We are looking for board members who help oversee the management of Volunteer Midlothian. This involves attending around 6 early evening (at 5.30pm) board meetings per year, attending sub group meetings and helping deliver action points outside of this time. The board meetings are the opportunity for board members to discuss and manage the various aspects of the organisation including strategic planning, finance, funding and HR issues. What we are looking for in a Volunteer Trustee is passion about volunteering and the benefits it can bring to the individual and community, as well as a belief in Volunteer Midlothian as an organisation.
We help over 500 people a year in Midlothian find a volunteering opportunity, as well as support a network of 200 organisations involve volunteers effectively. We also deliver a number of high quality volunteering projects that help the community in various ways.
If you are passionate about the important contribution that volunteers can make to their local communities, and the potential of volunteering to empower individuals to develop new skills and achieve their own goals, then we want to hear from you!
In return you will be given the opportunity to contribute to the development of volunteering in Midlothian; be involved in a dynamic and progressive organisation and gain valuable experience and skills which can enhance your CV.
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This year, we have vacancies for Non-Executive Directors, and members of our Supervisory Committee. These vacancies have arisen from Directors & Supervisory Committee members reaching the end of their current terms, or because they are moving on.
Information about the available roles, responsibilities and essential skills required for both roles can be accessed on our website at https://www.grampiancreditunion.co.uk/content.asp?section=25&bgc=&sbgc=
Volunteering with us in these roles is rewarding and offers the satisfaction of knowing you are helping our Credit Union to grow, develop, and maintain a successful organisation for the common good. Moreover, you will develop and or hone transferable skills.
Want to know more about volunteering with us? Contact us via email - firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be pleased to hear from you.
Also, would you (a member of Grampian Credit Union) like to nominate someone that you think would be interested in our roles? Please contact us via email email@example.com OR call us on 01224 561506.
We look forward to hearing from you!
. During the COVID19 pandemic, the role of Volunteers within our community has never been more important. These opportunities include helping with shopping, driving, check-in calls and collecting prescriptions for those in isolation/shielding. There are many activities you can get involved in to help make a difference in your local community. PPE will be supplied
During the COVID19 pandemic, the role of Volunteers within our community has never been more important. These opportunities include helping with shopping, driving, check-in calls and collecting prescriptions for those in isolation/shielding. There are many activities you can get involved in to help make a difference in your local community. Perhaps you could help to coordinate volunteers as they assist with shopping and prescriptions, light gardening, friendly phone calls and other community needs that are identified. Please contact us if you feel you have the skills to coordinate local volunteer activity in Bishopbriggs, Auchinairn and Torrance.
During the COVID19 pandemic, the role of Volunteers within our community has never been more important. These opportunities include helping with shopping, driving, check-in calls and collecting prescriptions for those in isolation/shielding. There are many activities you can get involved in to help make a difference in your local community. PPE will be supplied
Democracy Volunteers is the UK's leading election observation group. We observe elections to assess the quality of them and to report back to returning officers, the UK's Electoral Commission and to government. We do this by a combination of interview with key election officials as well as in-person observations of elections, such as attending polling stations and the counting process.
On May 6th, 2021 we will be deploying around 200 observers, accredited by the Electoral Commission, to observe the devolved parliamentary election in Scotland and other electoral events across the UK.
The day will consist of travelling around your designated area (this will be within the city’s wider area) and visiting polling stations with a partner, in order to help us collect data on a wide variety of subjects. Don’t worry: This will all be explained in depth through online training and seminars in addition to other events such as a pre-deployment event taking place in the week prior to polling day. Election observation is a great way to learn more about the democratic process in action, learn more about electoral standards in the UK and contribute to civil society!
Key things to consider before applying are:
• You must be available all day from 6:45am until 10:15pm on the May 6th 2021. The day is very long and tiring, but enjoyable and rewarding!
• You must be polite and respectful to all officials and the public throughout the day in line with our code of conduct.
• Have a positive mental attitude.
• Be able to follow the training provided and accurately record data.
