Lead Scotland volunteers support disabled persons and unpaid carers to learn. Most learners receive one to one support, to learn and develop all kinds of skills. Learners may want to brush up on their reading, writing and numbers skills – e.g. learning how to write a shopping list or work on a household budget. Other learners may want to learn how to use a mobile phone or a computer – e.g. send emails, do online shopping or access Facebook.
We have a person centred approach, which means we listen to what the learner wants to learn, and we can offer tailored learning packages to support them to achieve their goals. The learning can be formal or informal - learners can be supported to achieve a qualification or just simply learn skills to make a difference to every-day life!
Volunteers, who would like to support our literacies learners, will also have the opportunity to do the accredited SALL (Supporting Adult Literacies Learning) training course – it’s a great way to increase your knowledge and will look impressive on your CV too!
There are a variety of opportunities throughout Fife and the volunteer role can take place in a learning Centre or the learner's own home if appropriate. It would be beneficial for volunteers to have a driving licence and use of a car, as some opportunities may be difficult to access using public transport. However, volunteers who are willing to travel by bus are also welcome!
The Induction training is mandatory and will be given prior to any voluntary work starting. The induction includes handbook information, workbook exercises and one to one with Learning Coordinator.
Other optional training offered:
Assistive Technologies (as appropriate to role)
Boundaries (this is an extension of the boundaries training that is incorporated with the initial induction training)
Disability Equality in learning
ICT handbook (1:1 and as appropriate)
Supporting Adult learners - self-reflection training, using the SAL workbook and work within a group session to unpick the volunteer support role
Virtual volunteering (as appropriate)
Adult Achievement Awards SCQF Levels 2-6 from Newbattle Abbey College
Supporting Adult Literacies Learning (SALL) provided by the local Adult Literacies partnership SQA Award in Volunteering Skills (SCQF level 3, 4 or 5) provides formal recognition of volunteering activity
Saltire Award: if the volunteer is aged between 16 and 25 they can track their hours and learning gained through volunteering placement; useful for your CV and earn Young Scot points.
Out of pocket expenses paid?
Yes - Expenses are paid monthly. Mileage rate is 40p per mile and public transport costs will be reimbursed.
A willingness to share skills and support someone to learn in a flexible way that suits the learner. Some of the learners will have a learning difficulty and/or experience ill health, and this can result in low confidence and personal doubts about their ability to learn.
Volunteers who can be patient, understanding and encouraging can make a great difference to the learners, enabling them to progress and achieve.
Restrictions on who can volunteer
PVG required - some volunteers may be placed in vulnerable persons' homes.
There are a variety of opportunities throughout Fife and the volunteer role can take place in a learning centre or in the learner's own home, if appropriate.
It would be beneficial for volunteers to have a driving licence and the use of a car, as some opportunities may be difficult to access using public transport. However, volunteers who are willing to travel by bus are also welcome!
This opportunity is compatible with the Saltire Awards for volunteers aged 12-25.
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