Volunteer Admin role with Caithness Cats Protection

The Caithness Branch of Cats Protection are looking for a volunteer secretary to take the minutes of meetings three times per year. The secretary can also assist with volunteer applications and small admin tasks for the group. Existing volunteer wishes to retire and urgently need a replacement to take over and support this valued charity deliver services in Caithness and North Sutherland. Basic computer and administrative skills essential

Free School uniforms for Wick-Thurso Schools

Free school uniforms available with this confidential service, see below for details.

Wick side

Yvonne Graham volunteers to provide uniforms to several schools and advertises available items on a Facebook page ‘Wick School Uniforms’ https:// www.facebook.com/groups/752297505793304

Yvonne will also deliver items to people in the wick area. She does not charge for anything. The service she provides is completely confidential for service users.

Thurso Side

The Community Café is also supporting the distribution of pre-loved clothing and advertising items on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Thurso-Community-Cafe- Clothing-102863672458476/. We are also working with TCDT Net Zero Thurso who will be holding frequent back-to-school swap shops, updates of those events will be shared here https://www.facebook.com/NetZeroThurso.

Caithness Rural Transport -Appeal for Volunteer Drivers

Caithness Rural Transport provides affordable transport to the local community and have a selection of vehicles many with wheelchair accessibility. This wonderful service relies on the support of volunteer drivers and are appealing for more volunteers to come forward and make a difference. This is a very social volunteering opportunity and drivers enjoy meeting people and having a chat, it is very rewarding. Volunteers are provided with free training and support, but need to be over 25 for insurance purposes. Can you spare a few hours to join the team and help out? We cover the whole of Caithness so volunteers welcome from all over. contact coreen@cvg.org.uk

Volunteers Required to help Thurso Market Stalls

Do you have an hour to spare once a moth to help Thurso Community Development Trust with their Stalls, helping to erect and dismantle the Stalls? The market happens on the third Saturday of the month in Thurso. Volunteers are required at 8am and/or at 3pm. the Next Market Day is Saturday 20th August. Can you get involved? an opportunity to meet people and help out. contact Joan joan@thursocdt.co.uk

Volunteer guide Dog Foster’s needed

Appealing once again for more foster homes, there has been a positive response but need one final push to find some more volunteers…..
Could you give a future guide dog a loving home? We are looking for two volunteer foster homes in Wick to take part in a 12-month trial to determine the feasibility of training in the area.
Our volunteer fosterers provide a guide dog in training with a safe and comfortable environment to relax after a busy day training. It is a rewarding opportunity, as you will be looking after a future guide dog in your home.
Our trainer will pick up and drop off the dog from your home four days a week. For the remaining three days, including the weekend, the dog will stay with you all day.
We are also looking for two respite foster homes to provide temporary cover when our full-time fosterers are on holiday or otherwise unable to look after the dog for a short period.
Guide Dogs provide exceptional training and encouragement throughout your volunteering journey and will pay all pre-agreed expenses.
For those interested in either of the above roles please contact Aaron.Puckrin@guidedogs.org.uk for more information.
Alternatively, and if you would like to apply, please visit www.guidedogs.org.uk/volunteerion of Dog photgraphs from Iain McLachlan

Action Earth Environmental Fund

Volunteering Matters Action Earth would love to support volunteers who are creating or enhancing ponds, wetlands and marshes or are improving streams and riverbanks as part of their project. The addition of even a small pond can have a great impact on local wildlife

Volunteering Matters Action Earth 2022 still has nature grants (up to £250) to support volunteers carrying out improvements and habitat creation in local green spaces.
Please note that there are some changes this to Action Earth year.
What we can fund: Projects that restore & protect natural environments including tree-planting, wildflower meadow creation, wildlife habitat builds, pond work, community gardens & woodlands and improvements to other local green spaces. Plants, tools and materials needed to carry out this work Projects that involve safe mass participation (with a minimum of 15 volunteers and an expectation of more). What we cannot fund: Activities involving food growing Projects on school grounds Purchases such as lawnmowers, cameras, large items of machinery, display boards, leaflets, fuel & compost that is not peat-free Staff, sessional workers or workshop presenter costs We prioritise applications from volunteer groups that: Work in areas where there is substantial social or economic deprivation Improve the health and wellbeing of their local community Involve disabled people, vulnerable people or those at risk of exclusion Encourage and involve people under 26  Apply!  details are available on our website
https://volunteeringmatters.org.uk/project/action-earth/ robert.henderson@volunteeringmatters.org.uk

Volunteer to gain experience

Trying to get employed but don’t have the experience? why not volunteer? Volunteering is an excellent way to gain experience, get references, training and to meet people in a friendly relaxed way. In Caithness, many organisations are trying to recruit volunteers to enable them to continue providing wonderful services for the community.

For example, there are opportunities in the :

Care sector – volunteering with the elderly providing social contact.

volunteering with young people, by helping uniform groups, youth clubs or sporting groups.

volunteering with the environment, getting out and about and doing physical work

volunteering from home as a volunteer Befriender

volunteering in Retail, charity shops are a great way to improve your customer service skills

If you have an interest in history or heritage, you can volunteer to support the many heritage museums throughout Caithness

use your IT skills to help provide technical support to organisations, e.g. update Facebook page or website

Volunteering is a great way to get involved and there are many more opportunities available. contact Catherine at CVG to find out more volunteering@cvg.org.uk