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Would you like to help others by joining our very friendly team of all ages? We have an exciting new opportunity within Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland- Strathaven shop. There is a number of different roles to suit your preference including customer service, stock room assistant and volunteer driver.
Duties include: serving customers, operating the till, merchandising, stock control, and general housekeeping. And of course, having fun!
Shifts are 10-2, 11-3, 12-4 or 1-5 and there is bus links from Hamilton and East Kilbride.
Volunteering Matters Overview
At Volunteering Matters we believe everyone in the UK should have the opportunity to thrive, so we bring people together to overcome some of society’s most complex issues through the power of volunteering. We partner with communities to overcome adversity, tackling social isolation and loneliness, improving health, developing skills and opportunities. And because we’re a national charity, we do this at scale, sharing our expertise and building partnerships to make an even bigger impact. We turn local knowledge and energy into action and progress, building stronger communities and a better future for all.
Our Family Supporters in Edinburgh project offers practical and emotional support to families across the city of Edinburgh, empowering them to face a range of life challenges. We recruit, train and match dedicated, local volunteers to help families every step of the way, spending 1-1 time together on a personalised set of goals chosen by the family, for the family.
We can help in many ways, such as improved living standards, budgeting, healthier eating, better school life and behaviour, access to health and wellbeing aid, as well as introducing parents to community resources, to name a few. So far, thousands of families across the UK have benefitted from our service and we are now delighted to extend the programmes reach to families in Edinburgh.
Who can volunteer with us?
Our volunteers are locally based people with an understanding of the challenges that families are facing. Aged 18+, each volunteer brings different life experiences and skills that they can use to help the family they are matched to, offering support on a weekly basis for an hour or so each week, usually for 6-9 months at a time that suits everyone. They build a strong relationship based on trust and mutual respect, acting as a friendly face who listens and cares about the family. All volunteers are interviewed, trained to the highest standards and undergo disclosure checks before being matched with a family. We also encourage and welcome volunteers who have the ability to speak multiple languages join our team!
What can we offer volunteers?
As well as the sense of achievement that comes through supporting a family, our volunteers will have the opportunity to learn and develop new skills, attend social events with other volunteers and enhance their employability. Certificates are provided upon completion of induction training and at the end of the commitment, with project staff happy to provide references for future studies or employment.
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
• 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
Do you want to befriend an isolated older adult in your local area? Become a GGG befriender to join a network of other volunteers, give back to the community, and make a new friend!
We are looking for volunteer befrienders to help Glasgow's Golden Generation's Befriending Service to support older adults aged 55 and over. Our aim is to: Reduce isolation and loneliness by providing one-to-one visits either in the home or within the local community. As a volunteer you will be trained and matched with someone near you with similar interests to meet weekly in their home, in the community or over the phone.
About us: Glasgow's Golden Generation are a charity in Glasgow with over 73 years' experience of helping and supporting older adults in Glasgow. We provide vital services - Day Centres, Befriending, Weekly Clubs, Welfare Advice and Income Maximisation, as well as offering Digital inclusion classes.
Our Befriending service supports those who are housebound or who have no connection with their local communities, where a befriender can offer that lifeline to reconnect them. Our service also helps people who have lost their confidence are looking for a befriender who can support them through a difficult period of their life and where they just need some support and encouragement to re-engage with their local communities.
We are looking for a commitment of at least 6 months and preferably 9 months. Volunteers are expected to commit around 1-2 hours on a weekly basis.
The role and responsibilities of volunteer befrienders are to increase self-confidence, self-esteem, provide fulfilling friendships and enhance life quality. You will befriend someone within your community who may be feeling lonely and isolated during these challenging times.
• You will make visit/make contact with a person(s) with whom you have been matched on the agreed regular pattern
• Give the person(s) some social interaction and emotional support through conversation
• Stay connected with the organisation and feedback any concerns, that may need addressing
• Be a friendly, listening ear
• Be patient and have a warm and friendly attitude
We will support you by providing monitoring, support and supervision. Training will be provided, and travel expenses will be reimbursed. We hope that the volunteer befrienders gain a sense of fulfilment, increased self-esteem and self-confidence, and gain new experience and skills.
