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Volunteering Opportunities

Are you interested in volunteering with Dyslexia Scotland?

We have recently achieved the Investing in Volunteers award, so we really value the amazing role that volunteers take in supporting our work. You can see our Volunteer Policy here and our latest Volunteer Newsletter here.

We regularly recruit enthusiastic, determined and motivated volunteers to assist Dyslexia Scotland in a number of National and Branch roles. 

Please see below for the roles that we are currently recruiting for :

Volunteer Career Mentors (flexible locations in Scotland)

We are recruiting Life Coaches, Careers Advisers and Employability professionals with an interest in dyslexia to provide 2-4 hours per week volunteering with dyslexic individuals. Benefits for you as a professional:

  • Develop an appreciation of work with dyslexia in a careers guidance capacity

  • Broaden your network of professional contacts

  • Opportunity to practice careers guidance in a different context.

Two days of induction training will be provided (Wednesday 22nd August 10am to 4pm in Stirling and a second date to be agreed with volunteers). You can see the role description here and the route to becoming a volunteer careers mentor here.  We would be looking for you to commit to volunteering in this role for at least six months.

Please note that due to the nature of this support role, we will request two references and membership of the PVG Scheme.  If you would like to apply for this role, please complete this short registration form and return it to Helen Fleming at: helen@dyslexiascotland.org.uk.  Helen will then get in touch with you to arrange an informal interview.

If you would like to discuss this role further, please contact helen@dyslexiascotland.org.uk or call 01786 435 126.

Volunteer Helpline Advisors (Stirling or home-based)

Do you have one regular afternoon per week free to help parents and adults looking for advice and guidance about dyslexia? You should have excellent listening skills, the ability to put peopel at ease on the telephone and to keep a level head when dealing with difficult or distressing calls. 

We are looking for four volunteers to help on our Helpline on our afternoon shifts (1:00-4:30pm on Mondays, Tuesday, Wednesdays, Thursday or 1-4pm on Fridays). Our Helpline is located in our central Stirling office, but we would consider volunteers interested in taking helpline calls remotely from home. We would be looking for you to commit to one regular shift per week for at least six months.

Two days induction training will be provided (Wednesday 22nd and Thursday 23rd August 2018; 10am - 4pm both days in Stirling), followed by three shadowing shifts before you begin a regular shift. You can see the role description here and the route to becoming a Volunteer Helpline Advisor here

Please note that due to the nature of this support role, we will request two references and membership of the PVG Scheme.  If you would like to apply for this role, please complete this short registration form and return it to Helen Fleming at: helen@dyslexiascotland.org.uk.  Helen will then get in touch with you to arrange an informal interview.

If you would like to discuss this role further, please contact helen@dyslexiascotland.org.uk or call 01786 435 126. 

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Branch volunteers (across Scotland)

Our branches aim to raise awareness and understanding of dyslexia by holding meetings which are open to the public.  Many of our branches are looking for more volunteers to help organise these meetings.  Could you spare a couple of hours a month to help? You don't need to be an expert, you just need to be willing to help out in any way you can - click here to find out a bit more about what's involved.  You can see all of our branches here.

The following branches in particular are looking for volunteers: Fife, Forth Valley, Hebrides, Lochaber. 

If you are interested in getting involved in one of our branches, please contact Lena Gillies (lena@dyslexiascotland.org.uk) or call 01786 435 127.

Your experience

Whatever role you are interested in, you’ll be helping to improve the lives of people with dyslexia across Scotland. In return, you can:

  • learn new skills
  • build your confidence
  • meet new people
  • challenge yourself