Volunteer in East Renfrewshire

Covid-19 has changed the way we go about our day-to-day lives, as well as how we volunteer and support people in our communities.

Want to help out? 
Many local groups and organisations across East Renfrewshire need your help more than ever! We have a range of new volunteering opportunities throughout East Renfrewshire that will help them make an immediate difference in our local communities. 

If you’re interested in helping out, pick an opportunity, complete the form below, and someone will get in touch with you soon.

If you’d rather have a chat about how you can help out, just call the Community Hub on 0141 876 9555. 

For more local and national volunteering opportunities, visit Volunteer Scotland website.

Find your volunteering opportunity:​

As a volunteer Lunch Club Helper, you will welcome the people that come along and encourage them to feel as comfortable as possible while chatting and playing games. The role will also involve helping the friendly team of volunteers set up the halls, serving lunch/meals, and tidying up afterwards.

Volunteers will receive ongoing training and support.

This role requires a PVG (Disclosure) check, which will be paid for by Age Concern.

Time Commitment: The lunch clubs run from 10 am-2.30 pm with some time for prep added on; therefore, if suitable, the volunteers will help out for five and half hours.

In this role, you are making a difference in people’s lives who may feel lonely or isolated; it’s enjoyable and rewarding. You will become part of a friendly team of volunteers who share the same passion for helping others.

Locations: You can volunteer in Eaglesham, Woodfarm or Newton Mearns – own transport required.

Minimum Age: 16

Expenses Paid: No

About: Age Concern Eastwood promotes the interests of older persons in our community, proving lunch clubs with available transport, general advice and information supplied, and wheelchair loans.

As a Volunteer Bus Helper, you will be ensuring the safety of each passenger as they get on/off our minibus. Each passenger will be accompanied from their home onto the bus and into our day centres.

Volunteers will receive ongoing training and support.

This role requires a PVG (Disclosure) check, which will be paid for by Age Concern.

Time Commitment: Tuesday (Newton Mearns), Thursday (Woodfarm) or Friday (Eaglesham); The lunch clubs run from 10 am-2.30 pm with some time for prep added on; therefore, if suitable, the volunteers will help out for five and half hours.

In this role, you are making a difference in people’s lives who may feel lonely or isolated; it’s enjoyable and rewarding. You will become part of a friendly team of volunteers who share the same passion for helping others.

Locations: Eaglesham, Woodfarm and Newton Mearns. Bus helpers can be be picked at home if required.

Minimum Age: 16

Expenses Paid: No

About: Age Concern Eastwood promotes the interests of older persons in our community, proving lunch clubs with available transport, general advice and information supplied, and wheelchair loans.

As a Volunteer Driver, you will be driving a 17 seater mini bus, operating a wheelchair lift (which you will receive training on), assisting bus helpers to help members onto/off the bus, choosing a route in consultation with the bus helper.

Volunteers will receive ongoing training and support.

This role requires a PVG (Disclosure) check, which will be paid for by Age Concern.

Time Commitment: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays or Fridays.; The lunch clubs run from 10 am-2.30 pm with some time for prep added on; therefore, if suitable, the volunteers will help out for five and half hours.

In this role, you are making a difference in people’s lives who may feel lonely or isolated; it’s enjoyable and rewarding. You will become part of a friendly team of volunteers who share the same passion for helping others.

Minimum Age: 21

Location: Newton Mearns, Giffnock, Woodfarm and Eaglesham. Bus will be picked up in the Clarkston area.

Expenses Paid: No

About: Age Concern Eastwood promotes the interests of older persons in our community, proving lunch clubs with available transport, general advice and information supplied, and wheelchair loans.

Voluntary Action East Renfrewshire in collaboration with NHSGGC will provide digital support to people with a diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes.

The purpose of the programme is to offer support to enable this group of people to attend and participate in an online education programme called Control It Plus (run on Teams) and register to access the “my diabetes, my way” website.

We anticipate a range of people with different digital needs:
• People with devices but limited experience in using them.
• People without devices who need safe access.
• People with low IT confidence and skills.
• People who are looking to stay safe online while accessing online health information.

Volunteers will support people to overcome these digital obstacles in a variety of settings which may be in a community venue such as a library or The Market Place or in the person’s home.

