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Town Break Volunteers

We offer a selection of different volunteering opportunities. We hope that there is one that suits you!

Please see below for information on the various positions. Our services are only made possible by the wonderful volunteers that we have at Town Break. They come from all walks of life and every corner of the globe. As there are only two full-time posts and four part time salaried posts within the organisation, their support is an integral part of our services. We are the only organisation in the area which provides services like these with the clients supported by volunteers.

All of our volunteers are given basic training about dementia, communication, activities and carers’ issues. This is supplemented by regular volunteer meetings where everyone has the chance to meet and there is usually a speaker who comes along to talk to the volunteers. We also encourage our volunteers to undertake basic moving and handling, emergency first aid, infection control and food hygiene courses.

Over the years we have supported and trained many students on placement from the Social Work dept at Stirling University. We also have Psychology students who come to volunteer with us. All volunteers with Town Break who are participating in regulated work must agree to become members of the Protection of Vulnerable Groups Scheme (PVG) which is administered by Disclosure Scotland. 

Our next training course will be held in October.  This course will accommodate up to 8 new volunteers.  Get in touch with us if you would like to attend this training.  

Volunteering Positions

Chairperson & Trustees

To support Town Break’s continued success we are looking for up to six new volunteer Trustees to join our active team of board members, one of those to become the Office Bearer; Chair. Our new Chair will hold a critical role in leading the charity, working with Trustees and Development Manager. The Chair should have skills and experience in at least one area relevant to the role such as business development, finance strategy, management, provision of assistance with funding applications, a knowledge of Dementia Services or a willingness to learn.

As we provide support to people with dementia and their carers we are looking for volunteers who have a passion for supporting those with dementia and who believe they could make a strong contribution to the charity.

Town Break is committed to recruiting a diverse range of Trustees and we would be delighted to hear from people with skills and experience in human resources, marketing, and evaluation & research. We would also particularly welcome applications from volunteers from an accounting background who could assist our current Treasurer.

The Trustee positions are open to adults of all ages however we would like to encourage young people considering a career in management to see this as an opportunity to gain experience of working at senior level.

Main Responsibilites

- To utilise your personal skills, experience and knowledge in helping to lead and support Town Break in its provision of professional services for people with dementia and their families who live within the community of Stirling District

- To be an active and contributing member of the Trustee board at all levels

- You will help to ensure organisational compliance in all areas of legislation, policy and procedure, using personal skills and experience to help the board in reaching structured and sound decisions. Trustees for Town Break have responsibility for controlling the management and administration of the organisation.

- Trustees have, and must accept, ultimate responsibility for directing the affairs of Town Break, ensuring that it is solvent and well run, delivering quality services for people with dementia in Stirling District for which it was set up.

- Trustees are accountable for their decisions and actions to Town Break's governance structures, the public, funders and service users. Time Commitment The Board meets approximately four times per year normally from 5.00pm until 7.00pm.

- There will, from time to time, be the opportunity for Trustees to join sub groups such as Fundraising, HR, Finance & Evaluation and Research which may meet outwith the main Board meeting.

- Trustees are also invited to attend the annual AGM, which is held in October each year. Communication between meetings take place by e-mail, letter or occasional phone call.

Trustees are asked for a commitment of at least one year starting after a three-month induction.

Application notes:

If you would like to apply, please find the role description below and complete the attached application form and return it to gail@townbreakstirling.org by 12.00pm on Monday 6 November 2017.

Role Description

Application Form 

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For more information about our current trustees please visit www.townbreakstirling.co.uk/town-break-trustees.


TEL: 01786 476798
EMAIL: gail@townbreakstirling.org

Area Awareness Volunteer

An area awareness raiser would distribute and replenish information about Town Break's dementia support services regularly and build links within the community with churches, medical practices, post offices, community centres etc. 

Awareness raising can be done at a time to suit the volunteer and is usually about 4-6 hours or less per month, depending upon the size of the area that the volunteer wishes to cover.

If you are interested in volunteering an Area Awareness Raiser, please contact the office on the email address and telephone number below.

TEL: 01786 476797
EMAIL: info@townbreakstirling.org

Befriending Volunteer

Our befriending service provides one to one support for those living with a mild or early stage dementia, living in their own home within the Stirling District. Befrienders support those living with dementia through outings and activities which take place either at home or out in the community. The aim of our Befriending Service is to maintain or increase self confidence, self-respect, dignity and quality of life by providing prolonged friendship and support.

If you are interested in volunteering as a Befriender, please contact Lynda Hutton on the email address below.

Please complete the application form here.

TEL: 01786 476797
EMAIL: lynda@townbreakstirling.org

Day Club Volunteer

The volunteers at the Day Club provide support in a variety of different ways from serving the lunch and tea, to doing some gardening, playing games, having a chat or doing crafts with our clients. All of these activities help to make the Day Club run smoothly and ensure our clients enjoy the experience. You can volunteer for the Day Club on a Monday or a Friday at Stirling Community Hospital (Rehabilitation Hub)  12.30pm until 3.30pm, but - if you wish - you do not have to attend for the whole session.

If you are interested in volunteering as a Day Club Support Worker, please contact  Kirsty Banks on the email address and telephone number below. 

Please complete the application form here.

TEL: 01786 476797
EMAIL: kirsty@townbreakstirling.org

Fundraising/ Events Management Volunteer

We are looking to recruit volunteers to join our fundraising and events management team who can help support and organise our fundraising events. We have lots of exciting events you can help with including our ladies lunch, ceilidh, race night, bag packing, and many more.

All of the money raised from events will benefit our clients directly and is used to continue delivering vital services for those living with dementia in the Stirling District.  

If you would like to join our fundraising and events management team, please contact Gail Barton on the email address and telephone number below or complete the application form here.

TEL: 01786 476798
EMAIL: gail@townbreakstirling.org