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 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.
To see all opportunities to volunteer within Barnardo's, you can visit our website at www.barnardos.org.uk/volunteering.
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.
This is an opportunity to undertake a satisfying and rewarding role. As part of our team of volunteers, you will collect and transfer donations for the shop, providing an extremely useful and appreciated service to the Charity.
The role includes:
• Collecting donated stock
• Delivering stock to the charity shop
• Transferring donations between shops
• Put collection bags out in the community to be collected
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.
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.
About Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland
Everyone has the right to live life to the full. After a diagnosis of a chest or heart condition or a stroke, many people experience fear and isolation and struggle with the impact on their lives. Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland won’t stand for that. The care and support we deliver every day ensures everyone can live the life they want to.
About our Services
Across Scotland, over 1 million people – that’s one in five of the population – are living with the effects of serious chest and heart conditions and stroke. By 2021 we will double the number of people we support so that more people can live life to the full. We will do this by providing vital advice, information, and support through our No Life Half Lived Support services across Scotland. These services include our Advice Line, Stroke Nurse Service, Rehabilitation Support Service, Health Information, Health Defence, Education and E-learning, Financial Advice & Support and our Peer Support Groups.
About the Role
Rehabilitation Support Volunteers support people who have had a stroke to develop autonomy and confidence in self-management, enabling them to fully engage with their community and activities of their choosing. The service follows a pathway from hospital to community and can be delivered in a one-to-one and/or a group setting. The service can be delivered to provide specified person-centred communication support for those with a communication difficulty and/or to support a specific physical or everyday task.
How you can make an Impact
As volunteer contribution is so important to CHSS, here are some of the ways that you can have an impact:
• You can ensure there is No Life Half Lived for people living with chest, heart and stroke conditions but supporting them in our peer support groups.
• You will be an ambassador for CHSS and raise the profile of the organisation.
What’s in it for me?
We want your volunteering experience to be as rewarding for you as it is for CHSS. Here are some examples of the benefits to you in this role:
• Meet new people
• Improve health and wellbeing
• Learn and develop new skills
• Use your existing skills
• Help you gain experience if you’re looking for a route to employment or study
• Help you fulfil requirements to achieve an award
• Have fun!
The times would be Thursdays in Ashgrove project, Quarriers Village 1-3pm or 10am- 1pm until the Lady is happy to move out into a community environment with Volunteer. Activities on a Thursday could be meal preparation, offering direction with domestic chores.
When out in the community it would be exercise class – yoga, Zumba ect and again it would be a Thursday and it would depend on the times of these classes.
6 months - 1 year to build up a friendship between lady and volunteer.
Fundraising involves helping Guide Dogs raise money through events. Our fundraisers are normally members of their local fundraising group. You will have the chance to take part in some – or all – of the following:
•Helping us on stalls at local events
•Delivering collection boxes to local businesses
•Attending local events organised by branches or Community Fundraisers, and keeping track of what we sell on our stalls (including the cuddly toys!)
Quarriers Renfrewshire Head Injury service provides support to 17- 64year-olds living in the Renfrewshire area who have experienced an acquired brain injury.
The service is community based and provides brain injury awareness and strategies to help the person on a day to day basis and set realistic outcomes.
We are looking for a number of Volunteer Befrienders to support people in the community to enjoy activities and achieve goals in the persons care plan.
Examples of what the people would like to do/achieve include:
• Helping client to route plan to access the community, helping clients overcome the confusion of public transport and how to get to places on time
• To access community groups – travel and an introduction to the group assisting the person to make friends and build relationships reducing isolation.
• To enjoy leisure pursuits such as the gym/swimming
• Assisting with attending learning courses such as college overcoming fears and anxieties.
We know how crucial it is for all young people to have at least one long term relationship with a positive adult role-model. The disruption children face leading up to, on coming into or leaving the care system can make this difficult to achieve within a family setting.
intandem has been set up to help young people face these challenges. The service will match mentees with trained volunteer mentors to build a positive, trusting, supportive and secure relationship.
Are you friendly, outgoing, reliable and enjoy working with children and young people? Do you have 3-4 hours each week to spare? Would you like to be part of this exciting new initiative that will make a lasting positive change in young people’s lives? Then this exciting new Volunteer Mentor opportunity is for you! Volunteer Mentors main tasks will be to build a positive, trusting, supportive and secure relationship with children & young people aged 8 – 14 who are looked after at home.
Purpose of the role
The Volunteer Mentor will work with young people who are looked after at home, building a trusting relationship, improving their chances in life and promoting the wellbeing of every child.
• working in a person centred way with young people
• providing opportunities for young people to participate in meaningful activities
• promote the wellbeing of every child through creative and fun approaches
• communicating and linking with the intandem mentor coordinator on a regular basis.
• working as part of a team as well as on your own.
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.