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Across the UK, our 270 local groups play a vital part in supporting people affected by MS. They provide sense of belonging, unity and friendship. And they deliver services and support for their local MS community.
We are looking to recruit an Activities Volunteer for the Shetland Group. As our local group Activities Volunteer you’ll help us to set up activities in the area. Whether you’re serving refreshments, talking to people, registering attendees or collecting payments, you’ll be making sure everyone feel welcome.
In this role you’ll be able to develop your organisation, communication and team working skills. Most importantly you’ll be supporting your local group to run activities that bring friendship and fun to your local MS Community.
You’ll have an interest in the MS Society and the work that we do, as well as the enthusiasm to represent both us and our values locally. You will understand the needs of people affected by MS in your area and be sympathetic to the needs and motivations of volunteers. You’ll be able to apply disability, equality and inclusion practices and understand and apply our risk management system. Ideally you’ll understand the local area and organisations that provide local services.
You will be reliable and easy to contact and you need to live in or near the area the group to carry out this role.
We estimate this role will need up to two hours a week. Our roles are flexible and aim to fit around you. Time commitments for this role may vary depending on your activities. This is an ongoing role.
1. Read through the role description carefully
2. Please apply online
The MS Society is committed to promoting diversity. We can only offer roles to over 18s.
Young Volunteers between the ages of 15-24 will join Paula, (Youth Coordinator) in delivering games and social activities in sheltered housing.
The overall aim is to enhance the young people’s confidence and skills through volunteering and reduce social isolation for older people. The project will train, support and provide supervision for young volunteers to lead on delivering the sessions (with support and supervision from the Youth Coordinator) for older people, with those involved shaping the discussion and activity at each session.
It is hoped that in addition to the positive impact the project will have on residents, the befriending will allow volunteers to build confidence and gain valuable social skills under the support and supervision of the Youth Coordinator.
Cowan Court - Wednesday afternoon 13.45-15.15
Heinsburg House - Friday afternoon 13.30-14.30
Do you own a friendly, outgoing, though not too boisterous dog who loves to have a fuss made of them? Then perhaps, you might like to thank about registering them in our THERAPET visiting service. You heard of it? Let me tell you about it.
For some years now it has been recognised, more nd more, that pets are good for us! Indeed it has been scientifically proved that the mere action of stroking a dog, cat, slows down the heartbeat, reduces blood pressure, and makes someone who has already suffered a heart attack much less likely to have another.
Through no fault of their own, many people find themselves deprived of the companionship of a much loved dog. It may be they have had to go into sheltered housing, residential care, a long stay hospital etc. The same applies to children and adults who have an additional support need and those suffering from a terminal illness.
THERAPETS come in all breeds, cross-breeds, or 57 variety mongrels! They can be small, medium or large. The only vital statistic is a steady and happy temperament. The dogs are approved for temperament and general stability being accepted and are not considered until at least one year old.
Volunteer owners must become actual members of CANINE CONCERN SCOTLAND TRUST - mainly so that we can be sure of insurance cover - although happily so far we only know of one, very minor accident, a happy day's tail sweeping a vase from a low table.
Volunteers must be willing to make a regular commitment to visit, it need not be very often, once a fortnight, once a month or whenever, but the visits must be regular because the residents and patients look forward to them so much and are disappointed if they suddenly cease.
Sometimes small miracles occur - people who have never spoken, turned their faces to the wall in fact - magically come to life at the first appearance of a dog in a ward! This to the surprise and delight of the nursing staff, in many cases the dogs and owners provide some light relief for them too. Sadly, it has to be said that some of the residents or patients the THERAPETS are their only visitors. We like to encourage them to regard the doggy visitors as their very own. There is no charge for this service which is organised and carried out entirely by volunteers. We fund raise in various ways to keep it going.
More than anything else, we need MORE VOLUNTEERS! The service has proved so popular that they demand has overtaken the supply. So, if you think this might be for you, or once importantly, for your dog, please do contact us for more detail and perhaps an application form to register your dog.
The college is looking for two volunteers to provide advice and support for students living in our accommodation. This is an important role in helping our students adjust to independent living. As a Volunteer Residential Assistant, you will be provided with full board (all meals) and accommodation (heating, lighting and wifi included) from 28 August 2023 – 21 June 2024 with the exception of the period 22 December 2023 – 7 January 2024 when the college is closed.
If you are interested a full role description is provided on our website along with an application form www.nac.ac.uk/work-for-us. All applications should be sent to email@example.com
Please contact Kirsty Adamson, our Depute Principal, for an informal chat or if you have any questions – firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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
Looking for a fulfilling and rewarding experience? Join our team at our care homes for the elderly as a volunteer and make a difference in the lives of our residents. Whether its befriending and chatting with our residents or organising and participating in leisure and social activities, your contribution will have a significant impact on their well-being and quality of life. As a volunteer, you will have the opportunity to develop new skills, meet new people and create meaningful connections with our residents. Join us today and be a part of a community that values and appreciates the importance of companionship and human connection. Opportunities are available for weekdays or weekends, day time or early evening at:
Glenfairn House Care Home-Sanctuary Care, 28 Racecourse Road, Ayr KA7 2UX
Queens Care Home, 34 Ardayre Road, Prestwick KA9 1QL.
