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The Cancer Support Centre in Thurso is a voluntary organisation offering confidential, practical, financial and emotional support to people experiencing Cancer [and their families]. the group are looking for new volunteers to help with teas/coffees and to meet and greet people coming to the centre.
This valued charity based in Thurso offers free support to people and family members experiencing Cancer. Volunteers offer a listening ear and practical, social and emotional support at the Centre on Mondays & Thursdays. Can you offer a couple of hours to help the service continue, training offered.
Why we want you
1 in 5 people in the UK say they are lonely. Volunteers like you help people to
gain confidence so that they can reconnect with their local community.
For people leaving hospital, adjusting to life at home can be a difficult time. As a British Red Cross Phone Support Volunteer, you will support patients and service users by offering emotional support over the phone; signposting them to specialist services or further support, and liaising with the service coordinator to keep accurate information on the tasks given.
This is a home based role.
We are looking for someone who is:
available at least 2 hours per week between Monday to Friday from 11:00 till 16:00.
have access to their phone/laptop/computer for making phone calls and checking emails.
Live West of Scotland
Be able to commit to a minimum of 6 months
What you will be doing
Making outgoing phone calls to service users referred to the service
Offering reassurance and emotional support to service users; actively listening to their situation and checking in on their wellbeing
Signposting service users to partner agencies or specialist services as appropriate
Being aware of the potential for the need to escalate a safeguarding concern to colleagues
Ensuring that all personal data is kept safe and used appropriately
The skills you need
Able to adopt a person-centred approach
Able to support any service user in a calm, empathetic and reflective manner, creating a safe and open space
Reliable and able to consistently follow processes that relate to the role
For people leaving hospital, adjusting to life at home can be a difficult time. Helping someone get their essential shopping, pick up their prescription or get the heating turned on can make all the difference for them to feel safe at home.
We are looking for volunteers who live in Ayrshire and are able to volunteer at least 4 hours per week from Monday to Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Are able to drive and have use of a vehicle, this is preferred if providing outreach support but not essential. If you will be driving for this role you need to have held a full driving licence for at least 2 years which allows you to drive in the UK.
Have good communication skills.
Are warm, friendly and able to empathise with others.
Are reliable and passionate about making a difference to the lives of vulnerable people.
Due to the nature of this role, applicants must undergo an Enhanced PVG (Protecting Vulnerable Groups) check.
Please apply directly via the British Red Cross link
Caseworkers visit clients to work out what type of help they need. Next, they find the right sources of support and arrange for clients to access it. This might be funds for special equipment for someone with a disability, adaptions to a property so an older client can remain at home or funds for a rental deposit. Caseworkers also sign-post clients onto specialist local services for advice on benefits, housing, mental health, debt, finding work etc.
The essential part of the role is interacting with clients, so you may be visiting clients or doing this virtually. As part of your local branch you might have access to an office, but many volunteers are based at home.
What does this role involve?
• Contacting clients and arranging to meet them at a mutually convenient time either face-to-face or remotely
• Liaising with clients and completing a form to assess their circumstances including financial information
• Sign-posting clients onto local services providing specialist advice
• Applying on the client’s behalf to military and non-military sources of charitable funding
• Arranging for the purchase of goods and services
• Keeping in touch with the client so they know how their case is progressing
• Keeping in touch with your branch so they know your availability
• Keeping up to date with training and SSAFA news so that you are best able to support clients
• Being a positive ambassador for SSAFA remembering that anyone you meet could be a potential client, volunteer or fundraiser
• Volunteering within the standards and values of SSAFA including observing our policies such as the
Volunteering policy and data protection policy (these will be covered in your training and local induction.)
What can you gain from this volunteering role?
• Support people in your community with a military background
• Use your skills, knowledge and life experience to benefit others
• Support and friendship from your local SSAFA branch and the wider SSAFA community
• Experience, training and skills that you can highlight on your CV and in job interviews
• Better physical and mental health – studies show that volunteers live longer and experience lower levels of stress and depression!
Minimum Age: 18
Is a criminal record check required? Yes
HALLA-Harlaw Area Lifelong Learning Association 's free Breakfast Club, generously funded by NHS Grampian, is a heartwarming initiative hosted at the Kaimhill Learning Centre in Garthdee.
Taking place on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, from 8:15am - 8:45am this program ensures that children living in Garthdee start their day with a nutritious breakfast, setting a positive tone for their educational journey. The club not only addresses food insecurity but also creates a supportive community environment including activities such as reading a story together and mental health activities.
To sustain and expand this impactful endeavour, HALLA is actively seeking dedicated volunteers to contribute their time and efforts by giving just 1hr per week (8am - 9am) during term-time. Your involvement can make a significant difference in the lives of these children, fostering a brighter and healthier future for our community. Join us in this meaningful cause and be a part of nourishing both bodies and minds.
