Volunteering opportunities advertised
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!
As a Fundraising Champion, you will plan and deliver a range of fundraising activities both locally in your community and at times across Scotland. You would be volunteering alongside a small team of volunteers to raise the profile of Who Cares? Scotland and to raise the vital funds we need.
This is a flexible volunteering opportunity for someone who enjoys organising fundraising activities, big or small. The role would involve researching and talking to prospective supporters to develop links with local organisations, and also keeping up to date with guidance, information and fundraising initiatives at a local and national level with our community fundraising officer, Ray Maclean.
This role is flexible and the time commitments for this role may vary depending on the number and type of fundraising activities arranged. This could mean it could be anything from 2 hours a month to 10 hours, but it will fit around you and what help you can offer. The fundraising volunteer team will meet every couple of months for about 2 hours, plus you will need time to plan and attend a series of fundraising activities and events throughout the year. We have offices that our volunteer team can use to access a variety of resources that will be helpful when planning fundraising activities.
This is a great opportunity to gain experience within a large charity and develop your existing skills and learn new ones. We need you to get involved and help us achieve a lifetime of equality, respect and love for care experienced people.
What will I be doing?
• You’ll help with creating ideas and planning fundraising activities in your area
• Developing links with local organisations and participating in fundraising opportunities
• Coordinating and supporting other volunteers involved with fundraising
• Maximising funds raised as part of a team or fundraising group
• Helping with the preparation at events and making sure everything runs smoothly at any of our fundraising activities
• Assisting at fundraising events throughout the year, whether they be ones we have created ourselves or larger events like the Kiltwalk that we support each year!
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
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.
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.
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
A Befriender volunteer carries out visits to and keeps in touch with members of the RAF Family (beneficiary), on behalf of the RAF Association. Befriender volunteers exist to provide companionship and outcome focussed support to a beneficiary and to ensure that they remain part of the community and feel socially connected to the wider RAF family.
Befriender volunteers are required to :
* Regularly meet with a beneficiary, either in their home or at a mutually agreed location
* Listen to and engage with the beneficiary, promoting positive outlooks and raise self esteem
* Work within the remit of the Befriending plan and promote activities to meet the identified outcomes.
* Research into local community groups and activities to find relevant interests for the beneficiary.
* Identify ways to connect with other beneficiaries to promote friendship groups.
* Identify any additional areas of support and make referrals to the Area Welfare Manager (AWM)
* Keep a note of visits undertaken, with recommendations and actions. Provide this information and regular updates to the AWM.
Being a befriender volunteer could be about helping someone who is isolated through the use of social media or visiting an older person that has become increasingly lonely and isolated over time and to help find them new interests in the community. The role is varied, the service spans all ages and it is flexible to suit everyone.
The aim when the project starts is to provide access to cycling for all sections of the community. Includes electric and manual bikes, adapted bikes and a piloted electric trike. Also looking to have route maps and guided rides, skills workshops incorporating cycle skills and maintenance skills. Another aim is to engage supported parts of the community in recognised cycle maintenance training giving a recognised qualification.
Initially this will be assisting with the hiring of cycles. Checking bike worthiness forms prior to hiring out. Making sure the customer is fully aware of the mechanics of the bike, either electric or manual so that they are capable of riding the bike away safely.
Volunteers would also assist with getting customers to sign declaration form in relation to the road worthiness of the bike prior to hire and also the return condition liability on their part including safety advice in relation to wearing suitable clothing, a helmet and hi vis vest. All bikes would be hired with helmet and hi vis vest.
As the project grows there will be further opportunities down the line to participate in a cycle mechanic course giving a recognised cycle industry qualification.
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.