Volunteering Opportunities

To view a selection of current local volunteering opportunities click here

All of the volunteering opportunities in West Lothian are available to view through the national database which you can find by clicking here

If you would like to register a volunteering opportunity on the national database, please click here and complete and return the form to vsg@vsgwl.org or return by post.


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


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.


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


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/


Volunteer Drivers Wanted for Cyrenians Befriending 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: befriendingWL@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).


Crohn’s and Colitis UK – Upcoming Volunteer Opportunity

grab-your-trainersThe Charity has a brilliant opportunity coming up to volunteer at an inaugural event in Edinburgh that forms part of a series of flagship events to raise awareness.  It is taking place on Saturday 9th July and we are looking for volunteers from approximately 9am-3pm.

Event volunteers will be required to register walkers, serve refreshments, marshall the route, signpost walkers, cheer on participants, hand out medals, etc.

Contact Peter Kelham on 01727-734475 or volunteering@crohnsandcolitis.org.uk or complete our volunteer application form at: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/WALKITvolunteer

More on the first event here: https://www.crohnsandcolitis.org.uk/get-involved/fundraising/walk-it-edinburgh


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


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/


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 Befriending 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 befriendingWL@cyrenains.scot or call 01506-815815


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.


Community Safety Volunteer with Scottish Fire and Rescue Service

Scottish Fire and Rescue ServiceSummary
To improve the safety of the local community through the provision of fire safety equipment and advice by engaging with local residents in their homes and at community events.

Full Description
To work with local fire fighters or community safety advocates to provide fire and home safety advice to members of the local community.  Full training will be provided and an experienced member of staff will assist in the delivery of advice and equipment.

Travel Details
Expectation to travel to Bathgate fire station where a vehicle will be provided to travel to appointments, events, etc.

Contact:
Stuart Watson
01506-282076
078-2586-1465
stuart.watson@firescotland.gov.uk


Home-Start West Lothian Recruiting for Volunteers

HomeStartWe are looking for Volunteers to join our amazing team and help make a difference to someone’s life by supporting families with young children.

Our next Training Course starts the week beginning the 9th May (date to be confirmed) and will take place in our office in Cameron House, Fairbairn Road, Livingston.

The 8 week training course covers subjects such as Listening Skills, Confidentiality, Child Protection and Values & Attitudes.  All expenses paid.

It’s fun, interesting and innovative and is an accredited course through West Lothian College (this is optional)

If you are interested in volunteering for us or would like more information, please call 01506-415755 or e-mail admin@homestartwl.org.uk for an application pack.

https://www.facebook.com/HomeStartWL
https://twitter.com/HomeStartWL

http://homestartwl.org.uk/volunteering/

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Become a Peer Mentor with the Rock Trust!

Peer Mentoring Recruitment PosterThe Rock Trust is working to support care experienced young people, age 15 – 21, living in West Lothian, with the transition from care to independent adult life.
Peer mentoring is a powerful way of offering support and guidance from someone who has been there too.

This transition to independent adult life is often a difficult and overwhelming experience for a young person who has been in care, who may not have the family support networks other young people take for granted.  Mentoring provides relationship-based support to give them the opportunity to develop the practical and social skills, confidence and resilience they need to overcome the challenges they face.

Do you…
· Have experience of living in care, disadvantage or have skills to share?

· Feel motivated to use your experiences and skills to support young people leaving care?
· Want to recognise and develop your own skills and experience?
· Have a few hours a week of your time to volunteer?

Are you…
· Ready to commit to a challenging, exciting voluntary role?

· Willing to take part in training and support to develop your skills as a Peer Mentor?
· Up for making a positive difference to someone else’s life?

Peer mentor matches will be supervised and supported by the Peer Mentoring Project Worker

Contact Kirsten Muir, Peer Mentoring Project Worker for more details
e: kirsten.muir@rocktrust.org or t: 01506-591860 m: 078-1332-5292
The Rock Trust, 20 Grampian Court, Beveridge Square, Livingston EH54 6QF


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


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.

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

Registering 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/


Volunteer with Cyrenians Befriending Service

Group Volunteer

Cyrenians NEWCyrenians Befriending Service has a vacancy for a volunteer to run a social group in sheltered housing in Bathgate. Do you have two free Wednesday afternoons per month to socialise with older people in a fun relaxed environment? The volunteer would be required to help organise the general running of the group. Full details available from Kathryn or Lorna on 01506-815815 or befriendingWL@cyrenians.scot.

