We support students to work with children and young people in a variety of settings, and these opportunities will involve you having PVG membership.
Working in a school setting (Classroom Support & Splash)
We have links with a number of schools in the Glasgow area and are able to offer 10 week placements to students who wish to help out as a Classroom Support Assistant. While you are able to request nursery, primary, secondary or additional support placements, demand for places in schools is very high and we cannot guarantee you will get your first preference. Placements last for 10 weeks, normally a couple of hours per week to suit you and the school in which you are placed. Typically you might offer support on a one to one or small group basis, and can agree activities with the school at the start of your placement. You are able to find your own placements if you wish, but please speak to the SVSS Coordinator if you are considering this option.
Splash is a specialised school based option for students who wish to support children with disabilities to use the specially adapted swimming facilities at Linburn Academy. Only 6 places are available in the course of the year, and you need to be a confident swimmer.
It is recommended that students seriously consider if they have the time available to take part in this programme and to submit an application and PVG by the end of February at the latest to ensure they can volunteer in this academic year.
Glasgow Riderz – Cycling Coaches
If you are a keen cyclist and would like to be involved in a Glasgow based cycle coaching club for young people, this is the option for you. You can be trained to be a cycling coach, so long as you are willing to give 6 weeks post qualifying commitment. This exciting opportunity often provides the chance to attend national cycling competitions. You don’t need to have your own bike, but it would be an advantage.
This is a very small local youth group that runs in the West End during term time only. They operate on a Friday between 5 – 7pm and are looking for volunteers to help out with the range of typical youth club activities such as games, cooking, and crafts. There is room for only a couple of volunteers at a time, so please speak to the SVSS Coordinator before applying.
Possibilities for Each and Every Kid, is a charity which operates across North and East Glasgow to provide cost free play and creative learning opportunities for children and young people aged 0-25 and their families. Our opportunities include street play, arts and theatre workshops, breakfast clubs, holiday clubs and day trips to name but a few! At present, we work with over 1000 children every week in over 30 communities across the city. We are looking for Play Volunteers and Creative Learning Volunteers to support staff to deliver sessions within the heart of our communities. Training, support, expenses and uniform provide.
Plusone is a mentoring programme for vulnerable primary school children (P6) who live in the East End of Glasgow. Plusone forms part of the ACIM (A Community In Motion) partnership, along with 4 schools in the East End and the Violence Reduction Unit. The aim of Plusone is to improve the outcomes for the young people and reduce the likelihood of them becoming involved in offending behaviour. This is done through pro-social modelling; increasing their confidence and self-esteem and introducing them to new activities and experiences.
There are two volunteering roles available with Plusone. One role is being a mentor to one young person and the other is to act as a one to one mentor for a young person.
All volunteers, irrelevant of the role, will receive 6 weeks free youth work training, access to external accredited training, a Community Achievement Award Level 6, and invaluable experience to help you gain employment.
West Glasgow Young Carers
Volunteers are needed for a range of roles, some of which take place in the school summer holidays. Roles include:
- Group Workers to support Young Carers staff at Monday or Wednesday peer support groups for young carers.
- Escorts who can be available to pick up young carers on the centres minibus and take them from their home to the venue and back again after groups.
- Minibus volunteer drivers who can aid groups by driving the minibus we use to pick up young carers and transport them to and from groups/activities
- School Holiday work – During summer, Easter and October when school are off we provide a school holiday program of day time/evening time activities and require volunteers to help staff these activities. All volunteers will require training and clearance under the PVG (Protection of Vulnerable Groups) Membership Scheme, which will be processed by the carers centre.