Are you interested in contributing to the work of Health in Mind, a mental health and wellbeing charity based in Edinburgh, working across Scotland? Health in Mind is seeking to recruit suitably experienced and qualified people onto our Board Directors.
Health in Mind Board Directors are responsible for the charity's governance and strategy, and for making sure that the charity is administered effectively. They have ultimate accountability for its activities and outcomes.
In an increasingly challenging financial environment for the Health and Social Care sector, in the midst of a period of change, we are seeking to increase our working partnerships, improve our effectiveness, continue to develop creative approaches to meet need and increase our unrestricted income. In order to help us achieve this, we are seeking new volunteer Board Directors, particularly those with an appropriate level of the following knowledge, skills or experience:
Health and Social Care
Finance / audit / accounting
IT / systems
Health in Mind Board meets six times a year, currently via video conferencing, usually in our city centre office in Edinburgh and is supported by a number of focussed committees, currently meeting quarterly by video conference.
An application pack is available on our website. https://www.health-in-mind.org.uk/be_a_health_in_mind_hero/become_a_board_director/d109/
If you have difficulties accessing the pack, please contact Annmarie Mitchell, HR/Admin Assistant on 0131 225 8508 or email email@example.com
If you would like any further information, you can contact Wendy Bates, Chief Executive, at firstname.lastname@example.org, 0131 225 8508, or you can complete the Board Director application form directly.
Closing date for applications is 22 April 2021 at noon.
Interviews will take place, via video conference on 13 and 17 May 2021.
If shortlisted, there will be an opportunity to meet informally with Health in Mind Chair and Chief Executive prior to an interview conducted by small panel of current Board Directors.
Successful applicants will be expected to provide two references and be prepared to join the PVG scheme.
Health in Mind promotes equality and diversity in the workplace. Registered charity no SC004128.
The Board of Trustees of Four Pillars are looking to recruit new trustees to ensure the Charity can continue to grow and support the LGBT+ community in Grampian.
Four pillars currently run a community hub, support and social groups, 1 to 1 support, provide volunteering opportunities and facilitate Grampian Pride.
There are lots of ideas in the pipeline for the future. In order to achieve these we are particularly looking for people with previous experience of serving on a charity board and/or with skills and knowledge in one or more of the following:
-An understanding of the needs of the LGBT+ community in Grampian
-PR social media
-Fundraising/ event planning
We would also like to hear from people currently underrepresented on our board:
-People with a disability
-People from an ethnic minority
For more information or to apply please go to our website www.fourpillarsuk.org/volunteer
Have you been Bereaved by Suicide? Do you have a desire to help other people who have also been Bereaved by Suicide? Are you comfortable listening to the experiences of others? You could be just the person we are looking for.
We have self-help support groups across the UK, where you can meet with other people who have been bereaved by suicide and we want to enroll some new volunteers to set up a group in Aberdeen. Typically, our groups meet once a month and last for around 2 hours. Presently many groups are meeting virtually via Zoom but when regulations allow, they will return to Face to Face. They provide an opportunity to listen, to share, to ask questions and to connect with others.
Each local SoBS group is run by a team of 3: the group leader and two group volunteers, all of whom have been bereaved by suicide themselves. Between them, they facilitate the session, get the conversation started, make sure everyone has the opportunity to talk if they want to, and generally look out for people and each other. The team also work together to manage the administration, fundraising and communication for the group, sometimes with the help of additional support volunteers.
There is no set structure to a session – people are free to talk and listen as they wish. The topics discussed vary from week to week but often includes people sharing their story, how they are feeling, what has happened since their last group visit, questions about coroners and discussions about common challenges such as flashbacks, supporting children or facing neighbours. Many groups also offer a small resource library and can share information about local sources of support.
For further details please contact Phill Abbiss, Volunteer Coordinator (North) at E Mail: email@example.com or tel.: 07535 854 860.
