Volunteering opportunities advertised
Sported is a charity and membership organisation, supporting community sport clubs and youth groups across the UK which uses the power of sport to transform the lives of disadvantaged young people. We support the inspirational local heroes that run these organisations by providing much needed professional expertise and volunteer business support, so that they can become bigger, more sustainable and more effective.
Sported is seeking professionals with expertise in business and strategic planning, finance, marketing and PR, fundraising, governance and impact measurement to support our growing membership of community sport and youth groups.
We have volunteering opportunities in Scotland with a range of flexible options. As little as one hour of your time per month could make a massive difference to our members.
Through the power of sport our members are transforming the lives of the most disadvantaged young people in the UK. Volunteer with Sported, meet the inspirational heroes of grassroots sport and leave a lasting legacy in your community!
We are currently recruiting for 2 types of volunteering roles:
1. Mentor Placements
Our volunteers are carefully matched with a Sported member club within their locality, who they then support on a one-to-one basis, typically for a period of between three to six months.
2. Light Touch Support (short-term flexible volunteering)
Our volunteers provide short-term support by helping Sported members with specific questions or challenges. The support may take the form of one-off advice or between one to three sessions, which can be delivered via your chosen communication method (e.g. face-to-face, over the phone/Skype or email). This option is perfect for those volunteers who may not have the time to commit to an extended mentor placement or may be in between projects.
Why volunteer with Sported?
• Have a lasting impact on your local community
• Opportunities to share professional skills and expertise
• Varied and Flexible placements
• Full induction, plus Training and personal development opportunities
• Support from a local Sported Regional Manager and Volunteer Services Team
• Opportunities to work with a range of different communities and types of organisations
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.
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
We are looking for volunteers to come in and befriend residents. Provide therapies when possible.
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!
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.
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.
f you agree that all children should grow up feeling loved, then please consider supporting our work by becoming part of our fundraising volunteer team.
Purpose and Aims of the role
As a volunteer fundraiser with our fundraising team, you will support us at local and national fundraising activities on an adhoc basis throughout the year as an enthusiastic, reliable, personable and committed extra pair of hands.
As a Volunteer fundraiser, you’ll help us to deliver fun and exciting fundraising events for both us and our supporters by being ‘on the day help’. (Please note that this role does not include any planning of events, if this is of interest to you then please see our ‘Fundraising Champion’ role.)
Your responsibilities may include:
• Helping with the setting up of fundraising activities on the day (eg at a local tea party),
• Meeting and greeting people at a range of events
• Cheering on our supporters as they complete amazing activity challenges to help us raise money
• Helping pack some bags at a local store to raise funds!
Sometimes there will be lots of events and sometimes we will be quietly organising the next and you may not hear from us for a couple of month’s but rest assured we’ll call in your help and it will be all hands to the deck!
In this role you will be able to develop your communication, organisation and team working skills. Most importantly though, you’ll inspire people to raise funds and enable events to happen as quite simply we need another pair of happy smiling hands to help!
This role is flexible and the time commitments vary depending on the number and type of fundraising activities that both us and our supporters have organised. This could mean it could be anything from 1 day a month to 2 days in 6 months. We will advertise our fundraising events online and you will be able to sign up on our volunteer system to the events you are able to help at. We would ask that there is a minimum commitment of 4 days a year. The fundraising volunteer team will have an annual meeting together for about 2 hours.
This is a great opportunity to gain experience within a large charity and develop your existing skills and learn new ones.
What will I be doing?
• Helping ‘on the day’ at various fundraising activity events
• Promoting activities on the day at events
• For any larger events – helping with registration/movement of people
• Helping at bag packing events to raise money, local tea parties or fun days in the community that our supporters or fundraising volunteers have created
• Maximising funds raised as part of a team or fundraising group
• Assisting with the smooth running of fundraising events throughout the year, whether they be ones we have created ourselves or larger events like the Kiltwalk that we support each year!
The Ayrshire Hospice is an experienced source of outstanding quality care and services which helps those with any life-limiting illness. Care is provided where there is no cure for the condition, but which improves the quality of each day for people who have a limited time to live.
We not only take care of people’s physical needs but look after their emotional, spiritual and social needs too.
Help make today matter by supporting the hospice as a retail assistant in one of our hospice shops.
This role will include:
* Receiving donations
* Promoting our Gift Aid scheme
* Sorting through and pricing donations
* Operating the EPOS till system
* Providing excellent customer service
* You will receive training and support to carry out your role
The benefits you will receive include:
* The opportunity to gain experience in the charity sector
* Taking on a new challenge and meet new people
* Opportunity to make a difference to your community
* Learn and develop new skills and use existing skills to help others
* Training and support to carry out your role
* Reimbursement of expenses in accordance with our volunteer expenses policy