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Engage Renfrewshire - delivering a comprehensive volunteering service


We support organisations who need voluntary support, and individuals who are looking for opportunities.

If you're interested in volunteering opportunities in Renfrewshire click the button below.

We:

  • support organisations, community groups and social enterprises across Renfrewshire who use volunteers to deliver their services
  • champion and showcase volunteering as a rewarding experience that contributes to community engagement and development
  • support organisations to develop and promote their volunteering opportunities
  • register individuals who would like to find a suitable volunteering opportunity, and refer them to relevant organisations and roles
  • promote and celebrate young volunteers and encourage recognition through the Saltire Awards, created to reward volunteers between the ages of 12-25 years
  • support and assess organisations who want to achieve Volunteer Friendly accreditation

 

Coronavirus & Volunteering

In order to ensure volunteer safety and wellbeing at this time we offer our member organisations, and members of the public who wish to volunteer at this time, safeguarding guidance and advice.

We encourage diversifying volunteer opportunities and programmes through innovation and creative thinking, including greater digital involvement, to ensure no one is at unnecessary risk through volunteering. If you would like further guidance on this please get in touch with our Volunteer Development Officer

 

Renfrewshire’s Volunteer Managers’ Forum

Renfrewshire’s Volunteer Manager Forum is an opportunity for all volunteer managers/coordinators in Renfrewshire to share resources and best practice, to network and organise events, to share information and keep updated.

We currently host forum sessions online. To find out details of our next meeting head to the Calendar

 

Celebrating Volunteering

Engage Renfrewshire helps to promote and celebrate volunteers throughout the year but have two main weeks of focus for events & campaigns: Volunteers’ Week in June, and Trustees’ Week in November. We work with our members to promote their good work and provide opportunities to recognise volunteers on a local and national level. If you have a volunteer or trustee you would like to champion or an idea to raise volunteer awareness, get in touch 

We also highlight and celebrate volunteers over on our blog, head here to read the latest volunteer blogs

 

Volunteer Friendly

Volunteer Friendly is a simple, user-friendly quality standard to support, recognise and reward groups who are good at involving volunteers. The Award standard has recently undergone a full review and update and you can find out more on the Volunteer Friendly website.

Engage Renfrewshire is committed to acknowledging our member organisations who show how they excel in recruiting, training, developing and managing volunteers. For more information or to register for Volunteer Friendly contact info@engagerenfrewshire.com 

 

Youth Volunteering In Renfrewshire

Engage Renfrewshire believe in the power of volunteering for mental, physical and emotional wellbeing, particularly for young people. We are involved in the below initiatives to support and promote youth volunteering across Renfrewshire communities. 

 

Saltire Awards

Saltire Awards is Scottish Government’s national youth volunteer awards. They celebrate, recognise and reward the commitment, contribution and achievements of young volunteers in Scotland, aged between 12 and 25. Young people gain nationally recognised certificates for the different amounts of volunteering they do. You can find out more on the Saltire Awards website.

Engage Renfrewshire is the local Saltire Awards awarding body and as such are committed to showcasing the contributions of young people to volunteering efforts in Renfrewshire. We promote the awards in schools, youth groups, partner organisations, Engage member organisations and via social media. Get in touch with us if you would like to discuss how to get your young volunteers recognised. 

 

YPGuarantee

We are working with Invest in Renfrewshire and other employability partners across Renfrewshire to promote volunteering to school leavers and young people looking to develop their skills, confidence and experience.

The YPGuarantee is a commitment by local employability partners to offer all young people aged 16-24  the opportunity of an apprenticeship, fair employment including work experience, participating in a formal volunteering programme, training or going to university or college. It is a self-referral service which means you do not need to be currently unemployed to access services or be referred by another employability partner (such as the Job Centre).

To find out more about the YPGuarantee head to the dedicated website

 

Youth Work Network's Recovery Academies

Engage Renfrewshire support youth leadership and promote youth volunteering as part of Renfrewshire's Youth Work Network's Community Empowerment Academy. We are working with the other partners in the network to ensure young voices are heard, can have impact and that their volunteering is recognised. To find out more about the academies and the Leadership Training available for young people aged 12-25 head here:
Community Empowerment Academy

Volunteers' Thoughts

Alrazi's feedbackAlrazi's feedback

This was a great opportunity to meet new people, who like me, are keen to help and support the community 

 Alrazi, volunteer for COVID-19 Food Relief Efforts

Cassie's FeedbackCassie's Feedback

I love the idea that I’m helping my local community and I’m learning something new each day.

Cassie, Volunteer with Renfrewshire's Affordable Credit Alliance 

Brian's FeedbackBrian's Feedback

As I live alone this opportunity has given me the chance to help others in the community during the covid-19 crisis.

Brian, COVID-19 Volunteer Reserve Member 


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