There are many different ways you can help support our work.
You can donate, give your time, get your workplace or school or community group involved, or even hold your own fundraiser or take part in a sporting event.
Volunteer with Team Jak
Team Jak rely on the support of our fabulous volunteers to help us carry out both our fundraising and support work.
Criteria for Volunteering
Depending on our currently available volunteering opportunities, our basic criteria for volunteering at Team Jak are as follows:
At least 16 years of age (under 16’s must be accompanied by an adult and will only be required for specific activities)
Able to commit to regular support over a sustained period
Able to pass a Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) check or Disclosure as appropriate
Able to provide satisfactory references
Willing to work to Team Jak’s policies and procedures, especially Health and Safety, Child Protection and Equality
We ask our potential new volunteers to apply and attend one of our volunteer evenings so we can get to know each other. We can then decide if we have a suitable volunteering opportunity that will benefit us both.
Current Volunteer Roles
We have a number of volunteering opportunities currently available at Team Jak, Jak’s Den Livingston, and at our pop-up Dens in Aberdeen & the North of Scotland, Fife & Dundee and Lothian & Borders.
Volunteer with our Family Support team
Our Family Support team support children to access different creative opportunities and experiences, to challenge themselves and to explore their interests and feelings, in a secure setting within Jak’s Den or via home and hospital outreach. Co-ordinators, with the support of volunteers, facilitate sessions based on the interests of our warriors, siblings and angel families, whilst keeping every child safe. At the end of each session, we take notes to help evaluate our impact, which our volunteers are encouraged to take part in, to give us feedback, and influence and plan for the next visit. Please note, we require our volunteers opting for this role or that of outreach to complete a 6 week Befriending course before volunteering.
If you have skills in office based tasks, we may be able to find a role for you. We have a variety of ongoing projects that could benefit from volunteers to support us with the admin work. This could be a regular or one-off project for you.
Front of house welcomers
Volunteering at the Den can be rewarding for everyone. Jak’s Den is open most days of the week. As a front of house welcome you could be doing anything from welcoming visitors, playing with the children while they are in the Den, to making tea and coffee and talking with parents. We're looking for friendly volunteers who can help us welcome our visitors to Jak’s Den and tell them about what we do. You will be the first face of Team Jak and meet, greet and help sign families and guests in and out.
If you are outgoing and happy to chat this could be the role for you!
Maintenance is covered by our staff, along with some corporate and community volunteer teams, who help us keep our Den and garden looking their best. If you are able to assist us with basic maintenance, such as cleaning, store management or gardening, we would love to hear from you.
Volunteer with our fundraising team
Volunteers help our fundraising team in two key ways - community fundraising and administrative support. This could include support at Team Jak events, helping at awareness stalls and at community events, placing and managing collecting cans in local businesses, bag packs and bucket shakes, or helping prepare all the resources required for these events back at Jak’s Den.
How to apply
To apply to volunteer at Team Jak, please contact us. We will then send you an application pack and ask you for some more information, including your availability, so that we can match you to our available opportunities. We will also ask you to come along for an Interview at Team Jak HQ so we can get to know each other better. If we are a good match, then we move on to references and other required checks including PVG forms and we will ensure you have completed a full Induction before you begin your volunteering journey with us.
If you are volunteering for working directly with our families within Jak’s Den we require you to complete a 4 week befriending course prior to commencement.
Team Jak have an Awards scheme called TJ Stars and we hold a yearly event dedicated to our Volunteers where we celebrate their success and thank them for their amazing contribution and what they have achieved with us.
As a Team Jak volunteer you can work towards your Duke of Edinburgh Award and other volunteering awards including Jazz and Saltire and you may want to get involved in the YPI Project through your school and choose Team Jak.
If you complete the 4 week Befriending course you may be eligible to apply for an SVQ award in Volunteering also.