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Welcome to the search engine for volunteering within Falkirk!
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, most volunteering opportunities and roles have been suspended.
However, as restrictions are lifted more opportunities are becoming become available, with organisations seeking volunteers more than ever to support their activities. Please check out this page on a regular basis as we highlight the opportunities coming online, including:
Royal Voluntary Service (RVS) Forth Valley, Strathcarron Hospice, and FoodTrain have recently launched a new Winter Pressures project, in order to help support NHS Forth Valley through the winter.
The project is supported by Falkirk Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP), and Clackmannanshire and Stirling HSCP; its person-centred focus aims to put control and choice in the hands of the patient, tailoring support to the individual and their needs.
They are looking for volunteers to join them this winter, helping vulnerable people to get home safely, and with support, after a hospital stay.
For further information, including how to get involved, please view the full web article.
They are also looking to hear from any knitting groups who would be willing to create and donate hats, scarves and gloves for both men and women, in various sizes, to support people during hospital admissions and discharges within Forth Valley Royal Hospital.
- CALL TO ACTION: A few local groups and organisations are currently in need of Volunteer Drivers, we would like to help them by putting them in touch with Falkirk folks who can drive, have a car they are happy to use for voluntary activities (including informing their insurance company of the use of the vehicle for this purpose, which often incurs no additional cost but makes sure you are covered!) and who would like to help. Please get in touch if you fit this description!
- #FalkirkStandsWithUkraine campaign: Since the recent news about the displacement of many Ukrainian people, Falkirk communities, groups and organisations have sprung into action to help, please find links and further information below about how you can get involved. HINT: We recommend that you visit these groups and pages on social media regularly if you want to visit or donate as this work is evolving quickly, largely due to the incredible response from local people in the past few days:
- Pets in Need Facebook group: based in Callendar Square, Falkirk Town Centre – visit this group to find out what items they are currently in need of, and when you can visit to donate or to volunteer your time.
- The Hope Hub Facebook page: based at 19 Glasgow Road, Denny. Please note they are now unable to receive clothing donations and the items they need now are detailed on their Facebook page.
- Cloybank Facebook page: this local organisation will be taking essential items for Ukrainian people to Poland on Tuesday 8th March, visit their page to find out how you can donate.
- Scottish Pre-loved Baby Boxes for Ukraine Facebook group: a national effort to collect pre-loved baby boxes for Ukrainian families, there is now a collection point available in Falkirk, please visit the group on Facebook for more information.
- Roots Food Bank Facebook page: based in Bonnybridge, they are currently full for donations and drivers, but local people can keep an eye on their page for future activity to help Ukraine.
- Hallglen Community Pantry Facebook page: based in Hallglen, have now completed their current collection of items for Ukrainian people, but local people can check the page for more ways to help in future.
- CVS Falkirk Facebook page: we will be updating our own Facebook page regularly with news and updates about local efforts to help Ukrainian people, including ways you can get involved by volunteering your time or offering donations, and our Twitter and Instagram pages.
- If you’d like to mentor a young person whilst they consider entering the world of work, or further or higher education then a ‘Volunteer Mentor’ role could be the right role for you. Volunteers receive training and are then matched with a young person based on their personality, hobbies and career aspirations. Mentoring relationships with these volunteers can help young people who are care-experienced, or face other disadvantages, get some extra support to help them to achieve their potential.
‼️ HINT: Mentors meet their young person at their school for one hour per week to build a trusting and supportive relationship and provide a compassionate listening ear!
- A charity shop in Bo’ness who help raise essential funds for nursing and hospice care are looking for Retail Volunteers to help them. Volunteers should expect to give 2-3 hours per week for a minimum of 6 months and their tasks can include various aspects of shop work such as sorting and preparing donations, helping on the shop floor and operating the till.
‼️ HINT: The minimum age for volunteers in this role is 14 so it’s a good opportunity for young people to help in their community (and they can earn a Saltire Award for their contribution too)!
- Bud is PoppyScotland’s transformer truck that becomes a micro-museum that tells the story of the Poppy through interactive learning activities – Bud will be in Falkirk on the 15th and 16th March 2022 and PoppyScotland needs at least one volunteer per day to assist. Bud will be situated at Graeme High School, Callendar Road, Falkirk, FK1 1SY during his Falkirk stay, volunteers should expect to help welcome members of the public and groups who come to experience Bud and to support the delivery of both indoor and outdoor activities.
‼️ HINT: Volunteers for this role will receive access to an online training module to prepare them for their day with Bud!
- A community centre in the Bog area of central Falkirk have a range of ways that local people can volunteer their time to help. They’d love to hear from people who could help with: their youth club as a Youth Volunteer (young people very welcome to apply for this role!), their community events as an Events Volunteer (great opportunity for an events or project management student!), and providing delicious baked goods for community and fundraising events (this can be done from home for volunteers who prefer this option!).
‼️ HINT: These roles are a great opportunity to join an established and welcoming community-led organisation!
- It costs approximately £540,000 each year to run our local Maggies Forth Valley Centre where people with cancer can receive free practical, emotional and social support. This is why Maggies value their Bucket Collection Volunteers so much, local people who help with these fundraising activities are actively supporting the Centre to continue to provide this much needed and valued service. They are looking for more friendly people with good communication skills to join their volunteer team now.
‼️ HINT: Whilst this role is ad hoc, volunteers can expect to dedicate an average of 2 hours per month to their Bucket Collection Volunteer role!
- Volunteers are needed in Falkirk to help a national children’s charity provide extra support to local primary school aged children (5-12 years) in a Children’s Befriender Volunteer role. As a volunteer befriender you would be matched with a child who you would spend time with regularly on a 1-1 basis, building a trusting relationship and having fun – please note that for this role you must be aged 18 or over, and be willing to complete a PVG check with the organisation (free of charge to volunteers).
‼️ HINT: Volunteers should expect to commit a minimum of 2-4 hours each fortnight, for a minimum of 6 months, to this role!
- A new local charity, dedicated to improving the mental health and wellbeing of local people, need volunteer Trustees to join them. This role is open to volunteers who have lived experience of poor mental health, or who have cared for someone who has. Trustees help to shape the strategic direction of the organisation and are an essential part of a charity achieving their aims and objectives.
‼️ HINT: If you are thinking about volunteering in a Trustee role for the first time and would appreciate a discussion about what is involved, please get in touch!
- Cancer Research UK are now planning their summer programme of Race for Life events, with the Falkirk Races taking place on Sunday 26th June, 2022. They are beginning to recruit volunteers to help with these events now and you can now complete their online volunteer application form if you’d like to get involved.
‼️ HINT: Alternatively, if you’d like to run a Race for Life and help to fundraise please visit the Cancer Research UK website to find out more!
Contact us if you’d like to get started with one of these roles, by phone: 01324 692000, or email: email@example.com
Looking for something more specific in the Falkirk and surrounding areas and can’t find it in the results above? Please don’t hesitate to contact our team here at Volunteer Falkirk via the contact details above.