Perth & Kinross
Volunteering opportunities advertised
Perth & Kinross:
Known locally as Giraffe (due to its social enterprise cafe on South Street) the organisations support people over the age of 16 from all over Perth and Kinross and beyond.
The charity was set up to help groups in society that were overlooked, denied opportunities and not integrated into the local community. The charity’s wholly owned subsidiary (a community interest company), Giraffe, was primarily set up as there were not enough employers in the local area who were willing to offer the type of supported employment and development that Giraffe provides.
For more than 10 years, the organisations have provided socialisation, personal development and training for adults experiencing a diverse range of disabilities, mental ill-health, homelessness, and other barriers to support them towards inclusion, and, where appropriate, sustaining meaningful employment.
The organisations strongly believe in inclusion for all and offers its trainees a place to go for training, socialisation, personal development, supported work experiences and more. This creates incredible, life-changing opportunities for each individual.
Charity Trusteeships can be incredibly rewarding as well as support personal and professional development. As the Chair, you will hold the Board and Executive Team to account for the Charity’s mission and vision, provide inclusive leadership to the Board of Trustees, and ensure that each trustee fulfils their duties and responsibilities for the effective governance of the charity. The Chair will also support, and, where appropriate, challenge the Chief Executive and ensure that the Board functions as a unit and works closely with the entire Executive of the charity to achieve agreed objectives. He or she will act as an ambassador and the public face of the charity in partnership with the Chief Executive.
The company takes a pro-active approach in appointing suitable candidates in order to broaden the governance skills base of the board. New directors undertake an induction to the organisation. This includes identifying their particular skills and interests. Directors are offered internal and external opportunities to develop their knowledge base and update their skills.
To be successful, you will have experience across a wide and varied business and professional life with an interest in the aims of Check-In Works/Giraffe and a willingness to commit time and energy to the position.
The Board of Trustees are specifically looking for a chair and trustees with experience in the following areas:
- Autism/ mental ill health
Closing Date: Noon, Monday 21st June
Interview Dates: Monday 28th June
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Energy festival is an event consisting of 4 areas…..Challenge, Insprire, Adventure and Well-being. Within these areas there will be many different things on, such as kayaking, colour run, crossfit comp, axe throwing to name just a few. There will be a lot more on the day.
This event is for everyone in the UK with everyone welcome including families.
We require Volunteers on the day for many different tasks, the day of volunteering will be split up of a couple of jobs with some free time to enjoy the festival.
We require people to help set up on Thursday and Friday prior to the event and on the Monday after.
On the day the start time will be from 7.45am, 8.45 and 9.45. finishing times will be from 2.45,3.45 and 4.45.
We are looking for people to Marshall the Vehicles, Littler Picking. Ticket scanner, Colour thrower, Covid Safety Marshall, with some other tasks to add.
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At Save the Children, we believe in changing children’s future, we operate in the UK and around the world to ensure children are safe and healthy. We support them to learn, grow and become who they want to be. Our shops help raise vital funds, and our volunteers are the leading force in making this possible.
Our Save the Children Shop in Perth has been a much loved part of the local community for years and continues to be hugely popular with customers and supporters, thanks to the kindness and generosity of the wonderful volunteer team.
If you would like to volunteer with us all you will need is some enthusiasm and a desire to make a difference. The role is diverse, taking place on the shop floor and behind the scenes. Volunteer tasks include anything from sorting donations, steaming clothes, pricing products, managing the till, and helping with the window displays.
You can choose how much time you dedicate, and we’ll give you training and support along the way. No special skills are needed, and we welcome people from all nationalities and backgrounds.
Your donation of time, creativity and kindness can help us change the future for children all over the world!
