Simon Community Scotland (SCS) is a values led organisation. We expect all of our staff and volunteers to reflect this, to care about people and demonstrate compassion, tolerance and tenacity. You can find out more about our mission and vision here, http://simonscotland.org/about-us/.
Many of the people we support struggle with social situations for a variety of reasons and are at risk of isolation. At SCS we want to help people to regain social confidence and encourage positive, interesting and fun interaction with others. Our Activity Volunteer role supports our work to provide a varied and full experience to the people using our services, enabling us to encourage and promote learning, skills development and overall wellbeing.
Hosting a workshop, activity or sharing your skills in our services is a rewarding and fulfilling way for you to get involved in the work of SCS.
The support given by an Activity Volunteer can take many forms: from teaching a one off yoga class, to regular cooking/baking, art, crafts, discussion groups, coffee mornings, etc. Workshops could provide real learning outcomes such as literacy, budget planning and practical skills or a service such as hairdressing, massage or therapies.
Every day we help make positive things happen for people facing extremely difficult circumstances. We provide expert, compassionate and flexible support and link people into the services they need. We deliver a range of services across Glasgow, Edinburgh (Streetwork) and across Central Scotland. We work with people so that they can resolve their homelessness as quickly as possible. We maintain contact with people – in diverse circumstances – so that we can help them address the underlying reasons for their homelessness and get the support they need. By working and learning together we can drive impact and change person to person – to transform everyone’s experience of homelessness in Scotland.
This is one of our more flexible roles. Morning, afternoon or evening. We will find a way to include what you have to offer.
Experience required: Able to approach your volunteering role and tasks with a flexible and non judgemental attitude
Empathetic towards our client group
Good communication and people skills
Enjoy meeting and interacting with people
The desire to share time, a skill or hobby with the people we support
Experience not required as training will be given to the right candidates who have a genuine interest in helping people suffering from the causes and effects of homelessness
Travel details: Our Activity Volunteers will be allocated a specific service which will be agreed upfront. Access to transport is desirable but not necessary in all instances. Our residential services are located in Glasgow City and in North Lanarkshire.
Minimum age: 18
Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: Provision of agreed expenses.
Training details: SCS IMPACT Induction training Service induction Opportunity to participate in any ongoing staff training The opportunity for further development