From stunning boutiques full of designer gems to discount stores where you can grab a bargain, our charity shops are much-loved across Scotland.
We are looking for friendly volunteers to help our shop management team assist customers and donors, and ensure the shop is tidy and well stocked. Whether you have a passion for fashion and love chatting to customers, or you would prefer to be behind the scenes in our stockroom, your help could make a difference in your local community.
Our Retail Volunteer Anne shares why she loves volunteering, “I wanted to learn new skills as well as get to know more people locally, so volunteering in the shop was ideal. I enjoy being part of the team! It’s good to feel useful and part of the successful running of the shop.”
We believe everyone has the right to live life to the full following the diagnosis of a chest or heart condition, long Covid, or a stroke. Our shops are vital in helping us raise the funds needed to provide services such as community support services, specialist nurses, advice and information, education, and peer support.
Join our fabulous team of Retail volunteers and learn new skills, make great friends, and make a real difference to people in Scotland who are isolated, scared, or anxious about their condition.
Do you care about reducing food waste and have a couple of hours free a week? Why not help Greener Orkney with the Kirkwall, Stromness or Dounby community fridges?
The community fridge aims to reduce the amount of food waste going into landfill and will be stocked with ‘use by’ and ‘best before’ food given by the supermarkets and local businesses. Donations from the public are also accepted under certain circumstances.
As a community fridge volunteer you will be:
· picking up the food from the supermarket (if you have transport)
· Weighing and sorting the food
· assisting members of the public coming to take food away
Full training will be given and there is flexibility on evenings and cover for holidays or sickness etc. If you are interested in helping in any way please contact email@example.com or call Jane Nelson on 07739 144064.
•Provide sighted guide assistance on a regular basis to people living with sight loss – you will be matched with a s
My Guide is a service we offer that allows volunteers to become sighted guides. You will undergo training and learn to safely guide someone with sight loss, navigating environments and building self-confidence – all whilst increasing social interaction with those who may not otherwise wish to leave their home.
What does sighted guiding involve?
•Provide sighted guide assistance on a regular basis to people living with sight loss – you will be matched with a suitable partner.
•Agree on when and where you will provide the sighted guide, as part of a mutually agreed activity plan.
•You must undertake all elements of My Guide training (approximately two days).
•Always maintain professional boundaries and adhere to safeguarding procedures.
You must be able to give - on average – a few hours a week, and be aged 18 years old or over. This role requires that you have an Enhanced Disclosure.
OPAL: East Dunbartonshire’s Information Line is a free information service for residents of East Dunbartonshire. OPAL helps people get the information/support they need and to access local services vital to both their mental/physical health and wellbeing.
By assisting with the coordination of OPAL’s social media activities, you will be raising awareness of the service and helping us reach people who need help and support, but don’t know where to get it. Although our social media channels are well established, we feel we do not utilize these tools to their full capacity. We are keen to work with someone who is interested in this area and in return for your time, we will offer you the chance to showcase your skills and develop new approaches to promoting the organisation digitally.
There will also be opportunities for training, networking, and other tasks related to OPAL but most importantly you will be working alongside skilled OPAL Advisers, helping you develop your skills and knowledge on a range of topics.
Who Cares? Scotland are looking for volunteers who can provide a strong foundation to help strengthen their communities by helping Care Experienced children and young people engage in activities to build their skills and confidence and to be included, understood, respected, and valued in their communities.
The Community Schools volunteer role will work alongside their innovative and energetic Clackmannanshire Who Cares? Scotland project team and will lead and support on educating and raising awareness of Care Experience to Secondary School pupils and all school staff through assemblies, PSE sessions and drop-ins.
Community Schools Volunteers will help to raise awareness of Care Experience, work towards ending stigma and injustice that Care Experience people can face and be part of influencing transformational change. This role will help build community strengths for Care Experienced people and provide social networks to help build resilience and positive outcomes for children and young people.
To build on this school work and embed inclusion and belonging, the team are looking to develop a participation group for Care Experienced young people to attend weekly in the evenings. This role will involve interacting with young people through supporting and leading on a variety of activities e.g. arts/crafts/sports/general youth work at our weekly sessions as well as at their National events that happen throughout the year.
Would you like to share your skills and experience to help ensure young people understand the lives of Care Experienced young people and the challenges they can face.
Who Cares? Scotland is an organisation that invests in their people, relationships and promotes a positive working culture. It’s important to the group that the volunteers are included, involved and motivated to change society.
Who Cares? Scotland aim to recruit people with excellent qualities from a wide variety of backgrounds who share in our mission. They particularly welcome applications from individuals with Care Experience.
An information session regarding this new project and the requirements for the Volunteer role will be held on the 15th of June at 6pm via Zoom. The team running the project will be in attendance to give more information and answer any questions you might have. You can register your interest here - https://whocaresscotland.typeform.com/to/ANhspSm7
Girvan Town Ambassador Volunteer Opportunity
Last year we ran a very successful pilot scheme which saw 6 local volunteers sign up as Girvan Town Ambassadors
From welcoming hundreds of visitors from all over the world to attending events and working on a variety of initiatives to improve the town, it is fair to say it was a resounding success
Due to the overwhelmingly positive feedback from visitors, locals, businesses and the Ambassadors themselves, we are not only going to bring the scheme back next year, we also plan to expand it
We would love to add more volunteer Ambassadors to the team so we can welcome even more visitors in 2024.
