Volunteering & Work Experience Fair 2018

Thursday 8th March  

11:30 – 14:30

DUSA

 

The Volunteering & Work Experience Fair took place on Thursday 8th March 2018, 11:30 - 14:30, in DUSA. 

This Fair provided students and graduates with an opportunity to meet a range of organisations offering local volunteering opportunities and summer work in the UK and abroad.

Organisations who attended the 2018 Fair:

225 (Scottish) Medical Regiment is an Army Reserve Medical unit located in Scotland, which offers exciting spare-time opportunities for many health care professionals and those who are interested in gaining and enhancing medical skills. The unit specialises in providing the very highest standards of emergency medicine and healthcare for soldiers on operations or peacetime with additional opportunities for supporting roles such as medical support officers, medical technicians, chefs, HR specialist’s and drivers. Volunteering opportunities for humanitarian assistance are regularly available.

Website:  www.facebook.com/225MedRegt/

What will you be offering:  

  • The Army Reserve Medical Services offers paid training such as bespoke courses like Intermediate Life Support up to MSc Conflict Prevention & Peace Building. 
  • Travel opportunities to less developed countries to assist in providing humanitarian aid, attachments to the United Nations.
  • Access to virtually every sports or outdoor courses.
  • Driving licences.

Come and join the 45th Dundee Scout Group, based in Broughty Ferry.

We have three Sections

  • Beavers 6-8 years old
  • Cubs 8-10 years old
  • Scouts 10-14 years old

We are looking for volunteers to help in any way at all! This could be helping lead a Section on a weekly basis or using a skill you may have e.g. IT skills, to help support our Group in the background.

Volunteering with Scouts is a rewarding experience and will certainly give your CV the edge!

Website:  www.45thdundeescoutgroup.org.uk

What will you be offering?  We will be looking to engage volunteers by manning our table and walking around engaging students in conversation and handing out our flyers.

At Aberlour we are there for Scotland's hidden children when others have let them down. We specialise in Residential and Fostering services; Early Years; Dependency; Disability and Youth Work.

Website:  www.aberlour.org.uk

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What will you be offering:  Aberlour are looking to recruit volunteers to support Children, Young People and their families across Scotland. We have rewarding and exciting volunteer roles available – from befriending and mentoring, to reading stories, helping with art, music and play or helping with our community fundraising and events.

Active Schoolsis a Sportscotland led programme which aims to provide more and higher quality opportunities to take part in sport and physical activity before school, during lunchtime and after school, and to develop effective pathways between schools and sports clubs in the local community.

Active School Co-ordinators also have a key role in developing a network of volunteers to deliver activity sessions. Theses volunteers consist of teachers, parents, schools staff, students, sports coaches and senior pupils who are central to the success of Active Schools.

Website:  www.activeschoolsdundee.org.uk

What will you be offering:  Volunteering and training opportunities.

Advocating Together (Dundee) SCIO is a Charity which been running as an Independent Advocacy Organisation for over 20 years in Dundee to defend and safeguard people with learning disabilities and/or Autistic Spectrum Disorders and/or Complex Communication Needs human rights through Independent Advocacy - Professional, Collective and participating in Self-Advocacy groups to have a stronger voice, access the most suitable information they need to make real choices and to have as much control as possible over their own lives. We may speak up for people who are unable to do so for themselves.

Advocating Together is the lead for the development of the Dundee Safe Place Initiative and the official organisation who works in partnership with Police Scotland for Dundee Keep Safe Places. 

We are also able support the Voluntary, Public and Private sector with Innovative and Dynamic Communication through our learning and innovation brand ‘Tutti’.

Website:  www.advocating-together.org.uk

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What will you be offering?  Volunteering roles to work with Self-advocacy groups, the promotion of Keep Safe Places, and to raise awareness of Independent Advocacy.  A great opportunity to gain experience and skills required to work in the third sector.

BeFriends provides a one-to-one befriending service to local vulnerable and disadvantaged children and you people aged 5-18 years. Volunteer Befrienders meet their child either once per week or per fortnight, for approximately 2-3 hours at a time, to talk, share, relax and have fun. Through regular activities and outings Befrienders develop trust and introduce their child to new experiences so they can explore what life can offer and create happy childhood experiences that might not otherwise be possible. Through the befriending relationship, the children and young people have someone with whom they can confide in, who will listen and be non-judgemental, someone they can look up to. The benefits from this relationship manifest in several ways: they are happy to try new things; they learn how to behave in public, such as in a busy restaurant, and on public transport; they learn not to shout or misbehave in shops or other public places; they learn to be considerate of others, and importantly they learn to trust. They also learn that it’s OK to have fun, to be messy and to be themselves, without fear of being judged or getting into trouble.

