Volunteers are matched up on a one-to-one basis with a vulnerable adult. The matches meet regularly either weekly or fortnightly for a few hours at a time. The aim is to engage in purposeful activities within the community which will help to reduce social isolation and feelings of loneliness. It is also about continuing to support the adult to engage in their own community and have positive social connections.
Are you passionate about digital communications and creating outreach content for an online community? If so, we are looking for someone to join our team and work alongside us to develop digital communications strategies and content to empower our community and promote our existing and future projects.
We are an arts-based media project supporting women and people from marginal communities to showcase their work and connect with arts focused opportunities across Scotland. Our placement opportunity will provide you with an opportunity to develop digital content to support connecting with our existing community and create growth opportunities to reach out to new members.
The role includes:
• Creating digital communication strategies to connect with people inclusive and supportive of their community and individual needs.
• Creation of community focused digital content for social media platforms.
• Supporting the development and implementation of community connection and growth strategy.
• Analysis of engagement data and supporting the creation of solutions to increase community connections.
• Working alongside the Zya Community team to support sharing of existing projects via digital communication.
The commitment is negotiable depending on availability however there is a minimum of 4 hours a week required. We can support with connecting the role with academic outcomes and have flexibility around role duties.
If you are interested email Zya Community Director Nikki Kilburn with a short paragraph explaining why this role is of interest to you, what you hope to gain from it and a brief description of any prior or relevant experience.
If you have any questions or require further information email Nikki and she will get back to you. We look forward to hearing from you.
The ZYA Community Team.
We are looking for people to join our team of trained regional Befrienders supporting those who are currently struggling with an eating disorder. Our Befriending Service provides personal support by linking people who are struggling with those who are recovered and trained.
Our Befrienders will provide a weekly telephone call for approximately 6 months in order to support and guide someone towards recovery. The Befriending Service aims to reduce feelings of isolation, offer hope and to encourage people as they work on their recovery. Practical help towards eating again is part of this service, led by
Talk-ED's registered dietitian and nutritional therapist.
It is really helpful to be able to speak to someone who knows what the road to recovery can be like. Our Befriender's have a big 'heart' for others and a wish to help them through.
For more details or to apply please refer to our website https://www.talk-ed.org.uk/become-a-befriender where you will find the guide to Befriending along with an application form.
Over 30 years of experience enables Talk-ED (previously known as Anorexia & Bulimia Care) to offer personal, on-going, emotional support and practical guidance for recovery for people struggling with an eating disorder or disordered eating, in addition to behaviours such as compulsive exercise, self-harming, laxative abuse and suicidal ideation.
Our purpose is to safeguard the lives of people struggling with eating disorders, to prevent an eating disorder from developing and claiming someone's life, to care for the emotional and physical needs of people with eating disorders and their families, friends and colleagues, to encourage recovery by equipping people with practical tools and strategies for living life, to train and resource individuals and organisations working with people affected by eating disorders and to support and engage in research into eating disorders.
The main role of volunteers will be to befriend people aged 16 years and over who are presently experiencing mental health difficulties or social isolation and loneliness. The volunteers will be matched with people with similar interests so they can engage in their local community in a variety of ways from meeting up in the community for a coffee and chat, going for a walk or a taking a trip to the cinema. Full induction, training and ongoing contact and support will be given regularly. All out of pocket expenses will be reimbursed including travel and mileage costs.
Agape Wellbeing Centre is looking for a caring and enthusiastic individual to lead a weekly Gentle Exercise Group session. This will provide an opportunity for vulnerable adults in the local community to engage in low impact exercises and physical activities to support their health and wellbeing.
You will have the opportunity to lead the Gentle Exercise Group and plan low impact exercises and fun physical activities for each weekly session. You will help to create a welcoming and engaging environment for people attending the group and encourage their participation. You will also complete a sign-in record and debrief notes for each session.
The Manna Project is based in Carnoustie Baptist Church. It’s a two-part operation, working to tackle food poverty and providing free light lunches once a week through the Manna café. We aim to provide a warm, accessible, space where people can gather, and enjoy the company and a light lunch.
The Manna community cafe is looking for someone with a community-focused mindset, good communication, and interpersonal skills, with crucially, the necessary cooking skills and preferably some knowledge of how a small commercial-type kitchen works, to join the Team as a volunteer.
This initially would be to help with the preparation and cooking of the soup, able to operate independently when necessary, but may develop over time.
This would be a good opportunity for a retired cook seeking to do some worthwhile voluntary work.
At Changes, we are establishing a new befriending project ‘Well-Connected’ targeted toward individuals 18+ within East Lothian. We are looking to recruit passionate and confident volunteers to take part in this immensely rewarding befriending role.
You will work on a one-to-one basis with a matched befriendee who may be struggling with loneliness, isolation, and lack of social connections. You would have continuous support from your supervisor, fellow peers and get to relax yourself during social events. If you’re looking to help in your community and can spare an hour a week, please get in touch.
A befriending visit will usually look as follows:
• Last one hour per week,
• At a pre-planned location/venue
• Pre-arranged video call
• Pre-arranged telephone call
• Mutually agreed time scale
You and your matched befriendee will have the time to have a friendly and compassionate chat while engaging in the community, with the hopes of relieving the befriendee’s feelings of isolation and loneliness.
During your time together you will:
• Build a strong rapport and relationship
• Implement positive change
• Create a trusting and supportive connection
• Engage in like-minded interests and hobbies
• Have fun!
We are seeking someone with the ability to work with the Branch Accountant & Administrative Secretary to explain the branch results on a quarterly basis in plain English; to counsel the Trustees on the need to use dedicated reserves & timescales important to certain donations and whose knowledge base includes Sage or similar packages, pension requirements from employees’ & employers’ points of view, VAT, Gift Aid working practices and payroll experience or knowledge.
Have you been Bereaved by Suicide? Do you have a desire to help other people who have also been Bereaved by Suicide? Are you comfortable listening to the experiences of others? You could be just the person we are looking for.
We have self-help support groups across the UK, where you can meet with other people who have been bereaved by suicide and we want to enroll some new volunteers to set up a group in Aberdeen. Typically, our groups meet once a month and last for around 2 hours. Presently many groups are meeting virtually via Zoom but when regulations allow, they will return to Face to Face. They provide an opportunity to listen, to share, to ask questions and to connect with others.
Each local SoBS group is run by a team of 3: the group leader and two group volunteers, all of whom have been bereaved by suicide themselves. Between them, they facilitate the session, get the conversation started, make sure everyone has the opportunity to talk if they want to, and generally look out for people and each other. The team also work together to manage the administration, fundraising and communication for the group, sometimes with the help of additional support volunteers.
There is no set structure to a session – people are free to talk and listen as they wish. The topics discussed vary from week to week but often includes people sharing their story, how they are feeling, what has happened since their last group visit, questions about coroners and discussions about common challenges such as flashbacks, supporting children or facing neighbours. Many groups also offer a small resource library and can share information about local sources of support.
For further details please contact Phill Abbiss, Volunteer Coordinator (North) at E Mail: email@example.com or tel.: 07535 854 860.
Survivors of Human Trafficking in Scotland (SOHTIS)
Assisting with the development of our social enterprise which will allow us to support more victims and survivors of human trafficking. A range of opportunities:
-marketing new merchandise lines
-uploading and managing online shop
-preparing items for sale at market/craft fayres and shops
-planning new ideas for sales
More roles available on discussion.