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Would you like to Volunteer for Home-Start Deveron?
Home-Start Deveron is part of a national network that offers friendly, informal support to families with at least one child under the age of five years.
The daily stresses of bringing up a family can often become overwhelming and as a result parents find themselves unable to cope. Home-Start Deveron can help to alleviate some of the challenges that families face, through regular support from volunteers, who themselves have parenting experience.
As a Volunteer what would I do?
Volunteers visit families, in their own homes, for two to three hours per week. How you help is really down to the family itself, some might need someone to talk to, others might need more practical support with meal planning, cooking, reading to their children or finding out about local services. Volunteers can also help to run groups such as Stay and Play sessions and cookery classes for parents.
Can my support and friendship really make a difference?
The early years before children go off to school are vital and at Home-Start Deveron we believe parents have the key role in creating a secure childhood for their children. It's just that sometimes they need a bit of your help.
This offer of regular, flexible support can go a long way to helping families to get back on their feet. Parents grow in confidence, strengthen bonds with their children and regain a sense of the value of themselves as parents.
Responsible for recording and receiving any furniture, brick-a-brac and electrical equipment. Making sure it is stored safely and securely. Helping move stock from warehouse to shop floor.
Responsible for dealing with incoming and outgoing calls. Recording invoices and receipts. Dealing with any filing required. Keeping a record of stock that comes into the centre.
The Retired and Senior Volunteer Programme (RSVP) in Clackmannanshire, Stirling and Falkirk provides opportunities to older people or those in or approaching retirement to volunteer in a primary or secondary school to support pupils with reading or writing, numbers, arts and crafts, music or other activities depending on the schools requirements.
We are also looking for Volunteer Organisers to help grow the network of schools our volunteers work in, as well as being involved in the recruitment and training of new volunteers.
School Volunteers are not teachers, however, the individual attention they can give to a child helps develop essential skills, as well as fostering children’s overall wellbeing and confidence.
Volunteers usually go into school for one session a week. They give one-to-one help to children selected by the teachers to benefit from it. Volunteers liaise closely with teachers to complement the work in the classroom.
Home-Start Aberdeen supports local families, who may be vulnerable or suffering from isolation, with Home-Start Aberdeen aims to prevent family crisis and breakdown in vulnerable, struggling families with young children.
*Our home visiting volunteers:
>Offer support to a local family in their own home for 2-3 hours per week. >Receive training and ongoing support. >Help others develop their parenting skills. >Encourage families to engage with their communities. >Provide practical guidance on budgeting and household management. >Connect families with other relevant organisations and services.
All of our home visiting volunteers are carefully matched with a Home-Start family to ensure that the relationship is as productive as possible for everyone. Regular training is provided and all volunteers have a co-ordinator who provides ongoing support and meets with them regularly.
People choose to volunteer with Home-Start Aberdeen to:
>Make a difference to a family’s life. >Give something back to their local community. >Return the support they once received from Home-Start. >Share a similar experience. >Boost confidence.
>Prepare for returning to work or to progress career. >Do something fulfilling with spare time.
*Data gathered by Home-Start UK last year indicated that more than 90% of the families supported by Home-Start volunteers said they felt:
>More involved in their children’s development. >That their children’s emotional and physical health and wellbeing had improved. >Better able to manage their children’s behavior. >Less isolated.
>Less stressed. >More able to cope with day-to-day running of the house. >That they were using local services more.
*Find out more
>For an informal, no-pressure chat about becoming a volunteer with Home-Start Aberdeen, telephone 01224 693545 or email email@example.com . Further information is also available on our website at http://www.homestartaberdeen.org.uk/want-help/home-visiting
We are a registered charity offering an accessible, flexible, child-friendly and needs-led therapeutic service to children and families in the Lothians. We aim to recruit two new Board members to strengthen and broaden the skills of our existing Board of Trustees. New members would act as consultants/advisors, offering specific knowledge and experience in the following areas:
• Human Resources – policy and practice
• Finance –support of voluntary agencies in establishing good practice in line with legislation, and of developing self-sustaining business practices
• Early Years – policy and practice (experience in one or more of the fields of health, social work, education, therapeutic support services, or voluntary sector supporting children and families)
• Strategic Planning
• IT- technical support and/or client database systems
• Voluntary sector – as practitioner or board member
• Children’s mental health - as practitioner or policy maker
The Board meets every 8-10 weeks for around 1 ½ hours at our premises in Eskbank. Meetings take place on a Monday morning.
