These are some of the most current local volunteering opportunities that we are aware of. You can also search for more opportunities and sign up for our volunteering ebulletin here.
Alternatively you can also contact us here should you require more support getting started on your volunteering journey.
Citizens Rights Project volunteers
Citizens Rights Project is focused on providing information about the EU Settlement Scheme, which involves the application process for the settled or pre-settled status for the EU/EEA/Swiss nationals, and their family members, living in the UK.
They are looking for volunteers within:
- community leaders, caseworkers, or local organisers with experience in social work or similar (i.e.: citizens’ rights, community development, cultural integration and diversity, migrant issues, vulnerable individuals and communities, etc.)
- people who can speak Bulgarian, Hungarian, Portuguese, Latvian, Estonian, Czech or Slovak.
The volunteer role will be to provide information and advice about the EU Settlement Scheme and assist eligible EU/EEA/Swiss community members with the application process.
As a volunteer you will:
- learn about the EU Settlement Scheme
- receive free training and OISC Level 1 (limited to EUSS) accreditation (i.e. you will become an immigration adviser limited to the EUSS)
- acquire experience providing 1-2-1 advice under the supervision of an experienced immigration adviser
- provide language and technological support in making applications to the EU Settlement Scheme
- work closely with vulnerable EU/EEA/Swiss community members with complex needs and assist them in the process of securing their legal rights in the UK
- join the network of organisations who support European communities in the UK
Volunteer placements are offered to willing and eligible candidates who can dedicate a few hours a week of their time.
The placements are open to anyone with right to reside in the UK, and is not limited to UK and other EU nationals.
Find them on Facebook @EURightsProject and Twitter #CitzRights
Hourglass Scotland Volunteers
Hourglass Scotland is part of the well-established UK-wide charity, Hourglass (formerly Action on Elder Abuse), the only UK-wide charity dedicated to calling time on the harm, abuse and exploitation of older people. They are dedicated to promoting safer ageing and a fairer society for all older people.
They are setting up an exciting new Community Hub, to provide comprehensive advice and support around the abuse of older people and safer ageing. The Hub will be available to older people, their loved ones, and anyone else concerned about an older person; providing immediate advice and support, as well as services to proactively help keep older people safe from harm, abuse and exploitation. They are now recruiting a team of volunteers to help them deliver frontline support to older people and others.
They are developing a range of services and activities to promote safer ageing and stop abuse, incorporating prevention, recovery and resilience, including interest-based groups, social events, one-to-one support, and more. Volunteering roles include:
- Hosting or assisting with coffee mornings or social events
- Facilitating or assisting interest groups (e.g. crafts, photography, story-telling, local history, etc)
- raising awareness of the work of Hourglass & issues relating to safer ageing and the abuse of older people
- providing one-to-one support to an older person in their own home, a community setting or over the phone
- hosting information stands or pop-up clinics at community venues and events
They are are looking for people who are passionate about stopping abuse and empowering older people to live well and age safely; who understand the experience of and issues affecting older people; who can demonstrate empathy, patience, sensitivity and resilience; and who can listen and support non-judgementally.
If you match this description, and are over 18 years of age, and can commit to an hour or more per week, Hourglass Scotland would love to hear from you. Some roles may be home-based, and will be working primarily in Fife initially.
>For more information, or to apply, please contact Carralanne Bradley (Community Response Assisitant), Hourglass Scotland, on 07435551657, or by email email@example.com
Heart to Heart Young Persons Befriender
Heart to Heart offers confidential support to those affected by divorce, separation or a relationship breakdown.
They are currently looking for Volunteer Young Person Befrienders
- To support young people struggling with the emotional impact of family breakdown.
To work with young people on a 1 to 1 basis, using the Heart to Heart eight-week toolkit.
To listen actively with a non-judgemental manner.
Assist to organise and lead young people group socials
Duties and Key Responsibilities
- Demonstrate initiative which will include prioritising and scheduling your own workload
- Facilitate individual support for affected young people as required
- A commitment to confidentiality, risk assessment and safe guarding.
- To support the Christian ethos of Heart to Heart
Training which will be required and given to fulfill this befriending role
- Policies and procedures
- Listening and mentoring skills
- Training in how to use and deliver support using the Heart to Heart Toolkit
>For further information or to apply for this role please contact Christina on 07889 631124 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Cats Protection Social media volunteer
Social media and cats go hand in hand, and the Cats Protection social media volunteers use their passion and knowledge of social media to promote the activities of local volunteer groups and teams though various channels. This is a volunteer role that can be done from home, on the train or even from the sofa! The Cats Protection social media volunteers directly help feline friends by helping raise awareness of Cats Protection. A higher profile can help them raise the funds they need for their vital work, ensuring as many people as possible know they can adopt a cat from the Cats Protection, help promote neutering and help as many people as possible learn more about feline welfare.
The Cats Protection are looking for someone with
- A passion for social media and experience of social networking
- Knowledge of the advantages and disadvantages of using social media
- Experience of using IT
- Interpersonal and communication skills
- Willingness to be part of a team
>If you would like to find out more about this role, please contact: Julia , Forth Valley Volunteer Team Leader on ForthValley.VTL@cats.org.uk or Mob 07393 799136
Cats Protection Transport volunteer
- Arranging and transporting equipment, litter and cat food
- Transporting cats to and from vets, foster homes and centres
- Transporting equipment to and from events
What are the benefits to you and the cats?
You will develop new skills, expand your knowledge and make a significant contribution to improving the lives of cats and kittens by providing transport assistance to local volunteer groups and teams. You will meet new people, make new friends and be part of a dedicated team of volunteers.
