Volunteering opportunities advertised
The Retired and Senior Volunteer Programme (RSVP) encourages and assists older people 50+ to use their skills and experiences to volunteer and keep active in retirement. Across the Forth Valley region we have hundreds of older people volunteering in their communities including in local NHS hospitals, primary schools, our Healthy Walking Group and charitable knitting groups. Volunteering can have a huge impact on the people we support, the local community and volunteers themselves. People who volunteer are less likely to become socially isolated and experience fewer health problems, while socialising more and having fun in their spare time.
RSVP Forth Valley are currently recruiting a Volunteer Walk Organiser. Our Walking Group has been on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic but is ready to re-start. The Volunteer role includes performing administrative duties for the walking group who meet 1-3 times per week. As our organiser, you will help to recruit and induct new walk leaders, oversee the walk schedule to ensure each walk takes place safely and to recruit new walkers to join.
The Walk Organiser would also take part in quarterly meetings of the RSVP Forth Valley Organisers committee who oversee the delivery of the wider programme.
Each walk is led by a trained walk leader and of course, you will have the opportunity to also take part in our beautiful walks around the Forth Valley.
Full support is available and provided by peers, volunteers and our buddy organisation Volunteering Matters who are a national volunteering charity.
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The Forth Region Scout Council provides support to four districts in the Forth Valley area, encompassing the local authority areas of Clackmannanshire, Falkirk, Stirlingshire and West Lothian.
Lead the strategic development of the Region based on the six areas of leadership and management:
1. Providing direction
2. Working with people
3. Achieving results
4. Enabling change
5. Using resources
6. Managing time and personal skill
The Chief Commissioner of Scotland
Leadership of Scouting within Forth Region including members of the Regional Leadership Team and District Commissioners.
Who you will be working with:
You will need to enthusiastically work with, and support, a wide variety of people and teams in Scouting as well as those from other youth and external organisations and charities, to deliver your work and support our strategy.
As a member of the Scouts Scotland Team
• Lead Scouting in the Region and help everyone play their part
• Work with others across Scotland to achieve goals
• Develop and Maintain good working relationships
• Think Big! Develop proactive working relationships with senior volunteers and staff at Scouts Scotland and The Scouts UK
Working with others in the Region
• Create a Team to support your work and set priorities
• Make goals and targets for the Region in keeping with our strategic plan
• Outline how to achieve these goals and monitor progress
• Communicate well and appropriately
• Work with and support all four Districts to achieve regional unity and cohesion
• Be the voice of the Region locally and nationally
• Be a Trustee of the Forth Regional Scout Council and support the work of the Trustee Board.
Terms of appointment:
• The appointment is for an initial term of 3 years (subject to annual review with the Chief Commissioner of Scotland) with the potential for re-appointment for a further period.
• It is expected this would be the only significant role that the person in post holds.
• In common with all Scouts Scotland appointments, the successful candidate will be assigned a Training Adviser and will complete a Manager/Supporter Wood Badge, within 3 years of appointment.
• The applicant must become a member of The Scout Association, if not already, requiring them to pass our vetting process and making the Promise.
Skills and abilities:
• Inspire and motivate people
• Lead and manage people in a voluntary environment
• Contribute to strategy development and identify practical actions to achieve strategic objectives
• Communicate effectively and show intermediary skills
• Chair meetings effectively
• Be able to cope with challenging situations
• Undertake the appropriate Adult Training requirements
• Work in partnership with staff members across the Scouts Scotland and The Scouts UK teams
Knowledge and experience:
• Previous experience of the effective management and leadership of volunteers
• Previous experience of managing adults across a wide geographical area and from various personal backgrounds
• An understanding of the third Sector
• Able to demonstrate initiative and empathy
• Excellent time management and a commitment to the role
• A demonstrable commitment to The Scout Association’s Purpose, Values and Method
• No envisaged barriers to obtaining enhanced PVG status
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Volunteer Officer – Assisting with Volunteering Activities for Adults (Voluntary position, training and travel expenses covered – 6 months)
Why TCV need you:
The Conservation Volunteers (TCV) connects people to the green spaces that form a vital part of any healthy, happy community. From urban to rural, local parks and community gardens to Local Nature Reserves and Sites of Special Scientific Interest; from school grounds and hospital grounds to waterways, wetlands, and woodlands. By taking part in TCV activities people improve their health and wellbeing, develop new skills, build stronger communities and have a real impact on the environment. TCV are seeking enthusiastic individuals with a passion for conservation and enthusing others who are looking to develop their skills and gain experience in the sector. By giving your time to become a TCV Volunteer Officer you’ll be helping TCV to reach even more people and improve even more greenspaces for people and nature.
Benefits to you:
Volunteer Officers (VOs) take on roles with real responsibility – including leading projects and supporting groups of volunteers. Being a VO gives you the opportunity to build skills, knowledge and practical experience and enhance your employability.
