Volunteering & Work Experience Fair 2017

Thursday 8th March  

11:30 – 14:30



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

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

Here are some of the organisations who attended the 2017 Fair:

We offer Structured Modular Flight Training. Whether you want to fly as a hobby or become a commercial pilot. We offer training to make you ready for your first airline job.

Website:  www.acsflighttraining.co.uk/

Advocating Together (Dundee) SCIO an Independent Advocacy organisation for people with learning disabilities (LD) and/or autistic spectrum.

What will you be offering?  We offer a variety of volunteering opportunities with our organisation.

Amina MWRC is organisation that seeks to offer support and services to Muslim and BME around Scotland. Our mission is to inspire Muslim women to fulfil their true potential and empower them to participate fully in all aspects of society, without fear of discrimination or inequality.

Website:  www.mwrc.org.uk

As the leading children’s charity in the UK Barnardo’s strives to help the most vulnerable and disadvantaged children. Barnardo’s vision today is that the lives of all children and young people should be free from poverty, abuse and discrimination. We want to bring out the best in every child no matter who they are or what they have been through. We deal with various issues such as poverty, neglect, homelessness, bereavement, domestic violence and disability. We look at the bigger picture and strive for a better future for all children and young people.  

Website:  www.barnardos.org.uk

What will you be offering?  We are looking for volunteers to take part in group work and one to one work working with children and young people. Volunteering can involve supporting children and young people with activities or in the family home. Minimum requirement is at least 6 months and one of the roles involve weekly commitment (1-2 hours) and other roles are flexible.

Bridge FM Hospital Radio is the award-winning station for patients in and around Dundee.

We are run entirely by volunteers.

We present our own live programmes during most weekday afternoons and evenings and from mid-morning at weekends. At other times our computer system plays a great selection of music and recorded programmes to keep you entertained 24 hours a day.

Website:  www.bridgefm.org.uk

What will you be offering?  We will be letting people know about our organisation with the intention of attracting new volunteers. We will have application forms and advice on other ways to apply to join us.

Established in 1815, we are one of Scotland’s oldest children’s charities. We have a long history of meeting the needs of children and young people during times of constant social and economic change.

We are an independent fostering agency, a provider of aftercare services including housing support and supported accommodation for care leavers.

At Carolina House Trust we firmly believe that every child and young person deserves the opportunity to reach their potential and enjoy a safe and nurturing childhood.  Our focus is on providing positive outcomes for all children and young people by providing them with excellent care and personalised, dedicated support.

We offer fostering and supported lodgings placements in family settings, matched with a child or young person’s individual needs.  

For young people leaving care, the Trust’s Carolina Mews in Dundee provides a home environment for young people who have left care to gain confidence and employment skills before embarking on an independent life, and setting up a home.

Help us make a difference by volunteering or becoming a carer.


What will you be offering?  We are looking for befrienders and group work volunteers to work with a wide age range of young people with trauma backgrounds.  We are also looking for volunteers that could help us with a range of practical duties with our 2 residential properties.  This would include painting, decorating and art work.

Cats Protection Dundee is a voluntary organisation providing shelter for unwanted and abandoned cats. The shelter requires volunteers to help look after around 30 cats that need fed and cared for until new homes are found for them.  

Website:  www.dundee.cats.org.uk/

What will you be offering?  CP Dundee are looking for volunteers who can spare some time on a flexible basis between 9am and 4pm Monday to Sunday (weekends would be good especially Saturday and Sundays mornings between 9am and 11am) but any spare time you have would be appreciated.

CCUSA have been sending young people to Summer Camp in the USA and Canada for over 30 years.

We give people the opportunity to work and travel at the same time during their summer break. You could work anywhere in the US or Canada and then afterwards travel all around the country with your new mates and with the money that you have just earned.

This program is suited for anyone and is an amazing way to spend a summer and couple that with travelling and getting a sun tan as well!!


What will you be offering?  CCUSA have been sending young people to Summer Camp in the USA and Canada for over 30 years.

We give people the opportunity to work and travel at the same time during their summer break. You could work anywhere in the US or Canada and then afterwards travel all around the country with your new mates and with the money that you have just earned.

This program is suited for anyone and is an amazing way to spend a summer and couple that with travelling and getting a sun tan as well!!

An exciting fundraising Challenge, a sustainable volunteering project, and countless unforgettable experiences! Add an unparalleled level of support, where we help our students develop their skillset and grow as individuals, and you have Challenges Abroad.

Website:  www.challengesabroad.co.uk

What will you be offering?  In 2018 we will be sending a group of Dundee University students on the trip of a lifetime. Experience the very best Thailand has to offer - working in an elephant sanctuary and supporting a remote hill-tribe village!  

