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Highland Communities Credit Union

Highland Communities Credit Union is a not for profit, community cooperative, run by its members for its members.

Similar to banks, Credit Unions provide a Savings and Loans service with a built in Life Insurance Policy. It differs from a bank, in that all profit made on interest from loans is paid directly back into the Credit Union and no shareholders are rewarded. There are no large bonuses paid out and no risky investments.

Highland Communities Credit Union is currently looking for:

Please click the position or positions you are interested in for more information.

 

Talk Lochaber

Lochaber’s Talking Newspaper for the Visually Impaired is looking for Volunteers.

Our Volunteers do jobs as Editors, Readers, Technicians or Administration personnel but at the moment it is admin folks we are short of.

All the jobs except the admin one require one to two hours of your time on a Thursday evening from 7 p.m. when the recording is done at An Drochaid.

Volunteers work on a rota basis but turns can be swapped with other volunteers if needed. Travel expenses can be claimed.

The Administrative position requires 2 hours of your time on a Thursday afternoon once a month and involves preparing the mail pouches to be sent out and blanking the memory sticks which contain the recording.  Although you would be working on your own it’s not a complicated procedure and training is always given and assistance is only a phone call away.

 

Ewen’s Room – Helpline and/or Telephone Befriending Volunteer

Ewen’s Room operates a telephone and text-based service offering emotional support to people in West Lochaber experiencing loneliness, social isolation, anxiety, depression or other mental health issues. The service operates from 5 pm to 10 pm on Monday to Friday and 12 noon to 10 pm on Saturday and Sunday. Outwith these hours we operate a service providing a “telephone friend” service to people who would appreciate a pre-arranged weekly call and the opportunity to chat to someone.

 

 

The Buzz Project – General Assistant

Description of Opportunity:

  • To help with the administration of membership.
  • To assist with the running of events including setting up the studio, administration and hospitality for visiting professionals.
  • To maintain stock control of refreshments.
  • To serve refreshments to members.
  • To deal with donations as they come in.
  • To assist with the preparation and distribution of publicity materials for events.
  • To keep the venue safe, clean and tidy.
  • To attend relevant training sessions.

Skills & Experience Required:

  • No specific qualifications are required.
  • Basic maths and English skills.
  • A commitment to providing a quality service.
  • An ability to relate well to other people.
  • Reliability.
  • A sense of humour.

Time Commitment Required:

  • At least 2 hours per week.

Training offered with this Opportunity:

  • Training can be provided on a range of topics including customer care, food hygiene, first aid, financial management, as well as technical topics including PA and lighting events.

 

 

Lochaber Sensory Care – Volunteer Assistant

Opportunity Title:      Volunteer Assistant

Description of Volunteering Opportunity:

Written by Kathy, a volunteer at LSC for 10 years:

Our role is to welcome everyone to LSC. To be friendly and caring, offering assistance to our sight or hearing impaired service users in many aspects of their everyday life and equipment aids to make life at home and work easier. Helping people who come to our office is very rewarding. We help people with their hearing aid questions, and assist the manager with administration tasks and other little jobs.

The office is very relaxed and is a very social place to spend time.

A fun aspect of the role is attending the monthly social group with other volunteers and service users and seasonal outings around the area.

How many volunteers do you require for this opportunity? + 2

Skills, Attributes & Experience Required:

Lochaber Sensory Care requires our volunteers to maintain a professional attitude at all times. We hold service user information so all volunteers must understand and cooperate with our confidentiality policy. As most of our visitors will be encountering a sensory loss, a patient and understanding nature is essential. We do not require our volunteers to have specific experience as training for all aspects of the role will be provided. With that said, basic admin skills would be advantageous and the ability to make a good cup of tea would also be a huge asset.

We would welcome the skills of a volunteer who has a knowledge of DIY and maintenance.

What time commitment is required for this volunteering opportunity?  

3 hours (10 am to 1 pm) one day per week. More time can be volunteered where appropriate.

 

 

Volunteer Advocate – Advocacy Highland

Opportunity Title: Volunteer Advocate

Description of Volunteering Opportunity:

Helping people to speak up and be involved in decisions that affect their lives.  Supporting people to make their views and wishes known at meetings and appointments.  Advocacy Highland provides support to adults with mental health issues, including dementia as well as people with learning difficulties.  More information about volunteering with us is available on our website www.advocacy-highland.org.uk

How many volunteers do you require for this opportunity? 3

Skills, attributes & experience required:

Good communication and listening skills, patience and the ability to relate well to a wide range of people.  People from all walks of life make good advocates. We often help people at a difficult time in their lives and issues can be complex.  The ability to research information to inform people about their life choices is important.

What time commitment is required for this volunteering opportunity?

Varied and flexible hours available – volunteers are matched with an advocacy partner to support them with a meeting/appointment or issue.

 

 

Group Coordinator – MS Society

Opportunity Title:      Group Coordinator

Description of Volunteering Opportunity:

We are looking to recruit a Group Coordinator for the Lochaber Group. As a Group Coordinator you will be acting as an ambassador for the group, developing annual plans, leading the group’s activities and recruiting and supporting group volunteers.

This is a great opportunity to gain experience within a large charity and develop your existing skills and learn new ones. We need you to get involved and help make positive changes to the lives of people affected by MS in the area.