Experience required: 

  • Basic I.T skills: If you have a mix of understanding across smartphones/speakers, laptops and tablets, it would be advantageous.
  • Communication skills: Being able to speak clearly and adapt to different people.
  • Patience: Learning a new skill can take time, especially when that comes with some specific terminology. Being patient and giving people the space to learn at their own pace is essential.

It is important to note that volunteers DO NOT need to have experience of Type 2 Diabetes or have a health background as the focus of the role is about digital support

Training and Support: Digital Champion training will be provided via Voluntary Action whilst NHSGGC will provide training on specific online tools and apps designed to support people with diabetes.

Locations: Community Spaces across East Renfrewshire.

Voluntary Action East Renfrewshire has been helping people who received digital devices through the Connecting Scotland programme. Connecting Scotland is a Scottish Government programme set up in response to coronavirus to help people get digitally connected.  We now want to expand the support to anyone in our community to become more digitally confident.

As a Digital Champion Volunteer, you will help people to learn how to do things like:

  • Set up an email account 
  • Shop online 
  • Use social platforms like zoom, teams or forums
  • Maintain digital security

You will do this by supporting people on a one to one basis (booked in advance) with their own device.

Experience required: 

  • Basic I.T skills: If you have a mix of understanding across smartphones/speakers, laptops and tablets, it would be advantageous.
  • Communication skills: Being able to speak clearly and adapt to different people.
  • Patience: Learning a new skill can take time, especially when that comes with some specific terminology. Being patient and giving people the space to learn at their own pace is essential.

Location: The Market Place in Barrhead, 56 Kelburn Street, G78 1LR, East Renfrewshire

Expenses Paid: Yes

The Market Place is looking for friendly people to join their team of volunteers at the Barrhead and Newton Mearns Market Places.

The role will involve welcoming people and groups back to our community space whilst chatting and encouraging everyone to stay and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere.

You will also help in the café area, serving tea/coffee to customers and groups. Other tasks include helping to restock shelves in the shop area and sorting out donated items.

Training and Support: You will receive 1-1 training, ongoing support and excellent opportunities to learn new skills and build confidence.

Time Commitment: Between 2-4 hours a week. Currently, shifts are available Monday to Friday between 10-3pm in Newton Mearns and 10-4pm in Barrhead.

Locations: 

  • Barrhead: 56 Kelburn Road (in between Tesco and Lidl)
  • Newton Mearns: The Avenue Shopping Centre, 250 Ayr Rd
Minimum Age: 14 years old

You’ll be part of a team of volunteers helping to deliver information and support to people affected by cancer in a friendly, non-clinical environment. You will help by signposting to services including financial advice, physical activities, emotional or practical support, as well as providing a listening ear.

This role is currently available in Clarkston Library on and Barrhead Foundry at the following times:

Barrhead Foundry on Wednesdays at 10.15 am to 12.45 pm
Clarkston Library on Fridays at 10.15 am to 12.45 pm and from 12.15 to 2.45 pm

Activities will include:
• Meeting and greeting people, providing a warm welcome to the Macmillan service
• Providing a friendly, listening ear to people
• Making tea and coffee
• Supporting people on a one-to-one basis, depending on their individual needs
• Explaining the resources and services available to people affected by cancer in East Renfrewshire
• Making direct referrals to appropriate agencies
• Collecting and recording information about people who use the service
• Keeping information displays stocked and up-to-date
• Setting up and closing down the service at each session
• Attending volunteer development sessions to keep informed and up-to-date

Benefits to you:
• Be part of a friendly, enthusiastic team of people in your local area
• Make a real difference to people affected by cancer in your community
• Use and develop your skills, enhancing your CV
• Full training and induction for the role, covering your duties, our code of conduct, the needs of people affected by cancer and where to go if you need advice and guidance
• Ongoing training and development
• Flexible opportunity to work at one specific venue or both, based on your availability
• The opportunity to shape the future of a brand new service for people affected by cancer

Qualities and skills required for the role:
• Good listening skills with an ability to actively listen (training will be provided)
• Open, warm and friendly manner
• A caring and non-judgmental attitude
• Good communication skills
• Awareness of own limitations and the boundaries of the role
• Reliability and commitment to the role
• Willingness to learn and to undertake training as required
• Basic administration skills
• Ability to work independently and as part of a team
• Respect for individuals, regardless of their background

Volunteering roles with Macmillan East Ren require two references and a Standard Disclosure check. The purpose of this is to safeguard volunteers and service users from harm. Having a criminal record will not automatically prevent you from volunteering. Rather, cases will be treated on an individual basis. Macmillan East Ren will support you to complete the relevant paperwork during the recruitment process.

