Volunteering Matters

Charity registered in Scotland SC039171

Our vision is of a society where everyone can participate in their local community through volunteering and social action.


Current opportunities

'For just a few hours a week you can help change the life of a young person living in Clackmannanshire!' 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. Volunteers meet with their young person on a regular basis. They provide practical and emotional support, helping young people to make informed choices about their future and guiding them along the way. Mentors help young people develop their confidence and resilience to adapt to changes and fulfil their full potential. KEY FACTS • Volunteer mentoring scheme running across Clackmannanshire, funded by Children In Need • Mentoring support for young people aged 15-18 who are not in employment, education or training (NEET) or who need additional guidance and support to reach a ‘Positive Destination’ • Up to 12 months of volunteer mentoring, focused on building confidence and building pathways into higher education, employment or training VOLUNTEER REQUIREMENTS • Aged 18+ • Able to complete our volunteer recruitment and training process including a PVG check • Good people, communication, and organisational skills • Able to understand and relate to young people • 12 months commitment • No other skills or qualifications are required, just a willingness to support a young person in need of encouragement and guidance. WHAT WE PROVIDE • Full induction and ongoing training • All ongoing support provided by the project’s Volunteer Manager • Out of pocket expenses, including travel costs • References for volunteers • The opportunity to make part in a meaningful mentoring role, giving back to the local community If you wish to Volunteer or would like to hear more details please contact the team on 07950 653372 or email louise.walker@volunteeringmatters.org.uk .

Volunteering Matters is the UK's leading volunteering charity. Our Handyperson Service runs in Greater Stirling, Eastern Villages, Bridge of Allan, Dunblane, Callander and the Rural South West as well as in Clackmannanshire and involves volunteers who complete small and minor maintenance jobs that some older or disabled people cannot do by themselves in their own homes. The types of jobs that volunteers complete take less than 2 hours and include things such as changing lightbulbs, hanging curtains, fitting smoke/carbon monoxide alarms or replacing batteries their batteries, unblocking sinks, putting up shelves or building flat pack furniture. Ask us - we can only say no if its not something we can do. It can often be difficult to find tradespeople willing to do such minor jobs and can be somewhat dangerous for older, frail people to do themselves so that’s where our volunteers step in to help. Note: we dont undertake gardening, decorating, electrical or gas fitting work. As a result of our Service, older people feel more confident in their ability to live independently in their own homes. We also offer fire safety advice and how to prevent a fall at home. Volunteers receive full support from project staff as well as travel expenses and health & safety equipment. Volunteers find that not only are they helping others, they’re also strengthening their own communities and networks as well as a lot of job satisfaction! The days of the week and hours available are completely flexible and we will work around the volunteer and what spare time they have. If you are interested in volunteering, or you know someone who could do with some help around the house, then please contact us.

The Retired and Senior Volunteer Programme (RSVP) encourages and assists older people 50+ to use their skills and experiences to volunteer and keep active in retirement. Across the Forth Valley region we have hundreds of older people volunteering in their communities including in local NHS hospitals, primary schools, our Healthy Walking Group and charitable knitting groups. Volunteering can have a huge impact on the people we support, the local community and volunteers themselves. People who volunteer are less likely to become socially isolated and experience fewer health problems, while socialising more and having fun in their spare time. RSVP Forth Valley are currently recruiting a Volunteer Walk Organiser. Our Walking Group has been on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic but is ready to re-start. The Volunteer role includes performing administrative duties for the walking group who meet 1-3 times per week. As our organiser, you will help to recruit and induct new walk leaders, oversee the walk schedule to ensure each walk takes place safely and to recruit new walkers to join. The Walk Organiser would also take part in quarterly meetings of the RSVP Forth Valley Organisers committee who oversee the delivery of the wider programme. Each walk is led by a trained walk leader and of course, you will have the opportunity to also take part in our beautiful walks around the Forth Valley. Full support is available and provided by peers, volunteers and our buddy organisation Volunteering Matters who are a national volunteering charity.

The Retired and Senior Volunteer Programme (RSVP) works with NHS Forth Valley to develop volunteering in local hospitals. We are looking for volunteers to support staff in the Reception / Waiting area in the Emergency department at Forth Valley Royal Hospital in Larbert. Volunteers will greet people who are attending the department. They will ask if they have any Covid-19 symptoms and ask them to sanitise their hands and wear a face covering before directing them to the reception desk. The priority times for cover are from early afternoon onwards until 9p.m. Volunteers are required to wear masks, and gloves are available if the volunteer prefers to use them. A Volunteer t-shirt is provided. The project is co-ordinated by RSVP and is primarily for volunteers who are 50 plus.