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The Clackmannanshire Befriending Project recruit and train volunteers to befriend isolated, vulnerable and disadvantaged young people (aged 8-18) in the local area. Volunteers are matched one to one with a young person, meet them on a regular basis and participate in activities in the community. This could be after school, in the evening or at weekends, depending on volunteer availability. Befrienders are to be reliable, trusting and a positive role model.
Activities are “timeout” for young people who often live in difficult circumstances. These young people often benefit from an adult befriender who they can talk to and trust, as well as providing them with a reason to get out of the house. The project helps young people with their social skills, self-esteem, school attendance/ performance, resilience, personal safety/ health and relationships.
Young people are referred from local schools, social work or other partners. Befrienders are aged 18 years or over, have spare time on a regular basis and are committed to befriending for a minimum period of 12 months. If you are interested, contact us today for an informal chat.
Victim Support volunteers are offered full training and support to act as part of a team, offering home-visiting, appointment and telephone support to people affected by crime. Volunteers will work in the local community. Victim Support has a very flexible attitude to volunteers' availability.
The Police Scotland Youth Volunteers (PSYV) programme aims to strengthen the relationship with the Police and young people, breaking down barriers and promoting positive role models. Police Scotland Youth Volunteers promotes a practical way for young people to understand policing by supporting the Police in their local area through volunteering. As part of this, young people are given a chance for their voice to be heard and encouraged to promote good citizenship. The programme is open to all young people aged between 13 – 18, this allows those people to get an insight into policing in Scotland and inspire individuals to participate positively within their communities.
We are establishing a new fundraising group in Dundee focussing on setting up locations for counter top collecting boxes. If you like getting out and about, meeting people, developing relationships and have basic numeracy skills, this could be the role for you!
Becoming part of this group offers you the opportunity to meet people, learn new skills, improve your CV or just have fun with your group and in your community. Some group members have been volunteering for many years, some just join for a shorter time offering a few hours a month, the time commitment is flexible.
The RNLI has a network of local fundraising groups organising a wide range of activities and events which last year raised £14 million to help save lives at sea. This is a great opportunity to make a difference by raising vital funds for our volunteer crew, lifeguards and drowning prevention work.
We’d love for you to join our busy, diverse and fun team at Stella’s Voice, Aberdeen Charity Shop.
If you’ve got a “can do” attitude, are excited about charity retail and keen to gain new skills, we are looking for volunteers to help with sorting through donations, price items, dress windows and assist customers. No previous experience is needed, all training will be provided.
We ask for a minimum of 2 hours commitment a week. A fantastic opportunity to help. All assistance helps in the vital work of Stella’s Voice charity in protecting the world’s most vulnerable people from human traffickers. It's also a great way to meet new people and make new friends.
For more details please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01224 611840.
Independent Custody Visitors are members of the local community who volunteer their time to visit police stations to check on the welfare of detainees held in custody. The visitors will speak to the people in custody and check that they are being treated fairly and within the law, e.g. they have been offered food and drink, are warm, have been offered access to a lawyer, etc. Visitors are paired up and go together to carry out visits. The visits are arranged between the two volunteers and we ask that they are conducted on different days and at different times throughout the week.
ICVS is a statutory function of the Scottish Police Authority.
Victim Support Scotland Volunteer
How can you support victims and witnesses of crime?
Victims of crime often feel a range of emotions in the aftermath of an offence. It is Victim Support Scotland’s role to provide victims and witnesses of crime emotional and practical support in person, online, and in court. Volunteers are supported by VSS staff who manage the service.
How would you help?
Our volunteers provide emotional support, practical help, information and guidance through the criminal justice system. We aim to empower people who have been impacted by crime, to move on with their lives.
Discuss service users’ needs by telephone, webchat, appointments and face-to-face contact, agreeing next steps at the end of each contact
Help service users feel more confident by arranging and conducting court familiarisation visits
Support service users in the court room and other appropriate locations on the day of the trial, liaising with court officials on behalf of the service users.
Feedback and agree follow-up actions with staff members
Provide administrative support in completing the service users journey
What benefits would I get?
Volunteering with Victim Support Scotland can be challenging and also extremely rewarding. As a volunteer you will:
Support people when they most need it
Learn new skills and knowledge of the criminal justice sector
Gain access to a range of specialist training courses that are relevant to your volunteering role
Positively contribute to your community as a member of a team actively working to reduce the impact of crime
A chance to give something back
Receive support in your volunteering role to deliver services effectively
All reasonable expenses (e.g. travel) will be reimbursed
What skills and experience do I need?
We are looking for committed, reliable and empathetic volunteers who can work with people of all ages, backgrounds and life situations. Although we provide full training and support, knowledge of the criminal justice system and experience of supporting people is beneficial. As a Victim Support Scotland Volunteer you will need:
Effective communication skills
The ability to actively listen to service users and anyone affected by crime
An interest in learning about the criminal justice system and understand the service user’s journey
An awareness of confidentiality obligations and the responsibilities that come with upholding these obligations
Effective time management skills (and working under pressure)
Access to a car or ability to use public transport
What is the time commitment?
We know that our volunteers have busy lives, so we agree the time commitment with each individual volunteer. However, we ask for:
a minimum commitment of approximately one day per week, however this may vary depending upon the needs of the service.
a minimum commitment of at least 1 year so that they might get the most out of a volunteering role.
How can I apply?
The people we support come from all communities across Scotland, as do our volunteers. We welcome new volunteers from all backgrounds and languages.
To ensure we provide the best possible service to people affected by crime, we ask all volunteers to follow our processes. This will involve:
• Joining the Disclosure Scotland PVG scheme
• Providing two satisfactory references
• Completing our three day ‘Introduction to Victim Support Scotland’ training module
• Signing and abiding by Victim Support Scotland’s Confidentiality agreement
• Commitment to Data Protection
• Volunteer Agreement
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Opportunity to work in an office environment, and brush up your IT, telephone and customer service skills volunteering for this crucial organisation
An opportunity to work within a fascinating environment providing hot drinks and snacks (crisps, biscuits etc). The coffee bar provides a much needed service to both members of the public and professionals within the court building.
This is a new venture for Victim Support Scotland based within Jedburgh Sheriff Court where our Witness Service volunteers currently provide a service to witnesses attending court. It is envisaged that the coffee bar would eventually be open on all days however at the moment this would perhaps be two or three days per week. Cover would be provided on a rota basis. As no cooking would be undertaken no certificates in relation to food hygiene etc would be required.
We are looking for volunteers who have a range of skills to provide a service to victims of crime by home visits, office appointments and over the phone. Volunteers are needed to listen to victims of crime, identify any needs they might have and provide practical and emotional support. The volunteers will also assist with completing Criminal Injuries Compensation forms and offer help when victims are dealing with insurance claims. They also provide information on the criminal justice system. We recruit and train our volunteers 3-4 times per year.