If you are interested, please click the ‘Join’ button below (available when logged in and registered). You will then be contacted by the coordinator by email or phone call. If you have not heard back after 5 working days, the first step is to contact the organisation with the contact details provided. You could also check your junk/spam folder on your emails just in case the response is there. If that doesn’t work out, then please feel free to contact Volunteer Glasgow on firstname.lastname@example.org
Volunteer Leaders [or assistants] to support the 1st Wick Beaver Group provide Scouting instruction to young people [age 6-8] to help with good citizenship and social interaction
Are you interested in becoming a volunteer driver? Do you enjoy driving and helping others? Do you own your own car? We have an exciting new opportunity for drivers to take guests to our friendship groups in Hamilton, Uddingston, Cambuslang, Rutherglen and East Kilbride.
Most of the groups run on a fortnightly basis (a couple are weekly) and last for 1 and a half hours. Transport would need to be provided both ways. The drivers would be invited to stay at the group and enjoy a cuppa or simply come back at the end of the group. Travel expenses would be reimbursed and training would be provided. There would be no expectation of manual handling although walking aids would be required to be lifted into the boot.
Become a Volunteer Befriender
Want to make a difference to the lives of disabled people in your
community? Discover new interests? Meet new people? Look no
further than our fantastic volunteer befriending opportunity!
Equal Futures creates connections for people with a learning
disability or Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC) and their family
carers through Circles of Support, befriending and social events.
By joining our caring and knowledgeable team you will support
someone to build their confidence and access opportunities they
might previously have been isolated from.
You will benefit from training and on-going skills development. You
will also receive friendly and professional support from our Project
Our Befrienders play a crucial role within society. They can improve
the self-esteem of someone with a learning disability who is lonely
and isolated within their community. Befrienders also take the
burden off other community services by simply providing someone
with a friend to connect with.
What will you do as a Volunteer Befriender?
As part of the Circle of Support, Befrienders help a person we
support build their confidence and participate in social activities
within their community.
This may include going for walks, participating in clubs or classes together, or attending Equal Future’s social events. Befrienders meet one-on-one with the person we support weekly or fortnightly. As a volunteer you may sometimes also offer kind and friendly support to not only the individual, but their family as well, depending on the circumstance. An Equal Futures Project Co-ordinator will be there for you throughout your entire volunteering experience.
You’ll enjoy lots of benefits being a Volunteer Befriender, such as:
Learning from an experienced and knowledgeable team
Meeting new people and sharing insights
Volunteering on a flexible basis that fits in with your life
Access to free training and regular support
Social opportunities with other volunteers
Improved self-esteem and confidence
Improved communication skills
Advantageous for relevant careers
Reduced loneliness and better mental health
Feeling valued in our friendly team
Seeing the difference that you’re making
We welcome applicants from all sections of the community. We will work flexibly with you to ensure your volunteering journey is a positive and satisfying experience.
To apply, please contact:
Donna.McCallum@equalfutures.org.uk | 0792 139 7615
Parkinson's is a neurodegenerative disease where exercise has been shown to be effective at slowing the rate of progress of the condition.
Currently we have exercise groups in Rutherglen on Tuesday at 1.30 and in East Kilbride on Thursday at 1.30
We are looking for volunteers who would be willing to help at these sessions. This may involve moving/setting up tables and chairs, preparing teas/coffees with cake/biscuits, working with carers, collecting contributions, clearing up and putting away, and closing the building.
Our group is mostly retired people. A knowledge of or connection with someone who has Parkinson's would be an advantage, but not essential.
Organising, writing, and sending the branch newsletter.
Making sure the newsletter is clearly written and accessible.
Collecting information about news, events, and activities.
Liaising with the Branch Chair, and committee, to make sure all relevant
information is included.
Meeting edit and publication deadlines, which are set by the branch.
Following NAS branding guidelines.
Keeping social media up to date. Activities should be advertised at least two weeks in advance so that people have time to book a place and/or arrange their time so that they can attend..
Making sure the information is clear and well written. Information needs to be relevant to the branch and should be displayed in a way that is easy for someone to follow.
Communicating with other committee members to encourage and remind them to pass on information to go onto the website.