Peebles Community Action Network (CAN) - The Road to Carbon Reduction
We seek assistance in the garden with horticultural activities, tea and coffee making, wood storing/collection, building garden structures and involvement in our various carbon saving projects.
Volunteering at the Peebles CAN community garden has been ongoing for several years, and offers a broad range of opportunities, including:
Planting – sowing seeds, transplanting seedlings, feeding and watering plants
Plant care – variety of activities, such as pruning tomatoes and fruit bushes, earthing up potatoes, cultivating runners
Maintaining the garden – weeding, raking, edging beds, putting up protective netting structures, building a brash hedge, willow weaving, composting, strimming and mowing
Woodwork – building structures for the garden, bordering patches, maintaining the yurt, and building netting frames.
Tea and Coffee is made on the camp stove and is offered during volunteer sessions.
All our tasks are seasonal, so jobs to do in the garden are always changing!
Volunteer sessions at the community garden are delivered on weekdays, please check our website for times.
We can also work with volunteers (such as Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme) who are interested in taking on a larger volunteer “contract” with us. Please get in touch to discuss.
Everyone is encouraged to take a harvest from the garden away with them!
We also offer a range of activities relating to carbon saving such as an Eco Driving Course, Bike Ability Workshop and Zoom Cooking Lessons as part of our Climate Challenge Funded project, ‘The Road to Carbon Reduction.’ The project is active until April 2022
Working on a croft which is developing a business to provide veg boxes for the local community. The opportunity offers the chance to gain experience and knowledge of organic vegetable production including preparing land, raising seedlings, potting on and harvest. Organic methods are used for soil fertility, pest and disease prevention and weed control. Minimal fossil fuel use is also important and hand tools and animals are used to clear land for production. Other croft work such as fencing, working with sheep, pigs, hens or selling produce to the local community is also available. Work is varied but can be physically demanding and sometimes take place in wet, windy or cold weather. Oilskins, gloves and some sizes of rubber boots can be provided.
Citizens Advice Bureau are a network of independent charities. Each CAB helps people in its community by providing free and confidential advice, information and support. People seek help about a wide range of issues including: benefits, debt and money advice, work related problems, consumer issues, relationships and housing. Volunteers learn by 'shadowing' experienced advisers and undertaking a training programme. They are then supervised while delivering advice until they are competent enough to be approved as 'Licensed Advisers'.
CAB training and experience is valued by employers and many volunteers find it helpful in developing their careers. Most volunteers also find that being part of the CAB team and working to help their clients boost their own health and well being.
Are you a good listener with an empathetic, professional and methodical approach? Do you have two hours a week to support vulnerable adults with myalgic encephalomyelitis (M.E.)/ chronic fatigues syndrome (CFS)? Action for M.E.'s UK-wide advocacy service, expanding in Scotland, supports adults with M.E./CFS to understand their rights, make informed choices, and have their views and wishes heard and respected, dealing with issues including health, social care, housing and employment. You'll work entirely online/by phone to meet and represent clients, agree an action plan, undertake research, contact professionals and more. Full training, support and supervision provided by our experienced, friendly team.
Bressay parkrun will take place every Saturday morning at 9.30am (9am ferry over). It is an organised run, jog or walk which is free to participate in. Registration is online and participants print off their personalised barcode which is scanned at the finish line and results are emailed to the participant. Bressay parkrun therefore requires volunteers to undertake the following roles: marshalls, photographer, barcode scanner, volunteer coordinator, run director, time keeper, funnel manager, finish token provider, tail walker, support for new volunteers, data processor. This event promotes the health and wellbeing of our local community by encouraging social fitness. There may also be an opportunity for someone to start a junior parkrun once the Bressay parkrun is well established and successful. The event is ongoing and open to all ages, abilities, genders, races etc. We want to encourage everyone to take part in some way.
As a Sported volunteer you will support a member who needs advice in your area of expertise (e.g. business, fundraising) There are 2 types of support you can offer: Light Touch Support - Offering short term support for example via phone or email from a member or delivering a workshop. Mentor Placement - supporting a member over a series of months through a period of change or development.
While most of Sported members are knowledgeable and passionate about their sport, and working with young people in their club, they often lack skills, time and networks they need to make their clubs sustainable and effective. That's where Sported volunteers come in.
To lead safe and enjoyable walking sessions for people of all ages and abilities particularly those who are or have been inactive.
To promote the health benefits of walking and motivate people to take up walking as a form of physical recreation.
To help people tailor health walking to meet their individual needs.
Make A Difference - Volunteer
Become an Independent Custody Visitor
Independent custody visitors are members of the local community who visit police stations unannounced to check on the treatment of people held in custody. Full training and expenses given.
If you enjoy history and meeting new people, this opportunity would be a great fit for you. The museum is set in a charming 17th century house, and the displays explore the social and working lives of the people of St Andrews.
St Andrews Preservation Trust are looking for volunteers to assist with the below tasks:
- Preparing the museum before opening
- Greeting visitors
- Assisting with enquiries
- Offering help when needed
- Assisting in closing the museum
- Learn the history of the museum, Trust and St Andrews
- Assist during special events such as Hidden Gardens and school visits
The trust is flexible with your time, whether once a week or once a month, and shifts range from 2-3 hours. If you would like to volunteer or learn more about the opportunity, please do get in touch. The museum is open Wednesday-Sunday 12-4pm then from early May, Monday to Sunday, 12-4pm.