Volunteering opportunities advertised
The Basement Youth Café runs every Friday evening & Saturday afternoon. It is run by a paid youth worker, supported by volunteers to ensure a safe environment. Its aim is to build relationships to support young people as required, offering advice and building self-confidence & self-esteem.
Through volunteering with us, volunteers will benefit from gaining practical experiences of working with young people. This will then help in providing young people with a safe environment where they can socialise with friends. Volunteers will also have the opportunity not only to gain experience of working with young people, but also to be able to develop their own skills through helping at the Basement Youth Café.
Volunteers are needed on Friday evenings & Saturday afternoons. Volunteers should be prepared to commit to a minimum of 2 sessions a month for at least 3 months. A session lasts 3 hours 15 minutes
Befrienders can make a positive difference to a young person’s life. Volunteer Befrienders are needed on a 1:1 basis to support children & young people who face challenges in their daily lives. We are currently looking for caring individuals over the age of 16 years from all walks of life, who can befriend and support a child in East Ayrshire and involve them in activities in the local community to build up their confidence and self-esteem. Volunteer befrienders may be involved with:
General Befriending - befriending support for children and young people between the age of 5 – 18 years old who may have low confidence, no social engagement, challenging behaviour, family chaotic lifestyle or care leavers etc.
• ADP – this would be very similar to the general befriending service but works to support children and young people who are or have been affected by drug and alcohol misuse and require positive support to re-engage them in community activities.
• Tenancy Support – again similar to the general befriending, however this will be supporting young people over the age of 16 who are moving and progressing to live in their own tenancy or supported accommodation and the befriender will take on the role of supporting them with life skills such as cooking, cleaning and being safe within their home. This will encourage the young person to build sustainability within their tenancy.
The volunteer will be able to expand their horizons, meet new people, learn new skills and be able to feel part of the organisation. They will also be secure in the knowledge that they are helping save the lives of death row dogs – no matter how small their contribution. The Rescue will benefit because the management will be able to spend more time on furthering the cause of the Rescue. The dogs will benefit because they will be given the opportunity of more training/exercise. Overall the Rescue organisation will benefit because it will look neater/tidier and more professional.
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Are you always on the phone? Are you calm, collected and chatty? We’re always looking for friendly, confident and helpful people to join our team and become the voice of your local store. You will be the first point of contact for our customers helping them with any enquiries and arranging collections for donations and deliveries.
Come and be a part of your local team and learn customer service skills and gain experience. If you have good communication skills and able to follow administration processes accurately then come and be a part of our team and laugh and chat with other volunteers over a cup of tea and a biscuit. Perfect for enhancing your CV and skills set.
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.
We run a youth club two evenings per week on a Monday and Wednesday between 6pm – 8pm. We are keen to recruit more volunteers to enable us to support this work, as the number of children attending is growing and we need to make sure we have an appropriate ratio of adults to children.
The YKids Club at the YMCA Kilmarnock operates on Monday evenings between
6pm – 8pm. Volunteers are welcome to come along, by arrangement, for a taster session to see the club and the kids in action. That way volunteers will be able to decide whether they want to continue. There will be opportunities for volunteers to get involved in meetings with other YMCA partners which will may link in well with some college course work.
ME Research UK is a highly regarded, professionally run charity with a principal aim to commission and fund biomedical, scientific investigations into the causes, consequences and treatment of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome [ME/CFS]. Since 2000, we have invested c £1.6M in biomedical research worldwide. The Board and staff are dedicated to ensuring that ME Research UK is a major force for change in our understanding of the illness and that our funded projects make a real, long-term difference to the lives and prospects of people with ME/CFS
As a trustee you would have a pivotal role in our decision-making processes. For those with science/research or medical background, the position offers a fascinating opportunity to help shape our research focus and direction as we seek to expand our research funding output.
Full details of role and application form - http://www.meresearch.org.uk/biomedical-trustees/
CASE stands for Caring And Sharing Effectively and the project began in Kilmarnock in December 1999 as a charity with the vision that it would be supported entirely by volunteers so that all the money would go to local community projects & selected projects abroad with the aim of helping those in need. We need more volunteers to work in our charity shop assisting customers with purchasing of goods, preparing items for sale, providing customer advice & taking payments for goods. Volunteers will learn new skills & gain experience to add to their CV, meeting new people, other volunteers & customers will help to build self-confidence which can help people getting back into the workplace.
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.
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.