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We are looking for inspirational and motivated volunteers to help us engage children in activities in our respite service in Elgin. Volunteers will have a sense of fun and an interest in a variety of activities to help improve the outcomes and the health and social wellbeing of our children. If you have a genuine interest in the wellbeing of children with disabilities, we would love to hear from you.
You can make a difference to the life of a child by:
- Assisting staff with in-house activities and outings
- Supporting children to participate in new experiences
- Supporting children to try new activities
- Supporting staff to plan, prepare and run outings and activities
- Helping children to have fun
- Building a child's confidence and self esteem
- Being a positive role model
At Aberlour Options Moray, we offer a safe, homely environment for a child to come and stay for a short break that gives their families a rest from their caring role. During that break, children enjoy a range of fun activities and experiences with our staff who specialise in taking care of children with disabilities. Our service is very much a 'home from home' for the children who stay with us there.
This opportunity is to help at a group for families who have children with rare, complex, special or additional needs. BANG has monthly meetings where parent/carers have a rare chance to get together, discuss issues or problems and get support and possible solutions. It also gives parent/carers of special needs children some much needed time out from day to day life.
The volunteer(s) would play with children (0-8 yrs), help with painting and crafts (making and help to serve snack. Parents will be responsible for their children and will be present in the room at all times. Toileting and changing needs will be dealt with by the child’s parent/carer. Of the children involved with the group, some have special needs, learning disabilities, physical disabilities and other conditions. Some are siblings to the special needs child and have no special need. cards, pictures etc)
Grampian Child Bereavement Network (GCBN) provides a range of services including a Volunteer Responder Service. This is a service where our trained volunteers receive referrals and visit families within their own homes. This can be to support a parent by offering support and guidance, to undertaking direct work with a child or young person. The coordinator matches volunteers with families usually close to the volunteer's area as possible.
Bud is Poppyscotland’s brand new vehicle for exploration and learning, a truck that transforms into a mobile community space, comprising a mini poppy factory, micro-museum and with interactive learning opportunities.
Bud is an interactive experience that encourages visitors to create their personal remembrance journey through exploring the exhibits. It is helping us keep remembrance relevant all year round.
>About the opportunity:
As a Bud Veteran Volunteer, you will support the delivery of the Bud project when Bud is in your area. This could see you supporting in one of the key tasks below:
-Carrying out talks to groups (schools, girl guides, brownies, cubs, cadets etc.) members of the public and community organisations who are visiting Bud, or who you are visiting
-Actively engage with small groups of visitors, answering questions about Bud and remembrance
-Taking part in group discussions about the challenges – both positive and negative - faced by the Armed Forces community
-To be flexible in the performance of the post and undertake duties requested by the Bud Team
-Encourage people to complete the on-board evaluation at end of visit
-Inform people of volunteering opportunities available through Bud project
-Support the staff team in set up and take down at visits and events. Support staff in the delivery of activities with schools, groups and public visitors
>Benefits for you:
-Carrying out a range of interesting and rewarding duties
-Having access to appropriate training for the role
-You will have the opportunity to meet a wide range of new people
-Building on your existing skills and developing new ones
-Being part of a friendly, committed team
-Attending local events
A fantastic opportunity to help PoppyScotland and be part of the exciting Bud Project. All help makes a difference and is greatly appreciated. For more details please contact Sandra Comrie, Bud Volunteer Support Coordinator at E Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or tel. 07808261076.
Play Alloa was set up in 1992 and gained charity status in 1995, and is the leading provider of play and social opportunities for children, young people and adults with additional support needs and disabilities from across Clackmannanshire and the central belt.
Play Alloa are looking for volunteers aged 14+ to support staff and service users in Children's sessions.
Broad Street Play Session
10am-1pm(9:30am-1:30pm for volunteers and staff)
Dumyat Centre Play Session
10am-12:30pm(9:15am-1:15pm for volunteers and staff)
These groups are for children aged between 5 and 16 years old with disabilities and complex additional support needs. As a volunteer in this group you will be able to facilitate and get involved with a variety of activities whilst supporting our service users.
