Opportunities for all as Live Argyll calls for volunteers

Staff and service users at the MacMillan Cancer drop-in centre at Helensburgh Library. Picture by John Young © www.youngmedia.co.uk 2015

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Opportunitities have been created for people to volunteer in rewarding positions and make a positive contribution to their communities.

LiveArgyll, the charitable trust charged with the management of Argyll and Bute’s health and wellbeing, has put out a call for new volunteers and is holding an information session in the Corran Halls today, Thursday, from 1.15-2.15pm.

The organisation has vacancies across across all operations, including  sports, swimming, library events, technological assistance and even visiting housebound neighbours.

Nicola Hackett, business development manager for Live Argyll, said: ‘Volunteering is a fun way to improve your own self-confidence and learn new skills, to make friends and provide a real boost to your community.

‘It can offer an invaluable lifeline, especially to those in more vulnerable positions, and the benefits of volunteering at a young age can last a lifetime.’

From October, LiveArgyll will have a new system in place both online and in person at their halls, gyms and libraries to facilitate applications for any volunteer post.

While applicants will go through a series of protocols, the number of positions available means that there really is something to suit every personality.

Volunteering can boost self-esteem and wellbeing, as well as looking great on CVs and other job applications, and the tangible results volunteering
brings to communities is undeniable.

While many of the roles require a level of responsibility more suited to adult volunteers, there are still a number of positions that are ideal for those aged 14 to 18, in particular, assisting with fitness, swimming, reading, technology and sports coaching.

Volunteers will work alongside paid LiveArgyll staff in most instances, being sure of a guiding hand and someone available to provide solutions to more complex demands.

Depending on which role applied for, time commitments range from weekly to one-off, and many require only 30 minutes per instance.

Contact LiveArgyll by emailing volunteering@liveargyll.co.uk for more information.