Volunteering is a great way to meet new people, learn new skills and gain useful experience for work or college. It’s about giving some of your time to do something worthwhile and to be active in your community. In return, you get the satisfaction of time and effort well spent. It should also be fun!
WHAT CAN I DO AS A VOLUNTEER?
There are many opportunities available, so whatever your skills and experience, there is something that you can do.
Search our up-to-date database of available local volunteering opportunities.
Aged 12-25? You are eligible for the Saltire Awards, a Scottish Government recognition scheme.
Find out more about volunteering opportunities here within WDCVS.
You can Call or email us to register your details. We can complete the registration over the phone at a time that suits you. If you prefer a face-to-face chat we can make an appointment or you can drop in at our Clydebank offices Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays between 10am till 1pm. We will chat through your interests, hobbies and experiences and what you would like to get from your volunteering and then suggest some opportunities to try.
Our matching service connects around 350 local people and organisations each year.
What if I’m not sure I’m ready to volunteer?
Don’t worry….everyone’s volunteering journey is different. We have a range of things you can do before taking on a commitment. You may want to come along to one of our Introduction to Volunteering Sessions or to try a few tasters to see if an opportunity is for you. Or maybe you just want to do a one-off activity. We will be able to help you think through the options and work out which is the best choice for you.
How long does it take before I can start?
We will match you as soon as we can. Some people know the opportunity they want when they get in touch; others prefer to look at options and get back to us. You will be asked to provide the contact details of two people we can contact for a character reference. Once that’s done we can refer you. Our target is to get you started as quickly as possible. However, if you are interested in volunteering with vulnerable groups or children a PVG (Police Check) or Disclosure will probably be needed before you can start. This may mean a couple of weeks delay in getting started.
Does it cost anything to volunteer?
Registering with us is free and you can use our service as many times as you need to. We encourage organisations who register opportunities with us to pay travel expenses so you shouldn’t be out of pocket by volunteering. If you are unsure about anything please ask us.
Is there anything that can prevent me from volunteering?
Everyone has the right to volunteer. However there are restrictions to some roles. Some opportunities may not be available due to insurance or other reasons e.g. unspent convictions, driving bans etc. We will check these details with you and if you feel there may be an issue or if you have any support needs we can talk it through with you
What if I start volunteering and don’t like it?
We know that sometimes an opportunity turns out not to be for you and you may want to look at something new. Our follow up procedure is to contact you every 3 months for an update on your volunteering. This gives you the opportunity to let us know and we can help you try something new.
Can you help me volunteer as a committee member or trustee too?
Yes we can. There are over 900 organisations in West Dunbartonshire who often look for new committee members. Let us know which cause interests you and we can look to match you to a committee. In West Dunbartonshire 20% of volunteers are involved as committee members and Charity Trustees. There is training on offer if you have never been on a committee or a trustee before or you would like to refresh your skills. Please just ask
Can you help me to secure a volunteer placement for a college course?
Yes, we can help. This may take a little longer to organise so please get in touch as soon as possible.
Are there any possibilities of gaining certificates or qualifications through volunteering?
It will depend on the type of organisation you are volunteering with as to what options are available. Larger organisations may have more opportunities than smaller ones. We can offer you the chance to gain the SQA Volunteering Skills Award – this is open to all ages. If you are aged 12-25 you are eligible for the Saltire Awards, a Scottish Government recognition scheme. You can also register for the West Dunbartonshire Volunteering Awards Scheme run by WDCVS. We’re happy to talk all of these options through with you.
Will I have to register for a Disclosure or PVG check?
Not every opportunity requires a Disclosure or PVG check but if you are looking to volunteer children or vulnerable groups it is likely that you will need to register with the PVG scheme. If you have any questions, please just ask – we will treat any information supplied in confidence.
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