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  • Global Students at Edinburgh University Students' Association logo

    Global Buddies Events Coordinator

    Global Students at Edinburgh University Students' Association

    This opportunity takes place between 01 Aug 2020 and 01 Jun 2021. Closing date for applications is 15 Jul.

    The Events and Activities Coordinator will develop an Activities Calendar for all Buddies. They will work with the Communications Coordinator to publicise events happening in Edinburgh and at the University, as well as those specifically organised for the Buddies Programme. This position would be an excellent opportunity for a student with a passion for supporting international students, providing an opportunity to develop event-planning, communication and organisational skills in an international context.

    • Type of activityAdministration/office work, Community, Equality and Diversity, Events, Students'Association
    • Opportunity lengthFixed term
    • Impact
    • Creativity and inventive thinking
    • Critical thinking
    • Cross-cultural communication
    • Decision making
    • Initiative
    • Interpersonal / Confidence
    • Marketing and promotion
    • Problem solving
    • Public engagement
    • Teamwork
    • Time management
    • Verbal communication and presentation
    • Working under pressure
    • Written communication
    • Listening
  • Global Students at Edinburgh University Students' Association logo

    Global Buddies Communications Coordinator

    Global Students at Edinburgh University Students' Association

    This opportunity takes place between 01 Aug 2020 and 01 Jun 2021. Closing date for applications is 09 Jul.

    The Committee Communications Coordinator will support the Chair in their efforts to coordinate the Buddies Programme in 2020/21. They will offer admin support to this end in addition to monitoring and updating the Global Buddies communications. This position would be an excellent opportunity for a student with a passion for supporting international students, providing an opportunity to develop communication and organisational skills in an international context.

    • Type of activityAdministration/office work, Advice/Information giving, Community, Events, Students'Association
    • Opportunity lengthFixed term
    • Impact
    • Creativity and inventive thinking
    • Decision making
    • Digital literacy
    • Influencing and negotiation skills
    • Initiative
    • Interpersonal / Confidence
    • Marketing and promotion
    • Planning / Organising
    • Problem solving
    • Public engagement
    • Self-awareness and reflection
    • Teamwork
    • Time management
    • Verbal communication and presentation
    • Working under pressure
    • Written communication
    • Listening
  • Global Students at Edinburgh University Students' Association logo

    Global Buddies Committee Chair

    Global Students at Edinburgh University Students' Association

    This opportunity takes place between 01 Aug 2020 and 01 Jun 2021. Closing date for applications is 08 Jul.

    The Committee Chair will support and lead the team in coordinating the Global Buddies Programme. They will liaise closely with the Global Students staff from the Students’ Association and ensure the overall success of the Global Buddies Programme. This position would be an excellent opportunity for a student with a passion for supporting international students, providing an opportunity to develop their leadership and strategic planning skills in an international context.

    • Type of activityAdministration/office work, Equality and Diversity, Events, Students'Association
    • Opportunity lengthFixed term
    • Impact
    • Analytical thinking
    • Change management
    • Creativity and inventive thinking
    • Critical thinking
    • Decision making
    • Influencing and negotiation skills
    • Initiative
    • Interpersonal / Confidence
    • Leadership / Management
    • Negotiating and persuading
    • Planning / Organising
    • Problem solving
    • Project management
    • Public engagement
    • Teamwork
    • Time management
    • Verbal communication and presentation
    • Working under pressure
    • Written communication
    • Listening
  • Positive Help logo

    Admin Support Volunteer

    Positive Help

    This opportunity is ongoing, with no end date.

    Based in the Positive Help Office, Admin Support volunteers assist with administrative tasks involving our Supportive Transport service. Admin Support Volunteers help the Volunteer Driver by making the driving schedule and communicating with service users to alert them of the lifts arranged for them. You’ll get to know our service users over the phone and ensure they are receiving support to attend their vital health care appointments.

     

    Time

    Commitment

    Flexible hours during Monday- Friday 9am-5pm.  Times between 9.30am-3pm are preferred as this is when we are busiest.

    Ideal session length is 4-6 hours. Per week is preferred so you get to know the systems and people involved but can be once per fortnight.

    Minimum of 6 months commitment due to training required for the role.

