Argyll & Bute
Volunteering opportunities advertised
Argyll & Bute:
We have so many ways you can help us to raise funds – all over Scotland. Our busy Community Fundraisers work locally across Scotland and they are always looking for volunteers to lend a hand.
What activities will I be involved in?
Depending on where you live, your skills, experience and interests, you could be:
- Coordinating and banking local collecting cans, keeping an eye out for new sites
- Supporting at events like the Kiltwalks or cheering our fundraising runners at marathons
- Joining a local fundraising group or even setting up your own group with your friends
- Helping us build networks with local communities and groups, perhaps as a schools ambassador
- Using your confidence and skills to become a CHAS speaker, spreading the word about how CHAS supports families across Scotland.
What skills and abilities will I need to have?
It’s important that you are reliable and trustworthy with an outgoing and friendly personality and that you share our key values – respect, care, honesty and accountability. But we also want to hear about any specific aptitudes and experience which you think would be useful in any of the activities outlined above or any new skills you would like to develop through volunteering.
How much time should I offer?
The time commitment is flexible, role dependent and can be agreed with your local Community Fundraiser who will be your volunteer manager.
What are the benefits to me?
- Making the most of your abilities plus learning new skills
- Getting more involved and making a real difference to the families of children with a life-shortening condition.
- Adding to your cv
- Meeting new people
- Having fun!
What are the benefits to the children and families supported by CHAS?
By helping CHAS to fundraise, you are helping us develop our services for children and young people with a life-shortening condition. A visible presence in the community, you will be the public face of CHAS and help to raise awareness of our vital services. This improved awareness not only helps to raise money, it also means that more children and families will know about and access our services.
CHAS is committed to providing a quality volunteering experience to all volunteers, free from discrimination and prejudice, ensuring that CHAS is an equal, diverse, and inclusive organisation so that we can improve the quality of care we provide, reach more families and children and maximise a wide variety of knowledge, experience and expertise.
We welcome volunteer applications from those who are refugees, asylum seekers, benefit claimants and those with a disability. We can provide more information on volunteering eligibility and the kind of adjustments we can put in place to ensure your volunteering experience is a positive one.
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Caseworkers visit clients to work out what type of help they need. Next, they find the right sources of support and arrange for clients to access it. This might be funds for special equipment for someone with a disability, adaptions to a property so an older client can remain at home or funds for a rental deposit. Caseworkers also sign-post clients onto specialist local services for advice on benefits, housing, mental health, debt, finding work etc.
The essential part of the role is interacting with clients, so you may be visiting clients or doing this virtually. As part of your local branch you might have access to an office, but many volunteers are based at home.
What does this role involve?
• Contacting clients and arranging to meet them at a mutually convenient time either face-to-face or remotely
• Liaising with clients and completing a form to assess their circumstances
• Sign-posting clients onto local services providing specialist advice
• Applying on the client’s behalf to military and non-military sources of charitable funding
• Arranging for the purchase of goods and services
• Keeping in touch with the client so they know how their case is progressing
• Keeping in touch with your branch so they know your availability
• Keeping up to date with training and SSAFA news so that you are best able to support clients
• Being a positive ambassador for SSAFA remembering that anyone you meet could be a potential client, volunteer or fundraiser
• Volunteering within the standards and values of SSAFA including observing our policies such as the
Volunteering policy and data protection policy (these will be covered in your training and local induction.)
What can you gain from this volunteering role?
• Support people in your community with a military background
• Use your skills, knowledge and life experience to benefit others
• Support and friendship from your local SSAFA branch and the wider SSAFA community
• Experience, training and skills that you can highlight on your CV and in job interviews
• Better physical and mental health – studies show that volunteers live longer and experience lower levels of stress and depression!
Minimum Age: 18
Is a criminal record check required? Yes
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How would you like to be part of the Guide Dogs family and help people with sight loss live the life they choose? We would love to have you onboard to help with our ambition of a future where every person with sight loss has the confidence and support they need to live their lives to the full.
Did you know that we don’t just provide life-changing guide dogs, we also provide advice, skills, emotional and practical support for children, adults and their families living with sight loss to help them live actively, independently and well?
