Moray Reach Out (MRO) helps adults with disabilities gain a real sense of purpose and pride.
We provide a safe space for individuals to grow and achieve.
Adults with disabilities gain a real sense of purpose and pride, participating in meaningful work placements; creating products and providing services supported by our devoted staff and volunteers.
We currently have four training sites in Elgin and Buckie and a broad range of projects: MRO Yarns & Crafts, MRO Embroidery, MRO Recycling Buckie & Elgin, MRO Thrift Shop, MRO Art Yarn and MRO Upcycling.
Each social enterprise consists of two aspects: training and trading. They all provide valuable opportunities to our trainees, while also offering high quality products and services that the trainees are proud to be involved in.
If any of these projects are of interest to you and you have skills that can help our trainees, please contact us for more information. PVG is required, costs for this will be reimbursed by MRO.
Express Group (Fife) Ltd is a mental health charity, operating in Fife for 45 years. They provide group activities and engage with people over 18 experiencing poor mental health.
They are looking for Volunteer Cooks who can prepare simple cooked lunches for groups between 5 and 15 people. Groups meet once, twice or three times a week but there is no need to commit to each day at one location. Groups run from 9:30 am to 1:00 pm with lunch served around 12 noon; the cook can start at a suitable time to achieve this, finishing when clearing up has finished. Each venue has a good size and well-equipped kitchen. Lunch provided and travel expenses reimbursed. Free parking available at all venues.
Check this website for more details https://www.expressgroupfife.org.uk
We are looking for qualified counsellors to take up a volunteering role with Hear Me. Hear Me provide counselling for men, women and children (aged 8 and above) who are survivors of sexual abuse. To help reach more people we are recruiting suitably qualified counsellors. Do you have…?
· A postgraduate counselling diploma or equivalent
· Minimum 450 hours (post-qualifying) 1-1 experience
· Ability to commit 4 hours weekly for a year or more
· Ability to travel throughout Angus
If you do and would like to know more, leave your contact details using the 'I want to volunteer' button below and we'll be in touch.
Watch our volunteer recruitment video on https://vimeo.com/678228300 and find out more about our organisation on our website.
We would like to meet people who live with bipolar disorder and who have reached the point that they are managing their bipolar well. If you would like to spend a little of your time helping someone who has recently been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, then we would like to hear from you.
The Volunteer Role:
Working collaboratively with the Peer Workers and other colleagues, our Peer Support Volunteers provide complimentary practical and emotional support to those who have been newly diagnosed with bipolar.
Our volunteers are able to utilise their lived experience of living well with bipolar disorder, to inspire and empower those who use the service to acquire and enhance skills to improve their personal resilience and enable them to live well with bipolar too.
They will draw on their knowledge and skills to provide practical support in areas such as personal finance, budgeting, social inclusion, employability and education to support individuals to achieve their goals, to create meaningful and sustainable connections with other sources of support within their communities and instil a sense of hope for the future and what they can achieve.
Volunteering times are flexible on any day, either morning, afternoon and evenings, to mutually suit the volunteer and the person benefitting from peer support. We would expect approximately 2 hours per week time commitment.
Induction training is provided, as are additional on-going training opportunities. Support is proved by our Volunteer Manager and our Peer Support Workers.
We would encourage you to consider the impact of volunteering in a peer role on your own mental health and wellbeing and ensure you feel ready and able to support others. We do understand that mental health will fluctuate and will provide support as needed throughout your volunteering journey with us.
Bipolar Scotland facilitates a number of self-help groups across Scotland that bring together people living with bipolar to learn from and support each other. Our volunteer facilitators play an important role in helping ensure our self-help groups remain welcoming, safe and productive spaces where participants can leave feeling more hopeful about managing the challenges of life with bipolar.
Our volunteers come from all walks of life and don't need to have lived experience of bipolar. We are seeking reliable, enthusiastic individuals with excellent communication skills and a willingness to learn. Training takes place throughout the year across three evening sessions, and the role can be carried remotely although we are also seeking individuals who would be willing to co-facilitate groups face-to-face in their local communities where there's a desire for this.
To co-facilitate a self-help group for people living with bipolar on a monthly basis. This will include welcoming people, encouraging and guiding discussion, as well as dealing sensitively with issues or conflict that may arise within the group meeting. One facilitator is also responsible for collating and reporting group statistics after each meeting, whilst the other facilitator takes the lead for booking guest speakers.
• Attend Group Facilitator Training organised by Bipolar Scotland
• To co-facilitate a self-help group at the agreed time each month
• To act as first point of contact for individuals who wish to join a group (as required), ensuring they receive a warm welcome
• To send the Zoom meeting link to group participants prior to each session (online groups only)
• To welcome and book guest speakers
• To note attendance and submit a short statistical form online after each meeting
• To inform the Delivery and Development Officer of any adverse incidents or concerns following a group session
• To attend regular support and supervision sessions with the Delivery and Development Officer and other volunteers
We have 3 different opportunities that you can get involved in
Coffee Club – This group is aimed at autistic adults aged 26+ it meets online once a month, and we hope to be able hold some face to face meetings soon. We do different activities each month and this may be having a quiz or chatting about a specific topic we would ideally like volunteers aged 26+ for this group
NAS Cafe – this group is for autistic young people age 16 to 24 it meets online once a month and we aim to gain the views of our members and if face to face meetings are important to them then make these events happen whilst being user led.
