National Volunteer’s Week runs from the 1st – 12th of June this year. According to Volunteer’s Week, 21 million people throughout the UK volunteer at least once a year. The difference that volunteering makes to communities and society as whole is invaluable. In honour of this celebratory event, the team at Disability Information Scotland decided to focus this month’s blog on volunteering.

The benefits of volunteering can be enormous. By dedicating your time and abilities not only are you contributing to your community, you can also gain as much as you give. Volunteering can offer opportunities to meet new people and work on social skills. It can give you the chance to gain career experience through developing and practicing both work place and life skills.

Would you like to volunteer but don’t know where to start? If you are interested in becoming a volunteer then there are a few things you might want to consider before you start. Why do you want to volunteer? What do you enjoy doing? How much time am I willing to commit?

Local Volunteer Centre’s throughout Scotland provide a range of services:

  • information, support, guidance and advice to individuals who are either looking to volunteer or already do
  • support with searching for and applying to opportunities within your area
  • training opportunities and peer support

For more information on volunteering throughout Scotland you can visit the Volunteer Scotland website.

Volunteer Centres Scotland

You can find a comprehensive list of the volunteer centres within Scotland, and their contact details here:

http://www.caithness.org/links/volunteercentresscotland.htm       

Volunteering Projects

Can Do is a project ran by Leonard Cheshire offers opportunities for 16‑ to 35‑year-old disabled people to volunteer in their community. Currently the project is running within Edinburgh.
Tel: 020 7112 1489.
Website: https://www.leonardcheshire.org/what-we-do/work-and-skills/can-do-volunteer-opportunities-for-disabled-people

 Project Scotland is a charity that partner’s young people aged 16 to 30 with volunteering opportunities through Scotland. They provide information on volunteering opportunities within your area, will arrange a first meeting with a charity and support you through 3 months of volunteering with a mentor.
Tel: 0131 226 0700
Website: https://www.projectscotland.co.uk/

Volunteering Matters offer a range of volunteering programmes including specific opportunities for disabled people, older people, young people and families.
Tel: 03300 555283
Website: http://volunteeringmatters.org.uk/what-we-do/

Do-it.org is the UK’s national volunteering database. They lists over 1 million volunteering opportunities that are posted by volunteer centres, national/local charities and voluntary groups.
Website: https://do-it.org/

Reach aim to connect charities with skilled volunteers.
Website:  https://reachskills.org.uk/

Watch out for an upcoming opportunity at Disability Information Scotland when we start looking for  a volunteer to join our team. Sign up to our e-newsletter  to keep posted.