• Be available for a training and deployment session in your area scheduled to take place in the week prior to the election (More details will be given nearer the deployment)
Please note that this role is apolitical and as such we are not able to consider any volunteering candidate if they are a member of a political party or are actively campaigning for any candidate at these elections.
Expenses are covered for travel and subsistence on polling day and for counting. Full training is conducted online and we will be holding a series of online events to tell potential observers more about the process.
Application is by CV. Once processed we will be in touch with all applicants within 10 working days informing you whether we intend to proceed with your application. More information can be found about Democracy Volunteers at www.democracyvolunteers.org
(All observers will be equipped for elections based on the health limitations in place at the time and be registered by Democracy Volunteers with the UK's Electoral Commission).
Volunteers are essential in every area of RDA life. From coaches to cake bakers, people support RDA in many different ways – and we always need more. Whatever skills you can bring, giving your time to your local RDA group will mean that more disabled people can enjoy the therapy and fun of horses.
Volunteering with RDA should be rewarding and fulfilling – and we want you to benefit from your time with us. Our award-winning programme of volunteer training means it’s not just our participants who get the chance to learn and achieve their goals.
We welcome volunteers of 12 and over, there is no upper age limit and we need a wide range of skills – not just with horses. RDA is a diverse organisation and we are at our best when we bring together people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities.
We’re looking forward to welcoming you to the RDA family, so why not find your nearest group today
*PLEASE NOTE: We are only looking for volunteers that are a reasonable distance from Aberdeen only*
*DUE TO COVID-19 ALL RECRUITMENT AND INDUCTION TRAINING WILL BE COMPLETED ONLINE*
-How can you support victims and witnesses of crime?
Victims of crime often feel a range of emotions in the aftermath of an offence. It is Victim Support Scotland’s role to provide victims and witnesses of crime emotional and practical support in person, online, and in court. Volunteers are supported by VSS staff who manage the service.
-How would you help?
Our volunteers provide emotional support, practical help, information and guidance through the criminal justice system. We aim to empower people who have been impacted by crime, to move on with their lives.
• Discuss service users’ needs by telephone, webchat, appointments and face-to-face contact, agreeing next steps at the end of each contact
• Help service users feel more confident by arranging and conducting court familiarisation visits
• Support service users in the court room and other appropriate locations on the day of the trial, liaising with court officials on behalf of the service users.
• Feedback and agree follow-up actions with staff members
• Provide administrative support in completing the service users journey
-What benefits would I get?
Volunteering with Victim Support Scotland can be challenging and also extremely rewarding. As a volunteer you will:
• Support people when they most need it
• Learn new skills and knowledge of the criminal justice sector
• Gain access to a range of specialist training courses that are relevant to your volunteering role
• Positively contribute to your community as a member of a team actively working to reduce the impact of crime
• A chance to give something back
• Receive support in your volunteering role to deliver services effectively
• All reasonable expenses (e.g. travel) will be reimbursed
-What skills and experience do I need?
We are looking for committed, reliable and empathetic volunteers who can work with people of all ages, backgrounds and life situations. Although we provide full training and support, knowledge of the criminal justice system and experience of supporting people is beneficial. As a Victim Support Scotland Volunteer you will need:
• Effective communication skills
• The ability to actively listen to service users and anyone affected by crime
• An interest in learning about the criminal justice system and understand the service user’s journey
• An awareness of confidentiality obligations and the responsibilities that come with upholding these obligations
• Effective time management skills (and working under pressure)
• Undertake all relevant training and refresher training
• Access to a car or ability to use public transport
-What is the time commitment?
We know that our volunteers have busy lives, so we agree the time commitment with each individual volunteer. However, we ask for:
• a minimum commitment of approximately one day per week, however this may vary depending upon the needs of the service.
• a minimum commitment of at least 1 year so that they might get the most out of a volunteering role.
-How can I apply?
The people we support come from all communities across Scotland, as do our volunteers. We welcome new volunteers from all backgrounds and languages.