For further information please contact John Amalanand, HALLA Development Worker at email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 07378777996.
We rely on volunteers like you to help us improve the lives of people with sight loss. We have dogs at various ages and stages of their career who may need temporary accommodation and the need will be dependent on your location and circumstances. In this role your support will include:
• Providing a safe, secure, and welcoming environment for a dog or puppy.
• Ensuring the dog or puppy is fed, exercised, and cared for to maintain excellent health.
• Using positive reinforcement training techniques to teach or maintain behaviours.
• Ensuring the dog is not left alone for more than 4 hours in a 24-hour period.
Foster volunteers who care for dogs in training need to drop off and collect their dog from a local regional centre. Times are normally Monday to Friday between 8 - 9am and 5 - 6pm however there are allowances. Dogs will stay with our staff in the centre during the day to complete training. In the evenings and at weekends volunteer dog fosterers will keep the dog at home.
If you require any more information or would like to chat to someone about this role then please email VolunteerScotNI@Guidedogs.org.uk
You will be providing a puppy with a vital foundation for its future role as a guide dog. This is a full-time volunteering opportunity as a puppy will live with you in your home for around 12-16 months. It should be noted that although it is possible for another Puppy Raiser to look after a dog on your behalf for short periods of time that this may not always be possible. Consideration should be given to your future plans such as holidays abroad.
“It’s so rewarding to know that the dog will go on to help people with sight loss gain independence and freedom.” – Chris, Puppy Raiser
We rely on volunteers like you to help us improve the lives of people with sight loss. In this role your support will include:-
• Developing, caring and providing for the needs of one of our puppies using Positive Reinforcement Techniques and following Guide Dogs Puppy Raising for Excellent Partnerships (PREP) programme
• Familiarising a puppy to a wide range of environments including shops and outdoor off lead exercise areas in all climates and seasons.
• Teaching a puppy it’s ok to be left alone by gradually building up from a few minutes to a maximum of 4 hours
• Attending regular puppy classes
• Regularly meeting with Guide Dogs representatives to discuss your pup’s development
• Completing regular on-line questionnaires to help us monitor puppy progress
Ideally you will:
• Be able to handle large breed dogs (around 25-40kg)
• Have access to a car on a weekly basis for training and vet visits
• Have your own home or written permission to have a dog in the home
• Have access to a secure area where the puppy could go to the toilet during the day, especially first thing in the morning and last thing at night
• Be able to access online content and training materials (you will need your own email address)
If you don’t feel you tick every box but are sure this role is the one for you, please drop us a message and tell us why. We’re open to suggestions and happy to chat with you to find out what’s possible!
Volunteering is a two-way street, so in return for your time you will get;
• A dedicated volunteer manager/key contact who will help you settle in and support you during your time with us.
• The challenge and reward of seeing a puppy develop in your home.
• The opportunity to learn and develop your understanding in dog body language, learning theory, the human animal bond and the life of a Guide Dog.
Volunteering for Guide Dogs should never leave you out of pocket. We’ll make sure we pay any expenses related to your volunteering with us in line with our policy.
If you have any questions or would like to discuss the role further before applying please email VolunteerScotNi@guidedogs.org.uk Thank you.
This exciting opportunity has become available for any volunteer who may have a skill they wish to share with the people we work with. This could include, Musical or dance skills, Arts and crafts, Storytelling, sport etc. Creating meaningful activities The role involves, Assisting staff to prepare for activities, Encouraging supported persons to participate in activities, Notifying staff of any issues or concerns, Attending regular support sessions, Undertaking Cornerstone Induction training, Contacting the Branch Coordinator if unable to attend as agreed.
The Mungo Foundation West End Project have been providing support in West Dunbartonshire for over 20 years. The services offers a range of activities for people with Physical Disabilities or an Acquired Brain Injury aged between 16 and 65.
We are looking for a volunteer to provide support to our members whilst they participate in activities like Woodworking where you will support someone to make and refurbish furniture, Art Therapy where you will support people to allow their creative side to be expressed, supporting our members in our Computer Suite to help them get online to access facilities like internet banking, shopping and social media, Cooking providing support to members to prepare and cook their meal, looking at budgeting and healthy eating options when shopping and menu planning, all activities are based at our premises in Dumbarton.
We also have some external activities such as going on trips such as bowling and going to the allotment as well as other social activities, support is needed for our members to get the most out of their activity.
WDCVS VISA employability scheme is where volunteers who are actively looking for work can brush up on the skills that employers are looking for, the VISA certificate highlights the skills that the volunteer has achieved in their volunteer role, the certificate can be created and sent to them as a PDF.