BECOME A VOLUNTEER

Become a CoWL volunteer

Carers of West Lothian are always looking to add volunteers to our wonderful team.

Volunteers help and enable us to deliver our services. Without the excellent support we receive from so many volunteers, we would be unable to help as many people as we do.

There are many ways in which you can volunteer with us, whether it is helping to get our newsletter out, being a volunteer driver with our Young carers service or Becoming a volunteer counsellor, we have varied roles suitable for a wide range of skills.

So why volunteer?

Each of our volunteer roles helps make a real difference to the lives of people supported by Carers of West Lothian. Our volunteers are as diverse as our roles. Whether you want to use your existing skills to help others or perhaps you want to learn something new, we can provide you with the training necessary.

If you would like to talk to someone about volunteering, please contact us.

Current volunteer openings

If you wish to apply for any of our volunteer openings, or simply want more information, please contact Carers of West Lothian on 01506 448000 or by email at office@carers-westlothian.com. You can also use our Contact Form, but please remember to mention the volunteer post you are enquiring about.

Volunteer Driver

Employer: Carers of West Lothian

Hours: Up to 3 hours per week

Note: Work will be undertaken on an ad hoc basis and may be out with normal office hours, including evening work.

Transport: Postholders must have access to a car and provide appropriate insurance cover

Purpose: To assist staff in providing support to young carers by helping to transport the young carers to and from a group

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide transport to and from support groups
  • Be punctual and reliable when picking up the people and make sure your ID card is visible
  • Give plenty of notice if your availability changes
  • Maintain confidentiality regarding the carers and possible conversations in the car and share with a member of staff if you have any concerns
  • Report to a member of staff immediately if there are any incidents, accidents or disclosures

Personal Qualities

  • An understanding of and a sensitive approach towards the situations, needs and difficulties faced by all carers
  • Good listening, verbal and communication skills

Desirable Skills

  • Valid drivers licence and safe driving record with a maximum of 3 demerit points
  • Access to a car that is road worthy, hold business car insurance
  • Have no health conditions that may impair their ability to drive safely

The post holder will be required to undergo a full Disclosure Scotland check prior to taking up the post.

Young Carer Volunteer

Organisation: Carers of West Lothian

Hours: Up to 4 hours per week

Note: Work will be undertaken on a regular basis out with normal office hours, including evening work, the young carer groups currently meet on Tuesdays and Thursday evenings. The groups meet between 6.30pm and 8pm

Purpose: To assist staff in providing support to young carers in a group setting, involving them in supportive activities, providing breaks from caring situations and new opportunities. To adopt a person-centred approach to working with young carers and encourage empowerment.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Listen to and support young carers
  • Help transport young carers to and from groups
  • Assist in setting up and facilitating a range of supportive activities with young carers; including support groups, outings, events and other activities
  • Encourage the involvement of young carers in all aspects of shaping and developing the group and the Young Carers Support Service
  • Assist in the monitoring and evaluation of work with young carers
  • Note relevant concerns, needs or issues affecting young carers and pass these on to relevant people (e.g. young carer’s workers)
  • Maintain confidentiality with regard to personal information relating to individual users of the project
  • Work as part of a team contributing to the smooth running of the Young Carers Support Service
  • Undertake any other duties that may reasonably be required, as directed by the Senior Development Officer

Personal Qualities

  • An understanding of and a sensitive approach towards the situations, needs and difficulties faced by young people and particularly young carers
  • An ability to work positively and supportively in a group setting
  • Good listening, verbal and communication skills
  • Commitment to Equal Opportunities

Desirable Skills

  • Experience of working with young people
  • Training and/or qualifications in youth work

The post holder will be required to undergo a full Disclosure Scotland check prior to taking up the post.

Fundraising Volunteer

Employer: Carers of West Lothian

Hours: This volunteering opportunity is offered on a flexible basis

Purpose: Our fundraising volunteering opportunity is a new role. As CoWL grows, we require volunteers to participate in fundraising roles to help us generate much-needed income to enable us to deliver our service to unpaid carers and disabled adults.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Take part in a variety of activities to raise funds for CoWL
  • Help to co-ordinate fundraising activity, including organising a range of fundraising activities and events. Some of these events may occur evenings/weekends
  • Suggest future sponsorship activities we could consider being involved with

Personal Qualities

  • Good communication skills
  • Friendly, sociable and enthusiastic
  • A team player and reliable
  • Willingness to work as part of a team, adhere to boundaries and to undergo any additional training

General Support Worker

Employer: Carers of West Lothian

Hours: Flexible – Ideally 2-3 hours per week

Purpose: As a Support Volunteer, you will greet any visitors to Sycamore House, enabling service users to book into events, provide support in a friendly, professional, polite and courteous manner

Duties and Responsibilities

  • To welcome all visitors to Sycamore House including attendees of Legal and Welfare clinic as well as the weekly coffee morning
  • To ensure all visitors sign in
  • To ensure the appropriate person is made aware of visitors’ arrival
  • Update noticeboard with appropriate information under the direction of support staff
  • Labelling envelopes and stuffing envelopes as required
  • Engage with other duties on an ad hoc basis

Personal Qualities

  • An understanding of, and a sensitivity to the needs of carers, young carers and people with physical and/or learning disability
  • Good listening skills and written and verbal communication

Volunteer Peer Support

Organisation: Carers of West Lothian

Location: Initially Armadale, Fauldhouse, West Calder, Linlithgow. Other areas are planned for the future.

Hours: Around 2-3 per week (flexible)

Note: Role can be on an ad hoc basis and maybe out with normal office hours, including evenings but this work will be based in and around Armadale

Purpose: This volunteer position will be play a key role in helping us to develop local support in outreach locations and the volunteer will be fully supported by either a Development or Support Worker

Duties and Responsibilities

The volunteer will be required to work in and around the localities of West Lothian:

  • To act as an ambassador or champion for carers and/or disabled adults
  • To become the face of Carers of West Lothian in your local community
  • To talk to people about COWL
  • To raise awareness locally, about COWL’s services
  • To support and enable carers and disabled adults to access support from COWL
  • To facilitate local peer support groups – welcoming people to groups, introducing them to others in the group, leading conversations and finding out what people want from groups
  • To pass on information about COWL to people who may be interested, including carers and disabled adults as well as professionals including local doctors, health and social care workers, schools and businesses

Personal Qualities

  • Have an understanding of and a sensitive approach towards the situations, needs and difficulties face by carers and people with disabilities
  • Have good listening, verbal and communication skills
  • Be friendly, confident, and patient

FIND US

Carers of West Lothian
Sycamore House
Quarrywood Court
Livingston, West Lothian
EH54 6AX

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CONTACT US

Open Monday - Friday 9.00am to 5.00pm
Telephone: 01506 448000
Email: office@carers-westlothian.com

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Registered Scottish Charity No. SC019628

Company Limited by Guarantee Company Number SC226434

EXTERNAL QUICK LINKS

St John’s Hospital - 01506 523000
NHS 24 - 111 / Web - NHS UK
Samaritans - 116 123 (Free from landlines and mobiles) / Web - Samaritans
Breathing Space – breathingspace.scot
Childline - 0800 1111 / Web - Childline.org

HELP OUT OF HOURS

West Lothian Council Social Work Services - website WLC Social Work
Out of Hours Emergency Service 01506 281028 / 281029
West Lothian Council main number 01506 280000
West Lothian Council Social Work Services 01506 282252

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