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Paws for Progress CIC (Community Interest Company) are looking for experienced professionals to join our Board of Directors. We are looking for motivated individuals who share our value sand are enthusiastic about the potential of human-animal interactions to positively change lives.
Established in 2014 Paws for Progress is dedicated to improving the lives of people and animals. We do this by developing and delivering educational programmes and tailored animal assisted interventions to groups in society most needing support. Our work can broadly be divided into services working within Scottish prisons to improve outcomes for people in custody, and services aimed at enhancing outcomes for children and young people in community and educational settings. Our rescue dog training programme at HMP & YOI Polmont has been running successfully since 2011 and continues to expand to benefit the students and dogs participating.
“The dogs – they change the way you think and the way you act. They trust you, it’s that mutual bond. You think you’re helping them, but they’re helping you too”. Student, Paws for Progress.
Our prison based services provide valuable training, education and support to young people and adults in custody, who in turn provide training for our team of Ambassadogs, essential life skills for rescue dogs to help increase their chances of successful adoption, and advanced training for assistance dogs prior to their placement with families in the community. Paws for Progress CIC is a small organisation, led by a Board with a range of backgrounds, and with an annual income over £180k and 4 full time members of staff.
We would like to recruit several new Board members with relevant expertise in one or more of the following areas:
• Human resources
• Criminal Justice
• Youth Work
• Third Sector
• Ensure that Paws for Progress complies with its governing document (Articles of Association), and all relevant legislation and regulations
• Ensure that Paws for Progress pursues its objects as defined in its governing document
• Contribute actively to the Board of Directors by giving firm strategic direction to Paws for Progress
• Help develop our business and strategic planning
• Set overall policy, define goals, set targets, and evaluate performance against agreed targets
• Monitor the financial position of the organisation to maintain financial sustainability
• Act in the best interest of the organisation to safeguard our values and reputation
• Maintain confidentiality around any sensitive or confidential information received in the course of their duties
In addition to the above duties, Board Members should use their specific skills, knowledge or experience to support the Board in reaching sound decisions, this may involve leading discussions, identifying key issues and providing advice and guidance on new initiatives.
• A commitment to the mission and aims of Paws for Progress
• A willingness to work collaboratively in pursuit of the organisation’s aims
• Experience or skills in at least one of the key areas identified by the Board of Directors
• A willingness and ability to meet the minimum time requirement
• The ability to form positive and productive relationships with other Board members, staff team and partners
• Effective communication skills and willingness to actively participate in constructive discussions
• Good numeracy skills, to the extent required to understand spreadsheets and accounts
• An understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of directorship
• An understanding of good governance in the third sector
• A willingness to learn, develop and examine your own performance
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During COVID-19, Re-engage in Moray have been helping a lot of older people feel less lonely, one phone call at a time! The charity is now needing volunteers to help coordinate calls and make matches.
As a co-ordinator, you will be the main point of contact for all of the call companions and older people in your local group. The co-ordinator is supported by Re-engage staff, to match folk together and will spend a few hours each month talking with companions and older people, making sure everything is okay. Volunteers receive training too.
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The Retired and Senior Volunteer Programme (RSVP) encourages and assists older people to use their skills and experiences to volunteer and keep active in retirement. Across the region we have hundreds of older people volunteering in their communities including in local NHS hospitals, primary schools, our Healthy Walking Group and charitable knitting groups. Volunteering can have a huge impact on the people we support, the local community and volunteers themselves. People who volunteer are less likely to become socially isolated and experience fewer health problems, while socialising more and having fun in their spare time.
RSVP Forth Valley are currently recruiting for new Volunteer Walk Leaders. We hope to have new Walk Leaders in place for when the Walking Group resumes after the COVID-19 restrictions are lifted, or sometime in the Autumn. The Volunteer role includes leading walks around the beautiful Forth Valley. You will receive full training to carry out this role.
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Our Save the Children Shops help raise lots of money for children living in the UK and in 120 countries worldwide. It’s always lovely chatting to our customers about the fabulous items we sell and telling them about the fantastic work that Save the Children does. You’ll get the chance to meet new people and make friends plus you’ll be part of an amazing team of volunteers.Your donation of time, creativity and kindness can help improve the lives of children all over the world - via sustainable shopping!
There’s so much for you to get stuck in to when you’re volunteering in our shops. We get lots of donations and it's always exciting when one of our volunteers spots a real gem. You'll be taking in, sorting, steaming and pricing donations, rolling up your sleeves in the backroom as well as being on the shop floor.
Serving customers with a smile is so important. You’ll be using the till (don't worry, we'll show you how) and handling money. And when people come in to donate items you'll also be completing the Gift Aid forms that let their donations help us even more.
It’s really important that our window and shop displays look appealing so people keep visiting our shops. So you'll be wielding a duster and vacuum as well as your imagination to make the shop look its best.
It would be ideal if you could volunteer one shift a week, which is about four hours but we're also happy to have more flexible times. No special skills are needed as we’ll show you what to do and we provide all the training you’ll need. But if you have any experience or particular interest tell us, it may come in useful. It’s really easy to get your volunteering started.
