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By providing visitors with incredible wildlife moments for 60 years, the visitor centre at
Loch Garten has built a strong reputation for an exceptional visitor experience and
great customer care. Recently the centre has undergone a redevelopment funded by
European Structural Funds, and we want to build on this to further ensure visitors to our
refurbished facility have an enhanced and memorable visitor experience.
As the faces of the Loch Garten Nature Centre, our visitor experience team are crucial
- chatting to visitors, answering questions and sharing their passion for the amazing
wildlife of Abernethy reserve. We need our visitors to be inspired and enthused so that
they become lifelong supporters of our charitable conservation work through RSPB
membership, one of the most important sources of income for the organisation.
We need your help to be part of the team meeting and greeting our visitors from all
walks of life and of all ages, by following the RSPB’s GREAT Welcome framework,
leading to building support for our conservation work through making RSPB members.
Offering inspiring communications about the Caledonian pineforest which surrounds the
centre, including our breeding ospreys, and the conservation work we undertake on the
wider reserve as part of the Cairngorms Connect partnership is what we do best!
We run hands-on activities for children and families, as well as a programme of special
events eg guided walks, themed weekends etc and your help in planning, promoting,
organising and delivering these added extras will be encouraged.
Due to its importance for habitats and species, RSPB Abernethy is one of the most
heavily designated pieces of land in the UK, with international as well as domestic legal
protection. We need to keep an active eye on the reserve and in particular the forest
trails near the centre, interacting with our visitors and ensuring that they’re all behaving
responsibly, in accordance with the Scottish Outdoor Access Code, and you will be
asked to take on this responsibility, along with the rest of the team.
We have an active Facebook page (11,000+ followers) and a popular reserve blog and
we need your contributions to build our online audience and encourage support.
Loch Garten has a long history of involving volunteers and many people give up a week
or two of their time to come and help us as short-term residential volunteers. We need
you to take an active role in managing these volunteers, organising pick-ups and dropoffs,
leading on their induction, organising the rota and ensuring they are kept busy and
involved when they are with us.
Finally, our visitor centre and its environs need to be kept in excellent working order;
being vigilant about litter, restocking leaflets, undertaking daily checks on activities and
signage, as well as working with the team to keep the facilities clean.
You’ll be volunteering in one of the most beautiful nature reserves in Europe, among scarce and endangered wildlife and critically rare habitats. You’ll be part of a vibrant and dynamic team of staff and volunteers, some who have been part of Loch Garten for decades and some who are brand new. You’ll be able to share in their knowledge and build strong and significant relationships, many of which will last for life.
By making RSPB members, you’ll be making a real and tangible difference to nature conservation. Your help will directly allow the RSPB to carry out meaningful change, both on Abernethy and across the UK.
You’ll receive a full induction and training and will be supported by a dedicated line manager throughout your time in this role.
You will be given training opportunities in many areas of visitor experience, including membership, managing volunteers, First Aid, Safeguarding, event planning and more. Our aim is to help you improve your skill-set via and to significantly improve your CV and enhance your employability. We also offer job application advice and coaching.
You will get the chance to learn about and explore the incredible place that is RSPB Abernethy, meeting reserve staff and receiving insight into the wider work that goes on here. There will be opportunities to get involved in some of the conservation work on the wider reserve on your days off, should you desire to do so.
This role comes with free, shared accommodation (though you get your own room) just 1.5 miles from the Nature Centre.
We are looking for 4 dedicated volunteers to live at the Social Bite Village for 6-12 months to be part of our residential community for adults who have experience homelessness. We need you to encourage and motivate community life in the village.
The Social Bite Village is the vision of Josh Littlejohn, Founder and CEO of Social Bite. The village provides a home for up to 20 people affected by homelessness at a time. Cyrenians provide skilled key-workers so residents receive one-to-one support to achieve individual goals by tailoring a personalised plan appropriate to their needs.
Volunteers and residents live within our community facility and manage the day-to-day domestic tasks and decisions within the village, which is your home. As a Residential Community Volunteer you'll be living alongside people who have experienced homelessness. You will help to create a fun, secure and stimulating space. This will help people develop the skills and confidence to move forward in life. This will be a stimulating and hopefully rewarding role but may also be challenging and tough. You will be living alongside people who may struggle to engage, may have behaviours that challenge or are managing addictions. You will help in creating positive experiences and will help move residents from negative experiences of the past to a positive future.
