Volunteer children’s outdoor activities ranger– options ayrshire

purpose and aims of the role

Would you like to take the lead in helping children and young people to participate in group outdoor activities to build their skills and confidence?  Could you help develop outdoor play activities and create and maintain an innovative garden space to facilitate this?

Could you spare a few hours a week?  If the answer is yes, we are currently looking for a volunteer with experience in a range of play activities, in leading group activities and in garden maintenance.  This could include interests in music, play, arts, storytelling, sports and health and wellbeing skills which can help improve the health and social wellbeing of our children, young people and their families.

what will i be doing?

  • Leading and facilitating outdoor group activities for children and young people, with additional support needs
  • Supporting children and young people to express their creativity through, for example, music, gardening, arts and play
  • Encouraging and supporting children and young people to help plan and choose the kind of activities they would like to do, enabling them to experiment and learn about themselves and the world around them and allowing them to challenge themselves and take managed risks during play
  • Spending your time talking to children and young people, helping them to feel valued and listened to
  • Building children and young people’s confidence and self esteem
  • Being a positive role model
  • Grass cutting, tree/ bush pruning, clearing leaves, weeding and planting
  • Creating a safe and innovative garden space, to enable activities to take place.


what skills can i bring to this role?

  • Experience/understanding of working with children and young people with additional support needs
  • A knowledge of some of the issues affecting children and young people
  • Ability to work well with children and young people
  • Good communication and listening skills.
  • Experience with building confidence and self esteem
  • Ability to encourage and motivate children and young people to participate in activities.

what qualities do i need?

  • Ability to develop and maintain a safe and creative garden space
  • To have a non-judgemental approach
  • Enjoy being outdoors and active and have a good sense of fun and adventure
  • A positive, can do approach
  • Ability to communicate and engage with children and young people, in a way that meets their individual communication needs
  • An approach that assists in empowering children and young people
  • Be enthusiastic, flexible and committed
  • To be reliable and have a commitment to treat all information, in a confidential manner.

when will i be needed?

  • For the garden maintenance, 2-3 hrs per week, Mon- Fri between 9am and 3pm
  • For the outdoor activities, 3-4 hrs per week, Mon to Fri after 3pm and all day at weekends
  • A total of 5-8 hours per week
  • Minimum commitment of 1 year required.


Aberlour Options Ayrshire (South Ayrshire)

what will i gain from the role?

  • A sense of satisfaction in helping children and young people build their confidence and self-esteem to achieve their full potential
  • Practical experience of volunteering with children and young people in a play setting
  • Practical experience of working with children and young people with additional support needs
  • Experience of leading and facilitating group work
  • Opportunity to home your skills
  • Attend social events, awards and recognition events
  • Be part of a professional and supportive team
  • Have FUN!

what support will i be given?

  • Induction and child protection training
  • Role specific training
  • Expenses – all out of pocket expenses will be reimbursed
  • Supervision and support from Options Ayrshire Service Staff.

Additional Information

Due to Health and Safety requirements you must be at least 18 years of age to undertake this volunteering role.

For all roles involving regulated work with children and/or protected adults, Aberlour will require the applicant to submit a PVG Scheme Record or a PVG Scheme Record Update application.  This opportunity is subject to the completion of satisfactory references and successful registration on the PVG Scheme.

contact details

Aberlour Options Ayrshire

Email volunteering@aberlour.org.uk

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