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:​

East Renfrewshire Libraries Housebound project is a new service delivering library resources to housebound residents in their homes.

You’ll be part of a team of warm, friendly volunteers helping to deliver a valuable housebound service to people unable to get to their local library, whether as a result of long/ short-term disability or mobility issues, illness or caring commitments.

People who are housebound often feel isolated and disconnected from their local community. By volunteering to help deliver the housebound service, you will be making a huge positive impact in your local community and helping residents feel more included.

Location: The housebound service will be offered to residents across East Renfrewshire. The volunteer will be matched with a library and its surrounding area, which will be discussed with potential volunteers. Travel and petrol expenses will be reimbursed. 

Days and times: The housebound service will run during library opening hours. Volunteers are asked to commit, where possible, to two or more sessions per month, for 6 months or more.

Training and support 

You’ll receive training and support to give you the skills needed to carry out this role, including library induction, confidentiality and boundaries. Regular ongoing support is available from the Volunteer supervisor and the wider libraries team.

Qualities and skills required for the role:

  • Good listening skills
  • Good customer care skills
  • Open, warm and friendly manner
  • A caring and non-judgmental attitude
  • Good communication skills
  • Awareness of 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
  • Ability to relate to all customers
  • Enthusiasm for books and reading

This role requires a PVG check (Protection of Vulnerable Groups) or an update if you already have a PVG, with the costs covered by the library services.

Voluntary Action East Renfrewshire, together with volunteers, have 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.

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 to adapt to different people.
  • Patience: At the moment, most of the programme will be delivered remotely via online chat and telephone calls, presenting challenges.

Travel details: Digital Champions deliver support across East Renfrewshire. As Covid-19 restrictions decrease, we will offer face-to-face support, following strict social distancing rules with appropriate PPE protection. 

Training: Online courses and resources to help you build your skills, if required.

Minimum age: 18 

PVG application may be required

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.

This opportunity would involve driving the charity’s minibus from the estate to The Avenue Shopping Centre in Newton Mearns and back, helping the elderly residents on and off with their shopping.

There may also be occasional trips to other destinations on an ad-hoc basis.

Travel Details: Crookfur Cottage Homes, Newton Mearns, East Renfrewshire

Minimum Age: 45

Requirements: Applicants must hold a driving license with D1 to be able to drive a minibus.

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.