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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.
Our Cats Protection shops play a key part in raising the funds needed to help thousands of cats and kittens each year. Our shop assistant volunteers help with all aspects of the day to day running of one of our fantastic shops. They serve customers, help with stock rotation, create displays - and everything in between! They are part of a passionate retail team that make sure our shops are enjoyable places for customers to visit, leading to repeat custom and vital funds being raised to help our feline friends in need. What can you expect to be doing? • Serving customers • Arranging and replenishing stock • Helping make changes to the shop layout, pricing and stock rotation • Sharing your passion for cat welfare • Promoting the work of the Cats Protection This role is open to anyone over the age of 14.
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. Main Purpose 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. Key Responsibilities: • 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 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.
Fife Carers Centre is a well-established and well-regarded organisation that every year supports thousands of family and unpaid adult carers throughout the length and breadth of Fife. Keeping them on track and planning the way ahead is their Board of Directors and they are currently looking for people who can offer their time and skills to help this important service continue to grow and develop. You might be at the start of building a career, (imagine having "Director" on your CV!) or you're recently retired and want to keep your brain supple, or you just have a bit of time on your hands and want to contribute your knowledge and experience to help us keep supporting the carers of Fife. Directors of the Fife Carers Centre take the final responsibility for the direction of the organisation and together the Board require a variety of skills and expertise that complement each other to ensure the success of the organisation.
“Would you like to reap the benefits of carrying out the role of a Volunteer Telephone Befriender? We are looking for people who can regularly telephone a vulnerable person, experiencing loneliness and social isolation, living within the Angus community. Telephone Befriender Volunteers are required to ring a person to check on them and overtime build a friendship. We are looking for people: • Aged 18 and over • Live in Angus • Good listening skills • Patience, Empathy and Understanding • Ability to keep records of calls made • Flexible, reliable and punctual • Clear sense of personal boundaries and confidentiality • Able to provide non-judgemental support • Engage with training and development Your important impact: One 30 minute call to a person, who is feeling lonely and isolated, seems really simple, but having someone to talk to and someone to listen, could really make such a positive difference to a person. It may be that you are the only person they speak to, that day, or even that week. By enrolling to become a Volunteer Telephone Befriender, you are playing a vital role in reducing social isolation and loneliness, within the Angus community. If you are interested in becoming a telephone befriender, please get in touch.
Angus Carers Centres vision is that all carers in Angus will receive appropriate information and support to enable them to feel valued and confident in their caring situation and to develop their own potential. Our mission is to improve the quality of life for all carers in Angus. We are currently looking for volunteers to help us cover our reception desk within the centre at 8 Grant Road, Arbroath,DD11 1JN. This role involves answering and directing telephone calls, meeting and greeting visitors to the centre and some general administrative tasks such as booking rooms. This role would suit anyone wishing to develop their communication skills and build confidence in a people facing role. Some experience is beneficial, but training and guidance will be provided by our admin staff here in the centre. At the moment we would welcome enquiries from individuals who can possibly volunteer with us one hour per week on a Thursday from 4-5pm and also from individuals who would be able to help out at holiday times. An initial informal chat will be arranged along with a visit to learn more about our organisation. This role requires a PVG ( There is no cost to the Volunteer for a PVG check) Travel expenses are paid for this role.
We are looking to recruit volunteers to our telephone befriending service. Carer support workers refer carers to this service that provides a weekly call from volunteers that check on the befriender's wellbeing. Calls last approximately half an hour and the volunteers are provided with guidance on conversations. This role has proved extremely successful with good feedback from the carers and the volunteers. The service runs Monday to Friday from 9am to 4pm and the volunteer provides feedback after each call. Full training is given and the opportunity is suitable with someone who has a few hours to spare. Potential volunteers will be required to undertake a volunteer interview on zoom. Contact Angus Carers Centre for more information by emailing or phoning 01241 439157.
We are looking for volunteers to support our family's program that provides a variety of activities to the whole family where there is a child with a disability. The program works with the whole family including siblings, parents and guardians and the aim of the program is also to bring parents together. Volunteers will be involved in supporting these activities and we are looking for volunteers that are quite active and have some understanding of the needs of children with a disability. Volunteers will support children to engage with activities and will require patience and motivation with an ability to engage with a range of age groups and abilities. Full training is provided and this opportunity can provide valuable experience in working with children with disabilities and their families. Potential volunteers will be required to undertake a volunteer interview on zoom. Volunteers will also be required to undertake membership of the PVG (Protection of Vulnerable Groups) Scheme. If you are interested in this role, contact Angus Carers Centre for more information by emailing or phoning 01241 439157.
We are looking to recruit volunteers to support our young carers group and holiday activities. These take place in the evenings after school or in the holidays. The groups provide respite for our young carers and are real good fun and we are looking for volunteers that are quite active and enjoy being outdoors. Full training is provided and this opportunity can provide valuable experience in working with young people. Volunteers will need to be energetic, outgoing and likes to have fun. Volunteers will need to be able to participate in games and activities and encourage and support our young carers to take part. Contact Angus Carers Centre for more information by emailing or phoning 01241 439157.