In these sessions, some structured activities will be laid out but the sessions are also an opportunity for free play which often involves loose parts and materials being made available for the children to choose their own play with.
All volunteers will work closely with the sessional staff and the session co-ordinators and will have regular contact with the development officer. Before starting, volunteers will go through an induction process and a PVG background check. Additional training will also be offered to volunteers.
Be a Bikeability Instructor and train school children to cycle safely!
Bikeability is today’s cycle training programme. It’s like cycling proficiency, but better! It’s about gaining practical skills over 3 levels, understanding how to cycle on today’s roads, giving the skills and confidence for all kinds of cycling.
Levels 1, 2 and 3 take trainees from the basics of balance and control, all the way to planning and making an independent journey on busier roads.
Volunteer with Fife Council (who support the Bikeability project) with support from the Bikeability co-coordinator. Training will be provided to enable volunteers to deliver levels 1, 2 and 3 Bikeability. You will have the opportunity to be alongside other volunteers who may be parents, teachers of members of the local community. Sessions can vary depending on the individual schools timetable e.g. could be 1 hour per week for 6-9 weeks or 3 block sessions per week of 3 hours in one week.
This role would suit a person who is enthusiastic about cycling, volunteering with young people and being outdoors.
We are looking for enthusiastic and commited volunteers for our new “Compassion in the Community” project. The roles of the volunteer team would be to ensure our services are delivered throughout the Scottish Borders. The volunteer team will be responsible for gaining extra support from local individuals, businesses, supporters, media outlets and fundraisers.
We are hoping that our “Compassion in the Community” project will build a sense of community spirit and involvement to help the most vulnerable children in the Scottish Borders.
Roles will include helping organise and run FC workshops for vulnerable children in your community, as well as helping with marketing, fundraising, increasing awareness and creating new contacts.
What will I be doing?
Aberlour Options Aberdeen support children who have complex needs through fun activities, regularly day trips and adventures. Adventure Buddy Volunteers support these activities, engaging with children either in groups or on a 1:1 basis and encouraging participation. Adventure Buddy Volunteers support staff to plan, prepare and run outings and activities. This may include outdoor activities such as trips to the park or the beach, or in-house activities such as arts and crafts or playing board games.
The impact you can make
Trying new activities can be a daunting experience for children and young people. As an Adventure Buddy, you can play an active role in encouraging children to take part in activities, develop confidence and experience new opportunities. By taking part in an activity together, volunteers can motivate and reassure children, and form trusting relationships.
The benefits to you
Adventure Buddy Volunteers gain valuable experience of working with children with complex needs, and learning how to support and encourage them to try something new. Volunteers can develop their own skills and confidence in working with others, while being part of a supporting and engaging staff team.
Adventure Buddy Volunteers typically support either in-house activities, day-trips or outings once a fortnight.
If you are interested in this role, please enquire or apply now.
When you take part in a volunteering project through Concordia, you can be sure you’ll be making a real difference to a community, and to yourself. For nearly 70 years now, we've provided volunteering and work opportunities overseas and here in the UK. Today we work with 80 like minded, non-profit partner organisations from 60 countries, to offer medium and short term community volunteering, around the world. A selection of projects is available for teenagers aged 16 and 17. Types of international volunteer projects include conservation, restoration, archaeology, construction, arts, children’s play-schemes and teaching.
Board and accommodation is free of charge for projects in Europe, North America, Japan and South Korea. For projects in Latin America, Asia, Middle East and Africa volunteer pay an extra on arrival fee of approx. £150/200 that covers food and accommodation, as well as funding the programme in the country.
Midlothian Active Schools aim to provide more opportunities for children to take part in sport and physical activity, before during lunchtime and after school. We develop pathways for children to access sport from school into the wider community. Being a volunteer delivering in school, allows us to provide further clubs for children to access. We also look for volunteers to help us with manage our events programme, such as, course marshal in cross country, referee or score keeper in basketball, athletics or hockey. You can bring your own expertise to the table!
Volunteers can access our training programme in areas such as first aid, child protection and sport specific training.