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We’re looking for volunteers to operate our national helpline, supporting individuals over the phone. You’ll provide support for people who have received a digital device as part of Connecting Scotland, supporting the most vulnerable to get online. Queries range from enquiries about the programme, to basic support with turning on or using a device. We call these volunteers Digital Champions. This role is done remotely at the moment due to COVID-19 but there is possibility to work from our Edinburgh office in the future. The role is open to the whole of Scotland.
The role tasks include: covering a minimum of one weekly 2-hour helpline shift, providing responses to enquiries and basic digital support to callers, logging any calls that require follow-up , supporting our staff in obtaining monitoring details from callers.
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Join Victim Support Scotland in a volunteering role like no other!
As we recover from the Coronavirus pandemic, we are on the lookout for talented and committed people to help victims, witnesses and their families to move forward after a crime.
Victims of crime often feel a range of emotions such as anxiety, confusion and anger, while witnesses may feel confused, anxious and overwhelmed by the court system. As a support volunteer, you will provide help and support in both local communities and within the court environment, ensuring people receive the high-quality support and care they need.
• Discuss service users’ needs by telephone, face-to-face visits or other means, agreeing next steps at the end of each contact
• Help witnesses feel more confident at court by arranging and conducting court familiarisation visits
• Support service users in the court room and other appropriate locations on the day of a trial, liaising with court officials on behalf of service users
• Give feedback and agree follow-up actions with staff members
• Provide administrative support in completing service users’ journeys
This is a great opportunity to:
• Learn new skills and gain experience of working within the criminal justice sector
• Gain access to a range of in-depth training courses that are relevant to your volunteering role, resulting in accreditation
• Positively affect your community as a member of a team actively working to reduce the impact of crime
For a full role description, visit: victimsupport.scot/volunteer
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As Treasurer, you are a key member of your local fundraising group. You will need to record income and expenditure of the group, bank funds regularly and keep the members up to date with fundraising income totals. This includes:
• Maintaining accurate records of all income and expenditure by the Group.
• To assign correct Guide Dogs banking codes to all donations.
• To bank all funds donated to Guide Dogs promptly.
• To complete and issue receipts to donors.
• Attend Group meetings and advise members current levels of income and expenditure
• Monitor levels of expenditure, ensuring prompt claims for reimbursement of the Float Account.
• Ensure that the Float Account does not become overdrawn.
• Apply for soft credits and gift aid via your local Mobility Team.
• Maintaining records of where Guide Dogs Counter Top Boxes and life sized dogs are placed locally - working with your Group’s Collecting Box Co-Ordinator(s) and submitting the list by December 31st of each year to the Community Fundraiser
• To respond to requests made by Guide Dogs Finance department.
• Keeping Group fiscal records for 6 years in accordance with HMRC guidelines and to ensure that all Group records are available for the Community Fundraiser, Group members or any other independent examiner as requested by Guide Dogs.
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To place our iconic boxes locally as part of their daily life and every few months tally up the funds before paying them in to Guide Dogs.
• Identifying and placing collecting boxes in suitable locations
• Talking to the shop owner, receptionist etc. at the location about how the boxes will help Guide Dogs and what we do
• Empting boxes every 3-6 months (as they get full) and banking the income through the paying in book provided. Give a receipt and letter of thanks to the hosts
• Keeping a written record of the location of all boxes for your supervisor, the dates they are emptied and the dates/amounts banked
• If boxes aren’t collecting much, you’ll decide to move them to a better location. Your supervisor may also ask you to remove boxes
• Reporting any stolen boxes to the local Mobility Team
• Spotting the potential for further fundraising amongst the box holders for Community Fundraiser
Location: Various and local surroundings
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Assist the local fundraising team in promoting and taking part in a variety of activities to raise money for Guide Dogs.
• Street collections on ‘flag’ days
• Help on stalls at local events
• Take Collection Boxes to local businesses
• Attending local events organised by Branches or Community Fundraiser and keeping track of what we sell on our stalls (including the cuddly toys!)