Volunteer at our charity shop, to help us raise funds to make a different to the lives of families in West Lothian today and for future generations. We need volunteers to help us to;
- Display and sell items in the shop
- Sort donations
- Pick up donations
- Promote the shop through social media
- Sell items on-line
We are a none profit community interest company that is just starting up.
We deliver workshops on getting the awareness of FASD (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder) out to as many
people as possible.
Professionals, Foster Carers, Adopters, Teachers and family members.
This is brain damage and doesn't go away, its a lifelong condition that stays with the baby, child or Adult.
We are looking for volunteers to help with a variety of things we need money to help us grow.
We need someone to help market our services.
We also need volunteers to help with the kid's group.
If you think you would be interested in anything of something I haven't messaged I would be interested in
We need to build a strong team around us.
Bressay parkrun will take place every Saturday morning at 9.30am (9am ferry over). It is an organised run, jog or walk which is free to participate in. Registration is online and participants print off their personalised barcode which is scanned at the finish line and results are emailed to the participant. Bressay parkrun therefore requires volunteers to undertake the following roles: marshalls, photographer, barcode scanner, volunteer coordinator, run director, time keeper, funnel manager, finish token provider, tail walker, support for new volunteers, data processor. This event promotes the health and wellbeing of our local community by encouraging social fitness. There may also be an opportunity for someone to start a junior parkrun once the Bressay parkrun is well established and successful. The event is ongoing and open to all ages, abilities, genders, races etc. We want to encourage everyone to take part in some way.
Home-based volunteering, Board/trustee role
Why we need you
The charity has over 100 branches and groups, all run by volunteers, who provide local support to people on the autism spectrum. 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.
The branch chair role is vital to the running of the branch as they act as a leader and a coordinator for the branch. Without these roles, we would not have as many branches as we do.
What you will be doing
Lead (and chair) committee meetings. This also involves setting out what needs to be discussed at meetings, ensuring that each issue is covered and that other people have a chance to speak.
Represent the branch at external meetings including at the local Autism Partnership Board
Liaise closely with the committee volunteers of the adult coffee club
Raise the profile of the NAS within your branch and local community
Ensure your branch complies with NAS policies including risk assessment, data protection and safeguarding
Monitor branch income and expenditure in partnership with the treasurer
Countersign and authorise all cheque payments
Co-ordinate and promote local campaigns and bring others on board to help you
Support fundraising in your branch
Act as a key contact for the NAS, keeping the Branch Development Officer up to date on branch activities
Skills experience and qualities needed
Confident in working with and communicating with other committee members, and individuals and organisations outside of the Branch. This communication will need to be face to face, by telephone and/or email.
Confident and comfortable speaking publicly
Able to motivate people and help people work together
Able to tackle difficult issues and problems and situations and involve other people where necessary
Supportive of the NAS
Ability to listen and involve others in the group and not to dominate
Ability to fulfil financial requirements of the role
When and where
Flexibility on days and the amount of time committed to the role. The majority of branch chairs give around 5 hours a week but it depends how active the branch is.
Home based (plus travel to branch activities in Garioch)
Designated Branch Development Officer to answer any queries and support you with the day to day running of the branch.
Written guidance on a range of branch activities
Various training courses relevant to running a branch
Insurance cover for all branch activities
Expenses covered for attendance at any event organised by the branch support team.
What you could get out of it
Improve support to people on the autism spectrum and their families in your local area
Access free training and learn new skills
Meet new people
We seek applications from anyone interested in the role, but particularly welcome applications from those with a diagnosis of autism or Asperger syndrome