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We are looking for volunteers to get involved in every exhibition at the Talbot Rice Gallery as Volunteer Exhibition Assistants. Our team of volunteers are crucial in the success of our exhibitions and provide essential and valued support. All volunteers receive training for their role and support from the Gallery team throughout their time volunteering with us. We offer practical experience of working in a contemporary gallery space, public engagement and the opportunity to meet artists.
For more information, please check our website about this opportunity: https://www.trg.ed.ac.uk/get-involved/opportunities
Leading, motivating, and coaching young learners on life skills to bring the best out of them and ensure they are actively participating in the DataKirk project. The key tasks include:
Youth leadership training programme.
Youth digital training skills.
Youth employability training skills programme.
Youth life training skills programme.
Helpline Volunteer - Children 1st Parentline
Are you caring, non-judgmental, empathetic and passionate about supporting others?
Can you commit to our training course and give a little of your time each week to support families across Scotland If so, please get in touch - we’d love to hear from you.
What will I be doing?
Volunteering for Children 1st Parentline is a fantastic opportunity to make a real difference to the lives of children and families across Scotland.
Children 1st Parentline volunteers provide support to adults by phone, webchat and text offering a kind and skilled listening ear and time to talk about anything to do with children. They build supportive relationships and work alongside individuals to help them think through what will work best for their families, keeping children at the centre and being mindful of the challenges families face today.
A caring, kind and non-judgemental response can make a real difference to someone who wants to talk. No previous experience or formal qualifications are necessary however good communication skills are essential to enable you to listen to and support those who contact Children 1st Parentline. You will become part of a friendly, supportive team where trained staff are always on hand to provide support and guidance.
We provide a comprehensive introductory training course as well as ongoing support and opportunities to develop in the role. Volunteers are able to claim reasonable out-of-pocket expenses for travel and costs incurred as part of the volunteering role.
The helpline is open Monday-Friday 9am-9pm and 9am-12 noon Saturday and Sunday throughout the year. We ask our volunteers to give a weekly commitment of around 4 hours and there are a range of options for days/times based at the Children 1st Edinburgh office.
This is what some of our volunteers have said about volunteering with Children 1st Parentline:
‘Training to be a Children 1st Parentline call taker and all the subsequent time volunteering has really helped me build some skills which I wish I'd built years ago. Many of these I'd call 'life skills' which I can usefully apply in many different parts of my life.’
‘If you feel that you may have been able to help someone - even in a very small way - it makes you feel that you are doing something positive in that person’s life.’
‘No matter how many calls I have taken, I still find that there is no such thing as two that are identical. Every person is an individual with their own particular issues and this keeps you interested in the role.’
Our next training course will run on the following dates:
• Sat 20th April – 9.30am-4.30pm
• Sat 27th April – 9.30am-4.30pm
• Sat 4th May – 9.30am-4.30pm
• Thurs 9th May – 5.45pm-9.00pm
• Thurs 16th May – 5.45pm-9.00pm
We are holding an online information session for prospective volunteers on Tuesday 5th March from 5.30pm – 6.30pm. This will provide the opportunity to meet members of the Children 1st Parentline team and to find out more about the volunteer role and the work of Parentline.
If you would like to attend the information session or have any questions about the role please email firstname.lastname@example.org
About Pain Concern:
Pain Concern is a charity providing information and support to people with pain and those who
care for them, whether family, friends or healthcare professionals. Visit our website to find out
more about what we do, including our Airing Pain radio programme, podcasts, Pain Matters
magazine, information helpline, and our research and campaigning work.
All pain is unpleasant, but for the 7.8 million people in the UK living with long-term pain it is a
part of everyday life. It diminishes quality of life more than any other condition, leading often to
loss of work, depression and disability. Anyone at any age can develop persistent pain and you
will very probably know somebody affected. Although there is usually no cure, people who
receive the appropriate treatment, information and support can manage their condition
effectively with life-changing results.
To make sure that information needs within Pain Concern are met, including those of
the Media, Editorial, Helpline and Forum. To support other departments with research,
data analysis and compiling reports.
