Healthy Valleys

Charity registered in Scotland SC034253

Healthy Valleys is a community led health improvement organisation located in rural South Lanarkshire which aims to promote health and well being opportunities in order to reduce health inequalities.


Current opportunities

An exciting and rewarding opportunity where suitable volunteers will support those families expecting a baby and/or those who have children under 5 years old to live a healthier lifestyle and to engage in services/activities. Volunteers will support families who need extra help and who live in rural South Lanarkshire to attend vital health care appointments, to attend our own activities/courses and to attend community activities. Volunteers will support parents to be/parents to engage with services/agencies to enable them to become better parents and thus giving their babies/children the best start in life. The volunteer will build up a trusting, positive relationship with families and support them to achieve their goals set in their individual action plan. The volunteer will help the family integrate better into their community and will also involved in the delivery, evaluation and developments of this intensive family support programme.

Community Food Matters are looking for people to join our team of 'healthy eating' volunteers who deliver Community Cooking courses. The courses are for small groups (6-8 people) from various backgrounds and help participants improve their cooking skills and learn more about eating healthy, balanced meals on a budget. The cooking courses also help participants to reduce isolation, increase overall confidence and well-being. Volunteers demonstrate/guide participants in making their own healthy meals such as soup, lasagna, fruit crumble etc. and share tips on healthy eating, meal planning, safe storage of food, hygiene, how to shop/cook on a budget etc. Why not volunteer and meet new people, learn new skills, become part of the community, increase confidence and motivation, and have fun!

Healthy Valleys are running 4 Little ‘n’ Lively courses in Lanark, Wishaw, Coatbridge and Rutherglen. The course provide an opportunity for families to come together and learn new skills while providing vital peer support. Starting from the week commencing the 11th July, there is an opportunity for 1 volunteer to support the programnme in each of these locations. The commitment is one session of 2 hours per week for 8 weeks (attendance required for 7 of the 8 sessions). Morning or afternoon sessions available to suit volunteer. Transport to and from the venue can be arranged. Volunteers would assist with set up/tidy up and be a friendly face welcoming the families to the group. During the session various fun educational activities are provided for the families and the volunteers would have the chance to join in and support the running of the sessions. Staff will always be in attendance. By supporting Little ‘n’ Lively you will be helping families with children aged 0-2 years ensure their children grow up in a happy and healthy environment and have a positive impact on their lives in the years to come. Full training and support will be given for this role. (Please give a full description of the volunteering opportunity. This is your chance to “sell” your opportunity so please provide as much detail as possible about what the opportunity will involve and the tasks a volunteer will be expected to undertake)