Put your skills to use, learn new ones and play an active role in your local community.
Volunteering is easier than you think, with full support and training, you can volunteer on a flexible basis. Give young people the skills to succeed in life and discover how being part of the Scouting family can be rewarding for you as it is to them.
North Angus & District Scouts require a wide range of volunteer roles - from casual helpers to leaders, trainers, trustees and more – we have a role for everyone. We also offer flexible volunteering roles too, so we can fit around you and the time that you want to give to Scouting.
We have 8 groups in North Angus, but 2 are more desperate for help. These are our Letham and Edzell Groups.
What do volunteers do?
Week by week, our volunteers empower thousands of young people to learn new skills, make new friends and stand on their own two feet. They’re our everyday heroes. They shape young people’s lives for the better, and find out a whole lot about themselves in the process, too.
Today, there are nearly 60,000 young people on waiting lists to join us in the UK. We’re more relevant and more needed than ever, but it’s not always easy to keep up with the demand.
That’s where you come in
You don’t need to be Bear Grylls to join us. You don’t need to have been a Scout when you were younger. You don’t even need to know how to put up a tent. Our door is open to people of all ages, genders, races and backgrounds, and we’re only able to change lives because people like you lend a hand. We’re talking about tea makers, tidy-uppers and skill sharers. We’re talking about minibus drivers and first aiders. We’re talking about students who want to boost their CV, and parents who volunteer so they can spend more time together as a family.
Whatever your skillset, lend a hand for as little or as much time as you can spare, and we promise you’ll get more out than you put in. Because whether you’re helping a leader to run an activity in the
local town hall, organising a night away, or buttering 120 slices of bread a group of very hungry eleven-year-olds - no two Scout meetings are the same. The difference you make, though, is always great.
We provide the training.
All of our adult volunteers receive full induction and ongoing training and support. Our training has been recognised with a National Training Award by UK Skills and over 90% of our volunteers believe that the skills and experiences they have gained through Scouting have been of relevance to their working or personal lives.
You show up, get stuck in, and make memories for life.
As long as you're over 18, you can help out as an adult volunteer in Scouting. There is no upper age limit for adult volunteers.
Sounds fun? Worthwhile? It is.
To find out more, please contact Ian Fleming, District Commissioner, North Angus District Scout Council on firstname.lastname@example.org
As a call companion, you will make regular telephone calls to an older person experiencing loneliness and isolation. These calls provide a lifeline of friendship for our older people, and the regular, warm, friendly chats and companionship provide a vital link with the outside world from which they have become isolated.
Over time, you and the older person you have been matched with will get to know each other well and together you will spend many hours full of fun, laughter and stories.
You will need one reference and to complete an ID check for this role.
• Calling the older person you have been matched with two to four times per month at an agreed time.
• Following the guidance in your call companion training modules to ensure that your calls are enjoyable, appropriate and in line with our charitable aims.
• Keeping in regular contact with Re-engage.
This is a flexible, homebased voluntary role that can easily be fitted in around your own lifestyle and availability.
Call companions call the older person they are matched with between two and four times per month, and each call lasts around 30 minutes. During your first call with the older person, you will decide together how often the calls will take place and at what time.
This is a long-term voluntary role, so we are ideally looking for individuals who are able to commit to volunteering with us for at least 12 months.
Experience required: No experience necessary however we are looking for call companions with the following skills and attributes:
• Good conversation skills
• An enthusiasm for speaking on the phone and making connections remotely
• A friendly, empathetic approach
• The ability to really listen to people
• A passion for improving the lives of lonely and isolated older people
• The ability to volunteer as part of a mutually supportive team of call companions
• Basic computer literacy (including the ability to use email)
We are looking for volunteer mentors for our project based at Craigroyston Community High School in Edinburgh. As a mentor, you would be matched to a S2/S3/S4 pupil (aged 12-15 years) attending Leith Academy and assist the young person in setting goals and working towards achieving them. Mentor sessions can take place either inside the school building or within the local community (visits to libraries, coffee shops or whilst going for a walk).
We are looking for volunteer mentors for our project based at Leith Academy in Edinburgh. As a mentor, you would be matched to a S2/S3/S4 pupil (aged 12-15 years) attending Leith Academy and assist the young person in setting goals and working towards achieving them. Mentor sessions can take place either inside the school building or within the local community (visits to libraries, coffee shops or whilst going for a walk).
One to One Volunteer Befriender
• Warm, friendly and encouraging
• Interested in supporting people
• Reliable, honest and trustworthy
• Able to maintain confidentiality
• Empathic and understanding attitude
• Conscientious and self-motivated
• Able to keep calm in stressful situations
• Clean driving licence and access to a car
• Good sense of humour
• Happy to be in the presence of dogs (Guide Dogs)
• Previous one to one volunteering experience
• Previous experience of people with sight loss and hearing loss
• Knowledge and understanding of issues faced by people with sensory loss
• Good communication/
• Good listening skills
• Ability to recognise and respect other people’s boundaries
• Ability to recognise and apply own limits and boundaries
• Ability to attend and make use of support and supervision
• Open to ongoing training as required
• Ability to promote confidence and independence
• Accepting the person for who they are – being non-judgemental
• Respecting others as being of equal worth
• Respecting other’s choices, lifestyles and rights
• Not imposing own values and beliefs
• Appreciating differences (e.g. race, culture, gender etc.)
• Able to view someone as a person, not a stereotype
ROLE DESCRIPTION GROUP VOLUNTEER
Who are we looking for?