Some elements of the induction may be online and you will need access to a computer to complete some of the training. We will also organise some practical workdays for all new VOs to give you an introduction to some of the practical conservation activities TCV deliver. You will be supported by a nominated Senior Project Officer who oversees your training and development. You will receive a First Aid training qualification and the opportunity to attend courses on Project Leadership, Safeguarding, Risk Assessment and other training relevant to the specific role.
What you need:
TCV are looking for enthusiastic individuals with a passion for conservation and helping other to engage with the natural environment. You will be reliable, organised and punctual to ensure workdays run smoothly. Volunteers value the social aspect of our activities so it is important that you are able to interact with volunteers in a friendly manner to enhance their volunteering experience.
No past experience of working or volunteering in conservation or with volunteers but you will have to demonstrate why you are interested in volunteering with TCV and how your personality and personal interests make you suitable for the VO role. No qualifications are required but a driving license is desirable.
How much time:
TCV are looking for a minimum commitment of 1 day a week for 6 months.
It can be flexible in terms of which day it is or if it changes week to week. You can be VO for more than one day a week, which greatly improves the level of experience gained and increases the number of opportunities open to you. Indicate your availability in the applicationwhich can be discussed later. People are able to be a VO commitments around work, studies and other commitments.
For further details please contact Rebecca Strofton on 07739447964. Please email email@example.com for an application form and submit your application by 5pm on Wednesday the 30th of June.
You will be supported in your role by experienced staff through regular meetings where issues can be resolved and guidance provided.
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Forth Valley Disability Sport: Fundraising Committee Member
Recruiting body: Forth Valley Disability Sport
Closing date: Friday 18 June 2021
Forth Valley Disability Sport (FVDS) is a voluntary sport group where the main aim is to lead in the development of sport for people with physical, sensory or learning disabilities in partnership with key local agencies and local authority areas in Forth Valley. FVDS is a member branch of Scottish Disability Sport (SDS) who are the governing body of sport for athletes and players with a physical, sensory or learning disability. FVDS have achieved SDS Minimum Operating Requirements (MOR) which ensures all governance is up to date and appropriate. The committee of FVDS now wishes to appoint new committee members to join the branch.
Role Title – Fundraising Committee Member (voluntary)
Organisation – Forth Valley Disability Sport (FVDS)
Responsible to – Forth Valley Disability Sport committee
Location – Forth Valley
An exciting opportunity has risen for a passionate and enthusiastic individual who is interested in helping achieve the vision and aims of FVDS by specifically supporting the organisation in the field of fundraising.
The Fundraising Committee Member will support the FVDS Co-ordinator to help shape the financial future of FVDS by sourcing income through funding applications, grants, commercial support, donations and benefactors. In return, FVDS offers the opportunity to meet new people, gain new skills, volunteer within a sports context, learn about the inspiring world of disability sport.
Contract – This is a voluntary position, but all reasonable expenses will be paid. Committee members will be expected to attend branch meetings (held 6 times per year), plus fundraising sub group meetings as and when required, support the branch to maintain SDS Minimum Operating Requirements and support the chairperson in driving the branch forward. The level of time commitment is flexible and will be tailored to suit the applicant’s current commitments and the needs of the branch.
Term – 2 years
• Experience in writing successful funding applications/grants and sourcing income
• Experience in Communications and using social media for promotion
• Enthusiastic and motivated
• Prepared to make a regular time commitment
• Prepared to make decisions when necessary
• Passionate about disability sport
1. Responsibility for attending committee management meetings and reporting back to appropriate members with matters arising from meeting (if required).
2. To support the FVDS Co-ordinator to source income through funding applications, grants, commercial support, donations and benefactors.
3. To promote FVDS through various communication channels including FVDS Social Media Channels
4. When unable to attend meetings, send apologies along with a short report to the Secretary for the minutes.
5. Complete trustee’s declaration.
6. Be completely familiar with FVDS constitution, clubs/organisation committee procedures and the FVDS rules and regulations.
7. Vote on FVDS matters when asked to and attend EGM and AGM meetings.
8. To support FVDS to ensure SDS Minimum Operating Standards are kept up to date and complete.
9. To be part of sub groups of the committee when required (ie funding and events calendar subgroups).
10. Support the chairperson in the work of FVDS.
Date to be confirmed after the closing date.
All applicants should send a Curriculum Vitae (CV) and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org by the closing date of Friday 18th June 2021 detailing why you are interested in the role and any relevant skills and experience. If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Graham Harvey on the above email address.
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The goal of Forth Valley Change, Grow, Live is to empower and enable the people who use their services to increase their confidence in making better decisions, providing them with the resources and opportunity to create a better life for themselves.
