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Deliver workshops for participants from varied backgrounds - must attend 3 weekend workshops to experience programme and train yourself. Facilitators attend a L1, L2 then a training weekend, then are expected to complete their "apprenticeship" of a minimum of 3 workshops delivered within one calendar year. Workshop facilitation involves, public speaking, explaining exercises, assisting with individual learning, helping to explain tasks, running & coming up with ideas for light and lively games.
How can you use your skills and dedication to support people affected by crime?
Victim Support Scotland (VSS) provides support and information services to victims and witnesses of crime in Scotland. Our café volunteers based in Jedburgh Sheriff Court help raise vital funds for Victim Support Scotland by serving the court users with refreshments and accepting donations.
What will you be doing?
Our cafe volunteers carry out the following duties:
• Serving tea, coffee and snacks to all court users.
• Operate a small petty cash float
• Keep the café well stocked and good in appearance
• Keeping the small kitchen area clean and tidy
• Be a friendly face to those affected by crime.
What are the benefits you will receive?
Volunteering with Victim Support Scotland can be challenging and extremely rewarding. As a cafe volunteer you will:
• Help raise vital funds for Victim Support Scotland to support people affected by crime
• Have the opportunity to develop and enhance experience in a catering environment
• Make a positive impact to those affected by crime and meet new people by working actively as a member of a team.
What skills and experience do you need?
We are looking for committed, reliable and empathetic volunteers who can be a ‘friendly face’ of Victim Support Scotland. You could be retired, someone wishing catering experience, or you just have a general interest in working for a good cause.
Although we provide training and support, we require you to have the following:
• An ability to communicate to people from all backgrounds
• Cash handling experience
• The ability to work on your own and within a small team
• Disclosure Scotland check required
• Commitment to undertake Safeguarding and any other training as necessary
What can you expect?
As a volunteer with Victim Support Scotland, you can expect:
• Support in your volunteering role to complete tasks effectively
• Training and development to give you any further skills you need
• All reasonable expenses (e.g. travel) to be reimbursed
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 from volunteers of approximately four per week, however this may vary depending upon the needs of the service.
• A minimum commitment of at least one year, so that they might get the most out of a volunteering role.
How can you 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:
• Undertaking a Disclosure Scotland PVG check
• Providing two satisfactory references
• Completing our three day ‘Introduction to Victim Support Scotland’ training module
• Signing and abiding by Victim Support Scotland’s:
o Confidentiality agreement.
o Commitment to data protection.
o Volunteer agreement.
We have several ways you can apply or register your interest:
• Email firstname.lastname@example.org for an information pack.
• Call our free helpline on 0800 160 1985.
People are reqired to visit police stations to check on 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 they been offered access to a lawyer ect.
Visitors are paired up and go together to do visits. Visits are arranged between the two volunteers and we ask that visits are conducted on different days and at different times.
- A trainee adviser goes through the Basic Training Course.
- Interview clients - listen to the client and let the client explain the problem. Help the client to clarify the issue by exploring the problem and asking questions.
- Giving information - use Advisernet, online services and reference books to find out the correct information.
- Give advice - explain the information to the client and the choice that the client has, so he/she can decide what to do.
- Give practical help - for example, filling in forms, doing a benefit calculation, speaking or writing to another agency on behalf of a client.
- Record cases - make a record of the client's details so that further help can be given if a client returns to the CAB.
The 70/30 Campaign is aiming to reduce child abuse and neglect by 70% by 2030. As a 70/30 Ambassador you will be empowering your local community to protect our children by spreading awareness and gaining support to prevent child abuse and neglect from happening in the first place. You will gain new skills, and be part of a large network of volunteers and professionals, while making a real difference in your local community and across the UK.
The role is very flexible and depends on your skills and on the needs in your local area, but you can take part in a range of activities, such as: spreading awareness with people you know and on social media; fundraising; organising events; engaging with MPs, MSPs, AMs and councillors; engaging with local press; expanding your local 70/30 group.
Ambassadors will take part in a training session with a member of the team and are invited to join the monthly national conference call with other ambassadors across the country. Ambassadors usually give 2 or more hours of their time a week, but get in touch if you are interested and don't have much time available as there is always some way you can help!
