Volunteers – FAQ

Below are some of our frequently asked questions from volunteers:   Will volunteering affect my benefits?   Volunteering won’t affect your eligibility for benefits as long as the ‘basic rules’ are followed – informing your job centre plus, keeping a copy of any expense receipts and not doing what would otherwise be classed as unpaid […]

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Posted: Thursday, August 25th, 2016

“Doing something good with your time makes you feel good”

Volunteer Befriender, Laura Today we’re putting the spotlight on our new Befriending Project in Fife. Project Coordinator, Louise Andree has been taking referrals from Fife’s social work department, local community organisations, as well as some self-referrals since the beginning of the year. The growing waiting list for the project is testament to the obvious need for […]

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Posted: Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016

Only Takes an Hour a Week to Make a Difference

I’ve been volunteering with Lead since December 2014. I’m a psychology tutor with the Open University. Why did I start volunteering? I set myself the goal of learning more about literacy development across the board, to supplement a qualification I was working towards. To this end, I approached Lead to gain some hands-on work experience. […]

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Posted: Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

I’m about 80-85% back to who I used to be

“I feel like I’m part of the world again.  Amy came into my life at exactly the right point.  I had been withdrawn and was frightened of people.  I had become anxious and experienced agoraphobia. The home visit was really important.  I would have had a lot of anxiety about going outside to meet anyone. […]

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Posted: Friday, April 15th, 2016

Volunteer of the Year

Dr Ethel Gray (Lead Scotland) Annual Volunteer of the Year AwardOur late patron, Dr Ethel Gray, left a legacy to Lead Scotland and it was decided to use this for an annual award to recognise the excellent contribution made by Lead Scotland volunteers.  A shield showing the recipient’s name is held in the main office […]

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Posted: Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015

Volunteering links

Volunteer Scotland holds volunteering opportunities across Scotland and is Scotland’s national centre for volunteering. It works strategically and in partnership to promote, support and develop volunteering in Scotland. Volunteer from home via the internet to support organisations that serve communities in developing countries with UN Online Volunteering. More and more of Britain’s 22 million volunteers […]

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Posted: Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015

Volunteer Experiences

We at Lead currently have 90 volunteers and a lot of them have stories to tell of their experiences of volunteering:

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Posted: Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015

Volunteer Training

Assistive Technologies An introductory hands on training where you learn how to use the accessibility functions within the operating system to suit different learners preferences. We can also demonstrate some assistive software, peripherals and clouds. Boundaries This training is about feeling comfortable in your role as a volunteer, knowing the perimeters of your role and […]

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Posted: Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015

Benefits of Volunteering with Lead Scotland

We hope some of our volunteers experiences will inspire you. Meet new people Self development through Lead Scotland volunteer training opportunities Add value to your curriculum vitae (many volunteers have gained or changed employment by volunteering with Lead) Have your out-of-pocket travel expenses paid Volunteer flexibly to suit your other commitments Widen access to learning […]

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Posted: Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015

Opportunities for Volunteers

Existing volunteers with Lead Scotland can find more information and support on our volunteers page. We have many different types of volunteer roles that support disabled learners and carers in local projects such as Perth, Dundee, North Lanarkshire, Fife, Inverness, Moray and Edinburgh along with roles that also support the wider organisation throughout Scotland. We […]

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Posted: Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015