The Dundee Volunteering Fair

The Dundee Volunteering Fair will take place on Thursday 5th February 2015, 11am - 3pm, Bonar Hall, Park Place.

Organisations attending will be offering volunteering opportunities on campus, across Scotland and overseas, summer work and internships. 

Organisations who have confirmed attendance at the 2015 fair:

Amina – The Muslim Women’s Resource Centre

Amina MWRC works with mainstream agencies and policy makers, to enhance their understanding of the Muslim community.

We provide a range of services to Muslim women. We campaign against negative stereotypes and violence against women; run a cultural and faith-sensitive Scotland-wide helpline; and provide skills and capacity building services.

Website: www.mwrc.org.uk

Archive Services - University of Dundee

Volunteer with the University Archives and gain valuable workplace skills whilst working with documents dating from the 17th century and with 21st century electronic and digital media.

Team working, time management and task planning are all skills our volunteers gain as they work alongside professional archivists. Using the Archive’s extensive collections volunteers have the opportunity to research people, places and events and communicate understanding of the records.

As an introduction to those thinking about a career in Archives and Records Management, volunteering with us provides engagement with all aspects of the profession.

Website: www.dundee.ac.uk/archives

Bonnie Dundee

Bonnie Dundee are a group of independent volunteers working in partnership with Dundee City Council and who are dedicated to improving the environment of our City.

The Bonnie Dundee Group support Dundee's entry into the Beautiful Scotland Campaign, which is the largest Environmental Campaign in Scotland involving communities who are working to make positive and lasting improvements to their local areas, for the benefit of local people.

Website: www.dundeecity.gov.uk/dundeebloom/bonniedundee

Boomerang

Boomerang has been developed by a community based organisation with strong roots in the Stobswell area of Dundee. Formed 15 years ago to meet the needs of the local community our general aim is to provide a range of activities and a meeting place for the residents of Stobswell and environs. Boomerang provides a range of activities for all members of the community ranging from Parent and Toddler, through fitness and wellbeing, youth activities to lunch clubs and services to the elderly. Boomerang are currently seeking volunteers to assist with activities particularly in working with young people at various youth groups.

Website:  www.boomerang110.co.uk

Botanic Garden & Grounds - University of Dundee

Looking for Volunteers to help our staff in the garden, the Allotment and to help out on the reception desk.

Email: botanicgardens@dundee.ac.uk

CCUSA

You will be spending 9 weeks of the summer in the USA, earning money whilst teaching/assisting Sports/Arts/Drama/Activities etc to children. Every camp is different, with 8 different styles of camps to choose from and many different activities to choose from to teach/assist. There is nothing like it here in the UK, it is such a unique and exciting culturally diverse environment. Once your contract has finished, you then get the opportunity to travel around after camp for up to 4 weeks with your new found friends. If you are looking for a fun summer, where you will be doing what you love the most in the sun and getting paid for it, then you have just found the perfect job. This is also the perfect opportunity to gain an amazing experience/job in a different culture and country, as well as boosting your CV no end making you stand out from the others when it comes to your next step/job.

Website:  www.ccusa.co.uk

Charity Apprentice (Kenyan Orphan Project)

Our vision is a world where all children thrive through health and education. Our mission is to work with local organisations in Kenya and Tanzania to deliver school-based health and nutrition interventions and to inspire young people to become advocates for change. For a taste of how a charity career could enrich your life, get your teeth into Charity Apprentice. Find you love it, and you’ll have the qualification and experience you need to hit the ground running. Talk with us about going to Kenya and Tanzania this summer!

Website:  http://charityapprentice.org/

Children’s Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS)

CHAS is the Children’s Hospice Association Scotland. We are the only charity providing hospice services in Scotland for babies, children and young people with life-shortening conditions. Life-shortening because no amount of medicine – or love – can cure them. Caring for a child with a life-shortening condition can place unimaginable demands on families, physically and emotionally. Quite simply, we are here to lighten their load.

CHAS supports over 350 families, as well as a significant number of families who receive bereavement support. The services are funded through tireless, year-round fund-raising to secure over £9million needed every year. We are keen to engage with students in the Dundee area to help us with fundraising  and awareness raising across the Dundee area.

