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Being a Community Connector Volunteer is a fantastic opportunity to contribute to the success of a leading health charity and make a real difference to the people we support. The role will include: • Researching potential CHSS partner organisations using guidance provided; this may be groups, associations, local companies and schools. • Locating contact details for mailings / event promotion • Inputting data into a excel spreadsheet • Providing the fundraising team with feedback to research
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Are you looking for a rewarding way of sharing your experiences and life skills in order to make a positive impact in your community and help tackle child poverty? This is the opportunity for you! Part of the Parental Employment Support (PES) programme, Project Scotland is now recruiting volunteer mentors to support an individual in their community to overcome barriers they face in sustaining jobs or progressing in work. Our PES mentors offer one-to-one support to a local parent (mentee) they are matched with for 1 hour every 1-2 weeks. This role will involve getting to know your mentee and the challenges they may face, discussing their future goals, sharing your own experiences or skills and ultimately champion them to progress in life and work. Our volunteers do not need to have any specific career experience or qualification – just a positive and empathetic mindset and a passion for helping others to succeed.
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Shopping Friend

  • Home-based volunteering
Food Train Connects provides a one to one grocery shopping services for older people who are no longer able to manage independently, through age, ill health, frailty or disability. Our Connects Shopping Friends service is a fantastic way to make an impact on the lives of older people in your community. Our aim is to support older people to eat well, age well and live well. Becoming a Food Train Connects Shopping Friend is rewarding and it makes a huge difference to people’s lives. It’s amazing the impact that regular support with grocery shopping can have on someone who is isolated or lonely. If you want to make sure that an older person is able to live well in their own home this is a great opportunity to do so. The Role: • Contact the older person you are matched with on a regular basis, usually weekly, to obtain their shopping list, carry out their shopping and then deliver to their home, putting away if necessary. • Submit brief records, receipts for payment and to report any matters of concern to staff • Keep within the boundaries of the role • To inform Food Train Connects Staff of any accidents, incidents or complaints • To maintain confidentiality • To represent Food Train in a professional manner to our members and the wider community
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Youth Group Leader (Brownies)

  • Home-based volunteering, Suitable for groups
Girlguiding Scotland are looking for Youth Group Leaders for Brownies in Thurso but we welcome interest from volunteers throughout the Caithness and Sutherland area. About the Role The purpose of the role is to give girls opportunities for fun, friendship, challenge and adventure. As a leader you have responsibility for the unit you work with but you don’t need to do everything by yourself! Tasks can be shared with other leaders and volunteers – working together to make the most of the skills and time you are able to give. Some of these tasks include: • Providing a safe girl-only space where girls can discover their full potential. • Creating and delivering an accessible and inclusive programme as set out by Girlguiding. • Encouraging and supporting members in making decisions within the unit and the wider Girlguiding community. • Completing relevant training for the role and encouraging other members of the team to develop their skills. • Overseeing unit administration and finance. • Complying with Girlguiding policies and regulations. About Brownies Being a Brownie is all about having the space to try new things through a programme of age-appropriate activities, trips and adventures - both in their unit meetings and at special events. Brownies is for all girls aged seven to ten and are supported by a group of trained, inspirational leaders to explore, challenge themselves and have fun.
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Youth Group Leader (Guides)

  • Home-based volunteering, Suitable for groups
Girlguiding Scotland are looking for Youth Group Leaders for Guides in Golspie but we welcome interest from volunteers throughout the Caithness and Sutherland area. About the Role The purpose of the role is to give girls opportunities for fun, friendship, challenge and adventure. As a leader you have responsibility for the unit you work with but you don’t need to do everything by yourself! Tasks can be shared with other leaders and volunteers – working together to make the most of the skills and time you are able to give. Some of these tasks include: • Providing a safe girl-only space where girls can discover their full potential. • Creating and delivering an accessible and inclusive programme as set out by Girlguiding. • Encouraging and supporting members in making decisions within the unit and the wider Girlguiding community. • Completing relevant training for the role and encouraging other members of the team to develop their skills. • Overseeing unit administration and finance. • Complying with Girlguiding policies and regulations. About Guides Being a Guide is all about having the space to try new things through a programme of age-appropriate activities, trips and adventures - both in their unit meetings and at special events. Guides is for all girls aged ten to fourteen and are supported by a group of trained, inspirational leaders to explore, challenge themselves and have fun.
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Let’s TALK Volunteers will connect with people through engaging activities in order to help identify ways participants can take control of their lives and their treatment and raise awareness of the local support available to them. This role will include: • Co-producing and delivering the Let’s TALK project to tackle issues surrounding stigma and discrimination associated with poor mental health • Scoping out new signposting opportunities and resources • Promoting values of the 5 Ways to Wellbeing • Using own story of recovery or creative talents to empower others • Support from Project Facilitators throughout your role Due to Covid restrictions, the Let’s TALK project is currently run remotely so the role requires you to have internet access and a suitable device or laptop/computer.
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Ever thought of helping people, but not sure what you could do? Do you enjoy spending time with older people? Do you have a few hours a week to spare to help others? Becoming a Safer Ageing volunteer may be just for you! Hourglass Scotland is part of the well-established UK-wide charity, Hourglass (formerly Action on Elder Abuse), the only UK-wide charity dedicated to calling time on the harm, abuse and exploitation of older people. We’re dedicated to promoting safer ageing and a fairer society for all older people. We’re setting up an exciting new Community Hub, to provide comprehensive advice and support around the abuse of older people and safer ageing. The Hub will be available to older people, their loved ones, and anyone else concerned about an older person; providing immediate advice and support, as well as services to proactively help keep older people safe from harm, abuse and exploitation. We’re now recruiting a team of volunteers to help us deliver frontline support to older people and others. Volunteering roles We are developing a range of services and activities to promote safer ageing and stop abuse, incorporating prevention, recovery and resilience, including interest-based groups, social events, one-to-one support, and more. Volunteering roles include: • Hosting or assisting with coffee mornings or social events • Facilitating or assisting interest groups (e.g. crafts, photography, story-telling, local history, etc) • raising awareness of the work of Hourglass & issues relating to safer ageing and the abuse of older people • providing one-to-one support to an older person in their own home, a community setting or over the phone • hosting information stands or pop-up clinics at community venues and events We are looking for people who are passionate about stopping abuse and empowering older people to live well and age safely; who understand the experience of and issues affecting older people; who can demonstrate empathy, patience, sensitivity and resilience; and who can listen and support non-judgementally. If you match this description, and are over 18 years of age, and can commit to an hour or more per week, we’d love to hear from you. Some roles may be home-based, and we will be working primarily in Fife initially. Are you interested?
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Tech Volunteer

