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Volunteer Fundraising & Events Coordinator

Cafe 1668

86 Church Street, Inverness

Flexible Hours To Be Agreed

18

Ongoing Opportunity

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Role Description

Join Our Team as a Volunteer Fundraising & Events Coordinator Café 1668, a vibrant and welcoming not-for-profit café located in Inverness, invites you to take on an exciting and rewarding role as our Fundraising & Events Coordinator. As we continue to grow and evolve, your contribution will be instrumental in supporting our mission. About Café 1668: •We believe in reducing waste and supporting our community. •Our café serves paying customers and provides free meals to those in need. •Located in Church Street, Inverness, we’re a warm, inclusive and welcoming space. Role Overview: As the Fundraising & Events Coordinator, you’ll play a pivotal role in our social enterprise. Your responsibilities will include: •Building Relationships: Develop and nurture existing supporter relationships while actively seeking new opportunities for community and corporate fundraising. •Local Impact: Coordinate projects within our local area, ensuring our initiatives align with our mission. •Fundraising Processes: Contribute to the development of efficient fundraising processes. •Administrative Support: Provide administrative assistance as needed. What You Will Gain: Volunteering with Café 1668 isn’t just about giving back; It’s an opportunity for personal growth and skills development: •Communication Skills: Engage with diverse individuals, from donors to community members. •Coordination Abilities: Manage events, campaigns, and projects. •Community Engagement: Be part of a growing social enterprise that values connections. •CV Boost: Listing your role as a Volunteer Fundraising & Events Coordinator demonstrates your commitment, adaptability, and passion for positive change. Join us in making a difference while enhancing your own skills.

Training Given

Induction, support in planning and regular discussions to identify training requirements.

How to apply

Email: val@highlandtsi.org.uk or Tel: 01463 224454

Deadline to apply:

Rolling

Cafe Volunteers

Cafe 1668

86 Church Street, Inverness

Various Hours during the week - Mon - Fri

16 years +

Ongoing Opportunity

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Role Description

Join Our Café 1668 Volunteer Team Are you passionate about making a positive impact in your community? Café 1668, a warm and welcoming not-for-profit café located in Inverness, is seeking dedicated volunteers like you to help us create a supportive environment for all. Why Volunteer with Café 1668? •Purposeful Work: By volunteering, you’ll contribute to our mission of providing both paying customers and those in need with nourishing meals. •Community Connection: Our café is a hub where people come together. Be part of a team that fosters connections and supports one another. •Career Development: Whether you’re interested in hospitality or simply love sustainable food, Café 1668 offers a great learning environment. •Reducing Food Waste: Join us in our commitment to minimising food waste and promoting sustainability. •Building Confidence: Volunteering at Café 1668 is an opportunity to grow personally and professionally. Volunteer Roles: •Barista: Brew delicious coffees and create memorable experiences for our guests. •Professional Cookery: Assist in preparing freshly made meals, including vegetarian and vegan options. •Customer Service: Interact with all customers, ensuring they feel welcome and valued. •Till Handling: Help manage transactions and keep things running smoothly. Qualities We Value: •Motivation and Reliability: Show up consistently and bring your enthusiasm. •Empathy and Understanding: Treat everyone with kindness and respect. •Passion for Good Food and Coffee: Share our commitment to quality. •Desire to Learn: Be curious and embrace the learning opportunities within our social enterprise. Join our team at Café 1668 and be part of something meaningful. For further details please email: val@highlandtsi.org.uk / margaret@highlandtsi.org.uk or Tel: 01463 224454

Training Given

Volunteers will be given the opportunity to take Elementary Food Hygiene training and will be included on all other relevant training, as and when required.

How to apply

Deadline to apply:

Rolling

Volunteer Book-keeper

The Highland Weigh

Nairn

Flexible

Over 18's

Ongoing Opportunity

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Role Description

The Highland Weigh The Highland Weigh, established in January 2022, is a zero-waste store and vegetarian café located on Nairn High Street. The purpose of this eco-friendly, social enterprise is to offer Highlanders the opportunity to reduce their carbon footprint by reducing plastic usage and food waste, as well as supporting local businesses. With its mission to promote sustainability, The Highland Weigh not only provides a wide range of zero-waste products, but also serves as a community hub for like-minded individuals who are passionate about environmental conservation. The addition of a vegetarian café further enhances the experience, allowing visitors to enjoy delicious plant-based meals while contributing to a more sustainable future. The Opportunity – Volunteer Book-keeper We are looking for someone to help our thriving Social Enterprise in Nairn. We need someone to support us in a Book-keeping capacity to support the interface between the staff team and the accountants who complete our annual accounts. Someone with a bit of background in accounting who would like to keep a hand in; someone who likes a nice coffee and a chat in a friendly place. We believe that this role will help keep our annual accountancy fees affordable and help to build the skills of the staff team in terms of managing our accounts system in an efficient and appropriate manner. To that end we are looking for someone to be a mentor for our young office manager as they learn this side of the business. Skills required: •Knowledge of how to navigate accounts systems - we use Xero. •Review Nominal Ledger Postings •Reconcile Control Account balances - e.g. Payroll, VAT etc. •Prepare and enter manual journals as required - e.g. calculate and post depreciation. •Produce Monthly / quarterly management accounts - these are produced from our accounting package, XERO. •Produce Year End accounts for consideration by our accountants who would then submit to Companies House. Please let us know. If you are interested in this position, please request an application form by sending an email to Contactus@highlandweigh.co.uk

