lay summary, benefit to NHS Grampian and its patients, stakeholder involvement and engagement). There may be up to 8 different applications to read and they are normally a few pages in length. We would ask you to discuss the applications at a meeting with other volunteers and come up with an agreed score. There will be 5 or 6 meetings (depending on interest), with a mix of in person and online meetings. We will only ask you to attend one session. The meetings are planned for: • Thursday 12th January 2-3.30pm (online) • Friday 13th January 10:30am-1pm (in person including a lunch 12-1) • Friday 13th January 12-2:30pm (in person including a lunch 12-1) • Monday 16th January 5.30-7pm (online) • Tuesday 17th January 12-1.30pm (online) • Friday 20th January 12-2:30pm (in person including a lunch 12-1) The online meetings will be held on MS Teams. Therefore, we ask that you have an email address and a web enabled device that you can join us on e.g. laptop, tablet. The in person meeting will take place in Research and Development Department, Foresterhill House Annexe. A fantastic opportunity to help the NHS. All help makes a difference and is greatly appreciated. To volunteer/for further details please contact Claudia Zabke, Research Engagement and Involvement Officer at email: gram.ppa@nhs.scot
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Our current Treasurer has resigned for personal reasons but she will help you to become familiar with the role for as long as it takes. We'd like you to continue keeping records on the spreadsheet. In time, we'd welcome advice on expenditure. Half of the current committee live in or near Dundee or Perth and we'd like you to attend our meetings in person, around every two months. You would need to join the DSWA and CSB will fund that membership, and pay travel expenses. The DSWA works to advance education in the craft and heritage of dry stone walling for the public benefit.' Amateur members build walls for other charities, for community organisations and for good causes; professional members operate independently but assist us in our activities. The programme of members' events is published in February and runs from March to November; the winter months are a fairly quiet time for the Treasurer. Our financial year ends on 31 August, and your annual Branch accounts are prepared in a format specific to DSWA , examined locally and then sent to HQ to be collated into one larger report for the Charity Commission.
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School's Out! is Big Hearts' holiday project which enables local young people to thrive outside the school term and have a safe place to spend their school holidays. Arts and crafts within our community space. Sports day on the community pitch at Tynecastle Park. Fun trips to the park. Magic shows and many other fun and engaging activities.
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Big Hearts Befrienders provides one-to-one befriending for children and young people aged 7-14 in kinship care, through supporting them to learn new skills and provide a social experience. Through the befriending relationship the child / young person and the befriender may touch on topics such as increasing self-esteem; dealing with worries; respect for others, with the main aim of building a trusting and reliable relationship with an adult and working towards set outcomes.
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The Home Support service supports people affected by HIV and/or Hepatitis C to take care of their homes. When illness, mobility or side-effects of medication makes housework too difficult we can offer the support that enables people to feel more comfortable with their environment. You will work with the client to achieve goals that they have set by assisting them with cleaning and decluttering, as well as one-off tasks such as gardening or DIY (dependent on volunteers’ skills).
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One phone call a fortnight may not seem like much but having that regular contact with someone can make all the difference to the wellbeing of a person who is at home alone. Isolation and loneliness are increasing in our society and the COVID-19 crisis made life even more difficult for many. We help people to set simple goals for themselves as an active way to improve their sense of wellbeing. As a Phone Friend volunteer you will be able to support them in achieving these goals by offering encouragement and accountability, as well as a friendly listening ear.
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Our volunteer drivers provide service users with lifts to hospital or GP appointments so that they can access vital medical care and treatment. They also help service users get to supermarkets and some other welfare appointments, as well as collecting and delivering prescriptions. Drivers quickly get to know service users and build up a rapport with them, making it a really sociable and rewarding role. Volunteers can use their own car or we can arrange a hire car.
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As a befriender you will build a meaningful and supportive relationship with a child, or a young person (ages 5-18) affected by HIV and/or Hepatitis C. One of our volunteers has commented on how rewarding it is to befriend a child: “Ben is a loving friendly little boy with masses of energy and a real curiosity... I feel very lucky that he is part of my life :-)” Befriending outings are about 3-5 hours long and take place every other weekend - you can choose the day and time that suits you best. During the Befriending outings you and the child you will be matched with will go on different adventures and fun activities of your choice, such as going to the movies or kayaking.
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The Supportive Shopping Service offers assistance with shopping to people who are living with HIV and/or Hepatitis C. Our clients often struggle to manage to get their shopping independently due to poor physical/mental health, limited mobility, social anxiety or literacy issues. This service allows people to choose their own shopping and have some social time and chat with a trusted person. Being able to shop for food and have regular social interactions are important parts of staying well and independent. You’d be helping service users maintain their independence and be supporting their nutrition - a core part of staying healthy while on treatment.
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