Local Volunteering Opportunities


Royal Air Forces Association seeks Volunteer Befrienders

rafaThe Royal Air Forces Association is the charity that supports the RAF family, looking after the welfare of serving and former-serving personnel and their dependants, helping them in times of need.  We exist to ensure that the sacrifices made by those who serve their country in the Royal Air Force does not result in suffering, poverty or loneliness.

How do we support them?
We provide a wide range of needs-based welfare support.  This includes everything from providing home visits and much needed short breaks, to offering advice and, in some cases, financial assistance in times of difficulty.

Could you give a little time to help others?  Join our Volunteer programme today!
Volunteering for the Association is both exciting and rewarding.  We offer a variety of exciting roles, each with different tasks and commitment required.

rafa-stallIn the West Lothian area we need Befrienders:

What do I get out of volunteering?
There are so many benefits to joining our fantastic team of volunteers, including:

Giving you the opportunity to learn new skills, increase knowledge and gain experience in other sectors
Boosting your self-esteem and confidence
Contributing to a worthy cause by engaging in meaningful activities and by giving back to those who gave so much
Enhancing personal effectiveness
Looking great on your CV!

So please get in touch to find out more about how you can help today!  You can register on our website at www.rafa.org.uk/volunteer and we will confirm your registration via email.  If you have any queries or questions, please do contact us at volunteers@rafa.org.uk.  Alternatively, you can call us for a chat about the roles on 0800-018-2361.


Young Carer Volunteer for West Lothian Young Carers Project

WLYC ProjectWest Lothian Young Carers are looking for a Volunteer carer to assist staff in providing support to young Carers in a group setting, involving them in supportive activities, providing breaks from caring situations and new opportunities. To adopt a person-centred approach to working with young carers and encourage empowerment.
Note: Work will be undertaken on a regular basis outwith normal office hours, including evening work (the young carer groups currently meet on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings).
Hours: Up to 4 hours per week
Transport: Postholders must have access to a car and provide appropriate insurance cover
If you want to find out more please contact Wilma Murray on 01506 448009 or wilma@carers-westlothian.com
Role Description


Cyrenians OPAL – Older People, Active Lives

Cyrenians Befriending service relaunched on the 31st of October and we are now known as Cyrenians OPAL.

cyrenianslogoHelping older people to stay independent, active, connected and to increase well-being.

Cyrenians OPAL (Older People, Active Lives) service aims to maintain or increase older people’s independence and well-being across the West Lothian Council area.  It’s delivered in association with West Lothian Health and Social Care Partnership by a team of dedicated, trained volunteers who offer encouragement, companionship and support to help older people engage in social, leisure and community activities for a period of up to 9 months.

IMG_0037cyrenians golden yearsWho do we support?

OPAL supports people typically aged 60 and above who are living in the West Lothian council area, who would like to increase their confidence, reduce loneliness and isolation and connect with their local community.

Our volunteers offer support and encouragement to attend a variety of local groups/activities or events where they can meet new people.  They can also offer support to build confidence again with using public transport or shopping independently following a fall or a stay in hospital.

What services are available?
Telephone Befriending

Accompaniment/introduction to local groups or social activities
One-to-one support to build confidence with something specific
Groups

Pat and Bob on TramOur volunteers

We have a dedicated team of volunteers who are essential in ensuring we deliver our services successfully.  Our volunteers give their valuable time to our clients and do this in a variety of ways including:
Encouraging them to go for a walk
Accompanying them to local groups
Voluntary driving
Making weekly friendship telephone calls
Listening and understanding
Helping to make small changes that make a big difference

Our association with My Guide (who are part of Guide Dogs) allows us to train our volunteers to confidently assist people who have a visual impairment.  In addition, our Best Practice Dementia Care training offers volunteers a more enhanced level of dementia training.

All our volunteers are PVG checked by Disclosure Scotland, trained and receive regular support.

How to access our services?
If you or someone you know would like to find out more about our services please get in touch by:

Email – opal@cyrenians.scot  or call us on 01506-815815


Volunteer Drivers Wanted for Cyrenians Opal Service

Driver PosterWe are looking for volunteer drivers to provide transport using their own car (full driving licence, tax and insurance required) to enable older people to visit groups, friends or to attend appointments, helping them to maintain independence and prevent social isolation.

Expenses: Travel and out of pocket expenses are reimbursed.  Mileage is paid at 45p per mile
Training: any training relevant to the role will be provided by Cyrenians
Location: West Lothian wide with the exception of Linlithgow where Linlithgow Link operate

Contact: Cyrenians, 19b South Bridge Street, Bathgate, EH48 1TR.
Call: 01506-815815
Email: opal@cyrenians.scot
Web: www.cyrenians.scot

Disclosure: All volunteers require membership to the Disclosure Scotland PVG Scheme, this will be organised by Cyrenians (no fee).


Volunteer Drivers Wanted for West Lothian Young Carers Project

CarHere at West Lothian Young Carers Project we are looking for Volunteer Drivers to help us pick up our young people off and take them home on a group night. If you have a few hours to spare a week then please get in touch.

Junior group meets on a Wednesday night 5.30 to 7.30
Senior group meets in a Tuesday night 5.30 to 7.30
Pick-ups will be between 4.30 and 5.30 then 7.30 and 8.30

We will arrange a PVG

Expenses: mileage is paid @ 45p per mile

If you want to find out more please contact Wilma Murray on 01506 448009 or wilma@carers-westlothian.com


Volunteering with Cyrenians

volunteer with cyreniansVolunteering Opportunities for:
Volunteer befriender
Volunteer driver
Volunteer group co-ordinator / Group helper

We are currently recruiting volunteers in West Lothian for our older people’s services.  

If you could spare a few hours weekly, fortnightly or monthly, then please get in touch with us to find out more about our volunteering roles.

Call: 01506-815815


Volunteer Group Coordinator needed for a fortnightly social group in sheltered housing in Bathgate

Cyrenians NEWThis is a friendly group for over 60’s who come together twice a month in Royal Scot Court, Bathgate for tea/coffee/cake and chat.
The group is run by the Cyrenians Opal Service.

A volunteer is required who can commit to attending the group twice a month and organising quizzes or occasional entertainment.
If you have a few hours to spare and enjoy spending time with older people please contact Lorna or Kathryn on opal@cyrenians.scot or call 01506-815815


Volunteer FareShare Marketing Assistants

FareShareLocations: Jane St or Norton Park, Edinburgh,
South Bridge St, Bathgate,
Wellside Place, Falkirk

or from home once inducted

Commitment Expected: Variable and flexible but suggested minimum of 3 hours per week.
To be agreed

Accountable to: FareShare Development Manager

Cyrenians NEWProject Background:
Cyrenians Good Food Programme is a well-known and respected project that delivers both a FareShare franchise and Food Education classes. Cyrenians are the delivery partner for FareShare Central & South East Scotland. We collect good quality surplus food from wholesalers and retailers and redistribute it to our Community Food Members (CFMs) who work with homeless and socially excluded people. Our project:
Saves 9 tonnes of food each week that would otherwise go to landfill

Allows our member agencies to reduce their own spending on food
Increases the nutritional value of meals for homeless and socially excluded people
Supports our member agencies with advice and training on food safety and healthy eating

We have plans to grow our membership base for FareShare and reach more organisations across the whole Central and South East of Scotland regions who can benefit from this food.

FareShareRole Summary:
These roles will support the expansion of our FareShare project by reaching out to more organisations who are eligible for membership and accessing the surplus food we are donated. The roles will specifically:

Identify eligible organisations across the region by local area. Eligible organisations are not for profits who are working with vulnerable or socially excluded people. We have many different types of members from homelessness hostels, residential care homes, community youth projects, health projects and many more.
Make contact with eligible organisations (usually by telephone) to outline our work and to discuss the possibilities of them benefiting from this service.
Support interested organisations in applying for membership (outlining paperwork, next steps etc).
Support events/drop in sessions marketing the service.
Where appropriate create marketing materials to help promotions.

Cyrenians NEWMain duties and responsibilities:
Work with FareShare Development Manager to agree timescales, numbers and geographical areas to be approached.

Carry out web/phone based research to identify eligible members.
Make telephone calls/email information to potential members.
Support organisations who wish to apply for membership through next steps (application paperwork, identifying food types suitable for the project).
Support the marketing and ongoing promotion of FareShare at events and with the production of materials.

FareShareSkills and qualifications required:
Fluent and good command of English language (both spoken and written skills and knowledge) needed as this role’s success is founded on good communication.

Professional and friendly phone manner. Comfortable speaking with people from different types of organisations and in varying roles helping identifying their needs. Whilst this is a charitable service there can be some explaining needed to help people grasp the benefits to their organisation as well as work through the practicalities. These will vary and the role holder should be able to adapt and be flexible according to who they are speaking with.
Some familiarity with the Voluntary Sector and understanding of types of service provision would be preferable.
Competent with IT – able to use Word, Excel and the Internet.
Experience of marketing or promotions work would be helpful.
Comfortable working independently although on the job support and training will be given.

Training:
A full induction will be provided to ensure clear expectations. Training will be offered where appropriate as well as access to ongoing support.

Expenses:
We will cover public transport costs to and from the workplace. We also provide a meal or lunch allowance for volunteers working over 4 hours.

Cyrenians NEWContact details for recruitment:
Queries can be emailed to goodfood@cyrenians.org.uk. Or telephone the depot on 0131 554 3900.

Application process:
If you are interested please complete and return the volunteer application form with a covering note explaining your interest and highlighting relevant skills. Applications will be reviewed within 1 week and suitable candidates will be invited in for an informal discussion to check compatibility for the role.


Cyrenians Residential Volunteers

Poster Cyrenians CommunitiesWe are looking for young people between the ages of 16 and 30 to become residential volunteers at our City and Farm Communities.  The role involves living alongside young people at risk of long-term homelessness in our community houses.

Activities include: cooking with a resident for the community, planning a shopping trip, decorating, playing games or accompanying residents to appointments, most importantly providing mature and calm advice and sometimes just a sympathetic presence to a resident in crisis.

Emphasis is placed upon working together and developing the residents’ independent living skills.

Ideal applicants will have the ability to build relationships with young people who can sometimes demonstrate challenging behaviour and have the ability to maintain their personal boundaries.

Applicants are required to be role models.  We need individuals who are enthusiastic and creative and able to share their interests.

If you think you are the right person to make a contribution to our team, download the application pack from our website www.cyrenians.org.uk or email rcsvolunteers@cyrenians.org.uk

Other volunteering placements are available throughout the organisation, you will also find details of these on our website.


Cyrenians Farm seeks volunteers for various roles

Cyrenians farmDescriptions of some of these roles are here but it should be borne in mind that each role does not have to be exclusive – who is to say that our Handyman/Woman is not a dab hand at jam making, or that our Office Angel is not a whizz with a power drill?  Alternatively you can share volunteering roles with a friend or family member.

