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 across 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:​

Mearns Kirk Helping Hands runs a variety of groups and activities to support health and wellbeing and reduce social isolation in the local community.

One of their groups, “Blether and Brew”, has a simple but powerful premise, to bring people together to have a chat over a cuppa and a biscuit. The group is well attended but to help the group develop and grow, they need a volunteer Group Buddy to help support the sessions.


The Group Buddy would be there on the day to help with set up, manage the register and collect the donations.

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

Time commitment: Tuesday Afternoons

Minimum Age: 18

Experience:
• Some experience of working with older people and an understanding of how loneliness and isolation can affect older people.
• Good communicator, comfortable meeting with new people and be able to work well as part of a team.
Training and Support:
• Full induction to the charity, including receiving a volunteer handbook.
• Induction training that covers topics including boundaries, confidentiality, safeguarding and communication.
• Other training is offered on a role specific basis and support is provided through the volunteer coordinator and project manager

Travel Expenses: Yes

Mearns Kirk Helping Hands runs a variety of groups and activities to support health and wellbeing and reduce social isolation in the local community.


One of their more recent groups is the Men’s Breakfast Club. This group is designed to bring men who are looking for a bit of company together for a chat and a hearty breakfast. A volunteer breakfast cook is vital to the group, so a breakfast can be prepared, cooked and served.


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

Time Commitment: Friday Mornings

Minimum Age: 18

Experience and Skills:
• Interest in cooking / able to organise and cook food for group members.
• Good communicator and able to work as part of a team.

Training and Support:
• Full induction to the charity, including receiving a volunteer handbook.
• Induction training that covers topics including boundaries, confidentiality, safeguarding and communication.
• Other training is offered on a role specific basis and support is provided through the volunteer coordinator and project manager – food hygiene training is available

Travel Expenses: Yes

Mearns Kirk Helping Hands runs a variety of groups and activities to support health and wellbeing and reduce social isolation in the local community.

One of their more recent groups is the Men’s Breakfast Club. This group is designed to bring men who are looking for a bit of company, together for a chat and a tasty breakfast.

A volunteer Group Buddy is vital for the week to week running of the club, to help with set up and clean down, take the registration and donations and be a point of contact for new members.


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

Time Commitment: Friday Mornings

Minimum Age: 18

Experience and Skills:
• Understanding of how isolation and loneliness affects older men.
• Able to work as part of a team and be an excellent communicator.
• Experience of working with groups of older men is desirable but not essential.

Training and Support:
• Full induction to the charity, including receiving a volunteer handbook.
• Induction training that covers topics including boundaries, confidentiality, safeguarding and communication.
• Other training is offered on a role specific basis and support is provided through the volunteer coordinator and project manager

Travel Expenses: 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

 

People Know How are looking for volunteers to operate their national helpline in partnership with the Scottish Government.

As a volunteer, you’ll provide support for people who have received a digital device as part of Connecting Scotland programme, supporting the most vulnerable to get online.

Queries range from enquiries about the programme, to basic support with turning on or using a device. 

This role is home-based and all training and support will be provided via Microsoft Teams.

Minimum Age: 18

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

Do you hold a valid minibus driving license and could spare a few hours per week to help support the work of Jewish Care Scotland?

The charity is currently looking for volunteers aged between 21-70 who can commit a few hours per week to drive their minibuses.

Application to the PVG scheme will be essential and will be reimbursed by the charity.

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

Initially the volunteer will be asked to befriend those residents in the Westlea Care Home that currently have no visitors.

Once the home has opened up to the public fully and the restrictions are lifted, the volunteer will be asked to participate in out door outings. This will be discussed more fully when initial contact has been made with the volunteer.

Volunteers do not need experience as the training and support is provided. 

Location: Westlea Care Home, between Barrhead and Neilston

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.

Go through your home and collect all the unused items (that are still in very good condition). Then, invite your friends to do the same! Meet up, swap, and make donations for what you take home to regift! Good for the planet, your pocketbook, and the life-changing programmes the charity facilitates through Feed the Minds!

Location: The swaps can be held anywhere. You and your friends could hire a community hall. Or maybe you’d all prefer a small gathering at someone’s home or garden? Maybe you could gather right after the school run? The possibilities are endless…. 

Join the friendly group of sewing volunteers, making items for The Market Place shops. The team make products such as envelope cushions, aprons, tote bags and is always looking for new ideas.

Join the team, share your skills and learn some new ones too!

Experience: Some experience in cutting patterns, using sewing machines and overlocke

Location & Times: The Market Place in Barrhead on Tuesdays or Wednesdays from 11 am – 3 pm

Minimum age: 18