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• To give talks when requested to local organisations and groups within a 15 mile radius of the your home
• Keeping up to date with Guide Dogs news and key messages
• Talks should be natural and enthusiastic, tailored to the audience and following guidelines on current key messages
• Passing any donations given for talks to the Mobility Team as per guidelines
• Attending cheque presentations when requested by the local Mobility Team
• Informing your Mobility Team Support Worker of any requests to do talks using the speaker cards supplied
• Encouraging local organisations and groups to volunteer or fundraise on behalf of Guide Dogs
• Identifying and placing collecting boxes in suitable locations
• Talking to the shop owner, receptionist etc at the location about how the boxes will help Guide Dogs and what we do
• Empting boxes every 3-6 months (as they get full) and banking the income through the paying in book provided. Give a receipt and letter of thanks to the hosts
• Keeping a written record of the location of all boxes for your supervisor, the dates they are emptied and the dates/amounts banked
• If boxes aren’t collecting much, you’ll decide to move them to a better location. Your supervisor may also ask you to remove boxes
• Reporting any stolen boxes to the local Mobility Team
• Spotting the potential for further fundraising amongst the box holders for Community Fundraiser
Dog Foster Carer
The Freedom Project is a free fostering service for dogs belonging to people fleeing from domestic abuse. Families fleeing domestic abuse are usually unable to take their pets with them into a refuge so in many cases they are reluctant to leave their home until they know there is somewhere safe for their pets. Dogs Trust, alongside other pets fostering services in the UK, offers a solution.
We always need volunteers living in the Central Belt of Scotland to become foster carers and we think there are many fantastic benefits to being part of the Freedom Project:
-The enjoyment of caring for a dog without the lifetime commitment
-You will be helping a family and their dog to escape from an abusive home
-Walking a dog is a fantastic way to exercise and keep fit and healthy
-Dogs are a great talking point and a way to get out and meet new people
-You’ll receive ongoing advice and support from our friendly Freedom Project staff
-Dogs Trust covers all food, expenses and veterinary bills
Without the help and support of our dedicated volunteer foster carers, we wouldn't be able to run the Freedom Project.
If you are interested in applying to become a foster carer for the Freedom Project, please complete our online enquiry form and we will send you an application form and information pack so you can find more about what it means to be a volunteer foster carer. We may also give you a call to chat about the project and whether the opportunity is right for you.
It usually takes up to 3 weeks to become a registered volunteer.
This role involves visiting blind and partially sighted people in their homes, installing their new radio and teaching them how to use it as well as providing ongoing support, where needed. This role also involves a small amount of admin.
The participation support volunteer role will assist in providing and supporting a variety of fun activities for children and young people age 8 - 18 with care experience (eg a child or young person may be in foster care, residential care, looked after at home or kinship care) on a fortnightly basis at our group in Ayr.
The group runs on a Tuesday after school at 4.30 – 6.30pm at The Domain.
Participation Support Volunteer:
Purpose and Aims of the role
This role will involve interacting with children and young people aged 8 - 18 years via a variety of activities eg arts/crafts/DJ workshops/sport/games/general youth work at our fortnightly sessions as well as at our National events that happen throughout the year.
What will I be doing?
• Supporting staff to undertake new activities
• Helping children to have fun
• Building young children’s confidence and self esteem
• Being a positive role model
What skills can I bring to this role?
• Experience of working with children (Not essential)
• A knowledge of issues affecting children and young people
• Ability to work well with children
• Good communication and listening skills
• Ability to encourage and motivate children and young people to participate in activities.
• Any specific interests in arts/drama/sports/music/games etc
What qualities do I need?
• To have a non-judgemental approach to people, have empathy
• Be enthusiastic, flexible and committed
• Reliable and approachable
• Friendly, helpful and understanding
• Reliability and a commitment to treat all information in a confidential manner
• To have a good value base, be open minded and level headed
When will I be needed?
• Regular groups and events
Ayr – South Ayrshire
What will I gain from the role?
• A sense of satisfaction in helping children and young people build their confidence and self-esteem to achieve their full potential
• Practical experience of working with young people
• Experience to get back into the workplace or education
• Have fun!