Website: www.chas.org.uk

Cornerstone

Cornerstone is one of Scotland's largest charities and a leading provider of services for people with disabilities and other support needs.

Cornerstone was founded by Nick Baxter in 1980 when he brought together a group of parents and professionals who were concerned about the lack and quality of services available to people with learning disabilities and their families.  Since then Cornerstone has grown to: support over 2,000 people; operate 123 residential services; have 6 social firms; employ over 1,700 staff; facilitate 300 volunteers a year; have a turnover in excess of £29 million. We support people of all ages with a variety of needs, including: learning disabilities, physical disabilities, autism and related disorders, head injuries, terminal illness, dementia, mental health problems.

Website:  www.cornerstone.org.uk

Dundee Independent Advocacy Support

Dundee Independent Advocacy Support provides an independent advocacy service for people with learning disabilities, physical disabilities, mental health problems, dementia and older people who have no one independent to act for them.

If you are a good communicator, free from prejudice & assertive and could support someone on a one to one basis by listening to them, respecting their wishes and helping them speak up for themselves we would like to hear from you.

We can offer opportunities to fit around studies and other commitments; we ask for approximately 2 hours once every one or two weeks.

Website: www.diasdundee.org

Dundee Science Centre, STEMNET Team

STEMNET is a national organisation that supports over 27000 STEM Ambassadors; keen volunteers from Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths who are willing to go into schools to inspire young people and support teachers.  STEM Ambassadors demonstrate how students can apply STEM in the real world.  Dundee Science Centre coordinates this programme for the North East of Scotland and offers Volunteers the chance to undergo an induction session and PVG scheme application. They will then join the network of volunteers and have the opportunity to support events and activities at local schools.  This could include delivering presentations about a STEM topic, running an activity or experiment, or supporting an event for British Science Week.

Website: www.dundeesciencecentre.org.uk

Enterprise Gym (The) - University of Dundee

The Enterprise Gym is a University department run by students for students and overseen by UoD staff. Our mission is to help students become more enterprising and develop key working skills. In 2013 The Enterprise Gym awarded over 100 top level certificates in Enterprise & Entrepreneurship and £4,500 worth of prizes. Say ‘hello’ at our stall today and find out what opportunities we offer.

Website:  www.enterprise-gym.com

Equal Voice

We provide citizen advocacy throughout Fife for vulnerable adults that are accessing Self-Directed Support. We have volunteering opportunities for students that wish to help safeguard the rights of a vulnerable adult.

Website: www.equalvoice.org.uk

 

Estates & Buildings -University of Dundee

We provide a unified service for all students and staff of the University. We cover all aspects of biodiversity, cycling, energy, renewables, Fairtrade, sustainable transport and all environmental related projects. We have a student volunteer ‘Green Team’ who are involved with a number of activities- ranging from poster design &distribution to gardening & litter picking.

Website:  www.dundee.ac.uk/estates/energy&environment/

Guide Dogs

Further information to follow.

Website: http://www.guidedogs.org.uk

IncludeME!

Our organisation supports vulnerable people in North East Fife by matching those referred to us with a local member of the community who will become their Citizen Advocate – a Friend, Spokesperson and Safe-guarder for their partner when necessary. We believe that all people, whatever their label, deserve the right to a normal, active, relaxed social life, having the freedom to be part of their local community. We match partnerships carefully and often have young people referred who would like support in their transition from school to college – another student to talk to is always an ideal match.

Website: www.includeme.org.uk

International Voluntary Service

IVS GB is a peace organisation working for the sustainable development of local and global communities throughout the world. International Volunteering Projects offer a unique way of bringing volunteers together from many different countries, cultures and backgrounds to live and work on projects of benefit to local communities.

Website: http://ivsgb.org

Languages For All - University of Dundee

Languages For All offers everyone the opportunity to learn a language and is a worthwhile investment not only for travelling but also for employment and career opportunities. The emphasis in our language classes is on fostering communicative competence, linguistic knowledge and intercultural awareness. Although speaking in class will be our main priority, reading, listening and writing skills will also be taught continuously, using authentic audio and written materials and on-line resources. 