What you would be doing:
• Monitor, update and optimize lists of resources for signposting including the
Pain Concern Factsheet, the website resources page and embedded website
• Create and maintain short descriptions about Pain Concern and its activities for
use in publications and databases
• Keep up-to-date with developments in pain, from research publications and
news media and disseminate this info to rest of organisation, including Media
and Policy Teams
• Send relevant information to the Editorial team for inclusion in the magazine
notes and elsewhere
• Monitor and supply information needs for Helpline and Forum
• Assist in data analysis, research and report or abstract writing, relating to
Helpline and other services
• Maintain database of Pain Concern publications and information produced by
• Manage inboxes for public comment and general information requests
• Maintain the list of those Media Volunteers who are willing to take part in
surveys, media interviews etc.
Is this role right for me?
We are looking for:
• Strong research skills
• Experience of writing reports and abstracts
• Attention to detail
• Strong communication skills
• Well organised
• Knowledge of databases, indexing, cataloguing, referencing
• Knowledge/Interest of chronic pain and long-term conditions
• Experience of working with corporate identity and house style
• Experience of providing health related information and support to members
of the public
• Understanding of websites, Twitter, Facebook, and other forms of
Availability and location:
• Minimum commitment of 3 months
• Minimum 2-3 hours per week
• Volunteer from our office at Newcraighall Road, Edinburgh EH15 3HS
Benefits to you:
• Experience volunteering as part of a friendly team, supported by a professional
• Meet new people
• Build on your employability skills
• Training and a dedicated volunteer line manager looking after you
• A job reference after 3 months of volunteering.
• Satisfaction of giving a valuable service to the community
• On-site car parking
• Reasonable travel expenses will be reimbursed in accordance with our Volunteer
Volunteer Task Description and Person Specification
Pain Concern is a UK based charity for those living with chronic pain, and those who care for and about them.
Purpose of Volunteer Role
The volunteer will be responsible for reviewing Pain Concern’s information including leaflets, Pain Matters magazine and Airing Pain radio programmes.
• Read information leaflets
• Listen to audio files
• Give feedback to us by filling out an easy form
Skills and Personal Qualities
• Be flexible (E)
• Good communication skills (E)
• Proficient using Google Forms and/or Microsoft Word (E)
• Critical thinking (E)
• An interest in chronic pain (E)
E/D = Essential or Desirable
Availability and location
•Remote location. Desired minimum commitment of 3 months.
• This role does not require a regular time commitment, but responding to requests for feedback
as and when it is required.
Support, supervision and training
The Listener & Reader Panel Team Leader will provide any guidance required on an ad-hoc basis.
Please email email@example.com
Suitable for groups, One-off volunteering
Bus travel can be a lifeline for blind and partially sighted people. Many rely on buses to go about their day to day business. Buses help people with sight loss to maintain their independence as they are unable to drive, and taxis can be expensive for everyday journeys.
That is why RNIB Scotland has been working with bus companies to ensure that drivers are aware of what makes a good journey from the perspective of someone who is blind or partially sighted. The sessions are called ‘Swap with Me’ and discussion is led by members of the blind and partially sighted community. There is also a practical element to the sessions with drivers and RNIB Scotland participants getting a chance to experience what a bus journey is like from each other’s point of view.
RNIB is currently working with Lothian Buses in Edinburgh and volunteers are needed to make sure the sessions run smoothly and provide sighted guiding to facilitators.
Volunteers will help guide the discussions and when required offer guided support to the participants. Training and support will be offered as part of RNIB’s volunteer induction process. Reasonable expenses will be available to fulfil the role.
As a Remap Volunteer you will get to meet the disabled people we help, often with an occupational therapist who can provide clinical input. Your job is to solve whatever practical challenge they throw at you, designing and then making a special piece of equipment that will help them become more independent. We also ask that you risk assess, provide basic documentation, and take photographs of your project.
You will need somewhere to work independently on your projects, some of our volunteers have their own workshop, others use community facilities or have a workbench and tools in the garage. However you like to work, we would be pleased to hear from you.
