Volunteering Matters is a national volunteering charity. We recognise the potential our Young People across Clackmannanshire possess. They have aspirations and goals like us all – but may not currently have the skillset, tools or guidance needed to turn these into a reality. The effects of COVID-19 have seen a large number of Young People across Clackmannanshire experiencing social isolation, loneliness, poor mental and physical health and without a ‘Positive Destination’.
Equip Mentoring uses the power of volunteers to support young people who are not in employment, education or training (NEET) or who need additional guidance and support to enter the employment market, further education or training. We recruit, train and support Mentors who are matched 1:1 with a young person, using their life experience to act as a positive and reliable role model.
Volunteering Matters is a national volunteering and social change charity. We believe everyone in the UK should have the opportunity to thrive. So we bring people together to overcome some of society’s most complex issues through the power of volunteering. We partner with communities to overcome adversity, tackling social isolation and loneliness, improving health, developing skills and opportunity and making sure young people can lead change. And because we’re a national charity, we do this at scale, sharing our expertise and building partnerships to make an even bigger impact. We turn local knowledge and energy into action and progress, building stronger communities and a better future for all. In October 2020 we launched new strategy – Our Manifesto for Change. Based on the impact our volunteers and programmes have in communities across the UK, we will bring people together through volunteering to build stronger communities so that everyone has an opportunity to thrive. Volunteering Matters have operated services in Clackmannanshire for over 2 decades. Our current work includes a befriending service for children and young people, mentoring for teenagers in need of employability support, and a youth social action programme around youth mental health. We also operate a voluntary handyperson service for older and disabled people, as well as the Retired and Senior Volunteer Programme (RSVP) which encourages and supports older people to take part in local community volunteering. This includes volunteering in local primary schools, NHS hospitals, via a healthy walking group and charitable knitting activities.
Experience required: • Aged 18+ • Able to complete our volunteer recruitment and training process including a PVG check • Good people, communication, and organisational skills
Travel details: Whilst the young people receiving support will be based in Clackmannanshire, Volunteering Matters would be delighted to work with volunteers form across the Forth Valley area.
Minimum age: 18
Training details: Equip Mentors receive initial and ongoing training, paid expenses and a network of existing mentors and team members for support. All training will be carried out online.