We’re looking for volunteers to join ProjectScotland

Posted on August 26, 2019

To be precise, we’re looking for a number of European Solidarity Corps volunteers to work with us in Edinburgh for 3 or 6 months.

Who are we?

ProjectScotland is a Youth Volunteering NGO which transforms young people’s lives by providing tailored volunteering placements and mentoring. Our work helps young people in Scotland develop confidence, skills and connections to make their next move in life.

What’s involved?

As a European Solidarity Corps (ESC) volunteer, you will work in the ProjectScotland office in Edinburgh, Scotland alongside our staff and other ESC volunteers leading a project looking at what can be done to support inclusion of disabled young people in volunteering.

A regular working week is 35 hours from Monday to Friday from 09:00h – 17:00h. These hours are flexible and can be adjusted depending on the access needs of the volunteer. If there are activities and events outside of this we will give our volunteers time back when they choose.

Within the first month of the ESC programme, we will give you training and an induction so you can carry out your project and introduce you to relevant charity partners depending on your interests.

You will be working together with other ESC volunteers and supported by a member of ProjectScotland staff.

Sound like you?

We expect you to have a positive can-do attitude, knowledge of English and basic computer skills.

You have to be older than 18 and younger than 31 on the first day of your placement and cannot be in paid employment to be accepted in the ESC program.

Round 1 volunteers (September to December 2019)

Each volunteer will be asked to choose a thematic area of volunteering e.g. wildlife, education, culture, sport etc. and an accessibility angle they want to explore e.g. mobility impairment , sensory impairment etc.

Each young person will be supported to do a community engagement activity with other disabled young people to find out the key issues in a Scottish context and the findings will be shared with the community.

Round 2 volunteers (January to July 2020)

The second group will started with community engagement activities to explore the solutions and needs in order to make accessible volunteering easier and more appealing.

They will then use all the evidence and ideas collected and develop materials and resources to support different groups on the issues raised.

Key Information

Place of the European Solidarity Corps volunteer period: Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Start of the European Solidarity Corps volunteer period: September 2019 to December 2019 (3 months) or January 2020 to July 2020 (6 months)

Expenses and access needs information: PLEASE READ THIS INFORMATION VERY CAREFULLY

· The volunteer selected will not need to use their own money to participate in the European Solidarity Corps programme. Travel, accommodation and some expenses are covered by the program, as well as extra costs for access needs for disabled people.

· Once the volunteer is selected, ProjectScotland will contact them to find out their access needs (if any) and work with them to put adjustments in place.

· An advance planning visit is possible

· The volunteer must be committed to the mission and principles of the European Solidarity Corps (see: https://europa.eu/youth/solidarity/mission_en)

Application:

· Send your short motivational letter and/or a CV before 10/09/2019 to Zara Todd ZARA.TODD@PROJECTSCOTLAND.CO.UK · Register in the ESC database (https://europa.eu/youth/solidarity/register/check_en).