West Links parkrun is a free weekly 5km event for participants of all standards, which takes place every Saturday at 9:30am in West Links Park, Queen’s Drive, Arbroath, DD11 1QD .
It offers an opportunity for all the local community, regardless of age or gender, to come together on a regular basis to enjoy the outdoors and get physically active. We want to encourage people to run, jog, walk and volunteer together – this event is truly open to all and best of all it really is free!
Everyone is welcome to volunteer too, and we’d love you to join in. There are plenty of opportunities to try new roles, apply your skills or learn new ones, be with friends and family, meet people and be a part of the parkrun community.
Come and try one of the following roles: marshalling, tail walker, parkwalker, photographer, barcode scanner, time keeper, funnel manager, finish token provider, number checker, first timer brief, set up, close down and report writer.
Many of our roles are open to young people under 18, although some may be restricted due to safeguarding reasons. We never ask anybody to do anything they're not comfortable with and if you want to do a particular volunteer role, please let us know and we'll try to accommodate you. On the day, you are always supported by other volunteers too.
From volunteering once to volunteering regularly we can also be flexible on how often you volunteer.
Do you work for a local charity or organisation? Would your work team like to come along to do a park run take over? Contact us to find out how you can volunteer as a group at parkrun.
We'd love to hear from you to see how you could fit into the parkrun community.
Volunteering for the Scouts is a great way to take part in new experiences, meet a whole load of friendly people and have fun. There is something for everyone whether you’d like to help out week-after-week or whenever-you-can, the Scouting Association will provide training, learning opportunities and cups of tea – every step of the way.
As a volunteer, working in teams, you might:
1. Welcome young people and families to sessions and events
2. Make sure everyone’s safe, supported, included and having fun
3. Help to plan and lead activities
4. Get involved with days out, camps and expeditions
5. Share and learn skills – from coding to cake decorating to canoeing
6. Celebrate young people’s achievements big and small
You don't need to be Bear Grylls to volunteer with Scouts - we need everyone to muck in and help support young people to learn #SkillsForLife.
Fife Steel Basketball Club (FSBC) are looking for enthusiastic Assistant Basketball Coaches to help with the delivery with the sport of basketball for players during practice and games. The responsibilities of an Assistant Basketball Coach is to support and deliver fundamental basketball skills to players at a high level, including supporting team sportsmanship, encouraging players enjoyment in the sport, and providing mentorship.
To be successful as an Assistant Basketball Coach, you should have an awareness of basketball and its rules and have good communication skills. Ideally an Assistant Basketball Coach should be in good physical condition and have good leadership skills.
Job title: Volunteer Walk Leader
Reporting to: Walking Development Officer
Overall purpose: To research and lead suitable free short health walks (1/2 mile to 3 miles)
MAIN DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- To undertake initial and ongoing training (Braveheart induction, walk leader training course, first aid course and cardiopulmonary resuscitation training course – CPR)
- To provide a safe and welcoming environment to all walkers
- To lead safe and enjoyable local walks for people of all ages and abilities, bearing in mind the information provided at the training course ie use of the cue card messages
- To encourage walkers to aim to walk independently as well as taking part in the Walk with Braveheart programme
- To promote the health benefits of walking and motivate people to take up walking as a form of physical recreation
- To help walkers tailor health walking to meet their individual needs
- To carry out appropriate administration procedures maintaining client confidentiality ie completion of the walk register and the health questionnaire
- To encourage all walkers to take part in other health related activities organised by Braveheart
- From time to time, assist the Walking Development Officer when giving talks in the local community
- As far as possible, to attend the six-weekly walk leader meetings
- To keep up-to-date with walk leading by reading the information provided by Paths for All on a regular basis
- Skills: Must have successfully completed the Walk Leader training course, CPR/ First Aid training courses.
- Experience: No previous experience is necessary as full training will be given.
- Ability to mix with a cross section of the general public and vulnerable adults
- Ability to research and risk assess (with support from the Walking Development Officer) walks independently and as part of a team
Forth Environment Link and Sustrans are calling for anyone with an interest in promoting active travel in communities across Scotland to form the organising committee of a new Active Travel Network for Scotland. This is an opportunity to help shape the network as it develops, supporting community action to change how we travel, address health and social inequalities and combat climate change through changing transport behaviours.
