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Employment and Volunteering Focus - 02 February


St Vincent's Hospice

  • Staff Nurse Salary – £33,000 per annum + 15% shift allowance for qualifying shifts St Vincent’s Hospice is actively recruiting for an additional Staff Nurse, working 37.5 hours per week rotationally within our In-Patient Unit, ensuring the implementation of a high standard of care within the service.
  • Healthcare Assistant - Salary – £21,315 per annum pro-rata + 15% shift allowance for qualifying shifts. The successful post-holder will have a strong commitment to providing & ensuring excellent person-centred, safe and effective care, with previous experience within a healthcare setting.
  • Maintenance Operative Carrying out non-specialist repairs & maintenance duties within all hospice properties, providing & maintaining a safe environment for patients, families, staff & volunteers.

Kairos Women+
Project Worker
We are looking to recruit an experienced, creative, compassionate, and skilled professional to expand and develop the range of opportunities available to women and non-binary people. Kairos Women+ is a community-led organisation seeking transformational change in the lives of women and non-binary people, providing a range of support and opportunities including personal development, training, creative workshops, social events, volunteering, and one-to-one support. 

Adult Carer Support Worker
I am a 37 year old female looking for a part time sessional Support Worker to be part of a small team to help me build and maintain my independence by encouraging and motivating me.


Volunteer Manager's Forum 

The Volunteer Managers Forum returned this week! 

We had a fantastic turn out of around 20 volunteer co-ordinator and managers across Renfrewshire. This was a chance for everyone to come together to network, share best practise and challenges! This month we focused our discussions around volunteer recruitment and retention strategies. A huge thank you to all that attended – especially on a dreich Monday Morning. I hope you enjoyed it!

The next forum will take place on Monday 29 April, 10am – 11.30am. 


Food Train - Volunteers Needed 



Volunteer Cook (Meal Makers)

Cook & share a home cooked meal with an older person on a regular basis.

Shopping Friend

Carry out and deliver a grocery shop for an older person on a regular basis.


Visit an older person on a regular basis to help alleviate feelings of loneliness & isolation.

Shopping Companion

Take an older person out to the shop for their grocery shopping (drivers only).

A number of remote, working from home roles are also available



Quality Standards in Volunteering

Volunteer Scotland invite you to join in this FREE workshop where we will discuss the Quality Standard and the Quality Pipeline, to provide you with more information on each product, the standards, process and the difference this can make to volunteers experience. This workshop will help you make the right development step for your volunteer programme.

This is an information workshop, you will not be required to sign up to a quality standard after this event.

  • Thursday, 29 June 2023 14:00
  • Tuesday, 26 September 2023 14:00
  • Tuesday, 19 December 2023 14:00
  • Thursday, 28 March 2024 14:00

All sessions will cover the same information and topics. Please select only one date when booking.

You can sign up using the link below -
Quality Standards in Volunteering Tickets, Multiple Dates | Eventbrite


Young Trustees Movement

Board Boost 

We are excited to be re-launching Board Boost: a 6 month programme that encompasses everything young trustees need to thrive in governance, and for their wider board to create inclusive, accessible practices.
After the success of our 2022/2023 pilot, Board Boost is back! 
We will be running 2 cohorts this year- one for boards who already have young trustees, and one that matches aspiring young trustees with boards who are looking for new members. The programme combines training, mentoring and peer support for young trustees; as well as support  for their boards to develop innovative ways of working. Find out more and register your interest here.

Transition Board

At the Young Trustees Movement, we take pride in celebrating the invaluable contributions of young people to governance, including our own board. Over the past 12 months, our Transition Board, comprising six dedicated members, has guided  us through challenges and successes and prepared us for the next exciting chapter as we welcome a permanent board in the new year.
Read our reflections on what it means to be youth-led and hear from our transition board members as they share their experiences.
Hear from our Transition Board
We are grateful for the brilliant Transition Board members, whose contributions have been instrumental in shaping this phase of the movement.
Stay tuned next month when we’ll be introducing our incoming board, a dynamic team ready to steer the Young Trustees Movement forwards.

We operate a sliding fee approach based on your organisational income, which allows us to keep our programmes affordable whilst enabling us to continue to exist as a growing movement.
For cohort 1 we ask that organisations contribute £1000-3000 to take part in Board Boost, and are happy to discuss both our deliverables and your budgets with you.
It is important to us that this programme is accessible to charities of all sizes. As such we offer a limited number of partial and full subsidies that organisations may apply for.
Please note- the young trustee participants are not expected to contribute to this fee; in previous programmes it has been covered by the organisation and/or the young persons's employer.


Royal Alexandra Hospital - Patient Companion

Help improve patients' experience during their stay in hospital by providing friendship and stimulation for patients who may not receive any visitors; you will make a big difference and gain valuable experience of working in a healthcare setting.

  • Benefits

We provide out of pocket expenses and a uniform for the role. Induction training and some ongoing training is also provided.

  • Skills You'll Need

No formal experience is needed, but some experience of supporting an elderly relative or friend can be helpful.

Volunteers will need:

The ability to communicate confidently in a friendly, sensitive, caring and calm manner

  • An ability to observe boundaries and work confidentially
  • Willingness to undertake training and comply with policies and procedures, particularly around infection control and social distancing regulations
  • Ability to use own initiative appropriately and contribute to the overall efforts of the team
  • Ability to work independently, but to respond to guidance when appropriate

*They have a minimum age requirement of 18 years, due to the nature of the role.

Apply for the role here

If you would like to discuss the role, please contact:

Harry Balch
Volunteer co-ordinator


Renfrewshire Council - Dargavel school consultation


The current Dargavel Primary School will not have enough capacity for the numbers of pupils expected as the housing development grows in the years ahead. 

The current pupil-roll projections - based on a tried-and-tested model used by data analytics experts - suggest demand for primary school places in Dargavel could peak at 1,131 by 2033. 

The current primary school has a capacity of 434. The proposal is to build a new additional school for the Dargavel area, to hold 800 pupils.

That means we also need to decide the catchment areas for the new school and the existing school. 

Any plan to build a new school or change an existing catchment is required by law to go through a formal consultation, under the process set out by Education Scotland.

Read the full details here


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