Training Given

Training can be provided on the Xero accounts system

How to apply

Deadline to apply:

Ongoing

Meet and Greet Volunteer

Alzheimer Scotland

Inverness

minimum 2 hours per week

Over 18s only

Ongoing Opportunity

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Role Description

Overview: We are seeking dedicated and compassionate volunteers to join Alzheimer Scotland's team as Meet & Greet Support volunteers at our centre in Inverness. As a volunteer, you will play a crucial role in providing a warm and welcoming environment for individuals and families affected by dementia. Your support will help create a positive and inclusive atmosphere at our centres, allowing visitors to feel comfortable and valued during their time with us. Role Description: As a Meet & Greet Support Volunteer, you will be the friendly face that greets visitors as they arrive at our centre. Your primary responsibility will be to offer a warm welcome and assist in directing them to the appropriate services or activities within the centre. You will also provide a listening ear and be available to offer general information about Alzheimer Scotland's programs and services. Please see Full Role Description below in Supporting Information. On reading and if interested, informal enquiries to the Volunteering Team https://www.alzscot.org/contact-us-about-volunteering or NSemple@alzscot.org 01463 711707

Training Given

Induction: Background to the organisation; Brain Health and Dementia Resource Centres, ALOIS (Advice, Listening, Opportunities, Information, Support) Programme, Brain Health Scotland, Dementia/Dementia in Scotland, Communication, boundaries/Confidentiality, Responsibilities. Key Policies and Procedures FutureLearn: Understanding Brain Health and Preventing Dementia Volunteer Handbook Volunteer Development Programme

How to apply

Deadline to apply:

Ongoing

RDA Volunteer

Highland Group RDA

Sandycroft, Reelig, Kirkhill, IV5 7PP

3-4 hours any weekday

12

Ongoing Opportunity

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Role Description

We particularly need volunteers who are keen to work with the participants and ponies, the work involves things like grooming and tacking up the ponies, leading the ponies and/or walking beside the ponies to support the riders. Our sessions are held weekdays, generally in the morning but with more volunteers we could expand the number of participants we can help. If you can commit to helping regularly it would be great but everyone understands that’s not always possible and life can get in the way so any time would be great. You don’t have to know anything about horses, or even like being around animals there are plenty of other opportunities to get involved such as fundraising, publicity, general maintenance and poo picking the fields. We have Public Liability insurance and Trustee Indemnity for all volunteers. Volunteers aged between 12 and 90 also have Personal Accident insurance (with some restrictions for those aged between 80 and 90). All volunteers at Highland Group RDA will need to provide the names and contact details of 2 referees who are not a relative or partner and who have known them for more than 1 year. Volunteers of 16 years of age and over who are actively involved with our sessions are required to undergo an enhanced disclosure check because they are volunteering with vulnerable adults and children.

Training Given

Volunteers will receive on- going training via a system of green cards, they will work alongside experienced volunteers until training is complete. The length of time it takes to train will depend on the amount of time worked.

How to apply

Deadline to apply:

Ongoing

Events Organiser

Highland and Islands Blood Bikes

Home/Hybrid

variable

over 18's

Ongoing Opportunity

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Role Description

Planning and arranging external fundraising events
Setting up and running the events. Looking for new avenues for Fundraising events Responsible for takings and banking from Fundraising events If you would be interested in finding out more, don't hesitate to get in touch with Graham Allan at chairman@haibloodbikes.co.uk to arrange an informal chat. As a charity, all our positions are voluntary based.

Training Given

Training will be provided if required.

How to apply

Deadline to apply:

ongoing

Fundraising Coordinator

Highland and Islands Blood Bikes

Home/hybrid

variable

over 18's

Ongoing Opportunity

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Role Description

• Coordinating and overseeing the various areas within fundraising. • Liaising with the fundraising members in all local regions. • Keeping a record of the activities and finances. • Manage events calendar. • Being part of the Management team. If you want to learn more, please contact Graham Allan at chairman@haibloodbikes.co.uk to arrange an informal chat. As a charity, all our positions are voluntary based.

Training Given

Training will be offered if required.

How to apply

Deadline to apply:

ongoing

Operations Managers assistant

Highland and Islands Blood Bikes

Home

VARIABLE

OVER 18'S

Ongoing Opportunity

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Role Description

We are looking for a new volunteer position as an Operations Managers assistant. As our charity grows, we need to share some of our volunteer's job responsibilities and tasks. So, hence we are seeking someone with the appropriate skills to take on this role. Ideally, we would like you to be IT literate and familiar with Microsoft Teams and Excel (although training will be provided). Experience recording and analysing data would be desirable, as well as good administrative skills. For more information regarding this role and to have an informal chat, please contact clair.operations@haibloodbikes.co.uk.