This role will entail:
Helping to shape the constitution and legal framework for the Active Travel Network
Taking over management and maintenance of a new website, including member discussion spaces. (https://activetravelnetwork.scot/ the site is currently under development)
Administering the network
Liaising with Forth Environment Link to deliver member webinars throughout 2023-24
Making decisions on how the network develops in future, with input from members. This could mean, just running the website, or could include things like applying for funding for ongoing/additional member events and other activities such as cross organisational site visits or other activities members express interest in.
Board members also have a responsibility to:
Act in the best interest of the organisation and it's members
Manage any finances responsibly
Develop vision, strategies and planning,
Establishing any necessary policies and procedures
Establishing systems for monitoring and reporting.
More information on what is involved in becoming a board member can be found on the SCVO website here: https://scvo.scot/support/running-your-organisation/governance/roles-responsibilities
The next Active Travel Network meeting of existing members is due to take place online on the 6th July 2pm-4pm. This will include a section on the development of the network as an independent organisation. If you are not a current member, and would like to join the network and/or attend the meeting to find out more about this opportunity, please contact us to be added to the invite list.
Forth Environment Link and Sustrans have been building an active travel* network over the last few years. This originally began as an active travel hubs network. It provided a way for community active travel hubs to share information and learning. Since then the network has grown to include people working and volunteering in communities, student unions and higher education institutions, local authorities and community health services. We are now in a position where neither Sustrans nor Forth Environment Link has capacity to provide the services network members are asking for, and so have decided to open this out to members to take forward as an independent organisation.
*Active Travel is a term used to describe travelling by human powered means, such as walking, wheeling or cycling with or without mobility aids such as wheelchairs. This generally includes power chairs and things like scooters and skateboards, as well as people walking with buggies or prams.
Volunteer Officer – Assisting with Volunteering Activities for Adults (Voluntary position, training and travel expenses covered – 6 months)
Why TCV need you:
The Conservation Volunteers (TCV) connects people to the green spaces that form a vital part of any healthy, happy community. From urban to rural, local parks and community gardens to Local Nature Reserves and Sites of Special Scientific Interest; from school grounds and hospital grounds to waterways, wetlands, and woodlands. By taking part in TCV activities people improve their health and wellbeing, develop new skills, build stronger communities and have a real impact on the environment. TCV are seeking enthusiastic individuals with a passion for conservation and enthusing others who are looking to develop their skills and gain experience in the sector. By giving your time to become a TCV Volunteer Officer you’ll be helping TCV to reach even more people and improve even more greenspaces for people and nature.
Benefits to you:
Volunteer Officers (VOs) take on roles with real responsibility – including leading projects and supporting groups of volunteers. Being a VO gives you the opportunity to build skills, knowledge and practical experience and enhance your employability.
Some elements of the induction may be online and you will need access to a computer to complete some of the training. We will also organise some practical workdays for all new VOs to give you an introduction to some of the practical conservation activities TCV deliver. You will be supported by a nominated Senior Project Officer who oversees your training and development. You will receive a First Aid training qualification and the opportunity to attend courses on Project Leadership, Safeguarding, Risk Assessment and other training relevant to the specific role.
What you need:
TCV are looking for enthusiastic individuals with a passion for conservation and helping other to engage with the natural environment. You will be reliable, organised and punctual to ensure workdays run smoothly. Volunteers value the social aspect of our activities so it is important that you are able to interact with volunteers in a friendly manner to enhance their volunteering experience.
No past experience of working or volunteering in conservation or with volunteers but you will have to demonstrate why you are interested in volunteering with TCV and how your personality and personal interests make you suitable for the VO role. No qualifications are required but a driving license is desirable.
How much time:
TCV are looking for a minimum commitment of 1 day a week for 6 months.
It can be flexible in terms of which day it is or if it changes week to week. You can be VO for more than one day a week, which greatly improves the level of experience gained and increases the number of opportunities open to you. Indicate your availability in the applicationwhich can be discussed later. People are able to be a VO commitments around work, studies and other commitments.
For further details please contact Rebecca Strofton on 07739447964. Please email email@example.com for an application form and submit your application by 5pm on Wednesday the 30th of June.
You will be supported in your role by experienced staff through regular meetings where issues can be resolved and guidance provided.
