I Want to Volunteer

Wondering if volunteering is for you?

Pondering exactly what will be involved and how it will fit around your other commitments?

At CTSI, we have staff dedicated to volunteering, which enables us to support you step-by-step through your volunteering journey.  From registering an initial interest, to discussing opportunities, matching you to a suitable placement and beyond.

Volunteering is simply the giving of your time without pay, for the benefit of groups, communities, the environment, and most importantly yourself!  Volunteering benefits your personal development through gaining experience, confidence and improving your health.  It is also a fun way to meet new people!

What kind of commitment do I need to make?

Volunteering fits around you – whether you have a couple of hours a month, or a few hours every day free to volunteer, we are here to help you find a suitable role that you are interested in.

As mentioned, there are many reasons why people volunteer:

  • To meet new people
  • Do something they enjoy
  • A pathway into new things, new jobs, new training
  • Improve your community
  • Have fun
  • Build confidence
  • Improve your health

The list is never ending!  Why not read some snippets in the testimonials below of what some of our local volunteers had to say about their experiences, and why they volunteer for some inspiration.

Questioning why you shouldn’t just phone organisations directly to find out about volunteering with them?

Many people do.  But if you are not comfortable doing that, or perhaps just don’t have the time, we are here to support you step-by-step through your volunteering journey.  From initial registration, to looking through opportunities and matching you to a position that is of interest to you.  We have:

  • A “Volunteer bank” of local opportunities online (click through to the volunteering opportunities page)
  • A registration process that is simple and accessible
  • One-to-one meeting to discuss options to find the perfect match for you
  • Follow up support and a constant point of contact through the process
  • Access to our free training programme to help with personal development and employability
  • Recognition through the nationally-recognised Saltire Award for under 25’s
  • CTSI social media for on-going events
  • Online resources for CV writing, interview tips and more

Complete this registration form  or contact a member of our Volunteer Development Team:

Danielle Hill, Volunteer Development Assistant at danielle.hill@ctsi.org.uk

Louise Orr, Volunteer Development Officer at louise.orr@ctsi.org.uk

Testimonials

  • If people want to learn something new, we enable that to happen by giving them the training and skills – and along the way they get good company and a sense of achievement from what they have made
    Archie Scott Committee member, Wee County Crafters
  • I get a lot of satisfaction as an RSVP volunteer and I would recommend getting involved. Volunteering Matters to me because of the impact it can have on our community and making a difference to peoples lives. It gives me the opportunity to keep active and to contribute to my community in retirement.
    Bob Kerr Handyperson, Volunteering Matters
  • Deciding to befriend was undoubtedly one of the best decisions I have ever made - we both get so much out of it. I look forward to spending time with her every week and we are always commenting on how much we have in common! Loneliness is something that can affect anyone at any time, and it is projects like this that are so important in helping to stop it. I would recommend befriending to anyone – even if they are feeling apprehensive like I was – as the benefits to the person you are matched with and yourself are endless
    Katie Wardlaw Befriender, Volunteering Matters
  • It has been a good transition from working full time to volunteering. I had not done anything like this since my children were young as I worked full time for a long time but now I feel I can give something back to the community – and I am really enjoying this role. It is a great fit
    Mary Quigley Mary Quigley, Driver/Group Assistant, The Friendship Club
  • I love the variety of work at Play Alloa – there is always something different going on – answering the phone, preparing for the Christmas fayre, parent information evenings, helping with surgeries and providing information for parents. I have really enjoyed being part of a team – everyone helps and supports each other
    Julie Milligan Administration Volunteer, Play Alloa