To do all this we need the support of amazing volunteers like you!
If you would like more information, are unsure or need flexibility around the role then chat to us first by emailing VolunteerScotNI@Guidedogs.org.uk and someone will be in touch.
What does the role involve?
Identifying suitable places and placing our iconic dog-shaped collection boxes locally in shops and businesses and counting up the funds every few months before paying them in to Guide Dogs.
* Identifying and placing collecting boxes in suitable locations
* Talking to the shop owner, receptionist etc at the location about how the boxes will help Guide Dogs and what we do
* Emptying boxes every 3-6 months (as they get full) and banking the income through the paying in book provided.
Give a receipt and letter of thanks to the hosts
* Keeping a written record of the location of all boxes for your supervisor, the dates they are emptied and the dates/
* If boxes aren’t collecting much, you’ll decide to move them to a better location. Your supervisor may also ask you to
* Reporting any stolen boxes to the local mobility team
Please contact VolunteerScotNI@guidedogs.org.uk for more information.
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We are looking for people to join our team of trained regional Befrienders supporting those who are currently struggling with an eating disorder. Our Befriending Service provides personal support by linking people who are struggling with those who are recovered and trained.
Our Befrienders will provide a weekly telephone call for approximately 6 months in order to support and guide someone towards recovery. The Befriending Service aims to reduce feelings of isolation, offer hope and to encourage people as they work on their recovery. Practical help towards eating again is part of this service, led by
Talk-ED's registered dietitian and nutritional therapist.
It is really helpful to be able to speak to someone who knows what the road to recovery can be like. Our Befriender's have a big 'heart' for others and a wish to help them through.
For more details or to apply please refer to our website https://www.talk-ed.org.uk/become-a-befriender where you will find the guide to Befriending along with an application form.
Over 30 years of experience enables Talk-ED (previously known as Anorexia & Bulimia Care) to offer personal, on-going, emotional support and practical guidance for recovery for people struggling with an eating disorder or disordered eating, in addition to behaviours such as compulsive exercise, self-harming, laxative abuse and suicidal ideation.
Our purpose is to safeguard the lives of people struggling with eating disorders, to prevent an eating disorder from developing and claiming someone's life, to care for the emotional and physical needs of people with eating disorders and their families, friends and colleagues, to encourage recovery by equipping people with practical tools and strategies for living life, to train and resource individuals and organisations working with people affected by eating disorders and to support and engage in research into eating disorders.
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We are non-profit-making-volunteer run Arts Collective and charity providing a platform both online and offline for those who struggle with mental health, addiction, gender dysphoria, sexuality, feel like they don't quite 'fit', or feel estranged to this world ,We encourage you to express yourselves through art as catharsis. Combining Art & Catharsis, we believe in being CathARTic.
We are looking for Online Outreach Volunteers who will respond to our members in either a live chat (booked in advance) or by email. You should be compassionate and insightful.
You will also give positive and encouraging feedback on the creative posts from our members.
We are also looking for someone to lead the team should you be interested.
If you are interested please apply in writing to email@example.com
We look forward to hearing from you.
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The RNLI shops started life as simple cake stalls, run by volunteers and their supporters to raise money for the local Lifeboats and stations. These stalls started selling commemorative RNLI products in around 1920 and quickly moved on to selling souvenirs and Christmas cards. The first shop to be run as part of an actual station opened in 1990.
Today we operate 160 RNLI shops and this number is growing, based inland and on the coast across the UK and Ireland, attracting almost 1 million visitors every year selling an excellent range of unique and competitively priced products ranging from jam to clothing, and key rings to model boats, all to raise vital funds for our volunteer crew members and lifeguards.
For many people, buying something from an RNLI shop will be the first time that they come into contact with our Charity, and as a shop volunteer you could be the person that engages them to support us now, and in the future.
The impact you will make
You will help save lives at sea by generating vital funds as well as promoting the work of the RNLI to customers and raising awareness of key safety messages.
What you will be doing
Delivering the smooth day-to-day running of the shop, maintaining a safe environment and alerting line management to any issues.
Offering a great shopping experience, creating a friendly and welcoming environment.
Operating the till (including end of day cashing up) and card machine.
