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Volunteering In Caithness
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Looking for Funding Ideas - check out our Funding Links Page.
Volunteering Handbook -
This handbook is 138 pages and is free in PDF format.
American Virtual Volunteering Project - for ideas in this area.
for Voluntary Organisations -
Four free booklets aimed at helping small voluntary organisations improve their effectiveness are available by sending a Stamped Addressed Envelope and postage to the value of £1.80.
Titles are -
A Handbook for a Small Voluntary Agency;
Juggling on a Unicycle-Organisation for a Small Voluntary Organisation Agency;
Case Studies for Small Voluntary agencies;
Funding Small Voluntary Agencies
Centre of civil Society
Tel 020 7955 7375
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|In this section we will try to give you some information on the many volunteering opportunities available in the county. Check out our Jobs in the Voluntary Sector page for paid employment coming soon.|
volunteer in Caithness?
Volunteering covers extremely many areas of local life and is integral to much of the enjoyment of individuals and ensuring that many agencies carry out their work to high standards. Much of the information on this site gives an indication of the voluntary work carried out all over Caithness and in many areas including arts, health support groups, and many committees running many of the services for the elderly, disabled and other disadvantaged groups. The number of voluntary groups in the county and areas where people volunteer is massive in a county with a low population.
Some information on volunteering opportunities is available through this page but bear in mind that throughout the web site there is a growing amount of information on the voluntary sector in Caithness and that any of the groups might be looking for assistance whether to deliver practical services for a group or to be part of the management committee.
Do not be put off by any feeling that you lack skills in particular areas. the voluntary sector is not interested in your qualifications but more in your commitment and willingness to have a go. It is often possible to acquire new skills and increase confidence to try something new. Many of the present members of groups will be only too happy to show you the ropes and assist you in getting to know what is required. Mainly however people who are involved get a great deal out of from what they do - A sense of putting something into the community whether running a young football group or organising Highland Games or the local darts league. Mainly fun is the key word but if you have a wish to learn about particular areas whether about local wildlife or walking in the county which on the face of it are hobbies or pastimes remember that a volunteer is usually organising it for their own and other people's enjoyment.
Database has a large number of groups who may be looking for
volunteers listed under the following headings -
Health & Welfare
|Are you the outdoor type on occasion then check out the Walking Section where several groups and contacts can be found.||
Marie Curie Cancer Care
March Each Year
For the last couple of years Caithness.org has been helping to promote one of Marie Curie's biggest fund raisers of the year. Not only do they need donations but each year an army of volunteers go into shopping centres and streets with the small daffodils to collect money their work. Volunteers are needed to donate a couple of hours on the day to help with the collection of donations. We have been in Safeways and the Co-op for the last couple of years. Check it out any time and sign up for a couple of hours.
is a volunteer?
A volunteer is someone who helps others and their community by giving their time and expertise.
They are unpaid but the work they do has great value and can improve the quality of life for other people (young, older, disadvantaged or disabled), animals, the environment, sports and leisure and much more.
Volunteering may mean helping an older neighbour or relative fighting for a cause you believe in, or socialising with like minded people.
Voluntary workers come from all age groups(from young people to the elderly) and different backgrounds.
Your friends and neighbours may already volunteer and could tell you about their experiences
Everyone has something to offer inthe voluntary sector
You may want to learn new skills, make new friends or re-enter the job market.
You may have more free time on your hands because of retirement or changing circumstances.
You may believe strongly in something and want to campaign to seek change.
To have fun and make new friends.
|Advice and Support
Do you have a problem youneed help with, could you use your experience to help someone else, or do you just need someone to talk to? The following organisations and agencies are there to assist you or to volunteer in.
Alzheimers Scotland - Action on Dementia. Provides information and support to people with dementia and their carers.
Citizens Advice Bureau for information on a wide range of subjects. Volunteers man the office and help people who come in for advice.
Highland Users Group - Caithness Section - Wick and Thurso. Self advocacy group for people with mental illness.
Caithness Volunteer Link for advice on voluntary work and practical volunteering experiences.
If you are interested in learning a new skill or developing an existing one there are voluntary groups who will be glad to see you. Here are a few to get you thinking.
|Children and Young People
Youth Clubs - Thurso - Wick - Halkirk and a range of groups running from the many Village Halls around the county.
Culture and Leisure Services.
Volunteers help with most of the sports activities in Caithness. Check out the Sports Section.
Swimming Clubs need help to supervise and coach. If you can swim but need qualifications to learn how to teach you may be able to gain the qualifications through the swimming clubs.
Many other opportunities are available once you start looking.
Volunteers are always required to take on clerical activites in a variety of organisations and agencies.
There is sometimes an opportunity to volunteer for secretary or treasurer positions in Community Councils. Most are prepared to show you what is expected and support you while you get used to the job. To be the secretary you will have to attend the community council area in which you live. It is an excellent way to start to find out how the local authority makes many of its decisions affecting your own locality.
Most of the groups in the Community Database have a need for varying amounts of clerical assistance but this is often combined with other work which individuals do for the various organisations.
If you have a good basic education and are prepared to share your skills with others then you may be interestd in volunteering your educational skills.
Lead (Linking Education & Disability) Volunteers with computer skills are always welcome to help support home learning in the students own home.
Adult Basic Education - Volunteers are often required for adult education in a wide variety of classes. Literacy and numeracy skills an advantage.
If you work in a local business or organisation you may be interested in Employee Volunteering.
Becoming an employee volunteer means -
- Having fun with colleagues away from the everyday working environment.
- trying out new activities or sharing existing interests.
- developing new skills.
- buiding positive relationships with work mates.
Employee volunteering lets people -
- help their community and increase a sense of community belonging.
- increase team working and pride in the work force.
- motivates employees, improves moral and enhances their company's image.
If you have a particular interest in helping to improve the environment and quality of life of animals you may be interested in the information below.
Pets as Therapy
Volunteers are required to take suitable pets to visit peopel in residential and nursing homes. Contact 0131 448 2594
Useful contact numbers
Cat Protection League
International League for the Protection of Horses (Aboyne)
Most of the organsisations in the Community Database undertake some form of fundraising.
|Health and Social
Some groups have close links with Hospitals and Care Homes. You may be interested in this if you have any previous health training or would like to improve your health skills. Many groups are in the Community Database Health & Welfare section. For example Red Cross volunteers receive first aid training and can attend events giving first aid cover. therapeutic teams visit hospitals and residential homes.
League of Friends for Caithness General Hospital and the Dunbar Hospital offer a range of activites for volunteers.
Most voluntary organisations have a volunteer management committe. If you have recently retired, have management skills or would like to learn management skills you may be interested in this type of work. Here are a few examples -
Citizens Advice Bureau
Caithness Voluntary Group
Caithness Volunteer Link
Highland Volunteer Development Agency
Also check out the Community Database.
Many voluntary groups give you a chance to air your views or be heard on particular topics. They may also assist you in contacting the relevant people or organisations. If you have ideas, views or information which you think might help the community why not contact -
|Unemployed and Voluntary Work
Voluntary work need not affect any benefits you may receive while you are looking for a job.
Voluntary work can -
- show employers that you can commit yourself to a job.
|Practical Help on
the Web for Voluntary Groups
There is an increasing amount of free services available to voluntary and charitable groups on the web.
here are some we have found