Paws for Progress CIC (Community Interest Company) are looking for experienced professionals to join our Board of Directors. We are looking for motivated individuals who share our value sand are enthusiastic about the potential of human-animal interactions to positively change lives.
Established in 2014 Paws for Progress is dedicated to improving the lives of people and animals. We do this by developing and delivering educational programmes and tailored animal assisted interventions to groups in society most needing support. Our work can broadly be divided into services working within Scottish prisons to improve outcomes for people in custody, and services aimed at enhancing outcomes for children and young people in community and educational settings. Our rescue dog training programme at HMP & YOI Polmont has been running successfully since 2011 and continues to expand to benefit the students and dogs participating.
“The dogs – they change the way you think and the way you act. They trust you, it’s that mutual bond. You think you’re helping them, but they’re helping you too”. Student, Paws for Progress.
Our prison based services provide valuable training, education and support to young people and adults in custody, who in turn provide training for our team of Ambassadogs, essential life skills for rescue dogs to help increase their chances of successful adoption, and advanced training for assistance dogs prior to their placement with families in the community. Paws for Progress CIC is a small organisation, led by a Board with a range of backgrounds, and with an annual income over £180k and 4 full time members of staff.
We would like to recruit several new Board members with relevant expertise in one or more of the following areas:
– Human Resources
– Criminal Justice
– Youth Work
– Third Sector
• Ensure that Paws for Progress complies with its governing document (Articles of Association), and all relevant legislation and regulations
• Ensure that Paws for Progress pursues its objects as defined in its governing document
• Contribute actively to the Board of Directors by giving firm strategic direction to Paws for Progress
• Help develop our business and strategic planning
• Set overall policy, define goals, set targets, and evaluate performance against agreed targets
• Monitor the financial position of the organisation to maintain financial sustainability
• Act in the best interest of the organisation to safeguard our values and reputation
• Maintain confidentiality around any sensitive or confidential information received in the course of their duties
In addition to the above duties, Board Members should use their specific skills, knowledge or experience to support the Board in reaching sound decisions, this may involve leading discussions, identifying key issues and providing advice and guidance on new initiatives.
• A commitment to the mission and aims of Paws for Progress
• A willingness to work collaboratively in pursuit of the organisation’s aims
• Experience or skills in at least one of the key areas identified by the Board of Directors
• A willingness and ability to meet the minimum time requirement
• The ability to form positive and productive relationships with other Board members, staff team and partners
• Effective communication skills and willingness to actively participate in constructive discussions
• Good numeracy skills, to the extent required to understand spreadsheets and accounts
• An understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of directorship
• An understanding of good governance in the third sector
• A willingness to learn, develop and examine your own performance
Appointed Directors will be expected to engage in an induction process on taking up their position (covering organisational structure, services, governance, and financial overview).
Board members are expected to attend approximately 6 Board meetings a year in Stirling, and other and occasional events, and to be able to commit to approximately 4 hours a month towards Board activities.
All Board roles are voluntary but out of pocket expenses to attend Board meetings and related events will be reimbursed.
*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: firstname.lastname@example.org
We are a child protection and wellbeing charity providing legal services that low-income parents could not otherwise afford. Most have either lost a family court case to care for their children at home for trivial reasons.
About 80% have learning and/or physical disabilities and need help in understanding the Court processes and social work law. Our first stage and a child protection protocol is a list of nine simple questions that most people can answer without assistance. This lets us know how or if we can help them appeal a bad decision by the family Court or Social Workers.
Very often, people need an independent professional parenting assessment. This is the parent’s examples of topics such as healthy eating, resilience and education. I am the assessor, it would be inappropriate for me to advise parents. A volunteer can guide parents who need help, which is perfectly acceptable.
Parents might need a keyworker, someone they can talk to about their problems and keep us updated on any issues we need to address.
After a few months and the appropriate training, we need help preparing cases, writing a summary, evidence list and emailing copies of Court Orders and reports for our solicitors.
For further details about volunteering with us please contact Gerry Hannah, Trustee Chair at email email@example.com or tel.: 0777 3722 767.
The Mission of Time to Heal is to provide holistic support and, to relieve the needs of persons affected by domestic violence primarily, but not exclusively, women and children from minority ethnic groups.