Website:  www.befriends.org.uk

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What will you be offering?  Information on how to get involved with our project and how you can volunteer.

We are the Hospital Radio station for Dundee. Based in Ninewells Hospital, we provide a service which entertains and informs patients, staff and visitors.

Website:  www.bridgefm.org.uk

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What will you be offering?  We will be giving information on the roles we have available for volunteering with us with a view to recruiting new members.

The British Red Cross offers a helping hand for those who feel socially isolated or lonely. We offer volunteering opportunities for those who wish to give back to the community

Websitewww.britishredcross.org.uk

What will you be offering?  Volunteering opportunities to work with people who need help building self esteem, getting out the house, meeting new people and giving back to the community.

Smaller Earth is one of the UK's leading gap year travel providers based in Liverpool, sending thousands of travelers abroad every year. Whether you want to volunteer in Africa, or you are more interested in gap year jobs like a working holiday in Australia, New Zealand or Canada. Our hand-picked programmes are designed to suit every type of traveler.

Our most popular opportunity for students is our Camp Leaders programme. This is a 9-week summer programme which gives participants the opportunity to work in a summer camp based in America. This could be working as a camp counselor, working closely with the children, or as a skills specialist. A chance to help spread your skills in sports, arts or even technology and coach children in this area. 

We work with over 500 camps in America, who are looking to hire people from all over the globe to work at their camp. 

After the kids leave on the final day of camp and participants realize that the best summer of their life is done and dusted, they are going to need some serious cheering up. What better way to do it than taking their hard-earned dollars and road tripping around the States? Your J-1 visa allows up to 30 days of travel around America once employment ends. 

Working with children isn't their thing? That is absolutely fine, there are opportunities to work behind the scenes in the offices, kitchens or maintenance team.  

If America isn't what a student is looking for we offer many other work abroad programmes for over the summer. We offer Camp China, and Camp Canada, which is literally the same as Camp Leaders, however based in China or Canada. 

We offer our Kiwi-Kiwi programme which see's participants setting out for the summer and entering New Zealand's winter to work Ski Season. These are all paid opportunities. 

Website:  www.smallerearth.com/uk

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What will you be offering?  We will be offering a range of summer opportunities for 2018 and 2019.  We have summer camp work based in America, Canada, and China. As well as Resort work in New Zealand, Volunteering in Africa and Asia and TEFL courses in Prague. 

For over 25 years, CCUSA has been placing young people at fantastic and accredited summer camps across the USA and Canada. As the ‘Summer Camp Specialists’, we take great care in making sure that every participant receives a perfect camp placement. With a specialized team of Placement Coordinators in our US head office in San Fransico, California, we know that we will find the right camp and job for you!

Website:  www.ccusa.co.uk

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What will you be offering?  PAID Summer Camp Staff opportunities in the USA and Canada during the summer months of June – August, perfect timing for university holidays.

Do you want to TRAVEL and also GET PAID then CCUSA is just right for you!! It’s all an online application form at www.ccusa.co.uk and all we require from you is to be 18 and able to work from June – August.

Head to the website or come and see Jamie for more information.

Change Makers aims to provide Dundee youth with employability information and advice. We offer a free smartphone app with jobs, volunteering opportunities and events, one-to-one support, and workshops, as well as in house volunteering opportunities and paid work placements. We also seek to understand barriers to employment specific to ethnicity or religion

The Yusuf Youth Initiative is a dynamic organisation nurturing leaders of tomorrow. We provide enriching programmes that encourage young people to grow, strive and become change makers in a vibrant and changing society. We offer youth clubs, an after school programme, employability support, an anti-poverty outreach programme and refugee support.

Website:  www.iwantchange.org.uk

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What will you be offering?  ChangeMakers will be promoting our free smartphone app which connects students with local jobs, volunteering opportunities and employability related events, as well as offering support. We will also showcase our various volunteering roles available within other projects in parent organisation Yusuf Youth Initiative, such as in the foodbank, support cafes, cooking for the homeless and refugee support.

Community Companions (which is part of Dundee Voluntary Action) looks to tackle loneliness and isolation by matching volunteers up with adults experiencing these feelings and creating a friendship between the two.  It gives people from all walks of life the opportunity to spend some quality time with someone, whether as a volunteer or benefitting from the project.

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.

Community Companion Project has been running for 3 years and has had a number of successful matches.  We have seen the positive impact that comes from the friendships formed with the Companions and Companionees.  We are always looking for volunteers so if you think you could be a friend to someone locally then give us a call (01382) 305736 or email.   