Training Given

Training will be offered if required

How to apply

Deadline to apply:

ongoing

North Reserves Volunteer Assistant

Scottish Wildlife Trust

Based in Tore, with work across the Highlands

3/4 days a week

Over 18s only

One off Opportunity

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Role Description

The North Reserves Volunteer Assistant position is unique opportunity to gain experience in nature conservation and habitat management; develop a wide variety of practical conservation and survey skills; increase your employability in the environment sector; all while observing and learning about Scotland's wildlife. On this placement, you will assist the North Reserves Project Officer in delivering a wide variety of practical conservation tasks across our network of nature reserves in the Highlands. Some of the tasks you will be doing include: -Infrastructure construction, repairs and maintenance; -Access and footpath improvements: strimming, drainage, installing way-markers and boardwalks; -Control of non-native invasive species; -Habitat management and improvements; -Species surveys and monitoring. For further details about this role, or to apply, please get in touch with Beth Harwood at eharwood@scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk.

Training Given

All necessary on the job training and support will be provided by the Reserves Project Officer. Volunteers will receive training in the safe use and maintenance of hand and power tools, in various survey and monitoring methodology and will receive health and safety instruction.

How to apply

Deadline to apply:

11/03/2024

Monday, 8 April 2024

Therapeutic/Interest Activity Volunteer Role Description

Alzheimer Scotland

Inverness Brain Health & Dementia Resource Centre

Times as mutually agreed

Over 18s only

Ongoing Opportunity

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Role Description

Overview: We are keen to hear from people who would be happy to lead therapeutic group activities. The types of therapeutic activities may include groups focussing on arts & crafts, football, golf, dance, film & TV, music & singing, photography, complimentary therapies, nature & gardening, sports, baking, reading, walking, local and/or family history or the sharing of other interests. Groups would be open to People with Dementia, Carers and/or wider community interested in maintaining good brain health. Role Description: This role will take a lead in delivering a therapeutic activity group as per interests listed above and support the people attending. The role may vary but is likely to include; •Offering person-centred support within a therapeutic group setting. •Communicating with people and staff within the therapeutic group setting. •Leading therapeutic activity groups and sharing ideas, skills and interests. •Recording attendance at the group. •Keeping staff updated about the group activity, those attending and any concerns or matters they feel are relevant. •Keeping up to date with Alzheimer Scotland news and our work across Scotland. On reading and if interested, informal enquiries to NSemple@alzscot.org 01463 711710

Training Given

Induction: Background to the organisation; Brain Health and Dementia Resource Centres, ALOIS (Advice, Listening, Opportunities, Information, Support) Programme, Brain Health Scotland, Dementia/Dementia in Scotland, Communication, boundaries/Confidentiality, Responsibilities. Key Policies and Procedures FutureLearn: Understanding Brain Health and Preventing Dementia Volunteer Handbook Volunteer Development Programme

How to apply

Deadline to apply:

Ongoing

Volunteer

Clachworks

Telford Retail Park

3hr shift, every 2-3 weeks

over 18

Ongoing Opportunity

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Role Description

We're looking for volunteers to help out with Clachworks Tool Library, based at Telford Retail Park in Inverness. We currently open on Saturdays (10-1pm) and Tuesdays (4-6:30pm). While it would be great if you have knowledge and experience around tools, no tool knowledge is necessary, as appropriate training is given. We’re after enthusiastic, passionate, friendly people who will help our members to use the right tool for the job. We also have other opportunities, such as cleaning/maintaining tools, helping to run our IT/socials/ website, helping with PR/advertisements, etc. These jobs are more flexible with your time

Training Given

On-the-job training is given, dependent on your role within the library.

How to apply

Deadline to apply:

ongoing

Volunteer Minibus driver

Merkinch Community Centre

Merkinch, Inverness

3 hours per week on a Wednesday

over 25 yrs

Ongoing Opportunity

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Role Description

We require a volunteer minibus drive for our small minibus. A lunch club for the elderly folks is run each Wednesday - and for some it is the highlight of their week. Lunch is followed by entertainment. The driver can stay for lunch or come back. If you were able to drive every week / once a fortnight / once a month, we would love to hear from you

Training Given

You would be given a mentoring session by our regular driver and trustee

How to apply

Deadline to apply:

ongoing

Lifeline Foster carer

Cats Protection Lifeline

Home

3 hours per day

Over 18s only

Ongoing Opportunity

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Role Description

Our Lifeline fosterers provide temporary, loving homes for cats whose families are fleeing domestic abuse, until they can be safely reunited. Before applying, please make sure you: - have no other pets at home (we can’t guarantee your foster cat will like the company of other cats or dogs!). If you have pets that live in a tank or cage, get in touch and we’ll have a chat about whether this could be suitable - either own your own property or have written permission from your landlord or housing provider to foster cats By fostering with Lifeline, you’ll be helping us to support someone in need of a temporary home for their cat. We’ll cover all costs so all you need to do is provide a loving home for your foster cat and send us lots of photos so we can give their owner updates. Fostering with our service is completely confidential, so you won’t actually know anything about the owner and they also won’t know your identity either. All communication goes through our dedicated Lifeline team to maintain anonymity.

