Fife Voluntary Action

Charity registered in Scotland SC028457

We support, develop and represent community groups, voluntary organisations, social enterprises and volunteering. We have around 35 staff members covering these activities across Fife, operating from our offices in Glenrothes, Cupar, Dunfermline and Kirkcaldy. We provide a wide range of support to third sector organisations and have expertise in a wide range of skills and topics including governance, funding, legislation, policy, volunteering, managing people, planning and problem solving.

We receive core funding from the Scottish Government and Fife Council to provide four key functions:

  • support, develop and represent the third sector.
  • support, develop and represent social enterprises.
  • support, develop and represent volunteering.
  • support and promote third sector engagement with the Community Planning Partnership.

Current opportunities

Don't drag your feet! Join our fantastic team of committed volunteers who come from all 'walks' of life and volunteer for lots of different reasons. Due to Covid-19, appointments only available in Kirkcaldy at the moment. You will be helping some of the thousands of Fifers who struggle to cut and file their own toenails for numerous reasons and need some simple assistance with this as well as applying cream to their feet and ankles afterwards. No experience is necessary, all the training and support you will need is provided. Our sessions are friendly and informal and normally take place in several locations across Fife. (Currently all appointments are being held in Kirkcaldy due to covid) If you can you commit three hours or more at least twice a month, we will train and support you all the way. Quote from our website: I enjoy helping people and this has given me that opportunity, I have made lots of friends on my journey and I hope I have made a difference to many people.

The Telephone Befriending project began when a need arose in direct response to the isolation felt by many at the beginning of the pandemic in 2020. Although we are getting "back to normal" there are still many in the community who feel isolated and alone. In response to this ongoing need, FVA has decided to continue and develop the Telephone Befriending project. Could you be a Telephone Befriending Volunteer? Do you like having a chat? Do you like hearing people's stories and experiences? Do you want to make a difference to someone's day? Do you want to help improve people's mental health and well-being? Do you want to help people feel more connected in their local communities? We are looking for people aged over 18 with great listening skills, empathy and some understanding of the effects of loneliness and isolation, through their own lived experience or that of friends or family members.

** This opportunity is ideal for people who wish to improve and develop their employability skills** FVA are working with partners at Fife Council, to recruit, train and support Volunteer Fife Ambassadors, who will be welcoming, guiding, informing and helping the many visitors coming to St. Andrews and Fife during the week of the Open Championship, 10-17 July. Please note, these roles are not to assist directly with the golf itself, as those have been filled and were significantly oversubscribed. You will assist activities surrounding The Open's key transport hubs created for the event (3 park and ride sites in St Andrews), bus and train stations & in key positions around The Open & St Andrews town centre. You will also support visitors arriving and leaving the event, offer guidance, directions & local knowledge. There will be multiple 6 hour shifts patterns throughout the week between 6.30am - 9pm. Fuller details https://www.fva.org/theopen.asp

This is a great new opportunity which will benefit people waiting to be discharged from hospital. Often, they are very much delayed in getting home due to not having anyone there to accept delivery of the specialised equipment they will require. FVA are looking to recruit a bank of volunteers who will collect patients’ keys from the ward, gain access to the patient’s property and await a delivery and installation of equipment by the NHS. (the volunteer is not involved in the installation) Once is it delivered and built, they will then leave, lock up and return the patients key to the ward in which it was collected. They must have the capacity to travel in their own car and be available at short notice.