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Volunteering Opportunities

You’ll see below that we have a variety of Volunteer roles to choose from. The role descriptions will help you find out a bit more about the work we do and you can think about the best fit for you.

If you would like to begin your volunteering journey with us, please click here to sign up for one of our upcoming Information Sessions. You can also have a look at our Recruitment Process to get an idea of what is involved once you apply to volunteer with us.

Glasgow
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Here is a list of the volunteer roles based in our Glasgow services:

Activity Volunteer

Erin, our activity volunteer describes what they love about volunteering at Simon Community Scotland

The people we support have experienced really tough times and we want there to be positive, interesting and fun interaction for the people using our services. That’s where Activity Volunteering comes in!

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Many of the people we support struggle with social situations for a variety of reasons and are at risk of isolation. At Simon Community Scotland we want to help people to regain social confidence and encourage positive, interesting and fun interaction with others. 

Our Activity Volunteer role supports our work to provide a varied and full experience to the people using our services, enabling  us to encourage and promote learning, skills development and overall wellbeing. Hosting a workshop, activity or sharing your skills in our services is a rewarding and fulfilling way for you to get involved in the work of Simon Community Scotland.

The support given by an Activity Volunteer can take many forms: from teaching a one off yoga class, to regular cooking/baking, art, crafts, discussion groups, coffee mornings, or simply sitting down for a cup of tea and a chat. Workshops could provide real learning outcomes such as literacy, budget planning and practical skills or a service such as hairdressing, massage or therapies.


Access Hub Volunteer

Sarah, our Access Hub volunteer describes what they love about volunteering at Simon Community Scotland

We have brand new Volunteer roles within our newly opened Access Hub. Front of House Volunteer, Support Volunteer and Helpline Volunteer.

The Access Hub is a new initiative that brings a different model of service, in a unique space and environment. There is nothing else like it in Scotland for the people we work with.

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The Access Hub drop in service provides a variety of support depending on the needs of the people we work with. As a Front of House Volunteer, Support Volunteer or Helpline Volunteer you will assist with the successful delivery of a first class service, in line with the Values of Simon Community Scotland. Most of the people who visit our Access Hub are experiencing extremely difficult and often complex circumstances. We want to ensure that we can provide as much support and advice to as many people as possible on a daily basis. The additional help from our valuable volunteers can make a real difference.

Above all we need people who care about our client group, who are enthusiastic and able to respond flexibly to a role that can sometimes be challenging but bring great rewards and satisfaction. We value our volunteers and want to ensure they are equipped with the skills they need to fulfil their role. A full and comprehensive induction and training is provided for the roles of Front of House Volunteer, Support Volunteer and Helpline Volunteer.


Period Friendly Volunteer

Karen, our Period Friendly volunteer describes what they love about volunteering at Simon Community Scotland

Period Friendly Points are helping to provide a period of dignity for women who are experiencing homelessness. Our Period Friendly Volunteers help us reach more women, more successfully and make a difference.

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Many of the women we support struggle with a wide variety of health complications including their period. Simon Community Scotland provides access to Period Friendly Points to make the struggles they face at this time a little easier to cope with.

Volunteering as a Period Friendly Pal is a rewarding and fulfilling way for you to get involved in the work of Simon Community Scotland.

The support given by a Period Friendly Pal volunteer takes many forms including: look after your allocated Point in the city, helping raise awareness of the issues homeless women face when looking after themselves, being an ambassador for Simon Community Scotland, organising pack and distribute the Period Friendly products at the warehouse, helping us to raise funds and donations to keep the Period Friendly Points and Pax running. You will be directed by our Volunteering Coordinator, attend regular fun group meets with our team of Period Pal volunteers to give and take part in updates and project objectives.


Street Cycles Volunteer

Nina, our Street Cycle volunteer describes what they love about volunteering at Simon Community Scotland

Rough sleeping is bad for your physical and mental health, it’s unsafe, it’s risky and it’s scary. We want to help people find safe places to sleep. To do that, we need to know where people are sleeping on the streets, check-in with those we already know and meet anyone new to the streets. Making connections with people and delivering supplies is an important part of the Street Cycles Volunteer role.

