Volunteering opportunities advertised
The Assistant Team Leader for Project Grow will be trained in volunteer management and horticulture. This is an excellent opportunity to boost your employability skills, meet new people and contribute to your community.
Polbeth and West Calder Community Garden is an award winning community hub. The successful candidate will work alongside an experienced gardener at the community garden with the goal of growing flowers for hanging baskets and planters which will displayed around West Calder and Polbeth. Any specific interests will be encouraged where possible and there are opportunities to be involved in other projects based at the garden such as growing vegetables, education and our workshop.
The successful candidate will receive first aid training. They will also learn about horticulture, tool maintenance, risk assessments, volunteer management, and leadership.
Our volunteer drivers provide service users with lifts to hospital or GP appointments so that they can access vital medical care and treatment. They also help service users to get to support groups, supermarkets and other activities, as well as collecting and delivering prescriptions and helping to take children to playgroups. Drivers quickly get to know service users and build up a rapport with them, making it a really sociable and rewarding role.
Use your skills to help our hospice. By carrying out complementary therapies on patients and carers you will help alleviate their physical and mental stress. We welcome a wide range of therapies including yoga, acupuncture, massage and reiki. It’s vital that you have completed an approved training scheme, be registered with a relevant regulatory body and have indemnity and liability insurance. Must be committed to the principles of palliative care and its application in practice.
This role can either be based at our Edinburgh Hospice or at the Day Therapy Unit in St John’s Hospital, Livingston.
Help us and join Scotland’s fight against coronavirus. Volunteering as a Community Kindness Supporter means you will be helping the most vulnerable people in Scotland to stay safe and well at home.
Our charity supports people with chest, heart and stroke conditions every day and right now those people are the most at risk in the country. Many are scared, worried and isolated and need our help more than ever. That is why this role as a Community Kindness Supporter is so important.
Volunteering to be a Community Kindness Supporter will help people living with our conditions who may be isolated and stuck in their homes with deliveries of shopping and essential items such as medication, which they otherwise may not be able to obtain.
You must have no underlying health conditions, don't get a flu jag and under 70 years old to be a Community Kindness Volunteer.
This is an exciting time to join our Board, in addition to contributing your own skills, knowledge and experience, you will have the opportunity to access training and develop new skills whilst playing a crucial role in continuing to shape the future of our organisation. As a Board member you will provide support to statically manage the organisation and uphold the interests of the local community by ensuring that service delivery reflects their needs. Ideally, we are currently looking for people who:
• Live or work in Craigshill or close by
• Have a genuine interest in the future of community services in the area and;
• Have between 4 and 6 hours to spare each month
To provide 4 - 12 hours per week (availability can be flexible) to help with minor repairs in residential properties, such as general maintenance including painting, basic plumbing and electrical tasks.
There may be opportunities to take part in a training course for young people sharing skills and experience with them but this will be mostly done on a 1:1 basis.
Main duties include
- Support young people to set up a home and personalise this by supporting to paint and decorate.
- Support young people to develop practical maintenance skills and knowledge to enable them to live independently.
- Contribute to the overall work of the Housing Support Team.
*PLEASE NOTE: DUE TO COVID-19 ALL RECRUITMENT AND INDUCTION TRAINING WILL BE DONE ONLINE*
Victim Support Scotland Volunteer
How can you support victims and witnesses of crime?
Victims of crime often feel a range of emotions in the aftermath of an offence. It is Victim Support Scotland’s role to provide victims and witnesses of crime emotional and practical support in person, online, and in court. Volunteers are supported by VSS staff who manage the service.
How would you help?
Our volunteers provide emotional support, practical help, information and guidance through the criminal justice system. We aim to empower people who have been impacted by crime, to move on with their lives.
Discuss service users’ needs by telephone, webchat, appointments and face-to-face contact, agreeing next steps at the end of each contact
Help service users feel more confident by arranging and conducting court familiarisation visits
Support service users in the court room and other appropriate locations on the day of the trial, liaising with court officials on behalf of the service users.
Feedback and agree follow-up actions with staff members
Provide administrative support in completing the service users journey
What benefits would I get?
Volunteering with Victim Support Scotland can be challenging and also extremely rewarding. As a volunteer you will:
Support people when they most need it
Learn new skills and knowledge of the criminal justice sector
Gain access to a range of specialist training courses that are relevant to your volunteering role
Positively contribute to your community as a member of a team actively working to reduce the impact of crime
A chance to give something back
Receive support in your volunteering role to deliver services effectively
All reasonable expenses (e.g. travel) will be reimbursed
What skills and experience do I need?
