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There are many ways in which volunteers can help to reduce social isolation in the older population. This may be by accompanying someone to attend a local community group, assisting with shopping or supporting them with activities, in their own home. Other suitable activities may include demonstrating to and supporting clients to do exercise to improve strength and balance, assistance with food preparation, assistance with craft activities and support with digital skills. A little human contact and support makes the world of difference to an isolated person. Volunteers can provide practical support to enable a person to feel less isolated and part of their wider community.
Anyone interested in volunteering any services that may help in relaxation e.g. to be of benefit to the group
To be involved in volunteering with various activities throughout the year
Volunteers taking up an opportunity to help in the Visitors Centre have a variety of activities to choose from:
Welcome visitors including visitors from coaches.
Do you have good local knowledge? Share it with visitors and advise on the visitors information resources.
Help in the Café.
Help provide an enjoyable experience for 12,000 visitors coming to the centre annually. Local people mingle with visitors, browsing the visitors' information or the Shetland crafts on sale and the displays of local heritage
Craft Town Scotland is a local charity which has achieved national and international recognition as an innovative and creative base for artisan craft studios, high quality craft exhibitions, educational workshops and other events.
The parent company West Kilbride Community Initiative Limited holds the assets of CTS in trust for the benefit of the village in accordance with the aims stated in the Articles of Association.
We are a registered group of the Riding for the Disabled Association, and for over 30 years have provided Therapy Riding and Hippotherapy for children, youths and adults with learning difficulties and physical disabilities. Most of our riders come from West Fife and Clackmannanshire. Through providing therapy riding we hope to help our riders develop their self-esteem, confidence and life skills whilst improving movement and motor skills.
Shiresmill Therapy Riding Centre is run solely by volunteers who give up as much of their time as possible to help provide sessions for our riders.
There are various roles in which a volunteer may undertake at Shiresmill from helping to prepare the horses for lessons (including grooming and tacking up), to helping prepare riders for lessons, and being involved in lessons from either leading the horse to side walking with a rider (which helps ensure their safety, and to assist them in their communication).
Each session is run by one of our Group coaches who will supervise and support each of the volunteers.
We have a training programme that volunteers work through and are signed off for different tasks once they feel comfortable in carrying out that task. We also provide additional training opportunities such as First Aid, Safeguarding, as well as more specific equine related training sessions.
We are flexible as to what days’ people attend, we only ask that people give a few hours each time they come.
No previous experience is necessary as full training will be provided. It is beneficial to have experience with horses, or working with people.
The Sensory Centre aims to help people who have a sensory impairment live as independently as possible. It is a place where people with a visual or hearing loss, their friends, families, carers and the wider community can access quality services and advice from our partner organisations. A wide range of social activities are also available at the centre.
We have specific opportunities for volunteers throughout the centre including:
- sighted guides
- cafe helpers
- sensory garden assistants
There is no need to have previous experience working with people who have a sensory impairment as appropriate training will be given where needed, including an introductino to sign language. All we ask is that you have great people skills and that you are willing to learn!
You can commit from 3 hours a month with us, to several hours a week depending upon your availability. If you choose to volunteer for us, we will ensure that you are fully trained, which includes an induction and sight guide training. You will also have fantastic social opportunities, gain experience and skills, and a written reference if you require one for future employability.
To volunteer at the wide range of events taking place at Taigh Dhonnchaidh at various times of the year
Food waste is a big issue in the UK and beyond. It’s estimated that a third of all food gets wasted. Most of this is avoidable and could have been eaten had it been better managed.
Help us look after the fridge in the following ways:
* Operate fridge during allocated opening times * Collection of food from donors
* Fridge cleaning and monitoring
* Local fridge promotion
* Assist with events to support the fridge and the local community Experience required: Interest in food. Confident and happy to work on own. Friendly and helpful manner.
Brief all helpers, assistant coaches and players on the aims of the session and the purpose of each activity.
Involve all helpers and make sure they are made aware of the value of their input
Attend Club meetings to ensure that the committee are aware of all activities
Ensure that you are well briefed about any special needs of the participants involved i.e. medical conditions/disabilities etc.
Identify and recruit, in line with club procedures, additional volunteers to assist in the running of the club e.g. parents
Abide by and promote sound ethics and club policy, child protection, fair play and equal opportunities to all members
Develop your own skills by attending SFA coach education courses.
Take responsibility by ensuring the equipment is correct and is kept in good working order
Be aware of and follow the procedure of recording accidents
Be aware of the club's Child Protection policy, Health and Safety policy and Emergency procedures and take responsibility for Health and Safety aspects during activities
Ensure that there is an accessible well stocked first aid kit at eh venue and a telephone nearby