Euan's Guide is the small but mighty charity (SC045492) working to make it easier, safer and more rewarding for disabled people, their friends, families and carers to find and visit accessible places.
There are many ways to get involved with us:
We tackle the lack of trusted, up to date disabled access information through our website – EuansGuide.com – which is the go-to place for disabled access information written by and for disabled people. Visit our website to find out how you can find disabled access information and share your experiences. As a volunteer you can be a Euan's Guide ambassador and write reviews for our website.
Perhaps you have visited Culzean Castle or Burns Birthplace Museum and you would like to share your experience. Maybe you have a favourite cafe or restaurant, that not many people know is accessible. Your review can help other disabled people get the most out of their visit. No matter whether your experiences are positive or negative, it's good to share them with other people in a similar situation.
Stepping Stones for Families launches search for new Chair.
The Board is seeking a Chair with the necessary skills and knowledge to provide the leadership and drive needed for the charity to achieve its vision of a positive future for children, young people and families while maintaining the organisation’s track record of sound strategic, operational and financial management.
This is a voluntary position.
The key skills we are looking for include:
Experience of Governance and leadership in a Charity
Knowledge of the external policy environment as it impacts on family poverty and inequality
Commitment to the ethos and values of Stepping Stones for Families
Strategic planning and monitoring at Board level
If you have the experience and enthusiasm required to lead a Governance team committed to tackling the effects of poverty and inequality in communities:
Email: email@example.com to arrange a telephone conversation
Call 0141 849 6333/ 07764826725 to discuss your interest with our CEO Isobel Lawson.
The contribution you make to the governance of this award winning charity really can make a positive difference.
4-6 Board meetings a year
Annual Board Away Day
AGM in November
To find out more about us, please visit: http://www.ssff.org.uk
Riverside Community Trust recognises the need to help those vulnerable people in the local community struggling to start up and maintain a tenancy. This may be due to various reasons e.g. moving out of homelessness, struggling with addiction, mental health issues etc. The service collects donations of furniture and aids service users in furnishing their new accommodation.
If you would like to learn more about what we do and interested in volunteering please do not hesitate to get in touch. Currently we require volunteers who can handle heavy lifting and support our Furniture Coordinator to collect donations and deliver furniture.
We are a small charity concerned with the restoration and care of the ancient woodlands of Troon.
We have been in operation since 2015, raising funds for improvements and planting. We host regular volunteer work parties, tackling jobs such as invasive species control, tree planting and repairing paths. Together with the South Ayrshire Ranger Service and Scottish Wildlife Trust, Ayrshire, we regularly involve schools and community groups in woodland activities.
Our volunteer work parties are usually held on the last Sunday of the month, April to September 2pm till 4pm and October to March 10am-12noon.
No experience or tools required. We have tasks to suit all abilities. Age 15 and over. Meet us at the noticeboard, wear study footwear and clothing to protect you from brambles and nettles. Please come and give it a try - there's no commitment to turn up every time!
Please come and give us a hand - it's great fun!
We appreciate and value the support given to us at RGA by volunteers. Our volunteers help and support our residents, garden, social enterprise projects and charity to grow and develop. They become part of the community, which is at the heart of River Garden.
If you are interested in catering, you can volunteer at our Bothy Cafe. Some of the duties that you might enjoy doing are:
- Serving customers
- Washing up
- Supporting events
"I was only in for a cappuccino and a scone and, nearly a year later, I am still here! I have found my “vocation” as the dishwasher! Yes!! The simple but absolutely essential dishwasher. The friendly, appreciative residents who have become friends make my time at RGA a very happy place and I consider myself very lucky to have found this wonderful and life-changing community." - Elisabeth
"Having visited River Garden Café after reading its rave reviews, I decided to pay a visit to the grounds and Café. It did not disappoint. Being a coffee and cake connoisseur I was delighted... The customer service was excellent and everyone was so friendly. I chatted away to staff, volunteers and the residents, who were all so keen to tell me more about the project and share their stories. I decided, without reservation, to become a volunteer and hoped they'd accept me. I was delighted when they did, and haven't looked back since. It's such a lovely place to work. I'm part of the bakery team and also work front of house a couple of times a week. Being part of such a wonderful and happy team gives me a real sense of belonging. It brings fun and fulfilment to my life and connects me to my community." - Sandra
Crossroads is a registered charity which has been operating for 37 years in South Ayrshire (although also with a national footprint). We provide a highly needed service in offering a respite service for at home carers. The charity runs with a small office team supported by a team of Care Attendants and over seen by a Management Committee comprising of volunteers who each bring a different set of skills and expertise to aid the operation of the charity.
