Shine volunteers are individuals who offer their time and bring with them a range of skills, experiences, knowledge and understanding of local communities. Volunteers complement and enrich the work of staff. They have the potential to increase the capacity of Shine to promote social cohesion, improve engagement in and with communities and reduce isolation and reoffending.

Volunteering with Shine Women’s Mentoring Service is a way of making a difference to the lives of some of the most marginalised and vulnerable women in Scotland. Research highlights that volunteers benefit from their involvement in volunteering which also contributes to making local communities safer and more secure.

Within the Shine partnership Barnardo’s and Sacro will take forward the responsibility for developing the Shine Volunteer Strategy and will recruit, train and manage Shine volunteers on behalf of the Partnership.

Shine volunteers will be recruited specifically to support and enhance the existing Shine services available to women in the criminal justice system. All volunteers will be required to participate in training that will include Child & Vulnerable Adult Protection, Health & Safety and IT Security alongside gender specific issues associated with trauma, drugs & alcohol and mental health.

Volunteers will fulfil a distinct role that is different and complementary to that of Shine employed mentors. Volunteer’s primary task will be to offer support by befriending women who require additional help, encouragement and/or assistance and women who are approaching the end of their mentoring period and have requested continued involvement. In addition volunteers will be recruited to deliver specific activities, such as supporting literacy, possible involvement in the Helpline and developing and managing group and social activities. Volunteers will provide 1:2:1 support, with meetings intended to reduce social isolation and loneliness and increase self-confidence, encourage engagement with mainstream and community services and offer practical advice and emotional support when needed.

Role descriptions which outline the activities and responsibilities expected of volunteers will be available on the Shine website and in paper format as part of the recruitment process.

Shining On - Spring 2022

Shining On is a pilot project within the Forth Valley area and forms part of the Shine Women’s Mentoring Service which seeks to support women with involvement in the justice system. Shining On works with women who have completed their formal mentoring support with Shine and are ready to engage with a volunteer to continue to work to achieve personal goals and gain confidence, experience increased wellbeing and reduce social isolation.

Shining On - drop in info session for volunteers Friday 20th May

Raploch Community Campus, Drip Road, Stirling FK8 1RD – Room 1

10am -12 noon – drop in 12.30 – 2.30pm – booked interviews for those who have completed the application and are ready to progress through the process.

This is a chance to meet with the Shine Mentors who work in the Forth Valley area and who will be referring women into Shining On. It’s a chance to have a chat with them about how they see the volunteer role benefitting the women who choose to link in with Shining On. 

For anyone wishing to apply to participate in the service as a volunteer in whatever capacity this is a chance to meet me as the Volunteer Co-ordinator and our Shine Partnership Manager.

Volunteers will fulfil a distinct role that is different and complementary to that of Shine employed mentors. Volunteer’s primary task will be to offer support by befriending women who are approaching the end of their mentoring period and have requested continued involvement. You will be introduced and begin to build up the relationship with your match whilst they are still linked in with their Shine Mentor and participate in a "warm" handover. We are seeking volunteers to be matched 1:1 with a woman and to be directly involved in developing and managing group and social activities.