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Marie Curie is dedicated to providing a welcoming environment for our patients and their families. We are looking for Volunteer Greeters to welcome patients and visitors when they arrive at the hospice, helping to create an enjoyable, positive atmosphere for everyone. Every day of your life matters – from the first to the last. When you volunteer for Marie Curie, you understand that better than ever. We’re a passionate, committed and diverse team of more than 4,400 staff and 6,500 volunteers, here for people living with any terminal illness, and their families. We offer expert care, guidance and support, to help them get the most from the time they have left. What does the role entail? Your role will include some of, but is not restricted to, the following tasks: • Provide a warm and caring welcome to all patients and visitors, putting them at ease • Escorting them to different areas of the hospice • Help communication between families and staff, answering queries if appropriate • Pass on complicated queries to staff and give feedback where necessary • Arrange drinks, food and transport home for patients, if required • Help the reception team during busy times • Help with other related tasks when necessary In this role, we would require volunteers to complete flexible 4 hours per week You will receive our Induction and Core Training prior to being involved in the role. If you are interested please click the ‘Apply’ button below (available when logged in and registered). You will then be contacted by the coordinator by email or phone call. If you have not heard back after 5 working days, the first step is to contact the organisation with the contact details provided. You could also check your junk/spam folder on your emails just in case the response is there. If that doesn’t work out then please feel free to contact Volunteer Glasgow on Thereafter we will ask you to complete and return a Marie curie complete application form
We seek volunteers to collect oral histories from local residents and people involved in the project gathering stories about the Union Chain Bridge, its history, cultural context and role in everyday life in the area. The main focus of the role will involve Training in good practice in the gathering of oral histories. Meeting and recording structured conversations with people. This may include using virtual communication strategies as appropriate to the current situation. Transcribing these conversations. The content will be held in the project archives and will inform educational materials and public exhibition materials including the project website. Skills/Experience required: An interest in local history, people and culture. Good interactive verbal communication skills. Ability to work on your own and in a team. Attendance at appropriate training to develop your skills. Through this role you will gain: Experience of working with recording technology as appropriate to the task. Understanding of ways to gather oral histories, including developing questioning techniques, pro-active listening skills and managing ethical issues that might arise from interviewees’ contributions. The opportunity to develop your knowledge of local history, geography, and culture with a focus on the Union Chain Bridge. Experience of working independently, yet as part of a bigger team.
Full training provided, support young people in your local community or virtually, by providing practical support through shared hobbies, skills and interests. Role Description : Offering young people practical support. Helping the young person access or maintain community activities i.e., health services, shops, parks and community centres. Interacting with young people through an interest you have in common i.e., music, art, gardening, reading, animals, gaming, coding, sports, cooking etc. Giving young people support with issues which concern them. Like providing information about organisations that could help them with things like housing, benefits, employment, or education opportunities.
If you enjoy meeting people from all over the world, love Abbotsford and want to share it with our visitors you might enjoy joining our volunteer team as a mini-bus driver. Role Description : What you will be doing* • Complete vehicle safety checks prior to and at the end of each day and record these as per organisational procedures • Report any defects and faults as per guidelines and procedures • To be responsible for the safety of your passengers and to be aware of the relevant mini bus legislation and any Covid measures introduced by the Abbotsford Trust • To be able to use the passenger lift/ramp in a safe and responsible manner. • Ensure the correct use of the appropriate wheelchair tie downs and passenger restraint systems • When necessary assist passengers when entering and leaving the vehicle. • To work in a helpful, caring and confidential manner within the aims and objectives of the organisation. • To be self-motivated and sensitive to the needs of passengers and colleagues. • To inform the Visitor Services Manager and in their absence the Volunteer Co-ordinator of any changes to your health or endorsements that affect your driving licence or ability to drive. • To notify any incidents or accidents affecting passenger safety whilst on duty. • To work within health and safety legislation at all times. • To attend relevant training courses before carrying passengers • Ensure that the vehicle is in a clean condition (inside and out) before and after use. • Refuel the bus as required. • Contribute to mini bus service development by making suggestions and feeding back passenger comments Skills/Experience required: • Applicants must be over 30 years of age. This is an insurance requirement. • Must have a full, clean licence which includes the D1 entitlement (automatic if manual car licence obtained before Jan 1st 1997). • Over the age of 70 drivers will need to renew the ‘D1’ entitlement of their licence, requiring a medical examination (D4). This is valid for 3 years. • Over the age of 70 drivers will need to be accepted as a ‘named driver’ by Abbotsford’s insurers. Unless and until this is agreed the applicant will be unable to drive the minibus. • Be able to drive minibus/vehicles safely and professionally. Training will be given (MiDAS). • Be flexible; and able to work as part of a team • Be in good health • Be patient, understanding, have a responsible attitude and provide exceptional customer care.
