Volunteering opportunities advertised
Home-based volunteering, One-off volunteering
Last is a social enterprise based in Glasgow that aims to support people to reduce their plastic waste. We do this by providing advice and selling products that help people do this. Our profits will be used to develop educational programmes focussed on the environment.
You will work closely with the Directors to collate and create valuable market insights that will inform the Business Plan and Financial Forecasting model for the company. These will be used to help us better understand the market and our competitors and persuade prospective funders to provide financial support to Make it Last.
Specific tasks include:
• Collect data on consumers, competitors and the marketplace and consolidate this information into actionable items, reports and presentations
• Understand business objectives and design surveys to discover prospective customers’ preferences
• Compile and analyse statistical data using modern and traditional methods to collect it
• Perform valid and reliable market research SWOT analysis
• Interpret data, formulate reports and make recommendations
• Use online market research and catalogue findings
• Provide competitive analysis on various companies’ market offerings, identify market trends, pricing/business models, sales and methods of operation
The work generated by the post will directly inform the future development of this business and as such will provide valuable experience and examples for use in CVs and job interviews.
All work will be undertaken remotely, as the business does not currently have office premises.
You will require access to a laptop and a good internet connection.
Last updated a day ago
Community Lived Experience for Alcohol and drugs Recovery (CLEAR) provides peer support for people in Midlothian aged 18 and over with substance use problems who want to work towards positive mental wellbeing. Our volunteers are people with lived experience of substance use who are now in recovery.
The service also offers: a weekly drop-in focusing on activities, socialising and informal discussions around addiction and mental wellbeing and a dedicated women’s peer support worker, who can offer support, information and guidance to women with substance use problems, criminal justice and/or mental health issues in Midlothian.
Last updated 5 days ago
Rediscover Pathway supports adults who have experienced childhood abuse or neglect in care to make connections within their community. Connecting befrienders offer the opportunity for people to build safe, trusting relationships, to explore social activities and to focus on interests and skills rather than problems. Activities have included visiting art galleries, attending cooking classes, going to the gym, cinema visits and walking. Matches meet weekly or fortnightly for up to one year. We offer training, regular supervison and cover expenses.
Last updated 5 days ago
All trustees collectively have responsibility for Play Midlothian, with day to day management delegated to staff. The legal responsibilities for each trustee, under the Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Act (2005), are to:
1. Act in the interest of the charity: Trustees should put the interests of their charity before their own interests or those of any other person or organisation.
2. Operate in a manner consistent with the charity’s purposes
3. Act with due care and diligence
4. Ensure that the charity complies with the provisions of the 2005 Act and other relevant legislation.
Play Midlothian has identified the key responsibilities of its trustees as:
- To contribute to setting the vision and overall strategic direction for the organisation
- To ensure good financial planning, agreeing the income generation strategy and budgets
- To ensure that income and expenditure levels are regularly compared to agreed budgets and that variances are identified and explained
- To manage, safeguard and protect the assets and resources of Play Midlothian and ensure that they are used only for the purposes set out in Play Midlothian’s governing document
- To oversee the development and delivery of Play Midlothian’s business plan, including monitoring and reviewing progress against agreed activities and outcomes
- To promote a culture of evaluation and learning within Play Midlothian and with its stakeholders
- To manage and safeguard the reputation of Play Midlothian and oversee the strategy for external and stakeholder relations
- To ensure that Play Midlothian adheres to its own values, particularly in relation to service users, volunteers, staff and other stakeholders
- To ensure a commitment to equalities throughout the policy and practice of Play Midlothian
Financial administration is carried out by the staff team. The Treasurer plays a watchdog role, advising staff and the other trustees, including:
- Maintaining an overview of the organisation’s financial affairs
- Helping to identify risks
- Ensuring proper financial controls are in place
- Ensuring appropriate investment policies are in place
- Ensuring that the annual accounts are prepared in accordance with regulations
- Reporting on the annual accounts to the AGM
- Acting as a counter-signatory for payments
- Carrying out once per month sampling of the books
Last updated 13 days ago
To uplift and return hearing aids requiring repair, from the hearing aid users’ homes, to Midlothian Community Hospital.
• You will be provided with a suitable list of names and addresses from where you will uplift hearing aids requiring repair. (Tuesday afternoon)
• The aids will be left outside peoples’ front door, in a sealed envelope for uplift.
• You will deliver your uplifts in one trip to Midlothian Community Hospital, placing them in a designated box at Reception.
• When returning the aids to individuals, there will be an agreed uplift time at the Community Hospital and packages will then simply be posted through the letter box at the stated address.(Thursday morning)
Last updated 13 days ago
To receive requests from individuals requiring repairs to their NHS hearing aids. To match these requests with appropriate volunteers, ensuring timely uplifts and returns of hearing aids to the individuals.
Tasks/Activities to be undertaken:
• Jointly with one other, you will monitor incoming requests for hearing aid uplifts.
• You will group them geographically and allocate to an appropriate volunteer.
• Names and addresses will be given by you over the phone, to the identified volunteer, once confirmation of availability is established.
• Volunteers will report back to you with confirmation of uplifts made and delivery to MCH (Midlothian Community Hospital).
• For uplift from MCH, you will allocate appropriate volunteers and confirm with them their availability for the task, on the agreed day/time. This can be planned and agreed at the same point as uplifts for delivery to the hospital.
Last updated 13 days ago
The role involves sharing your own experiences of living with Borderline Personality Disorder with groups of participants and helping to facilitate training workshops. You will need good communication skills, lived experience of BPD , and be willing to share personal experiences with people from a variety of different backgrounds. A strong sense of commitment and willingness to travel throughout the Lothians are also important.
CAPS /LEARN will provide training and mentoring for this role.
Due to Covid 19 CAPS we have had to alter the way we work. Groups and volunteer roles are currently taking place online until we can resume face to face meetings.
Last updated 14 days ago
We have the opportunity to raise much needed funds for our charitable work with children, through bag-packing at ASDA. This is a great chance for volunteers to try out fundraising and help a local charity.
For four hours one afternoon you will offer to pack bags for ASDA customers, as part of a team covering several till-points. You will stand at one till-point and will be responsible for a donations tin that customers can pop some change into, to thank you for the bag-packing. These funds will support Play Midlothian’s services for children and families. If you’d like to find out more about the services these funds will support, please visit www.playmidlothian.org.uk. Only four hours of your time could raise hundreds of ponds for charity. You will receive guidance on your role. Someone from Play Midlothian will be there at the start, to welcome you and handover your tin, and at the end to thank you and collect the tin. Your support will be much appreciated!
Last updated 14 days ago
This is an opportunity to make a massive difference in the life of a vulnerable young person. Mentors change lives, it’s as simple as that.
Being a mentor with YMCA Edinburgh means supporting a young person aged between 8 and 14 for a year or more by being a positive, stable influence in their life. You’ll spend a minimum of 2hours with them weekly and be given a small weekly budget to take part in activities together in order to build a relationship, have fun and inspire them. You will receive full training and the satisfaction that you are making a tangible difference in the life of a vulnerable person. Sometimes, growing up in difficult circumstances, all you need is someone to believe in you.
Last updated 15 days ago
Answer incoming calls to book transport for local people. We provide a door-through-door service for those with mobility challenges – elderly, disabled, health issues, geographic remoteness.
Covid-19 training will be given to volunteers.
Last updated 19 days ago