Volunteering Matters (Forth Valley)

Volunteering Matters (Forth Valley)

Charity registered in Scotland SC039171

Volunteering Matters is the UK’s leading volunteering charity. Our vision is a society where everyone can participate to build strong and inclusive communities. Our mission is to enable people to take an active role in their communities through volunteering and social action. We have been working across Scotland since 1962. In the Forth Valley our current activities include the Retired and Senior Volunteer Programme (RSVP), which engages older people in volunteering projects to benefit their community and peers. We currently have hospital and school volunteers, walking groups and knitting groups. We also run the Help at Hand service in the Forth Valley. We also have our Children's Volunteer Befriending project locally, working with disadvantaged young people between 8 and 18.

Current opportunities

Founded in 1962 (and known as Community Service Volunteers until 2015), Volunteering Matters has been leading UK volunteering in policy and practice for more than 50 years. We know, through years of successful work, that investing in people through the power of volunteering makes a tangible difference to the volunteer, the beneficiary and society as a whole. Our volunteer programmes help to improve health and well-being; build stronger, more inclusive communities; and achieve lasting results. We believe that everyone can play a role in their community and should have the chance to participate; we build projects and programmes to reflect this. We focus on the needs of four distinct communities; young people, disabled people, families and older people. Our team of handypeople complete small and minor maintenance jobs in older peoples homes. The types of jobs we do are the small things that it can be difficult to get a tradesperson to complete, and that older people often struggle with. Tasks can be varied but include things like: changing washers, unblocking sinks, building flat packed furniture, changing curtains, fitting handrails and putting up shelves. We do not complete tasks that include decorating or gardening. Volunteers also look out for and give customers advice on obvious fall or fire hazards in their homes. Sometimes, volunteers will sit down for a chat and a cup of tea in order to offer a personal touch. As part of this role, volunteers are also asked to complete a "job report" to the office once they have completed a task, handing in donations to the office and to issue donation receipts to clients. For this role, we are looking for people that have the skills to complete DIY tasks, as well as good communication skills, an ability to work independently, be reliable, trustworthy, dedicated and have an interest in working with older people. The hours are flexible as they are based on our clients needs; however most volunteers do about an hour or two a week. You will have the opportunity to shadow a member of the team before beginning the role. You will also receive support from the Volunteer Coordinator, and have refresher training/get together's with the team on a quarterly basis.

Volunteering Matters are the UK’s leading volunteering charity. Founded in 1962, we support over 30,000 volunteers over hundreds of projects across the UK. The Clackmannanshire Befriending Project recruit, train and support volunteers who befriend isolated, vulnerable and disadvantaged children and young people (aged 8-18) in the local area. As a volunteer, you will be paired with a local young person, and meet with them on a regular basis (usually 2-3 hours fortnightly) to take part in fun activities in the community. This could include going swimming, bowling, ice skating etc. This usually happens after school, in the evening, or at weekends, depending on when the volunteer is available. Befrienders are reliable, trusting and a positive role models for young people who often find themselves in a challenging situation at home or school. The activities you will engage in with the young person are a “timeout” for young people who often live in difficult circumstances. These young people often benefit from an adult befriender who they can talk to and trust, as well as providing them with a reason to get out of the house. The project helps young people with their social skills, self-esteem, school attendance/ performance, resilience, personal safety/ health and relationships. Young people are referred from local schools, social work or other partners. To be a befriender, we ask that you are over the age of 18, and have time you can dedicate on a regular basis, for a minimum period of 12 months. Volunteers receive all induction and on-going support - no experience is necessary, but a we do ask for a strong interest and enthusiasm for volunteering with children and young people. Good communication and organisational skills are required. As are excellent people skills, the ability to relate to a child or young person, and build a trustworthy relationship.