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Are you passionate about improving outcomes for our young people? Can you spare one evening a week?
We are looking for volunteers to take on one-to-one befriender roles. As a befriender, you will plan activities for your young person, such as cinema trips and outings to local attractions, offering them opportunities to grow in confidence and improve their well-being.
In return, you will be fully supported by our dedicated staff, reimbursed for any expenses relating to your voluntary role and, of course, have the opportunity to make a positive difference to the life of a young person.
Can you spare an evening a week to help run a group, giving young people some much-needed fun? Are you passionate about giving our younger participants opportunities to grow in confidence and develop friendships?
We require a team of volunteers to organise activities, such as games, sports and crafts. Our volunteers are responsible for transporting young people to and from each session. Therefore, you must be able to drive and have access to a car to take on this role.
In return, you will receive the full support of our dedicated staff members, reimbursement for any expenses relating to your voluntary role and, of course, the truly rewarding experience of making a positive impact to a young person’s life.
Space at Youth Befriending provides one-to-one befriending for children and young people aged 5-16 though supporting them to learn new skills and provide a social experience for children and young people who are experiencing difficulties in their lives. The befriender is there to encourage the young person to explore new activities and interests. Befriending can help to build the young person's confidence and self esteem, improve social skills and support them to access opportunities locally and throughout Edinburgh. We have been successfully delivering our Service in the South West area and now have secured funding to develop Youth Befriending city wide.
MCR Pathways works with its inspiring mentor community and partners to help young people realise their skills and progress towards positive destinations. Our vision is for all young people to experience equality of education outcomes, career opportunities and life chances, which we achieve through our school-based mentoring programme. Mentors meet with their young person for one hour each week in school, providing a consistent opportunity for the young person to focus on their future, discuss any concerns or simply share thoughts and experiences. A mentor serves as an added source of support -someone there to listen, encourage and help young people get the best out of school. This includes increasing their confidence, boosting qualifications, gaining meaningful experiences, and increasing their career options after school. We believe that every young person deserves a trusted adult for guidance and support. By becoming a volunteer mentor, you have the power to make a difference in the lives of young people. Together we can build a strong community of mentors, moving one step closer to our goal of ensuring that all young people have the support and encouragement they need to reach their full potential.
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!
If you have a heart for getting alongside families who are struggling within your community, then becoming a family friend with Safe Families may be just the opportunity you have been looking for. Being a family friend with Safe Families is a brilliant way to get to know families in your community who need a bit of extra support and encouragement. Safe Families is starting in Peterhead & Fraserburgh, is a UK wide Christian charity and seeks to provide early intervention to the lives of struggling families in order to reduce any statutory service input. We provide full training and support for all of our volunteers and give them the chance to get alongside local people, helping them to strengthen their family life by befriending them, supporting them to be less isolated and to perhaps help them through a time of crisis. Volunteering opportunities can be flexible around the needs of the family and the volunteer so that they suit both parties. Being a family friend involves spending time with a child and/or a parent on a regular basis, having fun and giving support.
Do you have the capacity and the heart to host children in your home overnight in order to support and help their family situation? If so, volunteering with Safe Families could be for you. Becoming a Host Family with Safe Families is an amazing gift to local families in your community who are struggling to manage life for whatever reason. Safe Families works in Peterhead & Fraserburgh, is a UK wide Christian charity and seeks to provide early intervention to the lives of struggling families in order to reduce any statutory service input. We provide full training and support for all our volunteers, who come from all walks of life, and give them the chance to get alongside local people, helping to strengthen their family life by supporting them through a time of crisis. Volunteering opportunities can be flexible around the needs of the family and the volunteer so that they suit both parties. Hosting involves caring for children from a local family in your home overnight for a fixed length of time – either a few nights in a row or on a regular basis, a night at a time.
Join our amazing team of Community Support Volunteers in Aberdeen and North Aberdeenshire, who support people who have had one of our conditions to develop autonomy and confidence in self-management, enabling them to fully engage with their community and activities of their choosing. The service follows a pathway from hospital to community and can be delivered in a one-to-one and/or group setting in person, virtually or via telephone.
We also have opportunities for volunteers to become Walk Leaders, to safely lead community health walks either in a 1:1 or group setting, while effectively supporting people living with and at high risk of our conditions.
The service can be delivered to provide person-centred support for those with a communication difficulty and/or to support an individual to achieve a specific goal.
A fantastic opportunity to help and make a real difference for people and the community. Excellent support and relevant training is provided to all volunteers and all assistance is greatly appreciated.
For more details please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at https://www.chss.org.uk/volunteer-with-chss to apply.
Many Deaf and hard of hearing people feel lonely, isolated, cut off from friends, families and communities. They can develop health issues due to the problems they encounter because of their deafness and accompanying communication difficulties. They regularly face social exclusion, discrimination and poor understanding of their needs from service providers, employers and the community in general.
Volunteer Befrienders will support the Deaf/Hard of Hearing person online (across Angus) or in person (Dundee area) in building up their confidence and coping skills outside the home and widening their ability to travel. Befrienders work with the Deaf/Hard of Hearing people to support whichever goal that person may wish to achieve and support them with everyday activities that most of us take for granted such as shopping, art galleries, social clubs, exhibitions, accessing local community activities, libraries.
Home-Start Angus volunteers offer a regular home-visiting service to young families who are experiencing difficulties or feel they are not coping. During the home visits they offer support, friendship and practical help. In offering support Home-Start volunteers are alongside families doing things “with” and not “to” them. All of us in Home-Start recognise that bringing up young children is not easy and a little reassurance and praise can go a long way!
This role requires a high level of commitment and reliability and will be supported by the Home-Start Angus Co-ordinators.
Home-Start volunteers are expected to work towards the increased confidence and independence of the family by:
• Offering support, friendship and practical help
• Visiting the families in their own homes, where the dignity and identity of each individual can be respected and protected
• Reassuring families that difficulties in bringing up children are not unusual
• Emphasising the positive aspects of family life
• Developing a relationship with the family in which time can be shared and an understanding developed
• Encouraging parents' strengths and emotional well-being for the ultimate benefit of their own children
• Encouraging families to widen their network of relationships and to use effectively the support and services available in the community
This roles requires the following commitment:
• Initial Course of Preparation, normally lasting 24 hours over a number of weeks
• Minimum of 2 - 3 hours per week according to the family's needs
• Regular support and supervision
• Ideally a commitment of 12 months or more
This is exciting and rewarding voluntary work which requires energy, commitment, reliability, creativity and a sense of humour. All volunteers can expect the support of the Co-ordinators, other volunteers and the Board of Trustees, and, through the Co-ordinator, other professionals involved with the family. The Board of Trustee’s membership includes 2 representative volunteers. There are also opportunities for self development and social contact with others in Home-Start.