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Our Street Cycles base is Simon Community Scotland’s Warehouse (12-14 Reidvale Street, G31 1SZ) The majority of a shift will be conducted in urban areas around Glasgow and involve interactions with the Street Team (based at The Hub, currently 72 London Road, G1 5NP).

Street Cycles Volunteers are an important part of our Street Team. They use our bikes to reach further than the city centre. They look out for places where people are sleeping rough – mapping Glasgow and surrounding areas. The bikes also carry sleeping bags, basic first aid provisions and other essentials to offer people in need. Street Cycles Volunteers visit B&Bs around the city, where people are in temporary accommodation, to deliver essentials such as kettle foods and toiletries. Street Cycles Volunteers can also visit and deliver items to Simon Community Scotland accommodation services around the city.

We need confident (and fit!) volunteers for this important role. We provide Volunteer Induction training, and shadow shifts with both the Street Team and Street Cycles Team to prepare you for your role. All required equipment, including a bike, is supplied. Ongoing training is available for volunteers too. This is an active outdoor based role and will involve travelling considerable distances across the city by bike. Along with your Street Cycles partner you will engage with and offer support to vulnerable people.


Streetreads Volunteer

Charlie, our Streetreads volunteer describes what they love about volunteering at Simon Community Scotland

Homeless people are experiencing extremely difficult and often complex circumstances and we believe that books can be a place of escape and solace in a hard world.

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The role of a Streetreads Volunteer involves selecting appropriate books for our service users and taking them, usually by car, to different services. Volunteers then set up a Streetreads table and encourage people to come up and take a book. The books are a gift and therefore we want to tailor the books to the readers where possible. A volunteer role may also involve helping to collect, receive, sort and catalogue book donations.

Some tasks require a certain amount of physical mobility (e.g. packing and lifting book boxes), whilst some are more sedentary (e.g. cataloguing books). Roles can therefore be tailored to individuals’ needs.
We need people who care about our client group, who are enthusiastic and able to respond flexibly to a role that can sometimes be challenging, but bring great rewards and satisfaction.


Street Team Volunteer

Diane, our Street Team volunteer describes what they love about volunteering at Simon Community Scotland

For people who have fallen on hard times, face-to-face support can really help. Our aim is to get people off the street as quickly as possible and into accommodation where they are safe, warm and supported. This can mean meeting people, listening to their situation and accompanying them to necessary services to meet immediate needs. We stick by people and support them to work out the solutions that work best for them.

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The Street Team Volunteer Role will provide positive, practical support to people who are rough sleeping in Glasgow or at risk of rough sleeping.

Working in pairs with our trained staff team, you will engage with Rough Sleepers and Vulnerable People providing support and encouragement to seek and achieve positive solutions. This will include regular interaction with our Street Cycles Project, engagement with accommodation, health and addiction and other homeless services.

You will be supported and trained to maintain effective, professional relationships with a range of external partners.


Warehouse Volunteer

Simion, our Warehouse volunteer describes what they love about volunteering at Simon Community Scotland

The warehouse is supported by the kind donations of the public. These donations enable us to make things a little easier for people experiencing homelessness.

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We want to ensure sleeping bags, items of clothing, toiletries and dry foods are distributed regularly to the people we support. We need help to receive, sort, store, record, package, distribute and plan every aspect of the donations received by Simon Community Scotland.

Often the people we support have very little or nothing. Our warehouse is a central outlet where we receive, sort and co-ordinate the distribution of the kind donations from our supporters. Having volunteers working alongside staff allows us to maintain this unique service. The warehouse provides stock and replenishment for our Hub. The Hub is a place where people experiencing homelessness can come to access items of clothing and toiletries, the simple things most of us take for granted.

When people first arrive at our supported accommodation services, we want them to feel safe and welcome. The staff and volunteers at the Warehouse help to construct welcome packs for the people we support. These packs contain basic essentials like toiletries, sanitary products, underwear and maybe even a pair of pyjamas. This small gesture has a huge impact on a person’s often difficult transition into a homeless service.

The Warehouse will maintain an active range of supplies that are relevant to the needs, weather and requirements of the people we support. This service will be the main point for public donations throughout the year.