The Cats Protection are looking for someone with
- Good organisation and time management skills
- Knowledge of the local community
- A full, clean driving licence and access to a vehicle
- The ability to carry out some heavy lifting
>If you would like to find out more about this role, please contact: Julia, Volunteer Team Leader Tel 01259 720555 or email ForthValley.VTL@cats.org.uk
St Johns Scotland Patient Transport Driver
St Johns Scotland are setting up a hospital service in Central Scotland. They do ask that you could continue to help after this period of time and not just short term.
As a Patient Transport Driver, it will be your role to transport renal patients to and from the Renal Unit at Forth Valley Royal Hospital (FVRH) in Larbert. This service is completely free to patients. Drivers will need access to their own car and all vehicles and drivers require full insurance.
- Safely transport patients from their home to the hospital, and back home again at a pre-arranged time
- Liaise with coordinator and commit to regular shifts (there are morning and afternoon shifts Monday-Saturday) You will not be required to actively help patients boarding and debarking vehicles as all patients are mobile enough
>If you are interested please contact Katie Barrick on Katie.Barrick@stjohnscotland.org.uk or 0131 556 8711
Meal Makers Volunteers
Meal Makers is a local neighbourhood food-sharing project that connects people who love cooking, and who are happy to share an extra portion of home cooked food, with an older neighbour who would really appreciate a freshly prepared meal and a friendly chat. By turning an everyday activity into a volunteering opportunity, Meal Makers strengthens connections within communities and provides a flexible way for people to volunteer their time and skills locally in a way which suits them.
They are particularly looking for Diners in the following areas:
- FK8 Postcode- Kippen, Gargunnock, Stirling Centre
- FK9 Postcode - Bridge of Allan
- FK7 Postcode- Fallin
We're operating with an adapted service. Meal shares are still taking place under an adapted service in line with Scottish Government and NHS guidelines. Find out more here.
>If you are interested in finding out more please contact email@example.com
Oak Garden Volunteers
Tucked away between houses in Raploch lies a secret garden, a soon-to-be oasis of colour and productivity. Or at least, that’s what a group of gardener’s endeavours to create.
Frank and Dave alongside Alexia Forschner, who are all keen fruit and vegetable growers have a vision to spread news of the amazing work the community is doing in the Garden. They also require help to build and maintain social media and a website. Furthermore, any volunteering support you can offer that hasn’t been mentioned here they will be happy to hear from you.
>If you would like to get involved in this project or would like to know more please contact Alexia Forschner firstname.lastname@example.org
Strathcarron Compassionate Neighbour
Strathcarron Hospice are always looking for compassionate people who are able to commit to a couple of hours to visit someone who is lonely and isolated, or living with an illness, in their own home or to take them out for a short trip.
Volunteers get a great deal of pleasure from these visits, the activities they do and the special connections they develop.
No specific skills are required except for empathy and a good listening ear!
Full training and support is provided.
>if you are interested in finding out more please contact Mandy Ross (NHS Forth Valley) email@example.com
Ladies of the Rock delivery Drivers
Ladies of the Rock are currently looking for Delivery drivers (must have own transport)
Their activities depend a lot on the help they get from very valuable volunteers
This project was created by the community for our communities
>If you would like to apply for a role, please get in touch with Fran Nicol, Dorothy Morrow or Margaret Forsyth. email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Town Break Volunteer Befrienders
Town Break provides person-centred services to support people with dementia and their carers using the skills of trained, supportive and committed staff and volunteers. They liaise with other agencies, both statutory and voluntary, to help to support people with dementia to continue to live in their own homes within the Stirling District.
They are looking for volunteer befrienders to build relationships with people living with the early to moderate stages of dementia in Stirlingshire. These relationships can help prevent social isolation and help reconnect people with the community they belong to. They match befrienders with people who have similar interests so they can be encouraged to pursue loved hobbies or supported so they can build the confidence they need to take part in new activities. This might be visiting a garden centre, having a walk or even just having a coffee and chat in the person’s home for two hours per week. This is a great opportunity to build meaningful relationships with people in your local community. They also currently have volunteering opportunities at their day clubs.
They provide a training programme and offer ongoing support including peer support at volunteer meetings. They ask that you commit to 2 hours per week and for a minimum one year. Younger volunteers can befriend clients in group sessions that are run at the Day Therapy Unit in Stirling Community Hospital.
Younger volunteers will be supported by the Befriending Co-ordinator who will closely guide these volunteers through the process of establishing friendships. Befrienders are expected to maintain contact with the Befriending Co-ordinator by completing a simple form once a month to log visits and taking part in informal bi-monthly meetings.
Please note, we are looking for more Male befrienders!
>For more information contact Leslie Milne email@example.com
Stirlingshire Voluntary Enterprise Community Health Champion
People living well within supportive communities is at the heart of the local Health and Social Care Partnership’s aspirations. One of its priorities is to connect people to their neighbourhoods and communities, promoting good health and self-help.
CTSI, SVE and partners are recruiting Volunteer Health Champions, who will receive training so that they can help to make a positive difference to health and wellbeing in their own family, community and workplace. Activities may include:
- Speaking to family and friends about health and wellbeing topics
- Signposting someone to a health and wellbeing service or support group
- Promoting health campaigns within neighbourhoods and being champions on the ground for supermarket/ library/workplace exhibitions
- Encouraging a group of friends to meet for a weekly walk rather than staying inside.
- Linking with some of the specific support groups within Clackmannanshire and Stirlingshire that include people with dementia, arthritis, heart problems and Diabetes, for example.
If you are interested in this opportunity please contact Liz Rowlett by email at firstname.lastname@example.org