Minimum Age: 18

Expenses Paid: Yes

Macmillan charity provides information and support to people living with cancer and their families across the UK.

As a Telephone Buddy Volunteer with Macmillan, you will provide telephone support to alleviate loneliness and social isolation for people living with cancer.

Bring your listening and communication skills to support people living with cancer to feel
less isolated and lonely. By joining Macmillan you’ll be doing something amazing for people, so
they can continue to feel connected to the world outside and helping them find their
best way through. 

What will you be doing?

  • Providing telephone support to alleviate loneliness and social isolation for people
    living with cancer
  • Adopting a non-judgemental and supportive approach to understand the needs
    and concerns of people living with cancer
  • Speaking to 1-3 people living with cancer every week for up to 12 calls
  • Completing post call ‘records of activity’ reports and using all required systems
  • Joining group catch up calls every 4-6 weeks to get key updates and/or share
    good practice
  • Signposting to additional support if required and raising any further concerns with
    the Macmillan team

    The skills you need:

  • Good listener and clear communicator
  • Patient, flexible and reliable
  • Ability to respect others’ differences and choices
  • Ability to demonstrate empathy and understanding while maintaining boundaries
  • Ability to recognise when to ask for support
  • Ability to work independently with guidance and support
  • Understand the need to maintain confidentiality
  • Good IT skills in order to access required systems and resources
  • Ability to commit to 4 hours of online training

    What’s in it for you?

  • Meet new people as part of a friendly team that makes a difference
  • Use and develop your communication and people skills
  • Have a rewarding experience making a difference to people living with cancer
  • Receive an induction, relevant training, the support you need to carry out your
    role, and agreed out-of-pocket expenses (reimbursed within our guidelines)

    Minimum Age: 18

    Location: Own home

Macmillan charity provides information and support to people living with cancer and their families across the UK.

As a Community Buddy Volunteer with Macmillan, you will be providing face-to-face support in the community or in people’s homes to alleviate loneliness and help with simple practical tasks.

Bring your listening and communication skills to support people living with cancer to feel
less isolated and lonely and to help with practical tasks that they are temporarily having
trouble with. By joining Macmillan, you’ll be doing something amazing for people, so they can
continue to feel connected to the world outside and helping them find their best way
through. 

What will you be doing?

  • Providing face-to-face support in the community or in people’s homes to alleviate
    loneliness and help with simple practical tasks
  • Adopting a non-judgemental and supportive approach to understand the needs
    and concerns of people living with cancer at this time
  • Supporting 1-3 people living with cancer every week for up to 12 visits
  • Completing post call ‘records of activity’ reports and using all required systems
  • Joining group catch up calls every 4-6 weeks to get key updates and/or share
    good practice
  • Volunteering within agreed hours and following all best practice guidelines
  • Signposting to additional support if required and raising any further concerns with
    the Macmillan team
  • Please note, this role involves working unsupervised.

    The skills you need

  • Good listener and clear communicator
  • Patient, flexible and reliable
  • Ability to respect others’ differences and choices
  • Ability to demonstrate empathy and understanding while maintaining boundaries
  • Ability to recognise when to ask for support
  • Ability to work independently with guidance and support
  • Understand the need to maintain confidentiality
  • Ability and willingness to travel in your local area
  • Good IT skills in order to access required systems and resources
  • Ability to commit to 4 hours of online training

    What’s in it for you?

  • Meet new people as part of a friendly team that makes a difference
  • Use and develop your communication and people skills
  • Have a rewarding experience making a difference to people living with cancer

    Location:
    It will either take place at the home of the person accessing the service or at another agreed location such as café, support group etc.

    Minimum Age: 18

The Movement Motivator Volunteer will help the club members to get involved in some kind of activity during the club session. This will be some very gentle exercises during the club session to get everyone moving and there will be training provided about some of the activities that Sporting Memories Foundation Scotland is already using in other clubs, for example, Body Boosting Bingo. Some of our club members have mobility problems and will need to exercise while seated and some will need to be persuaded to get moving.