The purpose of this role is to greet, serve & assist visitors at the reception desk and gift shop within the visitor centre at Abbotsford. Our Visitor Services Volunteers are the face of Abbotsford and play an important part in welcoming visitors from all around the world, ensuring the best possible visitor experience. This role involves a variety of customer service tasks based in and around the reception desk. Visitor Services Volunteers are also involved in events at Abbotsford. As an exceptional visitor attraction, public events at Abbotsford play an important role in our commitment as a charitable trust to engage with the local community. In addition to providing retail and customer service support during events, volunteers can help with a range of other activities as a Volunteer Events Assistant (see separate role description). Whether giving a hand with the set-up arrangements before an event starts, helping with family craft activities or welcoming visitors, our volunteers will enjoy a huge variety of activities within a close team. Our events mostly take place at weekends and evenings. Tasks involved • Greeting visitors at the reception desk • Ensuring safety and wellbeing of visitors and staff by adherence with good health and safety practice and any mitigating measures during Covid-19 pandemic • Processing admission tickets upselling gift aid, guidebooks, garden tours and any other events on site • Offering directions and guidance to visitors on the shop floor and in VC including giving information on other places of interest within the Borders • Handling cash and credit card transactions • Promoting Abbotsford membership schemes, promotional offers & cafe • Assisting with retail display; cleaning, tidying and restocking Skills and experience • Excellent communication skills. • Friendly, helpful and welcoming approach to all. • An interest in meeting and speaking to people from all walks of life and all around the world. • Commitment to excellent customer service. • Confidence with cash handling, credit card processing and sales (previous experience is desirable, but not essential as full training will be provided). • Confidence with operating an EPOS till system (previous experience is desirable, but not essential as full training will be provided). • An interest in and willingness to develop own knowledge of Sir Walter Scott and his descendants, Abbotsford and the Borders. • As the public face of the Abbotsford Trust, volunteers are requested to present themselves in a manner appropriate to their role. Requirements • Interested applicants will be asked to complete a Volunteer Registration form. • Applicants will be invited for an interview about the role. • Details of two references will be requested. • If accepted, you will be invited to attend some days on site for induction, briefing and training, including a tour of the site. • All volunteers undertake a trial period of one month.
Abbotsford welcomes over 40,000 visitors a year from all over the world. We have been a world-famous visitor attraction since Sir Walter Scott died in 1832.Taken over by a charitable trust in 2007, our mission is to care for his house, estate and collection and share his legacy with the world. We are looking for friendly and outgoing individuals to welcome and orientate visitors around the site. You will be liaising with the house stewards to ensure that the flow of visitors into the house is managed efficiently. Our volunteers are the face of Abbotsford and play a vital part in welcoming visitors from all around the world and making their visit unforgettable. No prior knowledge is necessary, as full training will be given. All you need is a smile and a genuine interest to learn about Abbotsford and support our important charitable work. What you will be doing: • Welcoming visitors when they arrive in the South Court • Check their tickets and orientate them towards their destination – house or gardens. • For house visitors, explain what to expect on the house tour. • Help them to download the audio tour. • Use booking sheet to manage timed entry tickets. • Stagger entry if multiple bookings for a time slot. • Manage the flow of visitors entering and exiting the house by liaising with the house stewards and the visitor centre staff. • Explain the route through the gardens and point out the chapel. • Keep informed about and actively promote other activities and events at Abbotsford. • Answer any questions they may have to the best of your abilities. The safety of our volunteers, visitors and staff is paramount to the Abbotsford Trust. We have carried out detailed Covid risk a assessments for all our volunteer roles. We monitor and adhere to all government and public health advice and guidelines and expect all volunteers, visitors and staff to adhere to our protocols.
