Group Volunteering: Further Information
We are always happy to meet up to discuss how Positive Help can work with your organisation for mutual benefit. Please speak to Gwen for more information on 0131 225 4766 or firstname.lastname@example.org
As a small local charity, we can offer organisations
- Team building days: small groups transform a client’s home
- Personalised reports: see the impact of your support in your community
- Huge gratitude: even a small donation makes a big difference
- Flexibility: we are responsive to an organisation’s needs
- Engagement: you can meet the people whose lives you help
- A day out with children or young people: educational or social trips
- The chance to share knowledge with our staff, volunteers and clients e.g. deliver an event on healthy eating for 6 to 11 year olds
- Tailor made packages for employee fundraising events and activities
- Personal contact with a very small staff team
- Show that your organisation is a leader in progressive thinking by supporting a charity with a stigmatised cause
What do we need?
- Regular volunteering with children
- Ad hoc volunteering as a driver or Home Supporter
- Pro bono work
- Staff/volunteer training
- Equipment, e.g. office supplies
- Tickets for experiences for Befrienders / group outings for children
- Sponsorship for events (celidh, picnic in the park)
- Business development advice (social enterprise, project development)
- Sponsorship for annual report / AGM
- Promotional work and marketing
- Staff training / support, e.g. mentoring
- Meal vouchers for befrienders/Study Buddies
- Emergency food
- Governance volunteering, e.g. sitting on steering group
- £1.40 pays a child’s bus fare to a learning session
- £25 covers a volunteer to do one in-house training session, e.g. Assertiveness and Boundaries
- £50 allows a child caring for an ill parent to enjoy a fortnightly outing with their own dedicated volunteer befriender who nurtures their resilience and helps them develop other essential life skills
- £75 buys enough cleaning materials for one person for a year£300 gives 50 people lifts for a month, meaning they get the medical treatment they need
- £2,500 enables a child a whole year’s worth of one-to-one learning support with their own volunteer mentor, giving them a better chance of breaking their poverty cycle
- £40,000 runs an entire Home Support project for a year, supporting 80 local people and their families to live comfortably and safely in their own homes
People are at the centre of everything Positive Help do. In our work we always strive to uphold the following values:
- Treat everyone with equal dignity and respect
- Recognise and respond to changing circumstances in people’s lives
- Empower people to make informed choices and improve their wellbeing
- Listen to people and involve them in shaping our services
- Do all we can to protect vulnerable people from harassment and abuse
Thank you to our supporters
Thank you to the organisations who support Positive Help, they help some of Edinburgh and Lothians’ most vulnerable people to have the services they need.
Tutor Doctor Edinburgh
Tutor Doctor Edinburgh. We believe that one-to-one attention can turn a child or young person’s life around. Tutor Doctor Edinburgh offer tutoring and support to local school children to maximize their performance, in much the same way as our Study Buddies project. Read more about the partnership here.
Many Lloyds employees have offered their time to our Home Support service, primarily for painting and decorating days.
A recent volunteer emailed a thank you:
“Thank you very much for my goody bag! We have a pin board at the break out area at work so I am going to put your leaflets on there as a very good cause. I really enjoyed my day it was so fulfilling to be able to help someone who was very grateful for the work we had done. I will certainly contact you again next year for my volunteer day and I have mentioned to my colleagues how much I enjoyed the day so I am sure I will have others on board with me.”
Study Buddies (previously called Homework Club) was launched in 2013 with the help of Baillie Gifford. They supported our charitable activity by donating staff time and expertise, as well as finance and other resources. Their fundraising activities such as dress down days, bake sales and sponsored events was matched by the organization to the total of an impressive £12,700.
A Baillie Gifford representative said “Baillie Gifford is proud to have worked with Positive Help during their year as our charity partner. They were enthusiastic and receptive to new ideas and were keen to show their appreciation. They were mindful of our needs as a corporate supporter and together we were able to start their Homework Club project which continues to help local disadvantaged children make the most of their education under challenging circumstances.”
Musician, painter and all-round artist, Gabriel Bӧhmer donated 20% of proceeds of sales from an exhibition of his work in autumn 2016.
We have also gratefully accepted donations of time, money or other resources from Lloyds TSB, The Bank of Scotland, Scottish Widows, Inspire Tours, Essential Edinburgh, The Greggs Foundation, The Seabird Centre, Morningside Quakers, The Cameo, The Filmhouse, The Youth Stops Aids Society, Sexpression, Edinburgh Soup and many others over the years. Thank you all!