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New Adventures offers periods of respite for carers of adults with disabilities. To achieve this we offer regular sports sessions, outings and weekend breaks. We are looking volunteers who would like to join us on our adventures- wherever they take us! Our group have fantastic fun- and we would welcome enthusiastic, friendly individuals to support us in our plans.
We are looking volunteers who may help with the following:
• Support the weekly sports sessions in the Tryst in Cumbernauld
• Support our regular weekly outings to places of interest throughout Central Scotland
• Support us in occasional evening outings ; cinema, bowling, concerts
• Support us in weekend breaks throughout Scotland – or any combination of the above!
Volunteers will be expected to encourage and support participants in their activities; we are keen to promote inclusion and equality and try to take part in as many different and varied opportunities as possible. Friendly, organised and with a sense of humour are all key strengths of volunteers.
Fairway Fife is a Peer Mentoring Charity supporting young adults with learning disabilities and autism from 16 years of age. They recognise that all people regardless of ability or disability have their own unique gifts and strengths to contribute positively to their own community. By recruiting, training and professionally supporting, committed volunteers of a similar age (Peer Mentors), their members are helped to live their dreams through accessing everyday experiences. This could be a simple as socialising in the community, outdoor activities, sports, creative arts, or other activities relating to health & wellbeing.
Whether you want to share your own personal skills and experience with others or you are looking to build confidence to develop new skills volunteering as a peer mentor is a perfect starting point. Their professional and experienced facilitators support all their volunteers to ensure they gain the valuable life & work-related experience required to help secure further education opportunities or employment in the future.
From mentoring in small groups at social events to large team sporting events, mentors can develop at a pace that suits them best and gain the relevant experience that suits their needs. Mentoring with Fairway Fife also gives volunteers the opportunity to connect with other professionals and organisations that we work in partnership with. There are many opportunities available to Peer Mentors such as completing Youth Achievement Awards, Saltire Awards, Foundation Apprenticeship & Career Ready Placements etc. - Not to mention making new friends, learning new skills, and having fun - all for free!!
Do you have an interest in pastoral care, some free time and a lovely, gentle dog? Then volunteering for Pet and Companion (PEACE for short) could be for you and your furry friend!
PEACE is a charity providing Canine Therapy along with Pastoral Care for people in need of support and companionship, particularly: the elderly; patients receiving end of life care; students during stressful periods; and vulnerable women.
Pastoral Carers and their therapy dogs (PEACE Teams) visit people in need of support and companionship in various locations, including: Care Homes; University and College campuses; and community hubs. Ideally, PEACE Teams will volunteer for a couple of hours a week/fortnight in order to build relationships with the people they visit.
The PEACE dog helps to provide a relaxing environment (the basis of canine therapy), while the Pastoral Carer offers both a listening ear and a means of support, happy to talk through any concerns or fears a person may have (pastoral care).
The role of a PEACE Pastoral Carer is similar to that of a Chaplain. All Pastoral Carers are therefore Christians, and are comfortable praying and/or discussing their faith with the people they visit, if requested.
All PEACE Pastoral Carers receive training in Mental Health First Aid, attentive listening and dementia awareness. Volunteers will also become members of the PVG (Protecting Vulnerable Groups) scheme.
For information about volunteering or any other enquiries about PEACE, please contact Sarah Jeffrey at email: email@example.com
Further information is also available at www.petandcompanion.com
We can all feel lonely and isolated at times and those feelings can be more intense and devastating if you are also facing financial hardship.
Aberdeen North and South Foodbanks have come together, with funding from the Trussell Trust, to provide a financial resilience service where individuals who require a food parcel can receive money, debt, and energy advice. Aberdeen Citizen Advice Bureau will provide this advice.
This service which will support those struggling with financial hardship will be supported by our Befriending Project. Volunteer befrienders will encourage those referred, to engage with the wider project.
Our aim is to ensure that our trained and compassionate volunteers provide a lifeline to people, in the form of friendship and offer a helping hand to enable them to engage with the financial support on offer.
If you would like to be a part of this holistic service, please apply to become a Volunteer Befriender.
• To befriend individuals who have used the food bank and who require financial/energy advice from Citizens Advice Bureau advisors and who would benefit from someone to accompany them to their appointment.
• To participate in the TLC Volunteer befriender induction programme, and ad hoc training throughout the year as and when required.
• To attend 3 monthly volunteer supervision sessions.
• Commit to a regular 1hr 30min befriending session each week.
• To establish and maintain appropriate boundaries within the befriending relationship.
• To ensure that confidentiality is always upheld and be willing to report any concerns, including safeguarding issues to the project co-ordinator.
• To work within a non-discriminatory framework.
• TLC are looking for befrienders to ideally commit to the project for at least 12months.
*(Note: Volunteer befrienders will not be asked or required to meet any personal care needs.)
All help makes a real difference and is greatly appreciated. For further information please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Fife Women's Aid are looking for Volunteer Befrienders to join their team.
The Befriender Service offers support to women across Fife who have experienced domestic abuse.
