Volunteering and befriending

Volunteering

Volunteering is a brilliant way to do something good in your community or to help others whilst at the same time meet new people, gain new skills and confidence, and feel good about yourself.

We support over 10,000 hours of volunteering in our communities every year. We operate a volunteer database and alongside the East Ayrshire Volunteer Centre we support local people to take up volunteering in a range of roles such as sports coaches, walk leaders, committee members and befrienders.

We coordinate the Volunteer Framework which enables and encourages every Council employee to volunteer for one day per year as part of their job! We also promote employability through modern apprenticeships, work experience placements and supported employment placements for people with additional support needs.

Volunteering opportunities

Find out what volunteering opportunities we have within Vibrant Communities. Download our Volunteer Handbook for further information and advice.

Volunteer Centre East Ayrshire

Volunteer Centre East Ayrshire can provide information for voluntary groups who are looking for volunteers, or if you are an individual who wishes to volunteer.

Services provided include:

  • access to local and national database of volunteering opportunities
  • drop-in centre in Kilmarnock town centre and Cumnock for people wishing to volunteer
  • advice and training sessions on the disclosure system for individuals and groups
  • hints and tips on recruiting and retaining volunteers

A list of volunteering opportunities is available at Volunteer Scotland.

If you are interested in volunteering within the East Ayrshire area please phone 01563 544765 or email volunteer@eav.org.uk for further information.

East Ayrshire Council of Voluntary Organisations (CVEO)

East Ayrshire Council of Voluntary Organisations (CVOEA) can provide information for voluntary groups in East Ayrshire or for individuals who wish to volunteer. The services provided include:

  • assistance with funding applications
  • assistance with development of constitutions
  • access to trust fund information and fund finder
  • access to typing services and photocopying facilities
  • training for management committee and volunteers

Befriending

Are you caring, reliable and flexible? Can you spare a few hours each week?

In return you will gain:

  • comprehensive training
  • ongoing support
  • out of pocket expenses
  • the satisfaction of making a difference to a young life

Young people

We offer a befriending for children and young people age 5-18 years old or up to 25 years old if the young person is looking at housing options. Befrienders are almost always volunteers who support befriendees to take part in positive social and recreational activities. The outings include aspects of building trust, working towards intended outcomes and building confidence in the children and young people.

Older people

Here in East Ayrshire there’s no excuse for our older people to be left alone or lonely and we all have a role to play in preventing this. There’s lots that you can do to help:

  • If you have an elderly relative, friend or neighbour – maybe someone who recently lost a spouse or partner – check in on them now and then and spend some time chatting, you’ll enjoy it
  • If you know of an older person who is lonely and could use some company why not tell them about some of the activities in this booklet and encourage them to attend – you could come too, even for the first visit
  • If you’re worried about an older person you know needing a bit of help because they are lonely – why not refer them for a befriender!
  • If you have an hour or two to spare every week or every month why not become a befriender for an older person – you can be any age our youngest befriender is 33 and our oldest is 73

Benefits of befriending

Listen to the audio clip below to hear how much befriending means to a young befriendee and learn about the benefits of befriending:

Keiran and Karen Connor from East Ayrshire Council

For further information visit the Befriending Networks website.

Contact Information

Vibrant Communities
Telephone: 01563 576354
Telephone: 01563 578104
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