Volunteering Matters

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 are the UK's leading volunteering charity. Our Handyperson service runs in Stirling and 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, replacing batteries in smoke alarms, unblocking sinks, putting up shelves or building flat pack furniture. 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. 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, free uniform and health & safety equipment. Volunteers find that not only are they helping others, they’re also strengthening their own communities and networks. The 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 contact us.

The Retired and Senior Volunteer Programme (RSVP) in Stirling, Falkirk and Clackmannanshire works with NHS Forth Valley to develop volunteering in local hospitals. We are looking for older volunteers or those in/approaching retirement to carry out support roles in Stirling Community Hospital, Falkirk Community Hospital, Forth Valley Royal Hospital or Clackmannanshire Healthcare Centre - with the aim of making a visit to the hospital a better experience for patients and visitors. Volunteers provide support to patients and visitors in many different departments. There are w wide range of volunteer roles available and we will help to find one which suits you! Volunteers contribute to the well-being of patients and visitors by being a listening ear, and a helpful and friendly face welcoming people to the hospital. Our volunteers feel valued, make new friends and keep active in retirement.

The Retired and Senior Volunteer Programme (RSVP) in Clackmannanshire, Stirling and Falkirk provides opportunities to older people or those in or approaching retirement to volunteer in a primary or secondary school to support pupils with reading or writing, numbers, arts and crafts, music or other activities depending on the schools requirements. We are also looking for Volunteer Organisers to help grow the network of schools our volunteers work in, as well as being involved in the recruitment and training of new volunteers. School Volunteers are not teachers, however, the individual attention they can give to a child helps develop essential skills, as well as fostering children’s overall wellbeing and confidence. Volunteers usually go into school for one session a week. They give one-to-one help to children selected by the teachers to benefit from it. Volunteers liaise closely with teachers to complement the work in the classroom.

The Retired and Senior Volunteer Programme (RSVP) is looking for 2 x School Volunteer Organisers for the Stirling and Clackmannanshire areas. Our volunteering in schools project is firmly established in local primary schools and at present has over 30 volunteers helping in a dozen primary schools. The present organiser is ‘retiring ‘ after over 15 years in the post and would be available to help a new organiser taking up the role. As project organiser you would be responsible for:- 1] meeting with prospective volunteers, registering them as members of RSVP and ensuring they have a PVG (Protection of Vulnerable Groups] certificate, the cost of which is paid by the local authority. 2] liaising with schools to place volunteers. 3] keeping an up-to-date spreadsheet of volunteers which is shared with RSVP/VM office and Stirling/Clackmannanshire Education Department. 4] keeping in contact with all volunteers by occasional telephone calls, e-mails, coffee mornings or newsletters. 5] providing on-going support for volunteers when and if required. We are looking for a person who:- 1] has good communication, organisational and people skills. 2] is able to work independently. NB No teaching experience is required for this post.