Volunteering opportunities advertised
What does being a speaker involve?
•Identifying and sourcing opportunities to deliver talks to groups, clubs and organisations in your local area.
•Talks should be natural, enthusiastic and passionate about sharing our life changing stories, highlighting the difference GD continues to make to people’s lives who are living with sight loss.
•Attending cheque presentations and corporate supporters of Guide Dogs when requested by the local Guide Dogs team in order to grow their support and passing on any donations received
•Encouraging local organisations and groups to support and fundraise for Guide Dogs.
We need volunteers with practical DIY skills, including joinery, to help us restore, repair, clean and help maintain old bikes. If you think can turn your hand to these sorts of tasks then we can put your skills to good use. Killie Can Cycle provides low cost bikes for disadvantaged children & individuals by restoring old and broken bikes to full working order. Once repaired and made roadworthy, the bikes are sold on with prices ranging between £5 and £30! We also offer bike repairs and training on how to cycle safely. In addition, we provide refurbished bikes to various communities in developing countries enabling children to cycle to school. Volunteers can gain work experience to add to their CV as part of a motivated and committed team. The objective of the team is to take the charity forward and help to progress its development and growth. Volunteers may also be able to obtain references for future job applications.
By providing visitors with incredible wildlife moments for 60 years, the visitor centre at
Loch Garten has built a strong reputation for an exceptional visitor experience and
great customer care. Recently the centre has undergone a redevelopment funded by
European Structural Funds, and we want to build on this to further ensure visitors to our
refurbished facility have an enhanced and memorable visitor experience.
As the faces of the Loch Garten Nature Centre, our visitor experience team are crucial
- chatting to visitors, answering questions and sharing their passion for the amazing
wildlife of Abernethy reserve. We need our visitors to be inspired and enthused so that
they become lifelong supporters of our charitable conservation work through RSPB
membership, one of the most important sources of income for the organisation.
We need your help to be part of the team meeting and greeting our visitors from all
walks of life and of all ages, by following the RSPB’s GREAT Welcome framework,
leading to building support for our conservation work through making RSPB members.
Offering inspiring communications about the Caledonian pineforest which surrounds the
centre, including our breeding ospreys, and the conservation work we undertake on the
wider reserve as part of the Cairngorms Connect partnership is what we do best!
We run hands-on activities for children and families, as well as a programme of special
events eg guided walks, themed weekends etc and your help in planning, promoting,
organising and delivering these added extras will be encouraged.
Due to its importance for habitats and species, RSPB Abernethy is one of the most
heavily designated pieces of land in the UK, with international as well as domestic legal
protection. We need to keep an active eye on the reserve and in particular the forest
trails near the centre, interacting with our visitors and ensuring that they’re all behaving
responsibly, in accordance with the Scottish Outdoor Access Code, and you will be
asked to take on this responsibility, along with the rest of the team.
We have an active Facebook page (11,000+ followers) and a popular reserve blog and
we need your contributions to build our online audience and encourage support.
Loch Garten has a long history of involving volunteers and many people give up a week
or two of their time to come and help us as short-term residential volunteers. We need
you to take an active role in managing these volunteers, organising pick-ups and dropoffs,
leading on their induction, organising the rota and ensuring they are kept busy and
involved when they are with us.
Finally, our visitor centre and its environs need to be kept in excellent working order;
being vigilant about litter, restocking leaflets, undertaking daily checks on activities and
signage, as well as working with the team to keep the facilities clean.
You’ll be volunteering in one of the most beautiful nature reserves in Europe, among scarce and endangered wildlife and critically rare habitats. You’ll be part of a vibrant and dynamic team of staff and volunteers, some who have been part of Loch Garten for decades and some who are brand new. You’ll be able to share in their knowledge and build strong and significant relationships, many of which will last for life.
By making RSPB members, you’ll be making a real and tangible difference to nature conservation. Your help will directly allow the RSPB to carry out meaningful change, both on Abernethy and across the UK.
You’ll receive a full induction and training and will be supported by a dedicated line manager throughout your time in this role.
You will be given training opportunities in many areas of visitor experience, including membership, managing volunteers, First Aid, Safeguarding, event planning and more. Our aim is to help you improve your skill-set via and to significantly improve your CV and enhance your employability. We also offer job application advice and coaching.
You will get the chance to learn about and explore the incredible place that is RSPB Abernethy, meeting reserve staff and receiving insight into the wider work that goes on here. There will be opportunities to get involved in some of the conservation work on the wider reserve on your days off, should you desire to do so.
This role comes with free, shared accommodation (though you get your own room) just 1.5 miles from the Nature Centre.
The Cab Service is independent and provides free, confidential and impartial advice to everybody regardless of race, sex, disability, sexuality or nationality. It is the largest advice-giving network in the UK, with over 3,000 outlets and 20,000 volunteers. We help people deal with nearly 6 million problems every year, in bureaux, by phone and email, at outreach sessions in places like GP surgeries and courts – even in people’s homes.