Scotland Versus Arthritis is looking for individuals willing to lead short health walks in your area, lead on other physical activities, or facilitate virtual support groups. Full training and on-going support for volunteers will be available.
We are also looking for expressions of interest from anyone keen to become an instructor of Tai Chi or Qi Gong for arthritis.
The current Covid restrictions have meant that for many the wait for treatment may be a year or more away.
Painkilling prescriptions are seldom more than a temporary relief. Support and exercise can however offer a better way to self-manage the daily on-going pain and fatigue.
In readiness for the eventual lifting of lockdown we are asking, can you spare an hour or two each month to help?
Please contact your local Development Officer, Dr. P. Neville, firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 07501 501114 for details.
We currently have around 40 shops/ community hubs across Scotland. Our shops and hubs help us raise funds so we can provide our services to the people who need us. Every one of our stores relies on a team of volunteers to help run it and support our staff. Quite simply, we cannot provide our services or raise funds without the amazing support of our volunteers. The time, support and the work they do is vital to us and the people we help. By helping out in one of our stores, you can make a difference to people and their families in Scotland who are isolated, scared or anxious about their condition.
For more details about volunteering at our Aberdeen Cults Store please email: email@example.com or tel.: 0131 225 6963.
Information about volunteering with Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland is also available at: https://www.chss.org.uk/volunteer-with-chss/
The Red Cross run a Patient Transport Service which provides an essential lifeline for those who need to get to and from hospital treatment facilities. The service provides enhanced care for those needing additional medical support during the journey and this role includes clinical skills and would give volunteers good experience, especially for those wanting a career in ambulance work and the NHS.
The role is based in Aberdeen and we are looking for people who can complete 15 days of training run via a combination of e-learning, Zoom training and face to face sessions. You would need to be able to commit to the dates from 20th-23rd April for training in Aberdeen.
Once this is completed, we are looking for people to do 2 x 8 hour shifts per month, which can be weekend, evening or weekdays.
The minimum age for the role is 21 and you need to have held a UK Driving licence for 2 years.
The role will involve:
• Collecting and taking patients to a hospital or other treatment centre for appointments or visits
• Completing all tasks associated with service delivery, e.g. accurate records, cleaning to approved infection control schedules, equipment used in accordance with training and procedures.
• Using communication equipment, if required, in accordance with the radio licence and British Red Cross guidelines, and keeping appropriate records of use
• Applying the duty of candour requirements to communication with service users and representatives.
• Additional support and guidance sought when required
• Providing basic first aid as necessary, in line with the current scope of practice, regulatory standards, and British Red Cross policies, procedures and core values
To apply please go to http://bit.ly/ASAberdeen or for more information email MBaxter@redcross.org.uk
Woodfarm Day Centre provides meetings on Thursdays for the elderly to give social contact, activities, a meal, and entertainment. Mini-buses bring members to Woodfarm Pavilion. Hours, normally from 10 am to 3 pm, are flexible for volunteers.
You will help members to move about, take part in games, chat and encourage participation in activities, as well as serving food to members.
If you can help, we would be delighted to hear from you.
As a Sported volunteer you will support a member who needs advice in your area of expertise (e.g. business, fundraising) There are 2 types of support you can offer: Light Touch Support - Offering short term support for example via phone or email from a member or delivering a workshop. Mentor Placement - supporting a member over a series of months through a period of change or development.
While most of Sported members are knowledgeable and passionate about their sport, and working with young people in their club, they often lack skills, time and networks they need to make their clubs sustainable and effective. That's where Sported volunteers come in.
The aim of our Community Kitchen project is to transform usable, surplus food into freshly prepared meals for distribution to Foodbanks and larders across Dundee. The Kitchen has been launched to close the loop between food waste and food poverty by supporting organisations tackling food insecurity, while reducing the amount of food going to waste.
