VTO provides free one to one tuition to children and young people (aged 8-18) to help tackle the attainment gap in Scotland. We work with young people from diverse backgrounds including those from low income families, care experience, EAL, or those faced with perceived barriers to learning. Our volunteers are responsible for developing a person-centred tutoring experience online. A key part of this role is relationship building, mentoring, instilling confidence, and empowering young people through education. Volunteers from a range of diverse backgrounds and experiences are welcome. Our next induction training will be held on the (Date)
What will I be doing?
Working one to one with a young person who requires tutoring support online.
Relationship building and mentoring
Instilling a growth mind set towards learning
Monitoring and recording progress of learning and keeping in contact with your assigned Learning Communities Coordinator.
Take part in relevant training.
Tutoring in English, Maths and potentially other subjects, dependant on experience.
Sourcing and creating engaging ways to support pupils’ skills and learning.
Usually, 1 hour per week time commitment for tutoring with some additional time for learning material preparation.
What skills do I need?
You don't need any formal teaching or mentoring qualifications to become a tutor. The main requisite is good literacy and numeracy skills and you must be fluent in English. All our tutors must be able to provide 2 references and be members of the PVG scheme managed by Disclosure Scotland. VTO will assist with the processing of this and there is no cost to you.
Capability, creativity, and enthusiasm to communicate and work with children and young people.
Good relationship building skills
Ability to support young people with a lack of confidence/ motivation.
Ability to be non-judgemental, empathetic, and supportive.
What skills and experience will I develop through this role?
We want to support our volunteers through their time with us.
Satisfaction of giving something back and reducing the attainment gap.
Gain teaching, tutoring and youth work experience useful in careers working with young people.
Developing new enhanced communication skills.
Enhanced personal statement/ CV.
Fulfil volunteering requirement of Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme/ Saltire award scheme if eligible.
Reference after 6 months.
Do you have one hour a week to spend with a lonely or isolated ex-serviceperson? Could you brighten someone's day by visiting them for a cup of tea and a chat, or meeting them in a cafe or community space? Could you take someone along to one of our lunches or activities, and be a 'trusted friend' they can turn to when they are in need of help or advice? Our befrienders offer the lifeline of companionship, and relay any issues or needs to a local coordinator so they can be dealt with quickly and reliably. Our clients are ex-service people and their dependents (men and women). Our service covers the whole of Scotland, and we are recruiting now across the north east. In return you will gain valuable experience, enjoy our comradeship programme and have mileage and approved expenses reimbursed.
Could you be a role model for a young person who would really benefit from your time? By giving
just 2-3 hours a week, you could be that positive adult role model who can provide consistency and
fun, new experiences that a young person aged 8-14 may not normally have access to. You will meet
weekly with your mentee for a minimum of 12 months. By providing one to one focus over this time
with your mentee, you will both experience quality time together and help them develop the skills to
continue building positive relationships as they grow up. Through being a good listener, an empathic
individual with a non-judgmental attitude a great mentoring relationship can develop by doing
activities that you both enjoy and sharing new ones together.
Popular activities involve taking a trip to the cinema, arts & crafts, sports and cycling, exploring the
local community and the beach, or just enjoying a milkshake at a local café. You have the potential
to make a real difference to a young person’s life by helping build confidence and self-esteem and
most importantly being someone who they can talk to about anything.
This role is subject to an application form being submitted, providing two character references and
completing a PVG Disclosure (this is free for volunteers-details and PVG provided on application).
For further details please contact: Aleisha Douglas, Intandem Volunteer co-ordinator at Email: email@example.com or phone: 01224 210060.
The purpose of the service is to provide a Volunteer Befriender to12-18 yr olds and reduce the risk of social isolation in East Dunbartonshire. The aim is to help develop confidence, emotional growth and resilience, enabling the child to have the best outcomes in life. The emphasis should be on the young person having fun, out and about in their local community. The young people, will not be known to Social Services and will be referred to the service by their school/guidance teacher, as a preventative measure. Trained and vetted volunteers will be matched on the basis that they are the best befriender for an individual young person.
The role of a Clan EVENTS VOLUNTEER is essential in helping to generate the funds needed for us to provide our vital support services to people affected by a cancer diagnosis in your local community. You could be asked to get involved in a variety of activities, whether it’s manning a cheering point on one of our runs, walks or cycles, helping to welcome guests at our annual lunch or ball, or providing information at one of our open days.
Typical activities include:
• Helping to prepare for an event – this might involve preparing information and signage, setting up routes for runs/walks/cycles, sorting displays and activities, moving chairs and tables, putting up gazebos etc.
