Each month, we will be featuring a different charity or other non-profit organisation that relies on the help of volunteers. In their words, you will hear what these organistions do and the difference volunteers make to them.

This month, we hear from Tayside Council on Alcohol. Read all about them below. If you would like to volunteer with TCA, contact Georgia on 01382 456012 or email georgia.gall@alcoholtayside.com.

Who do you help and in what way?

Plusone Mentoring provides an early intervention aimed at supporting and engaging vulnerable young people between the ages of 8 – 14 years who are deemed to be at risk of entering the children’s hearing system/criminal justice system. The project engages with young people and their families at a critical time to divert them away from negative pathways.

Link Up Mentoring provides support for young people aged 8-19 years old, who are marginalised by their communities as a result of their own behaviour, whether that is involvement in substance use or antisocial/ offending behaviour, or that of their family members.

We offer support to young people through the mentoring relationship and hope that this will provide a safe and trusting environment that will encourage the young person to consider their own potential and ability and encourage the growth of their confidence and self-esteem

What difference do volunteers make to your organisation?

All of the mentors for our mentoring programmes are volunteers so without them we would not be able to run these projects.

Our volunteers meet their young person once a week for a year to empower them to make more positive choices whilst giving them a more positive outlook of their community. We are so grateful to the volunteers for their commitment to us and the young people.

What volunteers do you need at the moment?

At the moment we are looking for volunteer mentors to meet up with a young person once a week for a year. Details – Plusone Mentor, Link Up Mentor.

And what benefits can they expect?

The volunteers can expect to have the rewarding experience of empowering young people to become valued citizens of the community whilst being supported throughout the whole process by us. We will also offer free training courses throughout the year and chances to represent TCA at different events.


If no-one volunteered, where would you be?

Without our volunteers these services would not go ahead.  The 2 mentoring projects rely solely on Volunteers to meet with the young people referred to the service therefore without them these young people would not be offered the service and this may impact on their future as an empowered and valued Dundee Citizen.

T H A N K   Y O U

Thank you for looking into volunteering. As a charity, we know and see the difference you can make every day. From helping those facing difficulty or hardship to being a force for change in society. We hope you find it worthwhile and benefit in some way also. Around 1 in 4 adults in Dundee volunteer.