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Q: Do I need previous experience to volunteer with Mearns Kirk Helping Hands?

A: The short answer is no! If you have relevant skills or experience of course that is wonderful, but you don't need to have done the kind of role you might be interested in before you come to volunteer with us. You will receive support and guidance from our team to choose the best volunteering option available to you in the first instance, and we provide quality training and ongoing support.

Q: What kind of volunteering might I be able to do?

A: Mearns Kirk Helping Hands needs volunteers with a wide range of skills. Drivers, people to meet, greet and chat with our guests and members, food preparation, administration or helping with our social media or website. There's lot to choose from! If you have an hour or more to spare each week we will find a role to suit you.

Q: Do I need to commit an amount of time?

A: Most of our activities run on a regular basis at the same time each week or month. However if you only have a particular time slot free each week and want to help out, please still get in touch. There are lots of things you could help us with that are more flexible in terms of when you could do them; helping to advertise our activities for example.

Q: Will I receive expenses for my volunteering?

A: Yes! All reasonable out of pocket expenses can be paid, this includes public transport costs and mileage at 45p a mile for car drivers. Costs of other items you may need during your time volunteering may be paid, please check with the volunteer coordinator.

Q: What kind of training does Mearns Kirk Helping Hands offer volunteers?

A: We have developed our own Induction Training programme which covers "the basics", including Safeguarding, Confidentiality and Good Communication. We also regularly offer volunteers more in depth training geared to their particular role or for their own personal development, such as Moving and Handling, First Aid, Sensory Impairment Awareness and Best Practice in Dementia Care. You will also be supported by other volunteers, Group Leaders and our Volunteer Coordinator as you grown into your role.