So whether you want to study a new language or improve existing language skills, whether you are a member of the public or a student at the University, we have a language course for you.

Website: www.dundee.ac.uk/languages/study/forall/

Leisure & Culture Dundee - Central Library

As part of the Library and Information service of Leisure and Culture Dundee, your role will be to work within an informal library environment to support customers to develop their basic I.T. skills. This role will have a focus on developing individuals skills to enable the customer to engage with Internet based welfare benefits and employability systems. Main tasks include providing training to individuals covering a variety of basic I.T. skills such as sending emails and using search engines, helping customers to use databases and Internet based welfare rights and employability systems and signposting customers to specialist agencies and services.

Website: www.leisureandculturedundee.com/library

Liberal Youth Dundee

Do you believe in Liberal policies? Do you want to stand up for a strong Liberal Voice? Why not come along to our stand and find out more about how to get involved locally with the Liberal Democrats.

LIFT OFF

LIFT OFF works with pupils in 14 schools throughout Tayside and Fife to inform them about opportunities in Higher Education, and to support them in making decisions and applying.  There are lots of events for students to get involved with, and our student volunteering opportunities are super-flexible, so there’s something to suit most student timetables.  Student volunteers gain valuable experience working with young people in a fun environment!  It’s also hassle-free, as there is no need for a PVG Disclosure and we will reimburse any travel expenses. 

Come join the fun and enhance your CV and make new friends at the same time!

Website: www.lift-off.org.uk

Meal Makers

Enjoy cooking? Always have leftovers? Want to make a difference in your community? Then try Meal Makers.

Meal Makers is a community food sharing project which connects people who have passion for cooking with an older neighbour who would really appreciate a home cooked meal. We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers who are happy share a portion of their own home cooked food and are able to deliver that extra portion to an older neighbour at a time agreed by both parties whether it’s once a week, fortnight or just now and again.

Website: www.mealmakers.org.uk

Over The Wall

Over The Wall provides free of charge residential activity camps to children aged 8-17 affected by illness.  We give ill children and their siblings a week of experiences that are fun, empowering, safe and medically sound. This week can be life changing, for our Campers and Volunteers.  We recruit a lot of student and graduate volunteers and get great feedback on the impact it can have on their future studies and career choices.  It’s a fantastic experience, and lots of students return because of the positive effect it has on them. We have camps in Scotland, Midlands and South of England.

Website: www.otw.org.uk

Peer Connections, Student Services - University of Dundee

Peer Connections is the University’s award winning welcoming, buddying and mentoring scheme which helps all students to settle in, meet, mix, share information and experience with other students. The scheme is run by Student Services. Peer Connections volunteers (Peer Connectors) welcome new students, buddy and mentor. We run Drop In and “Conversation Café” for international students to improve their conversational English and meet people. The time commitment is very flexible and student friendly. You can choose what you want to participate in.  Free training provided, enhance your employability and gain real experience.

Website: www.dundee.ac.uk/studentservices/pconnect/

RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution)

The RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) is the charity that saves lives at sea – 95% of the RNLI’s people are volunteers - volunteer crew members, volunteer shore crew/lifeboat station management, volunteer lifeguards and tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers who raise funds and awareness, give safety advice and help in our museums, shops and offices.  Our people strive for excellence and uphold the RNLI’s values – our values are to be Selfless, Dependable, Trustworthy and Courageous.  Out of every £1 donated, 85p goes to the rescue service while 15p is reinvested to generate more funds. We cannot do what we do without volunteers.

Website: www.rnli.org.uk

Save by the Bell

Save By The Bell is a project that encourages children and young people to develop a savings habit. We run weekly collections in participating primary schools across Dundee, where pupils can deposit money into their savings account. Our trained primary 6/7 pupils act as 'tellers' and are supervised by adult volunteers. We need more adult volunteers to support our pupils during these collections, helping them to develop their cash handling skills. There are positions available in various schools and collections usually last no more than one hour. All volunteers will be required to commit to attending one collection per week and to undergo a PVG Scheme Record check. 'School Collection Assistant' training will be provided by Save By The Bell staff.