  • Home-based volunteering
All across the UK our 300 volunteers support older and/or disabled people at home to offer one-to-one support with technology, whether a computer, laptop, smartphone or tablet. Our volunteers: * Trouble shoot technical issues * Offer impartial advice on technology * Set-up new tech and install hardware and software * Show people how to use their tech at home eg, shop online, send/receive emails, Skype with family/friends * Make adaptations to support a disabled person’s specific technology needs
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Re-engage exists to support older people who live alone and find it hard to get out in normal times. The Covid-19 crisis is particularly devastating for these people and many are feeling incredibly vulnerable, especially those with few family members or friends to talk to. In response to the crisis we’ve suspended our regular social gatherings and, with the help of our dedicated volunteers, have set up a UK-wide call companions service. Older people who are feeling alone can receive a regular friendly phone call throughout the crisis and beyond, for as long as they want it. No one should have to face this crisis alone. We won’t leave anyone behind. Re-engage exists to support older people who live alone and find it hard to get out in normal times. Call Companions is a telephone befriending service providing regular chats to older people, often living on their own and with little social interaction, launched in response to the Covid-19 crisis. Our call companion coordinators are volunteers, over the age of 18, who oversees a small group of around six call companions and the older people they speak to on a regular basis. As the call companion coordinator, you will be the main point of contact for everyone in your group. You will be in touch regularly with both the volunteers and the older people, making sure they have all the support and information they need to make or receive their regular calls and responding to any queries or concerns. You will keep the team at Re-engage updated and submit a monthly report. This is a challenging but rewarding role that makes a big difference in the lives of people experiencing loneliness. This is a flexible, home-based voluntary role that can easily be fitted in around your own lifestyle and availability. Arranging the first call companion calls for your group is likely to take several hours of your time; once your group is up and running, however, you will be volunteering for around two hours per month. This is a long-term voluntary role, so we are ideally looking for individuals who are able to commit to volunteering with us for at least 12 months. Once you have submitted your application, you will be contacted by a member of staff for an informal interview. We then complete an ID check and ask you for 2 references. As one of our valued volunteer leaders, you’ll receive online training and Re-engage staff are on hand to support you. Re-engage is a UK wide charity and we have Scottish based staff who are part of the support team.
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All across the UK, our 300 volunteers support older and/or disabled people at home to offer one-to-one support with their technology, whether that’s a computer, laptop, smartphone or tablet. Our volunteers: • Troubleshoot technical issues. • Offer impartial advice on technology. • Set up new tech and install hardware and software. • Show people how to use their tech at home e.g. shop online, send and receive emails and Skype with family and friends. • Make adaptations to support a disabled person’s specific technology needs What will I be doing? • Contacting clients to arrange a date/time to support (home visits or supporting them remotely). • Carrying out tech support for the clients you have accepted. • Feeding back on progress via our online ticketing system. • Supporting your local Coordinator with promoting the volunteer service in the local area. • Getting together with other tech volunteers at team meetings and wider company events. • Undergoing training on technology, particularly adaptive technology. • Supporting other volunteers through our online chat facility. As an AbilityNet Tech volunteer you can: • Change the lives of disabled and older people. • Benefit from technology and disability training. • Network with a nationwide team of other Tech volunteers. • Be flexible with your volunteering and plan it around your other work and home commitments. You don’t need to be a tech guru to help out. If you use a computer at home or work and perhaps support. family and friends with their tech issues, you are likely to have the skills we need: • A passion to help others. • Good IT and computer skills. • Knowledge of standard operating systems and software. • The ability to communicate well with people. • Patience and empathy. • Your own transport or good transport links.
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