Club sessions are great fun and there’s lots of banter!

You will be part of a team of volunteers who support each other and the club session is 1.5 hours every week and ongoing support will be provided by the Volunteer and Area Coordinators.

You will need to communicate well with others and can support club members who have memory or physical health problems. The most important skill is to be able to listen to club members and to encourage them to take part in the activities that are offered.

Come and join Sporting Memories Foundation Scotland to make a difference in the lives of older people!

Location: Mearns Kirk Halls, 404 Mearns Rd, Mearns Rd, G77 5BU.

Minimum Age: 18

Expenses Paid: Yes

Sporting Memories Foundation Scotland are looking for someone passionate about sport who enjoys talking with older adults and can communicate their enthusiasm to our club members.

The Session Supporter works alongside the Session Facilitator to enable the smooth running of the club session and will help to set up the venue for the club as well as welcoming members as they arrive.

The clubs support older people who may have a physical disability and/or memory problems. Some of the members are isolated; they just enjoy popping in for a chat and being able to reminisce about their favourite sports.

You will be part of a team of volunteers providing this service for a couple of hours on a weekly basis.

Training and Support: We provide training and our staff will meet with you on a regular basis to support you.

Location: Mearns Kirk Halls, 404 Mearns Rd, Mearns Rd, G77 5BU.

Time Commitment: The club meets on a Friday from 11-12.30.

Expenses: Volunteers can claim expenses – fares or mileage.

About The Sporting Memories Foundation Scotland:

The Sporting Memories Foundation Scotland’s aim is to engage with isolated older people living with long-term conditions like dementia, Parkinson’s disease, depression or loneliness. During the club session, they help participants to reminisce about sport and to do some gentle physical activity. The charity cannot do this without the support of the dedicated volunteers who are always willing to go the extra mile to meet the needs of the club members.

One of the volunteers has commented: “I feel appreciated and see my work making a difference.”

Most importantly, their volunteers and members love a bit of banter and club sessions are about everyone having fun!

The Walk-ER programme run by East Renfrewshire Health & Social Care Partnership is looking for Volunteer Walk Leaders to support health walks across the East Renfrewshire area.

Walk-ER aims to support adults to join in with their walks and enjoy the local community space whilst being active and meeting new friends. All health walks are free, short and local.

With the support of a Scottish Charity, Paths for All, the programme offers training to new Volunteer Walk Leaders to add to the existing programme of health walks for adults. 

The benefits of becoming involved:

  • Develop your knowledge and skills surrounding activities within the local community and increased activity from regular walks
  • Increase your confidence
  • Socialise and establish new friendships
  • Have fun
  • Full training will be provided

Location:

The walks take place in Giffnock, Clarkston, Barrhead, Newton Mearns and Neilston. The programme wants to build on existing walks and support volunteers to develop new walks within their community that they feel would benefit their local area.

Time Commitment:

At least 40 -60 minutes each week to support the Walking Programme.

New Volunteers can expect:

  • Free training to help you lead a healthy walk and ongoing support
  • Free Heart Start Training by a qualified Heart Start Tutor
  • Free Dementia Walk Leader Training
  • Free Strength and Balance Training
  • An opportunity to meet new people and make new friends.
  • A chance to help others to enjoy local walks

The Lunch and Social Club for People Living with Dementia meets every Thursday afternoon from 12pm to 4pm. It’s a lovely afternoon, allowing people living with dementia to come together to enjoy a tasty lunch, do activities and enjoy some singing and dancing. The activities and social interaction is very beneficial to people living with dementia and the afternoon also provides much needed respite to carers.

Mearns Kirk Helping Hands cannot run this lunch club without the help of fabulous volunteers. As a group helper at the lunch club you will be:

  • providing social interaction to members of the club,
  • encouraging them to take part in activities,
  • and making members feel welcome and included.

You will be working alongside the team of volunteers to help and support each other to make the afternoon special.

The benefits of becoming involved:

In this role, not only are you making a difference to the lives of people living with dementia but it is really fun and rewarding too. You receive lunch while volunteering and get to meet new people, who share a passion for helping others.

