Volunteering with Arran CVS

Umbrella Group

The Umbrella Group is for anyone wishing to make friends and offers an opportunity to share skills. The group is run by regular volunteers and aim to be inclusive and offer fun, friendship and increase community participation.

Currently, the group is held in Lamlash Church Hall, on Monday mornings from 10:30am till midday.

The Umbrella group are looking for volunteers to run the craft sessions, some experience with craft activities would be great but not essential as assistance can be given. If you would like to volunteer or know someone who is interested please contact us on 01770 600611 or contact Sheridan at sheridan.waldon@arrancvs.org.uk

Community Transport Scheme

Our Community Transport pilot scheme has been developed to help support the health and wellbeing of our community.

"I don't have the confidence to drive anymore and I live a distance from the nearest bus stop. This service is invaluable to me, and It's nice to have a chance to chat to the volunteer driver."

The transport will be provided by volunteers and is available for people needing to attend appointments such as doctors, hospital and dentists as well as offering them the opportunity to go to local social community functions.

If you would like to volunteer or know someone who is interested please contact us on 01770 600611 or contact Jeanette our Transport Co-ordinator at jeanette.macleod@arrancvs.org.uk

Lunch Clubs

A weekly lunch club is held on alternative Monday's in Glen Estate and McKelvie Road Sheltered Housing Complexes. Providing a hot meal and social events for those who may be socially isolated or lonely in life. The lunch clubs are getting ready to start again since the pandemic. If you or someone you know is interested in volunteering to help with the running of the clubs please contact Sheridan on 01770 600611 or sheridan.waldon@arrancvs.org.uk

Befriending Project

The Befriending Service offers volunteers the chance to make a new friend and also help someone overcome social isolation. Training opportunities will be made available to volunteers and it offers them a chance to learn and build skills while giving something back to the community.

What does it take to be a Befriender?
  • Good listening and communication skills,
  • Patience,
  • A positive outlook
  • A non judgemental approach.

"It seemed the ideal opportunity to give something back to the community that had been so welcoming to me" - Befriender volunteer, Isle of Arran

The results of befriending can be very significant. Befriending often provides people with a new direction in life, opens up a range of activities and leads to increased self-esteem and self confidence. Befriending can also reduce the burden on other services which people may use inappropriately as they seek social contact.

Arran Community & Voluntary Service provides a comprehensive range of services to third sector organisations.

We are a local charitable organisation that provides a range of information and office services to voluntary and community organisations operating on Arran.

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