Our next aim is to raise our profile in South Ayrshire and we would gladly welcome the support of volunteers who would like to share our aim and interest by supporting us, as a volunteer fundraiser.
Ideally the volunteer would have a sales and marketing background, yet it is not mandatory as the sales pitch can be delivered by one of the committee members. The volunteer fundraiser would support by identifying donors, raising the group's profile, writing applications for funding opportunities, organising events, etc.
The group meets on a Tuesday of every second month at 7pm in a meeting room at Biggart Hospital, Prestwick (where the office is located), yet most of the volunteering can easily be done remotely and perhaps meet with the team occasionally as required.
Kindly fill in the contact us form on https://crossroads-sa.org.uk/contact.asp and we will get back to you at our earliest.
We have opened our cosy space at the Pioneer Cafe, at the Community Church Hall for anyone who is keen to get out of the house for a few hours to meet other people, relax and have a chat. Volunteers can help socialise, chat and support staff serve teas/coffee, warm soup and snacks at the cafe.
Volunteers are not expected to undertake care sector roles, but support individuals by chatting, socialising, helping out in the kitchen, set up, tidy the cafe and clear tables, etc. Could you offer a few hours per week?
Come and join our cause any time of the year. You don't have to wait up till Christmas to help make a real difference to the lives of families in Ayrshire. Volunteering with Night Before Christmas is a meaningful way to help some of Ayrshire’s most vulnerable children and families. It’s also an opportunity to develop and enjoy new experiences. You’ll connect with your community, meet new people, learn new skills and share what you know.
All our voluntary roles are supported: people come first. We’ll give you an induction and relevant training, and you’ll always have space to raise issues.
You don’t need specific skills for many of our roles. All we ask for is enthusiasm and a willingness to get involved. Tasks may include:
- Sorting and tidying
- Packing bags
- Talking and greeting other volunteers
- Driving and delivering bags
- Keeping records
- Participating in events
- Creating social media posts
Volunteering Matters is a national volunteering and social change charity. We believe that everyone in the UK should have the opportunity to thrive. We bring people together, through the power of volunteering, to resolve some of society's most complex issues.
Our national project, Getting Together Matters, operates across Scotland, England and Wales. Getting Together Matters deliver virtual activities; online zoom groups and telephone only groups, to help people aged 50+ feel connected & reduce social isolation and loneliness. We have a timetable of events and activities each week and we are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help run the activities.
If you can spare an hour a week, have a computer & internet, and would be prepared to be consistent, enthusiastic & above all kind and considerate - we would love to hear from you!
Running the groups means logging on to the specific platform (Zoom or Telephone), at regular times, facilitating conversations and enjoying communication amongst our 50 + groups.
We would give training, arrange the set ups & show you how - cover the groups with you for a while, then you would facilitate one of our weekly groups.
Ideally Mondays or Fridays are good days, but we are open to what people have to offer & we can work from there. Lots of explanations available, so do reach out if you are at all interested but would like more info.
Volunteering Matters is a national volunteering charity. We bring people together, through the power of volunteering, to overcome some of society’s most complex issues. One of our most successful projects across the UK is RSVP - the Retired and Senior Volunteer Programme. People who have time on their hands, particularly those who are aged 50+, develop, organise and run a range of activities in their local communities.
In Stirlingshire and Clackmannanshire, RSVP runs a Handyperson Project which is led by volunteers. Our team help older people, or people with disabilities, with small and minor maintenance tasks. The tasks we complete for people are varied, normally taking less than 2 hours. Examples include unblocking sinks, putting up shelves, building flatpack furniture, changing lightbulbs, rewiring plugs, replacing smoke alarm batteries, and hanging mirrors, curtains, or blinds.
It can be challenging to find a tradesperson willing to do such minor tasks which can be difficult or even dangerous for some people to do these tasks themselves – particularly if they are older, frail, or have a disability. Our service is free although the service user pays for any supplies e.g. washers or lightbulbs etc. Donations are welcomed from those who access it.
Tasks included in the role
Contact clients to arrange a suitable time for the task
Carry out task
Record task completion using an on-line report form
Accept donations if offered, record and hand in so they can be banked.
Volunteers receive full support from the Handyperson team as well as travel expenses and health & safety equipment.
The days of the week and hours available are completely flexible and we will work around the volunteer and what spare time they have. If you are interested in volunteering, or you know someone who could do with some help around the house, then please contact us.