Glasgow North West Carers Service provides practical help and emotional support to unpaid Carers and their families in the North West of Glasgow. Looking after someone can be an isolating and debilitating experience and we are here to help Carers manage their caring role whilst maintaining their own health and wellbeing.
Purpose of the Role
To be part of a Team of Volunteers who assist Centre staff to provide sessional interpreter and translation skills to Carers.
• Work closely with Family Wellbeing Workers to provide high quality interpreting and translation Services to assist carers to provide accurate and detailed information to help identify needs to continue in their caring role and ensure their own health and wellbeing
• To ensure that Carers have full access to Services to provided by the Centre and the wider Community
• To assist family wellbeing Worker in preparing high quality, confidential information and support to Carers and their families
Minimum requirement 10 to 12 hours a week as required by the Centre.
Minimum Age Requirement
18 + : Volunteers will be expected to display a high degree of maturity and commitment, understanding of importance of confidentiality and sensitivity to carers experience.
Yes - in Centre, however meetings with carers in other premises (home, café etc.) may be required.
Application Form, Interview, References, PVG check
Join our Adult Literacy & Numeracy (ALN) Team as a Volunteer Tutor Assistant. FREE training on offer from October 2023 which leads to an SQA Professional Development Award: Supporting Adult Literacies Learning (PDA SALL). This qualification is a minimum requirement for our volunteers and is the same SQA level as a Higher.
Training will be delivered over 7 weeks (one day per week) and candidates will be placed in ALN (Adult Literacy & Numeracy) groups for reflective practice assignments. There are 5 assignments in total. We will support you throughout this process.
Candidates can take up to around 6 months to complete the qualification (depending on their other commitments). Please see link below for more information.
• Commit to volunteering for 2 hours per week for a minimum of one year post qualification
• Be confident with their own literacy/numeracy and ICT skills
• Commit to attending at least 4 volunteer meetings per annum
In return we offer:
• Full support throughout the training and beyond with a named member of staff
• All travel expenses reimbursed
• PVG/Disclosure costs covered
• Training and continuous professional development available
VTO provides free one to one tuition to children and young people (aged 8-18) to help tackle the attainment gap in Scotland. We work with young people from diverse backgrounds including those from low income families, care experience, EAL, or those faced with perceived barriers to learning. Our volunteers are responsible for developing a person-centred tutoring experience online. A key part of this role is relationship building, mentoring, instilling confidence, and empowering young people through education. Volunteers from a range of diverse backgrounds and experiences are welcome. Our next induction training will be held on the (Date)
What will I be doing?
Working one to one with a young person who requires tutoring support online.
Relationship building and mentoring
Instilling a growth mind set towards learning
Monitoring and recording progress of learning and keeping in contact with your assigned Learning Communities Coordinator.
Take part in relevant training.
Tutoring in English, Maths and potentially other subjects, dependant on experience.
Sourcing and creating engaging ways to support pupils’ skills and learning.
Usually, 1 hour per week time commitment for tutoring with some additional time for learning material preparation.
What skills do I need?
You don't need any formal teaching or mentoring qualifications to become a tutor. The main requisite is good literacy and numeracy skills and you must be fluent in English. All our tutors must be able to provide 2 references and be members of the PVG scheme managed by Disclosure Scotland. VTO will assist with the processing of this and there is no cost to you.
Capability, creativity, and enthusiasm to communicate and work with children and young people.
Good relationship building skills
Ability to support young people with a lack of confidence/ motivation.
Ability to be non-judgemental, empathetic, and supportive.
What skills and experience will I develop through this role?
We want to support our volunteers through their time with us.
Satisfaction of giving something back and reducing the attainment gap.
Gain teaching, tutoring and youth work experience useful in careers working with young people.
Developing new enhanced communication skills.
Enhanced personal statement/ CV.
Fulfil volunteering requirement of Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme/ Saltire award scheme if eligible.
Reference after 6 months.
Purpose of the role is to support Ukrainian and other non-native English people who would like to volunteer to improve their English and tackle isolation and promote integration. Ukrainian and other new Scotts look to improve their English, to volunteer or work. Sessions typically last for 1h30min through the day at a time that suits. The volunteer facilitator, will provide support through a relaxed chat to improve confidence in using English and to ensure the individual can feel better about using the English language. It will be very informal with no certification offered.
The facilitator will confer with a local ESOL classes coordinator regarding themes and to ensure some learning from the formal setting is complemented by the informal conversations. We would like to stress it is to be a place where people learn in a relaxed atmosphere where mutual support and understanding will help tackle isolation and improve their wellbeing.
For more information contact Magda 0131 663 9471 or 07859 914587
Would you like to make a difference to New Scots families in your community?
Would you like to help tackle Child Poverty?
We have the right opportunity for you!
Volunteering Matters is now recruiting volunteer mentors to help build resilience and aspirations to move parents towards and enter employment. While our staff will be on hand to help you provide employability specific support to parents, your role as a mentor will be focused on developing additional skills and overcoming personal barriers to facilitate their entry into the job market. More specifically, you might be supporting your mentee with confidence building, public speaking, time management, social skills, proactiveness, future plans and aspirations, accessing further education courses or work placements, additional services or local groups. No previous experience or knowledge required, just a willingness to make a difference to families in your community.
