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No matter how good our services are, we can't properly support our community well if we don't have good Support people in the team. If this sounds like you?... we would love you to consider volunteering with us for a few hours per week.
Dumbarton District Women’s Aid (DDWA) is a confidential organisation which provides information, support and, where appropriate, refuge for women and any accompanying children who are at risk.
We are looking for someone who is interested in gardening and is keen to put their gardening skills to great use, a knowledge of growing plants, grass cutting, weeding, tidying and care of tools is essential, due to the role a reasonable level of fitness and good communication skills required.
We would like someone who is happy to pass on their knowledge to the children that use our service, supporting them to learn all about growing and encouraging them to nurture their plant and learn about growing under their parent's supervision.
Neil's Hugs Foundation is a well-established charity in West Lothian and are expanding into the Clackmannanshire area. The group are developing a safe, compassionate and confidential space where support groups can meet for:
• Anyone who are experiencing poor mental health
• To support people who have lost loved ones to suicide
• Families who are supporting a loved one who attempted suicide.
The Foundation seeks to provide a safe place to talk and listen and support each other. They aim to reduce loneliness and isolation people with poor mental health experience.
Neil's Hugs are developing a one-to-one, 12 week Befriending Service to aid people who are experiencing anxiety and poor mental health to build confidence and skills. Volunteers can help in offering this one-to-one support by becoming Befriender, which will:
• Aid in achieving people's desired outcomes
• Help people become more active in their local community.
Volunteers can help in facilitating groups. Often people find it difficult to talk to people they know, so Neil's Hugs have also established a number of groups. The Support Groups are designed around providing a safe space for people to talk. The groups allow members the space and time while offering a compassionate, listening ear. The Foundation also utilises activities such as art therapy:
- Listening Ear Service which is a phone or video service (Zoom) where volunteers support individuals who are experiencing poor mental health by giving them space on a weekly basis to talk. The volunteer’s listen and give support to those who just need someone to talk to.
- People who have lost loved ones to suicide can attend a weekly Support Group that provides peer-support for families and friends who have lost a loved one to suicide. This too is a safe place to talk about loved one and to have peers involved in people's grief and loss.
- The Gardening Group is among the newest developments at The Foundation. They have now linked in with the Wimpy Park's Garden who have offered an area for volunteers and those grieving to develop into a reflection garden.
If the above roles are not suitable, there are always extra help needed in raising awareness of suicide in communities and raising funds to help keep these vital projects going.
The successful volunteer would be matched with a New Scot or a family who require support to practise their English language learning in “real” situations. Buddies also support learning about Scottish culture and customs, and may help learners to find out how to access services.
The volunteer would be contributing to the integration of the new arrivals into the society, reducing their isolation and enhancing their employability prospects, which is a hugely important and rewarding activity. They would be offered support and training by the ESOL Officer, so someone thinking of teaching English might be particularly interested in this opportunity.
Branch Communications Officer responsibilities include:
• Developing the branch communications strategy
• Steer the volunteer communication team
• Writing content for branch emails to members and supporters
• Sharing news from The Women’s Equality Party central office through branch forums
• Staying up to date with WE-related media appearances and campaigns both centrally and locally
• Identifying and sharing content that is likely to be of interest to branch members
• Identifying and sharing content that is related to the core objectives of the Women’s Equality Party
• Developing links with local print and online media
This role is also an active member of the branch officer team and will help develop branch strategy, membership plans and campaigns. All branch officers may interact with the WE central office team and represent the branch on occasion. You’ll be prepared to sign the WE Code of Conduct outlining expectations around confidentiality, data protection and not disqualified from holding public office.
We are looking for volunteers to help support our young people work towards and achieve a number of awards including Duke of Edinburgh, Heritage Hero, NNAS to name a few.
You will work alongside our staff to offer a range of different opportunities for the young people on our programmes many of whom have additional support needs.
We are looking for individuals who have good communication skills, patience, empathy and are looking for a rewarding opportunity to support young people who have not had the opportunity to achieve in the past.
To help assist young people to undertake their Expedition section of the Duke of Edinburgh Award. Most of our young people have additional support needs and require some extra support to ensure that they can complete the walks that have been planned. You will be part of a team that helps them achieve their Expedition. This is a rewarding opportunity to get to befriend and mentor young people that require that little bit of extra help to achieve.
We are looking for individuals who are supportive and engaging to help transport our young people to and from sessions throughout Perth and Kinross. A lot of our young people have additional support needs and require structure and consistency in their programmes.
The driver will be responsible for picking up the young person or small groups and transporting to the meeting point for their sessions, then picking up and returning to their home address.
You will meet the young people you will be transporting in advance along with their development worker so that they get to know you in advance.
Travel Expenses will be paid for use of own vehicle.
We are looking for people who enjoy walking to support our young people to do day walks to help them complete their Duke of Edinburgh Award. The routes will be planned in advance and all the young people will have completed the relevant training required for their level of the award.
The Day Walk Volunteer will support each individual as required and monitor their progress throughout the walk.
An opportunity to join the Management Committee of Dumbarton District Women's Aid. Our Organisation supports women, children & young people who are/ or have experienced domestic abuse, we are looking for people who will be interested in supporting the organisation to develop its strategy, plan and review policies and procedures. Interested parties will participate in an induction programme which will introduce the organisation and its aims and objectives.
Our volunteers do amazing things – working with girls, sleepovers, camps, adventurous activities, adventures at home and abroad.
And it’s not just about the girls – make new friends, share a skill, spend time laughing and playing.
There are so many roles available within Girlguiding.
Whether you are a new to our charity and choosing your first role or thinking about your progression as a volunteer - you'll find something to suit you. Use our role descriptions to plan what to do next or to show your team how they can develop their skills. Your journey through Girlguiding is up to you.
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