Become a Volunteer

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has”

(Margaret Mead)

We are in no doubt that without the contribution of our volunteers FDAMH would not be able to offer the range of services that we do!

Our volunteers, young and older, come from all walks of life. As a FDAMH volunteer you’ll receive great training and support to make sure you are successful in your role. You might even find you learn and develop skills that help you in everday life and work. And you can be confident that you are joining a great volunteering organisation as FDAMH has achieved the UK ‘Investing in Volunteers’ Standard.

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We are always in need of additional volunteers! In return for giving us some of your time we can offer you the opportunity to meet new people, enhance your skill base and make a significant difference to other people’s lives. You need only devote a couple of hours of your time and any expenses you incur will be reimbursed.

If you are over 18 and think that you would be interested in joining us then please complete the application form (right) or if you want further information then give us a call on 01324 671600.

 

Current Volunteering Opportunities

Please note that where roles involve working directly with the people who access our services we are particularly looking for volunteers who have free time on weekdays, during the day. Unfortunately we can’t currently match applicants for these types of roles who only have evening and weekend availability.
 

Gardening Group Volunteer

This is an exciting new opportunity for a volunteer to oversee and support a group of around 6-8 people within Falkirk to advise and support them in aspects of gardening, planting and maintaining a garden bed located in the High Street in Falkirk.

As well as our aim to reduce social isolation for those who attend, it is also to give people the opportunity to find a new interest, or re-engage with an old one, whilst being supported. The group hope to meet one afternoon a week, for 2/3 hours during the Spring and Summer, reducing down to once a fortnight as Autumn moves into Winter. The group will run for 12 months, with a hope that the group is ongoing, with new members. If you are reliable with good communication skills, some gardening knowledge and able to commit to the programme we would love to hear from you.

 

Evening Receptionists

Are you someone who is reliable and able to provide evening reception and administration support? With a welcoming and understanding nature the successful applicant will help to ensure the smooth running of appointments and provide reception service for people attending meetings and appointments. Full training for this role will be provided.

Trustees

Do you have skills and enthusiasm to help our organisation thrive and continue its highly-respected support for the mental wellbeing of our community? FDAMH’s Trustees meet every two months and lend their expertise to the strategic development of the organisation.

 

Community Engagement & Fundraising

“Everyone stands to gain – your community, your work, and you as you release your inspiration and energy to support a local community project”

Are you open, friendly and reliable? If you have good communication skills and the confidence to interact with the public we would love to hear from you. We are looking for volunteers to join our community engagement and fundraising team at FDAMH.

This is a new team and its aim is to look at all aspects of fundraising, therefore as a fundraising volunteer you will help shape the events we offer. Not only will you help look at where we can raise funds and how, but you can also take an active part in organising, promoting or manning events and exhibitions. You can give as much or as little time as you can spare.

 

The Social Spark – Social Connector Volunteers

FDAMH’s Social Spark offer a wide range of opportunities from small social contact groups, to fishing groups, to a buddy service and one-to-one befriending.

Fishing Group

Do you have an interest in fishing, would you like to share your skills and interest with others?

If so, you could help support one of our fishing groups! The groups meet once a month throughout the fishing season, in a variety of fisheries in and around Falkirk.

Our fishing group consists of older people who previously fished regularly, but increasing physical limitations and lost fishing partners mean that they have lost the ability or confidence to fish independently. This group also supports adults trying their hand at fishing for the first time.

Main Duties:

  • Contact group members to confirm attendance
  • Picking up live bait for the session
  • Support group members in sourcing transport to and from the event
  • Help carry fishing equipment to pegs
  • Helping group members get around the venue safely
  • Support group members in tying on lines, or attaching bait
  • Help with the ‘tea run’ for group members
  • Provide an extra pair of hands to land any caught fish

 

Tea and a Blether

Volunteers support this lively bunch in getting the best out of their day.They help the conversation flow and encourage the group members in trying out new venues or activities.

Our social contact groups within The Social Spark are small groups of between 3 and 8 people, who have mental health conditions and find themselves isolated and lacking in company and support to get out and about. The groups meet fortnightly or monthly in a variety of cafes and restaurants throughout Falkirk and are supported by volunteers interested in working with clients who might have a variety of anxieties.

Main duties:

  • Contact the group members to confirm attendance
  • Support group members in sourcing transport to and from the event, where possible
  • Making clients feel safe and comfortable in the venue
  • Helping source new cafes and places of interest that the group members may enjoy and checking availability/accessibility
  • Alerting group members to other opportunities available, e.g. Walking groups, local hobby classes, etc.
  • Alert staff to any decline in both mental and physical health of group members

 

The Vital Spark

Help someone rediscover their ‘get up and go’ before it’s got up and gone!

Can you spare just two hours of your time, once a week, to help someone re-establish links with their community? Are you open, friendly, chatty, reliable and patient? If the answer to these questions is a ‘yes’, we think you are the ideal person to become a volunteer social connector.

No formal experience is required to become a volunteer social connector as we provide comprehensive, in house training. You just need to have a genuine interest in people, good listening skills and patience and be willing to devote a few hours of your time each week or fortnightly for a minimum of one year.
 

Bright Spark – Theatre Group

Bring the fun and excitement of theatre back into people’s lives!

The theatre group consists of a small group of people who enjoy attending a variety of shows. Due to either their social isolation, or some physical barriers they may have, the group members are unable to go to the theatre by themselves. To be able to see their joy in going to the theatre once again is hugely gratifying. The majority of our trips are to Falkirk Town Hall and the Alhambra in Dunfermline, with an intention of going further afield in the future.

We are looking for people with a genuine interest in most forms of live theatre, from music shows to classical music. You will have a friendly and approachable personality and be willing to volunteer in the evenings and weekends, where necessary. You’d be given all the training you need and all your expenses, including your theatre ticket, will be covered by us.

Ideally, our Theatre volunteers will:

  • Contact the group members to confirm attendance
  • Support group members in sourcing transport to and from the event, where possible
  • Help our group members get to their seats safely
  • Do the ‘ice cream run’ during the interval
  • Potentially, drive some members home afterwards, if public transport is unsuitable

Man-Up! We are particularly keen to boost the numbers of male befrienders we have available so that we can meet the needs of our community. Don’t be shy, if you think you might be interested you can have an informal chat with us to find out more!

 

 

Counsellors

“My counsellor was fantastic. A weight has lifted.”

We are currently keen to recruit trainee counsellors in their final year of training. If you hold a Certificate in Counselling Skills and have successfully completed the first year of your Diploma Course in Counselling then you could join our very busy, generic counselling service as a volunteer. The service is available to people presenting with a broad range of issues therefore you will gain invaluable counselling experience. We currently offer sessions on weekdays and evenings.

Information for trainees