Forth Valley Welcome

Charity registered in Scotland SC046404

Stirling Citizens for Sanctuary was set up last year Scottish Charity No. SC046404 (SCIO), working in Stirling and Clackmannanshire to support the resettlement of vulnerable Syrian refugees and others with similar needs.

Current opportunity

Forth Valley Welcome are a charity who work to support Syrian Refugees who have been re-settled in Stirlingshire and Clackmannanshire. Their mission is to welcome re-settled families, and support them to integrate within their new community. Their work spans various activities - from assisting with ensuring homes have what families require, to supporting them access healthcare, providing social opportunities, and much more! Volunteers are integral to all activities within the organisation, and they always welcome interest for the following roles: Home Visitor: Forth Valley Welcome match Home Visitors (previously called befrienders) with each of the Syrian families being resettled across the two council areas. Home Visitors support the families to learn English, involve them in activities with their own families, take them shopping and help them understand information coming out of children’s school bags. Fundraiser: Join their small fundraising team who develop and implement the FVW fundraising strategy and research and write fundraising applications to appropriate trusts and foundations. Fundraising Events: This role has two main parts: volunteers can be part of the core team that plans and coordinates fundraising events and/or be an Assistant Events person who helps out from time to time as events across Stirling and Clackmannanshire Material Needs: Help manage donations of clothes, toys, bedding etc so Forth Valley Welcome can enhance the quality of a refugee’s life by supporting and promoting their welfare. External Relations: Designing, printing publicity materials to raise awareness of Forth Valley Welcome; help keep Facebook account active and post interesting content; liaise with partnership organisations to help organise outings for the families Snack and Chat Event: Help organise and run the monthly ‘Snack and Chat’ events where Forth Valley Welcome bring the Syrian families together for information and social events. Volunteer jobs range from 30 mins to a few hours; welcoming families, setting up the hall, kitchen duties, tidying up and supporting the families to supervise the children. Language and Life Skills: Liaises with council teams, other charities and Forth Valley Welcome befrienders to support English language learning, literacy, volunteering and employment opportunities Forth Valley Welcome also have volunteers who help out with driving family members to appointments, policy development, monitoring and evaluation and various other ways. If you have a skill/interest that is not covered in the above roles, please do get in touch as they are always keen to adapt and involve keen individuals, whether a formal role exists or not.