Volunteer Homestay Programme

Welcoming strangers is a mark of Scottish hospitality. The Volunteer Homestay Programme offers the people of Glasgow and Scotland a unique opportunity to welcome strangers and actively participate in the hosting of the Games by opening their hearts and homes to the official Commonwealth Games Volunteers.

It is anticipated that more than a third of the 15,000 Games Volunteers will need accommodation in Glasgow and other venue cities to help stage the Games. We’re working hard to keep the costs of volunteering for the Games affordable, so we’ve developed the Legacy 2014 Volunteer Homestay Programme (or VHP for short) to provide affordable bed and breakfast for Games Volunteers (Clyde-Siders) in host homes for a minimum of ten days leading up to and during the period of the Games.

Where are hosts needed?

The majority of hosts will be needed in Glasgow but we also need hosts in the other venue cities, including Edinburgh, Dundee and Angus.

When are Hosts needed?

Clyde-siders (Guests) will need accommodation leading up to, during and shortly after the Commonwealth Games (23rd July – 3rd August) therefore we are asking Hosts to provide accommodation for ten days between the dates of the 13th of July through the 5th of August.

What are the responsibilities of a host?

The role of a host in the Volunteer Homestay Programme is to –

  • Pick your guests up by car at the Homestay reception centre (close by the airport or train station).
  • Provide complimentary accommodation and breakfast (e.g. cereal/toast and a hot beverage) for one or more Guests for ten days.
  • Assist your guests to the nearest public transportation point each day.
  • Act as caring and helpful hosts to their guests.

Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed in their homes. This is to make sure that Guests have the very best experience possible and that the programmes are of the highest quality.

Host Application

Each Host is asked to fill in the Host Application and complete the Host Agreement on the VHP website. The deadline for submitting the application form and agreement is April 30th, 2014. The information you provide on the Host Application will assist us in matching you to your Guest.

The convenience of the Host home by public transportation to various Games venues will be the main criterion in allocating Guests to a Host. Specific cultural and personal needs of volunteers will also be considered and Hosts should be prepared to accept Guests from any race, religion or sexual orientation.

Please be aware that the VHP cannot guarantee Guest placement in every Host home because it is impossible to estimate how many Hosts the VHP will ultimately need until the beginning of May 2014, which is the deadline for Guest applications.

Your next step?

To apply to be a Host you must first complete the Host Application Form and agreement online (wwww.volunteerhomestay.org.uk) or download and print the PDF version and return it to the Legacy 2014 VHP office no later than April 30th, 2014.  Once you have filled in your application you will receive regular updates from December 2013 through to the Games.

November 6, 2013 at 3:12 pm

WANTED: Freelance Sessional Film Project Worker

Interfaith Glasgow are pleased to announce a new opportunity to work with us.

As part of the ‘Stepping into Diversity’ Youth Filmmaking Project, we are looking to recruit a Freelance Sessional Film Project Worker. This person will assist in all film and media related aspects of the project and in the creation of two short films.

For more information about the project, see here:  http://interfaithglasgow.org/youthfilm/

The post is sessional:  there will be 70 hours of work available between August 2013 and May 2014 at £9ph, including a regular commitment of one evening a week on a fortnightly basis and some less regular weekend or daytime work.

We are not necessarily looking for someone who knows it all already, but someone who wants to learn and grow with the project. Above all, we are looking for someone with a passion for filmmaking and for working with young people, and who already has some technical skill in filmmaking in order to pass this knowledge on to the young people who will be engaging in the project.

The application deadline is 5 August.

If you are interested in reading more about this post, a full job description and information about how to apply can be downloaded from our website here:

 

http://interfaithglasgow.org/freelancefilmworker/

 

Feel free to contact our Youth Worker, Clare McCormack, if you have any questions about this post:  youth@interfaithglasgow.org

July 30, 2013 at 8:17 am

Vacancy – Interfaith Glasgow Project Manager (Maternity Cover) 37 hours per week

Vacancy – Interfaith Glasgow Project Manager (Maternity Cover)  37 hours per week

Salary £29,448 p.a.

Interfaith Scotland is seeking to employ a competent and enthusiastic Project Manager for our Interfaith Glasgow project, which aims to support and develop positive engagement between Glasgow’s diverse religious communities.  For further details of the project, please see:  www.interfaithglasgow.org.

The Project Manager is responsible for all aspects of the day-to-day running of the project, including developing and overseeing new structures and communication networks, coordinating dialogue events, directing exciting new interfaith initiatives, managing the project budget, supervising part-time project workers, and raising awareness of interfaith activity in Glasgow.

The post-holder will be covering our current Project Manager’s maternity leave (expected to be approx. 13 months) and will be based at our Shields Road office in Glasgow.

