Volunteering at Ceartas:
Ceartas has a small but loyal team of volunteers who support the work of organisation.
The De Cafés and ABI Café are kept running by their volunteers. Volunteers greet people as they arrive, get coffees and teas, help them with coats and all the little things that make people feel welcome. This enables Ceartas staff to ‘work the room’ and find out if there are any issues that need information, or a referral to advocacy.
Our volunteers build strong relationships with people at the Cafés, and they are welcomed like old friends every month, and we try to support our volunteers with information, access to training that supports their role, and of course the occasional barge trip or Christmas lunch is provided free of charge!
We also have occasional volunteer opportunities, like admin tasks, distributing publicity materials, even things like helping out at big events.
If you are interested in volunteering for us, please contact Ceartas here.
The main volunteer organisation in East Dunbartonshire is East Dunbartonshire Voluntary Action (EDVA). EDVA has a wide variety of volunteering opportunities, including Befrienders. If Ceartas does not have any suitable volunteering opportunities for you, please contact EDVA.
I can pick up the phone and advocacy support is always there, ready to listen and help me understand things better.
Absolutely thrilled with the service. I wish my family all stayed in East Dunbartonshire and could access it!
Even a ten minute chat on the phone made me feel so much better. I was becoming frustrated and annoyed at not getting what I needed from services, but talking to my Advocacy Worker kept me grounded and stopped me from losing the rag with anyone.
It's really nice to know that someone is listening to me and taking me seriously. Other people seem to think that my problems are trivial and aren't worth bothering about, but that is not true. My Advocacy Worker helped me to make my point in such a way that I couldn't be ignored, and now things are starting to improve as a result.
Thank you for your support at the last meeting. It’s great having somebody independent in my corner: not sure what I would have done or where I would be otherwise.
There is always someone there at Ceartas for me, no matter who takes the call.
Thanks for discussing things and then sending us some information in the post: we have now started the Power of Attorney process.
Thank you for your prompt and informative reply. It’s appreciated more than you will know.
When I call Ceartas everyone is always so kind and helpful. They are all a really good group of people.
After waiting months, you got the ball rolling with a number of things and for that I thank you.
I am usually apprehensive about contacting organisations in fear of being passed pillar to post. I was delighted when I contacted Ceartas: although I didn’t need advocacy, you talked me through local services that I needed.
It’s a really tricky role you’ve had in this case but you’ve done so effectively.
I felt like I was facing a brick wall until I started receiving support and information from Ceartas. The outcome of that has led to a much better relationship with the rest of the family, and now we are all pulling in the same direction.
I live quite a long distance away from my sister. When she needed to get some more support in place for her dementia, the information about local services and support that you were able to give me was invaluable. I can't thank you enough.
Thanks so much, this is almost a miracle! Can you do anything for Partick Thistle while you’re at it?
I didn't know that there was anything I could do about my situation, let alone that I had options. I feel so much better knowing that I can turn to Ceartas for information when I need it.