Volunteer Drivers

Cyrenians NEWCyrenians Befriending Service requires volunteer drivers to help older people access local groups and activities in West Lothian. If you have a car and few free hours a month in which you would like to help someone who is feeling lonely and isolated please contact Kathryn or Lorna on 01506-815815 or befriendingWL@cyrenians.scot for full details. Mileage costs are paid at 45 pence per mile.


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.

We were delighted to launch the video with the service users, staff and volunteers at Southfield Court on Wednesday 16 December and the Volunteer Team were pleased to have Graeme Russell – Director of Housing and Scott Robertson, Housing officer joining us at the event.


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


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.


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


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


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


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 or email volunteering@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 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 or email volunteering@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. ***


Cyrenians seek volunteers to befriend over 50’s in West Lothian

Pat and Bob on TramCyrenians Befriending Service are looking for volunteers to give time to clients experiencing loneliness and isolation.

Volunteer befrienders are matched with someone who is lonely and isolated and would like a little company and some support to be introduced back into the community, build their confidence or to make new friends or connections.

All volunteers will complete our training programme where topics include; befriending roles, expectations, boundaries, policies, communication and listening skills. Ongoing training is offered throughout the befriending role including Dementia Awareness and Befriending Skills. A Disclosure Scotland PVG check is required and all out of pocket expenses are reimbursed.

If this opportunity appeals to you, and you have a couple of hours to spare per week or fortnight, then we would be delighted to hear from you. There are short term and longer term opportunities available.

Volunteers urgently needed now.

Call us today on 01506-815815 or e-mail befriendingWL@cyrenians.org.uk

Befrienders of all ages are very welcome but must be a minimum of 18.


EVS Opportunity 2016

Xchange ScotlandThe European Voluntary Service allows young people (17 – 30 years old) to experience living and working in another country. What’s more they will have their accommodation, living costs and some pocket money provided as well as a contribution towards travel expenses.

There are a wide range of projects to choose from such as cultural, environmental and social. Volunteers can choose from a database of over 1,000 projects ranging from tracking wolves in the Slovak mountains to helping run a community radio station in Germany. It is also possible to take part in projects outside Europe.

Are these opportunities for you??
BERLIN – Work as a group leader for VJF’s work and language camps. Stay in different locations in Germany with changing groups for about 2-3 weeks for each camp.
AUSTRIA – Provide support to students and parents with easy tasks such as gardening, cooking and art. Share stories about your cultural background and teach some basic language skills.

DON’T FORGET – While on your project you will also have time to enjoy what the country has to offer such as sightseeing, leisure activities, and its social life. So start searching for your unique experience now – http://www.xchangescotland.org/


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.


Food Train – Volunteers Urgently Required

Food Train 20th

Volunteers Urgently Required!

Can you help with grocery shopping, grocery deliveries or odd jobs around the home?

Are you able to commit to a few hours a week?

We need shopping and driver volunteers now to become part of our successful volunteering team that has been delivering award winning services to older people in Scotland since 1995.

If you would like to join our team, contact the office: 01506 413013

Office 6, Ochil House, Beveridge Square, Livingston, EH54 6QF

or visit http://www.thefoodtrain.co.uk/


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


Volunteering Opportunities at the Museum of the Scottish Shale Oil Industry in Livingston

Pumpherston OilInterested in industrial / social history? Want to be part of a team of dedicated, enthusiastic and fun volunteers? Want to gain skills and experience in the heritage / museum / archive sector?

The Museum of the Scottish Shale Oil Industry at Almond Valley Heritage Trust are looking to recruit volunteers for a new project. This project strives to capture the wealth of reference and archival material contained in the BP archive, which Almond Valley Heritage Trust currently house.

Through volunteers digitising and transcribing this important archive, the museum aims to make this content accessible to all via the museum’s website www.scottishshale.co.uk

We are looking for individuals who are –
* Interested in scanning / digitising primarily handwritten documents, and also possibly plans, photographs and negatives
* Interested in transcribing predominantly handwritten business and financial records into a word processing document such as Microsoft Word
* Computer literate
* Able to maintain attention to detail when conducting repetitive tasks
* Have some experience in using editing software and databases
* Interested in industrial / social history
* Honest and reliable
* Friendly and willing to work as part of a team
* Capable of lifting heavy archival boxes

Training, support or other benefits available:
Almond Valley Heritage Trust will provide you with induction training, and all the support and advice you need in your role.

