What’s the sense in volunteering?

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For Volunteers Week 2016, iMultiply will be promoting a different charity each day to spread awareness of the great work and the positive impact the charity has made on lives and the wider community they work within.  Our seventh charity in the series is Sense Scotland.

Sense Scotland supports disabled individuals to live the life that helps them achieve their full potential. They also support families who live in Scotland and care for adults, infants or young children who have communication support needs arising from a range of disabilities.

How did it all start?

Sense Scotland was formalised as a charity in 1985 and grew quickly from its beginnings as a small group of families pressing for services for their children. These were mainly children who were affected by deafblindness and many because of maternal rubella.

Since then, the organisation has gone on to successfully support thousands of disabled people and their families, in thousands of projects and services, throughout Scotland.

What do you look for in a volunteer?

Volunteers are at the very heart of Sense Scotland and provide value added activities that complement the support work they provide. Their volunteer programme aims to help them in a variety of ways from providing additional activities and supporting people in the community, to supporting the governance of our organisation.

They are always open to new ideas of how they can develop volunteering activities and aim to involve any interested member of the public who wishes to help and support Sense Scotland.

Why should someone volunteer for you?

It’s Sense Scotland’s ambition to make sure everyone who gives their time, energy, skills and interests to them feel valued, understood and are proud to be part of the Sense Scotland Team.

They take responsibility for placing volunteers in suitable activities, and as part of this procedure they invite all potential volunteers to engage in discussions. This normally requires potential volunteers to provide information, complete an application form, provide two references and where required by the activities of a role undergo a disclosure check.

Service users may be matched to volunteering roles in another service from that where they receive support where this does not constitute an obstruction or conflict with the provision of services to clients or others. Carers and relatives of service users may also be involved and matched as volunteers; however they will not be matched to a role where their family member is receiving direct support from their services.

In addition to working with their support teams Sense Scotland’s volunteers are also involved in our network of shops and within our office administration teams.

If you are interested in volunteering with Sense Scotland check out their website