You can volunteer with us:
Youth Ambassadors – We want young people to work with us to inspire other young people to volunteer, promote Saltire Awards to get young volunteers recognised for what they do and help us to put on an annual Youth Volunteering Awards night. You will be supported to develop skills, confidence and try new things by our Youth Volunteering Workers and will have the opportunity to sit on the nomination panel for the Saltire Summit Awards.
Administration – we have opportunities to support our administration team to ensure the smooth and timely processing of Saltire Award requests. We currently send out around 500 certificates a year and need help with data input and printing of certificates. You can help us to make sure all young people receive their awards in a short turnaround time from them requesting them.
- Community Companions – Community Companion befrienders support older people who are lonely or socially isolated. We match volunteers to individuals based on matching criteria such as hobbies, interests and life experiences. The Community Companion visits the person for an hour or two each week. Volunteers are asked to give between 1 and 2 hours a week on a day and time most suitable to them. The project is very flexible and volunteers can give their time during the day, in the evening or at weekends. We try to accommodate everyone and base the project around the needs of those referred and volunteers. The time could be spent having a chat, going for a walk, going for a coffee or to a social activity, it is up to the two of you how you would like to spend the time. This type of befriending focuses more on creating a friendship rather than reliance.
We also offer volunteer opportunities for our weekly social cafes. These are held in local care homes and sheltered complexes and allow small groups of people to come together and spend some quality time with one another over a cup of coffee or an activity. The cafes last for an hour to an hour and a half and are situated throughout Dundee. Read our Community Companion Leaflet and fill in our Volunteer Application Form
- Dial OP – the project has three strands, all which use Volunteers to provide support to the community; the Information Line is a local information helpline offering easy-to-access information to adults and their carers in Dundee; Blether Buddies offers friendship to isolated and lonely people in Dundee through weekly calls and Morning Call is a free outreach telephone service that aims to provide reassurance and connectivity to people who are vulnerable and/or isolated. Volunteers offer a short, scheduled, morning call to check on their wellbeing and welfare
- Sources of Support/GO – The programme enables those people who’ve been referred to the service to connect with community-based resources and participate fully in activities of their choice, as a way of improving their mental health and wellbeing. Sources of Support volunteers are carefully selected and fully-trained to work alongside vulnerable adults on a one-to-one basis and offer the practical support they need to overcome their anxiety or fear of travelling, and join a group or class for the first time.
- Link Up – Link Up Whitfield is an Inspiring Scotland project, hosted by Volunteer Dundee, based at The Community Services Complex, 101 Whitfield Drive, Dundee. Link Up Whitfield is about supporting community members to come together and create groups and clubs that people can participate in and have fun. All of the groups and activities that we currently support started with either, a small group of people or an individual, who had an idea that they wanted help with in their local area.
- Mental Health Engagement Services– there are a number of ways in which the services utilise volunteers, from the running of the S.U.N group (Services Users Network) through to the Making Recovery Real project.
If you have additional skills and experience which you feel would benefit our organisations, such as supporting us in our offices, marketing or fundraising then please get in touch.
Volunteering in Dundee
If you’re a person who wants to get involved and is interested in making a difference visit our partner Volunteer Dundee’s volunteering page where you can search over 300 vacancies from approximately 200 organisations in Dundee as well as where you can find out about how volunteering could help you AND others in Dundee and, how you take the important next steps that will see you becoming part of a movement in the city.
If you would rather speak to us in person come find us in your community at one of our pop up shops.
Or you can give the team a call for an initial chat – 01382 305705