Above all, we are looking for people who are prepared to help out in any way that furthers the success of Cyrenians Farm.

If you have skills in a particular area and would like to share them we would love to meet you.  We welcome all volunteers and there is the opportunity to lend a hand in the fields, in the kitchen, in the office, on deliveries – wherever is best for you and the Farm at that particular time of the year.

Come and join us in this innovative project which is all about ‘growing food and growing people’.  Work alongside folks from all walks of life and members of our Farm Community who are taking steps towards a settled lifestyle through their work experience and training on the farm.

Please contact me for further information or find additional information on our website:

Stephen McNeil, Manager, Cyrenians Farm Enterprise, 12 Humbie Holdings, Kirknewton, EH27 8DS

Telephone:  0131-333-5202  Email:  StephenMcNeil @ cyrenians.org.uk  www.cyreniansfarm.org.uk


Urgent Call for Volunteer Drivers

answer-project-whitburnANSWER House Whitburn urgently need volunteer drivers to bring clients in to ANSWER House, Whitburn, on two or three days per week.

The group meets on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays starting at 9.30 and taking clients home at 2.30.

We contribute 45 pence per mile and journeys are within five miles of Whitburn.

Contact Robert Cook: answerproject@talktalk.net or 01501-745064


Volunteer Gardener within St John’s Hospital

gardening-clipartKey Responsibilities

  1. Working as part of a team or on your own
    2. Maintaining the garden – planting, clearing garden – dead heading and cutting back, seasonal requirements etc.
    3.  Maintenance of tools and safety issues
    4.  To maintain confidentiality regarding and relating to patients and staff
    5.  To bring any concerns to the attention of a member of staff

Full Role Description here


Macmillan Centre Volunteer Driver

driver-clipartPurpose:  Transport patients to and from their home in a safe and punctual manner.
Accountable to:  Palliative Care Nurse Specialist.

Key Responsibilities

Obtain information from the Macmillan Centre regarding patient’s name, address and any accompanying passengers including relevant details about the person’s condition or directions.
Transporting the patient(s) to the required destination at the agreed time.
Warmly greeting the patient, introducing yourself and any other patients who may be travelling in your car, making them feel welcome and comfortable.
Before driving off, ensure that the patient is comfortable and secure in the car then proceed to your destination at a speed to give your passenger the maximum comfort and confidence.
To report any matter of concern to the Macmillan Centre.
To maintain confidentiality regarding information relating to patients and staff.

Full Role Description here


NHS LOTHIAN VOLUNTEERING

There are a number of new volunteer roles, listed below, at St. John’s Hospital in Livingston

More information on volunteering with NHS Lothian can be found here:
http://www.nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk/WorkingWithUs/GetInvolved/Volunteering/Pages/default.aspx

Note that these opportunities have an age limit on them of over 16 and over 18 for any role involving working with children/babies

Volunteer Driver Macmillan Centre, St John’s Hospital

NHS Lothian logoRole summary: Transport patients to and from their home in a safe and punctual manner.

Main tasks:
• Obtain information from the VSM regarding patient’s name, address and any accompanying passengers including relevant details about the person’s condition or directions.

• Transporting the patient(s) to the required destination at the agreed time.
• Warmly greeting the patient, introducing yourself and any other patients who may be travelling in your car, making them feel welcome and comfortable.
• Before driving off, ensure that the patient is comfortable and secure in the car then proceed to your destination at a speed to give your passenger the maximum comfort and confidence.
• To report any matter of concern to the VSM.
• To maintain confidentiality regarding information relating to patients and staff.

Full profile here: Volunteer Driver Macmillan Centre

Apply to: Agnes McKenna, Volunteer Service Manager, Agnes.McKenna@nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk, 01506-523588
St John’s Hospital, Howden Road West, Howden, LIVINGSTON, EH54 6PP

Day Therapy Volunteer Macmillan Centre, St John’s Hospital

NHS Lothian logoInvolvement: Monday, Tuesday, Friday – 10am to 3pm

Role summary: To assist the nursing staff in the provision of an effective and efficient service in the Day Therapy

Main tasks:
• Must report to nursing staff on arrival

• Helping patients to get settled on their arrival
• Stocking up on kitchen supplies and serving tea and coffee
• Helping patients to move from one area to another
• To help with serving refreshment and meals and to escort patients to the dining room.
• To ensure that the DTU room and the kitchen are kept tidy
• To facilitate participation by patients in the various activities provided by the Day Centre
• Talking and reading to patients
• Taking patients for a walk
• To pay particular attention to any new patients, or those who find it difficult to socialize and equally respect patients’ need for ‘‘quiet time’’ and privacy.
• Occasional administration tasks.
• To feedback any information and observations concerning patients well-being to member of staff
• This role does not involve driving

Full profile here: Day Therapy Volunteer

Apply to: Agnes McKenna, Volunteer Service Manager, Agnes.McKenna@nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk, 01506-523588
St John’s Hospital, Howden Road West, Howden, LIVINGSTON, EH54 6PP

Volunteer – Here to help / Information, St John’s Hospital

NHS Lothian logoSuggested involvement: between the hours – 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday

Role summary: Volunteer role is to provide a ‘can I help you’ approach by offering a pro-active approach to potential challenges faced by patients and visitors coming into hospital.

Main tasks:
• Provide a friendly and welcoming atmosphere for patients/visitors

• To signpost and provide assistance to patients and visitors where required
• Listen to concerns identified by patients and their relatives and to bring these concerns to the attention of staff

Full profile here: Volunteer – Here to help / Information

Apply to: Agnes McKenna, Volunteer Service Manager, Agnes.McKenna@nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk, 01506-523588
St John’s Hospital, Howden Road West, Howden, LIVINGSTON, EH54 6PP

Ward Volunteer/Patient Helper, St John’s Hospital

NHS Lothian logoRole summary: Being a companion for patients needing one-to-one interaction

Main tasks:
• Social and diversional activities to help patients have a more positive experience whilst in hospital e.g. games, reading, chatting

• Supporting the preparation and assisting of refreshments and at mealtimes
• Physical activities – accompanying patients for walks with the consent of nurse in charge – Competencies – Assessed by Physio or Occupational Therapist
• Assisting Occupational Therapists if required in rehabilitation activities
• Alerting nursing staff if you are concerned about the patient

Full profile here: Ward Volunteer/Patient Helper

Apply to: Agnes McKenna, Volunteer Service Manager, Agnes.McKenna@nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk, 01506-523588
St John’s Hospital, Howden Road West, Howden, LIVINGSTON, EH54 6PP


NHS Lothian logoNHS Lothian Voluntary Services

What can voluntary work do for me?
It provides an opportunity to: Help other people, learn new skills, have fun, make new friends, improve your employability, increase confidence, become involved in the local community, access training opportunities and offer you a challenge.

Who can Volunteer?
We welcome anyone 16 years or over to apply to become a Volunteer ( NB you need to be 18 or over if you wish to volunteer with us to work with children).  No special skills are required; all we ask is that you can offer your time, commitment and reliability.

Presently volunteers are involved in:
Befriending, guiding and welcoming, information giving, health promotion , helping at clinics and events , fundraising, peer support, library, café and shops, ward visitors, ward helpers, transport, chaplaincy, administrative support, research projects, organic gardening, therapeutic care and much more!

Contact
If you would like more information about becoming a volunteer with NHS Lothian, please contact the relevant Voluntary Services Manager –
Agnes McKenna
Area of Responsibility

West Lothian – St John’s Hospital, St Michaels, Tippethill House, Maple Villa, Beatlie School, West Lothian Health Centers and clinics and the CHCP Projects which include Breast Feeding Support, Food Co-ops, West Lothian on the Move (walking project)
Contact Details
Howden Road West, Howden, Livingston
West Lothian
EH54 6PP
01506 523588
Email: agnes.mckenna@wlt.scot.nhs.uk

A new way to make a difference: e-participation.
We are keen that people become involved in helping us to improve our services. Some of you are already doing just that. We have various ways that you can get involved– see the “Get Involved” section on this website.


Cancer Support Scotland Services Promotion Volunteer

services-promotionWe are looking to recruit Services Promotion Volunteers to raise awareness of our new Counselling and Complementary Therapy service in our Community Outreach Centres in Edinburgh and West Lothian.

We require someone who can offer a few hours per month, is enthusiastic and has a passion for helping others.  We will reimburse all public travel expenses and it will be an opportunity to gain new and exciting skills.  We will be representing Cancer Support Scotland at different events throughout the year, with a display of our services and how the local community can access these services.  Full induction will be given before starting date.

Cancer Support Scotland provides emotional and practical support on a one-to-one basis and through community-based groups to anyone affected by cancer including family, friends and carers.  We offer free counselling and complementary therapies before, during and after treatment.

This is our new launch into the East of Scotland and our partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support, Edinburgh and West Lothian Council and sees us operate these services alongside existing services in Glasgow, Argyll & Bute and Renfrewshire.

If you are interested in this role please submit your CV and call for an informal chat on: 0141-337-8199 / 079-0194-0743 or email claire.garton@cancersupportscotland.org.

Follow Cancer Support Scotland on Twitter, like our Facebook page and visit our website for more upcoming events and news.


Group Assistant with Bathgate Stroke Support Group

bathgate-stroke-support-groupTwo volunteer group assistants are required to help out at local stroke support group in Bathgate.

Bathgate Stroke Support Group is a social group that supports people that have had a stroke.  Disability can vary from arm weakness to speech difficulties.  The group is a social group and has a variety of activities including boccia, games, activities, quizzes, speakers and outings.  The group needs people who can help with members during activities and general help with the members.

You must be friendly, patient and have a caring nature.  Knowledge of stroke an advantage but not essential.  A male helper would be particularly welcome.

Contact: Carol Anderson, 077-6076-5325, carol.anderson@chss.org.uk


Volunteers Wanted for The Pitstop, Addiewell

Pitstop for fun, fitness and healthThe main ones at the moment are painting, kitchen, and our new Addiewell Social Inclusion Project (ASIP) which is yet to be named!

We have all sorts of positions for volunteers, but these are some of the main areas:
Painting –  on the 11/12th of November we will be gathering to spruce up our lounge and we need folks to help.  They don’t need to have experience, just able to hold a paintbrush and be willing!  Hot drinks and snacks will be provided
Kitchen – Are you a wizz in the kitchen?  Got a few spare hours in your week?  We need new volunteers to help with food preparation and service.  All training provided.
ASIP Project – We are launching a new project to tackle social isolation in our community.  We need volunteers to help with social activities, and outings.  The main job with this is to chat with people!
We also have roles in cleaning, maintenance and events.

Email us at: volunteer.coordinator@loganlea-miners.org or call 01501-763354 for more information / to apply


Volunteers wanted for exciting Community Hub Project in Craigshill

Craigsfarm Community Development Project (CFCDP) – New community building flythrough from vicky reid on Vimeo.

