Do you want to help support children and young people aged 5-18 years with additional support needs living in Angus?
Angus Special Playscheme provides holiday playschemes for children and young people aged 5-18 years with additional support needs living in Angus. Our volunteers play a valued role in the work of the organisation. Our main opportunity is as a Playscheme Volunteer which can be summed up as "supporting the children who attend our schemes to ensure they are safe and enjoy their time there",
Duties are varied but may include:
• To ensure the children you are matched with are safe.
• To complete at the end of the day a ‘my day sheet’ with the guidance of the Playleader as necessary for each child you were matched with that day.
• To report to the Playleader/Depute Playleader any issues with the children or any negative behaviours.
• To ensure first aid treatment is sought as needed for the children you are matched with.
• To work in accordance with the National Care Standards, Early Education and Childcare up to the age of 16
• Encourage and support individual children to participate in the planned programme of activities
• Assist the Playleader in being responsible for and ensuring that adequate precautions are taken to safeguard children and minimise risks
• Develop a stable friendly and trusting relationship with the children
• Ensure high standards of cleanliness and hygiene are maintained by yourself and the children at all times
• Ensure all aspects of play promote equal opportunities and anti-discriminatory practices
• Work as part of a team
The Playschemes run during the Easter, Summer and Autumn holidays but there may be opportunities to volunteer outside of these times and within different roles.
We need volunteers to run, maintain, produce, edit and dispatch weekly audio newspapers for the partially sighted and blind people of Ayrshire. Volunteer readers must have a good, clear speaking voice & enjoy reading; they must feel comfortable reading aloud and be able to put a bit of colour and personality into the stories they are recording to make the experience more interesting for the listener. Someone with a journalist or radio background would be a great advantage, although this is not a requirement.
Computer digital recordings are saved on USB memory sticks & distributed to members each week by post to those on our membership list (post-free). Service users keep the memory sticks for a few days to give them time to listen to all of the stories. They then return them to us where the old recordings are wiped and the memory sticks re-used for the next batch of recordings.
Admin Assistant Duties: Volunteer admin support needed to help manage, maintain and organise our administration & keeping our records up to date. Volunteers must be computer literate with knowledge of Microsoft Office and relevant software packages.
The volunteer producer will operate and maintain the recording equipment in our small studio to record the volunteer readers who come in to record excerpts from the local newspapers, books, magazines etc. The recordings are copied to USBs which are then sent out to our sight impaired membership. When the service users have finished with them, they return the USBs to us so that we can delete the old recordings and replace them with new ones. We need volunteers with relevant skills/expertise in audio software such as Audacity/Windows 10, who can work on a digital audio recording system for our Talking Newspapers Service for the Blind. Volunteers are needed to help us maintain and keep this vital recording equipment in good running order.
Can you help make a difference to people’s lives? Do you want to give back to your community? Could you become a committee member/Trustee of SBBI?
What we offer:
• A well-established, solvent local charity (SCIO – no financial liability)
• Enthusiastic members who love the chance to meet their friends and develop their skills in a safe, supportive space
• Parents and carers who value the respite and mutual support afforded by our activities
• Volunteers who have called their experience with us “life-changing” and gone on to careers in medicine, teaching, social care and the third sector
• Access to consultants from the sportscotland Changing Lives Direct Support programme who are specifically linked to SBBI for mentoring and support
What we need:
• Enthusiasm and shared commitment to our main purposes as stated in our Constitution:
o The relief of those in need by reason of disability who are resident within the Strathearn area of Perth and Kinross.
o To provide a focus for community based initiatives to support people with learning and/or other disabilities and their carers, to enhance integration, to reduce isolation and to increase community awareness.
• Passion for our values:
o Inclusion and opportunities for all
o Friendly, caring and supportive
o Mutual respect and learning
• Willingness to share particular expertise in e.g. chairing meetings / administration / communications / marketing / IT / fundraising
• Commitment to attend up to 6 meetings a year (online or face to face as required)
Guide Dog UK are looking for short stay host families to host a guide dog [in training] for up to 10 weeks. The guide dogs will be receiving regular/daily training from the Guide Dog UK trainer in Caithness . Your role will be to keep the dog in your home and follow simple training guidelines while the dog is receiving its official training.
Our trainer will pick up and drop off the dog from your home four days a week. For the remaining three days, including the weekend, the dog will stay with you all day.
Guide Dogs provide exceptional training and encouragement throughout your volunteering journey and will pay all pre-agreed expenses.