This amazing adventure will leave a lasting impression on you and make a sustainable difference for the organisations and communities you will be supporting. With over a year to fundraise, sign up now or come along to come along to one of our info events to find out more!

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.

Website:  www.iwantchange.org.uk

What will you be offering?  We will be showcasing our free Changemakers smartphone app and giving students the chance to find out more about our volunteering, placement and internship opportunities, and to sign up where applicable.

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

What will you be offering?  We will be looking to recruit Citizen Advocates and Short Term Advocates.

Homestart-Dundee is a charity, we recruit and train volunteers to help families with young children.  Our volunteers support parents in their own home for a couple of hours each week.

What will you be offering?  Homestart-Dundee will be advertising volunteering opportunities.

Advocacy has been in Perth & Kinross since 1995. We have 12 office based staff and a bank of volunteers (Home Based Advocates) who provide support to advocacy partners.

Enabling those people in Perth and Kinross experiencing mental health problems or learning disabilities (including children and young people), dementia and people who are unpaid Carers, to have their voices heard by providing independent advocacy so that they are involved in decisions which affect their lives.

Independent Advocacy Perth & Kinross aims to help people by supporting them to express their own needs and make their own informed decisions. Independent advocates support people to gain access to information and explore and understand their options. They speak on behalf of people who are unable to speak for themselves, or choose not to do so. They safeguard people who are vulnerable or discriminated against or whom services find difficult to support.

Bringing about the day when everyone’s voice is heard and respected!


Emailinfo@iapk.org.uk; @PerthAdvocacy

What will you be offering?  We will have information on all of our services including what sort of opportunities could be available to any prospective ‘home based advocate’.

The International Voluntary Service (IVS), is the UK’s oldest international volunteering organisation. Established in 1931 by a group of leading British pacifists, IVS brings teams of international volunteers together to work on sustainable projects around the world. IVS supports a range of projects in over 80 countries. IVS keeps the cost of volunteering low and can even offer volunteers fully funded opportunities abroad.

Website:  www.ivsgb.org

What will you be offering?  The International Voluntary Service can offer students long term volunteer placements within European NGO’s, fully funded by the EU Commission.  Short-term volunteering opportunities are also available in over 80 countries.  For more please visit our website.

As part of the public library and Information Service in Dundee The Opportunities project emphases is on providing support to individuals to develop digital skills. The project has a specific focus on working with members of public who are claiming welfare benefits or seeking employment. 

Website: www.leisureandculturedundee.com/opportunities-room

What will you be offering?  As part of the Library and Information service of Leisure and Culture Dundee, your role will be to volunteer 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.

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 advertising Volunteering opportunities for Over The Wall. OTW provides free of charge residential activity camps for children and teenagers living with serious health challenges.  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.

Oxfam is a global movement of millions of people who share the belief that, in a world rich in resources, poverty isn't inevitable. From women's rights to water, earthquakes to education, we do life-changing, groundbreaking work in all sorts of areas. We respond fast in emergencies, and stay to help people rebuild their lives. We work on long-term projects with communities determined to shape a better future for themselves and we campaign for genuine, lasting change.

What will you be offering?

  • Volunteering opportunities such as working at music festivals in the summer, shop volunteers and being involved in university societies.
  • Campaign events such as our Trade Unions in Economic and Social Life event in partnership with UWS.
  • Insights into the workings of non-government organisations with job opportunities such as Oxfam’s Trainee Scheme.

Volunteer simulated and clinical patients have been providing an invaluable service to the teaching of our future and since 1997. Simulated patients are members of the public who are trained to portray signs and symptoms of illness or injury whereas clinical patients are volunteers who have a real condition like asthma and are happy to speak to. This volunteering opportunity is ideal for someone who is interested in healthcare or acting.

Website:  http://patientbank.dundee.ac.uk/

What will you be offering?  On the day of the fair we will provide information and discuss any aspects of the patient bank programme.

Peer Connections is the University’s welcoming, buddying and mentoring scheme that helps all students to settle in, meet, mix, share information and experience with other students.

What will you be offering?  We are seeking new volunteers to be part of the Peer Connections team as buddy/ mentors (Peer Connectors) for new students in academic year 2017-18. Peer Connections volunteers welcome new students, buddy and informally mentor, run social events such as Conversation Café for international students. The time commitment is very flexible and student friendly – generally no more than 2 hours per week – apart from welcome periods when more events are happening. You can choose what you want to participate in.  Free training provided, you can enhance your employability and gain real experience.


