Volunteering opportunities advertised
Running a successful Barnardo's store requires a great team of enthusiastic volunteers and you could be a part of it.
Our retail assistants are trained to undertake a wide range of activities such as serving customers, taking receipt of stock donations from the public and merchandising stock to make our rails/shelves are visually appealling and tidy.
Volunteering with us in retail will provide a great opportunity to build upon your communication, team working and customer service skills.
If you also have a particular skill or interest, our teams would be delighted to discuss how we could help you utilise your interests in store. Whatever your talents, please do share with us and pop into your local store to enquire about volunteering.
Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland Community Hubs are located in the heart of local communities, unifying our activities and presence and bringing together CHSS Retail, Services and Fundraising. In essence, they provide a ‘front door’ for everything we do.
Supporting a ‘Healthy Community’ (striving to be Mentally Healthy, Physically Healthy, Financially Healthy, Socially Healthy & Nutritionally Healthy), your CHSS Hub Team will engage with and host organisations that provide local opportunities for our service users and the wider community.
This whole ‘Community’ approach will ensure that CHSS service users are at the heart of everything we do in our CHSS Community Hubs. Every Hub event, meeting or activity will support a CHSS Healthy Community in one or more of these five key areas. Quite simply, we cannot operate our Community Hubs without the amazing support of our volunteers. The time, support and the work they do is vital to us and the people we help. By supporting our Community Hub, you can make a difference to people and their families in Scotland and help to create a Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland Healthy Community.
About Your Role
It is vital that to the success of the Community Hub that we ensure that the stakeholders who engage with us:
• are welcomed
• understand the resources that we have to offer
• have a positive experience
• have the opportunity to feedback on their experience
• make suggestions for future engagement
The role therefore includes:
• welcoming customers/ members of the public to the Community Hub and the
• signposting users of the Coffee Corner and Community Spaces to other areas
within the hub e.g. advice line, donation station and community rooms
• assisting users with the online booking of Community Spaces and being confident
in showing the Community Space available to potential users
• recording customer feedback on their experience of using the Community Spaces
• recording customer feedback on suggestions for future engagement
• keeping the tables and shelves in the area tidy
We are looking for people to provide a 'kindness call' to help people have social contact to reduce social isolation and lonliness; this can be done through our new telephone check in service, text message or facetime call to our Peer Group membership or Rehabilitation Support Service Users.
This role could also entail doing some shopping, dog walking or collecting medication where it is safe to do so, in compliance with current offical guidance. Please note that you would only be able to take on these extra duties if you are not classed in the vulnerable category (anyone recommended to receive a flu jag).
This role involves collecting shopping, medication or other essential supplies for someone who is self-isolating, and delivering these sullies to thier home.
The Clackmannanshire Befriending Project recruit and train volunteers to befriend isolated, vulnerable and disadvantaged young people (aged 8-18) in the local area. Volunteers are matched one to one with a young person, meet them on a regular basis and participate in activities in the community. This could be after school, in the evening or at weekends, depending on volunteer availability. Befrienders are to be reliable, trusting and a positive role model.
Activities are “timeout” for young people who often live in difficult circumstances. These young people often benefit from an adult befriender who they can talk to and trust, as well as providing them with a reason to get out of the house. The project helps young people with their social skills, self-esteem, school attendance/ performance, resilience, personal safety/ health and relationships.
Young people are referred from local schools, social work or other partners. Befrienders are aged 18 years or over, have spare time on a regular basis and are committed to befriending for a minimum period of 12 months. If you are interested, contact us today for an informal chat.
A Befriender volunteer carries out visits to and keeps in touch with members of the RAF family on behalf of the Association. Befriender volunteers exist to provide companionship and to deliver outcome focussed support to a beneficiary and to ensure that they remain part of the community and feel socially connected to the wider family. The role of a Befriender is varied and could involve helping out with practical tasks such as driving someone to a doctor’s appointment, or helping them with their shopping.
Befriender volunteers are required to:
• Regularly meet with a beneficiary, either in their home or at a mutually agreed location
• Listen to, and engage with the beneficiary, promoting positive outlooks and raised self-esteem
• Work within the remit of the Befriending Plan and promote activities to meet the identified outcomes.
• Research into local community groups and activities to find relevant interests for the beneficiary.
• Identify ways to connect with other beneficiaries to promote friendship groups.
• Identify any additional areas of support and make referrals to the Area Welfare Officer (AWO) if required.
• Keep a note of visits undertaken, with recommendations and actions. Provide this information and regular updates to the AWO.
Befriender volunteers need to be:
• Caring and empathetic, with the ability to build a rapport with others and put them at ease, through a friendly and sensitive approach
• Good listeners and communicators
• Reliable and dependable
• Flexible in terms of who you will support and occasionally with the time you will visit them
• Able to put people who may be anxious or worried, at their ease
• Aware of some local social groups the beneficiary could get involved in or be able to research this for them
In addition, Befriender volunteers will need to be aged at least 18 or over and have:
• Access to a car and be prepared to use it for RAF Association volunteer work
• Some roles in particular areas may not require this, depending on where beneficiaries are based geographically, in relation to the volunteer, or if public transport is available or the volunteer has another means of transport.
• The insurance company you are with will need to be alerted to the fact your car is being used for volunteer (business) use.
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 as committee treasurer.
The Treasurer will support the FVDS Co-ordinator to help shape the financial future of FVDS by ensuring accurate records are kept of the charity’s finances. The post holder should be well organised and confident in handling financial information and producing reports to the FVDS committee. 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.
Help us and join Scotland’s fight against coronavirus. Volunteering as a Community Kindness Supporter means you will be helping the most vulnerable people in Scotland to stay safe and well at home.
Our charity supports people with chest, heart and stroke conditions every day and right now those people are the most at risk in the country. Many are scared, worried and isolated and need our help more than ever. That is why this role as a Community Kindness Supporter is so important.
Volunteering to be a Community Kindness Supporter will help people living with our conditions who may be isolated and stuck in their homes with deliveries of shopping and essential items such as medication, which they otherwise may not be able to obtain.
You must have no underlying health conditions, don't get a flu jag and under 70 years old to be a Community Kindness Volunteer.
We currently have around 50 shops/ community hubs across Scotland. Our shops and hubs help us raise funds so we can provide our services to the people who need us. Every one of our stores relies on a team of volunteers to help run it and support our staff. Quite simply, we cannot provide our services or raise funds without the amazing support of our volunteers. The time, support and the work they do is vital to us and the people we help. By helping out in one of our stores, you can make a difference to people and their families in Scotland who are isolated, scared or anxious about their condition.
This role provides short term telephone support to individuals who are at risk of lonliness as a consequence of self isolation.