You will get to meet the inspirational faces of community groups across the UK and immerse yourself in their work; use your existing skills in a rewarding fashion whilst developing new ones; guide members to become more inclusive; network with other like-minded individuals helping grassroots sports groups survive; and so much more. Our volunteers say that making a positive difference to our members is what they most enjoy about volunteering at Sported.
You'll use your professional skills and lived experience to help groups overcome operational challenges, become better equipped for the future, and tackle inequality in sport.
Most of our roles are quite flexible and work around your schedule. We do our best to only share opportunities we think are relevant to you. With most of our volunteering support being delivered digitally, it’s even easier to get started supporting members across our network.
Volunteers are carefully matched with a Sported membership club within their locality, who they then support on a one-to-one basis to help them to tract investment into their organisation. Sported support groups who are utilising sport to bring about real social difference throughout the UK so you'll be paired with a group that are doing really inspiring work. These groups are doing incredible work but require some guidance around fundraising in order to make them more sustainable and increase their capacity. This is a great opportunity to make an impact on a community group in your area. If you enjoy working with people and have a desire to make a difference, and most importantly, have fun then please do get in touch. Code: CRV
To provide transport to anyone in Caithness or a rural area who might have difficulty accessing public transport, many vehicles are wheelchair accessible. This is a valued community transport scheme heavily reliant on volunteer drivers. Can you offer to become a volunteer Driver for this valued service? You will be driving the charity vehicles and training and support provided.
We are looking for a friendly person to make folk feel welcome at open doors, someone who can take the initiative and get involved in our lovely team.
Making people feel welcome
Helping with activities (games and crafts)
Helping with the dishes
Helping to tidy up
Charity Trusteeships can be incredibly rewarding as well as supporting personal and professional development. Along with your fellow Trustees and the Director of the organisation, you will set the long-term strategic direction of HSGNNL and provide advice and guidance to the other Trustees and the Senior Management Team in your specialist field where applicable. The Trustees ensure that performance is monitored and managed through internal controls and delegation and approve key strategies and policies to allow the organisation to achieve its objectives.
The Board of Trustees currently meets either online or in person every 6 weeks (early evening), although this is currently being reviewed. Trustees will also be asked to support sub-groups as required. The initial appointment is for a 3-year term with the opportunity for reappointment. Role of a Trustee - General
Our trustees play a vital role in making sure that HSGNNL achieves its core purpose. Whilst all involved in the work of HSGNNL, including staff, volunteers, and trustees, have a shared vision and passion of supporting families to be the best they can be, the Trustees have responsibility for the overall management and administration of the charity. They also ensure that HSGNNL has a clear strategy and that our work and goals are in line with our vision. Just as important, they support and challenge the Senior Management Team to enable HSGNNL to grow and thrive, and through this, achieve our mission.
Trustees have a collective responsibility. This means that trustees always act as a group and not as individuals.
• Support and provide advice on HSGNNL’s purpose, vision, goals and activities.
• Provide challenge to the Director and Senior Management Team
• Approve operational strategies and policies and monitor and evaluate their implementation.
• Oversee HSGNNL’s financial plans and budgets and monitor and evaluate progress.
• Ensure the effective and efficient administration of the organisation.
• Ensure that key risks are being identified, monitored, and controlled effectively.
• Review and approve HSGNNL’s financial statements.
• Provide support and challenge to HSGNNL’s Director in the exercise of their delegated authority and affairs.
• Keep abreast of changes in HSGNNL’s operating environment.
• Contribute to regular reviews of HSGNNL’s own governance. Attend Board meetings, sub-group meetings and be adequately prepared to contribute to discussions.
• Use independent judgment, acting legally and in good faith to promote and protect HSGNNL’s interests, to the exclusion of their own personal and/or any third-party interests.
• Contribute to the broader promotion of HSGNNL’s objects, aims and reputation by applying your skills, expertise, knowledge, and contacts.
North East Sensory Services' social groups are looking to return to full capacity in Moray, but need some friendly, welcoming volunteers to help them. NESS delivers a 'Community Inclusion Project' that aims to reduce social isolation and loneliness in people over the age of 65 who have a significant sight or hearing impairment. They do this by supporting social groups in Forres, Elgin, Keith and Buckie, which provide their service users with the opportunity for friendship, activity and support. Transport to attend community groups is often an issue for members so they provide drivers too! ( and would welcome new volunteer drivers as well!)
As a group volunteer volunteer, you might be needed to guide someone on an outing, to describe the cake selection, or assist someone to take part in a game of floor curling: every session is different. Induction training will be provided, so no previous experience of groups or of sight/hearing loss is required. A PVG check will be required for this role and a 6 month commitment would be ideal.
Some main tasks can include:
• support the group to achieve what they wish to do
• assist group members with refreshments
• assist group to plan and organise activities/speakers
• assist group members to find seats and negotiate the room
• interact with group members and develop positive relationships
• encourage the group to interact with one another
Volunteers are well supported and find their experience rewarding, uplifting and fun, often forming fulfilling
long-term friendships with our service users. Roles solely based on driving or escorting on bus transport
may also be available.
Full induction and Sensory Awareness training is provided, as well as the opportunity to get more involved
with the charity in other ways if desired. Out-of-pocket expenses are reimbursed monthly.
Moray Duo is a local group for supporting the health and wellbeing of disabled people in Moray. The group would like to welcome a few new volunteers to help take minutes at meetings and to help organise information and data on their computer.
The Board of Trustees’ current roles are Co-Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, Safeguarding Officer and others, depending on your interests and skills. Some of these are likely to be vacant from November 2022.
Benefits to volunteer: The sense of playing a vital part, becoming part of something worthwhile and well-attested in its benefits to members’ wellbeing and integration in the community; building strong networks in the community - particularly among those working with vulnerable adults in the area; meeting new people committed to sharing their time and skills with one another. Time commitment is negotiable, but monthly or bi-monthly meetings are expected in early stages of training new Trustees. Hybrid meetings are now possible, with Zoom connection where necessary.
The befriender will be matched up to the befriendee by having the same interests and hobbies. On average the pair will meet up once a week and undertake a range of activities depending on a preferred choice, (e.g. meeting for coffee, going for a walk). This opportunity will give the befriender a chance to do something worthwhile in the full knowledge that it is much appreciated.
Working within the new office in Market Street, Stranraer volunteers will be involved in the following activities: • Directing visitors to local businesses, attractions and local amenities including public toilets, cash machines, parks, museums etc. • Giving directions to visitors to other local towns or to areas out with the region eg Glasgow, Edinburgh. • Provide visitors with information regarding local public transport. • Answering questions from visitors about the village/town. • Assisting customers on the shop floor. • Helping with the cash desk