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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.
-For more details and to apply to be a Guide Dogs - Puppy Raiser please visit: https://www.guidedogs.org.uk/how-you-can-help/volunteering-for-guide-dogs/
-If you have any questions or would like to discuss the role further before applying please email Guide Dogs Volunteer Coordinator, Aaron Puckrin at email@example.com Thank you.
NHS Grampian is always recruiting members of the public to be part of the NHS Grampian Public Involvement Network.
The NHS Grampian Public Involvement Network is a group of patients, carers and members of the public from across Grampian who have an interest in health and health services.
Members are also sent regular updates and notice of other opportunities to get involved with NHS Grampian e.g.: focus groups, local events.
A great opportunity to be involved and help develop the NHS in Grampian. For more details please contact:
NHS Grampian Public Involvement Team
tel.: 01224 558098
*Are you passionate about animal welfare? Join our growing team of volunteer Home Visitors and play a vital role in supporting owners and pets in your local area who are facing an emergency situation.*
Pet Fostering Service Scotland (PFSS) provides short-term, emergency foster care for pets whose owners are facing one of the following situations:
Every year we provide temporary foster care for around 200 pets across Scotland – but we want to be able to support even more.
Our volunteer Home Visitors play a vital role in delivery of our service by visiting potential volunteer pet foster carers to assess their house, home situation and the fosterer.
This opportunity is home based with travel to other local locations to carry out home visits. Travel can be by public transport or car and travel expenses will be provided.
You will be contacted by PFSS when there is a need for a home visit in your area.
The main tasks are:
*Contact the potential fosterer and arrange a time for the home visit to take place
*Carry out the home visit following the guidelines provided by PFSS.
*Complete the home visit report and return a copy to the Home Visit Coordinator
Full training and support is provided to all volunteers. Includes:
*Handbook for the role, induction and informal training either face to face or over the phone when starting in role. *Ongoing support provided and informal update training as required.
If you are an animal lover who wants to develop new skills and be part of a team making a difference to pets and owners in Aberdeen and/or Aberdeenshire then we'd love to hear from you! For more information please contact us at E Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or Tel 0355 811 9909 (then choose option 8 then 1 after the welcome message).
Food and Fun was introduced by the Council as a pilot to deliver free meals and activities to children in key areas of Aberdeen during school holiday periods and has been rolled out on a permanent basis. Over Christmas, as an extension of the project, special events were hosted for young people to enjoy the festivities – from ice skating and crafts to a disco and visit to Santa.
For everyone involved in Food and Fun there’s a busy period ahead. The main aim is to ensure children continue to be fed, recognising the importance of school meals during term time for a large number of families, and also to provide the opportunity to take part in physical activity in a nurturing environment.
The initiative has been recognised with awards – but the reward and motivation for the many people who have put their heart and soul into developing the programme is in the positive impact there is on children, families and communities.
When we talk about our purpose – about caring for our city and our people – we think Food and Fun is a shining example that we can all be incredibly proud of.
Many participants obtain great life skills which has assisted them in securing other opportunities as well as the personal development and satisfaction that this also brings.
All help makes a difference and is greatly appreciated. To volunteer / for more information please contact Martin Smith, Locality Inclusion Manager at E Mail: email@example.com or Tel.: 01224 788538.
The Aberdeen City Youth Council is the official voice of young people in Aberdeen. It works with many bodies in the city to improve representation of young people in the Aberdeen.
It is made up of young people, aged between 14-25 years, from different areas and interest groups in Aberdeen. Youth Councillors are committed to involving and consulting young people and believe young people should have a voice at local, citywide, national and international levels.
Opportunities exist to participate in various ways.
1. Youth Action Committee
2. Mentoring Scheme
3. Scottish Youth Parliament
4. Ongoing youth related events.
Looking for young people interested in youth issues and democracy. Contact for further details.
Northfield Community Centre is a popular and dynamic community centre and registered charity with a range of activities to support people and the community.
Northfield Community Learning Association is looking for people who like to support the local community, families/children.
All volunteers are provided with excellent support and any relevant training e.g.: first aid, health and hygiene, basic child protection.
A great and enjoyable opportunity to help and make a difference in the local community. All help is greatly appreciated
For further details please contact:
Tel No: 01224 695416
E Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Members of local community councils act as representatives for their communities. They find out what issues are affecting the local community as a whole and articulate these concerns to Angus Council and its planning partners – NHS, Police, Fire services etc. They play a vital role in representing the views of the community to local authorities and other public bodies.
They usually meet once a month to discuss the issues of current concern in their area, particularly major planning applications and steps to improve our local environment.
• They contact and are contacted by relevant agencies to put forward the views of the community which involves collating views from members of the community, including individuals, families and groups.
• They discuss and negotiate solutions to local issues and concerns.
• They attend meetings with relevant groups, liaise with City Councillors and officials.
• When necessary they campaign on big issues of local concern.
The Arbroath Community Council is currently looking for people of all ages to take part in the council. We would especially like to hear from younger people who would like to take a more active role within their community. Those interested need to reside in the Arbroath area.
Meetings are once a month on a Tuesday evening at Round O Five O in Arbroath.
The Camera Obscura and Cafe Obscura are open Saturday, Sunday and Monday, April to October and they need your help in both the Camera and Cafe.
Volunteer roles include greeting visitors and serving in the Cafe, and/or operation of Camera Obscura and guiding visitors through the experience.
Can you commit to 3 hours a week, a fortnight or even a month? Shifts are 10.30am -1.30pm and 1.30 - 4.30pm
Please get in touch or come along and find out what it's all about from volunteers on duty to find out more with no obligation.
It's interesting - It's worthwhile - It's fun and it's for the community.
Strathmore Cricket Cafe provide a high-quality cafe service.
· To assist with the running of the Lochside Café including: - preparing light snacks, sandwiches etc. as required
· Observing and complying with all relevant Health & Safety & Hygiene requirements
· Meeting, greeting and serving customers
· Cashing-up and the handling of cash - keeping finance records of all Café transactions
· Washing-up/clearing tables and ensuring the Café seating area is kept clean and tidy
· To carry out other duties that may reasonably required by the Café Supervisor
This is an amazing opportunity to access training including food hygiene and adult achievement awards, so if you are looking to gain experience whilst learning this would be the perfect opportunity for you.
Forfar Community Football Trust are currently on the look out for a ball attendant supervisor for Forfar Athletic home matches. Great opportunity to get involved with the trust and support your local community team by providing local kids the opportunity to be a ball attendant.
Main duties for this role are:
- meet and brief group
- allocation of clothing/equipment
- point of contact during game
- coordinate half time refreshments
Volunteer must be 18 and willing to complete a PVG.