What support will I be given?
• Induction and child protection training
• Role specific training
• Expenses – all out of pocket expenses will be reimbursed
• Supervision and support from your manager / coordinator
For all roles involving regulated work with children and young people, applicants will be required to submit a PVG Scheme Record or a PVG Scheme Record Update application. This opportunity is subject to the completion of satisfactory references and successful registration on the PVG Scheme.
Volunteering Matters is the UK’s leading volunteering charity. We recruit, train and support 30,000 volunteers across the UK. Our Clackmannanshire Befriending Project involves volunteers who befriend vulnerable and disadvantaged children and young people aged 8-18 in the local area. Volunteers are fully recruited and trained before being matched one-to-one with a young person in Clackmannanshire. Together, the volunteer and young person participate in “outings” in the community on a regular basis.
Volunteers pass on their skills and experience as well as providing the young person with a few hours of fun. A victim of circumstance, the young person may have experienced difficulties in their lives such as isolation, problems at home or disability. By giving up a couple of hours on a regular basis, you could make a real difference where it is needed most.
As a volunteer you will be part of a Stirling Cycle Hub led ride and help out as part of the ride.
You will be assisting us by checking all participants are enjoying the ride and are able to keep up with the group pace. Generally, being around and help to create a positive, supportive and most of all friendly atmosphere.
As a valued volunteer you will be part of the cycle hub team who will make it possible to deliver great bike rides for the local community.
Just get in touch with us if you are:
• enthusiastic and passionate about cycling in general
• interested in cycling in the Forth Valley area
• looking to meet new, similarly minded people
• wanting to spread the word about a cycling and why it’s great
• wanting something great for your CV
• keen on being outdoors
Do you have joinery skills and have time to spare to support people with severe and enduring mental health conditions to participate in therapeutic woodwork activities?
At The Brock woodwork workshop our clients are supported to create garden furniture, garden novelty items and small craft items. Participating in these activities helps our clients build self-confidence and gain skills which may support their recovery and possibly lead to employment. We would welcome a woodwork assistant to join our team and help our clients. Volunteers develop good working relationships with clients, providing support and guidance in the use of tools and equipment under the direction of our joinery supervisor. Some do-it-yourself, woodwork or joinery skills are desirable.
Volunteer Retail assistant required to assist in all aspects of stock processing within our thriving community shop. This will include assessing donations, sorting various toys, clothing & equipment & as appropriate, light cleaning, preparation & presentation. Ensuring the shop is well presented at all times, is clean, tidy & offers a pleasant retail experience. To deliver excellent customer service.
About Babes in the Wood
We are a registered Community Interest Company (CIC) meaning that we work towards providing benefits socially, economically and environmentally. These include but are not limited to:
• We sell affordable quality preloved goods to families in Central Scotland and beyond through our shops in Stirling and Bishopbriggs.
• We work to alleviate the environmental burden of landfill waste by encouraging the recycling of children’s toys, clothing & equipment.
• We work to reduce the impacts of poverty on children & their families in our local area. We facilitate support from the wider community, via health & social care professionals to families in need.
• We host a variety of subsidised sessions for families to promote the family bond & to encourage the gathering & cooperation of our communities. We are passionately committed to combating the loneliness which affects people of all ages in our community.
• We provide a social space for parents and families, including advice and information and baby feeding and changing facilities. We support and encourage social networking.
• We advocate and appreciate our volunteers and employees. We endeavour to promote job satisfaction, personal development and advancement.
• We operate Monday – Saturday 10.00am – 4.00pm
We are looking for support from someone who has experience in accessing and applying for funding and grants, who can help our charity group. We are a mental health charity and are growing at a fast pace. We have a great committee team on board but most members are tied up with face to face work with community members
We require someone with experience of accessing and applying for funding on our behalf, who can continue to access opportunities. This will include attending meetings where required, and networking with local services/organisations who may be a good funding provider for our charity.
There will be an expectation that you link with the chair/vice chair regarding applications and attend any committee meetings relevant.
We currently run on a Monday and Thursday evening, however this role will be flexible depending on individual availability.