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This role will require the volunteer to be enthusiastic about gardening and working with residents and staff in a creative and friendly manner. We would like to create a space for residents to enjoy and grow their own vegetables but also look at expanding the garden in more creative ways. Do you think you can help and give something back to the local community?
What will I be doing?
To help plant and maintain the gardens, main tasks include:
• Planting, Pruning, Sowing Seeds, Weeding
• Edging Borders, Digging, Ground Clearance, Grass Cutting
What training will I receive?
• ‘On the job’ training.
• Optional training courses.
How will I benefit from the role?
The Volunteer Gardener role offers:
• Opportunities to learn new gardening skills and gain more gardening experience.
• Creating a haven for residents that have learning disabilities.
• Opportunities to make new friends.
• Satisfaction of helping to maintain the gardens.
• Assisting staff and becoming part of a friendly care team that help vulnerable people.
What skills, experience or abilities do I need?
• Previous gardening experience or gardening knowledge.
• Enthusiasm to work in the gardens and work with people who have learning disabilities.
• Moderate level of fitness.
All volunteers will have their expenses reimbursed and will receive a warm welcome to our Services.
Autism Rocks want to see Fife as a place where people with Autism and their families, are accepted as valued members of the community. Their mission is to promote and provide understanding, acceptance, inclusion, education and support.
Their centre in Buckhaven is open Wednesday and Thursday for drop-in sessions from 10am to 1pm, with Friday evenings from 6-8pm for teen/adult sessions and Saturdays for family days from 10.00am- 1.00pm.
Within these sessions there are many different activities on offer for service users and their families, including sensory integration, arts and crafts, music therapy, lego therapy. They have a sensory garden that they maintain together giving families the opportunity to learn some new skills.
Volunteers are needed to help at any of these times & days. There will always be a Trustee present, and you will help by speaking to family members or service users who might want a chat as well as helping to run/tidy up after the various groups or help to maintain the garden.
Moray Reach Out is a charity that runs several social enterprises that provide work and training opportunities to vulnerable adults throughout Moray. We are looking for volunteers to help support our vulnerable adults through our projects.
Moray Reach Out's Upcycling Project takes discarded wooden pallets from local business and turns them into saleable house and garden items. Pallets are taken apart, the planks sanded, measured, sawn and made up into decorative boxes, shelving and planters for the garden. All carried out using hand tools, suitable for varying skills and ability.
To volunteer for this project, it would be preferred if you have basic DIY skills, so these can be transferred to help our vulnerable adults. These would include using a handsaw, hammering nails, and using simple power tools such as cordless drills and sanders. Most importantly, volunteers need to have patience, kindness and empathy.
Please bring your own overalls if you can!
Moray Reach Out is a charity that runs several social enterprises that provide work and training opportunities to vulnerable adults throughout Moray. We are looking for volunteers to help support our vulnerable adults. For our projects, communication skills and empathy are essential.
The Moray Reach Out Art Yarn Project delivers the many processes of turning locally farmed Shetland sheep fleece into saleable hanks of wool. This offers opportunity for all abilities to be involved, from washing the fleece, teasing the wool fibres open, carding the wool ready for spinning, spinning the wool and hanking it for sale. Everyone of these processes is carried out by hand, allowing for physical activity, reducing stress levels and developing social skills as you will working as part of a team.
Volunteers need no experience of working with wool or spinning. There are so many facets to this project, there is something for every skill level. If you do spin, great! If you would like to learn, you soon will!
Community Shopping Volunteers wanted to do a weekly shop for older and vulnerable people shielding in the Giffnock, Clarkston and Newton Mearns areas of East Renfrewshire. Commitment of one supermarket shop per week on a Monday or a Wednesday. Volunteers with their own car or bicycle required as deliveries are made direct to the customers home. COVID safe procedures in place
We are a voluntary organisation in Forfar and centre-based day care for adults in Forfar and the surrounding area. We are looking to increase our volunteers at the centre to assist our dedicated staff team!
Volunteer drivers' mornings: 8.30am - 10.30am drive our minibus to assist members to come to and from the centre. Person would need to be physically fit and have a full driving licence.
Volunteer escort: To assist on buses (above times).
Both of these opportunities are additional to staffing levels required and would be supported by staff. We are open Monday to Friday, 8.30pm to 4pm. For more information please contact 01307 468314.
Hillcrest Future’s Community Hub in Dundee provides music activities for enthusiasts over the age of 16 who have various disabilities and support needs. Dependent on the individuals involved, activities may include helping and encouraging service users to take part in playing the drums, Ukulele and or singing. Volunteers will assist the group leader in activities, chat to service users and make them feel welcome, undertake admin tasks such as taking register, handing out paperwork as required.
Moray Reach Out has a well established recycling team with centres now operating in Buckie and Elgin.
In Buckie, for example, we currently offer 50 training places to adults with learning disabilities, providing education and training about recycling cans into aluminium and steel. We offer a van collection service that gives trainees the opportunity to collect and process business' recycling. We currently pick up from over 140 customers in the Buckie area. In Elgin, our team processes your purple bins, contributing both to the environment and the community. We take the contents including cans, tins and plastic containers in order to process them into bales. Volunteers support trainees in the practical elements of the tasks. Our volunteers are people who foster team work, are themselves team players, and are comfortable working with people of all abilities and also have a good sense of humour!
Why we want you
The charity has around 100 branches, all run by volunteers, who provide local support to autistic people and their families. Every branch is different and so are the activities they provide – they may run parent support groups, adult social groups, children’s activities, conferences or focus on providing information or campaigning. However, no matter how big or small, all branches are hugely valued by the people in their local area.
Branches are run entirely by volunteers with advice and support from the national charity.
The Branch Secretary role is important to the running of the branch as they act as a coordinator and communicator for the branch. Without these roles, we would not have as many branches as we do.
What you will be doing
Liaising with the Branch Chair to monitor the branch email.
Checking through e-bulletins and newsletters received.
Circulating information of interest to the mailing list and working with the Website Editor to ensure this information is put on the website.
Taking and writing committee meeting minutes.
The skills you need
Can write clearly and accurately.
Confident in communicating with individuals or organisations by phone or email.
Confident in editing information to a suitable format which is clear and concise.
What's in it for you
Improve support to autistic people and their families in your local area.
Build up an understanding of autism by volunteering with autistic people.
Access free training and learn new skills.
Meet new people.
A worthwhile achievement to add to your CV.
Having fun whilst carrying out a valuable role.
Volunteering can keep you mentally stimulated and provide you with a sense of purpose.
This is a rewarding and fulfilling opportunity and will allow you to make a difference to those you are supporting and their families.
Our Fundraising Groups extend our reach across the UK, building awareness of the charity and raising vital funds.
We're looking to develop new fundraising groups around the country, bringing together small groups of individuals who'd like to act as enthusiastic ambassadors for MDUK, raising awareness of muscle-wasting conditions. As the volunteer group co-ordinator, your role will be to work closely with MDUK staff to set up a new group in your area.
You'll meet new people, develop your leadership, teamwork, fundraising and communication skills, and you'll be doing something meaningful for people affected by muscle-wasting conditions in your local area.
As a Fundraising Group co-ordinator, you will be:
Working closely with your MDUK Regional Development Manager to identify great opportunities to fundraise and raise awareness in your local area
Building relationships with prospective group members in your area
Supporting with admin and research to get the new group off the ground.