Website:  http://dva.scot/

What will you be offering?  Enjoy meeting people and socialising?  Could you spare an hour or two to make a difference to someone’s day?  Become a Community Companion volunteer befriender.  We are looking for people from all walks of life to visit those in the community that are lonely or isolated.  If you have what it takes to brighten up someone’s day then why not get in touch!

Dundee City Council Sheltered Housing Service provides housing and support services for older people throughout Dundee. We aim to have a sheltered housing service where our tenants are respected, have choices in the services they receive and are able to lead independent and fulfilling lives free from restraint in a safe environment.

Services include the provision of social activities to help maintain well being and reduce isolation. Volunteers help organise and run a range of activities within the communal areas such as crafts, games and entertainment. Volunteers support groups and individual tenants to take part.

Website:  www.dundeecity.gov.uk

What will you be offering?  

  • Information on general voluntary opportunities. 
  • Opportunities for students to run study related short projects or interest groups.

Dundee Independent Advocacy Support helps adults over the age of 21 with mental health issues, learning disabilities, physical disabilities, dementia or aged over 65 to make sure their voice is heard and giving them information to make choices in their life. 

Recipients of The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in 2016, Best Volunteering Provider at the University of Dundee Volunteering Awards 2017 and Volunteer Friendly Award since 2010.

Website:  www.diasdundee.org

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What will you be offering?  We are looking for ordinary people who have:

  • The ability to listen and to understand
  • A wish to make a difference
  • A friendly manner and a liking for people

A short term advocate

  • Works with people facing issues or life changes
  • Supports people to speak up for themselves
  • Helps them to find information and explore options
  • May work with more than one person
  • May be involved for a short or a long time until the issue is resolved

All degree pathways are welcome but may be of special benefit to those working with people such as Law, Social Work, Education, Nursing, Mental Health Nursing, Psychology and Community Learning & Development.

Dundee Public Library and Information service.

Website:  www.leisureandculturedundee.com/library

What will you be offering?  Volunteering Opportunities within public library and Information service including:

  • IT tutoring/support
  • Macmillan cancer information and support project
  • Makerspace

Marrow Dundee is a student group that help save the lives of people with blood cancer.

Marrow is a nationwide volunteer student group. There are over 50 groups, with hundreds of volunteers in universities across the country, who are all working towards one thing - saving the lives of people with blood cancer.

Marrow Dundee works to:

  • Raise awareness of Anthony Nolan and blood cancer within the university. Spreading the word by holding events and letting students know about our lifesaving work.
  • Give every student the opportunity to join the stem cell register. Marrow run recruitment drives across campus, we make sure students are within spitting distance of becoming a lifesaver.
  • Raise funds to help support Anthony Nolan’s vital work. Fantastic fundraising events, including bake sales, bucket shakes, balls and more.

To find out more follow this link: https://www.anthonynolan.org/

Social Media:  Facebook

What will you be offering?  Volunteering opportunities within campus, fundraising and donor recruitment positions available.

We offer day care to older people who have some degree of physical disability or who experienced mental health problems leading to social isolation.

Websitewww.midlin.btck.co.uk/

What will you be offering?  Volunteer roles as follows:

  • Drivers
  • Escorts
  • Carers
  • Kitchen assistant
  • Domestic

Over The Wall provides free of charge residential activity camps for children and teenagers living with serious health challenges.  We offer them and their families a week of experiences that are memorable, fun, physically safe and medically sound and we need a superb group of volunteers to make the magic happen. It is not mandatory to have had experience working with children and teenagers; we are looking for volunteers with a range of skills and personality. All OTW camps are residential over a range of 3 -5 nights.  Our Volunteers are required to attend up to 2 nights before our Campers arrive for training, team building and preparation.  We have a variety of roles available.  These include: Activity Leader, Team Mate, Camp Recorder (Photographer), Safeguarding Officer & Clinical Volunteer. Our camps are held at locations in Scotland, the Midlands and the South of England. 

Website: www.otw.org.uk

What will you be offering?  We will be offering students the opportunity to volunteer at our Over The Wall free of charge residential activity camps for children and teenagers living with serious health challenges.

Promoting a more inclusive society, PAMIS is a charitable organisation based in Scotland. People with profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD) and their carers are at the centre of our work. With experience in family support, therapeutics, research and campaigning, we are uniquely placed to meet the holistic needs of this group in caring and compassionate ways.

Website:  www.pamis.org.uk

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What will you be offering?  An insight into the amazing and diverse work our charity does and discuss what opportunities there are within our organisation.

