Do you like walking and chatting to people? Would you like to support people experiencing cancer on our weekly volunteer led health walks? The role of walk leader involves being a friendly, welcoming face and keeping people safe on a risk assessed route. Health walks are short (typically no more than 1 hour) and low level – we support people to get walking and connect with others.
We provide a half day training course and ongoing support as needed for the role. There are other opportunities for training in areas such as strength & balance, dementia friendly walk leading and first aid.
Volunteers to provide quality 1:1 time on a regular basis to help children and young people to access leisure and recreational opportunities in the local community and to help improve wellbeing. Activities can include going for a walk or going to a local park, doing some arts and crafts, local museums and going for a chat. This quality time would allow a space for children and young people to talk about how they are feeling as well as a time for them to have time in their local community.
Some of the befriender roles offered can also be on a 2:1 basis alongside another volunteer or worker which is a great opportunity for volunteers to build up confidence before lone working. Some befriender roles may take place in a school setting depending on the need of the child and may take place during school hours.
We also have roles available to help support a parent or to help support a family. The role could be going for a chat and a coffee and be a listening ear to a parent/carer who is caring after a child/young person with additional support needs. The family role could be helping to build up the confidence of the parent with the child/children in the home/local community.
The RNLI shops started life as simple cake stalls, run by volunteers and their supporters to raise money for the local Lifeboats and stations. These stalls started selling commemorative RNLI products in around 1920 and quickly moved on to selling souvenirs and Christmas cards. The first shop to be run as part of an actual station opened in 1990.
For many people, buying something from an RNLI shop will be the first time that they come into contact with our Charity, and as a Volunteer Shop Manager / Co-ordinator you could be the person that engages them and the other shop volunteers to support us now, and in the future. Your welcoming, organised and efficient nature will ensure that our shops are a friendly and attractive place to shop, fully representing the RNLI values.
The impact you will make
You will help save lives at sea by generating vital funds as well as promoting the work of the RNLI to customers and raising awareness of key safety messages.
What you will be doing
Leading and coordinating a team of retail volunteers to maximise opening times and deliver turnover to support the lifesaving work of the RNLI.
Recruiting, building and inspiring a volunteer team to run the shop by providing motivational inductions, ongoing training and support in line with RNLI retail best practice and volunteer management guidance, supported by your Community Manager.
Empowering the volunteer team to deliver smooth day-to-day running of the shop, maintaining a safe environment and alerting line management to any issues.
Offering a great shopping experience, creating a friendly and welcoming environment.
Ensuring all shop volunteers Champion the RNLI, it’s key messages, One Crew ethos and building its reputation in the local area.
What you need for this role
Good communication skills and personable manner.
Ability to contribute as part of a team.
Customer service related skills or experience.
What’s in it for you
Join an inclusive and diverse organisation
Have fun, meet new people and join a motivated and enthusiastic team who are making a difference
Learn skills and gain experience to enhance your CV
Gain the satisfaction of giving back
Training to fulfil your volunteer role will be provided and reasonable out of pocket expenses reimbursed
Our pupils have a range of additional support needs and have the opportunity to spend their S6 year preparing for post-school transitions. They do this by attending college on a weekly basis or by undertaking work experience placements. We need volunteers to help support our pupils in this transition process. The volunteer would be expected to accompany a small group of pupils to college, support them whilst they engage with their lessons under the direction of the lecturer and offer support and encouragement where needed. For those pupils undertaking work placements the volunteer would be required to go with them and support them in the tasks they were set by the workplace, and again, offer support and encouragement.
This is a fantastic opportunity to directly support those who need that little bit more help. You will be at the forefront of helping prepare a young adult be successful after school, helping them to develop skills for a job with the ultimate goal of living a independent life. Not only will you get to build your own interpersonal and communication skills but you will also get the rewards of watching a person with additional support needs be presented with the idea of an inclusive life without limits. The time you spend with these young adults will have a direct impact on their lives, and, by enabling them to access these opportunities you will be promoting social responsibility and championing Inclusion and Diversity within our communities
CLEAR offers opportunities for local people to volunteer in its community workshop at 47 Sandwell Street, Buckhaven. These sessions run on Wednesdays and Thursdays every week from 10.am-3.30pm, supervised by a CLEAR staff member or lead volunteer
The small workshop has tools and equipment for woodwork and crafts of various types, as well as a well-equipped bike workshop where repairs for the wider public are carried out. The wood workshop produces a range of different items such as planters, birdbath boxes, signs and garden furniture. Most of this voluntary activity is carried out in the workshop or yard, but may also involve working outdoors in the two community gardens and other sites installing items or carrying out repairs.
Would you like to help people with learning disabilities to socialise in their local community and make friends?
Dates-n-Mates is a friendship and dating agency for adults with learning disabilities. We run lots of social events and activities, helping people to meet others and to build friendships and relationships.
As an Events Volunteer, your role is to help our members enjoy socialising in safe and friendly environments. Our events include going to restaurants, pubs, cinema, tenpin bowling, day trips and walks. The events are sociable, great fun and your role is very rewarding. You will initially shadow a volunteer or member of staff to help you get to know everyone and see what is involved.
Events take place afternoons and evenings and usually last 2 hours. We ask our volunteers to commit to a minimum of 1 event per month.
Dates-n-Mates offer a variety of training and support to our volunteers. We require our volunteers to join the PVG scheme but there is no cost to yourself. All expenses including travel will also be covered.
For further information or to apply please contact Raynor McCulloch, Volunteer Co-ordinator at E Mail: email@example.com or tel. 07720 591229.
Organisation aims and objectives
Our work is underpinned by a human rights-based approach. We believe it is people’s right to live life free of discrimination and to develop friendships and relationships of their choosing, to love and be loved. Dates-n-Mates empower our members to live their life to its fullest potential whilst being active citizens within their community.
CLEAR is looking for individual volunteers to join our Street Champions. There are about 15-20 active Street Champions at present who are part of a growing national movement, going out at least three times a week around their immediate neighbourhoods and collecting rubbish to make the place more attractive. Many take the litter home and sort and recycle it. Usually CLEAR can supply a litter picker and hoop but many just use bags for life or plastic bags.
CLEAR itself started by local people picking litter and all the founder members still do this regularly after 15 years. It’s an enjoyable outdoor activity, promotes better physical and mental health and makes a visible, immediate difference. Unlike the other group activities, you just do this at a time that suits you but you are also welcome to join in some larger community litter picks we organise throughout the year,
CLEAR offers opportunities to volunteer in its two community gardens (Buckhaven and Methil). These sessions run on both Wednesdays & Thursdays from 10am -3.30pm.
This role is outdoors (though there is shelter if the weather turns) and involves some physical exercise.
The range of tasks include planting seed in seed trays, potting up, planting, watering, pruning, composting, harvesting, weeding and grass/hedge cutting. This opportunity is interesting and varied, changes over the seasons and supports both physical and mental health.