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Guide Dogs Appeal Fundraising Ambassador

  • Home-based volunteering, Suitable for groups
Join our team during the lead up to Guide Dogs Appeal in October and help us raise more awareness and greater funds to support people living with sight loss. • Guide Dogs Appeal is our flagship fundraising campaign when we encourage people throughout the country to either raise money, donate or take part in our Donate an Hour collection. Our Guide Dogs Appeal Fundraising Ambassadors will support their local Fundraising Team from July until October with the planning, promotion, administration and co-ordination of Guide Dogs Appeal. • Liaising with local businesses, schools and individuals to build relationships and gather their support for Guide Dogs Appeal • Promoting the appeal by distributing posters and attending local events • Helping with recruitment and coordination of volunteers and supporters • Assisting with PR and social media • Providing support to volunteers who are fundraising during the appeal; answering queries and signposting to the relevant staff member • Following guidelines, policies and procedures as required
Furniture Plus are looking for volunteers to assist customers with food service, operating the till and preparing food orders. Volunteers will work with others in a team of staff and other volunteers. Furniture Plus are looking for volunteers to assist customers with queries and purchases, operate the till, prepare donations, price and display stock for sale. Volunteers will work with others in a team of staff and other volunteers. Being part of the team at Furniture Plus, we are very flexible and very rewarding. Lunch is provided at our cafe and all travel expenses are paid. There is also a monthly draw for a food hamper for all staff, placements and volunteers. Volunteering at Furniture Plus is a fantastic way to help people in your local community. There really is a volunteering opportunity for everyone. Volunteering teaches you useful new skills, communication, team work and also making you feel good.
Furniture Plus are looking for volunteers to assist customers with queries and purchases, operate the till, prepare donations, price and display stock for sale. Volunteers will work with others in a team of staff and other volunteers. Being part of the team at Furniture Plus, we are very flexible and very rewarding. Lunch is provided at our cafe and all travel expenses are paid. There is also a monthly draw for a food hamper for all staff, placements and volunteers. Volunteering is a fantastic way to help people in your local community. There really is a volunteering opportunity for everyone. Volunteering teaches you useful new skills, communication, team work and also making you feel good.
Be part of something You want to have a regular place to go or a group of people to meet with regularly. You could join one of our friendly teams volunteering in your local hospital or be a part of one of the hundreds of groups and clubs who are supporting local people in your area. Exercise values and beliefs You believe people should have more options and control in their lives. You feel that communities shouldn’t allow people to become isolated and we should support our local groups and services. Whatever you choose to do, you will make others feel valued whilst having a real impact in your community. Help others You enjoy helping others and having a positive impact on someone’s life. You may have received this help yourself and now want to give such a gift back or maybe you would like to make a difference in someone else’s life. Learn new skills You may want to improve your confidence or gain new skills and experience. Volunteering can be an exciting stepping stone towards the next stage of your career or life whilst giving back to your community. Make a difference You want to have more influence and feel like you’re genuinely improving your local community. As well as helping out in local communities and hospitals, you could set up and lead a group or activity of your choice. Make new friends You want to make new friends while helping others at the same time. Whether you may want to build relationships in your community or simply make new friends, you will enjoy the benefits that volunteering can give. Patients who don’t have many visitors during a stay in hospital often feel very isolated, lonely and fed up. By volunteering your talents and skills to help on a hospital ward, you can make someone’s stay a little easier and help them return home sooner and stronger, reducing the chances of re-admission. Bed rest can accelerate muscle loss and increase feelings of loneliness and anxiety, so it’s important that patients stay active both physically and mentally. As a volunteer in a hospital ward, you can help in a number of ways: • Leading chair-based interactive exercise sessions using music, balls and games • Keeping minds active by reading, chatting and playing games • Preparing patients for going home • Supporting and encouraging patients to eat and drink well • Providing companionship outside visiting hours • Bilingual and multilingual volunteers can help to support people by speaking to them in their own language Simply being there for someone to distract them from hospital life and even make them smile, can be a huge help. As a volunteer in hospital wards, you’ll also help to take some of the pressure off the ward staff and be part of the NHS team. It’s not just about the patients themselves, you can provide reassurance and comfort for patients’ families and friends too. Knowing that someone is spending time with their loved ones through the day can be a welcome weight off their minds. You’ll also get to know how the wards operate, what the patients like and don’t like, and even the needs and wishes of their families. On-Ward Services can happen any day of the week but weekends are especially helpful for patients without regular visitors. You can also help by becoming a hospital trolley volunteer.
Royal Voluntary Service (RVS) is an age-positive organisation. Our aim is to enable older people to live the life they choose and we recruit and support volunteers who assist with this. Our volunteers are a diverse group of enthusiastic people recruited throughout the community. We provide transport and good neighbours services which incorporate most social, medical and welfare activities that older people wish to take part in. RVS are currently recruiting for a library service volunteer. You will start at a local library and collect pre-packed books to deliver to housebound older people in the community. You will drive to (or travel with a driver to) the homes of service users receiving a book delivery and drop off the books. You will collect any read books to return to the library and take note of any feedback. You will check the well being of the service user and briefly engage in conversation and befriending. This role is based in communities across Clackmannanshire, so you will be put on a rota for your locality. You would volunteer for about 2-3 hours, once or twice a month dependent on the rota. To carry out this role you need to have a positive manner, be helpful and kind, and have an interest in supporting older people in the community. An interest in reading would be advantageous but not essential. Induction training will include being ‘buddied’ up with existing volunteer to see full process until comfortable doing this alone.