Volunteering opportunities advertised
Shetland Arts has a tradition of volunteering: many of our staff came to be working in the arts as volunteers in some way or another, and our board of trustees, which provides strategic overview and governance of the work we do, is made up of volunteers.
Along with being part of exciting cultural events across Shetland, our volunteers can use the experience to develop their professional and interpersonal skills while meeting lots of new people. If you're aged between 16-25 you can also log your volunteering hours as part of the Saltire Award scheme.
We're really excited to be offering three new volunteering roles across our organisation to enhance and support the delivery of our creative output across Shetland.
An Arts Liaison Volunteer provides the first point of contact for visiting artists to Shetland, greeting them at transport terminals and transporting them to their destination and helping out when required backstage. Access to a vehicle and a valid UK driver's licence is necessary for this role.
Volunteers are matched up on a one-to-one basis with a vulnerable adult. The matches meet regularly either weekly or fortnightly for a few hours at a time. The aim is to engage in purposeful activities within the community which will help to reduce social isolation and feelings of loneliness. It is also about continuing to support the adult to engage in their own community and have positive social connections.
You could be involved in supporting people with their physical, skills or volunteering section - you would inspire and support them to work towards personal targets. You might want to supervise expeditions or assist with training the young people to undertake their expedition. The opportunities are many and varied but you will be making a difference to young people in Shetland.
The Name a Puppy Ambassadors build positive relationships, primarily with local companies, explain the Name a Puppy scheme and how it helps Guide Dogs. This may involve promoting the product to management and/or groups of employees.
Activities include: Attending appropriate training courses to learn more about the scheme and Guide Dogs, where appropriate.
Working with Regional Development Fundraising Manager to organise convenient dates to visit companies and organisations that are interested in Name a Puppy.
Organising, setting up and clearning away any promotional materials or information stands.
Providing fundraising advice and support to organisations and companies pledging to Name a Puppy in conjunction with the Community Fundraiser and local branch members.
Contacting the company representatives directly after the pledge and to thank them on behalf of Guide Dogs.
General volunteers will promote the Fertility Network Scotland charity in the local area and the services we provide.
Distribute Fertility Network Scotland leaflets/posters in the area including GP clinics, libraries, hospitals, community centres etc.
Participate at fundraising events.
Adhere to Fertility Network Scotland policies and procedures.
Fertility Network Scotland provides advice, information and support for anyone affected by fertility issues. We also work to raise awareness of the impact of fertility problems and to campaign for fair provision of fertility treatment throughout Scotland.
CLAN charity shop Lerwick require volunteers who will help in their busy shop.
Morning volunteers duties include: attending a handover meeting, general duties - switch on shop and cabinet lights and the till. Dusting cabinet, computer and jewellery section. Serve customers. Sort till float and work will till and credit card machine while serving customers. Keep the shop floor tidy (pick up and rehang clothes). Put out priced clothes and other items.
Afternoon volunteers duties include: Attending handover meetings. Serve customers, working with cash and credit card machine. Keep the shop floor tidy (pick up and rehang clothes). Put out priced items. At the end of the day - count out float, cash up and switch off till. Switch of lights, empty the bin and tidy up work area, wash up mugs.
The Volunteer role is varied and can involve supporting children/young people to take part in arts and crafts, sports, cooking or drama, working behind the tuck shop and helping with a range of club projects. If you have a particular skill that you can bring to the club, e.g. football, crafts or music, that's great, but not essential, as what's important is that you can connect with and get on with children and young people. You will be supporting Youth Work staff, and so will be working as part of a team. The club generally operates during school term times.
Volunteers would be taken through how to use the Atom database system and talked with about what goes in the index. They would then be able to go and read the papers on the microfilm machine (which they'll also be taught to use) and record the contents so that others can find information more easily. Someone will always be on hand to help.
Trading Standards advise retailers how to avoid selling tobacco and NVP (nicotine vaping products) to under-18s through the use of proof age schemes. We put shops to the test on this with the help of young volunteers. Volunteers should be non-smokers, between 16-16 1/2 and have written parental/guardian consent.
Volunteers are trained in what to do and say while test purchasing, and are accompanied by a Trading Standards staff-member throughout. They are trained never to lie to shopkeepers but to avoid giving information that may identify them. Volunteers are not asked to test-purchase near to school or home and are free to pull out at any point.
All transport, meals and refreshments are provided. We also give volunteers certificates confirming their volunteered hours (including travel and training), and references for college and/or jobs. If they wish, two or more volunteers can travel and train together. Previous volunteers have found the experience enjoyable and worthwhile.
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