Radio Lollipop is an International Charity working in Children’s Hospitals. Volunteerss are “Playmakers”.They use Play and Radio to help sick children in cope with hospitalisation. In Dundee, we work in Ward 29, Ninewells Hospital.

Play is one of the best therapies for children recovering from an illness.

Experience has shown that a happy, motivated child can respond faster to treatment.

Website:  www.radiolollipop.org

What will you be offering?

  • Radio Lollipop Volunteers are required to spend 2 hours ( 6pm --8pm ) on one evening each week playing with and entertaining children.
  • We play all the games children love - Jenga, Pop up Pirate, Connect 4 as well as Card Games - Uno, Happy Families, Snap.
  • We also encourage Arts and Crafts, Card, Mask and Badge Making.
  • We blow Bubbles for Babies.
  • Older children sometimes prefer Word Searches or Crosswords.
  • We also provide a Radio at each bedside which plays music, stories and competitions.Children can also request their favourite music/song.

We offer Family Mediation, Counselling, Child Contact Centres and other family support services to children, young people, individuals, couples and families facing relationship difficulty, separation or divorce.

Website:  www.familymediationonline.co.uk

What will you be offering?  Our Organisation runs Child Contact Centres across Tayside and Fife which operate with two paid members of staff and a pool of volunteers. Although the volunteers do not have any decision making role we do look on them as being a very integrate part of our Organisation. It is a great opportunity for students to learn how to assist in helping families who are, in many cases, in crisis with arranging safe contact for their children.  All our workers (including volunteers) will require to be part of the PVG scheme, this we do in-house. Initial training will be given and any travel costs will be met by our service. 

The Royal Voluntary Service focuses on supporting the elderly in the community and are presently operating a Home from Hospital Service in Dundee.  This valuable service supports the elderly after having a spell in hospital, we help them gain confidence again and support the integration to home life.  We are seeking to build awareness of this service and are looking to recruit volunteers in the Dundee area.

Website:  www.royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk

What will you be offering?  We will be offering information on roles that volunteers can participate in within our service. In these roles you will be learning life skills and participating in supporting our community. Whether you can spare a few hours once a fortnight or can give a couple of days each month we will have an opportunity to suit your availability.

In supporting the Royal Voluntary Service we can offer roles in Public Speaking, Telephone Befriending, Fundraising, Admin Support, Event Organiser, or being a Home from Hospital supporter.

RSPB Scotland is part of the RSPB, the country’s largest nature conservation charity, inspiring everyone to give nature a home. Together with our partners, we protect threatened birds and wildlife so our towns, coast and countryside will teem with life once again. We play a leading role in BirdLife International, a worldwide partnership of nature conservation organisations.


What will you be offering?  There are a huge variety of volunteering opportunities available with RSPB Scotland in the Tayside and Fife area. These include assisting our field workers with survey work, helping with fundraising and community events, outdoor learning with school children or lending a hand at one of our local nature reserves. It doesn’t matter whether your background is in ecology or if you are just passionate about the conservation of nature, please feel free to come and chat to us to see if we can find a role that is suitable for you.

Save by the Bell is a Financial Education project that runs in primary schools and nurseries in Dundee. The main aim of this project is to elevate poverty through educating and developing money management skills in primary pupil. As a part of the project, Save by the Bell runs collection points in various schools across Dundee.


What will you be offering?  We are looking for adult volunteers to supervise the school collections in various schools across Dundee.

This gives our volunteers an opportunity to work within schools, gain experience interacting with children and also gain money handling skills. We are looking for commitment of up to 1hr per week during term time only.

As a volunteer with Save by the Bell, you will be committed to teaching school children the value of savings and thus enable them to avoid getting into debt as adults.

Community woodland activities.

What will you be offering?  Working on local woods with hand tools, including nursery work, planting, thinning woodland and producing biofuel.

Tayside Cancer Support offers a free, confidential, one-to-one befriending service for those affected by cancer in the Tayside area. This service is provided by volunteer befrienders who have received relevant and professional initial and ongoing training, enabling them to offer this support.

Referrals to the charity for the befriending service are generally received from local hospital wards, doctors, nurses and other health professionals; however individuals who feel that a family member or indeed, they themselves would benefit from this support are welcome to get in touch. The befriending contact may be by telephone or face-to-face depending on each individual’s circumstances and needs. 


What will you be offering?  Our volunteers are the key to the Charity's success. Everyone has skills that we can put to good use! If you think you'd like to get involved whether with our fundraising activities and events; by qualifying as a one-to-one befriender; getting involved with hospital visits or support groups; or serving on our Executive Committee. There are many ways you can get involved and help.



TCA support people who are affected by alcohol and other substances to lead healthy, productive lives”.  TCA is a registered charity, SC006511.