Clackmannan District Scouts Current Vacancies:
Clackmannanshire Scouting has 420 youth members, both male and female, aged from 6 to 25, supported by 160 adult volunteers. Scouting is organised into local Groups, who look after the three younger Sections: Beavers, Cubs and Scouts/ Young people aged 14-18 are members of the Explorer section and are managed by the District. If you are not already involved why not find out more and come and join the adventure.
- District Chairperson
- District Treasurer
- Group Vacancies
The operation of the section (a Colony, a Pack, a Troop or a Unit) must be overseen by aLeader, or team of Leaders.
- Section Leaders
- Assistant Section Leaders
- Section Assistants
Working with this wider Section Leadership team, the Section Leader(s) have responsibility for the planning of the programme and the management of the section.
If you want to enquire about any of the roles, please contact George:
Phone- 07922 289785
Neil's Hugs Foundation is a well-established charity in West Lothian and are expanding into the Clackmannanshire area. The group are developing a safe, compassionate and confidential space where support groups can meet for:
• Anyone who are experiencing poor mental health
• To support people who have lost loved ones to suicide
• Families who are supporting a loved one who attempted suicide.
The Foundation seeks to provide a safe place to talk and listen and support each other. They aim to reduce loneliness and isolation people with poor mental health experience.
Neil's Hugs are developing a one-to-one, 12 week Befriending Service to aid people who are experiencing anxiety and poor mental health to build confidence and skills. Volunteers can help in offering this one-to-one support by becoming Befriender, which will:
• Aid in achieving people's desired outcomes
• Help people become more active in their local community.
Volunteers can help in facilitating groups. Often people find it difficult to talk to people they know, so Neil's Hugs have also established a number of groups. The Support Groups are designed around providing a safe space for people to talk. The groups allow members the space and time while offering a compassionate, listening ear. The Foundation also utilises activities such as art therapy:
- Listening Ear Service which is a phone or video service (Zoom) where volunteers support individuals who are experiencing poor mental health by giving them space on a weekly basis to talk. The volunteer’s listen and give support to those who just need someone to talk to.
- People who have lost loved ones to suicide can attend a weekly Support Group that provides peer-support for families and friends who have lost a loved one to suicide. This too is a safe place to talk about loved one and to have peers involved in people's grief and loss.
- The Gardening Group is among the newest developments at The Foundation. They have now linked in with the Wimpy Park's Garden who have offered an area for volunteers and those grieving to develop into a reflection garden.
If the above roles are not suitable, there are always extra help needed in raising awareness of suicide in communities and raising funds to help keep these vital projects going.
Children’s Hospices Across Scotland - CHAS (Clacks)
Activities volunteers help to provide physical, social and emotional care to children and their siblings, arranging outings and social events for them to enjoy with other children. The aim of this role is to work within the Activities team to provide fun activities for children and their siblings. Activities help children to build happy memories, have fun and access a wide range of opportunities they might not ordinarily have the chance to get involved in.
WHAT ACTIVITIES WILL I BE INVOLVED IN?
- Physical, emotional and social care of children, siblings and young people.
- Helping with outings and social events
- Keeping activity areas clean and tidy (eg after an art activity)
- Playing with and carrying out a range of activities with children and young people
WHAT SKILLS AND ABILITIES WILL I NEED TO HAVE?
- Outgoing, confident and fun-loving personality
- Patience, empathy and tact
- An ability to represent CHAS enthusiastically and appropriately
- An ability to relate to people of all ages
- Good communication skills
- Adhere to rules around GDPR and a strong understanding of confidentiality
- Shared values with the organisation: respect, care, honesty, accountability
HOW MUCH TIME SHOULD I OFFER?
You can volunteer on any day of the week, for a few hours, in the morning, afternoon or evening. This can be discussed and agreed with your Supervisor and the Hospice Volunteering Development Manager.
WHERE IS THIS OPPORTUNITY BASED?
Rachel House Hospice in Kinross OR Robin House Hospice in Balloch
WHAT'S THE NEXT STEP?
If you would like additional information about the role:
- Please visit: https://www.chas.org.uk/volunteers/activities-volunteer
- Call 01577 866065
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you’re interested in the role you can apply online: https://www.chas.org.uk/get-involved/volunteer/volunteer-application-form