This position is fully residential with all accommodation and meals provided, you will have your own bedroom in a shared house with another volunteer. A full induction will be provided and training will be offered where appropriate as well as access to ongoing support.
Tasks and Responsibilities:
Live with and support up 20 community members in the village alongside other volunteers and day staff.
Encourage and motivate community life.
Help manage the day-to-day domestic tasks and decisions within the building.
Support residents to engage in activities that will help them achieve their personal goals and aspirations.
Actively support the delivery of a Well-Being Programme that provides an environment for residents to learn independent living skills such as cooking, cleaning, money management, lifestyle balance, and more.
Work with residents to develop informal social and recreational activities that will enhance village life and well-being.
Support residents to keep to new commitments such as volunteering, learning, and training.
Work closely with staff and volunteers to create a pleasing and supportive environment for all.
FABB Adventure is an awesome social enterprise surrounded by unsurpassed natural beauty, packed with activities, adventure and some really cool accommodation. FABB Scotland is a national charity that's been supporting disabled young people in Scotland for over 60 years. By having fun at Fabb Adventure you're directly helping to support these children and young adults as well as their families. Thanks to you they'll get a taste of the outdoors, spend time with their friends all while gaining valuable new experience and for many gaining their first steps to independence.
Volunteers will have the opportunity to enhance the experiences of our Special Olympics athletes, by giving up thier time to support the Games Organisers in a positive fulfilling event for all.
*Are you interested in learning about other cultures? Is your family warm and welcoming?
Are you willing to open your home?
Host families who open their homes to international visitors are the beating heart of EIL – the Experiment in International Living. The ‘homestay’ underpins the ethos of our organisation; shared intercultural exchanges and experiences that create lasting friendships and a more tolerant and understanding world.
*Could you offer international students or adults space in your home to experience everyday life in your family, community and country?
Our charity, EIL UK, is looking for families to host people from other countries and cultures for a day, a weekend, up to 4 weeks, or for an academic year. We pay our volunteers contribution towards the costs of hosting and provide information and on-going support.
*If you are passionate about your local area and are willing to share your family life and culture, why not join EIL’s network of host families who offer a home from home :
-Day or Weekend Stay for an international university student who arrives on a Friday evening and departs just before lunchtime on a Sunday.
-Short Family Stay to host a university student or an adult for 1 - 4 weeks.
-High School student aged 16 to 18 years who studies in a local school or college for a term/s or an academic year and lives as part of your family to learn about life in the UK, local traditions and improve their English language skills.
-or host a visitor on a Cultural Group visit where adults or young people are on an organised programme of day trips to various places of interest. Sometimes, they take part in workshops, learn a language or volunteer for local community organisations. As part of their visit, we offer individuals the chance to live with a host family for a few days.
*Get in touch to find out more
If you are interested in learning about other cultures, are a warm and welcoming family and are willing to share your home, please contact Kay on 01684 562577 for a chat or email firstname.lastname@example.org for an information pack.
Volunteers are peer mentors to the community residents and both live within our city and farm communities, and manage the day-to-day domestic tasks and decisions within the building, which is their home. Volunteer tasks may include: Accompanying a resident to appointments, Helping a resident to cook a meal for the whole community, Acting as a sounding board for a problem or difficult situation, Offering mature and calm guidance.
Our Media Volunteers are hugely important. Through photographs they record the journey of our Campers, capturing their achievements and the magic moments they experience whilst participating in Camp activities. Campers will be able to look back on these photos & reflect on how they have developed new skills & achieved things they never thought they were capable of. This is an essential stage of our Camp model ‘Therapeutic Recreation’ (please see website for more info)
As Media Volunteer you will be photographing Campers as they perform a wide range of activities including Drama, Music, Arts/Crafts, Discovery, Sports & Games. You will then create a slideshow of the photos you have collected which will be displayed to all Campers at the end of the week. You will be fully briefed before Camp begins about what is required of you, & ongoing training & support is provided throughout Camp.
