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 .

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.

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.