Dumfries & Galloway
Volunteering opportunities advertised
Dumfries & Galloway:
Home-based volunteering, One-off volunteering
Last is a social enterprise based in Glasgow that aims to support people to reduce their plastic waste. We do this by providing advice and selling products that help people do this. Our profits will be used to develop educational programmes focussed on the environment.
You will work closely with the Directors to collate and create valuable market insights that will inform the Business Plan and Financial Forecasting model for the company. These will be used to help us better understand the market and our competitors and persuade prospective funders to provide financial support to Make it Last.
Specific tasks include:
• Collect data on consumers, competitors and the marketplace and consolidate this information into actionable items, reports and presentations
• Understand business objectives and design surveys to discover prospective customers’ preferences
• Compile and analyse statistical data using modern and traditional methods to collect it
• Perform valid and reliable market research SWOT analysis
• Interpret data, formulate reports and make recommendations
• Use online market research and catalogue findings
• Provide competitive analysis on various companies’ market offerings, identify market trends, pricing/business models, sales and methods of operation
The work generated by the post will directly inform the future development of this business and as such will provide valuable experience and examples for use in CVs and job interviews.
All work will be undertaken remotely, as the business does not currently have office premises.
You will require access to a laptop and a good internet connection.
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**PLEASE NOTE: We are only looking for volunteers that are a reasonable distance from Stranraer only**
* PLEASE NOTE: DUE TO COVID-19 ALL RECRUITMENT AND INDUCTION TRAINING WILL BE COMPLETED ONLINE *
Victim Support Scotland Volunteer
How can you support victims and witnesses of crime?
Victims of crime often feel a range of emotions in the aftermath of an offence. It is Victim Support Scotland’s role to provide victims and witnesses of crime emotional and practical support in person, online, and in court. Volunteers are supported by VSS staff who manage the service.
How would you help?
Our volunteers provide emotional support, practical help, information and guidance through the criminal justice system. We aim to empower people who have been impacted by crime, to move on with their lives.
• Discuss service users’ needs by telephone, webchat, appointments and face-to-face contact, agreeing next steps at the end of each contact
• Help service users feel more confident by arranging and conducting court familiarisation visits
• Support service users in the court room and other appropriate locations on the day of the trial, liaising with court officials on behalf of the service users.
• Feedback and agree follow-up actions with staff members
• Provide administrative support in completing the service users journey
What benefits would I get?
Volunteering with Victim Support Scotland can be challenging and also extremely rewarding. As a volunteer you will:
• Support people when they most need it
• Learn new skills and knowledge of the criminal justice sector
• Gain access to a range of specialist training courses that are relevant to your volunteering role
• Positively contribute to your community as a member of a team actively working to reduce the impact of crime
• A chance to give something back
• Receive support in your volunteering role to deliver services effectively
• All reasonable expenses (e.g. travel) will be reimbursed
What skills and experience do I need?
We are looking for committed, reliable and empathetic volunteers who can work with people of all ages, backgrounds and life situations. Although we provide full training and support, knowledge of the criminal justice system and experience of supporting people is beneficial. As a Victim Support Scotland Volunteer you will need:
• Effective communication skills
• The ability to actively listen to service users and anyone affected by crime
• An interest in learning about the criminal justice system and understand the service user’s journey
• An awareness of confidentiality obligations and the responsibilities that come with upholding these obligations
• Effective time management skills (and working under pressure)
• Undertake all relevant training and refresher training
• Access to a car or ability to use public transport
What is the time commitment?
We know that our volunteers have busy lives, so we agree the time commitment with each individual volunteer. However, we ask for:
• a minimum commitment of approximately one day per week, however this may vary depending upon the needs of the service.
• a minimum commitment of at least 1 year so that they might get the most out of a volunteering role.
How can I apply?
The people we support come from all communities across Scotland, as do our volunteers. We welcome new volunteers from all backgrounds and languages.
To ensure we provide the best possible service to people affected by crime, we take all our volunteer applications through our processes which involves:
• Joining the Disclosure Scotland PVG scheme
• Providing two satisfactory references
• Completing our three day ‘Introduction to Victim Support Scotland’ training module
• Signing and abiding by Victim Support Scotland’s Confidentiality agreement
• Commitment to Data Protection
• Volunteer Agreement
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Responsible for recording and receiving any furniture, brick-a-brac and electrical equipment. Making sure it is stored safely and securely. Helping move stock from warehouse to shop floor.