Training Given

Feline behaviour and welfare, Health & Safety, Safeguarding, and many others available on our e-learning platform.

How to apply

Deadline to apply:

Ongoing

Volunteer (inSpire project)

St Andrew's Cathedral, Inverness

Inverness

1 - 2 hours per week (minimum)

Over 18's only

Ongoing Opportunity

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Role Description

We are looking for volunteers for our inSpire project. The role involves preparing school uniform and winter clothing requests, sorting through donated items, assisting with holiday lunches, preparing food bags and assisting with managing our food bank. It also involves welcoming and assisting people who drop in to request items. If you have a couple of hours or more to spare each week and would like to get involved, please get in touch. Email: inspires@invernesscathedral.org If you are looking for a volunteering opportunity during the school holidays (over 18's only) and would like to assist with preparing holiday lunches and school uniform requests, please email: inspires@invernesscathedral.org

Training Given

Volunteers will be advised on how to prepare clothing requests, food bags and holiday lunches and also how to manage the food bank.

How to apply

Deadline to apply:

Ongoing

Chair Yoga Teacher

Highland Yoga Collective CIC

Nairn

1-2 hours per month

Over 18's only

Ongoing Opportunity

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Role Description

We are looking for an organised, reliable and flexible chair yoga teacher for our yoga studio in Nairn. We offer services that enhance wellbeing and have a social impact and we have a commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion We are a community and studio based upon: Trust Compassion – Fairness - Fun - Courageous Passion This role would suit someone who wants to become an integral part of our yoga community Location : Highland Yoga Collective, Nairn, IV12 4AD Relevant Experience, Skills and Knowledge •Experience of and engagement with yoga including an appropriate chair based yoga teacher qualification •Friendly and approachable •Reliable and consistent •Helpful and positive attitude Communication and Interpersonal Skills •Excellent interpersonal skills and active listening skills Please email a current CV and covering letter to highlandyogacollective@gmail.com

Training Given

On the job shadowing training will be provided along with access to ongoing CPD.

How to apply

Deadline to apply:

Ongoing

My Future My Success Mentor

Highlife Highland

Highland

Flexible

No age restriction

Ongoing Opportunity

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Role Description

My Future, My Success Mentoring is a bespoke Mentoring, Coaching and Engagement Programme developed in Highland region as part of My Future My Success (MFMS) programme. The programme aims to ensure more of our young people in Highland have the skills and knowledge to enable them to achieve a positive and sustained destination beyond school as well as having a better insight into the opportunities that are available to them locally. Every mentoring relationship is different. MFMS Meetings can be face to face or virtual, they can be in school or in a public setting. The relationship duration can be short term or can extend into the future. Frequency and length of sessions are agreed at the start between mentor and mentee. The relationship will be set-up in the best way to deliver the best possible outcomes for young people and mentors. If you would like to find out more, please email mfms@highland.gov.uk .

Training Given

Recognition & Response – Child Protection. Mentoring Skills. Coaching Skills. Tools for mentoring.

How to apply

Deadline to apply:

Ongoing

Mentor - Young People

Action for Children

Easter Ross & Highland

3 hours per week approximately for 12 months

Over 18

Ongoing Opportunity

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Role Description

An exciting opportunity has arisen to volunteer at Action for Children, Inverness. We run a needs led volunteer mentoring service for young people aged 8-14 who are subject to home supervision. We know that these young people are often vulnerable, socially isolated or at risk of offending. The main aims for the service are: · Improve attainment levels for young people · Enhance positive relationships within the family and wider community · Support children to have increased levels of self-esteem and resilience · Support Children to explore and engage in personal hobbies/interests If you are you looking for a rewarding and challenging volunteering opportunity and can spare a few hours a week this may be for you. All we ask is that you: · Are you able to be an active member of a child’s life · Are you a good listener · Will you act in the best interests of the child · Can you commit to 12 Months? Our Children and Young people need stability. If you are interested in getting involved, or would like more information then please contact me on the details below: Volunteer’s co-ordinator Action for Children Tel – 01463 717 227 sarah.sproul@actionforchildren.org.uk

Training Given

We offer initial training which will hopefully build on your the skills and confidence to work with these young people. Regular training and supervision sessions continue once a match has been made and an opportunity to develop your skills with working with young people and families.

How to apply

Deadline to apply:

18/03/2024

Camp Volunteers: 5 day camp

Reach4Reality

Highland: outdoor activity centres

Monday 9.30am -Friday 4.30pm

Over 16

Ongoing Opportunity

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Role Description

Reach4Reality works with autistic young people and young adults involving them in a range of outdoor activities tailored to their individual needs. Activities might be short 1:1 sessions with our staff, half day/day activities during the holidays, building up to overnight stays, weekend camps and 5 day camps. We are looking for volunteers to come and help on our two 5 day camps: 8th-12th July at Glencoe Outdoor Centre or 21st-25th October at Abernethy Trust, Nethybridge. The role of a camp volunteer is to come and support young people and young adults with autism or another social communication difficulty on one of our 5 day camps. Volunteers do the outdoor activities (e.g. canoeing, kayaking, biking, walking) alongside the young people and our staff, and centre staff, supporting them as required, but primarily just befriending them and helping to make sure that they have a fun and rewarding experience. Within the more general social times on camp, the role involves chatting to the young people, playing games with them. No specific experience of outdoor activities required, just a reasonable level of fitness and a willing to give activities a try! This opportunity can be counted as a Gold DofE residential if required.

