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Engage Renfrewshire delivers a comprehensive volunteering service

Engage Renfrewshire delivers a comprehensive volunteering service, helping organisations who need voluntary support, and individuals who are looking for opportunities.


  • 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

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. There are four milestones to the Awards designed to help you celebrate your volunteering journey - The Challenge; The Ascent; The Approach; The Summit.

You can find out more here www.saltireawards.org.uk

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.

For more information contact info@engagerenfrewshire.com

Volunteer Friendly

Volunteer Friendly is a simple, user-friendly quality standard to support, recognise and reward groups who are good at involving volunteers. You can find out more here www.volunteerfriendly.org.uk

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 

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 contact info@engagerenfrewshire.com

Volunteers’ Week, Trustees’ Week & national awareness campaigns

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. Have a look at our 2020 Volunteers’ Week celebration video on YouTube.

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 info@engagerenfrewshire.com 

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.

We manage the COVID-19 Renfrewshire Volunteer Reserve and deployment of its members. The reserve was initiated to support our third sector members and partners by providing a focal point for those wishing to volunteer in response to the ongoing coronavirus epidemic. By signing up to the reserve its members understand that they may not be called upon in the immediate short term. Their services may be required in a week, a month, or indeed never. 

If you are an individual and would like to join the reserve please click on the button above.

If you are an Engage Renfrewshire member or volunteer group active in Renfrewshire and are looking to adapt your volunteer programme at this time, please contact us info@engagerenfrewshire.com   

COVID-19 Renfrewshire Volunteer Reserve - policy for deployment

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If you are interested in volunteering, all our opportunities are hosted on our dedicated volunteering platform 

Click here to register and find opportunities in Renfrewshire (external site)

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