Volunteering Matters (Forth Valley)
Charity registered in Scotland
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.
Volunteering Matters is a volunteering and social change charity. They recognise the potential young people across Clackmannanshire possess. Young people have aspirations and goals like us all – but may not currently have the tools or guidance needed to turn these into a reality. The effects of COVID-19 have seen many 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.
The Volunteer Mentors will support the young people practically (such as CV writing and interview skills) as well as emotionally (building confidence, resilience, and independence) whilst reducing social isolation and loneliness. The young person and mentor will meet regularly and will set goals and ambitions to develop new skills, knowledge and experienced to pursue the young persons chosen pathway. Volunteering Matters asks volunteers to spend 1-2 hours a week with their match.
The time period that Mentors support young people will vary depending on the needs and goals of each match, up to 12 months. Volunteering Matters recognise that every young persons journey & needs are different and so the length of match will depend on their needs and ambitions. The organisation's Engagement Manager offers full support and encouragement to mentors and young people, keeping in touch on a regular basis.
Volunteering Matters are the UK’s leading volunteering charity, supporting over 20,000 volunteers across the UK and run over 120 projects set up to help children and young people, older people, disabled people and vulnerable families.
The Peer Perspectives Project is a peer-led youth mental health project in Clackmannanshire for young people wanting to feel more empowered to have discussions around mental health – their own, and that of their friends and family.
The Peer Perspectives project involves recruiting young people aged 16-25, training them on issues related to mental health, working with them to create workshops that can be delivered to other young people, and providing volunteers with a valuable development opportunity along the way. This project is very much about giving young people the space and the tools they need to talk confidently about mental health issues. The Peer Perspectives project will focus on ways to achieve mental wealth, and learn about things young people can all do to help ourselves and others.
Peer Perspectives has run successfully in Wales for a number of years, and is being expanded by bringing the project to Scotland, starting in Clackmannanshire.
There are a number of volunteer roles available as a Peer Perspectives Mental Health Champion, and upon application a plan will be created that makes the most of the applicant's skills, talents and comfort zones. There will be opportunities to help with social media platforms, to create and deliver workshops on a range of topics in schools or to other groups of volunteers in the community, or to create a social media campaign. There are opportunities to join the Peer Perspectives Youth Committee to help steer the strategic direction of the project.
Peer Perspective opportunities will be tailored to each individual. The goal is to ensure that the project is very much led by young people, for young people. Your input will be welcomed on issues you think should be covered, and how this is communicated to others, and your support will be integral to growing Peer Perspectives beyond Clackmannanshire.
What is asked of you -
· Commit to attending a minimum of 4 training sessions – dates and times to be confirmed
· Commit to regular supervision sessions with our Engagement Manager
· Be a trustworthy, reliable and positive role model
If you have any further questions or would like to speak to someone about this role, please contact:
Lynn Raynal on 07950 309706 or by email – firstname.lastname@example.org
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.