Training Given

Training on autism, safeguarding, in-house training on policies etc.

How to apply

Deadline to apply:

Rolling deadline

Camp Volunteers

Reach4Reality

Inverness/Cairngorms

Occasional weekends

Over 16

Ongoing Opportunity

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Role Description

Reach4Reality works with autistic young people and young adults involving them in a range of outdoor activities tailored to their individual needs. Activities might be short 1:1 sessions with our staff, half day/day activities during the holidays, building up to overnight stays, weekend camps and 5 day camps. The role of a camp volunteer is to come and support young people and young adults with autism or another social communication difficulty on our regular weekend camps. These take place at various self-catering venues mainly in the Aviemore/Kincraig area or at local outdoor centres. Volunteers do the outdoor activities (e.g. canoeing, kayaking, biking, walking) alongside the young people and our staff, supporting them as required, but primarily just befriending them and helping to make sure that they have a fun and rewarding experience. Within the more general social times on camp, the role involves chatting to the young people, playing games with them or helping with clearing up after meals. If someone has a particular interest, skill, or qualification in food hygiene or catering we would also welcome anyone who could help with meal preparation too! No specific experience of outdoor activities required, just a reasonable level of fitness and a willing to give activities a try!

Training Given

Training regarding safeguarding, autism, in-house training on policies etc. Potential for MIDAS (minibus training) or first aid if appropriate.

How to apply

Deadline to apply:

Rolling deadline

Activities Volunteer

Reach4Reality

Inverness and surrounding area

9.30-4.30 Monday to friday during easter or summer holidays

Over 16

Ongoing Opportunity

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Role Description

Reach4Reality works with autistic young people and young adults involving them in a range of outdoor activities tailored to their individual needs. Activities might be short 1:1 sessions with our staff, half day/day activities during the holidays, building up to overnight stays, weekend camps and 5 day camps. We are looking for volunteers to come and help us on our half-day activities during the Easter holidays and our full day activities during the summer holidays. Volunteers do the outdoor activities (e.g. canoeing, kayaking, biking, walking) alongside the young people and our staff who run the activities, supporting the young people as required, but primarily just befriending them and helping to make sure that they have a fun and rewarding experience. No specific experience of outdoor activities required (although welcomed), just a reasonable level of fitness and a willing to give activities a try!

Training Given

Training on autism, safeguarding, in-house training on policies etc.

How to apply

Deadline to apply:

Rolling deadline

Macmillan Buddy

Macmillan Cancer Support

Inverness and Highlands

2-3 hours per week

over 18s only

Ongoing Opportunity

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Role Description

Our Macmillan Buddy service provides a lifeline for people with cancer by offering them weekly support. The service is delivered by volunteers, who undergo comprehensive training and are fully supported by our staff and lead volunteers. As a Macmillan Buddy volunteer, you can make a real difference to people's lives, at the hardest time of their life. As a volunteer buddy, you are there as someone for your service user to talk to about how they are feeling and their support needs during this difficult time. Our Macmillan Community Buddies visit the service user face-to-face in the local community, usually the service user's home. This can also include offering support with simple practical tasks around the home. You'll also: - Be a key part of a friendly team of volunteers and staff - Receive comprehensive training and support - Have the opportunity to develop your communication and people skills - Receive out of pocket expenses, in line with our expenses policy

Training Given

We provide comprehensive online training for our buddy volunteers, alongside support from our team of staff.

How to apply

Deadline to apply:

ongoing

Volunteer - Various roles

Connecting Carers

Home based or Local Area

From 1hr a week

Over 14yrs

Ongoing Opportunity

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Role Description

We support unpaid Carers, offering many Volunteering opportunities, we have something to suit everyone: - Befriending by telephone - Online support groups (Adult or Young Carers) - Face to Face support groups (Adult or Young Carers) - Counselling Volunteers (Student or trained Counsellors) If you are interested in or wish to discuss any of these opportunities please apply to: volunteering@connectingcarers.org.uk or text / telephone: 07570 302287

Training Given

Induction and ongoing training is provided, as required or requested.