Applicants should have experience and skills in interfaith relations and project management, excellent communication skills, and the motivation and imagination to develop interfaith engagement in Glasgow.

A full job description and application form can be downloaded from the Interfaith Glasgow website at:

www.interfaithglasgow.org/get-involved/vacancies-and-volunteer-opportunities

CLOSING DATE:  17 June 2013 (by 5.30pm).  Interviews expected to be held between 3-8 July 2013.

May 30, 2013 at 1:28 pm

Macmillan @ Glasgow Libraries

At Glasgow Libraries, we offer anyone affected by cancer a free and confidential service with access to high quality information and support in a relaxed, comfortable environment in their local community.

We can:

• offer you a listening ear, time to talk and meet others affected by cancer

• help you find the information you need on living with all aspects of cancer

• arrange free counselling appointments at the library (pre-booking required)*

• arrange free complementary therapy appointments at the library – we currently offer reflexology, aromatherapy, massage, Indian head massage (pre-booking required)*

• put you in touch with your local Macmillan Benefits Adviser and you can arrange to meet them at the library

• guide you to good quality internet sites for cancer information and support

• help you to access a wide range of other local services from physical activity classes to carers support.

*not available in all libraries

To find out information about your nearest centre you can visit:  www.glasgowlife.org.uk/macmillan

Contact Glasgow Libraries on 0141 287 2999 (Monday to Thursday 9am to 8pm, Friday and Saturday 9am to 5pm) or email macmillan@glasgowlife.org.uk

We are working to raise awareness of our programme across all networks and communities within Glasgow and to engage with as many groups as possible in order to ensure that anyone affected by cancer in the City knows that they can access free, local information, emotional support and practical help. No one should face cancer alone, at Macmillan @ Glasgow Libraries we want to ensure that no one does.

Are you able to help us?

The Macmillan @ Glasgow Libraries Team is available to meet with groups, host presentations or provide you with the resources you need to promote the services within your community.

Sign up for our monthly e-news to keep up to date with the service be emailing macmillan@glasgowlife.org.uk

May 30, 2013 at 1:26 pm

Action Against Poverty: Civic Café Against Poverty

[Glasgow] 2nd June, 2pm, The Undercroft, St Andrew’s and St George’s West Church, 13 George St.

One cut too many? In a challenging economic climate, the government have introduced austerity measures which they argue are vital to enable the country to emerge from recession. Many people affected are the vulnerable in our society. The Civic Café asks are these cuts truly necessary? Is there an alternative? And how might the three faith communities respond in practical ways? The Three Faiths Forum recognises the commonalties shared by the three Abrahamic Traditions, including the responsibility to end poverty. It encourages members of the three faith communities to attend this vital meeting to ensure their voice is heard on this issue, to have a chance to direct questions to the people of influence and to identify what steps can be taken to address the problems of the rise of poverty in the UK. For further information please contact Iain Stewart, Edinburgh Inter-Faith Association Email: Iain@EIFA.org.uk Tel: 0131 629 9058

May 1, 2013 at 12:46 pm

Civic Cafe: Going Further for Fair Trade

[Edinburgh] 6th May 4.30 – 5.30pm, St Johns Church Hall, Princes St, EH2 4BJ.

How faith communities are adopting Fair Trade.

“He who sleeps on a full stomach whilst his neighbour goes hungry is not one of us” Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).

Join us for a lively presentation and discussion on Fair Trade and how it can be adopted among our different faith communities. Now that Scotland has achieved Fair Trade Nation status, how can we promote and celebrate this within our different communities? Where does it fit in within a faith perspective?

Speakers:
Rachel Farey: Chair of Edinburgh Fairtrade City Group and Manager of One World Shop;
Martin Rhodes: Director of Scottish Fair Trade Forum.
Special Guest: Mohammad Zaman, Campaigns Officer of MADE in Europe: Hear how young people in Muslim communities are fighting global poverty.

The event is followed by a Community Meal in the Church Hall at 6pm. The meal is free (Donations welcome) and all are welcome. To confirm you attendance to the Civic Café and / or Community Meal, please email mattlord.eifa@gmail.com

April 29, 2013 at 3:13 pm

Oral History Volunteer Opportunity at West of Scotland Regional Equality Council

*All volunteers will participate in fully funded specialist training through the Oral History Society*

Stepping into Diversity
A journey through the amazing story of Glasgow’s diversity is now underway. Stepping into Diversity, an 18 month project, is built around a unique collection of neighbouring heritage sites within the city’s Muslim, Hindu, Christian, Sikh, Jewish and Buddhist communities.

Using an intergenerational approach, the project will develop education opportunities about the heritage of Glasgow’s ethnic diversity and its ongoing legacy. Stepping into Diversity has two main elements – collecting oral histories and developing heritage tours. (more…)

April 29, 2013 at 12:35 pm

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