We are looking for committed, reliable and empathetic volunteers who can work with people of all ages, backgrounds and life situations. Although we provide full training and support, knowledge of the criminal justice system and experience of supporting people is beneficial. As a Victim Support Scotland Volunteer you will need:
Effective communication skills
The ability to actively listen to service users and anyone affected by crime
An interest in learning about the criminal justice system and understand the service user’s journey
An awareness of confidentiality obligations and the responsibilities that come with upholding these obligations
Effective time management skills (and working under pressure)
Access to a car or ability to use public transport
What is the time commitment?
We know that our volunteers have busy lives, so we agree the time commitment with each individual volunteer. However, we ask for:
a minimum commitment of approximately one day per week, however this may vary depending upon the needs of the service.
a minimum commitment of at least 1 year so that they might get the most out of a volunteering role.
How can I apply?
The people we support come from all communities across Scotland, as do our volunteers. We welcome new volunteers from all backgrounds and languages.
To ensure we provide the best possible service to people affected by crime, we ask all volunteers to follow our processes. This will involve:
• Joining the Disclosure Scotland PVG scheme
• Providing two satisfactory references
• Completing our three day ‘Introduction to Victim Support Scotland’ training module
Signing and abiding by Victim Support Scotland’s Confidentiality agreement
Commitment to Data Protection
A Caseworker is someone who carries out welfare work for the Royal Air Forces Association.
Welfare work is about listening to an individual and assessing their needs to find out how the Association can provide help and support to them. Support can include anything from helping put a beneficiary with a disability in touch with social services, so they can apply for funding for a wet room, to something as simple as filling in a form to get a new fridge, for a beneficiary who cannot afford to replace their broken one.
Caseworkers may also need to gather complex information on beneficiaries to help with applications for care home fees or similar and this can involve providing clear and precise information on finances and correspondences. Caseworkers work with ‘beneficiaries’, who are members of the RAF family.
Caseworker volunteers are asked to commit to:
- Three days of initial training, which is accredited, provided free of charge and for which travel expenses will be reimbursed.
- Volunteers should expect to commit to around two hours a week, although this will depend on the case load in their area and there will be quieter and busier times. The Association cannot guarantee the amount of cases a volunteer will have as it is difficult to predict when and where a beneficiary will need support.
Running a successful Barnardo's store requires a great team of enthusiastic volunteers and you could be a part of it.
Our retail assistants are trained to undertake a wide range of activities such as serving customers, taking receipt of stock donations from the public and merchandising stock to make our rails visually appealling and tidy.
Volunteering with us in retail will provide a great opportunity to build upon your communication, team working and customer service skills.
If you also have a particular skill or interest, our teams would be delighted to discuss how we could help you utilise your interests in store. Whatever your talents, please do share with us and pop into your local store to enquire about volunteering.
To see all opportunities to volunteer within Barnardo's, you can visit our website at www.barnardos.org.uk/volunteering.
The Grant and Bid Writer Volunteer supports the Director for developing and writing grant proposals to trusts, foundations and other grant-making organisations such as Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, UKAID, USAID, EU grants, DFID tenders, etc, and persuasively communicates AHO's mission and programmes to potential funders. In collaboration with the Director, the Volunteer administers the organisation’s grant management activities, including grant proposal writing, editing and compilation, submissions and follow up and prospect research. This position helps to write tenders based on instruction and detailed information from the Director, referring back for editing and final approval, leading to increased success in winning contracts and funding. Applications are welcome from any part of the world as you work from online.
Purpose of Role
To identify grant and bid opportunities, managing the grant development and proposal process and to produce successful tender proposals – as well as other fundraising applications when required based on good research and excellent communication.
Duties and Responsibilities
• Developing and writing grant proposals to foundations and other grant-making organisations persuasively communicating the organisation’s mission and programmes to potential funders;
• Assembling and submitting grant requests, including letters, proposals, budgets, and presentations;
• Track and create a calendar of grant opportunities – including deadline dates, required materials,
• Complete and submit grant applications to secure funding
• Researches and identifies potential sources of foundation and corporate grants and governmental funding.
• Writing tenders based on instruction and detailed information from the Director referring back for editing and final approval, leading to increased success in winning contracts
• Maintaining an awareness of contracts due for tender and taking responsibility for acquiring pre-qualification questionnaires and tender documentation
• Collating the input of disparate contributions to create a coherent and well-structured final tender and ensuring the timely submission of tenders and other proposals