How to apply

volunteering@connectingcarers.org.uk or text / telephone: 07570 302287

Deadline to apply:

Ongoing

Volunteer Drivers

FareShare

Alness (Covering Highland area)

1 or 2 days per month

Over 21

Ongoing Opportunity

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Role Description

The FARESHARE warehouse at Kendal Crescent, Alness has been a huge success and we are now delivering 40% of the surplus food into the region to over 40 members. We are looking for extra support to get our van on the road an extra 4/5 days a month which will allow us to get more surplus food out to our members. We are looking for people who can commit to 1 or 2 days a month, during the week, to deliver surplus food to groups across the region. Full training and safety equipment will be given. We have our own van. This is a real opportunity to support your communities. We expect to deliver between 160/200 tonnes of surplus food to our member this year. We want to increase this. Driver’s licence Physically fit Desire to assist communities within Highland region. For further information, please contact: Michael Sutherland - Tel: 07533 561455

Training Given

Support & Training given around Deliveries

How to apply

Deadline to apply:

Rolling Deadline

Walk leader volunteer

Clarity Walk

Inverness

At least 2 hours every fortnight

Over 18s only

Ongoing Opportunity

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Role Description

We believe 'No one should have to walk alone' and it's our mission to reduce isolation through walking and talking with our digital detox walks. We are looking for walk leader volunteers to support us. Looking for walk leaders who can commit to at least 2 walks per month to lead one of our walks to make a difference. Time needed per walk would be around 2 hours dependent on location and this includes travel time and tea/coffee at the end. Requirement -Be able to drive. -Be empathetic and inclusive of all ages and abilities to help bring people together. -Be a great communicator Look forward to hearing from you.

Training Given

Full walk leader training will be provided.

How to apply

Deadline to apply:

Ongoing

Samaritans Email Hub Volunteer

Samaritans

West Highlands and Skye - Home-based role

3 hours per week

Over 18

Ongoing Opportunity

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Role Description

Listening volunteers are there for anyone who needs support. Every year, they spend over one million hours responding to calls for help and they can change the course of someone’s life. Join the Samaritans Email Hub and be part of our mission to provide support, hope, and encouragement to those who need it most. https://www.samaritans.org/scotland/samaritans-in-scotland/about-samaritans-scotland/west-highland-skye-project/volunteering-opportunities-west-highlands-and-skye/ We are recruiting in Lochaber, Wester Ross, Skye and Lochalsh

Training Given

If selected, you'll undergo our thorough training programme, equipping you with the skills and knowledge needed to support individuals via email effectively. Our Core Development training lasts 7 weeks and includes a weekly 3 hour session, held over Zoom, with digital topics completed in your own time.

How to apply

Deadline to apply:

28/02/2024

Retail Volunteer - Nairn Bookshop

Highland Hospice

Nairn

Shifts available 9am to 1pm or 1pm to 5pm, Monday - Saturday

16+

Ongoing Opportunity

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Role Description

Our shops, including our new bookshop in Nairn, help fund Hospice care in the Highlands. Retail volunteers work as part of a team with the Shop Manager to keep the shop open and to generate income from the sale of donated and new goods. We are looking for volunteers to cover either a morning or afternoon shift in our Nairn Bookshop during the week or on a Saturday. We are looking for volunteers to provide high standards of customer care, to assist with sorting and pricing donations, operating the till alongside helping to keep the shop tidy and clean. In this role you will learn about the work of Highland Hospice and how the shop supports this valuable work throughout the Highlands Taster sessions are available for interested volunteers.

Training Given

All new volunteers will receive an induction to the shop including introduction to the shop, work operations, Health and Safety in the workplace and Moving and Handling training.

How to apply

Deadline to apply:

Ongoing

Retail Volunteer - Nairn Shop

Highland Hospice

Nairn

Shifts available 9am to 1pm or 1pm to 5pm, Monday - Saturday

16+

Ongoing Opportunity

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Role Description

Our shops help fund Hospice care in the Highlands. Retail volunteers work as part of team with the Shop Manager to keep the shop open and to generate income from the sale of donated and new goods. We are looking for volunteers to cover either a morning or afternoon shift in our Nairn shop during the week or on a Saturday. We are looking for volunteers to provide high standards of customer care, to assist with sorting and pricing donations, operating the till alongside helping to keep the shop tidy and clean. In this role you will learn about the work of Highland Hospice and how the shop supports this valuable work throughout the Highlands Taster sessions are available for interested volunteers.

Training Given

All new volunteers will receive an induction to the shop including introduction to the shop, work operations, Health and Safety in the workplace and Moving and Handling training.

How to apply

Deadline to apply:

Ongoing

Retail Volunteer - Falcon Square, Inverness

Highland Hospice

Inverness

Shifts available 9am to 1pm or 1pm to 5pm, Monday - Sunday

16+

Ongoing Opportunity

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Role Description

Our shops help fund Hospice care in the Highlands. Retail volunteers work as part of team with the Shop Manager to keep the shop open and to generate income from the sale of donated and new goods. We are looking for volunteers to cover either a morning or afternoon shift in our Falcon Square shop during the week or at the weekend. We are looking for volunteers to provide high standards of customer care, to assist with sorting and pricing donations, operating the till alongside helping to keep the shop tidy and clean. In this role you will learn about the work of Highland Hospice and how the shop supports this valuable work throughout the Highlands Taster sessions are available for interested volunteers.

Training Given

All new volunteers will receive an induction to the shop including introduction to the shop, work operations, Health and Safety in the workplace and Moving and Handling training.

