West Dunbartonshire CVS

Charity registered in Scotland SC032003

As a Third Sector Interface, WDCVS holds a unique position in supporting, promoting, developing and representing volunteering and sector activity across West Dunbartonshire.


Current opportunities

Across West Dunbartonshire, many people live alone and can often feel isolated. The reasons for this will be varied - they may have difficulty leaving the house alone, have no close family or friends, or have lost confidence after illness or a life-change. In every case, what is missing is someone like you. Everyone gets older and we are living longer. It can become harder to make new friends and connections as we leave work, grow apart, see family move away and deal with health issues. The aim of the APEL initiative is to support people to feel they are involved in their communities and build their confidence to be as active as they can - we need your help to make it happen. With your help, someone in our community could feel supported, less alone and more able to get out and about. If this sounds like you, all we ask is a few hours every week of your time, over a year. We will be here to provide any help and support you need. In return you will have the satisfaction that your support has made all the difference in someone else’s life. Please help us. You will understand that for everyone safety you will be asked to go through a PVG (police) check. Due to Covid we have had to have a flexible approach to our opportunities depending on the restrictions Open for recruitment and placement

Across West Dunbartonshire, many people live alone and can often feel isolated. Life can be tough. We will all live through a mental health issue at some point. Some of us cope alone. Some of us turn to family and friends. For others, it can be more of a struggle without anyone to turn to. You could be the person who provides that vital support. Maybe you have lived through the feeling yourself. Maybe you have supported a family member or friend, or maybe you have some learned skills you would like to share. With your help, someone in our community could feel supported, less alone and more able to face things. If this sounds like you, all we ask is a few hours every week of your time, over a year. The aim of the APEL initiative is to support people to feel they are involved in their communities and build their confidence to be as active as they can - we need your help to make it happen. People participating in the Mindset Service have worked with us to highlight some key things that matter to them and that they think could help make their life happier and healthier. We need you to help them achieve that. We will ask you to keep in touch, meet up and maybe go along to a service or activity until the person feels confident to go alone. In return you will have the satisfaction that your support has made all the difference in someone else’s life. Please help us. You will understand that for everyone safety you will be asked to go through a PVG (police) check. Due to Covid we have had to have a flexible approach to our opportunities depending on the restrictions Open for recruitment and placement

Planting and growing and general gardening can be very theraputical and good for your mental health and general wellbeing as well as keeping you active. We know that many people keep active through gardening, but moving to a flat or experiencing a health condition may hamper their ability to stay involved in a hobby that used to give them so much pleasure - that's where the allotment comes in. Coming along to the community allotment (Growing Friends) offers access to disability friendly growing with companionship thrown in too. We hope you may know more about planting and growing than we do! But it's not essential. We are looking for volunteers who can help us plan the allotment use, help with the planting and growing activity and interact with our volunteer team. All equipment is provided. We just need your enthusiasm. We hope you will get the enormous satisfaction from seeing something you put in the ground grow and flourish. You will also be able to help support others in our communities try something new or something they once enjoyed. The role would suit someone who wanted to get out and about a little more and meet new people. Due to Covid we have had to have a flexible approach to our opportunities Open for recruitment and placement

WDCVS are looking for enthusiastic, reliable people to become Health Walk Leaders. The role of the walk leader will be to lead group walks using local walking routes in a safe, responsible and enjoyable way. The walk leader will work as part of a team to encourage and support members of the public to become more active. Health Walk leaders will support walkers at a pace that suits the walker, ensuring that everyone enjoys the walks. Health walks are free of charge and are taken on a regular basis. Everyone is welcome to come along, and Walk Leaders will be motivating and encouraging to all walkers regardless of ability or life circumstance. Health Walk Leaders will receive free training and will be supported by the project coordinator. After training we would like Health Walk Leaders to commit 6 months to the project.