Befriending is a supportive, pro social relationship between a volunteer and service user. You will be matched with an individual and support them on a 1:1 basis. The aim of befriending is to reduce social isolation by involving Forth Valley Change, Grow, Live service users in new experiences and activities in the community to promote their confidence and relationship building skills. This can include supporting them to attend a group or appointment for example.
It can take time for Forth Valley Change, Grow, Live service users to engage and trust in you, so consistency, patience and resilience is key to the role. You will be provided with all the skills, training and support you will need to undertake the role by Change Grow Live.
Supporting individuals to achieve their goals can be rewarding, and you can make a real difference to somebody’s life. This is the perfect role for a compassionate, non-judgmental person who wants to support others to make positive changes
· Support service users on a 1:1 basis including, telephone and face to face
· Support service users to increase their confidence, empowering and supporting them to achieve their goals
· Gain an understanding of what support is available in your local community
· Keep Forth Valley Change, Grow, Live updated by providing verbal and written feedback
Generally a volunteer is expected to:
· Help Change Grow Live fulfil its role in offering the best service to the service users.
· Perform your volunteering role to the best of your ability.
· Follow Change Grow Live’s procedures and standards, including health and safety and equal opportunities, in relation to Forth Valley Change, Grow, Live staff, volunteers and service users.
· Maintain the confidential information of Change Grow Live and of their service users; adhering to Change Grow Live’s policies and procedures.
· Meet the time commitments and standards which have been mutually agreed.
Education Knowledge and Experience:
· Ability to work with professional boundaries
· Good communication skills
· Understanding of the issues faced by our client group
· Excellent time management skills
· Ability to respect and maintain confidentiality
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We’re looking for volunteers to operate our national helpline, supporting individuals over the phone. You’ll provide support for people who have received a digital device as part of Connecting Scotland, supporting the most vulnerable to get online. Queries range from enquiries about the programme, to basic support with turning on or using a device. We call these volunteers Digital Champions. This role is done remotely at the moment due to COVID-19 but there is possibility to work from our Edinburgh office in the future. The role is open to the whole of Scotland.
The role tasks include: covering a minimum of one weekly 2-hour helpline shift, providing responses to enquiries and basic digital support to callers, logging any calls that require follow-up , supporting our staff in obtaining monitoring details from callers.
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Forth Valley Sensory Centre is a community hub for people with sensory loss. During the pandemic we have moved much of our activity online. This includes our fundraising activities. Like many organisations this area of our work has been impacted and we are looking at new, innovative ways to continue to raise much needed funds for our activities.
Many of our activities have moved online and we need to be creative in thinking of new ways to fundraise in this way.
In this role you could be involved with the fundraising group to develop and organise virtual fundraising activities. The role will involve:
- Organising virtual events to help raise funds for the Centre e.g. coffee mornings, afternoon teas, sponsored events
- Participating in national fundraising events on behalf of the Sensory Centre e.g. recruiting runners for 5K events, half marathons, Kiltwalk etc
- Assisting the Fundraising committee to come up with new ideas to raise funds and make contacts to raise the profile of the Centre and much needed funds
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Forth Valley Sensory Centre is a community hub for people with sensory loss. Volunteer drivers are an essential part of our volunteer team as they enable people to access our many activities. Our blind and partially sighted Centre users often face barriers in accessing public transport and drivers help us to remove these barriers.
This role is currently paused due to the pandemic as the Centre is closed, however we are looking to build up our list of volunteer drivers in anticipation of restarting our activities.
Sight loss can leave people isolated and public transport is often a barrier for people with sight loss. We aim to overcome this by providing people with sight loss with transport that allows them to access our many activities. The principal task is to collect blind and partially sighted Centre users from their homes and assist them to get into the centre. This may involve guiding people with a visual impairment and full training will be given for this. Centre users are coming in to access one of the groups or activities that we offer, as a volunteer driver you can stay for the group or come back after a couple of hours for the return journey. Occasionally groups go out for afternoon tea or to visit local visitor attractions.
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We're looking for local volunteers to come and help at our Jupiter Wood Recycling Project where we're building: homes for nature, raised beds, benches and other items out of recycled wood for community projects.
In our polytunnel workshop we are transforming recycled and donated timber into usable items for community projects. We're creating bird boxes, hedgehog homes, raised beds for growing vegetables, benches, shelters, mud kitchens, desks, shelves and many more.
We will provide training and support but some skills in using tools and/or woodwork would be desirable.
All sessions are running with reduced numbers and with COVID safety measures in place due to current guidelines.
Speak to us in advance to find out what our volunteers are currently doing, how to take part and to book your space.
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Braveheart are currently recruiting volunteer walk leaders in the Falkirk area. They are looking for people over the age of 18 who are reasonably fit, like walking and enjoy meeting people. If you have a few spare hours per week and would like to encourage and support other people in walking their way to good health on our Braveheart walks, please get in touch.
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