Contact: Craig Statham, Digital Resources Officer, 01506-668960, craig@almondvalley.co.uk


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.


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


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


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.


Whitburn Information and Advice Service seeks Volunteer Advisors and IT Buddies

WCDTWhitburn and District Community Development Trust is looking for volunteers to take forward a new Information and Advice Service in the town.  Volunteer Advisors will provide advice to local residents on issues such as managing money, budgeting, fuel advice and money saving tips.  Volunteer IT buddies who have good computer and internet skills are also required to support clients learn to use the internet for benefits information, job searches, fuel information and email accounts.  Expenses will be reimbursed and full training and support will be given to deliver the drop-in service in the Whitburn Community Development Trust office.  For more information please contact Amanda McKay 01501 748708 or visit the website to download an application pack www.whitburncdt.org.uk/volunteering.  No experience is necessary just some time to spare, good communication skills and a desire to help others in need.

http://www.volunteerscotland.org.uk/Opportunity/Detail/109310/0/Volunteer-Advisor
http://www.volunteerscotland.org.uk/Opportunity/Detail/109311/0/IT-Buddy


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


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, Nancy Burgoyne, 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


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


Family Mediation Lothian

FamilyMediationLothianWorking with families going through separation and divorce.

Work with our organiser to provide a welcoming friendly atmosphere, prepare the centre for the day by selecting and laying out toys and simple refreshments, help to manage arrivals and departures without conflict, 4 hour shift once a month on a Saturday or Sunday, training and travel expenses provided.

Experience Required: Warm and friendly, some experience of working with people in stressful situation, able to be neutral and maintain confidentiality.

Restrictions: Volunteers have to work in support of adults.

Where: Eliburn Livingston

Opportunity Email: kshirres@familymediationlothian.org

Organisation Phone: 0131-226-4507

More details here


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 urgently

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


Food Train West Lothian have a number of Volunteer Opportunities in West Lothian

Shopper:  This job will also involve helping to check shopping against customers’ shopping lists. You would work in either Asda or Morrisons in Livingston with other Shoppers, doing shopping for our customers. You could be shopping for 4 or 5 customers each day picking shopping and loading into customers’ shopping boxes

Driver:  Driving our company van, you will collect shopping boxes from Asda or Morrisons in Livingston and deliver it to our customers, unloading shopping and putting it away for them, if required. Drivers will also be required to collect shopping lists from customers. You will work with one other volunteer and will need to be Disclosure checked to help

Helper:  You will assist the driver with shopping deliveries and collection of payment for the shopping. Our customers live throughout West Lothian. As helper, you would be responsible for cash handling in particular.  You will need to be Disclosure checked for this job.

Extra Service Volunteer:  We help people aged 65 and over to maintain their independence. The Extra Service Volunteer would use their practical skills to help customers with household tasks they are finding difficult with advancing years. The tasks we can do are as varied as running a household suggests, such as: Cleaning the inside of windows Changing curtains Turning a mattress Changing duvet covers Cleaning a fridge Defrosting a freezer Cleaning out cupboards Rearranging moveable furniture

Food Train NewThe Food Train is a registered charity and voluntary organisation providing a vital grocery shopping delivery and home support service to older people living in West Lothian (please see the attached leaflet for further information). The ultimate objective of our organisation is to support local older people to live independently at home.

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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

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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


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


NHS 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.


Cyrenians Farm seeks volunteers for various roles

Descriptions 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


vss logo jan 2013Victim Support

Volunteers wanted urgently.
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


Put Your West Foot Forward

Put Your West Foot Forward have a number of volunteering opportunities:

Volunteer Health Walk Leader The role of the walk leader will be to lead group walks.  They will use local walking routes in a safe, responsible and enjoyable way.  The walk leader will work as part of a team to encourage and support members of the public to become more active.  They will be motivating and encouraging to all walkers.  They will provide walkers with information and advice to enable them to make positive changes to their lives.  They will be expected to actively support healthy lifestyle messages.

Volunteer Walk Assistants  The health walk assistant will be expected to support walk leaders on group walks.  The walk assistant will work as part of a team to encourage and support members of the public to become more active.  They will be motivating and encouraging to all walkers.  They will provide walkers with information and advice to enable them to make positive changes to their lives.  They will be expected to actively support healthy lifestyle messages.

