Volunteering opportunities advertised
Founded by Angie-Leigh McPike, the Ayrshire Women’s Hub is a community interest group. The aim is to open a warm, friendly walk-in premises in Ayr, where women can go to socialise, learn and empower each other through our free workshops, surgeries and classes.
Helping out in our café
Chatting to customers and making them feel welcome
The participation support volunteer role will assist in providing and supporting a variety of fun activities for children and young people age 8 - 18 with care experience (eg a child or young person may be in foster care, residential care, looked after at home or kinship care) on a fortnightly basis at our group in Ayr.
The group runs on a Tuesday after school at 4.30 – 6.30pm at The Domain.
Participation Support Volunteer:
Purpose and Aims of the role
This role will involve interacting with children and young people aged 8 - 18 years via a variety of activities eg arts/crafts/DJ workshops/sport/games/general youth work at our fortnightly sessions as well as at our National events that happen throughout the year.
What will I be doing?
• Supporting staff to undertake new activities
• Helping children to have fun
• Building young children’s confidence and self esteem
• Being a positive role model
What skills can I bring to this role?
• Experience of working with children (Not essential)
• A knowledge of issues affecting children and young people
• Ability to work well with children
• Good communication and listening skills
• Ability to encourage and motivate children and young people to participate in activities.
• Any specific interests in arts/drama/sports/music/games etc
What qualities do I need?
• To have a non-judgemental approach to people, have empathy
• Be enthusiastic, flexible and committed
• Reliable and approachable
• Friendly, helpful and understanding
• Reliability and a commitment to treat all information in a confidential manner
• To have a good value base, be open minded and level headed
When will I be needed?
• Regular groups and events
Ayr – South Ayrshire
What will I gain from the role?
• A sense of satisfaction in helping children and young people build their confidence and self-esteem to achieve their full potential
• Practical experience of working with young people
• Experience to get back into the workplace or education
• Have fun!
What support will I be given?
• Induction and child protection training
• Role specific training
• Expenses – all out of pocket expenses will be reimbursed
• Supervision and support from your manager / coordinator
For all roles involving regulated work with children and young people, applicants will be required to submit a PVG Scheme Record or a PVG Scheme Record Update application. This opportunity is subject to the completion of satisfactory references and successful registration on the PVG Scheme.
Kyle Stroke Club meet up once a week (Tuesdays 1pm-3pm) for activities, chat and a get together. It’s an invaluable support to people who are living with stroke and it just wouldn’t run without the support of our wonderful volunteers.
Can you please help us?
Making teas and coffee
Chatting to members and helping with activities
Driving - MIDAS training might be available.
Alzheimer Scotland is Scotland’s national dementia charity. Our aim is to make sure nobody faces dementia alone. We provide support and information to people with dementia, their carer and families, we campaign for the rights of people with dementia and fund vital dementia research.
• Aged over 21
• Good with people, friendly and an excellent communicator
• Happy to use your own vehicle to transport people living with dementia to activities in your local area
• Flexible and adaptable
• Wanting to volunteer and learn something new?
Our Volunteer Drivers help us to make it possible for people living with dementia to attend planned activities and support groups in their local area. Many people living with dementia no longer drive and some can have difficulty using public transport, volunteer drivers are vital helping us to keep people involved in their local communities.
If you are aged 21 or over, have access to a vehicle, hold a valid driving licence and have done so for 2 years, MOT and insurance and have some time to offer on a regular basis, Alzheimer Scotland wants to hear from you!
South Ayrshire Escape from Homeless, known as SeAscape is a charity tackling homelessness, poverty and isolation. Clients come from a diverse range of backgrounds with a varied range of needs.
The role will involve collecting donations across South Ayrshire from various sources and subsequent delivery of donated items to our clients. Items can vary from beds, storage furniture and white goods to sofas and soft furnishings. All Items are fully checked prior to distribution to our clients homes.
Volunteers for this role would have to be physically fit and have undergone manual handling training or prepared to undergo the training.
We are looking for volunteers to come in and befriend residents. Provide therapies when possible.
At the Active Travel Hub Ayr we're passionate about active travel through walking and cycling and its wider reaching benefits. We're working to make our communities healthier by changing travel habits and encouraging people to be more active. One of the key ways we're doing this is by taking part in events and activities aimed at developing partnerships that work to promote active travel in South Ayrshire.
Organising and carrying out a series of led rides for people of various abilities, in the local area. Promoting the rides and finding people who might like to take part will also be part of the role. There will also be a degree of recording and monitoring required (ie capturing how many attendees etc).
Volunteer will receive Ride Leader Training (1 day course)
Volunteer would be expected to attend some of our existing rides before attending the Ride Leader Training
A volunteer driver is someone who, after a period of training & assessment, will provide transport for socially isolated young people aged between 8 & 18 who live in South Ayrshire, to enable them to attend group activities and local based community activities. This will allow the young people to take part in social activities they otherwise would not get the opportunity to do.
• To collect young person(s) from their home & escort them safely to the car;
• To supervise young person(s) entry into the vehicle, ensuring that seatbelts & boosters are used throughout the journey;
• To transport young person(s) safely to pre-arranged venues on a timely basis and accompany them to a responsible adult - i.e. Project staff/Activity Leader;
• To collect young person(s) from activities & transport them home safely;
• To provide regular updates or report any concerns to Project Staff;
• To provide a regular commitment of time & provide notice of any absence as soon as possible to Project Staff.
• To provide a regular commitment of time & provide notice of any absence as soon as possible to Project Staff;
• To attend & successfully complete initial Volunteer drivers training session;
• To successfully join the Protection of Vulnerable Groups Scheme (PVG) or undergo an update as appropriate;
• To hold a full driving license for at least 2 years, preferably without endorsements.
Essential Personal Skills/Requirements:
• Have access to a car;
• Experience of working with young people;
• Ability to commit to their role for a minimum of 6 months;
• Be an effective communicator;
• Be friendly & amenable;
• Ability to form positive relationships;
• Ability to be respectful of others & be non-judgemental;
• Be comfortable working independently;
• Ability to seek advice & support from Project Staff when necessary;
• Notify the Project of any health issues arising that may affect your ability to drive or retain a licence;
• Notify the Project of any endorsements gained throughout time volunteering;
• Be willing to use car and claim back mileage for volunteering purposes;
• Maintain car to minimum legal standards & provide evidence of up to date driving license; MOT (if applicable) an insurance policy with written confirmation that the car can be used for volunteering purposes;
• Adhere to guidance provided in the Volunteer Driving Handbook.
We would like to set up a residents group who would discuss what improvements/issues/good practice is going on in the home and require a chair person to get this up and running.
Crossroads (South Ayrshire) Care Attendant Scheme is a local charity, founded in 1985, which provides a relief service for carers.
The voluntary Management Committee is responsible for the Scheme’s operation. A manager, two assistant managers (1 FTE), and an administration assistant are employed to run the service. The service is provided by about 40 Care Attendants (all part time, mostly employees, a few volunteers).
Crossroads (South Ayrshire) Care Attendant Scheme is a Scottish Company Limited by Guarantee (SC 156846) and a Scottish Charity (SC 002548).
The Management Committee currently consists of 10 people. It meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 7pm in a meeting room at Biggart Hospital, Prestwick (where the office is located). There are three sub-committees which also meet monthly.
There is a vacancy for someone with medical, paramedical or nursing experience to join the Management Committee and to serve on the sub-committee which supports the scheme’s manager with advice on medical policies and procedures and supports staff with advice when incidents occur.