Volunteering opportunities advertised
Alongside paid staff colleagues volunteers will build relationships will families, children and young people to help them build resilience.
It helps us to be most responsive when volunteers are trained in support children and families in a variety of ways, however we will also take into account the preferences of the volunteer when agreeing a role.
Key tasks may include:
Spending time with families in their own home to build trusting relationships which compliment and add value to the work of the Family Wellbeing Worker. Time may be spent:
• out and about with the family in the local community accessing resources such
as libraries or groups, attending appointments or other similar family activities
• helping to establish and support individual/family play and activities
• offering support and encouragement to help a parent or carer maintain their
relationship with their children
Developing a 1 to 1 supportive, reliable, social relationship with a child or young person. On occasion befriending can be offered to adults as well.
Time may be spent:
• Organising and undertaking weekly activities with a child or young person,
collecting them from their home and returning them safely to their parent/carer
• Building a relationship with a child or young person that is focussed on their
needs and abilities
• Supporting and developing a child or young person’s personal and social
• Helping the child, young person or adult to build their self-esteem and
• Creating opportunities for a child or young person to experience new activities
and develop their interests
This may include working with young people, kinship carers, parents and children, supporting Children 1st staff in a group work setting.
All Family Support and Befriending Volunteers will:
• Ensure prompt and ongoing communication with Children 1st
• In conjunction with Family Support Workers, record interactions with children
and family members as per Children 1st recording policy and requirements
Attend relevant meetings such as supervision sessions, team meetings and training
CLASP Digital supports people to make the most of our exciting new digital world: anyone from older people who want to connect with family around the world, to job-seekers wanting to know how to upload a CV, to folk who’ve yet to take the cyber-plunge, and many others besides.
We do this by helping people understand how to use digital technology - from smartphones and tablets, to laptops and desktop computers – and to help them get online and achieve their aims by showing them how to navigate the internet safely with the purpose of enhancing their lives. To do this we wish to recruit volunteer Digital Buddies who are able to share their knowledge and experience with others on a non-formal, learner-centred, one-to-one basis. By teaching the Basic Digital Skills you will help people build their confidence to use tablets, phones and computers for their own benefit.
Sessions will normally last no more than an hour. Topics will cover email, social media, online shopping, web-searching, problem-solving, helping people keep in touch with friends and family and helping them connect better with service providers.
Although you must be competent in the use of smartphones, tablets or computers - it is more important that you have lots of patience and good people skills. CLASP Digital-certificated induction training will be provided.
This is an opportunity through which you can make a big difference to people’s lives. The satisfaction you will feel when you see your learner making obvious progress will show just how worthwhile your efforts were!
Provide emotional support to anyone who has been affected by crime and asb through use of counselling skills, needs assessments and Individual support plans to help people normalise their situation. To provide information on the criminal justice system to those who have become involved with the police through no fault of their own and have no idea of what happens next. To assist people to claim for Criminal Injuries Compensation for serious injury, completion of Victim Impact Statements and sign posting to other agencies.
The RAF Association is a member-led welfare charity that exists to ensure all members of the RAF family are supported in terms of welfare, when they require it. The Befriender role is at the heart of this charity objective and volunteers undertaking this role will be helping us to deliver this support to the RAF family. Essentially the aim of the Befriender role is to help alleviate isolation and loneliness, giving time to listen and encourage communication on a shared interest or topic, leading to improving and developing enjoyable social networks.
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.
We are looking for Telephone Befrienders to help out at the HOPE Project Office in Stevenston. This role requires the following:
• Someone who likes a good chat and is able to encourage and stimulate an older person to express themselves and feel comfortable engaging in conversation
• Inspiring enough confidence further down the line to allow for attendance at a social activity
If you like the idea of working alongside older individuals and would enjoy this telephone service then this is the right opportunity for you.
Volunteers are required to push wheelchairs for members of the forum during outings.
Volunteer required to take minutes at monthly meeting. Minutes to be written up and passed to chairperson for approval.
Helping to maintain raised flower beds, helping with the vegetable garden, grass cutting and also weeding.
ME Research UK is a highly regarded, professionally run charity with a principal aim to commission and fund biomedical, scientific investigations into the causes, consequences and treatment of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome [ME/CFS]. Since 2000, we have invested c £1.6M in biomedical research worldwide. The Board and staff are dedicated to ensuring that ME Research UK is a major force for change in our understanding of the illness and that our funded projects make a real, long-term difference to the lives and prospects of people with ME/CFS
As a trustee you would have a pivotal role in our decision-making processes. For those with science/research or medical background, the position offers a fascinating opportunity to help shape our research focus and direction as we seek to expand our research funding output.
Full details of role and application form - http://www.meresearch.org.uk/biomedical-trustees/
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.