Forth Valley Sensory Centre- Stirling

Charity registered in Scotland SC034267

Forth Valley Sensory Centre, in Camelon, is a place where people with visual or hearing loss and the wider community can access quality services and advice from our partner organisations. Travel directions.

Current opportunities

What’s involved •This role is currently paused due to the pandemic as the Centre is closed, however we are looking to build up our list of volunteer drivers in anticipation of restarting our activities. •Sight loss can leave people isolated and public transport is often a barrier for people with sight loss. We aim to overcome this by providing people with sight loss with transport that allows them to access our many activities. The principal task is to collect blind and partially sighted Centre users from their homes and assist them to get into the Centre. This may involve guiding people with a visual impairment and full training will be given for this. Centre users are coming in to access one of the groups or activities that we offer, as a volunteer driver you can stay for the group or come back after a couple of hours for the return journey. Occasionally groups go out for afternoon tea or to visit local visitor attractions.

What’s involved Many of our activities have moved online and we need to be creative in thinking of new ways to fundraise in this way. In this role you could be involved with the fundraising group to develop and organise virtual fundraising activities. The role will involve: •Organising virtual events to help raise funds for the Centre e.g. coffee mornings, afternoon teas, sponsored events •Participating in national fundraising events on behalf of the Sensory Centre e.g. recruiting runners for 5K events, half marathons, Kiltwalk etc •Assisting the Fundraising committee to come up with new ideas to raise funds and make contacts to raise the profile of the Centre and much needed funds

We are looking for some enthusiastic volunteers to help out with our Friday evening youth group. The group runs from 6-9pm and is split into two parts; 6:00pm - 7:15pm is the younger youth group. 7:30pm - 9:00pm is the gaming group aimed at a slightly older audience. Volunteers are welcome to come to either or both parts or to drop-in for however long is possible for them (example, 6-8pm). It is something that is flexible, that can be adjusted if required. The group runs every Friday, however there may also be the odd Saturday activity (subject to funding). The hours for this would depend on the event. Experience with youth work, BSL (British Sign Language), and/or individuals with sensory needs is greatly appreciated, but not a requirement. Being friendly, patient, enthusiastic and willing to get stuck in, are the traits that are the most desired. For both groups, the volunteer would be asked to help set up and clean up, if required, and to involve themselves with the group's activities. Keeping an eye on proceedings to ensure everyone has full access and that they can have fun in a safe environment. The Centre is fully compliant with all Scottish government Covid-19 restrictions.