Charity looks for Ayrshire volunteers

SHA's national volunteer coordinator, Bob Bogle.
SHA's national volunteer coordinator, Bob Bogle.

A leading health charity is expanding in Ayrshire and needs more volunteers to help.

The Scottish Huntington’s Association (SHA) is now designing its volunteering opportunities to support the career or lifestyle paths of people giving up their valuable time.

“The way people volunteer is changing,” said the SHA’s national volunteer coordinator, Bob Bogle.

“It’s no longer a case of simply collecting cash on a charity’s behalf or helping out at events on an ad hoc basis. People expect to get something back from their investment in time and effort and that’s what we are striving to give them.”

SHA’s ‘Wellbeing Volunteer Programme’ is designed to enhance an individual’s career prospects or other personal development goals as well as fulfilling a role the charity needs support with.

Huntington’s disease is a progressive, degenerative brain disorder that causes abnormal physical movements and psychiatric problems. It is hereditary with a 50% chance of the condition developing in the next generation, there is currently no cure. SHA currently provides specialised support to around 600 families living with the condition throughout Scotland and offers a range of volunteering opportunities.

“Volunteering is a two way process, our tailored made programme means people in Ayrshire thinking about giving up some time can build it around other work and family commitments and still learn a new skill.”

SHA offers its volunteers ongoing certificated training to support each individual volunteer’s needs and was recently awarded Volunteer Friendly national accreditation.

“In these times of relatively high unemployment volunteering can be great way of refreshing a CV with some real time experience or simply building confidence to get back into the job market or even just to extend their social networks.”

For further information contact Bob Bogle on 07746283768 or bob.bogle@hdscotland.org.