Training and Support:

The charity offer taster sessions for this role and if you do decide that it is for you, you will receive training including the accredited Best Practice in Dementia Care Course from the University of Stirling as well as Moving and Positioning training. A PVG is also required for this role.

Time Commitment: Volunteers have to be available from 11.30am to participate in a pre-club volunteer meeting. The club meets every Thursday afternoon from 12pm to 4pm.

Location: Mearns Kirk Halls, 404 Mearns Road, Newton Mearns, G77 5BU.

There is ample parking in the church car park and you can also travel by bus. Number 4 first bus from Clarkston/Netherlee and McGills 395 from Barrhead. 

Minimum Age: 18

Expenses Paid: Yes

The Mearns Kirk Helping Hands Befriending Service is aimed at people aged 65+ who are experiencing social isolation. If you have one or two hours a week to spare and would like to join a passionate team of volunteers who are helping older people make connections in their community, becoming a volunteer befriender could be the role for you!

Minimum age: 18

Location: Across East Renfrewshire

 

All across the UK AbilityNet 300 volunteers support older and/or disabled people at home to offer one-to-one support with their technology, whether that’s a computer, laptop, smartphone or tablet. All Tech Volunteers receive induction, on-going training and support.

The volunteers:

  • Trouble shoot technical issues.
  • Offer impartial advice on technology.
  • Set up new tech and install hardware and software.
  • Show people how to use their tech at home e.g. shop online, send and receive emails and Skype with family and friends.
  • Make adaptations to support a disabled person’s specific technology needs.

Location: Remotely from home

Minimum Age: 18

Commitment: 2 hours per month for minimum 6 months

Debra Charity is looking for friendly, confident and reliable volunteers to take on the responsibility of opening and closing their Barrhead shop on a Sunday.

The role would involve cashing up at the end of the day, as well as sorting through some of our donations whilst replenishing stock and serving customers.

You will receive induction training and continued support throughout your time volunteering for Debra.

Experience: Retail experience would help but is not needed.
Travel details: Debra Charity Shop, Unit 4-5, Westbourne Centre, Barrhead, G78 1LR.
Minimum age: 16
Expenses paid: Yes

Debra Charity is looking for volunteers who would like to be part of their friendly and welcoming team to provide a service to their customers at their Barrhead shop. 

As a volunteer, you will be helping out with sorting through donations, organise and displaying the stock and keeping the shop clean and tidy.

If you are friendly, reliable, patient and understanding, then this role may be right for you.

Experience required: None
Travel details: Debra Charity Shop, Unit 4/5 Westbourne Centre, Barrhead, G78 1LR
Minimum age: 16

 

Home-Start is looking for volunteers with parenting experience or experience of working/ volunteering with children/families to help families (with at least one child aged 8 or under) who could use some additional support.

Volunteers use their experiences of parenting or work/volunteering with children/families to help by offering emotional and practical support to families, with the aim of enabling them to lead less stressful and more enjoyable lives.

The needs of individual families will vary but as a Home-visiting Volunteer, you could be involved in anything from engaging in fun activities with the children and helping parents with managing behaviour to practical or emotional support for the families.

Training and Support: Home-Start take all their volunteers through a FREE training course to ensure that they are fully prepared and confident in the role. This is a great opportunity to grow and gain experience in a support-focused role. 

You’ll also have the chance to meet new people, learn new skills and use your knowledge to improve the lives of local families and children.

Time commitment: Usually, volunteers support families for around 2-3 hours a week, and the time is flexible to suit your availability.

Travel details: Families are across the southside of Glasgow, travel expenses will be paid for visiting families. 

Minimum Age: 18

Cosgrove Care charity is looking for Community Volunteer Shoppers to shop for older and vulnerable people in the Giffnock, Newton Mearns, Clarkston areas of East Renfrewshire. A commitment of one shop per week on the choice of days: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays.

The charity is also looking for volunteers to help tidy up and maintain their gardens at Rouken Glen site. Flexible hours to suit volunteers’ availability and the weather!

COVID safe procedures in place for all volunteering roles.

Food Train is a community based grocery shopping service. Volunteers collect shopping list from local older people, make up their orders in the local supermarket and then deliver them back to them, putting items away if required. 

