Do you want to play a key role at the heart of an organisation which makes a real difference to people’s lives through volunteering? Volunteer Scotland has exciting and fulfilling opportunities for up to 3 Trustees including a Treasurer, to join our Board of Trustees.
Volunteer Scotland are the only national centre for volunteering; we receive funded support from the Scottish Government and others to:
• research, demonstrate and measure the impact made by volunteers
• develop volunteer practice through training and accreditation as well as useful volunteer development tools, policies and guides
• offer a one stop digital gateway to anyone looking for volunteer opportunities
• support organisations to advertise volunteer opportunities and events online
• provide an expert disclosure service for voluntary organisations
• promote and grow volunteering through partners, funders, Government, and policy makers
• work with others to support projects, innovation and creativity in volunteering
Our Board of Trustees provides strategic direction, accountability and support
to the organisation. If you can contribute well-founded views on current, emerging and future volunteering issues then we want to hear from you.
Appointments are normally for an initial three year term with the opportunity to serve a second three year term. Although unpaid, becoming a Trustee offers great opportunities to network and influence the future of volunteering at all levels throughout Scotland and further afield.
Volunteer Scotland is committed to equality of opportunity and welcomes applications from all backgrounds and sections of the community as we wish to reflect the diverse communities we serve.
The Role of Treasurer
The Treasurer is a key role within our governance structure which aims to make a real difference to volunteers and volunteering in Scotland. You will contribute to the delivery of Volunteer Scotland’s strategy as a member of our Board of Trustees and as Chair of the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee (FARC). As Treasurer, you will have oversight of the finance function, provide guidance on matters of finance and investments to the Trustees and work closely with other members of FARC and the Head of Corporate Services.
We are interested in applications from individuals who have a track record of financial management. You might be an accountant or experienced finance worker, with skills and knowledge developed through working or volunteering with another third sector organisation, or working in the public or private sector.
The Role of Trustee
The role of the Trustee is to support the organisation in achieving its overall aims and objectives and ensure that the policy and practices of the organisation are robust, in-keeping with its aims and as a minimum meet the legal and financial requirements of a charitable organisation.
While we appreciate that no single Board member can have all of these qualities, we are particularly interested in applications from individuals with the following backgrounds, skills, knowledge and experience:
• Finance/Accountancy (Treasurer)
• Social Enterprise
• Fund raising/Income generation
• Governance and Audit
• Project Management
Our Board of Trustees will meet at least 4 times per year (2 hour meetings in January, March, June, September) with an option for additional meetings if required. These are a combination of online and in-person meetings. (We will support accessibility requirements).
Trustees may be asked to join one of our Board Committees depending on their area of expertise and interest. Both Committees meet regularly prior to our Board meetings - our Finance, Audit & Risk Committee is chaired by our Treasurer, and our Governance Committee provides a strategic overview of Volunteer Scotland’s governance.
You will attend the Annual General Meeting (a half-day in November). You will also have the opportunity to attend further internal and external events for learning and collaboration.
How we will support you
You will be fully supported to undertake your role safely and effectively, including ongoing support, an annual review and regular check ins with the Chair of the Board. You will be given a full induction, including meetings with the Chair, CEO and other members of the Senior Leadership Team. There’s also an ongoing training and development programme, informed
Marie Curie is dedicated to providing a welcoming environment for our patients and their families. We’re looking for a volunteer to help us ensure hospice gardens and grounds are kept tidy and look beautiful with attractive flowers, tree and shrubs.
Your role will include some of, but is not restricted to, the following tasks:
Potting up and planting, depending on the season.
Sweeping, watering, weeding, pruning and remove dead heads.
Lifting and clearing garden rubbish.
DIY volunteers to meet at Bellfield once per fortnight to complete ongoing maintenance jobs: You will be working alongside 2-3 other people building skills and friendships whilst helping to maintain the building through completing jobs such as:
Painting; window frames/ walls.
Broken chairs (approx. 4-5 to be repaired).
Fixing doors, tables.
General DIY/ odd jobs.
Volunteers needed to help the Bellfield Garden flourish.
Group meets weekly on a Friday 10am-12:30pm to develop the garden space. Any volunteers welcome. No gardening experience necessary. Typical tasks include weeding, planting, plotting etc.
