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

We are looking for volunteers to help at Capital Sci-Fi Con, Scotland’s ONLY not for profit convention that brings the world of pop culture, movies and comics to life in the heart of Edinburgh. Event takes place on 23rd and 24th July, There are several different roles you might be assigned including: - Working in pairs to sell tickets for the CHAS tombola. – working in a pair looking after the very busy cloakroom, taking donations and putting away people’s jackets, bags and capes – literally! – we need a confident and welcoming people to make sure the guests at Capital Sci Fi Con feel welcomed as soon as they walk through the doors. – at various locations around the event, you will collect donations and make sure they get to the counting room safely. – it is more important than ever that our event spaces are clean and safe for everyone attending. You will ensure that high-touch areas around the event are kept clean and sanitised, e.g. props. – we need approachable volunteers to welcome guests and check that they have all the information they need and have followed the covid-19 guidelines and procedures.

Join CHAS as an Action Team member in Perth and help fund our vital services. You can choose which volunteering opportunities to get involved in, from cheering at sporting events, collecting in your local supermarket or volunteering at black tie events. However you chose to give your time you’ll be making an impact on children and families across Scotland. We’ll let you know what opportunities are available in your area and you can choose how much time to give. What activities could I be involved in? Cheering on the CHAS participants at a sporting event Collecting money at your local supermarket or in your community Volunteering at one of our Ladies Lunches Getting involved with Capital Sci Fi Con events in your local area Many other activities and events throughout the year What are the benefits to me? Getting more involved and making a real difference to the families of children with a life-shortening condition Volunteering with friends Adding to your CV Meeting new people Having fun! What are the benefits to the children and families supported by CHAS? By collecting money and supporting our 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, you are the public face of CHAS and help to raise awareness of our vital services in the community. What else should I know? 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. Feel free to contact us on 0131 444 1900 or volunteering@chas.org.uk if you have any questions.

CHAS was very generously gifted the Ardoch estate by the Ardoch Foundation in January 2020. This includes an 18-bedroom meetings and events venue, its superb modern facilities and stunning grounds including 133 acres of land overlooking Loch Lomond. Ardoch Loch Lomond will operate as a commercial hospitality venue, quite similar in many respects to how a hotel operates. The venue will be a “profit with purpose” business and will contribute funds back to CHAS. Volunteer gardeners will help the Ardoch team with planting, clearing leaves, cutting grass and making the grounds a welcoming and relaxing environment for guests. What activities will I be involved in? Grass cutting General gardening: weeding, clearing leaves, tidying Assisting with planting, pruning etc Assisting in the development of new areas of ground Keeping paths and driveways tidy How much time should I offer? You can volunteer for half a day or one full day per week. This commitment is flexible and can be discussed with your supervisor. Where is the opportunity based? Ardoch Loch Lomond, near Gartocharn 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 volunteering at Ardoch you are helping to provide a quality experience for guests at the venue. This will in turn help to raise more money to fund our vital services that support children and families at difficult times in their lives. What else should I know? 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

Capital Sci-Fi Con, is Scotland’s ONLY not for profit convention that brings the world of pop culture, movies and comics to life in the heart of Edinburgh. Over the last six years, the event has raised over £300,000 for the children and families who need us. Taking place at the Edinburgh Corn Exchange on the 23rd and 24th July 2022, this weekend extravaganza features everything from prop displays to movie guests, gaming to interactive zones and live entertainment to the famous cosplay competition! We need over 100 volunteers over the three days to help us make 2022 the best convention yet! What activities will I be involved in? Tombola Ticket Trader - Working in pairs you will sell tickets for the CHAS tombola. We always have a variety of prizes on offer ranging from Star Wars to Harry Potter to Marvel. “Cape” Room – working in a pair you will look after the very busy cloakroom, taking donations and putting away people’s jackets, bags and capes – literally! Welcome Host – we need a confident and welcoming person/people to make sure the guests at Capital Sci Fi Con feel welcomed as soon as they walk through the doors. This role will also include announcing on the tannoy to the entire convention when events are about to happen and any safety messages. Keeper of the Coins – at various locations around the event, you will collect donations and make sure they get to the counting room safely. As part of this role, you will also be involved in making sure that event spaces are tidy and clean. Prop Watcher – it is more important than ever that our event spaces are clean and safe for everyone attending. You will ensure that high-touch areas around the event are kept clean and sanitised, e.g. props. Reception Rep – we need approachable volunteers to welcome guests and check that they have all the information they need and have followed the covid-19 guidelines and procedures. How much time should I offer? We’re looking for volunteers to help on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th July 2022. Volunteer shifts are approximately (subject to slight changes): 9am – 12pm 11.30am – 3pm 2.30pm – 5.30pm 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 event volunteer you will be provided with a written briefing ahead of the event and you will also receive a full briefing from your team lead on the day. We will keep you updated on the Covid-19 related guidance and measures that will be in place to keep everyone safe. What are the benefits to me? Attending Capital Sci Fi Con 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 helping to raise money at Capital Sci Fi Con you are helping to fund our vital services that support children and families at difficult times in their lives. What else should I know? Due to the nature of this event, there are likely to be large volume of visitors present each day. Therefore we advise that those volunteering are comfortable in larger crowds. CHAS will endeavour to put the necessary procedures and measures in place to protect everyone. 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 will 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. Feel free to contact us on 0131 444 1900 or volunteering@chas.org.uk if you have any questions. You can apply online through our online application form here.