Who can volunteer? Anyone over the age of 16 can volunteer with Food Train. They have variety of roles available: shoppers, delivery drivers, and delivery helpers.

Guide Dogs help people with sight loss live the life they choose. The charity’s ambition is a future where every person with sight loss has the confidence and support they need to live their lives to the full.

They don’t just provide life-changing guide dogs, they also provide advice, skills, emotional and practical support for people and families living with sight loss to help them live actively, independently and well.

What does the role involve?
Assisting you local fundraising group in organising, promoting and taking part in a variety of activities to raise money for Guide Dogs.

This role would be ideal for someone who likes meeting new people and getting out and about in their local community. You would also have to be confident speaking to new people to help spread the word about Guide Dogs!

No prior experience is required, becoming a Fundraising Volunteer is a great place to start if you’ve never volunteered before as you’ll receive full training from Guide Dogs and be supported by the other volunteers in your group

Main responsibilities:
• Attend group meetings
• Assist with street collections
• Help on stalls at local events
• Take Collection Boxes to local businesses
• Keeping track of what we sell on our stalls at events (including the cuddly toys!)
• Count donations

Travel details: Travel around local area to fundraising events and group meetings

Minimum Age: 18

Full training and ongoing support is provided. An induction to the organization as well as role specific training is provided. Volunteers will have a key staff contact for support.

Guide Dogs help people with sight loss live the life they choose. The charity’s ambition is a future where every person with sight loss has the confidence and support they need to live their lives to the full.

They don’t just provide life-changing guide dogs, they also provide advice, skills, emotional and practical support for people and families living with sight loss to help them live actively, independently and well.

What does the role involve?
Placing our iconic dog-shaped collection boxes locally in shops and businesses and counting up the funds every few months before paying them in to Guide Dogs.
This role would be ideal for someone who likes meeting new people and getting out and about in their local community. You would also have to be confident speaking to new people to help spread the word about Guide Dogs!

No prior experience is required, becoming a Collection Box Coordinator Volunteer is a great place to start if you’ve never volunteered before as you’ll receive full training from Guide Dogs and be supported by the other volunteers in your group.


Key responsibilities:
• Identifying and placing collecting boxes in suitable locations
• Talking to the shop owner, receptionist etc. at the location about how the boxes will help Guide Dogs and what we do
• Emptying boxes every 3-6 months (as they get full) and banking the income through the paying in book provided. Give a receipt and letter of thanks to the hosts
• Keeping a written record of the location of all boxes for your supervisor, the dates they are emptied and the dates/amounts banked
• If boxes aren’t collecting much, you’ll decide to move them to a better location. Your supervisor may also ask you to remove boxes
• Reporting any stolen boxes to the local Mobility Team

Minimum Age: 18

Full training and ongoing support is provided. An induction to the organization as well as role specific training is provided. Volunteers will have a key staff contact for support.

Jewish Care Scotland is looking for volunteers aged between 21-70 to drive their minibuses for around an hour on a Thursday morning and afternoon, as well as those who can commit to help out on an ad hoc basis.

Location: Driving will take place to and from their Walton Community Care Centre, May Terrace, Giffnock

PVG: Application to the PVG scheme will be essential and the cost will be covered by Jewish Care Scotland.

Minimum Age: 21

About: Jewish Care Scotland is here to provide a helping hand to our community in order to promote independence, keep people connected and support those in crisis. JCS provide services both in person and over the phone and work in ways that ensure that no one is left vulnerable or isolated.

Call on Me aims to reduce social isolation and loneliness and enables people to contribute to, as well as benefit from, the opportunity to connect with others. The project hopes to have a positive impact on the people we support and that both volunteers and call recipients will benefit from increased wellbeing as a result!

If you are interested in volunteering with the Call on Me service, you would be allocated individuals to make contact with on a regular basis, at a time that suits you.

Support: A JCS staff member would be available within working hours should you require any support.

Minimum Age: 18

Expenses Paid: Yes

About: Jewish Care Scotland is here to provide a helping hand to our community in order to promote independence, keep people connected and support those in crisis. JCS provide services both in person and over the phone and work in ways that ensure that no one is left vulnerable or isolated.

As part of Jewish Care Scotland strategy to connect people to their community and the Jewish culture, the charity aims to deliver the Jewish Telegraph weekly to isolated members of the community.