Our Volunteer Path Wardens perform a crucial role helping to maintain Abbotsford’s path network. The paths are enjoyed by visitors throughout the year and our Volunteer Path Wardens help us to check that they are looked after properly. They keep the paths clean and tidy, look out for anti-social behaviour and engage with visitors. If you are interested in helping us to preserve our much-loved paths and woodland, then this is the role for you. Why we want you: Abbotsford welcomes over 40,000 visitors a year from all over the world. We have been a world-famous visitor attraction since Sir Walter died in 1832. Taken over by a charitable trust in 2007, our mission is to care for his house, garden, estate and collection and share his legacy with the world. We are looking for friendly individuals to work alongside the estates team and other volunteers to monitor Abbotsford’s path network. The Abbotsford Trust looks after 120 acres of land beside the Tweed, made up of meadow and native woodland, much of it planted by Sir Walter Scott himself. A major restoration of Scott's woodlands and paths has recently been completed. New signage and benches have been put in place, old views restored and native trees replanted. As a Volunteer Path Warden you will help the Estate Ranger to care for Scott’s woodland estate and help visitors to enjoy the landscape. This role would suit someone able to walk reasonable distances and who is relatively local to Abbotsford. What you will be doing: Walking the Abbotsford paths network regularly by yourself or in a team of two Orientating visitors around the site Help to maintain the estate by picking up litter, reporting fly tipping and monitoring rubbish bins Communicating with visitors and users of the estate to encourage responsible dog ownership Report antisocial behaviour to the Ranger such as dogs out of control, fires, BBQs, nuisance cyclists etc. Monitoring public access to the estate and reporting vandalism, keeping paths clear of debris or overgrown plants The skills you need: Some experience in pruning techniques or general outdoor working would be beneficial, however, full training will be given Be reasonably fit and healthy -each volunteering session will involve walking approx. 3-4 km Can offer a regular, reliable commitment Enjoy working as part of a team but able to work unsupervised and use own initiative What's in it for you: Become involved and make a contribution to an internationally significant heritage site at an exciting and challenging stage in its history Be an ambassador for Abbotsford, Sir Walter Scott and the redevelopment project on site and within your local community Meet a wide variety of people, including staff, trustees, other volunteers and visitors from around the globe Develop skills, knowledge and increase confidence Work in a beautiful setting Get invites to volunteer social events Get discounts in our café and shop
Are you a dedicated and organised person, passionate about helping others? Join our night-time party and lots of other Volunteers and walkers at The MoonWalk Scotland on Saturday 9th September 2023 from Holyrood Park, Edinburgh! Bring your energy and help many Walkers get through an overnight marathon in decorated bras, raising lots of money for breast cancer! Roles include: Baggage, Clean & Recycle, Cyclist, Directional, Entrance Gate/Start Line, Finish Line, Route Marshal, Water Stations, Volunteer Support. We recruit hundreds of volunteers to make The MoonWalk a safe and enjoyable event; looking after our walkers at busy crossings, keeping them hydrated and above all giving the encouragement they need to complete their epic challenge. You could spend your Saturday evening at the MoonWalk, by joining one of 20 different teams, from around 6pm through to midnight – from litter picking to registering baggage or handing out volunteer uniforms! The night-time is where the challenge really gets going for our amazing walkers. If you like the nightlife, marshalling or giving out water whilst surrounded by Edinburgh’s famous landmarks could be for you! Start times vary between 9pm and 1am, depending on your role, and last on average 8 hours. We can also offer site-based roles throughout the night. Early finishes can be requested. Finally, the early morning team take the helm on Sunday 10th September, starting between 5 - 6am until midday. Watching the sun rise against Arthur’s Seat is quite a sight to see! This truly is the most testing time for our walkers… whether you join the route or welcome them across the Finish Line…your kind and motivating words could be all that is needed to get someone their finishers medal! On the night you will be provided with training, a t-shirt, cap and free light refreshments. All roles will develop teamwork and confidence, no matter what you do on the night… so why not bring your friends and family along to share this unique experience! A briefing pack and volunteer handbook are provided before the event. Volunteer Benefits We value our volunteers just as much as the walkers – without your help we would not have an event! On the night you will be provided with training, a t-shirt, cap and free light refreshments. All roles will develop teamwork and confidence, no matter what you do on the night…so why not bring your friends and family along to share this unique experience! Experienced individuals have the opportunity to become Team Leaders.
Who can resist the chance to help restore a 'lost' 15th century walled garden here in Edinburgh? Or to get fit without paying gym costs? We are keen to recruit volunteers for a wide variety of gardening tasks. You don't have to have specific gardening skills – enthusiasm counts. A wide variety of activities are involved in the restoration project – digging, clearing, weeding, planting, general repair and maintenance of sheds, greeting, helping with planning, harvesting seasonal produce being some of them.
To spend some one-one time chatting and getting to know the residents, reminiscing about their past, current interests and hobbies. You would participate in activities with the residents (dominoes or cards) or possibly accompany them on a walk or perhaps a visit to a local cafe for a chat depending on what the person would like and is able to do. You would be joining a friendly and welcoming team of staff who will be supporting you in your role.