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Volunteering Opportunities

Are you interested in volunteering with Dyslexia Scotland? We achieved the Investing in Volunteers award in 2018, so we really value the amazing role that volunteers take in supporting our work.

You can see our Volunteer Policy here and our latest Volunteer Newsletter here.

We regularly recruit enthusiastic, determined and motivated volunteers to assist Dyslexia Scotland in a number of National and Branch roles. 

Please see below the roles that we are currently recruiting for :

1) Volunteer Helpline Advisors (based in Stirling)

Do you have excellent listening skills and the ability to put people at ease on the telephone? Our Helpline receives calls from parents looking for information for their dyslexic child, adults looking for support in the workplace or in their studies, amongst more general calls looking for information about dyslexia. Can you help? 

Our Helpline is based in Stirling (5 minutes' walk from the train and bus stations; the nearest car park is Forthside car park). We're looking for volunteers to join our friendly Helpline team of staff and volunteers. We are particularly looking for people who can commit to one or two of our afternoon shifts on a weekly basis (Mondays to Fridays from 1:00pm - 4:30pm). Two days of training (dates to be confirmed in Stirling) will be provided for this role and in return we ask for a commitment of one year on the Helpline. We will also reimburse reasonable travel expenses.

Please have a look at the Helpline Advisor volunteer role description and route to becoming a volunteer. Then complete the short registration form and return it to                 helen@dyslexiascotland.org.uk. Helen will then get in touch to arrange an informal interview. If you have any further queries, please email Helen or call 01786 435 126. 

2) Branch volunteers (across Scotland)

Our branches aim to raise awareness and understanding of dyslexia by holding meetings which are open to the public.  Many of our branches are looking for more volunteers to help organise these meetings.  Could you spare a couple of hours a month to help? You don't need to be an expert, you just need to be willing to help out in any way you can - click here to find out a bit more about what's involved.  You can see all of our branches here

The following branches in particular are looking for volunteers: Fife, South East (Edinburgh), Hebrides, Lochaber. 

If you are interested in getting involved in one of our branches, please contact National Development Officer, Lena Gillies (lena@dyslexiascotland.org.uk) or call 01786 435 127.

3) Microvolunteering: don't have a lot of time to get involved, but want to help in other ways?  We have a number of opportunities to help raise awareness about dyslexia, tell your dyslexia story or fundraise for us. You could:

  • Like us on Facebook and share our posts
  • Follow us on Twitter and retweet our posts
  • Follow us on LinkedIn and share us posts
  • Become a member and subscribe to our quarterly magazine
  • Write a blog for us
  • Write an article/poem or create artwork for our members' magazine
  • Hold an information stand at your workplace/school/college/university/local library - we can send you some of our leaflet packs
  • Sign up for a sponsored event and fundraise for us.

You can see our microvolunteering flyer here.  If you would like further information about getting involved in the above ways, please email Volunteers Manager, Helen Fleming:  helen@dyslexiascotland.org.uk or call 01786 446650.

Your experience

Whatever role you are interested in, you’ll be helping to improve the lives of people with dyslexia across Scotland. In return, you can:

  • learn new skills
  • build your confidence
  • meet new people
  • challenge yourself