Everyone can volunteer!
Whether you want to improve your skills, meet new people or just want a buzz from lending a hand, volunteering is a great way to get out, get about and get involved. It’s also been proven that volunteering has great health benefits.
We rely on our volunteers to help us deliver our activities and services and have a range of opportunities from the gardening and knitting groups to supporting people in our work club and much more.
When you come in, we will find you an opportunity that fits what you want. We support our volunteers with training and can help you plan for greater things. We can even hook you up with volunteering in other areas across the city and beyond!
Our current voluntary opportunities are;
Our reception at the trust is a busy environment where the needs of the community are address. You will help support our Administration Staff with day-to-day tasks, answering the telephone in a clear and polite manner, taking messages and passing on to the relevant person as well as ensuring the front desk is tidy with information displayed clearly. In doing this you will be the first point of contact for our service users, you must therefore be friendly and approachable.
We run a variety of ESOL classes within the Cranhill Development Trust, our volunteers are on-hand to help break down barriers for individuals who do not have English as a first language. Volunteers are central to the service we provide – experience would be beneficial however, not essential. Volunteers would be expected to support the delivery of ESOL classes at a range of levels, monitor progression and comply with confidentiality policies and procedures.
Community Shop – Retail Assistant Volunteers
The Cranhill Community Shop supports the local community access fresh produce and essentials bits by weight-prices. Community Shop volunteers will support the day-to-day running of the shop facilities, cash handling, customer services and merchandising of goods.
The events and engagement volunteers will work closely with the community development team and groups supported at the Cranhill Development Trust on a when required basis. Larger cultural events in the programme will call for their volunteer support and how these are delivered will be decided with volunteers as they arise. These positions are better suited to individuals interested in community engagement and events.
Community Meal Volunteers
The Community Meals are a monthly event where members of the local community can come together and enjoy an evening meal prepared by volunteers and staff at Cranhill Development Trust. Along with the Community Food Coordinator and Community Development Worker. Volunteers will help set up the dining space, serve meals and clean up afterwards.
Garden volunteers assist with the growing of fruit and vegetables – these are then used for healthy eating classes, Community Meals and for distribution (free) to the local community. Volunteers also help create habitats for wildlife, growing decorative plants and occasionally build garden furniture. It is important that you are interested in gardening or at least keen to learn more about our project.
IT and Digital Support Volunteers
Our IT and Digital Support assistants are on hand to support to our employability team and community members accessing our click and connect centre. You can expect to assist individuals in the use of IT systems as well as Microsoft Operating systems and Word Processing. This opportunity requires a friendly and approachable person with patience and good listening skills.
Walk Leader for the Cranhill Wild Walkers
The Wild Walkers’ is primarily a volunteer led project. The group is there to help people in the local community get out and be more active on a weekly basis. Walk leaders must ensure walks are well prepared in advance, that health and safety procedures are adhered to at all times. Volunteers should be friendly and welcoming to all individuals interested in joining the group, enjoy the outdoors and not be deterred by the ever-changing Glaswegian weather.
Cycle Leads for the Cranhill Cycles group
Cycle Ride Leaders are on-hand to help improve people’s enthusiasm for, and access to, bikes. Volunteers are expected to help out with and at times lead cycling trips as well as provide monthly maintenance drop-ins. Volunteers will be able to access Cycle Lead training. Volunteers would be expected to be enthusiastic, able to ride a bicycle confidently as well as being friendly and approachable.
Other Volunteering opportunities..
Lunch Club Volunteer Play worker with Family Matters Art Class Volunteer Knitting Group Volunteer
Knitting Group Volunteer
The Cranhill Good Yarns knitting group provides a welcoming and safe place to socialise and learn new skills. Volunteers should be skilled at knitting as you may be required to provide support to group members, due to this you should be patient and understanding. As this is a volunteer led group volunteers are required to keep track of supplies – reclaiming any expenses accrued.
Lunch Club Volunteer
The lunch club is a group for the over 50’s, it is a safe space to enjoy a good meal and socialise with others. Cranhill Development Trust relies on volunteers to ensure this group runs smoothly and that all members are made to feel welcome. Volunteers will be required to help set the dining space, plate and serve meals as well as clear away when finished. Volunteers must be friendly and patient as well as have a flexible approach to work.
Play Worker Volunteer
Play worker volunteers will assist the family worker deliver play sessions and family-based workshops at after school activities and school holiday projects. Volunteers will be supported by the lead family worker to the methods and practices of healthy play for children. Volunteers will be required to join PVG Scheme membership.
Art Class Volunteer
Volunteers assisting the arts tutor should have an interest in arts and crafts practices and be willing to learn. Cranhill Development Trust holds a weekly arts class on a Friday afternoon for adults, but you could be asked to help out as seasonal arts activities with the families programme. Volunteers should be enthusiastic and friendly, patient with participants and keen to learn-experience isn’t necessary.
What our Volunteers thought of their time with us..
I have just finished my Post Graduate Diploma in Career Guidance and Development. As part of this course I was given the opportunity to volunteer, I chose to do this at Cranhill Development Trust. A few other students also wanted to come to Cranhill as a student had already did a piece of work on what they do and it was very interesting.
It was when I started that I began to understand a lot about community development. I was involved in projects and activities relating to employability although, the Trust do lots more. It was a great pleasure for me to contribute to the development of the community through volunteering because the impact was visible.
Some people don’t value volunteer work, some consider volunteering as waste of time and resources. They cannot understand that individuals can help people without receiving a salary. If you are to succeed at volunteering you should be determined and passionate and remember results aren’t always visible immediately.
By volunteering at Cranhill, I learned a lot about myself. It allowed me to offer services but I was also able to learn new things and improve my own skills. The staff are brilliant and I signed up to complete a Community Achievement Award whilst there, due to the Development Trust’s partnership with Kelvin College. It was an excellent experience that really helped me develop.
If you have some time to spare and would like to get involved with volunteering at the Cranhill Development Trust contact us using the form below or contact us on 0141774 3344
Cranhill Development Trust can also accommodate corporate volunteer groups, please see our Corporate Volunteers page for further information.