  • Do you want to make a difference to your local community?
  • Are you aged 18 years or over?
  • Do you have any of the following skills/experience which would enrich the valuable work of our Board? If so and have at least 5 hours you could volunteer each month then please get in touch.

Legal
Accountancy/Financial,
Charity management
Community development,
Fundraising,
Marketing,
People management,
Secretarial skills,
Business planning,
Organisation skills,
Negotiation skills
Human Resources.  

Craigsfarm Community Development Project (CFCDP) is delighted to announce that subsequent to the confirmation of £1.2 million grant from the Big Lottery Fund that exciting new plans to redevelop Craigsfarm, in Craigshill into a vibrant and modern community hub can move forward.  To get a better idea of what these plan involve please click on the following link where you can view a fly-through of the proposals for the new centre https://vimeo.com/131711908.

We are looking for volunteers to help us deliver this exciting project and need your input to keep Craigsfarm at the heart of the community providing facilities and service for local groups and to help us to support vulnerable people. At the moment we are particularly interested in hearing from those that would like to join our Board, particularly if you live or work in Craigshill.

This is a chance to be part of something new and exciting, as a Board Member or Hub Volunteer so please get in touch with us to find out more by emailing anne@indigops.com or calling 0131 331 3511.

Expenses are paid to cover travel and or care costs where appropriate.


Volunteering with West Lothian Council

Volunteering_flierThere are a number of different ways you can volunteer with the Advice Shop and Adult Basic Education (ABE).

Volunteering can help you gain valuable skills, training and experience and give you the chance to make a difference in your community.  In the last year our volunteers contributed over 1,300 hours of volunteering and almost 500 hours in training.

All volunteers undertake our recruitment and selection process and if successful, we provide training and support throughout your time with us.  Travel expenses are also reimbursed.

The following roles are currently available.  Contact us to find out more.

ABE Volunteer Tutor – One of the main ways in which you can volunteer is to become a volunteer tutor.  You will assist the group tutor to deliver an effective and supportive learning environment for students.

Communications Volunteer – Our Communications Volunteers assist Advice Shop staff to communicate with members of the public who are not confident English speakers.

Events Volunteer – Working with the Advice Shop, our Events Volunteers assist staff at a range of community events, such as jobs fairs, information stalls and fun days.  Volunteers give members of the public information about the Advice Shop and its services and help staff to set up and dismantle stalls.

IT Buddy – Our IT Buddies provide friendly, practical help to members of the public who have difficulty dealing with online services.

Disability Benefit Volunteers – Disability Benefit Volunteers help customers to complete complex disability benefit claim forms during pre- booked appointment sessions.

Volunteer Buddy – Since 2012, the Volunteer Buddy Project has provided a friendly, helping hand to customers who need support to attend these assessments.  Trained Volunteers:
Help customers to prepare for their medical assessment
Support clients throughout their medical assessment


Volunteer IT Buddies Wanted

Advice ShopThe Government is developing its ‘Digital by Default’ strategy which means that more and more of its services will be provided on-line.
As a large proportion of the population does not have access to, or the skills required to use the internet, there is a danger that many people will have difficulty in dealing with on line services.
To help overcome this barrier, West Lothian Council is seeking to recruit a group of Volunteer IT Buddies who will be located in council premises throughout West Lothian, to provide support to customers in accessing and using on line services.

Volunteers will :
Support clients to register for email accounts

Assist customers to access, register for and use on-line services such as benefit claims and the  Universal Jobmatch website
Provide basic IT and problem solving advice to support customers using on line services
Identify and refer clients who may require additional support from Council Services, such as Adult Basic Education, Community Learning & Development and the Advice Shop
Maintain accurate records regarding the numbers of clients attending sessions and the nature of the support provided
Adhere to Council policies including client confidentiality, data security and protection of vulnerable groups

Contact:  joanne.mackenzie@westlothian.gov.uk  01506-282923


ASHI is recruiting Volunteers

ASHIFancy becoming part of the ASHI team?

There are many ways you can become involved in our work.
We are always looking for volunteers to help us at fundraising events, or why not host your own?

We are currently recruiting volunteers to:
Assisting with fundraising activities such as helping customers at supermarkets with packing their bags at the checkout (bag packing)
Running workshops
plus street and hall fundraising
Take minutes at board meetings
and updating information on ASHI website/Facebook/Twitter

Sponsored fundraising activities like organising sponsored walks/runs, delivering and collecting charity collection boxes

Contact: d.olwa@ashi.org.uk
Website: http://ashi.org.uk/what-we-do/


Handicabs West Lothian (HCL) seek volunteer Driver and Despatcher

HCL Daily RecordDriver duties include:
To drive HCL vehicles as required

To provide any necessary assistance for passengers before, during, or after travel consistent with their transport needs
The completion of necessary paperwork and collection of fares and delivery of fares and driver sheets to the office

http://www.volunteerscotland.net/find-an-opportunity/opportunity-search/detail/?opportunityID=456792

Despatcher duties include:
To take passenger bookings, arrange journeys, deal with inquiries and provide information when requested to ensure the smooth scheduling of journey requests

Good telephone skills and computer experience required

http://www.volunteerscotland.net/find-an-opportunity/opportunity-search/detail/?opportunityID=456708

Click on the links above for more information or call Gary Toner on 01506-633953.  E-mail: gary.toner@handicabs.org.uk
Why not come along to the office one afternoon and meet some staff and see how HCL works

Website: http://www.hcltransport.org.uk/


Volunteer gardeners – Blackness Castle

Blackness Castle volunteersThe Blackness Castle team is currently recruiting for a range of new and existing volunteer roles.  We are seeking volunteer gardeners at Blackness Castle to help shape and maintain an area of garden within this impressive historic site.

For more information contact:
amy.mack@hes.scot
0131-656-6778

Currently our volunteers need to be 18 and over

The below link to the Historic Environment Scotland webpage provides further information about other volunteering opportunities across the country:
https://www.historicenvironment.scot/about-us/volunteer-with-us


Befrienders Wanted

Befriending SchemeEveryone needs a friend and everyone can be a friend – so why don’t you be a friend to someone with a learning disability? You can make a real difference to them and improve the quality of their life as well as your own.

We are looking for all sorts of friends – male, female, young or with more experience under their belts. Friends who are patient, sensitive, honest, good at listening, caring, trustworthy, reliable and fun? You share a few hours of your time, once a week or once a fortnight. Training is provided so by doing this you will gain new skills, experience, support, get a good reference and most importantly make a wonderful new friend with whom you can make lifelong memories. Befrienders meet up one-to-one or join in social events such as bowling and summer outings.

If you are interested in becoming a Befriender, or would like more information about Befriending, then please contact – Audrey Stevenson, Telephone 01506 650111 or email: vsg@vsgwl.org


Board of Trustees Required

Greg Trust Logo Greg Trust is a UK registered charity SC044151 that supports vulnerable families in Uganda

We are currently recruiting for Board of Trustees whose main role will be to govern the running of the charity. They will be unpaid volunteers who will take on important responsibilities. Their roles will be to collectively make decisions that guide and protect the charity so that it continues to achieve its aims. They are the guardians of Greg Trust, its mission and its future. It will therefore be imperative, that those who join the charity as Trustees will be passionate about what we do but above all, have a heart to see others grow and develop to achieve their full potential.

Roles will include:
Strategy: Ensuring the organisation has a clear, shared vision, mission and aims and that it has effective ways to achieve these.
Governance: Ensuring that the organisation remains active and effective in achieving its aims, including oversight of financial status.
Legal compliance: Meet all the requirements of its Memorandum and Articles of Association (which define its legal license to exist) and the legal and financial requirements of a UK charity, for example employment law.
Risk: Monitor and act to mitigate risks that could affect the charity, its activities and its members so that it can remain active and effective.

In addition to these overall roles, the Greg Trust Board of Trustees are often involved with executive level discussions and decisions.

Greg Trust UgandaRegistering interest: Send your CV plus a personal statement about what motivates you to be involved with Greg Trust. Please state what skills, qualities and areas of interest you would bring to Greg Trust.
Following acceptance at this stage, applicants will be invited to meet with the Board informally where decision will be made

For further information, please contact us at: info@gregtrust.com.
Phone: 079-6075-6657, 079-6003-0941

https://www.facebook.com/GregTrustUg/

 


Volunteers wanted for JargonBusters

JargonbustersJargonBusters Image is a community group for people with a learning disability in West Lothian that supports local organisations to turn the posters, leaflets and any information they provide to the public into an accessible format called Easy Read.

The group is fun, friendly and relaxed and throughout the year we enjoy social days out as a thank you for the group’s work.

We meet on Thursdays fortnightly at James Young House in Pumpherston from 1:00pm – 3:00pm.

We can help with transport if this is an issue or provide travel expenses.

Contact: Gillian at Disability West Lothian
Tel: 01506 774030
Email: gillian@dwl.demon.co.uk


Macmillan @ West Lothian Cancer Information & Support Volunteer

Macmillan Cancer SupportMacmillan @ West Lothian is a partnership between West Lothian Council and Macmillan Cancer Support. We are currently developing a new service which will offer information and support to anyone affected by cancer. We are looking for volunteers to join us and help us to deliver this important new service to people in their local communities

Macmillan @ West Lothian volunteer led cancer information and support service will be based in local partnership centres across the county. We are looking for male and female volunteers to help deliver this service and provide support to anyone affected by cancer at weekly drop-in sessions and community events. Volunteers will be asked to commit 2 – 3 hours each week to offer visitors a listening ear, information that meets their needs and help to access specialist services such as welfare rights advice and counselling.

Volunteers can come from any background and should have good communication skills and a helpful, friendly manner. Volunteers should be over 18 and willing to commit to role related training

Full training and support and out of pocket travel expenses will be provided. Full training will also be given to allow volunteers to undertake their role. Ongoing training will be available in addition to support from named members of staff and the Volunteer Development Worker

Contact: Joanne MacKenzie, Volunteer Development Worker, 01506-282923, e-mail: joanne.mackenzie@westlothian.gov.uk


Macmillan @ West Lothian Volunteer Community Champion

Macmillan Cancer SupportMacmillan @ West Lothian is a partnership between West Lothian Council and Macmillan Cancer Support. We are currently developing a new service which will offer information and support to anyone affected by cancer. We are looking for volunteers to join us and help us to deliver this important new service to people in their local communities

Macmillan @ West Lothian volunteer led cancer information and support service will be based in local partnership centres across the county. We are looking for male and female volunteers to:
Assist and encourage people from different ethnic groups and communities to use the Macmillan @ West Lothian service
Work with Macmillan @ West Lothian staff to spread the word about the project and explain the help we can offer
Attend awareness stalls, talks and healthy living days and have an input into how best to engage service users from differing communities.