We are looking for friendly and reliable people who enjoy the company of others. Sensory Awareness training will be provided and so no previous experience of working with people who has sight/hearing loss is required. A PVG check will be required for this role, and we would be looking for a minimum of 6 months commitment.
• To provide company and emotional support
• To assist service user to develop social contacts by joining community events and social groups
• To support a service user with shopping
• To provide telephonic befriending when necessary
• To accompany service user to café or for a healthy walk
• To Commit minimum 6 hours per month.
We are looking for volunteer/s who drive and can assist our service users with transport. But not driving would not exclude you from being suitable for the role.
Volunteers are particularly required in the Arbroath area.
Training & Support
• Induction training will be provided by Cilmi Eldho. North East Sensory Service’s (NESS) Volunteer Coordinator in Angus.
• Sensory Awareness Training will be provided by Libby Hillhouse, the Training and Information Officer
• Support in the voluntary role will also be provided by Cilmi Eldho.
• Out of pocket expenses will be reimbursed through NESS.
Contact for Application form:
NESS Volunteer Coordinator (Angus)
07720 811896, email@example.com
Do you own a friendly, outgoing, though not too boisterous dog who loves to have a fuss made of them? Then perhaps, you might like to thank about registering them in our THERAPET visiting service. You heard of it? Let me tell you about it.
For some years now it has been recognised, more nd more, that pets are good for us! Indeed it has been scientifically proved that the mere action of stroking a dog, cat, slows down the heartbeat, reduces blood pressure, and makes someone who has already suffered a heart attack much less likely to have another.
Through no fault of their own, many people find themselves deprived of the companionship of a much loved dog. It may be they have had to go into sheltered housing, residential care, a long stay hospital etc. The same applies to children and adults who have an additional support need and those suffering from a terminal illness.
THERAPETS come in all breeds, cross-breeds, or 57 variety mongrels! They can be small, medium or large. The only vital statistic is a steady and happy temperament. The dogs are approved for temperament and general stability being accepted and are not considered until at least one year old.
Volunteer owners must become actual members of CANINE CONCERN SCOTLAND TRUST - mainly so that we can be sure of insurance cover - although happily so far we only know of one, very minor accident, a happy day's tail sweeping a vase from a low table.
Volunteers must be willing to make a regular commitment to visit, it need not be very often, once a fortnight, once a month or whenever, but the visits must be regular because the residents and patients look forward to them so much and are disappointed if they suddenly cease.
Sometimes small miracles occur - people who have never spoken, turned their faces to the wall in fact - magically come to life at the first appearance of a dog in a ward! This to the surprise and delight of the nursing staff, in many cases the dogs and owners provide some light relief for them too. Sadly, it has to be said that some of the residents or patients the THERAPETS are their only visitors. We like to encourage them to regard the doggy visitors as their very own. There is no charge for this service which is organised and carried out entirely by volunteers. We fund raise in various ways to keep it going.
More than anything else, we need MORE VOLUNTEERS! The service has proved so popular that they demand has overtaken the supply. So, if you think this might be for you, or once importantly, for your dog, please do contact us for more detail and perhaps an application form to register your dog.
'Beyond Diagnosis' is driven by people with lived experience of bipolar. ‘Bipolar Scotland’ wants to ‘join up’ with people who would like to be part of our innovative, new project, as one of our Peer Support Volunteers. Our exciting and innovative new service means that people who have recently gone through a diagnosis of bipolar disorder, can now speak to a peer volunteer who has gone through a similar experience to them.
The volunteer will work remotely working alongside peer workers and other colleagues. Key duties are:
- provide complimentary practical and emotional support
- utilise their lived experience of living well with bipolar disorder, to inspire and empower those who use the service
- draw on their knowledge and skills to provide practical support in areas such as personal finance, budgeting, social inclusion, employability and education
- support individuals to achieve their goals, to create meaningful and sustainable connections with other sources of support within their communities
- instil a sense of hope for the future and what they can achieve.
So, if you are now living well with your bipolar disorder, and would like to spend a little time helping someone who has recently had a diagnosis, Bipolar Scotland would like to meet you.
Quarriers Village Supported Living is a supported living service for people with disabilities.
Are you friendly, outgoing, reliable and would enjoy working with adults with disabilities? Do you have a few hours each week to spare? Would you like to be part of this exciting new initiative that will make a lasting positive change in people’s lives? If yes, then this exciting new opportunity for you.
We are looking for friendly, outgoing individuals to facilitate our weekly social groups within Quarriers Village. The groups are for a wide range of individuals with learning and physical disabilities. To achieve engagement, reduce social isolation and enable people to feel included in their community.
* Plan and organise weekly group sessions including various activities to ensure engagement, stimulation and participation. These may include Arts, Crafts, Health, Fitness, dancing and games.
* Engage with people attending the social group and encourage them to meet new people, try new things to increase their social and physical skills and have fun!
* To coordinate with staff around any financial aspects required in planning activities and resource.
* Ensure tea, coffee, soft drinks available in “tuck shop”
* Liaise with staff support teams around planned activities and budget.
* Greeting members as they arrive and introducing new members to the group.
* Feeding back any issues, comments, suggestions or incidents that have taken place during the weekly groups
* To ensure venue is secure at the end of each session.
Can you to commit a couple of hours at your convenience on a weekly basis? Their core work is supporting families in their own home with Home-Visiting volunteers. Home-Start Dunfermline supports families with at least 1 child under 5 years old in Dunfermline and South West Fife Villages. They also offer a range of additional support including a weekly family group, Baby Massage classes which their Volunteers also often enlist to and offer ongoing training and support opportunities regularly for their Volunteers. Home-Start has a proven, lasting, positive impact on the development of children and the health and welfare of the family.