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* Your Credit Union needs you…...come and help shape the future of Grampian Credit Union! * This year, we have vacancies for Non-Executive Directors, and members of our Supervisory Committee. These vacancies have arisen from Directors & Supervisory Committee members reaching the end of their current terms, or because they are moving on. Information about the available roles, responsibilities and essential skills required for both roles can be accessed on our website at https://www.grampiancreditunion.co.uk/content.asp?section=25&bgc=&sbgc= Volunteering with us in these roles is rewarding and offers the satisfaction of knowing you are helping our Credit Union to grow, develop, and maintain a successful organisation for the common good. Moreover, you will develop and or hone transferable skills. Want to know more about volunteering with us? Contact us via email - admin@grampiancreditunion.co.uk and we will be pleased to hear from you. Also, would you (a member of Grampian Credit Union) like to nominate someone that you think would be interested in our roles? Please contact us via email admin@grampiancreditunion.co.uk OR call us on 01224 561506. We look forward to hearing from you!
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1 in 6 people in Scotland have a hearing impairment . You will know someone who has it, or may have hearing loss yourself. In Midlothian we have recently introduced the hearing aid battery pick up points in all our local libraries. This has been a huge success. It draws people into Libraries, to interact with staff and other members of the community and makes them aware of the wide range of activities which are on offer there. This saves time and money for people, reduces social isolation and eases pressure on the over-stretched staff in Audiology in Edinburgh. It means fewer hearing aids lie unused in drawers, for want of a battery. It really is a win, win. We now want to expand on this by offering repair and maintenance clinics locally too. The replacement of tubing in the hearing aid for example, is required every so often. It is not difficult to do, but it is a bit fiddly, especially for older or disabled people who are a large proportion of hearing aid users. Full training is provided prior to involvement. We have established a clinic which runs on the first Wednesday of every month in Dalkeith Library, 10.30-11.30 am. We also have now established a clinic in Penicuik Town Hall on the last Wednesday of every month 10:30 - 11:30am. If we can recruit more volunteers, we would like to start a clinic in Gorebridge, which would involve a similar monthly commitment. At present due to Covid-19 clinics are suspended but do get in touch if you are interested in this opportunity. Contact will then be made with volunteers once the clinics are re-opened.
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Volunteers are essential in every area of RDA life. From coaches to cake bakers, people support RDA in many different ways – and we always need more. Whatever skills you can bring, giving your time to your local RDA group will mean that more disabled people can enjoy the therapy and fun of horses. Volunteering with RDA should be rewarding and fulfilling – and we want you to benefit from your time with us. Our award-winning programme of volunteer training means it’s not just our participants who get the chance to learn and achieve their goals. We welcome volunteers of 12 and over, there is no upper age limit and we need a wide range of skills – not just with horses. RDA is a diverse organisation and we are at our best when we bring together people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities. We’re looking forward to welcoming you to the RDA family, so why not find your nearest group today
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Samaritans Orkney are looking for a new treasurer. Are you interested in giving up a few hours of your time to become treasurer for our branch? We would be happy to hear from you if you have experience in finance and would like to join our team of volunteers. Please contact me via email if you would like further details.
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Community Shopping Volunteers wanted to do a weekly shop for older and vulnerable people shielding in the Giffnock, Clarkston and Newton Mearns areas of East Renfrewshire. Commitment of one supermarket shop per week on a Monday or a Wednesday. Volunteers with their own car or bicycle required as deliveries are made direct to the customers home. COVID safe procedures in place
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We’re looking for an enthusiastic person with experience of fundraising, research into new sources of grants and funding. We need to become our supporters’ charity of choice, maximise our opportunities, work proactively and engage more donors to ensure that we are here when people need us most. This role involves organising our fundraising team including delegating jobs throughout the year and arranging the fundraising calendar. As Healed Scars embark on finding more ways to support female abuse and trauma survivors to recover from the impact of COVID 19, we are seeking an experienced Fundraising Officer to nurture existing and develop new funding relationships to grow our income and facilitate the development of our charitable programme. Specifically, you will: • Develop and drive plans to achieve robust income targets with existing and new trusts and charitable foundations. • Develop and submit compelling proposals and applications of the highest standard to secure both restricted and unrestricted funding. • Proactively develop the trusts pipeline, with a particular focus on large and medium trusts. • Innovatively seeking new sources of fundraised income, digital fundraising and development of the charity’s supporter base. To be considered for this role and to hit the ground running, you will need demonstrate a solid track record in raising funds, be a team player and an excellent communicator. The role will be based remotely with some travel to our Stirling office locations if required (travel expenses will be reimbursed). We’ve reviewed all of our practices through a risk assessment process, in line with Government Guidance ‘working safely during Covid-19’. This helps ensure we manage the risk of spread and protect our teams, volunteers and visitors. • We’ve carried out a Covid-19 risk assessment and shared the findings with our staff and volunteers • We’ve put cleaning, handwashing and hygiene procedures in place • We’ve taken all reasonable steps to help people work from home • We’ve taken all reasonable steps to maintain a 2-metre distance in the workplace • Where people cannot be 2 metres apart, we’ve done everything practical to manage transmission risk.