Please visit our website and complete the form to become an ambassador today at www.70-30.org.uk or contact Isobel Dawson, 70/30 Ambassador Aberdeen at E Mail: email@example.com
We provide a daily coffee bar service to the families and friends of prisoners during the half hour sessions. This is appreciated and goes some way towards providing a more normal social setting for these sometimes difficult times. Friendly, enthusiastic, non-judgmental contact by volunteers at the counter whilst providing light refreshments is what we are looking for in new helpers. Our volunteers, both men and women, find the work enjoyable, challenging, different and an opportunity.
Volunteers required to offer companionship and a non judgmental listening ear on a 1 to 1 basis, while maintaining client confidentiality. Help clients find their way around the court system and identify locations within the building. Work as part of a team and participate in court related activities, training, support and supervision and promotion of the Listening Service.
Aberdeen in Recovery (AiR) was granted Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO) charitable status in March this year. We are now looking to find talented, passionate and skilled people to fill some vacant seats on our Board of Trustees to help us grow and develop our innovative and solution focused new charity. This is a unique opportunity to help lay the foundations to ensure AiR has a long-term future as a charity with solid processes in place to ensure it meets its mission of:
“To be a bridge from ‘dependence’ to ‘independence’ for the individual seeking to recover from problematic substance use and addictive behaviours”.
This is such an exciting and invigorating prospect for individuals to get involved and be participant in the tsunami of change which is now gaining momentum and being driven by “Experts by Experience” and the vibrant Lived Experienced Communities which are blossoming, not only locally but are now established as a national phenomena.
Since its conception, AiR and its members have worked tirelessly to establish and build collaborative relationships with professional services and third sector support agencies. We have consistently driven the message that individuals who have personal lived/living experience of active substance use, including Family members who have been affected by the addictive behaviours of a loved one, and the Recovery Communities they represent have something valid, essential and extremely beneficial to bring to described Recovery Orientated Systems of Care (ROSC). We can provide existing services and clinical structural systems with resources, skills and capabilities that they, no matter how much effort, time and money they invest, will never be able to offer or provide.
So, it gives the greatest of pleasure to see this is now recognised on the highest levels that “Recoverists” can productively contribute to the design, development and delivery of truly person-centred ROSC. This being evidenced by the vision, philosophy and content of the Scottish Governments “Rights, Respect and Recovery” Drug and Alcohol Strategy.
We also believe it is reaffirmed by the recent success in being granted funding from the Government’s National Development Fund, with our principle partner Alcohol and Drugs Action (ADA), for our ‘Recovery Peer Pathway’ joint two-year project. This collaborative venture will build on three years of pilot work to further establish and build proactive and productive Developmental Pathways within ADA and their Volunteer network while in synergy with AiR membership for individuals who desire to initiate change in their behaviours and outlook as they progress on their recovery journeys within, and imperatively out-with, statutory and formal support services.
We believe that the blue sky thinking behind this project categorically and emphatically fits with the expectations, outcomes and concepts of the above Government policy.
So, if you have lived experience, or a stakeholder interest, and a passion for recovery and are willing to give of yourself that another may learn, you will not find a better opportunity to indulge your appetite than from within Aberdeen in Recovery.
For more information please contact Dermot Craig, Recovery Community Development Manager at E Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or tel.: 01224 638342 / Mobile: 07751 213108.
The State Hospital Board for Scotland are looking for an individual with experience of using British Sign Language (BSL) to help support the provision of activities for patients using BSL within the Skye Centre which offers various activities such as animal assisted therapy, horticulture, sports and fitness, arts and crafts, education, library, shop, cafe and social events.
The volunteer would work in conjunction with a range of staff to provide support to patients who use BSL who may be admitted to the hospital.
The State Hospital is one of four high secure psychiatric hospitals in the UK, located in South Lanarkshire. The principal aim is to rehabilitate patients all of whom are detained in the hospital under the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act (2003).
The Gate Charity was founded in 2011 to provide practical help for positive change by operating various projects such as a Soup Pot, Foodbank, Home Starter Pack Project, School Uniform Bank, Community Café, and small peer led social groups. Our services support a variety of people, for example those affected by homelessness, addiction, mental health conditions, social isolation and poverty.
We are looking for volunteers to join our fundraising committee to get involved in preparing and supporting fundraising events to help to raise much needed funds for The Gate Charity. The committee meets every month to make plans and to prepare for events.
Volunteers may also wish to get involved in our Gig at The Gate projects which operates quarterly to support socially isolated people within the community. We host a small afternoon disco which is a fun and exciting time full of music, dance and socialising with others.
People skills are essential. It would also be useful if the volunteer is helpful, reliable and an organised individual.