They need volunteers who are able to collect copies from their office and deliver these locally around Giffnock and the surrounding area.

Location: Walton Community Care Centre, May Terrace, Giffnock 

Minimum Age: 16

Expenses Paid: Yes

About: Jewish Care Scotland is here to provide a helping hand to our community in order to promote independence, keep people connected and support those in crisis. JCS provide services both in person and over the phone and work in ways that ensure that no one is left vulnerable or isolated.

As a volunteer, you will spend some one-one time chatting and getting to know the residents, reminiscing about their past, current interests and hobbies. You would participate in activities with the residents (dominoes or cards) or possibly accompany them on a walk or perhaps a visit to a local café for a chat depending on what the person would like and is able to do.

You would be joining a friendly and welcoming team of staff who will be supporting you in your role.

Location: Norwood Care Home, 39 Victoria Road, Barrhead, G78 1NQ

Minimum Age: 18

Paid Expenses: No

Volunteers use own vehicles to take patients to and from medical appointments.

Commitment: Volunteers let the organisation know availability i.e., which day/days they wish to do and what times.

Volunteers can also let the organisation know what hospitals they are happy to take patients to and what hospitals they would not like to go to. Drivers pick up no earlier than 8.45am and finish no later than 5.30pm. Normally it is one patient per driver per car.

Minimum Age: 25

Location: Drivers pick up patients from the East Renfrewshire and take them to medical appointments then return them home

Expenses Paid: Yes

About: The aim of the Community Transport East Renfrewshire is to provide a service to those disadvantaged due to age, ill health, disability, financial hardship or other disadvantage by offering a quality, not- for-profit community transport service that meets their needs effectively and consistently.

They also aim to contribute towards community development by offering assisted shopping trips and afternoon teas which encourage elderly members of the community to socialise in a warm and welcoming environment and help to prevent loneliness.

Wellbeing Volunteers at East Renfrewshire’s Family Wellbeing Service are an essential part of the team around the child or young person.

Research into children’s wellbeing outcomes tells us that ‘one good adult’ in a child’s life can improve their ability to develop resilience to loss, change or unexpected challenges they may face at home, school or in the community.

The befriending role provides a bridge into the community and helps where a child is socially isolated or the adults and peers around them cannot provide the emotional support needed during a difficult period in their life.

Wellbeing Volunteers are matched one to one with a young person aged 8 to 18 to offer hope, compassion, new skills and activities.

Weekly or fortnightly for a couple of hours, you would be a child’s role model building a trusting relationship through activity in the community.
Listening to the good days and the bad days you will increase the child’s sense of self worth and help them create a bank of positive memories.

Skills and Experience: We are looking for people who can set aside their own judgement, have a sense of fun and patience and can offer a minimum of a year to make a difference in a child’s life.

Location: Office is based at 18 A Fenwick Road, G466AN. Befriending and group work takes place in various parts of East Renfrewshire : Barrhead, Giffnock, Clarkston, Newton Mearns, Eastwood, Busby and Eaglesham

Bipolar Scotland would like to meet people who live with bipolar disorder and who have reached the point that they are managing their bipolar well. If you would like to spend a little of your time helping someone who has recently been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, then they would like to hear from you.
 
Volunteering in one-to-one peer support, done on-line via Bipolar Scotland’s free ‘Near Me’ on-line platform.
 
More about the role:
 
Working collaboratively with the Peer Workers and other colleagues, our Peer Support Volunteers provide complimentary practical and emotional support to those who have been newly diagnosed with bipolar.
 
The volunteers are able to utilise their lived experience of living well with bipolar disorder, to inspire and empower those who use the service to acquire and enhance skills to improve their personal resilience and enable them to live well with bipolar too.
 
The volunteers will draw on their knowledge and skills to provide practical support in areas such as personal finance, budgeting, social inclusion, employability and education to support individuals to achieve their goals, to create meaningful and sustainable connections with other sources of support within their communities and instil a sense of hope for the future and what they can achieve.
 
Time Commitment: Approximately 2 hours per week. Volunteering times are flexible on any day, either morning, afternoon and evenings, to mutually suit the volunteer and the person benefitting from peer support. 
 
Minimum Age: 18