The Machan Trust has many volunteering opportunities for all ages. From an hour a week helping with an after school club to helping once a year with drama show teas there is sure to be an opportunity to suit you. If you are looking for some great skills for your CV or just want to help out in your local community then please contact us on our 'Contact Us' page leaving your details and we will be in touch.
Volunteer Family Barbecue
Machan Trust Volunteers were invited along with their families on June 24th 2012 to Dalserf Church's, Hamilton Hall to the Machan Trust Family Barbecue where burgers and sausages were available along with cakes and other goodies. Everyone who came along enjoyed the get together and to add to the day it must have been one of the few dry days in June, so the games were able to go ahead outside and whoever didn't want to be so active were able to site on the patio area and enjoy the company of other volunteers.
MV Awards Ceremony
On Monday 10 October 2011 13 young people from the Machan Trust were recognised at the MV Award ceremony and recieved certifcates from the Provost Russell Clearie. Many of the parents turned out to support them and it was great to see the following people recognised for achieving 50, 100 and 200 hour awards. This year Sarah Dunne and Kelly McKenna received the top 200 hours awards and .....more to follow.
Machan Trust Awards
On a chilly Sunday afternoon in February 2011 all our volunteers were invited to the St Machans Church Hall for afternoon tea as a thank you for all the hard work they had undertaken in 2010. During the afternoon a number of our volunteers received certificates for their volunteering hours in 2010.
25 hours - 12 volunteers
50 hours - 11 volunteers
75 hours - 13 volunteers
100 hours - 1 volunteers
Our other volunteers who had under 25 hours volunteering hours recieved Thank you Certificates..
Long Service Awards were also given to 15 of our volunteers who have been with the Machan Trust for over 10 years.
Evenyone agreed that it was a great afternoon and were pleased that they had been recognised for their work with the Machan Trust.
In August 2010 a Barbecue was held for all our volunteers. It was a sunny afternoon in the grounds of Dalserf Church and it's hall. Everyone was welcomed with a cool drink and we had 2 barbecues cooking our burgers and sausages, with some of our volunteers bringing along some home baking, there was plenty food. All the volunteers had time to meet other volunteers and to catch up with old frends.
MV Awards Ceremony
In October 2010 a further 11 young people were recognised at the MV Awards Jennifer Matthew, Laura Inglis, Christopher Shields, Sarah Dunne, Amy Allan, Linzi Doyle, James Donnelly, Holly Taylor , Kelly McKenna, Lauren Stokes and Hannah Naismith
In October 2009 5 young people received MV awards - David Kane, Gordon Dalziel, Vicky Strang, Fraser Shaw and David Jenkins. We have recently signed up 13 additional young volunteers who are now working towards their first milestone of 50 volunteering hours which will be recognised in October 2010.
On the 2nd October 2008 we were proud to see 6 of our volunteers awarded with their Millennium Volunteer (MV) certificate. Together the six volunteers have given over 400 hours to the Trust. This is a great achievement, and a huge "Well done" goes to Vicky Strang, Kerry McDonald, Jennifer Skehan, Barry Brownlie, Lesley Megahy and Blair Russell.
At the Machan Trust we rely on the work contributed by our volunteers to keep our clubs going. We currently have around 115 volunteers that help out throughout the year which enables our clubs to grow.
We do, however, always need more help with our activities - so if you are interested in helping out in the local community please do not hesitate to contact us.
To get an idea of some of the work our volunteers do have a look at the photos, stories and some of the statistics from our annual review.
To ensure that best policies and practices are in place the Trust operates with clear procedures so that the welfare of not only our young people but also our volunteers and sessional workers is at the forefront. This work together with the work of our volunteers was rewarded on 1 March 2007 when the Provost of South Lanarkshire Council presented SOLVE's top award, the SOLVE PLUS AWARD.
"Being a Machan Trust volunteer is really good fun. It is a great opportunity to work with young people and has boosted my confidence"
Holly - drama volunteer
"While working with the Machan Trust I have enjoyed meeting new people, volunteers and kids. I've experienced good things. I discovered the more you give the more you get back. Sometimes it can be a bit stressful but at the end of the day it is rewarding and that's why I keep coming back and hope to be in the future."
Hannah - Badminton volunteer
"I have had a great time being a volunteer for badminton on a Thursday night with the P5-7's. Looking forward to continuing my voluntary work in the New Year"
"For seven years I have been actively involved with one of the drama groups as a volunteer. I will never cease to be amazed at how the activities build confidence and self-worth in even the most disadvantaged children and young people. To see the progress over the months culminating in two annual shows where 60 young people perform in front of audiences of over 200 brings such encouragement almost too challenging to describe"
Pam - Drama volunteer