• Providing a warm and friendly welcome to all attendees of Clan events, answering any questions and encouraging people to get involved in the event/activity
• Assisting at larger scale events such as the Clan Ball or Clan Lunch – this might involve manning the car park, directing attendees to the right location, providing information, running stalls, assisting with activities, selling tickets or accepting donations
• Working together with other volunteers and Clan staff to ensure the best possible experience for our events attendees/participants and signposting where appropriate
• Helping to raise awareness of Clan services Role Commitments:
• Working on an ad-hoc basis at events for either a few hours, part of the day or a whole day as required (time commitment would be discussed in advance of an event) and on occasions be flexible and available to help at short notice Essential Skills and Experience Required: There are no prerequisites for this role in terms of professional qualifications and Clan will provide you with the relevant on-the-job training and support to assist you within your role. We value personal experience and would welcome applications from anyone without the preferred skills and experience but who is passionate about making a difference and supporting local people in their community.
In return for your help at our events, Clan will:
• Aim to ensure that volunteering with us is a fulfilling and worthwhile experience. You’ll have support from staff, with the opportunity to gain and develop skills and meet with other volunteers.
• Clan will provide you with any essential kit that you might need (such as a tabard, clip board etc) but you will be required to dress appropriately for the task and conditions. For example if manning an information tent on a frosty Winter morning you would need to ensure you wear warm clothing, or if standing outside in the sun handing out water on a hot summer day you would need to bring appropriate sun screen.
• Reimburse expenses you incur whilst volunteering in accordance with our Expenses Policy
- A walk buddy volunteer is someone who supports a client on 10 walks in a mutually agreed location.
- Walk length is up to an hour and matches with clients will be made with a location that suits the volunteer.
- Changes training and Paths for All Walk Leader training is given to all volunteers.
- Flexibility on the day and time that would suit you, between 9am-5pm Monday-Friday.
Young Volunteers between the ages of 14 - 20 will join Paula, (Youth Coordinator) in delivering games and social activities in sheltered housing.
The overall aim is to enhance the young people’s confidence and skills through volunteering and reduce social isolation for older people. The project will train, support and provide supervision for young volunteers to lead on delivering the sessions (with support and supervision from the Youth Coordinator) for older people, with those invovled shaping the discussion and activity at each session.
It is hoped that in addition to the positive impact the project will have on residents, the befriending will allow volunteers to build confidence and gain valuable social skills under the support and supervision of the Youth Coordinator.
Sessions take place on Monday evenings 6.15pm-7.45pm at Crystalmount, Dalkeith and
Friday afternoons 1-2.30pm at Heinsberg House, Penicuik
Everyone can feel lonely and isolated at times, especially if experiencing hardship.
In response to the effects of loneliness and isolation on peoples wellbeing (physical, emotional, social and mental health), that the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated, TLC have responded to this need and further developed our befriending service to combat the loneliness and isolation felt by many in our city. Our service is provided to anyone aged 18 years and over in Aberdeen who is experiencing or at risk of loneliness or isolation. Your help as a volunteer would therefore make a real difference.
Our expertly trained and compassionate volunteers not only provide a lifeline to people, in the form of friendship, but also a helping hand to reconnect to the community, bringing joy and passion back into people’s lives.
If you would like to be a beacon of hope to someone in need, please do apply to join our fantastic team of volunteers. For further information please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
A young carer is someone up to the age of 18 who provides unpaid help and support to a relative, friend or neighbour who due to illness or disability cannot manage to live independently without the carer’s help. It may involve practical support like cooking, housework, or emotional support.
Aberdeen Young Carers are looking for volunteers to spend some quality time with a child or young person between the ages of 5-18 on a regular basis, getting to know them, and building up a positive relationship by being reliable and non-judgemental when listening to them. A befriender volunteer will support the young person to enjoy activities and experiences within the Aberdeen community therefore reducing isolation, and promoting self-esteem and confidence.
This is a flexible opportunity and you can commit to meeting with a child or young person for a few hours on a weekly, fortnightly or monthly basis depending on what time you have available. This would take place out with school hours, predominately over evenings or weekends.
To be a befriender volunteer we ask for a minimum time commitment of six months, so that the child or young person has some consistency.
To apply, please visit: https://volunteer.barnardos.org.uk/opportunities/16050-befriender-aberdeen-young-carers-2020-11-24 or contact Jacqui Hall, Volunteer Coordinator at email: email@example.com / telephone: 07783 848410.
Would you like to support people with learning disabilities to socialise and make friends?
dates-n-mates is a friendship and dating agency for adults with learning disabilities. We are looking for Event Volunteers to attend organised social events to help our members to interact while they're together.
As an Events Volunteer, your role is to help our members enjoy socialising in safe and friendly environments. Our events include going to restaurants, pubs, cinema, tenpin bowling, day trips and walks. The events are sociable, great fun and your role is very rewarding.
A large number of people with learning disabilities feel lonely and socially isolated. Your support will help to change this.
Events take place afternoons and evenings and usually last 2 hours. We ask our volunteers to commit to a minimum of 1 event per month.
dates-n-mates offer a variety of training and support to our volunteers. We require our volunteers to be a member of the PVG scheme but there is no cost to yourself. Access to additional training is available.
For further information or to apply please contact Raynor McCulloch, Volunteer Co-ordinator at E Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or Tel. 07720 591229.