Want to Help Out?

Covid-19 has changed the way we go about our day-to-day lives, as well as how we volunteer and support people in our communities.

Many local groups and organisations need your help more than ever! We have a range of new volunteering opportunities that will help them make an immediate difference in our local communities. 

If you’re interested in helping out, pick an opportunity, complete the form below, and someone will get in touch with you soon.

If you’d rather have a chat about how you can help out, just call the Community Hub on 0141 876 9555. 

Find your volunteering opportunity:

Working alongside Health & Social Care Partnership (HSCP) staff within local health venues to support individuals attending an appointment at the winter flu vaccine clinic, ensuring all attendees are following COVID-Safe guidelines set out by SG. The main focus of the role will be to act as a friendly information point for patients attending an appointment for the winter flu vaccine; offering support, information and guidance on how to navigate the health venues during COVID 19 recovery and the 8-week flu vaccine clinics. Main activities will include:

  • acting as a welcome volunteer to explain the changes within the health venues and direct to the appropriate clinic for an appointment
  • Help to instil confidence that the health venues are a safe place to visit by providing a friendly face for visitors to talk to
  • To keep an eye out and support vulnerable members of our community, due to the change in the layout of the health venues and direct them to the appropriate place for flu vaccine
  • working with HSCP staff to ensure patients have a point of contact to raise concerns, highlight good practice and share ideas.

This role will be a short term role for 3-8 weeks to help with the winter flu vaccine programme 2020.

Connecting Scotland is a Scottish Government programme set up in response to coronavirus to help support people to get connected. During lockdown, online support, information, and social activities have become the norm. For some, this is the only way to maintain some form of contact with the outside world.

We are looking for Digital Champion Volunteers to help local people get connected. Supporting people to learn how to do things like:

  • Set up an email account
  • Shop online
  • Use social platforms like zoom, teams or forums

You don’t need to be a computer whizz, just have a basic understanding of how to use computers and be interested in helping others learn. A full Digital Champions training programme will be offered, along with a comprehensive digital toolkit.

Experience required: You need to have basic computer skills.

Travel details: Digital Champions deliver support across East Renfrewshire. The majority of the programme will be delivered remotely via online chat and telephone calls. Very occasional face to face support will be offered, following strict social distancing rules and full PPE protection as appropriate.

Minimum age: 18

The Mearns Kirk Helping Hands Befriending Service is aimed at people aged 65+ who are experiencing social isolation. If you have one or two hours a week to spare and would like to join a passionate team of volunteers who are helping older people make connections in their community, becoming a volunteer befriender could be the role for you!

Chest, Heart and & Stroke Scotland are currently looking for volunteers for their Giffnock and Newton Mearns shops.

The charity shops and hubs help raise funds so the charity can provide the services to the people who need them. Every one of the stores relies on a team of volunteers to help run it and support the staff.

About the role: Since the outbreak of COVID-19, the government has set out guidelines for retail to ensure all the staff, customers and volunteers are safe. This volunteer role will help make this possible by doing the following:

  • Meeting and greeting customers at the entrance of the shop
  • Managing a socially distanced queuing system
  • Advising customers of the COVID19 procedures we have in place in the shop, including hand sanitising and social distancing.
  • Accepting donations and completing gift aid applications
  • Helping with the ongoing hygiene procedures of the shop

Required Skills:

  • Have a good understanding of the Scottish Government advice to keep yourself and others safe(further training in-store procedures will be provided)
  • Have a confident, friendly outgoing nature
  • Enjoy meeting and engaging with new people
  • Enjoy working in a team including the store manager and other volunteers
  • Able to volunteer for a minimum of 2 hours a week

About Your Training:

Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland will support you in this role, providing:

  • Regular contact with your store manager, who will be available for support and to answer questions
  • Induction to the role, specific to your circumstances
  • Training in ‘Roles, Responsibilities, and Boundaries’
  • Online manual handling training.
  • Gift Aid training
  • PPE will be provided –mask covering, gloves and hand sanitiser

Cosgrove Care charity is looking for Community Volunteer Shoppers to shop for older and vulnerable people in the Giffnock, Newton Mearns, Clarkston areas. A commitment of one shop per week on the choice of days: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays.

The charity is also looking for volunteers to help tidy up and maintain their gardens at Rouken Glen site. Flexible hours to suit volunteers’ availability and the weather!

COVID safe procedures in place for all volunteering roles.

Food Train is a community based grocery shopping service. Volunteers collect shopping list from local older people, make up their orders in the local supermarket and then deliver them back to them, putting items away if required. 

Who can volunteer? Anyone over the age of 16 can volunteer with Food Train. They have variety of roles available: shoppers, delivery drivers, and delivery helpers.

Are you an experienced sewer with some spare time available?
The Market Place’s sewing volunteers will be working from home and will be supplied with all the materials necessary to create Face-mask, cushions, and other items for us to sell in Barrhead and Newton Mearns.
By volunteering at The Market Place, you help to raise funds to allow them to continue supporting the local community.