As a volunteer, there are various ways you can contribute to the day-to-day running of our project. Roles you can help with include:
Surplus Food Collector
We are building a network of local food businesses that are keen to pass their surplus food stock to us. This helps them reduce their food waste and adds to our supply of ingredients. As this network grows, we’ll need people to help collect this food from across the city. Days and times are flexible but largely depend on the food businesses’ schedules. You would be out and about between supermarkets, small shops and our Whitfield-based kitchen. You will probably enjoy chatting with the staff you receive food from, will be happy moving crates of food around (these could be heavy) and will be integral to building relationships between our project and local businesses. You will need access to your own vehicle to carry out this role.
Stock Systems Administrator
To measure the impact of what we are doing, we record the food that comes to us, what we use for cooking meals and what we ourselves pass on or discard. We also keep a record of the ingredients and meals in our stores, to help us plan what we cook and what we give to the larders and Foodbank we supply. This is a mainly desk-based role, inputting information to our Excel spreadsheets, although you may want to look around the stores to check some details. Much of this could be done from home. Our systems are new, and you would be welcome to suggest improvements.
Kitchen Prep & Cooking Team
There are roles for people with kitchen experience, which include preparing and cooking various meals in large batches to be portioned for sending out. Kitchen work is quite physically-demanding and you would be working with sharp equipment and heat. You could come in early for food prep (mainly peeling & chopping vegetables and then cooking over heat in large pots), or later in the day to portion out the chilled food, clear any unwashed dishes in our commercial dishwasher and clean down the kitchen. Veg prep for the following day is also possible in the afternoons. We currently cook to ideas rather than recipes, responding to our ever-changing ingredients supply! You will enjoy being a little creative in the kitchen and thinking on your feet. A Level 2 Food Hygiene certificate is required for these roles. We use the HACCP system of food safety management. If you are keen to volunteer in one of these roles but don’t have a certificate, let us know and we can arrange for you to do the study online.
Our food stores (fridges, freezers and pantry) need regular cleaning and tidying. You could come in for a couple of hours and focus on one or two areas at a time, or blast through them all in a longer day. There are also cleaning tasks in the kitchen that need carried out every so often, for example weekly or fortnightly, in addition to the daily cleaning that the kitchen team do as they work. These are things like wiping down the walls and cleaning the hob. Ideally, these tasks would be done on Fridays when the kitchen is not so busy.
This is a role that you could carry out alongside other tasks, and may only be required for a short time. You would look at the typical ingredients we receive and come up with tasty meal ideas for them. You might take some ingredients home to try out your recipes before putting them into electronic documents we can use in the kitchen. You would need to consider how the food can be cooked in bulk (upto 50 portions) using the equipment we have, the types of ingredients we use (no raw meat, fish or eggs) and how the meals will be packaged and reheated by those who receive them. You could even learn how to create food safety compliant labels for the final packaged meals.
We would love to create and maintain a kitchen garden outside our building, growing herbs and fresh produce which can be used in the food we produce. In time, we’d like the garden to offer educational opportunities, inviting people to pick and taste, showing them what they can grow at home with limited or upcycled resources and how they can use what they grow in their own kitchens.Some knowledge of growing and garden design would be ideal, but if you are keen to learn and get stuck in then that’s great too. We have limited gardening knowledge but plenty of enthusiasm and links to experts.
Contact Caroline on 01382 504033 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As an Emergency Response Volunteer, you will help people prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies. Every individual affected will need different support from us and you can be there to help someone when they need it most. Spread the power of kindness with us and help make sure that those who need support get it.
Availability: Service operates 24/7 . We are looking for volunteers who are able to sign-up for at least 24 hours duty per month.
Driving required: Driving licence preferable but not essential.
What you will be doing
You will be helping provide practical and emotional support to people. Every individual will need different support from us to help, below are some examples of what you might support with:
• Respond to emergency call outs in your local area.
• Provide practical support such as distributing clothing, food or water after emergencies.
• Engage with people and communities affected by emergency and provide emotional support.
• Help ensure people affected know where they can get further support.
• Work in collaboration with local government or emergency services.
• Provide additional ad Hoc support in large scale UK based emergencies.