Whizz-Kidz aim to transform the lives of young wheelchair users aged between 2 and 25. We do this by providing life changing mobility equipment, exciting youth groups and wheelchair skills training. There are sometimes extra opportunities, such as volunteering at a residential camp. Volunteers can support us to reach this aim by: Supporting young people to get involved in activities, leading activities or ice breakers, acting as a positive role model for young wheelchair users.
The RNLI has a network of local fundraising teams organising a wide range of activities and events, from coffee mornings to reindeer runs, emptying collection boxes to running an online fundraiser, raising vital funds to save lives at sea. Each team is supported by a Community Manager, although the range and frequency of fundraising events is determined by the team themselves.
We are keen to welcome new people with new ideas and skills to help raise vital funds to save lives at sea. By joining us you are you’ll be making a lifesaving difference as the RNLI’s champion in your community.
The impact you will make
You will enable volunteer RNLI lifeboat crews to save lives at sea by leading volunteers in vital fundraising activity in your local community.
What you will be doing
Creating attractive displays of souvenirs and gifts for sale at local events
Stock ordering and completion of relevant financial records
Recording and banking of sales income and completion of annual stock take.
Encouraging and welcoming a diverse group of new members/supporters into the RNLI and helping to drive our One Crew ethos.
What you need for this role
Good communication skills and personable manner
Ability to contribute as part of a team
Customer service-related skills
Access to vehicle for stock transportation (related
expenses reimbursed in line with policy)
What’s in it for you
Join an inclusive and diverse organisation
Have fun, meet new people and join a motivated and enthusiastic team who are making a difference
Learn skills and gain experience to enhance your CV
Gain the satisfaction of giving back
Training to fulfil your volunteer role will be provided and reasonable out of pocket expenses reimbursed
Moray Reach Out offers a quality embroidery service with a difference providing excellent quality goods whilst delivering a successful training programme for people with learning disabilities. Moray Reach Out's Embroidery & Fine Gifts is a social enterprise and one of several Moray Reach Out projects, which offers adults with learning disabilities and individuals recovering from health issues a supportive and safe working environment.
Moray Reach Out's Embroidery and Fine Gifts Shop in Elgin is looking for volunteers to help support this project. If you have knowledge of needlework, embroidery or craft work, and would enjoy sharing your skill with our trainees, then please get in touch. We are a friendly and welcoming team and look forward to hearing from you.
The Board of Trustees of Four Pillars are looking to recruit new trustees to ensure the Charity can continue to grow and support the LGBT+ community in Grampian.
Four pillars currently run a community hub, support and social groups, 1 to 1 support, provide volunteering opportunities and facilitate Grampian Pride.
There are lots of ideas in the pipeline for the future. In order to achieve these we are particularly looking for people with previous experience of serving on a charity board and/or with skills and knowledge in one or more of the following:
-An understanding of the needs of the LGBT+ community in Grampian
-PR social media
-Fundraising/ event planning
We would also like to hear from people currently underrepresented on our board:
-People with a disability
-People from an ethnic minority
For more information or to apply please go to our website www.fourpillarsuk.org/volunteer
Moray Reach Out has a well established recycling team with centres now operating in Buckie and Elgin.
In Buckie, for example, we currently offer 50 training places to adults with learning disabilities, providing education and training about recycling cans into aluminium and steel. We offer a van collection service that gives trainees the opportunity to collect and process business' recycling. We currently pick up from over 140 customers in the Buckie area. In Elgin, our team processes your purple bins, contributing both to the environment and the community. We take the contents including cans, tins and plastic containers in order to process them into bales. Volunteers support trainees in the practical elements of the tasks. Our volunteers are people who foster team work, are themselves team players, and are comfortable working with people of all abilities and also have a good sense of humour!
Cameron’s Champions is a befriending scheme for older people in the Forres area. Volunteers are expected to be able to spend a minimum of 1-2 hours per week/fortnight for a minimum duration of 6 months. The support provided by Cameron’s Champions might include accompanying clients to social events, activities, or perhaps to attend health appointments. Most importantly they will be able to spend valuable time with the client and give individual attention and support.
Cameron’s Champions aim to help clients to build their confidence and to increase their independence by providing a listening ear and encouraging the client to get out and about to rediscover old interests and find new ones.Volunteers are being sought from the local Forres area.