Email: Info.savebythebell@dundeecity.gov.uk

Save the Children

We are the Global children’s charity and we believe every child should have the opportunity to reach their full potential. We work in 120 countries across the world, including the UK, and fight for children’s rights to education, health care and protection and work tirelessly to end child poverty and hunger. We offer various, flexible, short and long term volunteering positions in fundraising, campaigning, advocacy and community engagement and we are always looking to grow our team of volunteers.

Whether you are interested in volunteering in your free time for a fantastic cause to boost your CV, or you want to develop important skills or whether you simply believe in doing something worthwhile while at Uni, come by our stall today – we are looking forward to meeting you!

Website:  www.savethechildren.org.uk/

Sexpression Dundee

Sexpression Dundee is run on an entirely voluntary basis and is part of a national network of students based at UK universities committed to providing young people with access to independent information about sexual and emotional well-being. We teach sex and relationships education (SRE) to high school students in and around Dundee as well as organising educational events on campus. We provide extensive training and certificates of achievement to our volunteers as well as the opportunity to attend national events and conferences.

There is a variety of opportunities to volunteer with Sexpression Dundee. Many volunteers will be eager to deliver lessons in schools and we make sure that everyone gets a chance to do so if they wish. But there are also many other ways to get involved, such as designing new lessons, organising events and campaigns, training new volunteers, social media and publicity work, peer-education on campus and much more.  Sexpression Dundee strives to be an inclusive environment and offer plenty of support to all volunteers, enabling them to bring their individual strengths to the team as well as develop new skills.

Website: https://sexpression.squarespace.com/dundee/

Student Support Team in Residences - University of Dundee

The Student Support team in residences provides welfare support to all student accommodated in university accommodation. Each March we recruit Support Assistants for the following academic year and the Fair is a great opportunity for prospective volunteers to talk to current Support Assistants and get their questions answered.

Website: www.dundee.ac.uk/studentservices/supportworker/

The Inclusion Group

The Inclusion Group aims to promote the inclusion of children, young people and adults with additional support needs, in doing so enabling them to access the same opportunities as their peers, regardless of needs or abilities.

Volunteers make it possible for people with additional support needs to participate fully in the life of their local communities.  In return for donating time, volunteers will have access to a huge variety of opportunities, meet new people and gain invaluable experience.  No experience is necessary.  Our only requirements are that have a commitment and belief that inclusion is for all.  All volunteers and staff are required to undergo an enhanced police check and provide 2 references.  We will work with volunteers on a development portfolio and provide a wide range of training opportunities.

Website: www.inclusiongroup.org.uk

Victim Support Scotland

Victim Support Scotland is an independent voluntary organisation, providing practical and emotional support and information about the criminal justice system to victims, witness and others affected by crime.  The most important and valuable resource we have is the large number of volunteers who give their time to provide our services. We provide support, advice, guidance and on-going training for all volunteers.

Website: www.victimsupportsco.org.uk/page/index.cfm

Volunteer Centre Dundee

Volunteer Centre Dundee supports volunteering across the City. We have around 300 different volunteering opportunities doing all sorts of great things. People can volunteer just because they want to do something worthwhile or as a stepping stone into employment by gaining skills, experience and a reference. Come and have a chat with us and see what’s available.

Website: www.volunteerdundee.org.uk

Wild Packs Summer Camps

What are you doing this summer? Head over to www.wildpacks.com today and apply for an amazing and rewarding a summer camp counsellor job in the USA.

Wild Packs offer some of the highest salaries in the industry, as well as allowing you the security of being placed at a camp which you chose. Full onsite training is provided, as is all food and accommodation. Enjoy up to 8 weeks travel time. 

Apply online, for free, at www.wildpacks.com

Xchange Scotland

Xchange Scotland is a Scottish youth-led charity developed by returned Scottish volunteers with the support of others committed to making positive change in society. We provide inspiring opportunities around the world and around the corner. We send volunteers from Scotland on affordable and engaging international projects around the world, set up by local partner organisations – short term (2-4 weeks) and long-term (2-12 months).

Website:  www.xchangescotland.org

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