     

     

     

     

     

    Role Purpose

    The Admin Support Volunteer will be based in the Positive Help Office and work with the staff team assisting with administrative tasks involving our Supportive Transport service. This service is the busiest of all our services ensuring that those living with HIV and/or Hepatitis C are able to attend hospital appointments, collect vital medication, have access to other support and to nutritious food through shopping trips. Volunteer drivers collect those we support and take them to their appointments. The Admin Support Volunteer helps the Volunteer Driver by making the driving schedule and communicating with service users to alert them of the lifts arranged for them. This role will allow the Volunteer to get to know people over the phone and ensure they are receiving support to attend their vital health care appointments. It requires a systematic thinker to plan routes and times, involves making and receiving calls, texts and emails and assisting the operational team in service delivery. 

     

     

     

    Specific Tasks

     

    • Making and receiving calls and texts from service users, other voluntary organisations and health professionals regarding requests for lifts.
    • Making and receiving calls and texts from service users confirming times of lifts.
    • Creating driving timetables/schedule using Google Maps and other on-line systems
    • Emailing volunteer drivers with schedules
    • Supporting Volunteer Drivers with any issues i.e. if they are running late for an appointments.

     

    Skills and Qualities Needed

     

    • Ability to prioritise lift requests
    • Problem solving ability – look at times of lift requests and be able to work out a timetable for drivers to follow
    • Experience of using on-line systems such as Google Maps and Google Drive or willingness to learn.
    • Polite and confident telephone manner verbally and through text messages
    • Experience of using email, Word
    • Excellent communicator
    • Have a caring nature and a non-judgemental approach.
    • Have good timekeeping skills and reliability.
    • A commitment to maintaining clients’ confidentiality
    • A PVG is required for this role. (Positive Help cover this cost)

     

     

     

     

     

    What’s in it for me?

     

    • Unique, invaluable, and practical experience in an admin role
    • Help to transform the lives of vulnerable people
    • The opportunity to work with a diverse range of people
    • Comprehensive volunteer induction training and ongoing training
    • Volunteer workshops and social events
    • Reimbursement of all reasonable expenses incurred while volunteering
    • Any equipment/resources required for the role
    • The ability to contact someone for help or support out with Positive Help office hours
    • A potential reference for future opportunities

     

     

     

    Our Expectations of our Volunteers

     

    • Willingness to abide by Positive Help’s Policies
    • Commitment to the principles of equality and diversity
    • Willingness to use support systems i.e., attend meetings, make use of the volunteer mobile number and fill in feedback forms
    • Co-operation with administrative tasks e.g. filling in expenses forms
    • Commitment to attend on-going training
    • Adhere to Positive Help’s confidentiality policy

     

    • Type of activityAdministration/office work, Adults, Advice/Information giving, Community, Drugs and addiction, Driving/escorting, Health and social care
    • Opportunity lengthOngoing
    • AvailabilityFriday AM, Friday PM, Monday AM, Monday PM, Thursday AM, Thursday PM, Tuesday AM, Tuesday PM, Wednesday AM, Wednesday PM
    • Impact
    • Analytical thinking
    • Commercial / Professional / Situational awareness
    • Critical thinking
    • Decision making
    • Ethics and social responsibility
    • Handling complexity and ambiguity
    • Influencing and negotiation skills
    • Initiative
    • Knowledge integration and application
    • Negotiating and persuading
    • Planning / Organising
    • Problem solving
    • Project management
    • Specialist knowledge
    • Teamwork
    • Time management
    • Verbal communication and presentation
    • Working under pressure
    • Written communication
    • Listening
  • Positive Help logo

    Supported Shopping Volunteer

    Positive Help

    This opportunity is ongoing, with no end date.

    Becoming a Supported Shopping Volunteer involves collecting a service user from their home and taking them to their local supermarket to help with shopping. You would provide one to one support by helping with the trolley, packing at the checkout and by offering a bit of company – perhaps with a cup of tea on the way home. You would then also load up the shopping and carry it to their door if needed.

     

    Time

    Commitment

     

    The average session will be between 1.5-3 hours including travel time. This can be on a weekly or fortnightly basis. You can do as many sessions as you wish per fortnight.