Volunteers can come from any background and should have good communication skills and a helpful, friendly manner. Volunteers should be over 18 and willing to commit to role related training

Full training and support and out of pocket travel expenses will be provided. Full training will also be given to allow volunteers to undertake their role. Ongoing training will be available in addition to support from named members of staff and the Volunteer Development Worker

Contact: Joanne MacKenzie, Volunteer Development Worker, 01506-282923, e-mail: joanne.mackenzie@westlothian.gov.uk


Volunteering Opportunities to Help Local People Affected by Cancer

Macmillan Case StudyMacmillan Cancer Support are looking for support volunteers to provide a combination of both emotional and practical support to people and their families in and around West Lothian.
These roles require just 2/3 hours of your time each week and can make a huge difference to people and their families at a time of great uncertainty in their lives.

In return, Macmillan will provide full and comprehensive training, the opportunity to join a highly motivated and established team of volunteers. There is ongoing support at volunteer meetings and also on a one on one basis where necessary.

For more information and the opportunity to find out more please call Paula Moncrieff on 0131-260-3720 or e-mail her at pmoncrieff@macmillan.org.uk
Alternatively, you can visit the website http://volunteering.macmillan.org.uk/Opportunity/Details/2459 to complete the application form.


Volunteer with Bield

Befrienders

BefriendersSome of our older people are lonely or in need of a little extra support. Befrienders arrange to visit a specific person on a regular basis and can:
Provide companionship
Share mutual hobbies and interests
Escort for outings or appointments

If you are interested in becoming a Befriender current opportunities are listed below. Further information is available by calling the local manager on the number shown or by visiting www.bield.co.uk/resources/volunteer-opportunity-documents.

Dean Court, Bo’ness – Please call Alison Lowe on 01506 823 839

Blackfaulds Court, Fauldhouse – Please call Cheryl Baillie on 01506 771 044

Mansewood Court, Whitburn – Please call Lynn McQueen on 01501 743 253

Social Activity Co-ordinator

Social Activity Co-ordinatorVolunteer Social Activity Co-ordinators co-ordinate and run agreed activities in liaison with tenants, staff and other volunteers by organising the preparation of the communal areas for group activities, eg setting up equipment, serving food and refreshments, encourage tenants to participate in activities.

If you are interested in becoming a Social Activity Co-ordinator current opportunities are listed below. Further information is available by calling the local manager on the number shown or by visiting www.bield.co.uk/resources/volunteer-opportunity-documents.

Ochilview Court, Armadale – Please call Mabelann Fraser on 01501 732 731

Blackfaulds Court, Fauldhouse – Please call Cheryl Baillie on 01501 771 044

Mansewood Court, Whitburn – Please call Lynn McQueen on 01501 743 253

Gardening Activity Assistant

Gardening Activity AssistantMost of Bield’s developments/projects have a garden area for use by service users at any time. Some service users also like to tend a part of the garden themselves. Volunteer Gardening Activity Assistants help by assisting these service users in light gardening duties such as: planting and weeding, keeping the garden neat, constructing raised flower beds, designing hanging baskets, etc.

If you are interested in becoming a Gardening Activity Assistant, please find further details below or for further information call the local manager on the telephone number shown.

For further information please visit www.bield.co.uk/resources/volunteer-opportunity-documents

Mansewood Court, Whitburn – Please call Lynn McQueen on 01501 743 253


Volunteering at Bield

Bield Housing & Care’s Volunteer Team is pleased, for the first time, to present a volunteer video. Supported by the service users, staff and volunteers at our Retirement Housing Development, Southfield Court in Dunbar, where the video was filmed.

Its aim is to highlight the importance and benefits of volunteering within Bield – both internally within the organisation and externally to partners and organisations that we work with and to highlight the importance of our volunteers and the support they give to Bield services, developments and most importantly the service users themselves.

As you will see, the video illustrates volunteering at its best and is crucial in Bield developing their volunteer network in line with the needs of our service users.


Volunteering Befriender Vacancy in Uphall

befriender St Andrews Court CareWhat do we need?
We are looking for a Volunteer Befriender to support an older person who lives in St Andrews Care Home in Uphall, West Lothian – EH52 5BX

Why do we need you?
Bield volunteer Befrienders give their time on a one-to-one basis with our tenants to provide companionship and to reduce social isolation.

Our tenant used to attend a crossword puzzle/scrabble group in the community every week.  Due to failing health she had to stop attending.  However, she hopes to return to the group when her health has improved.

In the meantime, she would like a volunteer Befriender to come to her flat and do crosswords puzzles and play scrabble with her in order to keep her skills sharp.  It is the hope that eventually the tenant will return to her good health, thus allowing her to return to the community centre to attend the scrabble group every week.

Duties of the Volunteer
We are looking for a volunteer Befriender to visit our tenant on a weekly basis to play Scrabble and do crosswords either in the tenants flat or the communal area of the Care Home.

When do we need you?
Week-day mornings or afternoons apart from a Tuesday.

A minimum six-month commitment is required.

What skills/experience/training do you need?
No experience or qualifications are required, though a keen scrabble player and crossword puzzler would be appreciated!

We are looking for volunteers who have a genuine interest in working with older people, have good communication skills, are reliable, are able to work in an unsupervised capacity and as part of a team.
For this role, you will need to complete a Disclosure Scotland check at no cost to yourself.

What training and support will you receive?
You will receive a full induction into your place of volunteering and will be offered a four-visit trial period.  You will receive regular support and supervision by your Volunteer Line Manager.  Other relevant training may be undertaken where appropriate.

You will be reimbursed for your travel expenses from your home, to your place of volunteering and back home again, at a rate of .45 pence per mile up to 15 miles from the development (30 miles round trip).  Any mileage undertaken in the course of your volunteering will also be reimbursed at the same rate.

All out of pocket expenses will be reimbursed.

Contact details
If you are over 16 and would like to enquire further about becoming  a part of a team dedicated to enriching the lives of older people in Scotland, please complete our online Application Form or contact or contact Kim on 01506-857183 or Donna on 0131-273-4095 or d.dickson@bield.co.uk for further information.

Other Information
Please note that this is an unpaid, volunteer position and we thank everyone for their enquiry.  However, we hope that you understand that all enquiries will not result in volunteer placements.

About Bield Housing and Care
Bield is a registered charity that came from humble beginnings, starting out with just one development in Bo’ness.  It has grown to become a major provider of a wide range of housing and services for around 20,000 older people across 23 local authority areas.


Volunteer Social Activity Co-ordinator at Mansewood Court, Whitburn

Mansewood Court - posterWe are looking for Volunteers Social Activity Co-ordinators to assist with Breakfast and Lunch Club as below:
Weekly Breakfast Clubs (Thursdays from 9:00am to 11:00am)
Weekly Lunch Clubs (Mondays from 11:00am to 1:30pm)

Duties will include cooking and serving food to our older tenants as well as socialising and providing a comfortable, welcoming environment. Volunteers will be trained in Food Hygiene Safety by an appropriate staff member.

Development Profile
A warm welcome awaits you at Mansewood Court, Whitburn which offers a safe and secure home designed especially for those aged 60 and over.

To keep things ticking along nicely, we have a manager who provides a friendly face and ensures the building and amenities at Mansewood Court are kept in good order.
Mansewood Court is set within a pleasant residential area. There are local shops, post office, bank, library and a swimming pool close to the development. A nearby bus service travels to the local shops and the main bus routes in the town travels to Bathgate, Livingston, Edinburgh and Bathgate.


Volunteer Gardening Activity Assistant at Mansewood Court, Whitburn

poster - gardening assistant amendedDo you have a green thumb?

We are looking for Gardening Activity Assistants in Whitburn to help tenants to plan a seasonal gardening programme, assisting with light gardening duties such as planting potatoes, tomatoes, and flowers in containers, weeding and watering, keeping the garden neat and maintaining garden benches to assist tenants and another volunteer in light gardening duties. We hope that the volunteer will support the tenants all year around. We are looking for a weekly commitment, but times and days are flexible.

Development Profile
A warm welcome awaits you at Mansewood Court, Whitburn which offers a safe and secure home designed especially for those aged 60 and over.

To keep things ticking along nicely, we have a manager who provides a friendly face and ensures the building and amenities at Mansewood Court are kept in good order.
Mansewood Court is set within a pleasant residential area. There are local shops, post office, bank, library and a swimming pool close to the development. A nearby bus service travels to the local shops and the main bus routes in the town travels to Bathgate, Livingston, Edinburgh and Bathgate.

Enquiries are welcome from people of all ages over 16. Full training and support will be given and out-of-pocket expenses paid. Please apply online via https://jobs.bield.co.uk/ or contact development Manager Lynne McQueen on 01501-743253
Please note that these are volunteer, unpaid positions. We thank everyone for their enquiry, however, we hope you understand that not all enquiries will result in volunteer placements.

Bield is a registered charity that came from humble beginnings, starting out with just one development in Bo’ness to become a major of a wide range of housing and services for around 20,000 older people across 23 local authority areas.


Social Activity Volunteers with Bield in Linlithgow

Poster - WestportBield Housing & Care are appealing for friendly and enthusiastic volunteers to help out with their social activity programme at the popular West Port Resource Centre in Linlithgow

Volunteers only need to give up a few hours once a week to help support the tenants with their active social programme. We need a variety of volunteers over different times and days to help out with the following tasks:

Any evening, once a week on a Monday to Friday from 6pm to 8pm, working with older people in a small group setting – helping out with making cups of tea, playing games with the tenants, chatting/socialising, running pampering sessions, offering companionship, etc.

Once a week on a Thursday or Friday from 2pm to 4pm, working with older people in a group setting – planning, organising and facilitating a revolving programme of social activities like bingo, dominoes, keep fit exercises, etc.

If you have some spare time, enjoy socialising with other people and can spare a few hours once a week, we would love to hear from you. A minimum six-month commitment is required.

Enquiries are welcome from people of all ages over 16. Full training and support will be given and out-of-pocket expenses paid. If you are interested or would like more information call Manager Karen Reid on 01506-840846 or Donna Dickson on 0131 273 4095 or 07887 796 744 or email at d.dickson@bield.co.uk

Please note that this is a volunteer, unpaid position. We thank everyone for their enquiry, however we hope that you understand that not all enquiries will result in volunteer placements.

Bield is a registered charity that came from humble beginnings, starting out with just one development in Bo’Ness to become a major provider of a wide range of housing and services for around 20,000 older people across 22 local authority areas.

Please click here to see our current volunteer vacancies.


Bield Values Volunteers in West Lothian

Bield-FTB-Logo-POS_3-Spot5Bield, one of Scotland’s leading providers of housing and care, is highlighting the important role that volunteers can play in assisting older people to enjoy happy and fulfilled lives.

