We are looking for volunteer counsellors to join our team at ACI Theraputic Recovery Services. We are a Third Sector organisation based in Inverness, which offers free one-to-one, confidential counselling for adults who are experiencing issues with alcohol, drugs, gambling or other addictive behaviours. We also provide support to families and loved ones of those experiencing addiction.
In order to be a volunteer counsellor with us we ask for a minimum commitment of 3 hours per week and that you hold a diploma in counselling.
At Counselling Care we provide free Counselling to the community of Skye and Lochalsh. Although we are largely trauma orientated we provide specialist counselling in many areas. Our Counsellors have varied specialist knowledge and we are usually able to help with any issue that presents to us.
In order to provide our services for free we are completely reliant on our team of able and willing volunteer Counsellors. We need qualified (to Diploma Level) Counsellors who are members of the BACP, COSCA, or their equivalent who can spare 2-3 hours a week to work with our clients. All individuals will have been assessed.
Whilst we are looking for people to work online, over the phone or face to face, we especially need those who are willing to work in a Face to Face capacity. Supervision will be paid for and travelling expenses (within reason) will be honoured. You can also expect to be included in training provided for our Counsellors. You will be part of a friendly team consisting of paid, volunteer and student Counsellors, there are regular team meetings and communication with others within the organisation so you will not be alone.
ASA is a local charity and was founded in 1996. We provide an independent advocacy service for people living in Aberdeen City.
We help people to have a voice, to gain information to help them make choices and to help them feel better prepared and able to engage with social care, health care and housing and educational professionals. Our values are at the core of the work we do together with those we support. Advocacy Service Aberdeen believes in: Independence; A Non-Judgemental approach; Inclusion; Respect; Person Centred; Confidentiality; Team work; Empowerment.
If you have some spare time to offer and feel you have the skills and qualities to support the work we do, we would like to hear from you.
The work we do is carried out Monday to Friday between 9:00am-5:00pm.
There are many ways you can support our organisation, this includes : –
*Gathering feedback and Service Evaluations - Contacting people who use the service to ask them about their experience of using the service. This could be carried out in person, by phone or via a video call.
*Supporting our Collective Advocacy Groups - this would include meeting patients at Royal Cornhill Hospital; People who live in supported or shared accommodation; Expert by experience group who share their personal views and experiences of using Aberdeen City Health & Social Care provision.
*Administrative/Clerical - Helping us with admin and clerical tasks. Supporting case work / referrals in the following areas: Carers, Domestic Abuse, Mental Health, Autism, Learning Disabilities, Older Adults (65+), Older Adults Mental Health, Self-Directed Support or Problematic Substance Use.
If your values are aligned with ours and you have the time to give to support a local charity in your community, we would love to hear from you.
Currently we are particularly interested in people who would be looking to volunteer in the following roles:
- Domestic Abuse Service Volunteer
- Administrator Volunteer
To find out more about our volunteering opportunities please contact our Volunteer Coordinator Joanne Grant at email: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01224 332366.
Further details are also available at https://www.advocacy.org.uk/volunteer/
U-Turn is a Peer Education service for young people (12 – 18 years old) across South Lanarkshire. The service is provided by Glasgow Council on Alcohol (GCA) on behalf of South Lanarkshire Alcohol and Drugs Partnership.
Peer Educators will be supported to deliver inputs across South Lanarkshire to other young people to incorporate a harm reduction approach as well as addressing stigma/language around drug and alcohol use.
Peer Educators are will work alongside the Peer Education Workers & Peer Education Team Leader.
As a Peer Educator, you will:
• Attend training related to Peer Education role
• Work as part of a team to achieve a common goal
• Support delivery of Harm Reduction
• Work towards a qualification
• Attend Personal Development Planning Responsibilities
• Participating in weekly workshops
Youth Achievement Awards (SQA Accredited Awards – SCQF Level 2 – 8)
Drugs and Alcohol training
You will be involved in finding out what activities our residents would like to do then help to plan, organize and make it happen for them. You will be running one to one activities with residents but also put on group events. Our aim is to encourage and support our residents to pursue what they enjoy, reduce isolation and hopefully in turn reduce their drinking by engaging them in meaningful activities.
Human contact is vital. As we are all finding out, without it, life changes.
Community Alcohol Related Damages Service is a befriending service run by Rowan Alba. Health care specialists, GP’s, hospitals and mental health services refer individuals to our service. These people, for various reasons have been living the way we experienced during the COVID-19 pandemic. Some of them for most of their lives. We need to recruit and train volunteers now so we can respond to those that have been referred to us during this time.
Many of our clients who engage with the CARDS Service become curious about or wish to engage in recovery or with dedicated recovery services. In response to feedback from clients and volunteers we now have dedicated Peer Volunteers who themselves are in recovery and have lived experience of that journey and can provide our clients with hope and belief that they can make a positive change.
Would you like to support people who have served in the Armed Forces? You don’t need a military background, just the ability to listen, some basic I.T skills and good written and spoken English. If so, this could be the role for you.
What is a caseworker?
Caseworkers work with clients to figure out what type of help they need. Next, they find the right sources of support and arrange for clients to access it. This might be funds for special equipment for someone with a disability, adaptions to a property so an older client can remain at home or funds for a rental deposit. Caseworkers also sign-post clients onto specialist local services for advice on benefits, housing, mental health, debt, finding work etc.
Why do we need you?
Volunteer Caseworkers are the lifeblood of SSAFA, supporting a growing number of people in need of financial, practical and emotional support. Clients come from all backgrounds and age groups and may have served in WW2 or in a more recent conflict like Iraq or Afghanistan. Our trained volunteers listen without judgement to assess and provide tailored support to help people navigate life in and beyond military service. We need you to join your local SSAFA team to help us achieve this.
This opportunity is for vibrant people who enjoy all that entails working with young people of various backgrounds. The Ark is open to young people on Friday evenings from 7pm – 9.30pm. Volunteers are required to help from 6.30pm-9.30pm for set up and close down.
Some of the responsibilities include, serving drinks and snacks at the bar, capturing social media images and videos, helping operate the sound booth and music.
Volunteers roles are rotated throughout the night, to allow you to gain more skills and qualities.
Why should I volunteer with the Ayr Ark?
· Opportunity to gain a youth qualification.
· Develop employability skills and work experience.
· Training opportunities.
· Meet new people.
· Volunteer team building days and activities.
One of our volunteers, started coming to the Ayr Ark at the age of 13 and went on to become a part of our volunteer group. Erin recently left us to start UNI but when asked ab out her experience of volunteering she said:
“I’ve made friends for life here and gained skills and real life experience I never thought possible and it helped me grow as a person” – Erin Cran, Volunteer.
The opportunity is for vibrant people who enjoy all that entails working with young people of various backgrounds and for those who are looking for experience within events.
Volunteers will assist with the running of events and activities, helping with the set-up, social media and marketing of the events, as well as running activities all day. Volunteers should be flexible as events and activities will take place during weekends and evenings.
If your interested in volunteering with us, get in touch to find out how you can get involved.
Looking to get experience in a youth work setting? We are open to working with students who require to do a work placement as part of a Youth Work related degree. We have a partnership with UWS, speak to your programme leader or get in touch with us to find out more.
Why should I volunteer with the Ayr Ark?
Opportunity to gain a youth qualification
Develop employability skills and work experience.
Meet new people
Volunteer team building days and activities