    Sessions take place during normal working hours

     

     

     

    Role Purpose

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    The Supportive Shopping Service offers assistance with shopping to people who are living with HIV and/or Hepatitis C. Our clients often struggle to manage to get their shopping independently due to poor physical/mental health, limited mobility, social anxiety or literacy issues. This service allows people to choose their own shopping and have some social time and chat with a trusted person. Being able to shop for food and have regular social interactions are important parts of staying well and independent.  You’d be helping service users maintain their independence and be supporting their nutrition - a core part of staying healthy while on treatment. Many of our service users wouldn’t make it to the shops without our help and are enormously grateful for the support. 

     

     

     

    Specific Tasks

     

    • Collecting service users from their homes and taking them to their local supermarket
    • General assistance throughout the shops. This may be taking the trolley, helping choose products, packing bags and helping to carry them to the car and then doorstep.
    • Chatting with and escorting the service user to the supermarket/local café for a cup of tea
    • You will keep in touch with the Volunteer Coordinator as to your availability
    • If anything changes or doesn’t go to plan while on shift, getting in touch with the office as soon as possible
    • Provide feedback and expense forms after each session
    • Attending check-in meetings and group support sessions with the Coordinator as required

     

     

    Skills and Qualities Needed

     

    • Be a good listener
    • Be a safe driver
    • A patient, non-judgemental and caring approach
    • An ability to maintain boundaries with clients
    • A commitment to maintaining clients’ confidentiality
    • Be reliable, with good timekeeping and communication skills
    • A full driving license with a good record of safe driving
    • A PVG is required for this role (Positive Help cover this cost)

     

     

     

     

     

    What’s in it for me?

     

    • Seeing first-hand the invaluable difference you are making to the lives of people living with HIV and Hep C
    • Unique and practical experience in supporting vulnerable adults
    • The opportunity to meet and work with a diverse range of people
    • Comprehensive volunteer induction training and ongoing training, equipping you with an array of transferrable skills
    • Excellent support. You will always be able to contact someone during your session if required
    • Group support sessions and one-to-one support from the Adult Services Coordinator
    • Social events with other volunteers
    • Reimbursement of all expenses incurred while volunteering
    • A potential reference for future opportunities
    • You can use your own car, or we can add you to our Enterprise Car Club membership (you can undertake this role even if you do not have your own vehicle)

     

     

     

    Our Expectations of our Volunteers

     

    • Willingness to abide by Positive Help’s Policies
    • Commitment to the principles of equality and diversity
    • Willingness to use support systems i.e, attend meetings, make use of the volunteer mobile number and fill in feedback forms
    • Maintaining clear lines of communication with Coordinator
    • Co-operation with administrative tasks e.g. filling in expenses forms
    • Commitment to attend on-going training
    • Adhere to Positive Help’s confidentiality policy

     

    • Type of activityAdults, Community, Drugs and addiction, Driving/escorting, Families, Health and social care, Practical/DIY
    • Opportunity lengthOngoing
    • AvailabilityFriday AM, Friday PM, Monday AM, Monday PM, Thursday AM, Thursday PM, Tuesday AM, Tuesday PM, Wednesday AM, Wednesday PM
    • Ethics and social responsibility
    • Handling complexity and ambiguity
    • Knowledge integration and application
    • Self-awareness and reflection
    • Specialist knowledge
    • Teamwork
    • Time management
    • Listening
  • Community Retail Assistant

    Dig-In Bruntsfield Community Greengrocer

    This opportunity is ongoing, with no end date.

    Play a key role in our community owned shop - you will be part of a team making fresh and healthy fruit and veg and wholefood available to local customers, while supporting sustainable food systems.