If you have a passion for Girvan, love chatting to people, and enjoy getting out and about, this could be the ideal opportunity for you.
We welcome volunteers of all ages and abilities, hours are flexible
For more information, please contact: Explore@GoGirvan.co.uk
You can read about the idea behind the initiative here
The Carrick Centre is a community facility incorporating a modern church, soft play area and youth wing. Its purpose is to be at the heart of the community with values of inclusiveness and openness.
We are currently looking for volunteer support to assist with promoting and marketing the Centre. Volunteers must have basic skills in these area and we would prefer someone who is able to work independently and is creative in their approach.
We have several areas that need support - marketing the Centre as a conference and letting facility as well as marketing the cafe and catering functions.
As Scouts, we believe in empowering young people with skills for life. We encourage our young people to do more, learn more and be more. The Treasurer will be accountable for the finances of Clyde Scouts, providing oversight to the finance team.
What are we looking for?
You will be able to devote around 2-4 days a month to support meetings, events and calls in relation to fulfilling this role. Much of this time may be in the evening or at weekends and can be actioned over zoom or call.
Eligible to hold the role of a charity trustee and no envisaged barriers to obtaining enhanced PVG status
Find out more by downloading the vacancy pack.
Purpose of the role
The Treasurer will be accountable for the finances of Clyde Scouts, providing oversight to the finance team and ensuring that all financial matters are managed in line with regulatory requirements. Treasurer
• Experience of managing finance and accounts at a senior level,
• Excellent organisational skills, supported by strong commercial acumen.
• An accountancy qualification (chartered accountant)
• Experience of managing accounts for a charity would also be an advantage.
• An understanding of the type of work undertaken by the charity and commitment to the values and ethos of Clyde Scouts
• Demonstrable experience of building and sustaining relationships with key stakeholders and colleagues to achieve organisational objectives.
• An interest in Scouting would be beneficial.
• You will be able to devote around 2-4 days a month to support meetings, events and calls in relation to fulfilling this role. Much of this time may be in the evening or at weekends.
• Eligible to hold the role of a charity trustee and no envisaged barriers to obtaining enhanced PVG status
• Act as Treasurer for Clyde Scouts
• Manage and monitor the financial activities of the charity in conjunction with the Accountant, and report to the Regional Executive Committee.
• Provide the Regional Executive Committee with regular reports on the creation of budgets and financial planning, to allow appropriate monitoring of these.
• Oversee the preparation of the Annual Statement of Accounts for independent examination (or audit) and approval by the Regional Executive Committee and present these at the Annual General Meeting.
• Oversee the process of audit, as appropriate, of the Annual Statement of Accounts in accordance with the Scouts ‘Policy, Organisation and Rules’.
• Protect the assets and integrity of the charity, with regard to best practice.
• Maintain good relations with Clyde Scouts staff, and with volunteers.
• Ensure that the charity remains in a financially sustainable position and has appropriate reserves.
• Ensure that the charity has appropriate accounting procedures and controls in place and that the financial procedures are up to date and reviewed as necessary.
• Review the process of any internal controls and oversee the implementation of any recommendations. • Oversee and review the charities financial risk register.
• Oversee the investment policy of the charity and liaise with the Investment managers.
• Oversee the insurance requirements of the charity and recommend review outcomes to the Regional Executive Committee following any tendering process
• Review any business cases for capital expenditure from the Senior Leadership Team and advise the Regional Executive Committee, as appropriate
• Support the Accountant and Chief Operating officer in reviewing the commercial operations of the charity to minimise financial risk and reporting to Regional Executive Committee.
• Fulfil such other duties and assignments as may be required from time to time by the Regional Executive Committee.
• Engage with members at other levels in Scouting.
Reporting lines and relationships:
• The Treasurer is an elected appointment and a charity trustee of Clyde Scouts.
• The Treasurer reports to the Regional Executive Committee.
• The Treasurer will require to work closely with: • Chief Operating Officer • Accountant • Members of the Senior Leadership Team • Other Trustees • Relevant Volunteers
The Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland Growchapel project based in Drumchapel, is a Glasgow City Council initiative aimed at improving health and wellbeing through the benefits of creating and managing a wellbeing garden. Growchapel is a welcoming, inclusive site for the people of Drumchapel to enjoy, relax, and grow within. It is a place where everyone is included, where diversity and creativity are valued, encouraged, and always respected. It is a kind space, which supports wellbeing for us, our families, and the environment. Being a Wellbeing Garden Volunteer, you will support the delivery of the Growchapel project and work in partnership with the CHSS Health Defence team to manage the wellness garden. You will get to meet new people in your community and have the satisfaction of knowing you are making a valuable contribution to the awareness of CHSS.
Being a Community Facilitator is all about delivering a variety of lifesaving first aid skills in community engagement workshops and projects, within local communities, and primary and secondary schools. A lot of these projects involve talking about and demonstrating the basics of first aid to community groups that can include children, young people, and vulnerable adults.
An example of events you could be delivering a first aid talk and demo to, are primary and secondary schools, small university groups, local community groups, charities, summer fairs, shopping centres. Some of the skills you could be teaching include how to provide CPR and apply a defib, different bandages and how to use them, and basic information on various health conditions. Not only that but all the training needed, is provided by us at no cost to you!
A fantastic opportunity to help. All volunteers make a real difference and are greatly appreciated.