Getting involved with voluntary and community groups allows you to help others in your local area, while learning new skills and building friendships.
Here’s Ready Scotland’s guide to some of the different ways you can get involved based on your availability and the skills you have or want to develop.
Helping your community to prepare for risks and to respond when disruption occurs will help to reduce the impact of these events and support your community’s recovery too. Here’s how:
- Contact your local Community Council to find out more about how it supports local residents through challenging times and how you can get involved. Many Community Councils also have an emergency plan, which helps them to consider their local risks and the resources within their community;
- Your community may have a Neighbourhood Watch Group, or you could consider setting up a new group, bringing together like-minded people;
- Other local groups, including food banks and welfare support groups are always in need of committed volunteers. Volunteer Scotland has a wealth of information about opportunities within local and national groups.
Whether practical, medical or emotional support, or assisting with search and rescue or transport services, specialist voluntary organisations like the British Red Cross, Salvation Army or Scottish Mountain Rescue make a huge contribution during emergencies.
- Register to be a Community Reserve Volunteer through the British Red Cross, or go directly to the volunteer responder organisations that interest you.
Volunteer, reserve and retained posts with the emergency services are challenging and highly rewarding. These roles can be a route into a career in the emergency services and are vital to the safety and security of local communities across Scotland.