    • Type of activityCharity shops/Retail, Community, Environment/conservation/outdoors, Events, Families, Health and social care, Marketing/PR/Media
    • Opportunity lengthOngoing, Christmas, Summer
    • AvailabilityFriday AM, Friday PM, Monday AM, Monday PM, Saturday AM, Saturday PM, Sunday AM, Sunday PM, Thursday AM, Thursday PM, Tuesday AM, Tuesday PM, Wednesday AM, Wednesday PM
    • Impact
    • Analytical thinking
    • Assertiveness
    • Commercial / Professional / Situational awareness
    • Creativity and inventive thinking
    • Critical thinking
    • Cross-cultural communication
    • Decision making
    • Digital literacy
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Ethics and social responsibility
    • Initiative
    • Interpersonal / Confidence
    • Marketing and promotion
    • Numeracy
    • Problem solving
    • Public engagement
    • Self-awareness and reflection
    • Teamwork
    • Time management
    • Verbal communication and presentation
    • Working under pressure
    • Listening
  • Activities Volunteers

    VICTA

    This opportunity takes place between 21 Jan 2020 and 31 Dec 2020.

    Volunteers are integral to our success. Join us and get back a whole lot more than you give. Meet new people, gain new skills and help to empower children and young adults who are blind or partially sighted.

    • Type of activityArt and culture: music, drama, crafts, galleries and museums, Befriending/Mentoring, Children, Disability, Education, Environment/conservation/outdoors, Events, Families, Mental health, Youth work
    • AvailabilityFriday AM, Friday PM, Monday AM, Monday PM, Saturday AM, Saturday PM, Sunday AM, Sunday PM, Thursday AM, Thursday PM, Tuesday AM, Tuesday PM, Wednesday AM, Wednesday PM
    • Opportunity lengthOne-off
    • Impact
    • Interpersonal / Confidence
    • Self-awareness and reflection
    • Teamwork
    • Verbal communication and presentation
    • Listening
  • Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home logo

    Educational Outreach Programme Volunteer

    Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home

    This opportunity is ongoing, with no end date.

    Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home is offering a limited number of voluntary positions within our Communications team to help deliver the Home’s newly established educational outreach programme to schools, groups, workplaces and organisations within Edinburgh and the Lothians.

    • Type of activityAnimals, Education, Youth work
    • Opportunity lengthOngoing
    • AvailabilityFriday AM, Friday PM, Monday AM, Monday PM, Thursday AM, Thursday PM, Tuesday AM, Tuesday PM, Wednesday AM, Wednesday PM
    • Impact
    • Creativity and inventive thinking
    • Interpersonal / Confidence
    • Public engagement
    • Verbal communication and presentation
  • Group Leader

    SuperTroop

    This opportunity takes place between 28 Jun 2020 and 05 Jul 2020. Applications closed on 01 Mar.

    Group leaders run a small team of four or five one-to-one volunteers. It’s a perfect role for a student. We’re currently looking to recruit one new, male group leader. You would need to be available from June 18th to the 6th of July 2020. You can apply for the role through this online form: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/new-volunteers

    • Type of activityBefriending/Mentoring, Care/Support work, Children, Disability, Health and social care, Wheelchair accessible, Youth work
    • Opportunity lengthOngoing
    • Impact
    • Analytical thinking
    • Commercial / Professional / Situational awareness
    • Creativity and inventive thinking
    • Critical thinking
    • Decision making
    • Ethics and social responsibility
    • Independent learning and development
    • Initiative
    • Knowledge integration and application
    • Planning / Organising
    • Project management
    • Time management
    • Working under pressure
  • Senior Team Member

    SuperTroop

    This opportunity takes place between 28 Jun 2020 and 05 Jul 2020. Applications closed on 01 Jun.

    Senior Helpers provide expert back up and organisational support to the holiday as a whole. They usually have relevant professional expertise or previous experience. They co-ordinate and lead activities, provide guidance, and step in when a problem arises. We are currently recruiting for a senior helpers, and especially looking for people with experience in support for physical disabilities and in complex communication support. You would need to be available from 29th June-6th July 2020.

    • Type of activityAdministration/office work, Befriending/Mentoring, Care/Support work, Children, Disability, Education, Health and social care, Sport and recreation, Wheelchair accessible, Youth work
    • Opportunity lengthOngoing
    • Assertiveness
    • Creativity and inventive thinking
    • Decision making
    • Ethics and social responsibility
    • Handling complexity and ambiguity
    • Independent learning and development
    • Initiative
    • Leadership / Management
    • Planning / Organising
    • Problem solving
    • Self-awareness and reflection
    • Specialist knowledge
    • Teamwork
    • Working under pressure
    • Listening
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