We especially welcome applications from mentors that have direct or indirect lived experience of any of the mentioned barriers and struggles and feel ready to provide friendly guidance to someone who is on their employment journey.
You will be ideally a flexible, patient and reliable individual with strong people skills. Before you start, we will invite you to attend training, aimed at providing you with all the necessary tools and knowledge to carry out your mentoring role safely and knowingly.
You will also have multiple opportunities to meet with the mentor project worker in 1:1 meetings and go through any questions or doubts you may have before you start.
Make a difference by listening, signposting and sharing information.
Excellent listening skills and an ability to put people at ease on the telephone?
Able to keep a level head when others are emotional?
Happy to ask for support and advice?
Our Helpline Team receives around 1800 enquiries each year from parents, adults and a range of agencies that support or employ dyslexic people. Each member of the team commits to just one morning or afternoon per week.
By being a listening ear, signposting, and sharing knowledge and information, you will become a significant part of the journey to a dyslexia-friendly Scotland.
A working knowledge of dyslexia and the Scottish education system would be useful but is not essential. In-depth training and support will be given.
You can choose whether to volunteer from home or in our office in Stirling.
Each week our volunteer team prepare, read and record articles from The Orcadian for those who are not able to read the newspaper. We are looking for volunteer recorders to help us produce a weekly CD every week. Reading and recording is done on Thursdays and the CD is copied and dispatched on Fridays. You can choose which roles suits you best and you would expect to do about 3-4 hours each month.
Bookmark is a tech-led literacy charity supporting disadvantaged primary school children to give them a fairer chance in life. Currently one in four children leave primary school unable to read well. These children are more likely to experience poverty, face unemployment and have a lower life expectancy. At Bookmark we want every child to read, we make this happen this through our flexible, volunteer-led programme and making sure children have access to high quality reading materials as well as dedicated spaces to read in their schools. Bookmark is a registered charity in England and Wales, but you can volunteer online from anywhere in the UK.
For the children who need us, we are changing their story.
About the role:
You’ll help a 5-10 year-old learn to read, developing their skills and confidence. You will read together, play games, and see your reader progress, all through our secure online platform.
Our programme involves 30-minute sessions with the same child, twice a week, for six weeks at a time. You book your programme through our Volunteer Hub and select sessions at times that work with your schedule.
“It was such a wonderful experience. I was very happy knowing that I was helping someone. The child really improved a lot during the 6 weeks. It was really rewarding for me to see the improvement.” — Joe, Bookmark volunteer
If you are interested in volunteering, please find out more and apply on our website here! https://www.bookmarkreading.org/volunteer
Why volunteer with Bookmark?
Government data shows that the attainment gap is the largest it has been in 10 years. Redundancies, driven by tightening school budgets due to inflation and rising bills will mean that less children will receive one-to-one support.
As a Bookmark volunteer, you’ll be helping to support one of hundreds of children waiting for one-to-one reading support right now. You’ll do this by:
- Helping children who struggle with their reading to gain essential skills at a crucial age. This will prepare them to move up the school, ready to tackle new challenges without falling further behind. Three quarters of our volunteers noticed their reader become more confident with their reading.
- Making learning to read fun by bringing your own personality into the sessions and getting to know your reader’s interests. It’s amazing when you introduce a book, comic or poem for the first time that they love! 90% of teachers said that pupils enjoy reading more after our programme.
- Giving a child one-to-one attention and being a role model. Teachers have told us that children really benefit from this dedicated time and found it boosted their self-esteem and confidence as well as their reading. You can read more about this in our Impact Report.
Helping a child with their reading is also really fun and rewarding. Over 60% of our volunteers said their own wellbeing had improved because of volunteering with Bookmark.
"Grandmentors" is an award winning inter-generational mentoring programme, matching volunteer mentors who have a range of life skills and experiences, with young people aged 16-26 who are care experienced or who have "adverse childhood experiences". Grandmentors has now launched in Midlothian in 2023, for the first time!
Our volunteer mentors help young people navigate the transition to independence into adulthood, by guiding them through life skills such as managing finances, accessing employment, education and training, and supporting their health and wellbeing.
This opportunity is for volunteers (normally aged 50+) who have life experience and skills to offer. However, if you are younger than 50 and feel you could offer valuable support, please do apply or contact us to discuss further.
It is important that you have good people skills, communication skills, patience, and can offer a regular commitment of a few hours per week (weekly or fortnightly). This role requires a PVG check which we will process for you after you apply to become a mentor.
We provide our volunteers with comprehensive induction training, all on-going support, volunteer expenses and lots of other great benefits including the chance to make a difference to a young adult in need.
The successful volunteer would be matched with a New Scot or a family who require support to practise their English language learning in “real” situations. Buddies also support learning about Scottish culture and customs, and may help learners to find out how to access services.
The volunteer would be contributing to the integration of the new arrivals into the society, reducing their isolation and enhancing their employability prospects, which is a hugely important and rewarding activity. They would be offered support and training by the ESOL Officer, so someone thinking of teaching English might be particularly interested in this opportunity.