We are currently seeking volunteers to help at our Empowerment Centre in Bon Accord House, Riverside Drive, Aberdeen. Tasks include:
● See that the Reception area is kept tidy and looks professional at all times. ● Ensure procedures for signing in, identifying, escorting, and signing out are adhered to at all times. ● Welcome visitors in a pleasant, courteous manner ● Distribute incoming mails and deliveries to the appropriate personnel/function. ● Maintain the door entry system, ensuring there is an adequate supply of key fobs. ● Provide training on the duties and responsibilities of Reception to the appropriate personnel. ● Supervise the labelling of keys, ensuring they are stored in the Key Safe. ● Produce and maintain Operating Procedures for the Reception Rota. ● Answer calls in a timeous, courteous and effective manner.
A fantastic opportunity to help. All help is greatly appreciated. For more details please contact Abiola Crown, Manager at E Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or tel.: 07796511319.
The role is diverse but demanding. You could be doing anything from policing a football match to assisting at a road accident. Special Constables also police major sporting and public events and provide an excellent bridge between the Police Service and the public, representing both the community within the police service and the police service within local communities.
Specials come from all walks of life and the role can suit those who are able to commit the time to volunteer alongside their own paid employment. It can also be a way for people to experience the role who are considering it as a future career.
You must meet our essential criteria to join and go through the application process. You’ll receive training that is closely aligned to the content of the initial training provided to Probationer Officers, ensuring you are ready to police your streets.
Children's Panel members are ordinary people like you who have chosen to do something extraordinary. Children's Panel members make decisions about the welfare of vulnerable children and young people and what needs to be done to support and protect children and young people.
Being a member of the Children's Panel could change your life, and make a difference to someone else's. Many people join because they want to make a valuable contribution to their community. Others enjoy the skills development that membership of the Children's Panel can bring. Many of the skills that make a good panel member are also highly valued in the workplace such as negotiation, leadership, communication and teamwork.
You don't need any formal qualifications. You just need to care.
We are now recruiting 550 new panel members to serve across Scotland. Have you got what it takes?
BEING A PANEL MEMBER IN ABERDEEN:
If you have any queries, or would just like to chat to someone about volunteering in the Children’s Hearings System, please contact the Clerk to the Area Support Team:
NAME: Mark Masson
TEL: 01224 522989
NAME: Cheryl Nevill
TEL: 01224 522113
For more details and to apply to join the panel in your local area please visit www.childrenspanelscotland.org
Shetland Women's Aid are looking for women to join us in promoting the safety and wellbeing of women and children in Shetland who are affected by domestic abuse and gender-based violence. SWA is a registered charity funded by local and national grant aid to provide safety planning, counselling, refuge, advice and guidance about housing, finance and legal issues to women. There is also a children and young person's service focused on offering therapy and support to children and young people. The aim for Shetland Women's Aid is 'An equitable society in which women, children and young people are valued participants, able to determine their own future and are free from all forms of abuse.'
As a trustee you will be instrumental in helping us realise our vision and mission. Part of your role will be to ensure that our day to day operation fulfils our strategic vision.
If you decide to join Shetland Women's Aid, you can make a real difference to the women and children who experience domestic and sexual abuse.
Special Constables receive basic training in the theoretical aspect of Police duty and legislation, which is complemented by "on-the-job" training with regular officers in a wide variety of police work.
Every effort is made to ensure that Special Constables are given the opportunity to work along with regular police officers at times which are mutually convenient. Obviously the hours of duty which a Special Constable is willing and able to work will vary according to individual circumstances but a regular commitment is essential.
We are looking for a dedicated individual(s) who can assist DRiNKLiNK to perform with good governance.
*Working closely with the board and ensuring that priorities, goals/objectives are aligned with Drinklink’s overall objectives for Q1/Q2/Q3/Q4.
*Advise the secretary, accountant and board on legal requirement of governing documents, charity law and company law
*Assist in the maintenance of legal priorities
*Support in ensuring DRiNKLiNK policies and procedures evolve with changes in regulation
*Advise in data collection processes
*Build privacy statements for website
*Advise on minimum information that should exist on documentation and implement changes
We believe that no one should be affected by someone else’s drinking. If you would like to help us achieve this ambition, please get in touch.
A fantastic opportunity to volunteer with a dynamic organisation and help make a real difference for people.
For further details please contact Stacey Summers, Chairperson at E Mail: email@example.com or tel: 07970316026.
Officers at Dundee City Council’s Trading Standards need the help of carefully selected 15-17 year old volunteers to test purchase tobacco products from a variety of retail premises in Dundee.
The operation will take part over the course of a day where you will enter retail premises and attempt to purchase a tobacco or vaping product. The volunteer will be trained to carry out the purchase and you will never be expected to lie to get a sale.
The aim of the project is to identify traders who are selling tobacco or vapour products to underage people so we can take action to prevent crime and protect the health and wellbeing of young people.