National Opportunities

The following national organisations offer volunteering opportunities relevant to the crisis.

Emergency response

  • The British Red Cross 
    Community Reserve Volunteer: Help your community get back on track. No specialist skills are required and quick training is provided at the scene. You just need to meet the criteria. Find out more

 

Driving, Food & Shopping Delivery

  • Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland
    • Kindness Driver: undertaken in line with Govt guidelines.
    • Community Kindness Supporter: to help with deliveries of shopping 
      Find out more

  • Fairshare:
    • Driver: Be the vital link between us and the vulnerable people we support by driving one of our vans to deliver food to local charities.
    • Warehouse Assistant: Volunteer in the warehouse to sort the food that we receive from our food partners and pick daily orders for charities. It’s a great way to keep fit and all you need is a sturdy pair of hands!
      Find out more

  • Food Train:
    • Volunteer Shoppers: work in teams in the local supermarkets making up the orders for customers.
    • Volunteer Drivers: collect shopping lists from the customer’s, load the orders from the supermarket into the vans, deliver the orders to the customers and unpack the shopping when required.
      Find out more

  • The Simon Community:
    • Van Driver: own van required
    • Driver: own car required
      Find out more

  • Trussell Trust:
    • Driver: Food collection and delivery drivers required. They will play a crucial role in ensuring that food parcels are delivered to those who are most in need.
    • Warehouse helperThey will play a crucial role in ensuring that donations are processed and food parcels made up for those who are most in need.
      Find out more

 

Food preparation

Online/Telephone Befriending, Community Engagement, Reducing Social Isolation

  • Age Scotland:
    • Telephone Befriender: Age UK are working hard to match volunteers with older people. 
      Find out more
    • Digital Buddy: Watch a short video to find out how to inspire older people in your community to make the most of technology. 
      Find out more

  • Befriending Networks:
    • Befriending Directory: Befriending Networks provide a directory of their member organisations many of whom provide remote volunteering opportunities.
      Find out more

  • Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland
    • Kindness Caller: to provide regular ‘kindness’ calls and a check-in service for people who are worried, scared or lonely because of self-isolation.
      Find out more

  • Food Train:
    • Befriender Volunteers: If you like chatting, meeting people and getting out and about this could be the role for you. Our volunteer befrienders take part in home visits, phone calls, trips, outings and clubs. Time commitment will vary in this role depending on the befriending activity and full training is provided.
      > Find out more

  • People know how: Are you looking for ways to help the community during the coronavirus outbreak? People Know How are committed to finding innovative ways to address social issues, and now we’re rising to this latest challenge. 
    • Online Befriending for Children & Young People: Support a child or young person online as part of their Positive Transitions Service! All you need is 1-2 hours per week. We provide a safe, supportive, non-judgemental environment where young people and their befriender can talk, play games, learn, and share stories.
    • Distance Befriending for Adults: Support an adult online or via telephone as part of our Reconnect service! All you need is 1-2 hours per week. From chatting about hobbies and interests to sharing advice on accessing resources, befrienders are there to listen, talk, and understand, offering a friendly ear to someone who may feel isolated.
      > Find out more

  • PETAL Support Ltd
    • Telephone Counselling: Support for people affected by Murder & Suicide
      > Find out more

 

Crisis Support or Social care support

  • Capability Scotland:
    • Volunteer appeal: Anything you can do to help at this time will be so useful in supporting vulnerable adults and children. 
      Find out more

  • Crossreach:
    • Volunteer appeal: Based throughout Scotland they provide support to vulnerable people of all age groups, including our Older People Care Homes and those usually visiting our day care service for support and counselling. They are looking for people who can offer anything from a few hours a week to a few full days, helping in the care homes with tasks such as cooking, cleaning, befriending, or carrying out tasks such as driving staff or clients to necessary places.  
      Find out more

  • Quarriers
    • Volunteer Appeal:They urgently needs staff or volunteers who can help our services as the coronavirus outbreak continues to cause challenges. They are looking for people who can offer anything from a few hours right up to full-time work, or volunteering to help with tasks such as shopping, cooking or cleaning. 
      Find out more
  • Shout
    • Crisis Volunteer: This is a completely new type of volunteering. You're getting the chance to have an impact on people’s lives and make a difference by resolving crises, learn communication, problem solving and crisis management skills as well as volunteer the way you want. 
      Find out more

 

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