Their volunteer befrienders provide regular visits to women allowing the opportunity for interaction and a chance to talk. Volunteer Befrienders usually meet weekly for 1 - 2 hours where they encourage and support women to get out their home and do something together - like going for a walk, or a coffee or shopping. You may help her to find information and advice or maybe engage in a class in the local community.
The goals of the befriender service are to ;
Reduce Isolation and Loneliness
Full training and support will be offered throughout your time with FWA. You will have the option to attend volunteer meetings, training and social events throughout the year.
Ward volunteers are welcome companions to patients; listening and talking with them as well as getting involved in activities in and around the ward.
Core Duties include
Ø To listen to and talk with patients
Ø To read newspapers / books/ letters to patients
Ø To take patients out of ward e.g. for a coffee
Ø To help ward staff with provision of refreshments
Ø To help patients complete menus
Ø To provide companionship to patients who may have few visitors
Ø Assist visitors to the ward with infection control procedures.
Ø Any other duties the Senior Charge Nurse has risk assessed and deemed suitable.
If you are interested in becoming a Ward Visitor please get in touch.
Would you like to try something new? Be part of your community, gain support experience and do something meaningful? Be part of a team come and Volunteer with our new Befriending Service.
Are you a good listener, not quick to judge and reliable? Is that a yes..well we need you. Training and Support throughout your Befriending journey will be provided so that you feel fully equipped and prepared for your Befriending responsibilities. We are looking for a committment of 1,2, or 3 mornings/afternoons a week. The matching process will look at all the information gathered on the Volunteer and the Client so that personalities, interests and hobbies are all taken into account. Befriending may take place in the clients home, going for a coffee, attending an activity tailored to the clients personal needs/interests or attending an assessment appointment. There will be regular meetings between the Volunteer Coordinator and our team of Befrienders. As a Befriender your experience and opinions are invaluable to us, we are all committed to protecting the dignity and human rights of the vulnerable and socially isolated people in our community therefore we very much feel that a team people centred approach is the way forward.
FAMS “Help Meet” Project
Background To help ease the immense repercussions of COVID-19, FAMS plan to enhance and develop their existing helpline service into FAMS “Help Meet” service. We believe that connection and information will be keys to survival for many. Working with VANL & VASLAN we wish to multiply the numbers of volunteers available to operate this new service, by recruiting interim Listening Ear Volunteers, from their extensive
FAMS and Partners will market our “Help Meet” service as an open/friendly/softer approach to connecting with others as well as support, rather than Helpline/hotline. It will benefit any person in distress or feeling vulnerable as a result of COVID-19 crisis, irrespective of age.
Although it’s is widely reported that the negative effects of the pandemic could last for two years or more it’s likely that FAMS will be providing this service indefinitely .
To support people at their most vulnerable. People are undoubtedly suffering with COVID19 and Lockdown in a myriad of ways.
To provide a pivotal role for some of the 1,000’s of people who volunteered their time and service, during the COVID19 crisis, providing them with the opportunity to connect with others needing support.
1. To provide regular chats and connection with members of FAMS community, also vitally all external communities. Callers can expect the non face-2-face human touch, offering a menu of services including; Lived Experience Peer Support, Befriending, Listening Ear relationship, Counsellors, Signposting.
2. To meet the demand not only for support with mental health and wellbeing issues
3. To help support callers around fear, family relationships, extreme loneliness, lack of connection to people, places and things etc.
4. To provide signposting to other helpful organisations.
Would you like to make a difference to unpaid carers in Airdrie and the surrounding villages? Why not become a Befriender with The Health and Wellness Hub. If you can provide 2-3 hours per week The Health and Wellness Hub will provide training, expenses and ongoing support.
For those affected by a terminal illness, it can be hard to get support and they might feel lonely. By volunteering as a Check-in and Chat volunteer, you'll be matched with an individual who needs emotional support and a chance to chat freely about how they're feeling.
Looking for an ongoing volunteering opportunity that makes a day-to-day difference to people's lives and that you can do from home? Become a Marie Curie telephone support volunteer and offer ongoing emotional support over the phone to adults who are affected by a terminal illness or bereavement.
We are looking for volunteers to join our team to offer ongoing emotional support to adults who are affected by terminal illnesses. this could be those who are terminally ill themselves, their family, friends, carers, or those who have been bereaved.
The role helps to support people who have contacted Marie Curie through our national Support Line. As a Check-in and Chat volunteer, you will be matched with an individual to offer them emotional support and a chance to chat freely about how they're feeling once a week for up to 30 minutes at a time.
How it works
You'll be paired with someone needing support for up to 12 weeks, with each session lasting up to 30 minutes.
What happens during a call?
As you'll be speaking to the same person each week, the conversation may vary. You'll actively listen and discuss feelings and emotions around the person's situation. You may also direct them to sources of information and support.
Training and support will be provided i.e. induction, safeguarding, diversity, boundaries, confidently, etc.
If you are interested please click the ‘Apply’ button below (available when logged in and registered). You will then be contacted by the coordinator by email or phone call. If you have not heard back after 5 working days, the first step is to contact the organisation with the contact details provided. You could also check your junk/spam folder on your emails just in case the response is there. If that doesn’t work out then please feel free to contact Volunteer Glasgow on email@example.com
The next step to getting involved will be to complete a Marie Curie application form.