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

Our Volunteers Supporting Families in Edinburgh project offers practical and emotional support to families across the South East and South West localities of Edinburgh, empowering them to face a range of life challenges. We recruit, train and match dedicated, local volunteers to help families every step of the way, spending 1-1 time together on a personalised set of goals chosen by the family, for the family. We can help in many ways, such as improved living standards, budgeting, healthier eating, better school life and behaviour, access to health and wellbeing aid, as well as introducing parents to community resources, to name a few. So far, thousands of families across the UK have benefitted from our service and we are now delighted to extend the programmes reach to families in Edinburgh.

'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 .

Peer Perspectives Youth Mental Health Champions will undertake mental health training, then be supported to develop workshops they can deliver to their peers, or to create content for our social media channel. Bespoke opportunities available for young people aged 16-25 with ongoing supervision.

The Retired and Senior Volunteer Programme (RSVP) works with NHS Forth Valley to develop volunteering in local hospitals. This particular volunteer role is in the Audiology department at Stirling Community Hospital, where the award winning team are an integral part of the department. We are currently looking for volunteers to fill some gaps in the rota at Stirling Community Hospital. The volunteer role involves interaction with patients invited to attend the repair clinic where we identify the fault and make good usually by replacing the tubes on hearing aids. There are a minimum of 6 sessions of training provided by experienced volunteers prior to patient contact. The Audiology departmental aims and objectives is to provide a service whereby the volunteer will assist with the regular maintenance of hearing aids which some patients find difficult to do themselves. If you have an interest in fault finding and have good eyesight and finger strength then this is a role for you. The clinic operates every weekday either AM or PM and you would be required to commit to working on a weekly basis, e.g every Tuesday PM. Volunteers are required to wear masks, and gloves are available if the volunteer prefers to use them. A volunteer t-shirt is provided.