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How can you help victims and witnesses of crime?
Being a victim or a witness of crime can be a confusing and stressful experience for many people. Victim Support Scotland (VSS) volunteers provide a webchat and telephone service which can provide support and answer queries to those who approach us.
What will I be doing?
Our volunteers provide emotional support, practical help, information and guidance through the criminal justice system via webchat.
• Talk to people affected by crime via phone calls and web chat
• Update our database record system
• Link service users with other organisations
• Provide relevant support and information to anyone affected by crime
• Promote VSS’ services
What benefits will I receive?
Volunteering with Victim Support Scotland can be challenging and extremely rewarding. As a volunteer you will:
• All reasonable expenses paid
• The offer of a reference for future work
• The knowledge that you are providing help to an organisation that helps others
• The opportunity to grow your skills personally and professionally
Cruse Bereavement Care Scotland are seeking enthusiastic and compassionate volunteers to answer telephone calls for their National Helpline, which is opened weekdays 9am – 9pm.
The helpline, based in Hamilton and Glasgow, is managed by their Area Manager. In 2017 – 2018, their helpline received 14,676 calls from bereaved people, and those calling to enquire on their behalf about Cruse Bereavement services.
Please note that full training will be given – volunteers are expected to take part in all of the five training dates before undertaking this role.
Working from The Centre, Livingston or our administration office in Craigshill, Livingston:
• Assisting with filing and scanning membership documentation
• Preparing loan application packs for approval by Loan Committee
• Answering the telephone
• Processing members’ transactions
• Dealing with members’ queries
• Supporting volunteers on the Front Desk (dealing directly with members)
• Supporting administrative staff
Almond Energy Action provides one-to-one energy efficiency advice to Almond Housing Association tenants in Craigshill who want to save money on their heating and electricity costs and keep warm at home. The service is free and confidential.
The project is looking for volunteers from the local community to become community champions, giving basic energy saving advice to householders in the Craigshill area.
Volunteers will receive training from an experienced Affordable Warmth Advisor and team support while carrying out the role.
Almond Energy Action is a partnership between Almond Housing Association and Changeworks, an environmental charity with over 20 years’ experience of helping people in Scotland keep affordably warm in their homes.
The Digital Inclusion Volunteer will help aid people to develop ICT skills by attending classes in their local area. Helping clients complete CVs and search for jobs and help people become interested in developing ICT skills. Once individuals develop their skills they can then use the internet for other purposes such as benefits or energy advice.
The role of the volunteer is to assist and maximise the benefits for learners. This is achieved by being available to provide extra support to attendees.
Volunteers will be asked to support the learners during the sessions to achieve their aims.
SCVO (Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations) is currently working with Edinburgh Napier University and SVE to capture information about the assets, skills, knowledge, networks and resources, held by third sector organisations in Stirlingshire, such as community groups, voluntary organisations, charities, social enterprises, co-operatives and individual volunteers.
The aim of the project is to map the assets within the third sector and to collect data about how these assets are currently being used to support health and wellbeing in communities.
We will also be working with CTSi in Clackmannanshire to enable us to build as full a picture as possible about the contribution made by the third sector across the whole of the Clackmannanshire and Stirling Health and Social Care Partnership area.
SVE have opportunities for volunteers who would like to be involved in the Asset Mapping exercise. This would be a great opportunity for people who would like to add to their CV and demonstrate experience in a work environment. Volunteers would have opportunities to develop their telephone research and administrative skills and will be provided with all the necessary training. Volunteers are asked to commit to a minimum of 2 days of volunteering before September.
If you are interested in finding out more about this opportunity please contact:
Polly Rodger firstname.lastname@example.org
Joanne Rae at SVE email@example.com
Telephone - 01786 430000
Suitable for groups, One-off volunteering
There are multiple volunteer opportunities available, a great way to be involved in an exciting and vibrant festival!
Week prior to Festival (w/c 15.06.20, weekday evenings):
Support Facilities Team with building up Festival area site eg marquees, bar, Herras fencing, chairs, tables.
During Festival (evening of Friday 19.06.20; all day Saturday 20.06.20 & all day Sunday 21.06.20):
Facilities support – support Festival team and vendors with supply of tables/chairs etc, set out chairs at stage area, set up for specific events/performances, keep festival site clean and tidy.
Stewards – be available to ensure Festival area is kept safe for visitors, provide information to visitors, provide escort for parades etc including Saturday evening Viking torch-lit parade.
After Festival (AM/PM Monday 22.06.20):
Support Facilities Team with breakdown/clearup after event – collect tables/chairs, return items to storage, general clean up of Festival area to return it to normal.
Our admin systems are computer based and increasingly will be available to members on mobile and tablet. Our office wants to be accessible and helpful for the whole community - some are not online, some cant deal with forms, some want to know how much is in their account, etc. Your role will be member-facing on telephone or "in person" in the office. You may do general office tasks like data entry or filing or scanning when phones are quiet. You may have an aptitude or experience to take on more responsible roles-like credit control, loans processing etc.
We are looking for people who are patient, caring, understanding and can relate well to people who may have memory or communication difficulties. As a befriender you can make a real difference to the lives of people living with dementia by providing more opportunities for social contact and companionship; boosting people’s confidence and self esteem; supporting people to build relationships with others; motivating people to take up old hobbies and interests again or develop new ones; encouraging people to take part in local groups and activities.
You will engage with your befriendee in their own home through reminiscence activities and life story work. No previous experience required as full training and ongoing support will be given.
Volunteer Centre Borders is looking to recruit a board member for the important role of Treasurer. If you would like to become involved with a dynamic Third Sector organisation where the promotion and support of volunteering is the core of our work, we would like you to join us to share your management and financial skills.