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Responsible for sorting donations, steaming clothing, assisting customers who come into the shop. To be responsible for dealing with any cash received and to follow company procedures to cash this up securely and appropriately.
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Process donated stock, ticket, size and steam garments for shop floor.
Keep book section filled.
Check deliveries of new goods and keep shop floor filled.
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To clean and prepare all pieces of furniture and brick-a-brac received in to the shop. So that it may be reused/sold to families or single parents, who struggle finacially.
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We are looking for friendly individuals to assist our van driver with day to day deliveries and pickups of furniture items, this could be in Stranraer or the surrounding villages.
This role will require heavy lifting and manual labour, health and safety must be followed at all times
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Roles will include helping moving food to and from the foodbank ( includes heavy lifting duties) help in running our soup kitchen, serving customers and helping organise our charity shop.
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As a Trustee, you and your fellow Trustees on the Board have the ultimate responsibility for managing Homestart Wigtownshire – for its property, finances and the employment of any staff or volunteers. Although you can delegate some of your authority to staff or other volunteers, you can never delegate your responsibility. The role of the Trustee and the Board is leadership which means setting the vision for the Organisation and running it in a way that will achieve these aims. As a Charity Trustee, you are defined by charity law as ‘the persons having the general control and management of the administration of a charity.’
Ideally, you will be:
• Honest and trustworthy
• Confident and good at communicating
• Familiar with aspects of management and business practices
• Diplomatic and discreet
• Well-acquainted with the running of the Organisation
• Well-organised and good at timekeeping
• Committed to upholding the values and reputation of Homestart Wigtownshire
What you will do:
• Participate fully in all Board functions including attending meetings and keeping up to date with all business and issues and contributing appropriately
• Provide leadership with other Board members to the wider Homestart Wigtownshire membership and stakeholders
• Assume accountability, and financial, HR and legal responsibility for Homestart Wigtownshire with other Board Members
• Follow the specific Code of Conduct for Board Members
• Make sure (alongside other Trustees) that:
o the Organisation is clear in its purpose and direction
o all decisions taken are in line with the purpose and ideals of the Organisation as laid out in its constitution
o assets are safeguarded and used efficiently for those for whom the Organisation exists
o the Organisation fulfils all its legal and regulatory requirements
o the Organisation is effectively managed, operates efficiently and works within its policies and budgets, any relevant good practice guid-ance and the law
o the Organisation is accountable financially and in other ways
o there is a proper procedure for the recruitment and supervision of staff
o the Board itself is representative and functions effectively
In addition, charity trustees have several duties as outlined by the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR), and must:
1. Act in the interest of the charity. Trustees should put the interests of their chari-ty before their own interests, or those of any other person or organisation.
2. Operate in a manner consistent with the charity's purposes. Trustees should carry out their duties in accordance with their governing document.
3. Act with due care and diligence. Trustees should take such care of their chari-ty's affairs as is reasonable to expect of someone who is managing the affairs of another person.
4. Ensure that the charity complies with the provisions of the 2005 Act and other relevant legislation.
1. Keep an up to date register of trustees and members (SCIOs)
2. Update your charity's details. Trustees must make sure that OSCR hold the latest information about their charity on the Scottish Charity Register
3. Report to OSCR, complying with the statutory duty to supply certain information including:
a. Annual Monitoring
b. Charity Accounting
c. Making Changes to Your Charity.
4. Have compliant financial record keeping and reporting. Section 44 of the 2005 Act states that charities must:
a. keep proper accounting records
b. prepare a statement of account, including a report on its activities, at the end of each financial year
c. have the statement of account independently examined or audited
d. send a copy of the accounts, along with the annual return, to us.
e. Accounting records must be kept by the charity for a minimum of 6 years from the end of the financial year in which they were made.
5. Trustees are responsible for taking control of how their charity fundraises.
6. Trustees must make sure that their charity meets legal requirements when referring to their charitable status, e.g. in advertisements, and in providing their duty in providing information about their charity to the public.
What you will get out of it:
Trustees are overall responsible for Homestart Wigtownshire
and are figureheads for the Organisation. Being a Charity Trustee is highly respected within the community and the world of work. As the Organisation’s leaders you’ll have a direct hand in the outcomes Homestart Wigtownshire achieves – it’s a demanding role, but incredibly rewarding.
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