Buddy Walkers  Volunteers Buddy Walkers are crucial to the project.  As part of the scheme a volunteer Buddy Walker will accompany a referred person on a suitably identified one to one health walk with the aim of promoting independent physical activity in a welcoming, safe, responsible and enjoyable way.  The Buddy Walker will support, encourage and motivate an individual who may lack confidence to take the first crucial steps to becoming more active through walking.  They will also be expected to actively support and promote healthy lifestyle messages.


Advice Shop

The Advice Shop are looking for volunteers to help them review their customer service and tell them what they’re doing well, as well as the things they’re not?Could you spare an hour of your time either once or every few months? We’re looking for a team of volunteers who would like to be involved. Feedback would be during office hours in Bathgate on a day and time that suits you and travel expenses will be reimbursed.Contact the Gateway to pass on your details. vsg@vsgwl.org


The Yellow Teapot Club

If you are interested in volunteering please e-mail jenny.caseby@vsgwl.org or james.penman@vsgwl.org

You can also call Voluntary Sector Gateway on  01506 650111


Volunteer in the Rest of the UK

England

http://www.do-it.org.uk

Wales

http://www.volunteering-wales.net


Volunteer Overseas

European Voluntary Service

The European Voluntary Service allows young people (17 – 30 years old) to experience living and working in another country. What’s more they will have their accommodation, living costs and some pocket money provided as well as a contribution towards travel expenses.

There are a wide range of projects to choose from such as cultural, environmental and social. Volunteers can choose from a database of over 1000 projects ranging from tracking wolves in the Slovak mountains to helping run a community radio station in Germany. It is also possible to take part in projects outside Europe.

This September, Cara Kennedy will be jetting off to Dijon for a 6 month EVS project to offer the children and young people there a funny linguistic experience (English mainly). She will also be educating the young people about European citizenship, awareness and democracy.
Good luck Cara and we’re sure you will have an amazing time!

Don’t forget – While on your project you will also have time to enjoy what the country has to offer such as sightseeing, leisure activities, and its social life. So start searching for your unique experience now
For your chance to get away on a EVS project, get in touch for more information! Start your journey with us today
Xchange Scotland – Registered Charity – SC040081
Address: 840 – 860 Govan Road, Glasgow, G51 3UU
Tel: 0141 237 4767
Web: http://www.xchangescotland.org

WORLDEXCHANGE

WORLDEXCHANGE is committed to supporting the social, economic and spiritual development of villages and local urban communities in the developing world. We do this through our three core programmes: International Volunteer programme, Scottish volunteer programme, Visit and Exchange programme.

http://www.worldexchange.org.uk/SCWE_home.html

BHAGAVAT EDUCATIONAL TRUST

For unemployed young people aged 18 to 30, who are unemployed, with troubled backgrounds and no direction in their life

This is a ‘Leonardo Da Vinci’ project of  Bhagavat Educational Trust – a life changing experience, which will boost their self esteem and change their attitude to life no end.

  • Two weeks in Bulgaria working in favour of orphanages and marginalised children.
  • Fully funded by the EU – all expenses paid.

For more information  tel  01172 309903 or visit the website.

Open World

Open World are a registered Non Profit Organization, located at Sivakasi (Near the famous temple city Madurai) , Tamil Nadu .It’s the deep Hindu South of India. Our vision is to help the disabled children and women in need to improve their standard of life and their economy. We are offering volunteering opportunities to the Gap year students and professionals in various fields.

http://www.openworld.webs.com/

UNA Exchange

UNA Exchange organises international volunteer projects in over 50 countries worldwide for between 2 weeks and 12 months.

http://www.unaexchange.org/

InterVol

Whether you’re looking for a career break or a new job, finishing school or university, wanting to develop your skills or to develop the world, challenging yourself or just making the most of a trip overseas – InterVol gives you the inspiration, information and impartial advice you need to discover your perfect volunteering opportunity overseas.

http://www.intervol.org.uk/

NIDOS

Network of International Development Organisations in Scotland (NIDOS) is a network of 52 Scottish-based organisations which promotes the exchange of experience, ideas and information for more effective workingin International Development- Some offer volunteering opportunities

http://www.nidos.org.uk/nidosmemlinks.asp

Challenges Worldwide

Challenges Worldwide is a Scottish based International Development Organisation that matches motivatedand skilled individuals to focused short term volunteer placements overseas.

www.challengesworldwide.org

PLATFORM2

Platform 2 is an opportunity to volunteer in a developing country and then come back and creatively express their experiences in the UK – FREE.

http://www.myplatform2.com/

Residential Volunteering

http://www.volunteerscotland.info/coming2scotland/links.htm




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