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As a Digital Buddy, you will help a client get set up and started with a tablet or computer; provide ongoing support by video call, email, or phone; support the client to learn digital skills such as making video calls, web browsing, sending email, shopping online, using email; encourage the client to feel confident in using technology.
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Volunteers will support local people to improve their mental health and wellbeing and to achieve what is important to them. The Midlothian Access Point (MAP) is a NHS drop in service for adults who are feeling low or stressed. The people who attend face a wide range of challenges such as relationship breakdown, isolation, bereavement, debt, and difficulties with finding or maintaining work. Many people who attend have sought help for the first time. We give people suggestions about ways they can improve their mental health and wellbeing, for example exercise, relaxation, peer support groups, talking therapies and online resources. The MAP currently takes place at Eastfield Health Centre in Penicuik and at the Midlothian Community Hospital, and we have plans to open a third drop in soon. Volunteers will be matched with people who feel that they need short-term support to start making changes to their lives. This will be both practical support to attend groups and services and to access online resources, but also encouragement and reassurance to try new ways of looking after themselves. Volunteers will work with each person three or four times. Due to COVID-19 this opportunity is telephone based at present and will move to face to face once the current government restrictions are eased.
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*Do you enjoy meeting people? *Are you a good listener? *Advocacy offers a great opportunity to make a real difference to people’s lives. Our volunteers help people to take control over their lives and make their voices heard. All volunteers are fully trained in the skills needed to become an advocate. This is a great opportunity to help make a positive difference. If you think you might be interested please call or email and come in and have a chat to find out more. Please contact Joanne Grant at email joannegrant@advocacy.org.uk or tel 01224 332314 / 01224 332366.
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MCR Pathways has been partnering with schools since 2007 so we know just how amazing the young people of Scotland are. However, sometimes due to situations out of their control, young people face challenges that make it more difficult for them to succeed. That’s why providing the simple support of a mentor is so important and has been proven to make a life-changing difference. This is where you can help... MCR recruits and trains volunteer mentors who are matched with a young person that shares similar interests, hobbies or career aspirations. Mentors meet with their young person at their school for just one hour per week and the difference this makes is transformational. The mentoring relationship is unique as young people establish a friendship with someone who’s there, just for them and is not a teacher, parent, guardian or counsellor. The impact on their life is huge. Recent ScotCen research shows 81.6% of mentored care-experienced pupils left school for college, university or a job, compared with 56.3% of those young people not being mentored. We are hoping to help even more young people in the area reach their potential and are looking for over 150 mentors from Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire In Aberdeen St Machar Academy has been part of the programme since August 2018 and, in 2020 was joined by Northfield, Hazlehead, Dyce, Harlaw and Lochside Academies. Aberdeenshire schools participating in the programme are Banff, Fraserburgh, Inverurie, Peterhead and The Gordons Schools Huntly The only qualification you need to be a mentor is the desire to help. All young people are different and have different needs, so it’s important that our mentors come from all walks of life. Volunteer mentors are asked to commit just one hour a week for a minimum of one year and will be fully trained and PVG checked before being matched with a young person from an Aberdeen or Aberdeenshire school. The building of the relationship with a young person is facilitated by our fantastic MCR Pathways Coordinators who are based in each school and work with our young people on a daily basis. We’re asking you to #BeTheBridge between a young person’s talent and life possibilities. For only one hour per week, you can change a life. This year, why not do something to make a difference that lasts a lifetime. Register online at https://mcrpathways.org/become-a-mentor/ For any further details please contact Heidi Bisset, Programme and Schools Manager- Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire at email: mentor.services@mcrpathways.org or tel: 07587104597
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