How to apply

Deadline to apply:

Ongoing

Retail Volunteer - Inverness, Harbour Road Shop

Highland Hospice

Inverness

Shifts available 9am to 1pm or 1pm to 5pm, Monday - Sunday

16+

Ongoing Opportunity

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Role Description

Our shops help fund Hospice care in the Highlands. Retail volunteers work as part of team with the Shop Manager to keep the shop open and to generate income from the sale of donated and new goods. We are looking for volunteers to cover either a morning or afternoon shift in our Harbour Road shop either during the week or particularly on a Saturday or Sunday. We are looking for volunteers to provide high standards of customer care, to assist with sorting and pricing donations, operating the till alongside helping to keep the shop tidy and clean. In this role you will learn about the work of Highland Hospice and how the shop supports this valuable work throughout the Highlands Taster sessions are available for interested volunteers.

Training Given

All new volunteers will receive an induction to the shop including introduction to the shop, work operations, Health and Safety in the workplace and Moving and Handling training.

How to apply

Deadline to apply:

Ongoing

Retail Volunteer - Tain Shop

Highland Hospice

Tain

Shifts available 9am to 1pm or 1pm to 5pm, Monday - Saturday

16+

Ongoing Opportunity

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Role Description

Our shops help fund Hospice care in the Highlands. Retail volunteers work as part of team with the Shop Manager to keep the shop open and to generate income from the sale of donated and new goods. We are looking for volunteers to cover either a morning or afternoon shift in our Tain shop during the week or on a Saturday. We are looking for volunteers to provide high standards of customer care, to assist with sorting and pricing donations, operating the till alongside helping to keep the shop tidy and clean. In this role you will learn about the work of Highland Hospice and how the shop supports this valuable work throughout the Highlands Taster sessions are available for interested volunteers.

Training Given

All new volunteers will receive an induction to the shop including introduction to the shop, work operations, Health and Safety in the workplace and Moving and Handling training.

How to apply

Deadline to apply:

Ongoing

Retail Volunteer - Beauly Shop

Highland Hospice

Beauly

Shifts available 9am to 1pm or 1pm to 5pm, Monday - Saturday

16+

Ongoing Opportunity

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Role Description

Our shops help fund Hospice care in the Highlands. Retail volunteers work as part of team with the Shop Manager to keep the shop open and to generate income from the sale of donated and new goods. We are looking for volunteers to cover either a morning or afternoon shift in our Beauly shop during the week or on a Saturday. We are looking for volunteers to provide high standards of customer care, to assist with sorting and pricing donations, operating the till alongside helping to keep the shop tidy and clean. In this role you will learn about the work of Highland Hospice and how the shop supports this valuable work throughout the Highlands Taster sessions are available for interested volunteers.

Training Given

All new volunteers will receive an induction to the shop including introduction to the shop, work operations, Health and Safety in the workplace and Moving and Handling training.

How to apply

Deadline to apply:

Ongoing

Retail Volunteer - Alness Shop

Highland Hospice

Alness

Shifts available 9am to 1pm or 1pm to 5pm, Monday - Saturday

16+

Ongoing Opportunity

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Role Description

Our shops help fund Hospice care in the Highlands. Retail volunteers work as part of team with the Shop Manager to keep the shop open and to generate income from the sale of donated and new goods. We are looking for volunteers to cover either a morning or afternoon shift in our Alness shop during the week or on a Saturday. We are looking for volunteers to provide high standards of customer care, to assist with sorting and pricing donations, operating the till alongside helping to keep the shop tidy and clean. In this role you will learn about the work of Highland Hospice and how the shop supports this valuable work throughout the Highlands Taster sessions are available for interested volunteers.

Training Given

All new volunteers will receive an induction to the shop including introduction to the shop, work operations, Health and Safety in the workplace and Moving and Handling training.

How to apply

Deadline to apply:

Ongoing

Community Connector

Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland

Home

Between 10 - 45 mins a week

16+

Ongoing Opportunity

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Role Description

Being a CHSS Community Connector is perfect for busy people who’d like to get involved and help CHSS, but don’t have much time to give. Our tasks are quick and include signing petitions, completing surveys and sharing posts on social media. As a CHSS Community Connector you can support CHSS any time or anywhere, giving as much or as little time to the tasks as you wish. As long as you have access to a smartphone, tablet or computer you can get involved to ensure No Life is Half Lived.

Training Given

Community Connectors will receive a toolkit booklet for guidance and demo videos on how to use our Volunteer Management system Assemble.

How to apply

Deadline to apply:

02/11/2024

Volunteer Befriender

Black Isle Cares

Black Isle

1 - 2 hours per week

Over 18s

Ongoing Opportunity

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Role Description

Black Isle Cares Befriending Service is looking for new volunteers to provide social support to vulnerable members of local communities in the Black Isle. The duties and responsibilities of a BIC befriender can be many and varied as the relationship is unique and tailored to the needs of the individual person. Client related activities may include: •Telephone befriending support and/or welfare checks •Supporting patients and their carers in their own home or care establishment providing friendship and social support •Providing a "listening ear" and companionship (reading, chatting, letter writing) •Providing respite for carers for short periods (up to maximum of three hours) as agreed •Offering opportunities to participate in social/recreational and daily living activities (may go out on trips) Volunteers do not provide or involve themselves in personal care, counselling, medical care, domestic tasks such as cooking and cleaning, or financial and legal matters. Anyone interested in volunteering should email an application form to befriending@blackislecares.com or call 07720 168266 for further information.

