Volunteering with LEAP
Would you like to volunteer with LEAP? We could not offer the services we do without our small army of volunteers. And you could join them.
All of our befriending and handyperson services, friendship groups and swap shop boutiques and upcycling classes are delivered by volunteers, supported by a small team of staff development officers. Working this way means as much funding as possible goes into our front-line services. At the moment we are not recruiting volunteers for our befriending services.
Last year LEAP’s befriending and handyperson volunteers, based throughout our Lanarkshire locations, provided more than 18,000 hours support to its clients, with our handyperson volunteers carrying out more than 2,000 jobs, from cleaning windows to assembling flat-pack furniture.
And our R:evolve Recycle volunteers dedicated more than 8,500 hours of their time.
All of our volunteers are fully trained and have been cleared to work with protected vulnerable groups.
The training includes full induction training plus development sessions tailored to suit your volunteering role. This training can cover subjects as varied as:
Mental Health first aid;
Emergency first aid;
Chest, heart and stroke awareness;
Equality and Diversity;
Dealing with loss;
Front and back of shop training;
Carbon literacy in communities; and
Grief and bereavement.
And our volunteers meet regularly with their development officers to discuss their role and highlight any areas they want to develop further.
This investment in our volunteers has won LEAP an Investing in Volunteers Award in 2016 and again in 2019.
We are proud of this recognition, of the fact that many of our volunteers give years of service to the charity and that many get as much benefit out of volunteering as the people they support.
As well as volunteering as a befriender, handyperson or R:evolver, you could also support us in:
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