With several developments in West Lothian, Bield has launched an appeal to find friendly and enthusiastic volunteers to help out with a range of volunteer work such as Social Activities Assistants/Coordinators, Befrienders and tech Silver Surfer Tutors for its Silver Surfer Project.

Implementing programmes of social activities have proven to be a huge success, as they allow tenants to enjoy the opportunity to interact and socialise with others in their development and community.

Bield’s volunteer Social activity Assistants and co-ordinators are vital to ensuring the smooth running of social events organised by a development, such as games afternoons, bingo nights, gardening clubs and DVD afternoons. Volunteer Befrienders are key to combatting tenant isolation as they provide one-on-one companionship for a tenant over coffees, walks or any other activity.

Befrienders also boost the confidence of tenants by accompanying them to various social events, encouraging them to interact and socialise with others in their development or wider community.

Another popular feature for tenants is Bield’s Silver Surfer Tutors – a project that teaches tenants how to use modern technology, such as iPads and PC’s, allowing them to keep up with friends and family, as well as surf the net at their leisure. This project is incredibly important as it opens up a whole new digital world for our tenants.
We look to ensure our Silver Surfer Tutors work at the pace of the tenant meaning that they can learn at a speed that is comfortable for them.

Bield, a leading care and housing provider is looking to recruit volunteers across West Lothian:

Fauldhouse (Befriender)
Contact Cheryl Baillie on 01501-771044

Whitburn (Befriender, Silver Surfer Tutor Social Activity Coordinator)
Contact Lynn McQueen on 01501-743253.

West Calder (Silver Surfer Tutor, Social Activity coordinator)
Contact Craig Meek on 01506-872786

Linlithgow (Social Activity Assistants – to assist with Lunch Clubs and with general social activities, Silver Surfer Tutor)
Contact Karen Reid on 01506-840846

Uphall (Social Activity Coordinator)
Contact Lynn McCusker 01506-853314

Armadale (Social Activity Coordinator)
Contact Mabelanne Fraser on 01501-732731

Livingston (Social Activity Coordinator)
Contact Ann Marie Sweeney on 01506-440282

Please note that these are volunteer, unpaid positions. We thank everyone for their enquiry, however, we hope you understand that not all enquiries will result in volunteer placements.

Bield is a registered charity that came from humble beginnings, starting out with just one development in Bo’ness to become a major of a wide range of housing and services for around 20,000 older people across 23 local authority areas.


A Unique Volunteer Role in West Lothian

Bield-FTB-Logo-POS_3-Spot5Blackfaulds Court, a Retirement Housing Development run by Bield in Fauldhouse, along with a further 5 developments in Whitburn, Blackburn, West Calder, Armadale and Livingston are looking for a “Super Organised” volunteer to organise and facilitate an Inter-Scheme Challenge.

The Challenge will take place every 4-6 weeks on a rotation basis. The challenge could be dominoes, bingo sessions or quizzes. The volunteer would be responsible for:
Organising the transport for the tenants to and from the event, travelling to the particular venue, arrange the activity, keep the score cards up to date and organise the league tables, develop and distribute posters, set up and clear up on the day. A large part of the role will be to communicate with the local managers. Due to the geographical area the use of a car is preferred but not essential if the volunteer can easily travel between the six developments.

The volunteer will also work closely with the volunteer line manager at Blackfaulds Court in Fauldhouse who co-ordinates the events in conjunction with the managers at the other developments and to whom the volunteer will be responsible to.

As this activity takes place every 4-6 weeks we would also like the volunteer to assist within Blackfaulds Court to work with the tenants here to gain confidence in arranging their own activities and entertainment.

Time commitment required: One afternoon, once every 4-6 weeks approximately. However, there will be a time commitment, at the volunteer’s convenience, regarding organising the activity. This organisation can take place at Blackfaulds Court, using their office facilities, or at the home of the volunteer. The volunteer will be reimbursed for any expenses incurred in organising the activity (phone calls, paper, etc).

A minimum six-month commitment is required. Enquiries are welcome from people of all ages over 16. Full training and support will be given and out-of-pocket expenses paid. Please call Cheryl on 01501-771044 for more information.

Please note that these are volunteer, unpaid positions. We thank everyone for their enquiry. However, we hope you understand that not all enquiries will result in volunteer placements.

Blackfaulds Court

A warm welcome awaits you at Blackfaulds Court in Fauldhouse which offers a safe and secure home designed especially for those aged 60 and over.

Blackfaulds Court is situated close to the centre of Fauldhouse and offers good access to local shops, health centre, bank, library, community centre and church. There is a bus service to Livingston and Bathgate.

Our highly trained and dedicated staff team put the needs of tenants first.   To keep things ticking along nicely, we have a Manager who provides a friendly face and ensures that the building and amenities are kept in good order. We also have a Retirement Housing Assistant who maintains the communal and corridor areas.

Bield is a registered charity that came from humble beginnings, starting out with just one development in Bo’ness to become a major of a wide range of housing and services for around 20,000 older people across 23 local authority areas.


Bield Volunteer Befriender needed in Whitburn

work-with-usPlease meet Betty.
Betty is a lovely lady who is now on oxygen and has limited mobility. She feels that she would really enjoy having some company come in to visit with her. If you asked Betty what she would like to do most with a Befriender, she would say that she would love someone come in to help her to get out and about to the shops, and maybe some days, go for a cup of tea and a blether.

Not too much to ask, is it?
It’s the simple things in life that mean the most. With a little bit of support from a volunteer, Betty can continue to enjoy the simple pleasures in life. Without this help, Betty becomes more and more isolated and her world becomes smaller and smaller.

Can you help?
Betty is looking for a female volunteer Befriender to come in and visit with her once a week for a couple of hours. The volunteer will need to be physically fit in order to support Betty by pushing her wheelchair. The volunteer will be trained in load management before undertaking the role, and mileage expenses will be reimbursed. The volunteer will not have any out of pocket expenses.

If you can spare a few hours once a week, we would love to hear from you. A minimum six-month commitment is required.
Enquiries are welcome from people of all ages over 16. Full training and support will be given and out-of-pocket expenses paid. Please contact development Manager Lynne McQueen on 01501-743253 or Donna Dickson on 078-8779-6744 or 0131-2734095

***PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS IS A VOLUNTEER, UNPAID POSITION. We thank everyone for their enquiry, however we hope that you understand that not all enquiries will result in volunteer placements.***


Bield Volunteer Befriender Needed in Fauldhouse

housing-carePlease meet Margaret.
Margaret is a kind, gentle lady with a wonderful sense of humour. Margaret experiences significant mobility difficulties and is wheelchair-bound. Because their family home of many years had stairs, two years ago Margaret and her husband Bill had to leave Edinburgh and re-locate to Fauldhouse to be closer to their son.

Now Margaret finds herself quite isolated and in need of company. The only time Margaret gets out of the house now is when her son, who is employed full-time, is available. These are treasured visits that take a lot of planning. Margaret’s husband Bill is physically unable to take her out and about in her wheelchair, so Margaret doesn’t get out very often.

Bill and Margaret feel it’s a lot to ask for a volunteer to come in once a week, but they know how much it will mean to Margaret to get outside, even for a few minutes, once a week

Can you help?
You will need to be physically fit and able to push Margaret in wheelchair in her immediate neighbourhood. You will be trained in wheelchair management before being asked to undertake the role. In the event of inclement weather, you can visit with Margaret within her own home, or bring her to the communal area of her housing development to meet other tenants if she wishes to.

If you can spare a few hours once a week, we would love to hear from you. A minimum six-month commitment is required.
Enquiries are welcome from people of all ages over 16. Full training and support will be given and out-of-pocket expenses paid. Please contact development Manager Cheryl Baillie on 01501-771044 or Donna Dickson on 078-8779-6744 or 0131-273-4095

***PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS IS A VOLUNTEER, UNPAID POSITION. We thank everyone for their enquiry, however we hope that you understand that not all enquiries will result in volunteer placements. ***


Help a Local Older Person in your Community

Bield-FTB-Logo-POS_3-Spot5Please meet Aileen. Aileen is unable to leave her flat on her own due to health issues. She feels that she would really enjoy having some company and would welcome a Befriender who could visit her. Aileen would love a Befriender who would assist her to the communal area so she could join in with the social activities in the development. Aileen loves a cup of tea and a blether and if a potential Befriender had interests in dominoes and crosswords, all the better.

Not too much to ask, is it?

It’s the simple things in life that mean the most. With a little bit of support from a volunteer, Aileen can continue to enjoy the simple pleasures in life. Without this help, Aileen will become more and more isolated and her world becomes smaller and smaller.

Can you help?

Aileen is looking for a female volunteer Befriender to come in and visit with her once a week for a couple of hours – times and days are flexible – but not Tuesdays. If you can spare a few hours once a week, we would love to hear from you. A minimum six-month commitment is required.

Enquiries are welcome from people of all ages over 16. Full training and support will be given and out-of-pocket expenses paid. Please contact development Manager Lynne McQueen on 01501-743253 or Volunteer Development Worker Donna Dickson on 0131-273-4095 or 078-877-96744.

Other Information

Please note that this is an unpaid, volunteer position and we thank everyone for their enquiry. However, we hope that you understand that all enquiries will not result in volunteer placements.

About Bield Housing and Care

Bield is a registered charity that came from humble beginnings, starting out with just one development in Bo’ness. It has grown to become a major provider of a wide range of housing and services for around 20,000 older people across 23 local authority areas.


Volunteer Social Activity Assistant – Linlithgow

Bield-FTB-Logo-POS_3-Spot5The Social Activity Assistant helps tenants make full use of the communal lounge by assisting with a range of social activities, eg. board games, pamper sessions and lively discussions on current events.

We are looking for volunteers: Any evening, once a week on a Monday to Friday from 6pm to 8pm, working with older people in a small group setting – helping out with making cups of tea, playing games with the tenants, chatting/socialising, running pampering sessions, offering companionship, etc.
Once a week on a Thursday or Friday from 2pm to 4pm, working with older people in a group setting – planning, organising and facilitating a revolving programme of social activities like bingo, dominoes, keep fit exercises, etc.

No qualifications or skills are necessary. We are looking for volunteers who are interested in working with older people, have good communication and listening skills, are reliable and willing to work as part of a team.

Contact: Donna Dickson
Tel: 078-8779-6744
Email: d.dickson@bield.co.uk
Website: http://www.bield.co.uk


Volunteer Befrienders at Bield Housing, Dean Court, Bo’ness

Bield-FTB-Logo-POS_3-Spot5Volunteer Befrienders help tenants who feel isolated or unable to get out very easily on their own. They offer one-to-one companionship and where possible help an older person to maintain social contacts and be more included in their community or new activities.

Bield Housing & Care is launching a befriending initiative at Dean Court Retirement Development in Bo’ness.