Purpose of the role
• To help provide an effective and efficient advice service to members of the public.
• To help influence government and other organisations by informing them of the effect of their actions on the lives of clients.
After training - Main duties and responsibilities include:
• Interviewing clients, both face to face and on the telephone, letting the client explain their enquiry and helping the client to set priorities.
• Finding, interpreting and communicating the relevant information and exploring options and implications in order that the client can come to a decision.
• Acting, where necessary, on behalf of the client, negotiating, drafting or writing letters or making appropriate referrals.
• Completing clear and accurate case records.
• Recognising the root causes of problems and participating in taking appropriate actions.
• Keeping up to date on important issues by attending the appropriate training and by essential reading.
• Attending bureau meetings.
Men's Shed: Do you have practical/DIY skills that you could share with others or skills you would like to learn or improve? If you are sitting at home with nothing to do and would like to come and join us at our North West Kilmarnock Men's Shed, we would be delighted to see you. If you have practical skills to offer or would like to get involved to help us with practical projects in the local community please come along for a chat and see what we do. We are here on Tuesdays between 1pm and 3pm.
The organisation’s purpose is to provide recreational facilities by operating a community centre in the North West of Kilmarnock. Kilmarnock North West Community Partnership is looking for a Treasurer to support our board and assist with the financial management of the partnership.
Benefits to Volunteers: Volunteers will be part of a busy and thriving community centre; have the opportunity to use transferable skills; give something back to the people of North West Kilmarnock; Meet new people & contribute ideas of what can happen at the Nwkleus centre.
f you agree that all children should grow up feeling loved, then please consider supporting our work by becoming part of our fundraising volunteer team.
Purpose and Aims of the role
As a volunteer fundraiser with our fundraising team, you will support us at local and national fundraising activities on an adhoc basis throughout the year as an enthusiastic, reliable, personable and committed extra pair of hands.
As a Volunteer fundraiser, you’ll help us to deliver fun and exciting fundraising events for both us and our supporters by being ‘on the day help’. (Please note that this role does not include any planning of events, if this is of interest to you then please see our ‘Fundraising Champion’ role.)
Your responsibilities may include:
• Helping with the setting up of fundraising activities on the day (eg at a local tea party),
• Meeting and greeting people at a range of events
• Cheering on our supporters as they complete amazing activity challenges to help us raise money
• Helping pack some bags at a local store to raise funds!
Sometimes there will be lots of events and sometimes we will be quietly organising the next and you may not hear from us for a couple of month’s but rest assured we’ll call in your help and it will be all hands to the deck!
In this role you will be able to develop your communication, organisation and team working skills. Most importantly though, you’ll inspire people to raise funds and enable events to happen as quite simply we need another pair of happy smiling hands to help!
This role is flexible and the time commitments vary depending on the number and type of fundraising activities that both us and our supporters have organised. This could mean it could be anything from 1 day a month to 2 days in 6 months. We will advertise our fundraising events online and you will be able to sign up on our volunteer system to the events you are able to help at. We would ask that there is a minimum commitment of 4 days a year. The fundraising volunteer team will have an annual meeting together for about 2 hours.
This is a great opportunity to gain experience within a large charity and develop your existing skills and learn new ones.
What will I be doing?
• Helping ‘on the day’ at various fundraising activity events
• Promoting activities on the day at events
• For any larger events – helping with registration/movement of people
• Helping at bag packing events to raise money, local tea parties or fun days in the community that our supporters or fundraising volunteers have created
• Maximising funds raised as part of a team or fundraising group
• Assisting with the smooth running of fundraising events throughout the year, whether they be ones we have created ourselves or larger events like the Kiltwalk that we support each year!
We require a driver to transport our climbing tower from Bonnyton Community Centre to local events. These events will be in Kilmarnock and the surrounding area but can be Ayrshire Wide. A driver may also be required to transport children to our Outreach Program in Dumfries House, Auchinleck
We require climbing instructors to help during our outreach programme. Our outreach programme provides free climbing for children in disadvantaged areas or with disabilities.
Being an Above Adventure volunteer is a great opportunity to get involved in the Scottish Youth Climbing scene. We also provide training opportunities for all volunteers. This is an awesome opportunity to support our work, meet like-minded people and gain more experience in climbing, which is perfect for those interested in pursuing a career in the mountaineering and climbing industry.
This retail post brings with it the satisfaction that you are helping to make a difference to people's lives. It will also bring enjoyment of working as part of a team.
If you have a basic education and could offer your support to people in your areas then join the Essential Skills team in Bank Avenue. Full training and support will be provided. Other tutors will tell you how rewarding this work is and the social life isn't bad either.