Peer Connections is the University's welcoming, buddying and mentoring scheme. Run by Student Services to help all students settle in, show them around. Gives new students help to meet, mix and share information and experience with other students.

Website:  www.dundee.ac.uk/student-services/peer-connections/

What will you be offering:  Find out more about volunteering for Peer Connections in academic year 2018-19 starting from in Late August or Early September 2018.

The Royal Air Forces Association is the charity that supports the RAF family.

The Association promotes through the comradeship engendered by its members, the welfare by charitable means of all serving and former members of Her Majesty’s Air Forces, their spouses and dependants, together with the widows and widowers and dependants of those who died while serving or subsequently.

We believe every generation owes a debt of gratitude to the RAF and their families. They sacrifice the normal life most people take for granted – the chance to see their partners and children every night and to live close to friends and relatives. They do all this to protect the peace and safety we enjoy every day.

We offer welfare support to everyone in the RAF family.

Website:  www.rafa.org.uk

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What will you be offering?  We will showcase the opportunities we have in the UK focussing on our befriending, caseworker and fundraising roles as well as events assistant for the forthcoming RAF100 events.

We offer a range of services to assist in difficulties with families. Our range of services cover:

  • Family Mediation
  • Child Contact Centres
  • Family Therapy
  • Relationship Counselling
  • Children and Young Persons' Counselling
  • Parenting Apart Workshops
  • Psychosexual Therapy
  • Intergenerational Mediation

Website:  www.familymediationonline.co.uk

What will you be offering?  Volunteering opportunities for students to gain practical experience in working with families that are experiencing difficulties with contact arrangements for their children.

The RSPB are the UK's biggest nature conservation charity. Come and talk to us to find out about volunteering and work experience opportunities in nature conservation, charity fundraising, and events management both locally and nationally, as well as how you can help give nature a home and support our work as a member of the RSPB.

Websitewww.rspb.org.uk

What will you be offering?  Local volunteering opportunities information National volunteering opportunities information.  Residential work experience opportunities information.  Information on local work of the RSPB Nature Conservation advice and information RSPB Membership & Pin Badges.

Save by the Bell is a Financial education project that provides financial awareness and money management skills to primary school pupil across Dundee.

Website:  www.savebythebell.org/

What will you be offering?  

  • Volunteering opportunity 1:  Opportunity to work with children in primary schools across Dundee by supervising  primary 6/7 pupil to run the weekly saving scheme. 
  • Volunteering opportunity 2:Cover general office duties and reconcile cash at the end of working day.

At Tayside Cancer Support, our aim is to offer support, valuable information and befriending for anyone affected by cancer in Tayside. We are a small local charity (Registered Charity Number SCO22798) currently based at Ninewells hospital, Dundee and have been helping people in Tayside who are in some way, affected by cancer since 1994.

Websitewww.taysidecancersupport.co.uk/

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What will you be offering?  We would be delighted to meet all students who would be keen to provide support to the organisation.

The University of Dundee Student Ambassador Scheme is a great opportunity to share your experiences with prospective students, whilst supporting teams across Admission and Student Recruitment. There are a variety of duties involved from administration to campus tours, work is flexible and ease to fit around your studies, Student Ambassadors are paid a rate of £7.50 per hour with the opportunity to progress to a senior position.

Website:  www.dundee.ac.uk

What will you be offering?  More information about how to become a Student Ambassador and what the role involves.

Volunteer Dundee helps people into volunteering. We know the difference that volunteering makes to people’s lives and are always happy to talk to people about volunteering.

Websitewww.volunteerdundee.org.uk

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What will you be offering?  We have over 300 volunteering opportunities across Dundee for you to choose from.  You might just want to make good use of your time or give something back to the community or you could be looking for a specific volunteering opportunity to compliment your course.

Wild Packs specialise in finding summer camp jobs (based all over America) for hundreds of young people every year. The year round team at Wild Packs HQ have worked on camp for years and many of us return each summer to embrace the mayhem of camp! We understand the power and magic of summer camp. When you speak with the team you’ll know you’re speaking to a true summer camp professional, who will help you through your summer camp journey to the USA!

Website:  www.wildpacks.com

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What will you be offering?  If you're interested in working at a summer camp in the USA then we have the job for you! Spend the summer working at a summer camp in the USA and get paid to have fun! There are hundreds of positions available at over 250 premier camps based all over the USA. Teach a kid how to swim, paint a picture, hit a tennis ball or ride a horse. Up to 60 days travel time means you can see all of those famous American sites with your new found camp friends.