Childrens Hospices Across Scotland

Charity registered in Scotland SC019724

CHAS is the only charity in Scotland that provides vital hospice services for children and young people with life-shortening conditions. We offer care for the whole family in our two children's hospices, Rachel House in Kinross and Robin House in Balloch. We also run a homecare service called CHAS at Home helping families in their own homes across Scotland when they need it most.

We are currently supporting over 300 families, as well as significant number of families who receive bereavement support. Our services are funded mainly through the generousity of our many supporters who help us to raise over £9million needed each year to provide these hospice services.


Current opportunities

Driving is a big part of keeping CHAS running smoothly. Our volunteer retail drivers deliver items for sale in the shops, our volunteers ensure our vehicles are safe and cover many thousands of miles every year. What activities will I be involved in? - Driving CHAS vehicles/your own car - Collecting/delivering items between CHAS sites and supporters - Loading and unloading vehicles - General maintenance and checks, cleaning and refuelling vehicles What skills and abilities will I need to have? - A friendly, professional manner - A full UK driving licence - Access to and use of own car and/or ability to drive CHAS vehicles - Good communication skills - Ability to represent CHAS positively - Physically capable of undertaking manual work - Shared values with the organisation: respect, care, honesty, accountability How much time should I offer? You can volunteer on any day of the week from Monday-Friday. Flexible time commitment but ideally 4 hours per week. Where is the opportunity based? Opportunities are in Fife, Kinross and Perth. What ongoing learning/support/guidance will I receive? It's important to us that you feel happy, safe and confident in your role. As a CHAS volunteer you will be invited to complete a short core learning package that is tailored to your role. We are always developing new opportunities for volunteers to learn and offer a range of options for volunteers. What are the benefits to me? - Learning new skills whilst having fun - Getting more involved and making a real difference to the families of children with a life-shortening condition. - Adding to your cv - Meeting new people - Having fun! What are the benefits to the children and families supported by CHAS? -As a national charity it is vital that CHAS has excellent transport links. Drivers ensure the CHAS retail van is fuelled, clean and in good condition ready for the team to visit CHAS sites and transport stock. By transporting stock for sale you are enabling CHAS to raise funds to support children with a life-shortening condition. The funds raised allow us to develop our service to children and families, ensuring they get the care and support they need. What else should I know? Volunteers need to be aged 21 or over to drive a CHAS vehicle. You can volunteer under the age of 21 if you have access to your own car and a full UK driving license. We will pay your out of pocket expenses in line with the CHAS volunteer expenses policy. CHAS is committed to providing a quality volunteering experience to all volunteers free from discrimination and prejudice. Ensuring that CHAS is an equal, diverse, and inclusive organisation improve the quality of care we provide, help us reach more families and children, and maximise a wide variety of knowledge, experience and expertise. We welcome volunteer applications from those who are refugees, asylum seekers, benefit claimants and those with a disability. We can provide more information on if you are allowed to volunteer and what adjustments we can put in place to ensure your volunteering experience is a positive one. You can contact us on 0131 444 1900 or volunteering@chas.org.uk

At CHAS we care for children throughout Scotland and we're here for the whole family. Whether at home, in hospital, or visiting us at Rachel or Robin House, we'll give families the care and support they need, when they need it. CHAS runs a number of charity shops across Scotland, selling donated stock as well as new goods to raise the vital funds required to care for children and their families. The aim of this role is to work within our retail team assisting with the day to day running of the shop, ensuring we are always open and available to the general public. What activities will I be involved in?  Welcoming and assisting customers in the shop  Accepting donations and completing any associated paperwork  Sorting, steaming, hanging, pricing and displaying stock  Serving customers and using the till  Offering excellent customer service  Keeping the shop well stocked, clean, tidy and organised What skills and abilities will I need to have?  An ability to represent CHAS enthusiastically and appropriately  Good communication skills  Attention to detail  An ability to work well in a team  A willingness and ability to stand for extended periods of time  A good level of written English  Shared values with the organisation: respect, care, honesty, accountability How much time should I offer? You can volunteer Monday to Saturday, in the morning or afternoon. Shifts usually last for 4 hours. This can be weekly, fortnightly, monthly, or even on a bank basis. Where is the opportunity based? Kinross What ongoing learning/support/guidance will I receive? It’s important to us that you feel happy, safe and confident in your role. As a CHAS volunteer you will be invited to complete a short core learning package that is tailored to your role. We are always developing new opportunities for volunteers to learn and offer a range of options for volunteers. . What are the benefits to me?  Learning new skills whilst having fun  Getting more involved and making a real difference to the families of children with a life-shortening condition.  Adding to your cv  Meeting new people  Having fun! What are the benefits to the children and families supported by CHAS? By selling goods in the shops you are directly raising the funds that enable us to support children with a life-shortening condition and their family. What else should I know? You should be aged 14 or over for this volunteering role. If you are younger you may be able to volunteer if a parent accompanies you, please get in touch for more details. We will pay your out of pocket expenses in line with the CHAS volunteer expenses policy. CHAS is committed to providing a quality volunteering experience to all volunteers free from discrimination and prejudice. Ensuring that CHAS is an equal, diverse, and inclusive organisation improve the quality of care we provide, help us reach more families and children, and maximise a wide variety of knowledge, experience and expertise. We welcome volunteer applications from those who are refugees, asylum seekers, benefit claimants and those with a disability. We can provide more information on if you are allowed to volunteer and what adjustments we can put in place to ensure your volunteering experience is a positive one. You can contact us on 0131 444 1900 or volunteering@chas.org.uk

CHAS has been chosen as one of the charities to benefit from collections at the Downfield Musical Society’s production of Cinderella the Pantomime. We are looking for 4 volunteers at 5 of the performances to collect donations at the end of the show as the audience is leaving. Make sure to dress fine and cosy because it’ll be cold outside – oh yes it will be! By shaking buckets at events you are helping to fund our vital services that support children and families at difficult times in their lives. A visible presence in the community, raising funds at events, you are the public face of CHAS and help to raise awareness of our vital services in the community.