Here is a list of the volunteer roles based in our Edinburgh services (photos and quotes from our Edinburgh volunteers coming soon!):

Activity Volunteer

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We want there to be positive, interesting and fun interaction for the people using our services. Many of the people we support struggle with social situations for a variety of reasons and are at risk of isolation. At Simon Community Scotland and Streetwork we want to help people to regain social confidence and encourage positive, interesting and fun interaction with others.

This role involves sharing a skill, interest or hobby with people in our services. It can be an activity or a series of events such as meditation classes, an arts group, wellbeing therapies, hairdressing, or even astronomy – the sky’s the limit!


Hub Volunteer

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Our Hub drop in service provides a variety of support depending on the needs of the service users. As a Hub Volunteer you will be involved in a wide range of tasks from helping to supply a much needed change of clothes for those who have nothing, assisting with the shower and laundry facilities or even just providing a listening ear and a friendly face.

Most of the people who access our Hub service are experiencing extremely difficult and often complex circumstances. We want to ensure that we can provide as much support and advice to as many people as possible on a daily basis. The additional help from our valuable volunteers can make a real difference.


Period Friendly Volunteer

Period Friendly Points are helping to provide a period of dignity for women who are experiencing homelessness. Our Period Friendly Pals help us reach more women, more successfully and make a difference.

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Many of the women we support struggle with a wide variety of health complications including their period. Simon Community Scotland and Streetwork provide access to Period Friendly Points to make the struggles they face at this time a little easier to cope with. Volunteering as a Period Friendly Pal is a rewarding and fulfilling way for you to get involved in the work of Simon Community Scotland. 

The support given by a Period Friendly Pal takes many forms including: looking after your allocated Point in the city; helping raise awareness of the issues homeless women face when looking after themselves; being an ambassador for Simon Community Scotland and Streetwork; organising packs and distributing the Period Friendly products; helping us to raise funds and donations to keep the Period Friendly Points running. You will be directed by our Volunteering Coordinator, attend regular fun group meets with our team to give and take part in updates and project objectives.


Streetreads Volunteer

People experiencing homelessness are also experiencing extremely difficult and often complex circumstances and we believe that books can be a place of escape and solace in a hard world.

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The Streetreads project gives away free books to homeless readers. Volunteers collect and catalogue donated books (in new or nearly new condition) and distribute them to various different venues. At “unmanned venues” volunteers will stock a small library with books, recording which have gone and rotating the stock regularly. At “manned venues” volunteers will carefully choose a selection of books to take to services used by homeless people, for example our residential services, Souper Saturdays and Soul Food. Here, the volunteers will interact and form connections with the people using the service over a love of books.

We need people who care about our client group, who are enthusiastic and able to respond flexibly to a role that can sometimes be challenging, but bring great rewards and satisfaction.


Street Team Volunteer

For people who have fallen on hard times, face-to-face support can really help. This can mean meeting people, listening to their situation and accompanying them to necessary services to meet immediate needs. We stick by people and support them to work out the solutions that work best for them.

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For people who have fallen on hard times, face-to-face support can really help. Our aim is to get people off the street as quickly as possible and into accommodation where they are safe, warm and supported.

Partnering with a Street Team staff member, these volunteers are trained to provide help and advice to people sleeping rough or at risk of rough sleeping in Edinburgh and surrounding areas. 

This can mean meeting people, listening to their situation and accompanying them to necessary services to meet immediate needs.  We stick by people and support them to work out the solutions that work best for them.


Digital Inclusion Volunteer

Our Holyrood Hub and Hopetoun services provide a variety of support depending on the needs of the people accessing them. Many of the people who use these services are digitally excluded and we need volunteers to help these people with their digital literacy skills!

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Many of the people who use these services are digitally excluded and may never have had a chance to adjust to our increasingly online world. We want to help those who most need it by encouraging them to improve their digital skills.

As the Digital Inclusion Volunteer you will be available to help people with their digital literacy skills. You are there to take the ‘fear factor’ out of digital skills. You could be helping someone set up their email, show them how social media works or even help someone with their typing skills.

If you have any questions about these volunteering roles, please get in touch with us at volunteering@simonscotland.org.