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

Volunteering Matters is a national volunteering charity. We bring people together, through the power of volunteering, to overcome some of society’s most complex issues. One of our most successful projects across the UK is RSVP - the Retired and Senior Volunteer Programme. People who have time on their hands, particularly those who are aged 50+, develop, organise and run a range of activities in their local communities. In Stirlingshire and Clackmannanshire, RSVP runs a Handyperson Project which is led by volunteers. Our team help older people, or people with disabilities, with small and minor maintenance tasks. The tasks we complete for people are varied, normally taking less than 2 hours. Examples include unblocking sinks, putting up shelves, building flatpack furniture, changing lightbulbs, rewiring plugs, replacing smoke alarm batteries, and hanging mirrors, curtains, or blinds. It can be challenging to find a tradesperson willing to do such minor tasks which can be difficult or even dangerous for some people to do these tasks themselves – particularly if they are older, frail, or have a disability. Our service is free although the service user pays for any supplies e.g. washers or lightbulbs etc. Donations are welcomed from those who access it. Tasks included in the role Contact clients to arrange a suitable time for the task Carry out task Record task completion using an on-line report form Accept donations if offered, record and hand in so they can be banked. Volunteers receive full support from the Handyperson team as well as travel expenses and health & safety equipment. 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.

Volunteering Matters is a national volunteering charity. We bring people together, through the power of volunteering, to overcome some of society’s most complex issues. One of our most successful projects across the UK is RSVP - the Retired and Senior Volunteer Programme. People who have time on their hands, particularly those who are aged 50+, develop, organise and run a range of activities in their local communities. In Stirlingshire and Clackmannanshire, RSVP runs a Handyperson Project which is led by volunteers. Our team help older people, or people with disabilities, with small and minor maintenance tasks. The tasks we complete for people are varied, normally taking less than 2 hours. Examples include unblocking sinks, putting up shelves, building flatpack furniture, changing lightbulbs, rewiring plugs, replacing smoke alarm batteries, and hanging mirrors, curtains, or blinds. It can be challenging to find a tradesperson willing to do such minor tasks which can be difficult or even dangerous for some people to do these tasks themselves – particularly if they are older, frail, or have a disability. Our service is free although the service user pays for any supplies e.g. washers or lightbulbs etc. Donations are welcomed from those who access it. Project Organiser Role The Handyperson Project is looking for a Lead Organiser. Ideally the role will be undertaken by someone aged 50+ however this is not essential. This is a volunteering role which supports the running and management of our project. Tasks and activities included in this role are: Ensuring the project runs smoothly, providing support to and working alongside a group of Coordinators & Volunteers Helping to recruit other Coordinators and Volunteers (support is provided) Helping to ensure we promote our project locally, so older people, and people with a disability know about it Helping to ensure task requests from the public are received, logged and assigned to an appropriate Volunteer Helping to ensure we keep track of tasks completed, logging details onto our system Liaising with the Volunteering Matters Manager for the Forth Valley area as required Liaising and meeting with the team of local RSVP group organisers (meeting quarterly)

The Retired and Senior Volunteer Programme (RSVP) encourages and supports people aged 55+ to volunteer in their local communities. We are currently looking for people who are interested in volunteering within primary schools, in the Stirling area. In this role, you may support pupils with reading, writing, or arithmetic in small groups. Alternatively there are opportunities to support the teacher in the classroom environment during arts and crafts, music, drama or other activities. The activities that you carry out are flexible and can be agreed between yourself and the school. Flexible volunteering hours is also available to suit your needs.

Can you make a difference to a parent looking for support getting back to work? Could you be a mentor to a parent in West Lothian, helping to tackle Child Poverty? If yes, then we have the right opportunity for you! From January 2024, Volunteering Matters are recruiting Volunteer Mentors to help build resilience, confidence and aspirations, helping parents towards employment that works for them and their families.  While our staff team will be on hand to help you, and provide employability specific support to parents, your role as a mentor will be focused on developing additional skills and overcoming personal barriers to facilitate their entry into the job market. You might support a parent to build their confidence, social skills, identify future plans and aspirations, and help access work experience. No previous experience or knowledge is required, just a willingness to make a difference to families in your community. We especially welcome applications from mentors that have experience of being a parent, or who have experience of the mentioned barriers that parents may have on their employment journey. You will be ideally a flexible, patient and reliable individual with strong people skills. All ongoing training and support is available and any incurred volunteer expenses will be reimbursed. ` You will also have multiple opportunities to meet with the mentor project worker in 1:1 meetings and go through any questions or doubts you may have before you start.