Forth Valley Sensory Centre provides support, advice, practical help and social opportunities for individuals, groups and the families of people with a sensory impairment from across the Forth Valley.
The overall objective of Forth Valley Sensory Centre is to help people with a sensory impairment to live as independently as possible. They currently have a number of volunteering opportunities:
- Café Assistant Volunteer
This opportunity takes place in Café Tiki, the cafe within the Sensory Centre, where volunteers are required to help out.
This is an opportunity for volunteers to develop catering skills in a friendly environment while making a difference to the lives of those affected by sensory impairment. Volunteers only need to commit to a minimum of two hours per week.
- Dining Group Volunteer
This role offers volunteers the chance to aid those with a visual or hearing impediment get out and about in the community, making a huge difference to their quality of life.
Volunteers will be part of the small Dining Out Group, supporting the centre users going out for a meal in a local pub or restaurant. This opportunity would be for about 3 hours on the last Friday of the month, and usually takes place at lunchtime. Occasionally, however, these meetings are held in the evening.
Starting at the Sensory Centre in Camelon, volunteers would be escorting people on the minibus and out into the community. They would also act as a sighted guide at the restaurant, guiding people in and to the table (training will be provided for this). They may have to cut up someone’s meal, if necessary, and would also be chatting generally to members of the group.
- Events and Fundraising Volunteer
The Sensory Centre is also looking for volunteers to help to run events.
This could be anything from handing out medals at a sponsored walk, serving tea at a vintage tea party or manning a stall at the winter fayre. This role provides the opportunity to gain valuable experience in event management, and only a minimum of 2-4 hours per week is required.
Sighted guide training will be given if necessary. This opportunity would take place across the Falkirk area.
- Gardener Volunteer
The Centre has a Sensory Garden, which is located outside the centre in Camelon. It specifically uses plants that particularly engage the senses, andis used by staff and centre users as a place to sit in the nice weather.
They would like to start growing some herbs and vegetables to use in their cafe. The aim is to ensure the Garden becomes a place which engages the Centre users and volunteers in growing and doing things in the garden.
The role of Garden Volunteer would involve working with other volunteers and Centre users, helping to grow and maintain plants in the garden and to support centre users to get involved in growing in the garden, ensuring it is a pleasant space for use, and that it is a sensory place
This opportunity would take place at the Forth Valley Sensory Centre, Camelon.
All of the volunteering opportunities are open to those aged 16 and over.
For further information regarding this opportunity, please contact the Volunteer Team by phone: 01324 692000, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org