Give a Dog a Bone... and a home, exist to bring over 60's and dogs together, to combat social isolation and loneliness.
Many years of research, and first-hand experience, taught Give a Dog a Bone (GADAB) Chief Exec Louise that pets can have a positive effect on the well being of their over 60s owners.
Many of these individuals live alone and their pet is the main source of company and affection. Pets are constant companions and can bring welcome relief from the adverse effects of loneliness in our ageing years. They can provide their owners with the motivation to rise in the morning, and also with the feeling of being needed. They create routine in a day, which might otherwise be empty.
This fantastic charity now have a base on Mar Street in Alloa, and are delivering two main projects: one involving supporting older adults to afford a rescue pet companion, and the other about social companionship in their community space. The Mar Street premises have been closed since lockdown, but GADAB staff are working hard, within Government Guidelines, to prepare to reopen at the end of September 2020, and plan to be open between 11am and 3pm each Tuesday to Friday.
As such, they are looking to recruit Activity Support Volunteers to support the reopening of their Alloa premises. Tasks will include:
- welcoming visitors to the venue
- conversing with visitors, sharing information about GADAB and their upcoming classes/online sessions
- keeping the venue clean and tidy - especially given the need for additional cleaning measures due to COVID-19
- preparing teas/coffees for visitors
- Escorting and assisting visitors to view their retail area and purchase items (GADAB are gifted lots of new, unused items such as gift sets which are sold in their pop up shop)
- Cash handling/using a card machine
- assisting with gift aid claims
To carry out this role, GADAB are looking for confident, committed individuals who are warm, friendly, able to engage the general public, and work well in a team, and/or on their own initiative. You need to be comfortable around dogs as well behaved dogs are on premises. Ideally, you will be able to commit to one day (11am - 3pm) a week.
As a volunteer with GADAB, you will gain fantastic experience in engaging with people, in particularly older adults. You will work alongside their small, dedicated team of staff and dogs, and have the chance to shadow them in their role, and sit in on some fantastic classes run by the charity - from language classes to chair yoga! GADAB are able to provide a reference for volunteers who are with them over 3 months. Volunteers will also be provided tea/coffee/biscuits whilst on premises.
This is an opportunity to undertake a satisfying and rewarding role. As part of our team of volunteers, you will provide customer support, whilst working in a friendly atmosphere, providing an extremely useful and appreciated service to the Charity. Potential volunteers must have a competent level of the English language.
Since the outbreak of covid the goverment has set out guidelines for retail to ensure all our staff, customers and volunteers are safe.
This volunteer role will help make this possible by doing the following:
•Meeting and greeting customersat the entrance of the shop
•Managing a socially distanced queuing system
•Advising customers of theCOVID19 procedures we have in placein the shop,including hand sanitising and social distancing.
•Accepting donations and completing gift aidapplications•Helping with the ongoing good hygiene procedures of the shop
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!
We are currently looking for Lead Retail Volunteers. Would you like to develop your management skills and work with our fantastic team of volunteers? We are looking for a friendly and organised person, who works well with others and can manage a team of volunteers. Our Lead Charity Shop Volunteers are shop volunteers who have additional responsibilities of opening and closing the shop and helping to ensure our volunteering team are confident and supported in their role. Full training will be provided so if you are looking to learn new skills and meet new people, please come and join our friendly team. In doing so you will help us raise vital funds for CHAS. Every pound raised makes such a difference to children and young people with a life-shortening condition.
Since the outbreak of Covid 19 the government has set out guidelines for retail to
ensure all our staff, customers and volunteers are safe. This volunteer role will help
make this possible by doing the following:
• Meeting and greeting customers at the entrance of the shop
• Managing a socially distanced queuing system
• Advising customers of the COVID19 procedures we have in place in the shop,
including hand sanitising and social distancing.
• Accepting donations and completing gift aid applications
• Helping with the ongoing good hygiene procedures of the shop
• Have a good understanding of the Scottish Government advice to keep yourself
and others safe (further training in store procedures will be provided)
• Have a confident, friendly outgoing nature
• Enjoy meeting and engaging with new people
• Enjoy working in a team including the store manager and other volunteers
• Able to volunteer for a minimum of 2 hours a week
Everyone has the right to live life to the full. After a diagnosis of a chest or heart condition or a stroke, many people experience fear and isolation and struggle with the
impact on their lives. Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland will not stand for that. The care and support we deliver every day ensures everyone can live the life they want to.
Since the outbreak of COVID-19 the government has set out guidelines for retail to ensure all our staff, customers and volunteers are safe. This volunteer role will assist us in reopening safely by carrying out the following tasks:
- Meeting and greeting customers at the entrance of the shop
- Managing a socially distanced queuing system
- Advising customers of the COVID19 procedures we have in place in the shop, including hand sanitising and social distancing.
- Accepting donations and completing gift aid applications
- Helping with the ongoing good hygiene procedures of the shop
To carry out the role, we are looking for people who:
- Have a good understanding of the Scottish Government advice to keep yourself and others safe (further training in store procedures will be provided)
- Have a confident, friendly outgoing nature
- Enjoy meeting and engaging with new people
- Enjoy working in a team including the store manager and other volunteers
- Able to volunteer for a minimum of 2 hours a week
Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland will support you in this role providing:
• Regular contact with your store manager, who will be available for support and to
• Induction to the role, specific to your circumstances
• Training in ‘Roles, Responsibilities and Boundaries’
• Online manual handling training
• Gift Aid training
• PPE will be provided – mask covering, gloves and hand sanitiser
We require cash desk volunteers to help out within the Shelter Scotland shop by providing help with the following roles: Completing till transactions accurately and effectively; Completing delivery dockets and delivery slots; Accepting customer donations; Promoting the benefits of the Gift Aid Scheme
We require sort room volunteers to help within the Shelter Scotland shop by providing help with the following roles: Helping to sort, tag and steam garments and ready them for the shop floor; Keeping the sort room tidy and organised; Identify valuable items, high brand.
We require electrical department & function tester volunteers to help out within the Shelter Scotland shop by providing help with the following roles: Carrying out initial checks and ensuring that all electrical items are in working order and suitable for sale; Ensuring that all items are cleaned and PAT tested prior to going onto the shop floor; Helping to keep the electrical testing area and sales department in a safe, well stocked and organised way; Advising customers on the products.