Volunteering opportunities advertised
Falkland Palace and Garden welcomes over 44,000 visitors every year and there’s something here for everyone, from the Palace with a working Chapel Royal, apartments for kings and queens, stunning gardens, an orchard and the oldest tennis court in the country.
Falkland Palace, one of Scotland’s finest Renaissance buildings, is set within approximately nine acres of grounds which include ornamental gardens, a glasshouse, an orchard and woodland. The main ornamental garden was designed by renowned garden designer, Percy Cane, in the mid-20th century. Our volunteer garden assistants help our small team of gardeners look after all aspects of these large gardens, maintaining them to the highest standard possible for the enjoyment of our visitors
• General garden maintenance including weeding, mulching, planting, leaf clearing, edging, cutting back, pruning and other regular, seasonal gardening tasks
• Occasional involvement in special projects and events, should this be of interest
• Being welcoming to visitors and helping them to enjoy their visit to the gardens
• Ensuring the people working at and visiting the property remain safe at all times
Volunteers make a real difference to local pet owners and promote positive animal welfare. Decide whether a pet is suitable for PFSS care and place the animal in a suitable registered foster home. Build relationships with local volunteer foster carers and professionals, for example social workers. Monitor the progress of pets in foster care. Coordinate the return of pets to their owners.
Supervise and help to recruit foster carers in their area. Keep in regular contact with registered foster carers.
Clarify arrangements for collection and transport of the pet and financing food, vet costs, etc, whilst in care. Keep accurate and up to date records of each fostering.
Publicise PFSS and establish links with the relevant agencies, for example, health, social work, police, vetinary, etc. Ensure the goodwill of other animal related organisations and commercial organisations, for example, kennels and catteries.
Our experience is that successful applicants have a suitable background which provides the necessary experience. They also need a good degree of pet empathy.
Suitable backgrounds include, but are not limited to medical receptionist, NHS staff, veterinary staff, social work staff, kennel receptionist etc
Scotlands social security system is being shaped by people with direct experience of the current benefits system, using Experience Panels.
Experience Panels involve people with experience of the benefits that are being devolved to the Scottish Government, including:
• most ill health and disability benefits including DLA, PIP, Attendance Allowance and Severe Disablement
• Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit
• Carers Allowance
• Funeral Expenses Payment, Sure Start Maternity Grant, Cold Weather Payments and Winter Fuel Payments
• Discretionary Housing Payments
• Scottish Welfare Fund
People who are acting as a parent/guardian, appointee or power of attorney for someone with experience of any of the above benefits are welcome to register to join the Panels.
If you would like to register to become a panel member, you can complete the online registration form. Read more and apply online here https://www.gov.scot/publications/social-security-experience-panels-faqs/
Or call the freephone helpline to register over the phone 0800 029 4974.
If you are participating in the Experience Panels it will not affect your benefits. Also, none of the information that you provide in any Experience Panels research will affect your benefits.
They are looking for volunteers drivers to assist them with transporting their service user's to and from their activities, the locations are Inverkeithing, Rosyth, Dunfermline and Dalgetybay. you must be aged 30 or over for the requirements of the Insurance.
All candidates will be subject to a PVG Check which they will carry out for the successful candidates, this is a great opportunity for someone to give something back to the community and help other vulnerable members of the public to have a fuller lifestyle.
1 in 5 Children in the UK have suffered abuse, robbing them of their childhood. That's why the NSPCC Schools Service "Speak Out Stay Safe" Programme is visiting primary schools across Scotland to give children the knowledge they need to stay safe from harm and to speak out if they are worried. Our specially trained volunteers deliver interactive assemblies and workshops with the help of our mascot, Buddy. We cover topics like bullying and abuse, but without using any scary words or adult language. We give a presentation in assemblies and workshops for children aged 5-7 & 8-11. Pupils learn about the different types of abuse in a child-friendly and age appropriate way so they can get help if and when they need it. We help them identify an trusted adult they can talk to if they are every worries about themselves or a friend. And they learn about Childline, and how it can support them. You'll need to be the kind of person who believes in the empowerment and protection of all children, has the confidence to speak in front of a group of primary school children , can communicate and engage with children, has basic IT skills and regular access to own transport and to email.You will be a member of a team committed and supportive volunteers who love working with children.
Following the launch of their new brand and strategy in February 2019, Impact Funding Partners (formerly Voluntary Action Fund) is enthusiastic and passionate about this new chapter.