If you're over 18 years old, just click on ‘Apply’ and get filling in your details!
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*PLEASE NOTE: We are only looking for volunteers that are a reasonable distance from Aberdeen only*
*DUE TO COVID-19 ALL RECRUITMENT AND INDUCTION TRAINING WILL BE COMPLETED ONLINE*
-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)
• Undertake all relevant training and refresher training
• 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 take all our volunteer applications through our processes which involves:
• Joining the Disclosure Scotland PVG scheme (Victim Support Scotland registers volunteers for this and there is no cost either)
• 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
For further information please contact Ewan McPherson at Email: email@example.com
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We are looking for 4 dedicated volunteers to live at the Social Bite Village (in Edinburgh) for 6-12 months to be part of our residential community for adults who have experienced homelessness. We need you to encourage and motivate community life in the village.
The Social Bite Village is the vision of Josh Littlejohn, Founder and CEO of Social Bite. The village provides a home for up to 20 people affected by homelessness at a time. Cyrenians provide skilled key-workers so residents receive one-to-one support to achieve individual goals by tailoring a personalised plan appropriate to their needs.
Volunteers and residents live within our community facility and manage the day-to-day domestic tasks and decisions within the village, which is your home. As a Residential Community Volunteer you'll be living alongside people who have experienced homelessness. You will help to create a fun, secure and stimulating space. This will help people develop the skills and confidence to move forward in life. This will be a stimulating and hopefully rewarding role but may also be challenging and tough. You will be living alongside people who may struggle to engage, may have behaviours that challenge or are managing addictions. You will help in creating positive experiences and will help move residents from negative experiences of the past to a positive future.
This position is fully residential with all accommodation and meals provided, you will have your own bedroom in a shared house with another volunteer. A full induction will be provided and training will be offered where appropriate as well as access to ongoing support.
*Tasks and Responsibilities include:
• Live with and support up 20 community members in the village alongside other volunteers and day staff
• Encourage and motivate community life
• Help manage the day-to-day domestic tasks and decisions within the building
• Support residents to engage in activities that will help them achieve their personal goals and aspirations.
• Actively support the delivery of a Well-Being Programme that provides an environment for residents to learn independent living skills such as cooking, cleaning, money management, lifestyle balance, and more.
• Work with residents to develop informal social and recreational activities that will enhance village life and well-being.
• Support residents to keep to new commitments such as volunteering, learning, and training
• Work closely with staff and volunteers to create a pleasing and supportive environment for all
A fantastic opportunity with all help making a real difference and greatly appreciated.
For further details please contact Kathy Hoyle, Senior Recruitment and Engagement Worker at email KathyHoyle@cyrenians.scot or tel.: 0131 600 0084.
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If you like cooking, learning new recipes or want to gain catering skills or experience then becoming part of the lively Kitchen Team might interest you!
At each session one of our experienced volunteers will be the Lead Cook who decides, once they have seen what food donations are available, what to make for the meal.
The Lead Cook is an experienced volunteer who will support their team. Together with the other volunteers they will plan what tasks are needed to ensure the meal is ready for the participants. All volunteers are given appropriate tasks dependent on their experience and interests.
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If you like cooking, learning new recipes or want to gain catering skills or experience then becoming part of the lively Kitchen Team might interest you.
Working in the kitchen gives an opportunity to pick up, and contribute, new skills and tips for cooking and baking– as well as accessing free Food Hygiene courses. All new volunteers undergo a short induction to familiarise them to the setting.
Kitchen volunteers mix with the Café team and participants, not only at the hatches, but also when having a well-deserved meal themselves. …….and many of the team have contributed to our Recipe Book!
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Volunteering is a great way to meet new people and gain new skills. Whatever skills you’d like to gain or use we would love to have you on board.
Volunteering opportunities come in all shapes and sizes depending on what you want to get out of the experience. Whether you’d like to meet other people, use existing skills or gain new ones, we want to empower you with the right tools to make a difference.
If you have a few spare hours every month or a day each week, we have a number of volunteer roles within the charity shop suitable for all abilities and interests.
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We are looking for board members who help oversee the management of Volunteer Midlothian. This involves attending around 6 early evening (at 5.30pm) board meetings per year, attending sub group meetings and helping deliver action points outside of this time. The board meetings are the opportunity for board members to discuss and manage the various aspects of the organisation including strategic planning, finance, funding and HR issues. What we are looking for in a Volunteer Trustee is passion about volunteering and the benefits it can bring to the individual and community, as well as a belief in Volunteer Midlothian as an organisation.
We help over 500 people a year in Midlothian find a volunteering opportunity, as well as support a network of 200 organisations involve volunteers effectively. We also deliver a number of high quality volunteering projects that help the community in various ways.
If you are passionate about the important contribution that volunteers can make to their local communities, and the potential of volunteering to empower individuals to develop new skills and achieve their own goals, then we want to hear from you!
In return you will be given the opportunity to contribute to the development of volunteering in Midlothian; be involved in a dynamic and progressive organisation and gain valuable experience and skills which can enhance your CV.
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