Website:  www.alcoholtayside.com

What will you be offering?  We have a number of volunteer roles that reflect the diverse services TCA provide – they range from counselling adults on alcohol and substance misuse through to mentoring young people from 8-18 on a 1-1 basis. We provide a host of resources including the provision of a drop in resource centre aboard a SafeZone Bus in Dundee city centre at the weekend. Our Board members are also volunteers and we all share a vision to provide a welcoming environment for Volunteers to allow them to grow while supporting TCA Business objectives.

The Hearing Voices Network is a service user led registered charity which seeks to create acceptance that hearing voices is a valid experience.   Support is provided to voice hearers and people with a range of mental health issues through befriending/mentoring, self-help groups, activity groups and volunteering opportunities to promote independence and increasing confidence levels.

Website:   www.hearing-voices.org

What will you be offering?  We will display information about our various activity groups and volunteering opportunities for students interested to get involved in the HaVeN.  We will also provide general information about voice hearing and how recovery is achievable through exploring, organising and accepting the experience of hearing voices.

The Speech Language Communication Company is a new, dynamic, registered Scottish charity which represents the interests of children and young people who live with speech and language impairments. Did you know? 2/3 children in every classroom will have a difficulty with speech and understanding language. Communication is the key to life. Our mission is to ensure that the voice of every child is heard and to ensure everyone knows how to create a communication friendly environment. SLCO works across Scotland and provides direct child and family interventions through a Family Support Programme underpinned by psychological and social pedagogy approaches.

Website:  www.speech-language-communication-company.uk/

What will you be offering?

  • Opportunities to volunteer in different areas of our programmes, including:
  • Contributing to website development, social media, newsletter
  • Fundraising and events planning
  • Research and marketing
  • Supporting family and child events
  • Training to become a local ‘Communication Champion’
  • Become part of a volunteer team delivering awareness sessions to agencies, professional bodies etc

The University of Dundee has been named Scottish University of the Year again (2016 & 2017).  The University focuses on teaching traditional and professional degrees using novel and innovative approaches.

Website:  www.dundee.ac.uk

What will you be offering?  We are looking for new Student Ambassadors to join our established Student Ambassador Scheme.  It is a fantastic way to represent your University whilst improving your CV, have fun and make money.  Student Ambassadors provide current and up-to-date information and perspectives of university life for potential students.  Their main duties include working at Open Days, delivering campus tours, and attending Higher Education recruitment events throughout the UK.  It’s a flexible position that will help improve confidence and skills working with the public.

Victim Support Scotland is the leading charity in Scotland supporting people affected by crime.  Our service is delivered in both the community and court settings by a team of trained volunteers.  Our service is confidential. Although we work closely with statutory agencies such as Police Scotland and The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal service we are an independent agency offering advice and support to people affected by crime.

Website:  www.victimsupportsco.org.uk

What will you be offering?  Victim Support receives a high number of cases each year and as such need to continually recruit Volunteers to ensure service users have support if and when required.  Our Volunteers received 3 day training on the Impact of Crime and may be able to avail of further training if available.  Being a member of Victim Support Scotland gives you the opportunity to gain experience in your chosen field of study e.g. Law Students can be afforded the opportunity to work within the court setting and work directly with service users who fall within the remit of the Victims & Witnesses Act 2014.  All volunteering opportunities require a successful PVG (Background) check and the ability to offer at least 4 hours per week for a minimum period of 1 year.  All legitimate expenses incurred whilst volunteering with us are reimbursed. 

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.


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.

Youth-Link is a Dundee based charity and was established in 1981, since then we have provided help and support to thousands of vulnerable and disadvantaged children in the Dundee area.

Youth-Link acts as a resource for vulnerable/disadvantaged children aged 5-18 providing them with a One-to-One Befriending Service. Through support from befrienders and by participating in fun activities/experiences we:

  • Make a positive change in the lives of the children and young people
  • Raise the children and young people’s aspirations and help them realise their full potential
  • Build upon the children's key skills and abilities helping them develop into confident and capable individuals
  • Enhance the children and young people’s personal, social and communication skills
  • Encourage the children and young people to take responsibility for their behaviour and actions and support them to make positive choices that can reshape their future
  • Increase the children and young people’s participation in city wide and local activities

Website:  www.youthlinkdundee.org.uk

What will you be offering?  Volunteers are in a position of trust, offering support in a caring and responsible way to children who are often extremely vulnerable.  A high degree of commitment is required with the ability to work within organisational boundaries and procedures.

Volunteers will receive full training, must undergo an enhanced PVG disclosure check and provide two satisfactory references before being accepted to work with our children and young people.