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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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As a Study Buddy you will support the learning and development of a child or a young person who is affected by HIV and/or Hepatitis C. You will meet weekly for 1-2 hours to spend one-on-one time together. Together you can work on homework or development of relevant skills, such as developing the child’s motor skills by doing crafts or doing physical activity. The sessions are creative and child-lead. This is a great opportunity, if you would like to gain experience for working in education. Our volunteers are really valued. One of the parents have reported that: “The school are really impressed with the progress Eve has made. Mike has done such a brilliant job! Whatever he`s doing is really working!”
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Across the UK, our 270 local groups play a vital part in supporting people affected by MS. They provide sense of belonging, unity and friendship. And they deliver services and support for their local MS community. We are looking to recruit a Group Coordinator for our Aberdeen group. As our local Group Coordinator you’ll take the lead in making sure your local group works as effectively as possible. You’ll recruit, induct and support other group volunteers to make sure your group’s activities meet the needs of your local MS community. You can see a video about one of our Group Coordinators here. In this role you’ll be able to develop your leadership, management, communication, organisation and motivation skills. To find out more about what services this group currently offer please go to https://volunteers.mssociety.org.uk/group-coordinator Time Commitment We estimate this role will need around 5 hours a week. Our roles are flexible and aim to fit around you. Time commitments for this role may vary depending on your activities. This is an ongoing role. This is a great opportunity to gain experience within a large charity and develop your existing skills and learn new ones. We need you to get involved and help make positive changes to the lives of people affected by MS. About you You’ll have an interest in the MS Society and the work that we do, as well as the enthusiasm to represent both us and our values locally. You will understand the needs of people affected by MS in your area and be sympathetic to the needs and motivations of volunteers. You’ll be confident using Microsoft Office, the internet and email. You’ll be able to apply disability, equality and inclusion practices and understand and apply our risk management system. Ideally you’ll understand the local area and organisations that provide local services. You will be reliable and easy to contact and you need to live in or near the Aberdeen area to carry out this role. Apply online or for further information contact simon.moran@mssociety.org.uk The MS Society is committed to promoting diversity. We can only offer roles to over 18s.
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