We are looking to recruit a Befriender who would assist a service user to and from their flat to the communal lounge area to join in the Monday Lunch Club and the Church Service on a Sunday morning. Our tenant is a wheelchair user and training would be provided.

The befriending project is already in place at other Bield schemes and has proved very successful. One Bield tenant said: “I have no relatives left and have outlived most of my old friends, so the befriending project has been very welcomed by me”.

Local manager said: “This is a wonderful opportunity for our tenants who feel isolated or unable to get out on their own. Many would love to be able to do some of the activities they used to, and with the support of someone else this could be possible again.

Enquiries are welcome from people of all ages over 16. Full training and support will be given and out-of-pocket expenses will be paid. A minimum commitment of six months is required. Please note that these are volunteer, unpaid positions. We thank everyone for their enquiry, however we hope that you understand that not all enquiries will result in volunteer placements.

If you are interested, or would like more information, please call Alison Lowe on 01506-823839


Silver Surfer Tutors Help Local Older People to Stay Connected in Winchburgh

Bield-FTB-Logo-POS_3-Spot5Abercorn Court, a Bield Retirement Housing development in Winchburgh, is looking for tech savvy volunteers to help expand activities offered to its tenants.

Abercorn Court needs volunteer Silver Surfer Tutors to support a tenant who has basic computer skills but is keen to advance their knowledge. This is a fantastic opportunity to help a tenant to take advantage of all the wonderful things that the digital world has to offer. Monday morning or afternoons would be the preferred choice of times.

Local manager said, “We are always looking for ways to enrich the lives of our tenants and the positive feedback we have already received regarding Silver Surfer tutors proves that they are incredibly beneficial for our tenants.

If you have some spare time, enjoy socialising with other people and can spare a few hours once a week, we would love to hear from you. A minimum six-month commitment is required.

If you are interested or would like more information please call Susan on 01506-890433 or Donna on 0131-273-4095, or 078-8779-6744 or email d.dickson@bield.co.uk

Please note that these are volunteer, unpaid positions. We thank everyone for their enquiry. However, we hope you understand that not all enquiries will result in volunteer placements.

Bield is a registered charity that came from humble beginnings, starting out with just one development in Bo’ness to become a major of a wide range of housing and services for around 20,000 older people across 23 local authority areas.


Volunteer Befriender with The Butterfly Trust

Butterfly TrustDo you have 2 -4 hours a fortnight to develop supportive 1:1 relationships with young people?
Could you Befriend a young person aged between 8 and 18 years with Cystic Fibrosis?
This is a great opportunity to develop your coaching, mentoring and active listening skills whilst supporting a child.
(Ref:VO61834)

http://www.volunteerscotland.net/find-an-opportunity/opportunity-search/detail/?opportunityID=242195


Volunteer Mentor with The Butterfly Trust

Butterfly TrustDo you have 2-4 hours a month to develop supportive 1:1 relationships with young people?
Could you mentor a young person with Cystic Fibrosis?
If so, The Butterfly Trust is for you!

Mentors will be paired with a young adult in their area and will help them work towards their chosen goals and live an independent life.
A few hours a month is all it could take to help develop and support a young adult whilst engaging in different social activities.
Mentoring enables young people to develop increased confidence, self-esteem and general wellbeing and to reduce social isolation.
(Ref:VO61833)

http://www.volunteerscotland.net/find-an-opportunity/opportunity-search/detail/?opportunityID=242194


Butterfly Trust Befriender

Butterfly TrustWe are looking for a female befriender for a female befriendee.

The Befriender role is a role which involves offering support to a young person living with Cystic Fibrosis.  Befrienders share social activities and support to explore concerns so the person can grow self-confidence and develop life skills.

Young people living with this progressive and debilitation condition can face a variety of challenges that disadvantage them socially, financially and in the workplace.  Their restrictions on their lifestyle can leave them isolated and sometimes struggling to cope.  A befriender will meet with a young person regularly to build a trusting one to one relationship.  This will allow the young person space and a suitable environment to explore their feelings, discuss their fears and grow their self-esteem.

A befriender must have access to a car and held their driving licence for a minimum of two years.  They would be then collect the befriendee from home and carry out suitable fun or social activities.

Contact Laura Findlay on 079-7254-1830 or laura@butterflytrust.org.uk


Minute Secretary & General Communications Assistant for Armadale Community Centre

Armadale CEC Community Centre seeks a minute secretary and general communications assistant. The role will involve liaising with the committee chair and secretary, producing the agenda and minutes for each regular meeting including attending the meeting and taking the minute.

Commitment is for a few hours each month and there will be a payment each month plus any expenses incurred. The payment can be negotiated and you should contact Scott Mackay in the first instance by calling Armadale Community Centre and leaving a name, number and email address.

01506 282278

Armadale Community Education Association is a charity focussed on improving life for the residents of Armadale and the surrounding areas. They have been responsible this year alone for the Scottish Youth Film Festival and the annual fireworks display in Armadale.

They are looking forward to the next year where they will intend to do even more.


Volunteers Needed!

Want to feel well and help others to feel well too? ‘Put Your West Foot Forward’ is looking for you!

PYWFF advertWe are a local health walk and cycling project and we need new volunteers who can spare one or two hours each week to join us in promoting walking and cycling across West Lothian. You will receive free training, with a nationally recognised certificate and be able to join our volunteer network as well as meet new people.

Volunteering roles include walking with groups, walking on a one to one basis, leading cycle rides, supporting all ability cycling sessions, maintaining bikes, and sharing cycling knowledge with others.

If you would like to know more about any of these roles, please contact the Health Improvement Team for an information pack or for more details:
Tel: 01506-775626
Text: 078-2535-7367
or email: hit@westlothian.gov.uk


Community Champions in Energy Saving Advice with Almond Housing Association

New Almond logoAlmond Energy Action provides one-to-one energy efficiency advice to Almond Housing Association tenants in Craigshill who want to save money on their heating and electricity costs and keep warm at home. The service is free and confidential.

The project is looking for volunteers from the local community to become community champions, giving basic energy saving advice to householders in the Craigshill area.

Volunteers will receive training from an experienced Affordable Warmth Advisor and team support while carrying out the role.Changeworks

Almond Energy Action is a partnership between Almond Housing Association and Changeworks, an environmental charity with over 20 years’ experience of helping people in Scotland keep affordably warm in their homes.

Contact: Rebecca Glancy, Telephone: 078-2727-8136 E-mail: rglancy@changeworks.org.uk


Volunteer Drivers One Sunday a Month

Tea PartyContact the Elderly West Lothian Tea Party Group is run by volunteers and provides a lifeline of friendship for isolated older people. See more here: http://www.contact-the-elderly.org.uk/

The group is now urgently in need of new volunteer drivers one Sunday a month and volunteer hosts one or two Sunday’s a year. Can you help?

Contact: Caroline McGinlay, Scotland Volunteer Support Officer
Telephone: 0141 812 1555
E-mail: caroline.mcginlay@contact-the-elderly.org.uk

Contact the Elderly
PO Box 19623
Erskine
PA8 9AB


WLFIN Voluntary Welfare & Benefits Advisors are needed in your area

WLFIN logoWe are looking for volunteers with:
Local knowledge and understanding

An interest in working in an advisory setting
A willingness to learn new skills
A few hours to spare each week in your area

We are looking for volunteers to;
Be trained up to provide welfare and benefits advice in community locations

Support our organisation in other voluntary roles i.e. administration or marketing
Receive employability skills training if needed
Gain practical work experience and develop customer service and other vocational skills

For more information, request an application form or to have an informal chat about opportunities, please contact:
our office on; 01501-771775 or email info@wlfin.org.uk or check out our webpage www.wlfin.org.uk

West Lothian Financial Inclusion Network SCIO, 4 Blackfaulds Place, Fauldhouse, EH47 9AS
SCIO Scottish Charity SC039867


Scottish Shale Oil Industry Museum volunteers required

HeaderMovieSince The Museum of the Scottish Shale Oil Industry received Recognition of our Scottish Shale Oil Industry collection, Almond Valley Heritage Trust has taken custody of the surviving business records of Scotland’s shale oil companies that now form part of the BP Oil company archive. This collection, of over 3,000 sets of documents, are mainly financial and legal records that offer a unique primary source for the researcher. The archive both complements and adds value to our museum collection by providing context and enhancing associated information.

Extending catalogue descriptions, identifying key documents and digitising the archive will enable this information to be made available through our Scottish Shale website: www.scottishshale.co.uk

Digitisation / Transcription Assistant
Scanning photographs, documents, plans, maps and drawings.

Use of drawing / editing software to rotate, crop and stitch together digitised images to ensure content is of sufficient quality to publish on the website.
Use of OCR (Optical Character Recognition) software.
Photographing museum objects.
Ensuring newly created digital content is named, catalogued and filed appropriately, electronically (and in hard copy, where appropriate)
Transcription of predominantly handwritten business and financial records into an Access Database.

To apply download a Volunteer Application Form and an Equal Opportunities Form, complete and return these to us at:
Museum Volunteer Development Officer
Almond Valley Heritage Centre
Livingston
EH54 7AR


Dyslexia Scotland Branch Volunteers


Our branch volunteers talk about why they are involved in our network of branches across Scotland.

If you would like to get involved and help improve the lives of people with dyslexia across West Lothian, please let us know at the Open Meeting or email dswestlothian@gmail.com.  If you’d like some more information about becoming a volunteer with Dyslexia Scotland, have a look at the videos from the recent Branch conference at www.youtube.com/watch?v=60W3f9AgL3c


Join Marie Curie’s fundraising group in West Lothian

Logo New MC (Large)Are you looking for a new pursuit and enjoy meeting people whilst raising vital funds for Marie Curie nurses in your local area? We are looking for new members to join our local fundraising group in West Lothian. The Group is very active and play an important role by taking part in all our national fundraising campaigns such as the Great Daffodil Appeal and other yearly collections as well as organising their own events

Our groups also act as ambassadors, helping to spread the word about the work of Marie Curie and encouraging and supporting local people, clubs and organisations to fundraise for us too.

You should have a genuine interest in and desire to support the work of Marie Curie and enjoy working as part of a team. You will also be honest and reliable. We will provide toolkits and guidance to help you in your role as well as regular support and contact from your local fundraising team. You will enjoy the opportunity to meet new people in your area and share a common purpose.

What we need you to do:
Help to organise collections, events and other fundraising activities.

Help to promote the work of the charity and encourage support from the local community.
Regularly attend and participate in group meetings.
Complete agreed action points following meetings.

What you need to bring to the role:
A genuine interest in and desire to support the work of Marie Curie.

Ability to work as part of a team and form and maintain relationships with group members.
Honesty and reliability.

What we can offer you:
The opportunity to play an important role in helping the work of a national charity.

Toolkits and guidance to help you in your role.
Regular support and contact from your local fundraising team.
The opportunity to meet new people in your area and share a common purpose.

