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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
Last updated 4 days ago
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.
Last updated 4 days ago
During the COVID19 pandemic, the role of Volunteers within our community has never been more important. These opportunities include helping with shopping, driving, check-in calls and collecting prescriptions for those in isolation/shielding. There are many activities you can get involved in to help make a difference in your local community. PPE will be supplied
Last updated 5 days ago
During the COVID19 pandemic, the role of Volunteers within our community has never been more important. These opportunities include helping with shopping, driving, check-in calls and collecting prescriptions for those in isolation/shielding. There are many activities you can get involved in to help make a difference in your local community. Perhaps you could help to coordinate volunteers as they assist with shopping and prescriptions, light gardening, friendly phone calls and other community needs that are identified. Please contact us if you feel you have the skills to coordinate local volunteer activity in Bishopbriggs, Auchinairn and Torrance.
Last updated 5 days ago
. During the COVID19 pandemic, the role of Volunteers within our community has never been more important. These opportunities include helping with shopping, driving, check-in calls and collecting prescriptions for those in isolation/shielding. There are many activities you can get involved in to help make a difference in your local community. PPE will be supplied
Last updated 5 days ago
The volunteer broker role is a peer mentoring role where brokers support other volunteers as they progress into their own volunteering opportunity.
The role is to support volunteers into their chosen opportunity by going through the registration process, either face to face or by telephone, inputting data into the database. We take reference details from each volunteer before making any referrals. We also discuss and select potential opportunities based on the information they provide.
Each volunteer enters our follow up process where they are contacted regularly in order to monitor their progress. As part of the follow up you will be contacting the volunteers and organisations to support both in making the volunteering relationship happen and to make the journey into volunteering as simple as possible.
Due to Covid we have had to have a flexible approach to our opportunities so depending on the restrictions that are active at any point the opportunities may come under one of the following options:
Open for recruitment and placement
Open for recruitment and risk assessed placement activity
Open for some recruitment and some risk assessed placement activity
Open for some recruitment but currently closed to placement activity
Closed for all recruitment and placement activity
Last updated 7 days ago
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.
Last updated 13 days ago
Home-based volunteering, Suitable for groups
If you are interested in campaigns, fundraising, or a career in the third sector, this will be a fantastic experience for you. You will meet an amazing group of people, develop skills and work experience, and help your local mental health charity.
Everyone has the right to live a full and satisfying life. At Health in Mind, we provide the tools, information and support to help people cope with life’s challenges. To find out more about the work we do, please visit health-in-mind.org.uk
To raise money for the work of Health in Mind, we are looking for enthusiastic and dedicated people to join our Student Fundraising Group. The group has been operating for three years and has held a number of events including bake sales, a pub quiz and poetry slam. This year, we are looking for creative minds to develop fundraising ideas following the Scottish government social distancing guidelines.
• With help and guidance from the Fundraiser, you will meet weekly (via Zoom, or social distanced in person) to discuss fundraising ideas and from these meetings, organise bi-annual campaigns / events for Health in Mind.
• Tasks will also include the promotion and running of campaigns and events.
In return, you will:
• Have fun meeting new people
• Develop your skills and experience in event management, fundraising and the third sector planning
• Make a huge difference to Health in Mind.
We understand that these are uncertain times, and we are here for you. Health in Mind is following Scottish government guidelines on coronavirus closely, and we will clearly outline your responsibilities and guidelines for volunteering regarding coronavirus. We will also support you throughout your volunteering and regularly update you on all volunteer related coronavirus policies.
Last updated a month ago
One of Scotland's Great Trails, The Dava Way, is maintained entirely by volunteers...Could you join the team for the occasional Saturday? The Dava Way links the 24 miles between Forres and Grantown mostly following the route of the dismantled Highland Railway Line and is used by thousands of walkers, cyclists and horse riders each year. It is maintained by members of the Forres-based Dava Way Association and funded by donations and occasional grants from local and national charities. The Association organises monthly maintenance days to clear drainage and cut back undergrowth and fallen trees so that the path remains usable.
As well as maintenance tasks, the volunteers are progressively improving the track as and when funding permits. Key to the ongoing success of the Dava Way is the team of volunteers who give their time to maintain the trail. Please consider joining the team on a regular or even occasional basis.
Last updated a month ago
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.
Last updated a month ago