We are looking for a number of motivated individuals to join our friendly teams across Scotland with administrative support covering word processing, database input, file management, updating systems and general admin duties.
The main tasks include:
• Input/update data on Database and Systems
• Dealing with correspondence
• Supporting with completing and purchasing of the emergency assistance fund
Previous administration experience is desirable. The volunteer will work alongside the staff member until confident in undertaking varous office tasks on their own.
Braveheart are seeking volunteers to help lead their Living Well groups. These groups supports participants to reach personalised lifestyle goals relating to: healthy eating, increasing physical activity, alcohol reduction, smoking cessation, managing stress and achieving a healthy weight through flexible support options including talks, workshops and, group programme sessions.
Leaders will be fully integrated within the Braveheart team, in our office bases, team activities and out in the community, with the opportunity to work alongside other volunteers and to join in all team activities. The role is varied, but you get to choose what activities interest you most and how much time you can commit.
· To engage with people through your role in the community and by help facilitating the living well groups and events
· To make sure groups are welcoming, friendly, enjoyable, and safe for all
· To support individuals, identify and work towards personal outcomes to improve their physical and mental health and wellbeing
· To provide support for cooking, weight management, exercise sessions, crafts, mental wellbeing and reducing social isolation plus working with groups for living well with long term conditions
· To liaise with the Living Well Co-ordinator regarding any problems arising within a group
· To carry out appropriate administration procedures maintaining client confidentiality i.e. ensuring participants complete initial and final evaluation forms
· To attend relevant local events, to promote healthy lifestyle information and Braveheart services
· To encourage all service users to take part in other health related activities organised by Braveheart
· To attend the six-weekly Living Well leaders’ meetings as far as possible
If you are interested in this role or would like to know more then please do get in touch!
Available from 15/03/2024 to 14/09/2024
RSPB Scotland Loch Lomond is a flagship site for nature conservation and visitor experience in the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park.
This role will focus on the visitor experience aspects of reserve work and you’ll regularly be in and around the ‘nature hub’, inspiring visitors and growing support for the RSPB. You’ll have the opportunity to write creatively, taking a lead on social media and you’ll help plan, organise and deliver events, such as, Wild Food Foraging, Osprey Watch, Bat Nights, and Goose walks depending on the time of year. Our pond creature dipping area is popular during the summer and is a great place to inspire families about nature.
You'll have the opportunity to learn about habitat management and monitor some of the fantastic wildlife found here.
The reserve covers a range of habitats including grassland, woodland, and bog/fen and supports a vast range of species such as Osprey, Beaver, Redstart, and the Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary butterfly. During your stay, you will live on the reserve in a stunning location and you will be an integral part of the reserve team.
As well as setting up a personal development plan to ensure you get the most out of your time here, we can provide relevant training in volunteer management, practical skills, wildlife interpretation, visitor experience, social media and health and safety. Previous volunteers have gone on to gain employment in the conservation sector and this is something that we as a team pride ourselves on. Accommodation (including utility bills) in stunning surroundings on the reserve is provided. We will provide the equipment, training and any uniform needed for you to complete the role.
This is a full-time residential volunteering position, however, it can be a four day a week position if the candidate requires a part time job alongside the volunteering placement.
Exact start dates are flexible. Currently recruiting for March/April 2024 start. Commitment: 6 months ideally (3 month minimum).
What you will be doing
Providing an excellent experience to all visitors - welcoming, inspiring and knowledgeable
Working with and encouraging a team of fantastic volunteers
Planning and delivering family nature exploring activities
Taking on the daily 'nature hub' duties helping to keep everything clean, tidy and welcoming
Collecting and recording wildlife data
Collecting and recording visitor data
Writing creatively for the reserve blog and social media including Twitter and Facebook
Helping to promote positive visitor behaviour across the reserve to protect the wildlife found here
What’s in it for you
Develop essential skills for a future job in conservation
Be an integral part of a small reserve team
Accommodation on site, providing a truly immersive volunteering experience
You will have the opportunity to work and live in a beautiful wildlife-rich setting, located within the Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Nature Reserve.