Training Given

Befriending training, support and induction will be provided.

How to apply

Deadline to apply:

Rolling deadline

Volunteer Counsellor

Addictions Counselling Inverness

Inverness

3 hours per week

18+

Ongoing Opportunity

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Role Description

We are looking for volunteer counsellors to join our team at ACI Theraputic Recovery Services. We are a Third Sector organisation based in Inverness, which offers free one-to-one, confidential counselling for adults who are experiencing issues with alcohol, drugs, gambling or other addictive behaviours. We also provide support to families and loved ones of those experiencing addiction.   In order to be a volunteer counsellor with us we ask for a minimum commitment of 3 hours per week and that you hold a diploma in counselling.

Training Given

Some of the perks we are able to offer our volunteers include, paid supervision, a peer supervision group, CPD opportunities and the ability to hire dedicated counselling rooms for your private work.   Get in touch if you want to hear more.

How to apply

Visit their website below

Deadline to apply:

Ongoing

Volunteer Controllers

Highland and Islands Blood Bikes

Home

at least one operational shift every 4-6 weeks.

Over 18's

Ongoing Opportunity

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Role Description

By joining us as a volunteer Duty Controller you will be involved in the scheduling and monitoring the progress of our free transport service to the NHS in the Highland region. The role involves liaising with and booking jobs from the NHS by phone, and allocating jobs to our riders and drivers. We use online tools to manage and track our work, so familiarity with software (eg excel/word) and messaging services (eg WhatsApp) are particularly beneficial. However, full training will of course be given. We operate 7 days/week, and each day is broken down into 3 controller shifts. Each controller is expected to complete at least one operational shift every 4-6 weeks. All volunteers will also be expected to periodically support Highland & Islands Blood Bikes at fundraising events too. You can of course hold other roles within HAIBB.

Training Given

Training will be given.

How to apply

Deadline to apply:

Ongoing

Bereavement Counsellors

Cruse Scotland Bereavement Support

Highland/Island/Hybrid

3 hours per week

Over 18

Ongoing Opportunity

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Role Description

Bereavement Counsellors Cruse Scotland Bereavement Support provides a range of specialist support to bereaved people across Scotland. Our counselling and listening volunteer team have a wide range of skills and expertise working with people to help them overcome obstacles to wellbeing and find ways forward through the challenges that life can bring when dealing with a bereavement. We are looking for trained counsellors who are supportive and non-judgemental, proactive, motivated, and open to change and demonstrate an understanding of the importance and scope of confidentiality. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills are also essential. You must be a registered member of COSCA or the BACP and hold a recognised Diploma in Counselling.

Training Given

We provide individual clinical supervision, with optional group supervision, frequent and varied CPD opportunities and management and administrative support from our local client teams. We are currently delivering our services by telephone, online and face to face. If you are interested in applying for this volunteer role, please visit our website at Current Volunteer Opportunities : Cruse Bereavement Care (crusescotland.org.uk)

How to apply

Current Volunteer Opportunities : Cruse Bereavement Care (crusescotland.org.uk)

Deadline to apply:

Ongoing

Activity Helper

12th Inverness Boys Brigade

Dalneigh Church, Inverness

1-2 Hours Thursdays or Fridays

Over 18

Ongoing Opportunity

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Role Description

10th Inverness Boys Brigade are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help lead games and sporty activities for their children and young people aged between 8 and 18 years old. The Juniors age group (P4-P6) meet on a Friday evening (6:30pm until 8pm) and the Company Section age group (P7-S6) meet on a Thursday evening (7:15pm-9pm) during term-time, taking part in a wide range of activities including crafts, games, sports, cooking, life skills and community projects.

Training Given

Volunteers are asked to completed a PVG application and Safeguarding training. We also provide Youth Leader Training to anyone wishing to enhance their skills.

How to apply

Deadline to apply:

Ongoing

Cat Fosterer

Caithness Cats Protection

Caithness and East Sutherland

2 hours per day

over 18s only

Ongoing Opportunity

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Role Description

Cats Protection’s Caithness Branch is looking to recruit volunteer fosterers in both Caithness and East Sutherland to care for unwanted and abandoned cats while they wait to find a new owner. Cat fostering is hands-on cat welfare work looking after felines on a short-term basis, either in CP-provided cat pens in the garden or in a spare room in the home. The branch, which is run entirely by volunteers, needs people who can offer a temporary home to one or more cats whilst they get back on their paws. Cat fosterers need to have either a spare room or an area in their garden where a 4m x 1.2m (13ft x 4ft) cat pen can be housed and, of course, a love of cats is a must. The charity will provide plenty of assistance, training and all required support materials for new fosterers. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer for Cats Protection’s Caithness Branch then please email enquiries@caithness.cats.org.uk or message via our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/cpcaithness/

Training Given

Basic training in Health & Safety, Data Protection and Safeguarding. Fosterer specific training in cat care, welfare and behaviour

How to apply

Deadline to apply:

Ongoing