Social Navigation Programme – this group meets for up to 2 hours every week with a rolling 15-week programme. Social Navigation is designed to support autistic young people aged 12-18 years it runs for 15 sessions with fun activity pack's sent out every week to support with social navigation. This programme is designed to support autistic young people to navigate the social world while building existing skills. Social navigation provides you with the opportunity to become more confident, make new connections, grow their skills and have fun!
We can let you know more about the different groups and discuss which group you could volunteer with when we have an informal chat with you when you have received your application form.
When and where
Group times are once a month on a Thursday 11.45am-12.30 during the day time and once a month on Tuesday evening 6 to 6.45pm (these can run over slightly) and Wednesday evenings weekly for 15 weeks 6-7.30pm (will include holiday breaks)
We can discuss which of the session day/times would work best for you in our information chat when we receive your application
Do you have an interest in pastoral care, some free time and a lovely, gentle dog? Then volunteering for Pet and Companion (PEACE for short) could be for you and your furry friend!
PEACE is a charity providing Canine Therapy along with Pastoral Care for people in need of support and companionship, particularly: the elderly; patients receiving end of life care; students during stressful periods; and vulnerable women.
Pastoral Carers and their therapy dogs (PEACE Teams) visit people in need of support and companionship in various locations, including: Care Homes; University and College campuses; and community hubs. Ideally, PEACE Teams will volunteer for a couple of hours a week/fortnight in order to build relationships with the people they visit.
The PEACE dog helps to provide a relaxing environment (the basis of canine therapy), while the Pastoral Carer offers both a listening ear and a means of support, happy to talk through any concerns or fears a person may have (pastoral care).
The role of a PEACE Pastoral Carer is similar to that of a befriender. All Pastoral Carers are therefore Christians, and are comfortable praying and/or discussing their faith with the people they visit, if requested.
All PEACE Pastoral Carers receive training in Mental Health First Aid, attentive listening and dementia awareness. Volunteers will also become members of the PVG (Protecting Vulnerable Groups) scheme.
For information about volunteering or any other enquiries about PEACE, please contact Georgie Treharne-Hulks, Volunteer Manager at email: email@example.com Further information is also available at www.petandcompanion.com
Are you interested in sport and working with older adults? We might have the opportunity for you.....
Strathmore Community Rugby Trust and Strathmore Cricket Club are working in partnership to deliver Sporting Memories sessions throughout Forfar and Kirriemuir. The Sporting Memories sessions support a wide range of people aged 50+. They focus on bringing adults over 50 together to reduce isolation and loneliness, improve their mental wellbeing and help them become more active to live a healthier lifestyle. We have weekly and monthly clubs delivered at a variety of locations. At each session we deliver an on-topic reminiscing session followed by a light physical activity session to suit the abilities and interest of the group. For example, in the build up to Rugby World Cup we have sessions relating to rugby and in the summer during Wimbledon we focussed on tennis. We have a variety of roles for volunteers which all combine to ensure the smooth and successful running of our club.
We are looking for volunteers that may be interested in helping with some of the below roles:
- providing practical help at group meetings
- welcoming members as they arrive and being a friendly face
- making teas and coffees
- encouraging members to engage in conversations and activities
- befriending group members and supporting them to attend
Club Resource Maker
- helping to research and create resources
- find and collate items of local or national sporting interest
- develop relevant sporting resources for use within clubs and for one-to-one
- work with our members and other volunteers to create resources relevant to our members interests
- helping to record and promote activities
- collate information and stories from club members
- talk about your own personal sporting memories
- provide history from a local sporting club
- bring along resources from a sporting history in the local area
If you have any questions about any of the roles or would like to volunteer, please contact Mia White, Community Project Worker at Strathmore Community Rugby Trust.
CAPS provides Individual Advocacy in East Lothian and Midlothian and runs several experience-led Collective Advocacy projects across Lothian. You will receive induction, training, guidance and support from CAPS staff. More information is contained within the Management Committee volunteer role description available online at www.capsadvocacy.org
Please contact Jane Crawford, CEO on 0131 273 5116, or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org for an informal chat.
Management Committee members must not be disqualified from acting as a charity trustee. This role is subject to Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme membership. CAPS is a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation, Scottish Charity number SC021772.
What will I be doing?:
Around 1in 3 Mums/Mums to be and 1 in 10 Dads/Dads to be are affected by mental health issues in the Perinatal period – during pregnancy and up until their baby’s first birthday. As a volunteer Perinatal befriender you would be matched with a Mum/ Mum to be, who you will help by spending regular time together on a 1:1 basis, building a trusting relationship and reducing social isolation. Befriender’s come from a range of backgrounds and anyone aged 18 and over – there is no upper age limit to become a befriender!
Impact you can make:
Feedback from families who have had befriending support tells us a Befriender can be life changing. A befriender can provide emotional support to help build positive relationships between parents and their baby and improve parents’ mental health. Accessing activities in the community, going for a walk, or talking over a cuppa are some of the ways in which a Befriender can make a real difference for parents and their babies. A Mum who used our service recently said “My befriender is like a wee rainbow coming in to make everything better”
Benefits to you as a volunteer:
As a volunteer you will receive high quality training including Perinatal Mental Health and Child Protection. You will also gain practical experience of helping families affected by Perinatal Mental Health issues with ongoing support from our staff team throughout your befriending journey. You will meet a range of new people and be filled with a sense of satisfaction, knowing that you have helped make an unforgettable, positive difference to parents, babies and families.