Championing the RNLI, it’s key messages, One Crew ethos and building its reputation in the local area.
What you need for this role
Good communication skills and personable manner.
Ability to contribute as part of a team.
Confident handling money.
Comfortable volunteering in a customer service environment.
What’s in it for you
Join an inclusive and diverse organisation
Have fun, meet new people and join a motivated and enthusiastic team who are making a difference
Learn skills and gain experience to enhance your CV
Gain the satisfaction of giving back
Training to fulfil your volunteer role will be provided and reasonable out of pocket expenses reimbursed
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Why we want you
This is an exciting opportunity to support the National Autistic Society's Internal Communication and Engagement team with their activities. In exchange, we will provide mentoring support to help the successful applicant find employment, if they wish to.
What you will be doing
helping to draft communications plans
researching and writing news stories that will be shared with staff across our charity
assisting with writing, editing and distributing internal newsletters
assisting with drafting other communications, including reports and emails
promoting staff engagement on Yammer, our internal social media
assist with a variety of staff engagement projects such as staff survey, staff conferences and internal awards for staff and volunteers
assisting with the day to day running of a busy internal communications department, drafting emails and writing minutes
supporting with virtual events
provide ad hoc administrative support as and when required
The skills you need
strong writing skills (can be articles, blogs, books etc)
an ability to adapt writing style to meet the needs and interests of a range of audiences
an interest in internal communications and staff engagement
must be able to capably use Microsoft Word, Outlook and Excel software
an interest in autism
What's in it for you
you will have a named volunteer supervisor
experience volunteering for a national charity
When and where
3 days per week, flexible (depending on your availability and other commitments) during office hours (which are 9.30am to 5.30pm, Monday to Friday).
This is a home-based role.
You will need access to your own computer and a good internet connection.
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Community Support Volunteers support people who have had one of our conditions to develop autonomy and confidence in self-management, enabling them to fully engage with their community and activities of their choosing. The service follows a pathway from hospital to community and can be delivered in a one-to-one and/or a group setting. The service will all depend on Scottish Government Covid guidelines.
The service can be delivered to provide specified person-centred communication support for those with a communication difficulty and/or to support a specific physical or everyday task.
To undertake your role you will be required to undertake membership of the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Adults) schemes in Scotland (PVG).
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WaterAid Speakers are trained volunteers that deliver inspiring talks and workshops, to raise awareness about the importance of clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene, to transform peoples’ lives for good.
Our Speaker volunteers engage audiences about the important work of WaterAid, inspiring them to take action, as they speak with schools, universities, businesses, youth groups, religious places of worship, service organisations, and many more.
Expectation for WaterAid Speakers:
•Deliver a minimum of four talks or workshops per year, either online and/or face to face.
•Deliver talks or workshops on key days such as: World Water Day on 22 March, World Toilet Day on 19 November, Menstrual Hygiene Day on 28 May and Global Handwashing Day on 15 October.
•Contact new audiences to organise and deliver talk and workshop opportunities.
•Complete online Speaker Network training and adhere to volunteer guidance and best practise.
•Make use of our public speaking resources (such as PowerPoint presentations) included in our Speaker e-newsletter, emails, and online resource library.
•Keep up to date with our key messages, appeals, campaigns, fundraising and volunteering.
•Regularly liaise with the Speaker Network team about talks and workshops.
•Provide feedback on talks or workshops by completing the online evaluations.
•Provide support to new Speakers around their public speaking development.
•Demonstrate the WaterAid values including being considerate when representing WaterAid and always leaving others with a positive view of our organisation and the work that we do.
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NHS patients - we need your help to develop digital pharmacy services for the future
We're interested in why you do (or do not) use video consultations to speak to a pharmacist.
We're looking for patients who have used a community pharmacy and/or spoken with a pharmacist based within a GP surgery, and use the internet/social media sites. You do not have to have used video consultations in order to take part in this study.
You will be required to answer a short questionnaire (this should take no longer than 5 minutes), before being interviewed by a member of the research team. This will be over video (or telephone if preferred) and should take no longer than 1 hour.
If you want to know more or would like to participate, you can email Aimee - firstname.lastname@example.org.
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