To ensure we provide the best possible service to people affected by crime, we take all our volunteer applications through our processes which involves:
• Joining the Disclosure Scotland PVG scheme (Victim Support Scotland registers volunteers for this and there is no cost either)
• Providing two satisfactory references
• Completing our three day ‘Introduction to Victim Support Scotland’ training module
• Signing and abiding by Victim Support Scotland’s Confidentiality agreement
• Commitment to Data Protection
• Volunteer Agreement
For further information please contact Ewan McPherson at Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The North Lanarkshire Befriending Project help support vulnerable and isolated young people aged 8-18 in the local area. With social isolation, inequality and child poverty on the rise, the need for befrienders to support young people to increase their confidence, achieve personal goals and make links in their local community, is more important than ever. If you are passionate about the wellbeing of children and young people and could spend time with a young person sharing a hobby or activity on a fortnightly basis, then become a befriender in North Lanarkshire today!
Once trained and matched to a young person with similar interests, the befriender and young person meet every fortnight to take part in an activity. For example, you could meet for a hot chocolate, nature walks, a gym class, bowling or the cinema. There may be particular activities that the young person would like to take part in but we also encourage volunteer befrienders to introduce ideas for new activities when appropriate.
Befrienders will give a young person a positive role model in their life by passing on their skills and experience, enabling them to try new experiences and simply providing them with a few hours of fun. By committing to just a couple of hours every fortnight, you could make a real difference where it is needed the most.
• Must commit to contact with young person at least once every 2 weeks for 12
• Attend training, delivered in 3 x 3 hour blocks
• Must apply to the PVG scheme (handled and paid for by the project)
• Interest and enthusiasm in working with young people
• Must be at least 18 years of age
As a volunteer, you would have the satisfaction of helping a young person in need, increasing your own confidence, enhancing your skills and experience and having fun!
For further information or to apply for this role, please email email@example.com or call 07746938237.
We are looking for 4 dedicated volunteers to live at the Social Bite Village (in Edinburgh) for 6-12 months to be part of our residential community for adults who have experienced homelessness. We need you to encourage and motivate community life in the village.
The Social Bite Village is the vision of Josh Littlejohn, Founder and CEO of Social Bite. The village provides a home for up to 20 people affected by homelessness at a time. Cyrenians provide skilled key-workers so residents receive one-to-one support to achieve individual goals by tailoring a personalised plan appropriate to their needs.
Volunteers and residents live within our community facility and manage the day-to-day domestic tasks and decisions within the village, which is your home. As a Residential Community Volunteer you'll be living alongside people who have experienced homelessness. You will help to create a fun, secure and stimulating space. This will help people develop the skills and confidence to move forward in life. This will be a stimulating and hopefully rewarding role but may also be challenging and tough. You will be living alongside people who may struggle to engage, may have behaviours that challenge or are managing addictions. You will help in creating positive experiences and will help move residents from negative experiences of the past to a positive future.
This position is fully residential with all accommodation and meals provided, you will have your own bedroom in a shared house with another volunteer. A full induction will be provided and training will be offered where appropriate as well as access to ongoing support.
*Tasks and Responsibilities include:
• Live with and support up 20 community members in the village alongside other volunteers and day staff
• Encourage and motivate community life
• Help manage the day-to-day domestic tasks and decisions within the building
• Support residents to engage in activities that will help them achieve their personal goals and aspirations.
• Actively support the delivery of a Well-Being Programme that provides an environment for residents to learn independent living skills such as cooking, cleaning, money management, lifestyle balance, and more.
• Work with residents to develop informal social and recreational activities that will enhance village life and well-being.
• Support residents to keep to new commitments such as volunteering, learning, and training
• Work closely with staff and volunteers to create a pleasing and supportive environment for all
A fantastic opportunity with all help making a real difference and greatly appreciated.
For further details please contact Kathy Hoyle, Senior Recruitment and Engagement Worker at email KathyHoyle@cyrenians.scot or tel.: 0131 600 0084.