Everyone has the right to live life to the full. After a diagnosis of a chest or heart condition or a stroke, many people experience fear and isolation and struggle with the impact on their lives. The care and support we deliver every day ensures everyone can live the life they want to. Across Scotland, we will provide vital advice, information, and support through our No Life Half Lived strategy.
Join our amazing team of Community Support Volunteers, who support people with one or more of our conditions to develop autonomy and confidence in self-management, enabling them to fully engage with their community and activities of their choosing. The service follows a pathway from hospital to community and can be delivered in a one-to-one and/or group setting in person, virtually or via telephone.
You will be providing a puppy with a vital foundation for its future role as a guide dog. This is a full-time volunteering opportunity as a puppy will live with you in your home for around 12-16 months. It should be noted that although it is possible for another Puppy Raiser to look after a dog on your behalf for short periods of time that this may not always be possible. Consideration should be given to your future plans such as holidays abroad.
“It’s so rewarding to know that the dog will go on to help people with sight loss gain independence and freedom.” – Chris, Puppy Raiser
We rely on volunteers like you to help us improve the lives of people with sight loss. In this role your support will include:-
• Developing, caring and providing for the needs of one of our puppies using Positive Reinforcement Techniques and following Guide Dogs Puppy Raising for Excellent Partnerships (PREP) programme
• Familiarising a puppy to a wide range of environments including shops and outdoor off lead exercise areas in all climates and seasons.
• Teaching a puppy it’s ok to be left alone by gradually building up from a few minutes to a maximum of 4 hours
• Attending regular puppy classes
• Regularly meeting with Guide Dogs representatives to discuss your pup’s development
• Completing regular on-line questionnaires to help us monitor puppy progress
Ideally you will:
• Be able to handle large breed dogs (around 25-40kg)
• Have access to a car on a weekly basis for training and vet visits
• Have your own home or written permission to have a dog in the home
• Have access to a secure area where the puppy could go to the toilet during the day, especially first thing in the morning and last thing at night
• Be able to access online content and training materials (you will need your own email address)
If you don’t feel you tick every box but are sure this role is the one for you, please drop us a message and tell us why. We’re open to suggestions and happy to chat with you to find out what’s possible!
Volunteering is a two-way street, so in return for your time you will get;
• A dedicated volunteer manager/key contact who will help you settle in and support you during your time with us.
• The challenge and reward of seeing a puppy develop in your home.
• The opportunity to learn and develop your understanding in dog body language, learning theory, the human animal bond and the life of a Guide Dog.
Volunteering for Guide Dogs should never leave you out of pocket. We’ll make sure we pay any expenses related to your volunteering with us in line with our policy.
If you have any questions or would like to discuss the role further before applying please email VolunteerScotNi@guidedogs.org.uk Thank you.
As a Remap Volunteer you will get to meet the disabled people we help, often with an occupational therapist who can provide clinical input. Your job is to solve whatever practical challenge they throw at you, designing and then making a special piece of equipment that will help them become more independent. We also ask that you risk assess, provide basic documentation, and take photographs of your project.
You will need somewhere to work independently on your projects, some of our volunteers have their own workshop, others use community facilities or have a workbench and tools in the garage. However you like to work, we would be pleased to hear from you.
ANGUSalive’s BE ACTIVE…Live Well (BALW) programme provides suitable, agreed exercises or physical activity sessions that support people to manage their own physical and mental health conditions along with a focus on prevention and recovery.
You will work alongside the Health & Wellbeing Co-ordinator, Health & Wellbeing Advisors, specialist exercise instructors, health walk leaders and local stakeholders including Health Care Professionals (HCP).
• Provide support for the Health & Wellbeing Advisors, specialist exercise instructors and HCPs during physical activity sessions e.g., circuit classes, seated exercise, strength & balance, gym sessions, aqua aerobics, and health walks
• Provide meaningful interaction with class participants encouraging and enabling them to do the exercises prescribed to them in a safe manner
• Help participants with equipment as required e.g., setting up weight machines in the gym
• Engage with participants following sessions where tea/coffee is provided (where applicable)
What will volunteers gain:
What will the volunteer gain from this:
• The opportunity to develop interpersonal skills
• The opportunity to gain knowledge and understanding of the benefits/implications of physical activity in long term conditions populations
• Improved confidence in working with specialist populations
• Make a real difference to the lives of people living with mental or physical health conditions