What we ask of you:
To follow Marie Curie’s policies and procedures.

To participate in inductions and training when provided.
To complete documentation relating to the role.
To provide the appropriate driver documentation if you choose to drive whilst volunteering.
To actively participate in the group, contributing your ideas and taking a share of the responsibility.

Contact: Fiona Bushby, Fundraising Manager
Marie Curie Hospice, Edinburgh, Frogston Road West, Edinburgh, EH10 7DR

T: 0131-470-2290, M: 077-9863-8153


Waste Wise Volunteers Wanted!

Waste Wise VolunteersThe Waste Wise Volunteer project is recruiting volunteers to deliver a fun programme of community engagements in order to help reduce food waste and increase recycling rates.

The project aims to engage with people from:
College and University students from Edinburgh, Midlothian and West Lothian

The types of activities you could be involved with include:

  • Hosting a stall / attending a community event
    • Delivering or supporting the delivery of a talk to a community group
    • Delivering or supporting the delivery of a workshop to a community group
    • Interviewing people about their waste and recycling habits on their doorstep or in public places
    • Office administration tasks
    • Developing resources
    • Monitoring and recording the number of bins presented on recycling days

Volunteer and get waste wise, learn new skills, meet likeminded people and make a real difference within a local community!

Skills & Experience
Good organisation and communication skills, engaging with the public, interest in recycling or waste reduction

Contact:
Changeworks

36 Newhaven Road
EH6 5PY
Tel: 0131 538 7941

wastewisevolunteers@changeworks.org.uk
Website


Open Secret need fundraisers in West Lothian

WE ARE LOOKING FOR FUNDRAISING VOLUNTEERS IN WEST LOTHIANWould you like to help us to ensure more survivors of childhood abuse are able to access support?

Join our Fundraising Team

Can you spare a few hours a month? We are looking for individuals to help us raise funds to support more survivors and build our services in the West Lothian community.

In return for your time we will support you and help you develop your skills.

If you are interested please contact Elspeth on 01324 630 100 / 07525 837 580 or email Elspeth@opensecret.org

www.opensecret.org: 98 Thornhill Road, Falkirk FK2 7AB

Open Secret is a Registered Scottish Charity: SC24065


Volunteer with Bathgate Thistle Football Club

Bathgate Thistle Football ClubBathgate Thistle has a number of volunteering opportunities

Volunteer opportunity – Match video

Bathgate Thistle would like to take on an individual who is willing to video our games and edit them for the coaching staff and highlights package on our website.

The individual would need to use their own equipment.
The Club would offer free entry to all games and food and drink at each.

We hope this may appeal to someone looking to enhance their media skills.

Volunteer opportunity – Match reporter

Bathgate Thistle would like to take on an individual who is willing to do a match report on our games for our website, programme, local press and wider distribution as needed.

The Club would offer free entry to all games and food and drink at each.
We hope this may appeal to someone looking to enhance their media skills.

Volunteer opportunity – Physiotherapist

Bathgate Thistle would like to take on a physiotherapist who is capable of dealing with players (adults) injuries and treatment requirements at the Creamery Park on a Tuesday and Thursday from late July – late May each year.

Whilst this is not a paid position, we can offer the opportunity for the suitable individual to use our small treatment room as a private clinic outwith our requirements. This would be rent free and an opportunity to use your skills on a host of players outwith our own whilst earning an income.

Contact: Mr Robert Napier, Secretary, 5 Young Crescent, Bathgate, West Lothian, EH48 2SN
(Home) 01506 635594   (Mobile) 07864071506
(Email) robertnapier21@btinternet.com


Volunteers needed for West Lothian Credit Union

WL Credit UnionInterested in Volunteering – we need YOU!!!

We need volunteers in:
Livingston, various days/times to suit

Linlithgow, Wednesday’s 11-12
Broxburn, Thursday’s 11-12

As a member you have access to:
Saving Accounts & Santa Savers

Save directly through your wages
Low Cost Loans (from 3% APR)
Free Savings & Loans Insurance
Prepaid Visa Card & Jam Jar Account
Funeral Plans & FREE Will service

Junior Accounts – Children can save too!

Contact us on 01506-436666 for a volunteer pack to be emailed to you
Email: info@westlothiancreditunion.co.uk
Web: www.westlothiancreditunion.co.uk
Facebook: Like us on Facebook!


WL Credit Union

Cashier

Working from either The Centre or a community collection point:

  • Deal with members’ enquiries
  • Register deposits into members’ accounts
  • Deal with members’ loan and share withdrawal queries
  • Ensure monies taken balance at end of Collection
  • With experience you may be asked to take on the role of “volunteer buddy” which entails training and helping other new volunteers go through induction training and building confidence

Full training provided, but volunteers should be comfortable working on a computer and be happy dealing with members
Livingston – http://tinyurl.com/mhmltvz
Broxburn – http://tinyurl.com/mwobokr

Internal Audit

If working on the Internal Audit team, volunteers cannot then take on an additional volunteering role.  Full training will be given regarding FSA Compliance and requirements of the Audit team.  You will be working from The Centre, Livingston:

  • Checking bank reconciliations
  • Checking member transactions
  • Checking staff/volunteer transaction
  • Checking paperwork
    http://tinyurl.com/knkpy34

Administration

Working from The Centre, Livingston or our administration office in Craigshill, Livingston:

  • Assisting with filing and scanning membership documentation
  • Preparing loan application packs for approval by Loan Committee
  • Answering the telephone
  • Processing members’ transactions
  • Dealing with members’ queries
  • Supporting volunteers on the Front Desk (dealing directly with members)
  • Supporting administrative staff
    http://tinyurl.com/jvj7pqy

Promotions/Fundraising

Working from Craigshill, Livingston:

  • Compiling promotional literature (ensuring stock supply for all offices)
  • Helping to arrange fundraising activity – tombola stalls, free prize draws which could take place throughout West Lothian
  • Attending promotional events to talk one-to-one with members of the public about the credit union
  • Attending events in staff canteens to talk one-to-one with employees about the credit union
    http://tinyurl.com/mhs68vg


    Vacancies at West Lothian Credit Union for Directors

    WL Credit UnionWest Lothian Credit Union are always looking for skilled individuals to volunteer for our Board of Directors.

    We are currently looking for Directors with skills in Accountancy, Marketing and Regulatory/Compliance/Legal.

    If you have any of these skills and you want to help in your local community please call us on 01506-436666 or e-mail info@westlothiancreditunion.co.uk.  

    We will send you out a volunteer director’s pack.


Help local blind and partially sighted people get Online Today!

RNIBWould you like to help people with sight loss explore the options of getting online? Could you share your knowledge and enthusiasm to help people engage with technology? You will show people how to use a computer, tablet or smart phone to get online, deliver group training and demonstrations and visit people in their home to help them with basic online skills.

We’re looking for volunteers with great communication skills, patience and an interest in everyday computing technology to support local blind and partially sighted people who are feeling isolated from the benefits of these technologies which we take for granted.

“I was a guy who loved his computer, I used Blackberry products and was into social media, but in 2011 I suddenly lost my sight. Thanks to RNIB, within a couple of months I had an opportunity to learn how to use a screen reader on my laptop with a tutor. Four years on, I have a new computer and the staff at RNIB Scotland have advised me on technology that I’ve found much easier to use and provided me with lots of advice. RNIB has been a great source of information and support.”
Ian White, 52, Ayrshire

http://www.rnib.org.uk/volunteering/find-volunteering-opportunities-near-you/it-trainer-and-product-demonstrator


Macular Society Recruiting Volunteers

Macular SocietyCan you help us with the bit in the middle!

More than 600,000 people in the UK have age-related macular degeneration (AMD). This is the most common cause of sight loss in the developed world. For anyone who has a macular condition, they will know that the part of their sight which is affected is their central vision. This the part of your vision which is responsible for detail and colour perception, the loss of which often makes daily tasks such as reading, watching TV or recognising people’s faces very difficult and frustrating.

The Macular Society is the UK charity dedicated to supporting anyone with central vision loss and their family and friends. We have more than 16,000 members and around 5,500 professional members. We have around 300 local support groups and provide a range of other services including information, telephone befriending and a professional counselling service. Currently we are looking to support more people who have difficulty with “the bit in the middle” and want to engage a range of volunteers to help us deliver our services across Scotland. Can you help us or do you know anyone who can?

We are looking for enthusiastic and energetic volunteers to help us with the following roles:

  • Group volunteers – use your experience and organisational skills to help us run our network of 26 local support groups in Scotland.
  • Telephone Befriending – help by offering regular telephone contact to others with macular degeneration.
  • Daily Living Champion – learn about a variety of useful gadgets that can help people in their daily lives and spread the word about them.
  • Speakers – use your public speaking skills to raise awareness of macular degeneration and the Society’s work.
  • Skills for Seeing – learn how to teach people how to make the most of their remaining vision using a variety of techniques.
  • TechTalk – help others with technology problems over the phone.
  • Macular Matters distributors – help spread awareness by distributing our magazine ‘Macular Matters’ around your community.

If you think you can help us or you would like more information about the Macular Society and our work in Scotland, please get in touch with our Scottish Regional Manager as follows:

Jamie Cuthbertson
Tel: 0141 942 1083
Mob: 07903 520 350
Email: jamie.c@macularsociety.org
http://www.macularsociety.org/get-involved/Volunteering


Volunteer at Whitburn Community Development Trust

WCDTWhitburn Community Development Trust is currently looking for volunteers to help run our drop-in signposting and IT support Service.

IT Buddies required to support older adults on a one to one basis get online and learn basic IT skills such as emailing, using search engines for research, hobbies and staying in touch.

IT Buddies required to support those with limited IT skills looking for work online. This includes accessing the Universal Job Match site a requirement of Job-Seekers Allowance, e-mailing employers, attaching documents and using job’s search engines and CV writing.

Community Champions are required to run our front of shop service to signpost local residents to the services we offer or host within the CDT premises.
Also to link or refer clients to other external services or agencies that can support clients with a range of issues including debt problems, benefit entitlement, health problems, transport, fuel poverty and also linking into community groups to get people involved in their local community.
Other roles include taking appointments for services offered within the premises and offering that listening ear and face to face reassurance to clients who maybe experiencing difficult circumstances.

All volunteering takes place at our premises at 61 West Main Street, Whitburn. Training and expenses are given.

Contact: Amanda McKay, Volunteer Advice Project Officer
Whitburn and District Community Development Trust
61 West Main Street
Whitburn
EH47 0QD
Tel: 01501-748708
Email: amanda@whitburncdt.org.uk


Volunteer Opportunities at Whitburn Community Development Trust

WCDTWe are looking for people who have time on their hands and want to give something back to the community while sharing their knowledge and gaining practical skills and experience to enhance your CV.  We require a minimum of 6hrs per month or 2hrs per week which is flexible and will work round your other commitments.  All volunteer positions take place in our office at 61 West Main Street, Whitburn

Volunteer Information & Signposting Service:  Could you spare a few hours per week to help direct people to the right place and provide information on services available to people who require further advice and support around benefits, money, energy efficiency, transport, community groups and health.  Volunteers are not expected to be experts in these areas but instead know where to signpost and refer people to get the right advice, information and support.  Training provided.