• Count donations
• Fundraisers are usually members of the local fundraising group
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Be the key contact for fundraising in your local community to raise money from a variety of activities such as collections, social events and Tea Parties.
• Organising and attending events such as the Great Guide Dogs Tea Party, Pub Quizzes and collections in your local area
• Encouraging local businesses, schools and groups to name their own guide dog puppy
• Building relationships with local networks, socials groups, schools and businesses to encourage them to host their own event in support of Guide Dogs
• Working as part of Guide Dogs’ fundraising team with staff and volunteers
• Liaising with Community Fundraiser informing them of events in your area
• Making sure your fundraising policies and procedures are followed.
• Ensuring income raised from events is banked in a timely manner.
• Ensuring that any information provided by Guide Dogs is cascaded to relevant supporters or volunteers.
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Would you like to support people who have served in the Armed Forces? You don’t need a military background, just the ability to listen, some basic I.T skills and good written and spoken English. If so, this could be the role for you.
What is a caseworker?
Caseworkers work with clients to figure out what type of help they need. Next, they find the right sources of support and arrange for clients to access it. This might be funds for special equipment for someone with a disability, adaptions to a property so an older client can remain at home or funds for a rental deposit. Caseworkers also sign-post clients onto specialist local services for advice on benefits, housing, mental health, debt, finding work etc.
Why do we need you?
Volunteer Caseworkers are the lifeblood of SSAFA, supporting a growing number of people in need of financial, practical and emotional support. Clients come from all backgrounds and age groups and may have served in WW2 or in a more recent conflict like Iraq or Afghanistan. Our trained volunteers listen without judgement to assess and provide tailored support to help people navigate life in and beyond military service. We need you to join your local SSAFA team to help us achieve this.
When would you be needed and where would you be based?
The essential part of the role is interacting with clients, so you may be visiting clients or doing this virtually. You may need access to a vehicle or another way to travel to meet clients at home or in a care home setting. As part of your local branch you might have access to an office, but many volunteers are based at home.
What does this role involve?
• Contacting clients and arranging to meet them at a mutually convenient time either face-to-face or remotely
• Liaising with clients and completing a form to assess their circumstances
• Sign-posting clients onto local services providing specialist advice
• Applying on the client’s behalf to military and non-military sources of charitable funding
• Arranging for the purchase of goods and services
• Keeping in touch with the client so they know how their case is progressing
• Keeping in touch with your branch so they know your availability
• Keeping up to date with training and SSAFA news so that you are best able to support clients
• Being a positive ambassador for SSAFA remembering that anyone you meet could be a potential client, volunteer or fundraiser
• Volunteering within the standards and values of SSAFA including observing our policies such as the
Volunteering policy and data protection policy (these will be covered in your training and local induction.)
What can you gain from this volunteering role?
• Support people in your community with a military background
• Use your skills, knowledge and life experience to benefit others
• Support and friendship from your local SSAFA branch and the wider SSAFA community
• Experience, training and skills that you can highlight on your CV and in job interviews
• Better physical and mental health – studies show that volunteers live longer and experience lower levels of stress and depression!
What skills or experience do you need?
• Good listening and communication skills including written and spoken English
• Ability to be respectful and non-judgemental with clients, their family, other agencies and SSAFA colleagues
• Ability to send and receive emails – you will receive your own SSAFA email address
• Ability to make enquires on behalf of clients by phone, email, letter or by filling in forms
• Willingness to use our on-line case management system (this is covered in the caseworker training course)
• Ability to keep within boundaries of the role with regards to friendship or giving advice
• Reliable attitude, contact clients promptly, keep appointments, update the branch regarding your availability
• Ability to maintain confidentiality and keep information safely
• Able to provide two referees: former employers or other people that know you well (other than relatives)
To apply please visit us on line at https://www.ssafa.org.uk/volunteer-ssafa, put your postcode in and fill out the very short application form, alternatively call our friendly central Volunteer Team on 0800 032 5612.
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