How much will it cost me?
As a Wellbeing Volunteer, all we ask of you is your freely given time, effort and enthusiastic commitment.
There is no cost to you for any of the training and development courses, materials, and ongoing support sessions.
All related travel expenses are provided – including public transport and a mileage expense if you used your own vehicle – as would any authorised additional costs, such as telephone usage.
Also, as with all charity volunteering opportunities in Scotland, there is no cost for you relating to membership of the Protection of Vulnerable Groups Scheme.
How much time do I have to give?
Since the Wellbeing Volunteer role is flexible, there is no fixed number of hours you would have to spend volunteering – we would help you to design the role around your other commitments and activities.
In general, our current Wellbeing Volunteers typically spend two to four hours a fortnight supporting HD family members although this can vary depending on the volunteer’s own availability and the HD family member’s needs – we carefully match people to ensure that these two align.
When and where would I be volunteering?
As a Wellbeing Volunteer, you would be able to volunteer where it was convenient for you – in your local community or further afield if that better suited you because of work or study commitments for example.
Wellbeing Volunteer opportunities are currently available across:
- East & West Dunbartonshire
- East Renfrewshire
The days and times of your volunteering activities would be designed around your own availability and that of the person you would be supporting.
This could be during the day, evening or even the weekend depending on what suited you both best and the needs of the person affected by HD.
Would I need to go through a PVG check?
Since we support families affected by Huntington’s disease, all of our Wellbeing Volunteers must be members of the Protection of Vulnerable Groups scheme.
Even if you are worried that a past issue may be highlighted on such a disclosure and criminal records check, we examine each application on its own merits and in the context of the actual volunteering activities you would be engaged in.
There is no cost to you of applying for membership of the PVG scheme.