We are a not-for-profit organisation specialising in care homes for the elderly and currently have over 110 care homes across England and Scotland.
For more info, please go to https://www.sanctuary-care.co.uk/job-roles/volunteering
If you would like to help our care homes through volunteering, opportunities are available for weekdays or weekends, daytime or early evening.
Leisure and activities volunteer
Day care centre volunteer
Catering assistant volunteer
For more info, please go to https://www.sanctuary-care.co.uk/roles/volunteering to learn more and apply online.
Nightstop North-East Scotland offers temporary, emergency accommodation for young people facing homelessness. A young person accessing this service could be facing homelessness for any number of reasons, with 75% of referrals being due to a breakdown of relationships at home. This accommodation is offered in the homes of trained and vetted volunteers, who are supported by professional staff. Hosts can be anyone, with the only requirements being that they must be able to provide a spare room, a hot evening meal and a listening ear. This offers an accommodation option which may be more suitable for young people than traditional homeless hostels.
Nightstop are currently looking for volunteer hosts. Hosts are offered a £15 stipend per night when Hosting and 24/7 on-call support is available throughout the stay.
If you can help/for further details please contact Megan Douglas, Nightstop Co-ordinator, Aberdeen Foyer at email: Megan.Douglas@aberdeenfoyer.com or telephone 07467 919813.
*Do you have room?
Do you have a spare room in your home that you’d be willing to open for a young person who has nowhere to stay?
Our Nightstop service relies on ordinary people – just like you - with a spare bedroom which they are willing to offer to a guest.
We’re looking for Nightstop hosts to volunteer to provide a young person with a safe place to stay, a hot meal, the opportunity to wash and breakfast the next day. Ideally you’ll also provide a listening ear to make a young person feel safe and secure.
*Here’s how it works -
-Application – Hosts need to be able to offer a young person their own private bedroom, a hot meal, breakfast and a packed lunch if needed. Access to a hot shower or bath and the use of laundry facilities within the host’s home should also be accessible. Hosts who require their young person to be out of the house through the day will be supported by the Nightstop Co-ordinator. Hosts can receive a stipend to cover costs.
-Safety Checks - As part of the process, Hosts are required to complete a PVG check; a home visit will also take place. This type of support isn’t right for everyone, Nightstop must be a safe and appropriate option for both young person and the volunteer hosts.
-Training - Training covers an introduction to youth homelessness, boundaries, practical tips and safeguarding rules. And we’re always on hand for a supportive phone call.
-Matching - Nightstop hosts will be matched with young people, based on things like location, home environment and of course the availability of host. When a match has been made the Nightstop Co-ordinator will support the introduction of young person to the host.
-Support throughout stay - Hosts and young people are offered assistance throughout the stay from Aberdeen Foyer’s Nightstop Co-ordinator with the aim that over the course of the stay, Aberdeen Foyer can support the young person to find a more long-term solution to what has taken them to the brink of homelessness. This might involve mediation with family to move back to the family home or help to explore all housing options. Aberdeen Foyer in conjunction with Nightstop offers a holistic approach. We discuss the options for continuing education, training and/or employment options; as well supporting the health and wellbeing of the young person.
-Follow-up after stay - When the young person’s stay has ended, the hope is that we will have helped them on to a positive destination. Aftercare in the form of a debrief will be offered to both the host and young person and at this point, Hosts might identify training needs and support required. Hosts can take time off in between hosting one young person to the next.
*How to become involved - If you have a spare room that could provide a safe place for a young person we’d love to hear from you. You can get in touch with out Nightstop Co-ordinator by e-mailing email@example.com or calling 07467 919813.
- Willing to participate in activities and learn about new cultures?
- Ready to create social change and improve peoples lives?
No matter where you are in Scotland, you have access to training and learning opportunities abroad that can help you gain skills, boost confidence, and earn qualifications.
Our organisation offers multiple trips throughout the year, with mentors available to provide support. We partner with other organizations to offer placements in Ghana, Romania, and potentially Eastern European countries, each with a unique set of activities and tasks that focus on developing various skills.
We offer shorter 3 to 4 day trips for young people, aged 16-30, as well as longer trips of 2 to 3 weeks for anyone over 16.
An exciting and great opportunity to help and make a difference.
For more information please contact Megan Beattie, Project Delivery Lead at email: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone: 0131 659 9943.
Further information is also available at: https://www.standinternational.org/