About you
You’ll have an interest or a desire to learn more about the MS Society and the work that we do, as well as the enthusiasm to represent both us and our values locally. You will understand the needs of people affected by MS in your area and be sympathetic to the needs and motivations of volunteers. You’ll be able to coordinate and support a team of volunteers. You will have a passion to support people and help to expand our volunteer services would be very welcome.

How many volunteers do you require for this opportunity?    1 or 2 to share tasks

What skills, attributes or experience are required to fulfil this opportunity?

  • Essential
  • Willing to ask and understand what people affected by MS need and want
  • Committed to our values · Sympathetic to motivations and needs of volunteers
  • Able to promote disability, equality and inclusion practices
  • Able to keep people’s personal data safe
  • Able to understand and follow external and internal policies and procedures
  • Confident using Microsoft Office, the internet and email

Desirable

  • Self-aware of own management style and able to lead a team, taking a supporting and coaching approach with other volunteers
  • Able to communicate to different audiences, including decision makers and volunteers
  • Able to delegate and motivate the activity of others
  • Enthusiastic about creating change in the local area and passionate about the issues that affect people with MS
  • Willing to develop skills and experience In order to volunteer in this role you will

What time commitment is required for this volunteering opportunity?
Flexible.  A little more time may be needed in the beginning for induction, learning and developing the Group.  This role is done from home, getting together with other team volunteers for meetings.

Please provide details of any induction or training offered with this Volunteering Opportunity:
Local Network Officer will support with induction.  This can be done 1-1 or online.

Agreed out of pocket expenses will be reimbursed.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Lynda Boyce at lynda.boyce@mssociety.org.uk

Finance Volunteer – MS Society

Opportunity Title:      Finance Volunteer

Description of Volunteering Opportunity:

As a Finance Volunteer, you would be joining a coordinating team of volunteers to plan and deliver services and activities to support people locally. Previous financial experience is desirable

You will maintain and approve income and expenditure records and explain financial information clearly to other group members. You would ensure our financial requirements and policies are followed, and that money is spent in a cost effective manner.

You will volunteer closely with the Group Coordinator.

The role can be flexible to fit in with your life and a lot of the work can be done from home.

This is a great opportunity to gain experience with a large charity, develop your existing skills and learn new ones. We need you to get involved and help make positive changes to the lives of people affected by MS.

 About you
You’ll have an interest or a desire to learn more about the MS Society and the work that we do, as well as the enthusiasm to represent both us and our values locally. You will understand the needs of people affected by MS in your area and be sympathetic to the needs and motivations of volunteers. You’ll be able to coordinate and support a team of volunteers. You will have a passion to support people and help to expand our volunteer services would be very welcome.

How many volunteers do you require for this opportunity?    1

What skills, attributes or experience are required to fulfil this opportunity?

Essential

  • Confident using Microsoft Office, the internet and email
  • Experience in bookkeeping, budgeting and planning income and expenditure
  • Able to apply disability, equality and inclusion practices
  • Able to keep people’s personal data safe

Desirable

  • Committed to our values
  • Able to explain financial information to other group members in ways that are easily understood
  • Stay up to date with external and internal policies and procedures
  • Willing to develop skills and experience

What time commitment is required for this volunteering opportunity?
Flexible.  A little more time may be needed in the beginning for induction, learning and developing the Group.  This role is done from home, getting together with other team volunteers for meetings.

Please provide details of any induction or training offered with this Volunteering Opportunity:
Local Network Officer will support with induction.  This can be done 1-1 or online.

Agreed out of pocket expenses will be reimbursed.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Lynda Boyce at lynda.boyce@mssociety.org.uk

Admin Volunteer – MS Society

Opportunity Title:      Admin Volunteer

Description of Volunteering Opportunity:

Using their interpersonal and organisational skills, our Administration Volunteers are the linchpin for all local group activity. They act as the first point of contact for the group and play an important role in keeping the group’s data and details up to date to comply with data protection legislation. The role can be flexible to fit in with your life and a lot of the work can be done from home.

This is a great opportunity to gain experience with a large charity, develop your existing skills and learn new ones. We need you to get involved and help make positive changes to the lives of people affected by MS.

 About you
For this role, you will need to be comfortable using the internet and email and confident in organizing the administration of a group, or willing to learn. You’ll be willing to follow MS Society policies and procedures, enjoy volunteering as part of a team and able to communicate clearly in written and spoken English.

What skills, attributes or experience are required to fulfil this opportunity?

Essential

  • Confident using Microsoft Office, the internet and email
  • Comfortable organising the administration of a group
  • Able to follow MS Society policies and procedures
  • Able to understand and apply our risk management system
  • Able to apply disability, equality and inclusion practices
  • Able to keep people’s personal details safe

Desirable

  • Committed to our values
  • Enjoy working as part of a team
  • Willing to develop skills and experience

What time commitment is required for this volunteering opportunity?
Flexible.  A little more time may be needed in the beginning for induction, learning and developing the Group.  This role is done from home, getting together with other team volunteers for meetings.

Please provide details of any induction or training offered with this Volunteering Opportunity:
Local Network Officer will support with induction.  This can be done 1-1 or online.

Agreed out of pocket expenses will be reimbursed.