This is an excellent opportunity for budding Photographers to gain experience in a dynamic environment & work with a reputable national organisation. For more info & a photo gallery (which gives a good taste of Camp life) please visit our website: www.otw.org.uk
To be a Camp Recorder you do not have to be a professional Photographer, nor do you need experience of working with children as we welcome a diverse range of previous experience. You will however need your own camera. In return, as a Volunteer you will:
•Participate in a unique & unforgettable experience.
•Work for a brilliant cause with a reputable national org.
•Meet fantastic new people/make friends
Team Mates are an essential part of Camp. They help to support, guide, inspire and empower our Campers to maximise their potential and increase their confidence.
Campers will be divided into teams before they arrive based on the age groups of 8-10, 11-13, 13-15 and 15-17. As a Team Mate you will be assigned one of these teams and throughout Camp you will build amazing 1-1 relationships with your team of Campers on a daily basis. Your role is to support and encourage the Campers on their individual and collective journeys whilst also assisting your fellow Volunteers.
Throughout Camp you will enthusiastically support Campers in a wide range of activities, including Drama, Music, Arts and Crafts, Discovery, Sports and Games, encouraging them to reflect on what they have achieved. You will also look after the day-time and night-time needs of the Campers in their accommodation.
For more information and a photo gallery (which gives a good taste of camp life) then please visit our website: www.otw.org.uk
In return, as a Volunteer you will:
• Participate in a unique and unforgettable experience.
• Work for a brilliant cause with a reputable national organisation
• Meet fantastic new people and make friends
• Develop and strengthen your:
- Team Working Skills
- Time Management Skills
- Confidence & Leadership
- Interpersonal and Communication Skills
Activity Leaders design and deliver activities in certain areas including Drama, Sports & Games, Discovery, Arts and Crafts or Music. The activity sessions are designed to create safe environments for the Campers to achieve their goals and reflect on their accomplishments. You will receive ongoing support from the Programme Coordinator and OTW staff.
On average there are 4 sessions to design & deliver. Each session will need to be tailored to both the age group of the Campers (who are divided into groups of 8-10, 11-13, 13-15 and 15-17) & the varying Camper ability.
All of our activities are designed within our model of Therapeutic Recreation (see our website for more info) and to be adaptable to all levels of ability and accessibility.
Activity Leaders also help to design, prepare & deliver our Evening Programme. Our Evening Programme could be anything-from a Disco & Talent Show, to bespoke activities such as a Camp Festival, a Whale Hunt or Game Show evening.
Activity Leaders will also be allocated a team at camp. Like our Team Mate volunteers, Activity Leaders support, guide, inspire & encourage our Campers to maximise their potential.
One of the amazing aspects of being an Activity Leader is that you get to meet all of the Campers throughout the week, so even though you may spend less time with your allocated team, you build special relationships with Campers across the age groups.
In return, you will:
•Participate in a unique & unforgettable experience/Work for a brilliant cause with a reputable national organisation/Meet fantastic new people & make friends
Our Safeguarding Officers are an extremely important part of Camp as they act as ambassadors of our Safeguarding policy, helping to ensure the mutual protection of Campers/ Volunteers/Staff.
You will often be the first port of call for Volunteers concerned the Safeguarding Policy has been breached, that Campers or Volunteers are potentially the victims of neglect or abuse, or any other queries surrounding Safeguarding issues. Your role would be to support the person who has reported concerns to you & also inform OTW staff of their disclosure. Whilst you will not be responsible for contacting the appropriate authorities to investigate concerns, you will be vital in ensuring the correct channels are made aware of any Safeguarding breaches. Throughout Camp you will need to be vigilant & observant to ensure Safeguarding procedures are in place & being followed.
As with our ‘Team Mate’ volunteers you will also be allocated to a Camp team & complete the everyday Team Mate role. You will therefore be an essential part of implementing Therapeutic Recreation at Camp (see our website for more info.), helping to support/guide/inspire/empower our Campers to maximise their potential/increase confidence. Campers will be divided into teams based on their age groups of 8-10, 11-13, 13-15 & 15-17 years. You will build amazing 1-1 relationships with your team of Campers on a daily basis. In return, as a Volunteer you will:
•Participate in a unique,unforgettable experience
•Work for a brilliant cause with a reputable national organisation
•Meet fantastic new people & make friends