Money Mentors:  Could you spare a few hours per week to work one to one with clients to work through their money issues by helping clients look at their income and expenditure, identifying priorities, providing money saving tips and developing household budgets.  Training provided

Computer Buddies:  Good on Computers, could you spare a couple of hours a week to help clients using our computer suite on a one to one basis set up email accounts, job search and provide some basic guidance on using Microsoft Word and the internet.  Training provided.

Full support and training provided for all volunteer opportunities and expenses reimbursed.  Contact Amanda McKay, Volunteer Project officer, for more details 01501-748708 email amanda@whitburncdt.org.uk or pop in to the office at 61 West Main Street, Whitburn.


Volunteer for NSPCC Schools Service

NSPCC-trainer-male-pointingBecome a volunteer and play your part in protecting children. The aims of the service are for children to recognise abuse in all its forms and where to get help from.

As an NSPCC Schools Service volunteer, you’ll visit local schools giving assemblies and classroom workshops to 9-11 year olds. You’ll help them to understand abuse, and give them the confidence and courage to speak out and seek help if they ever need it.

All details and information can be found on the website http://www.nspcc.org.uk/what-you-can-do/volunteer-or-work-for-us/volunteer-childline-schools-service/

Volunteers receive full training and support via paid NSPCC staff and have access to various training opportunities. Volunteers are require to have a PVG check for work in schools and a minimum requirement of 2 days per month (these are often not full days, but part days) between 9am and 3pm Monday to Friday.

The website is main source of information. Interviews and training are all held locally. Travel expenses can be claimed.


British Heart Foundation Bathgate Shop Volunteer Opportunities

British_Heart_Foundation_logoVolunteer Community Driver
If you enjoy getting out and about and meeting people this could be the role for you, helping to collect donations in the local community. Volunteer drivers use their own vehicles for which expenses are reimbursed.

The role involves picking up donations in the local area, working with the manager to arrange suitable days and times, promoting our free gift pick up service and building links in the local community.
Volunteering can help you to gain valuable work experience, meet people, make new friends and develop your skills. Full training will be available for this role.
Your time helps raise vital funds to beat heart disease.

Volunteer Cash Desk Assistant
If you enjoy talking to people and providing great customer service this could be the role for you. Retail or relevant cash handling experience would be beneficial.

The role involves completing till transactions accurately; talking to customers and promoting add on sales such as badges & raffle tickets. Promoting our stock requirements and the Gift Aid scheme to donators is an important part of working at the cash desk.
Volunteering can help you to gain valuable work experience, meet people, make new friends and develop your skills. Full training will be available for this role.
Your time helps raise vital funds to beat heart disease.

Volunteer Sales Floor Assistant
If you enjoy talking to people and can provide great customer service this could be the role for you. An interest in merchandising with retail or customer service experience would be beneficial.

The role involves helping customers on the sales floor; promoting the Gift Aid scheme to donators; assisting on the sales floor; putting out stock and keeping the sales floor looking great.
Volunteering can help you to gain valuable work experience, meet people, make new friends and develop your skills. Full training will be available for this role.
Your time helps raise vital funds to beat heart disease.

Volunteer Bric a Brac Assistant
If you have an interest in antiques and unusual items, you could use your knowledge to sort & select items for sale. Experience of creating displays and merchandising would be beneficial.

The role involves selecting and pricing Bric a Brac using the price guides; identifying valuable items and merchandising the items in an attractive way following our display guidelines.
Volunteering can help you to gain valuable work experience, meet people, make new friends and develop your skills. Full training will be available for this role.
Your time helps raise vital funds to beat heart disease.

Volunteer Donated Stock Generator
If you enjoy a challenge and are confident talking to people and have a positive and enthusiastic attitude this could be the role for you. Call centre or telesales experience would be beneficial.

The role involves contacting local business for end of line stock, sourcing potential new stock donors and helping the manager with stock sourcing.
Volunteering can help you to gain valuable work experience, meet people, make new friends and develop your skills. Full training will be available for this role.
Your time helps raise vital funds to beat heart disease.

Contact: The Manager, British Heart Foundation Bathgate Shop, 5-9 George Street, Bathgate, EH48 1PH
Tel: 01506-650512, Email: B44@bhf.org.uk, Website: www.bhf.org.uk


BeFRIENDers Wanted 16 Years +

You don’t need to be a Superhero to make a difference in someone’s life

befriend

Do you have what it takes to be a beFRIENDer?
A good listener
A caring person
A good personality
A sense of humour
A desire to have fun

Are you?
Patient

Honest
Reliableaugust
Sensitive
Trustworthy

Rewards:
New skills

New friends
Good reference
Work Experience
Satisfaction of enhancing the quality of life of an adult with a learning disability

If you are interested in becoming a BeFRIENDer or would like more information, please contact Audrey Stevenson or Jenny Caseby – Phone: 01506-650111 Email: vsg@vsgwl.org

Befriending Scheme


Volunteer with Food Train West Lothian

Food Train NewVolunteer Shopper

As a Shopper, what would I be doing?
You would work in either Morrisons or Asda in Livingston with other Shoppers, doing shopping for our customers. You could be shopping for 4 or 5 customers each day

How often will I be needed?
From 8.30 am to around 11.30 am, Tuesday through to Thursday, depending on your own availability

Volunteer Driver

As a Driver, what would I be doing?
Driving our vehicles from Livingston to pick up shopping boxes from either Morrisons or Asda and delivering to our customers living throughout West Lothian

How often will I be needed?
From approximately 9 am to 4 pm, Monday through to Thursday, depending on your own availability

Volunteer Helper

As a Helper, what would I be doing?
You would help to deliver groceries with a driver to our customers who live throughout West Lothian. As Helper you would be responsible for cash handling in particular

How often will I be needed?
From approximately 9 am to 4 pm, Monday through to Thursday, depending on your own availability

Volunteer – Extra Service

As an EXTRA service volunteer, what would I be doing?
You would be using your practical skills to help our customers with household tasks they are finding difficult with advancing years

How often will I be needed?
One morning per week minimum, from 9.30 am depending on your own availability. The EXTRA service will be available to our customers on a Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. Up to three customers will be given appointments on each day, depending on the tasks

Volunteer – Library Outreach Service

What would I be doing?
You would choose and deliver a selection of library books in your local library on behalf of someone who is no longer able to get there themselves

How often will I be needed?
At least one visit per month would be expected, or perhaps two. Visits would be arranged between you and your matched customer to suit your availability. Each visit would be fairly short – time enough to have a chat and perhaps a cup of tea as you do the changeover of books

How do I get more information?

Contact our office on 01506-413013 to make an appointment to discuss the job with our West Lothian team. You will then have an opportunity to give it a try with other volunteers before you make a final decision.

http://www.thefoodtrain.co.uk/our-services/regional-branches/west-lothian


Volunteer with Rosebery Centre

The RoseberyRosebery Centre Centre for Dementia Care in the areas of Livingston, the Calders, Uphall and Pumpherston are now looking for people to assist with activities on a Wednesday and also for volunteer drivers.
Anyone interested should contact the Manager, Anne Marson, or Assistant Manager, Andrew Fish, for further info. They will be delighted to hear from you.

Rosebery Centre for Dementia Care, c/o St Paul’s Church, Livingston, EH54 6DT
t: 01506 497046 e: info@roseberycentre.org.uk


Volunteer Befriender wanted for Home-Start West Lothian

HomeStartBefriending families under stress and visiting them in their own homes to offer support and practical help.

A volunteer with parenting experience is matched with a family to support them on a one-to-one basis, usually on a weekly basis.

A tailor-made training programmed must be completed before Volunteer Befrienders can be matched with a family.

Support is given by staff via monthly one-to-one meetings and telephone support.

See more here: http://www.volunteerscotland.net/find-an-opportunity/opportunity-search/detail/?opportunityID=94234


Drop-in Support Volunteer in Kirknewton

Kirknewton CDTOn the 4th of February 2014 a new zero-energy eco-friendly centre opened its doors in Kirknewton.  The Green Room is a community space which is run and supported by a team of volunteers.  We are looking for volunteers to assist with the running of the build during our week day drop-in sessions 9am-1pm.

The volunteer’s role is to meet and greet centre users, make teas and coffees, provide our laptops and iPads to users, as well as help visitors use our printing service.  The centre currently has a range of different users, mother and toddlers, job seekers, micro businesses.  We are also looking for new ideas and activities for the centre.  All ideas are welcome!

To find out more and to volunteer see: http://bit.ly/1sbkbZM


Garden Angels Project

What is Garden Angels About?
Who Can Volunteer?
Who Can Receive The Service?
Benefits for Clients
Benefits for Volunteers
Building Positive Relationships

Garden Angels

If you want to volunteer with Garden Angels or you know of someone who could use their help, contact Jeneva Storme, Gardening Project Co-ordinator at the Gateway
Tel: 01506-650111, e mail: jeneva.storme@vsgwl.org, Garden Angels on Facebook


Forget-me-not Volunteers needed in West Lothian

AlzheimerWould you like to make a difference to the life of a person with dementia?

Alzheimer Scotland is seeking volunteers to help with their Forget-me-not project in West Lothian.  The aim of the project is to ensure that people with dementia, living in Care Homes, have the same opportunities for engagement and involvement as people who live in the community.  This will involve volunteers spending time, on a one to one basis, with people with dementia, being there ‘just for them’ and helping them to participate in activities, both inside and outside of the care home.  This could include playing games, joining in group activities, helping the person to continue with a hobby/interest, going out to do something they enjoy such as visits to the cinema, a park, the local pub, a café, or just sitting together and having a chat.

Expenses will be reimbursed and full training and support will be given.  No experience is necessary just 2 hours a week to spare, reliability and good communication skills.  People from all ages/backgrounds are welcome.  Volunteering with Alzheimer Scotland provides a fantastic opportunity for personal development and to gain valuable work related experience and skills.

If you would like to find out more about how you can get involved in this worthwhile project please contact Jennifer Hawksworth, by telephoning 01506-533117 or email jhawksworth@alzscot.org


vss logo jan 2013Victim Support Volunteers wanted

Victim Support West Lothian is currently recruiting volunteers to provide support and information to victims of crime.  If you have 3 – 4 hours per week to spare, morning, afternoon or evening, have good people skills and care about the impact crime has on people living in your local community, Victim Support will provide top quality training, accreditation and support.  For further information or an application pack call 01506-635050





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