With a track record of 36 years managing funds on behalf of the public sector and donors, and distributing £140 million across Scotland, they know a thing or two about creating impact through grants.
Impact Funding Partners is committed to maintaining a diverse Board that reflects the strengths of the people and communities of Scotland. They welcome applications from anyone who is passionate about making a difference in communities, and particularly from people from under-represented groups on charity boards in Scotland, such as women, disabled people, people from ethnic minority communities and people aged under 50.
They would particularly welcome applications from people with experience in Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, Human Rights, Marketing, Business Development, Philanthropy and the Private Sector.
If you would like further information please visit their website https://www.impactfundingpartners.com/trustee-opportunities
Applications should be submitted by midday Monday 17 June 2019. Interviews will take place on Thursday 27th June.
How can you support witnesses to crime feel at ease in court?
Appearing in court as a witness can be very stressful. It is Victim Support Scotland’s role to support witnesses during their court visits.
How would you help?
You will work with staff members prior to court starting
Offer information about and explain court procedures to service users
Discuss service users needs by telephone or face to face
Help witnesses feel more confident by taking them on court familiarisation visits
Support service users on the day of the trial in court or other locations as appropriate
Liaise with court officials on behalf of service users
Feedback and agree follow-up actions with staff members.
What do I need?
Effective communication skills
To actively listen to service users and anyone affected by crime
A non-judgemental approach to working with people from all sections of the community
The capacity to learn about the criminal justice system and understand the service user’s journey
An awareness of confidentiality obligations
Effective time management skills
What benefits would I get?
All reasonable expenses paid
The offer of a reference for future work.
The knowledge that you are providing help to an organisation that helps others.
The opportunity to grow your skills personally and professionally.
Help build up the pace in Scotland by sharing badges and displaying posters across your local area; playing your part in the future of Scottish medical research and taking on heart disease.
The Heart of Scotland Appeal is a fundraising campaign to raise and spend money in Scotland on vital medical research into the prevention, treatment and cure of heart disease. 41 people die every day in Scotland from cardiovascular disease and the death rate from coronary heart disease is almost 50% higher than for the South East of England. This isn’t fair and we want to change this.
You'll be given posters for you to display in your local shops, community centres, libraries, supermarkets, pharmacies and doctors’ surgeries to help reach as many people as possible.
The Heart of Scotland Appeal is backed by internationally acclaimed Scottish fashion designer, Christopher Kane, who's designed 4 unique badges. You can be sent a box of badges to sell to friends, family and colleagues for donations, as well as asking local shops if they will have a box of badges on their counter (that the organisation can then send out to them). Let’s get everyone wearing a Heart of Scotland badge.
Be a Bikeability Instructor and train school children to cycle safely!
Bikeability is today’s cycle training programme. It’s like cycling proficiency, but better! It’s about gaining practical skills over 3 levels, understanding how to cycle on today’s roads, giving the skills and confidence for all kinds of cycling.
Levels 1, 2 and 3 take trainees from the basics of balance and control, all the way to planning and making an independent journey on busier roads.
Volunteer with Fife Council (who support the Bikeability project) with support from the Bikeability co-coordinator. Training will be provided to enable volunteers to deliver levels 1, 2 and 3 Bikeability. You will have the opportunity to be alongside other volunteers who may be parents, teachers of members of the local community. Sessions can vary depending on the individual schools timetable e.g. could be 1 hour per week for 6-9 weeks or 3 block sessions per week of 3 hours in one week.
This role would suit a person who is enthusiastic about cycling, volunteering with young people and being outdoors.
We need volunteers to befriend adults in the Levenmouth area.
How many of you have been there for a friend who has been ill? It may have been running them to an appointment, taking them out for a coffee and lending a listening ear when they're fed up, or going off for a round of golf once they were on the mend. What if their illness wasn't a physical illness but a mental illness? Would you do the same? What's different? 1 in 4 people experience mental health issues at some point in their life, don't they deserve support too? OK, so tell me more -
you might find yourself doing any of the things mentioned above, going to play or watch sport, watching a movie or a play or just going for a walk and a chat. Our volunteers come from all walks of life.
All you need to give is a minimum of 2 hours fortnightly, you will need to be a good listener, have the ability to empathise and have a willingness to learn.
In return you will receive generous expenses to cover travel and activities, ongoing training, regular support and hopefully a great deal of enjoyment.