South Lanarkshire Council (SL)

Current opportunities

Join our Adult Literacy & Numeracy (ALN) Team as a Volunteer Tutor Assistant. FREE training on offer from October 2023 which leads to an SQA Professional Development Award: Supporting Adult Literacies Learning (PDA SALL). This qualification is a minimum requirement for our volunteers and is the same SQA level as a Higher. Training will be delivered over 7 weeks (one day per week) and candidates will be placed in ALN (Adult Literacy & Numeracy) groups for reflective practice assignments. There are 5 assignments in total. We will support you throughout this process. Candidates can take up to around 6 months to complete the qualification (depending on their other commitments). Please see link below for more information. Volunteers should: • Commit to volunteering for 2 hours per week for a minimum of one year post qualification • Be confident with their own literacy/numeracy and ICT skills • Commit to attending at least 4 volunteer meetings per annum In return we offer: • Full support throughout the training and beyond with a named member of staff • All travel expenses reimbursed • PVG/Disclosure costs covered • Training and continuous professional development available

This conservation opportunity takes place every other Thursday, predominantly at South Haugh and occasionally at Low Parks, Udston & Glenlee Woods and Westburn. The volunteers will be undertaking a series of conservation tasks including woodland management, removal of invasive plant species, tree thinning, litter picking, path maintenance and much more. Please feel free to come along and join in. Volunteers should dress for the weather, sturdy footwear required. Bring a packed lunch. We’ll supply tea/coffee/biscuits. Please be aware there is no toliet onsite. Contact Melanie Craig, Countryside Ranger on 07795 453 443.

Love being outdoors? Love your local woodland? Join the Mauldslie Woods Volunteering Team. Come along and carry out a variety of practical woodland conservation and management tasks, whilst having fun, learning new skills and meeting new people. The group meet on Mauldslie Bridge in Carluke at 10.15am and the group runs until 3.00pm.

McKillop Gardens is a care home in East Kilbride that provides a service to a maximum of 37 older people with up to two long term places for those over 50yrs. Inclusive are seven places in a separate unit for interim care and short stay breaks for older people with a maximum of two places available for those over 50yrs. We are looking for volunteers to provide meaningful activity to the service users living at McKillop gardens. We would like this to include physical, social and leisure activities that are tailored to the service users’ needs and preferences. The activity can range from activities of daily living such as maintaining appearance- hair washing/styling, nail painting, leisure activities such as reading, gardening, arts and crafts, conversation, and singing. Activities can be structured or spontaneous, for groups or individuals, and may involve family, friends and the care team, or the wider community. Activities should provide physical, emotional, creative, intellectual and spiritual stimulation for the service users. Activities should take place in an environment that is appropriate to the service users’ needs and preferences, which can include using service users’ apartments, communal areas and the local community. Each unit in McKillop gardens benefits of a communal lounge, dining and kitchen areas, cinema room and tearoom. Outdoor spaces include large landscaped gardens, green houses and verandas on the upper level. Engaging service users in activities beyond routine care is an important factor in the life of McKillop gardens. A choice of activities is important for improving a sense of independence, confidence, positive self-image health and wellbeing for our service users. Activities should provide a sense of purpose for our service users. Not all service users want to be involved in a competitive game of cards or bingo, but you will find some that love reading and wants to be involved in a regular book club or enjoy having a book read to them. You will find service users that enjoyed gardening and want to get involved in a care home gardening group or provide individual support to plant plants or flowers. Service users that enjoy cooking or baking should be encouraged to participate in kitchen activities to give them the opportunity to continue to do what they enjoy and love to feel fulfilled. Service users that enjoy going for the newspapers should be encouraged to go out into the local community to collect the daily papers. Other social activities example you may wish to undertake can include: • Card Games • Bingo • Book Club • Gardening • Flower Arranging • Cooking • Painting, Drawing, Art Classes • Board games • Games Nights • Singing Groups • Entertainment Events • Family Days • Dog Days • Exercise Classes • Afternoon Teas • Birthday Celebrations • Quiz Nights • Outings to local attractions • Cinema experience • Relaxation sessions