Volunteer Opportunities at GCA

We are always looking for volunteers, there are many opportunities available if you can provide us with a mimimum of two hours per week,  and are willing to get involved. We have many roles available as volunteer Counsellors, Reception staff, I.T, Community Alcohol & Drug Engagers amongst others.

We offer full training and out of pocket expenses, so it could be worth your while getting in touch with us to see what’s on offer as a GCA volunteer.

Current Opportunities


Ripple Effect Community Engager (ACE)

ROLE TITLE: ACE / Ripple Volunteers

Are you interested in volunteering as an

  • Alcohol and Drug Community Engager (ACE)?
  • Do you live in Glasgow?
  • Would you like to gain skills, training and experience in community research?
  • Do you have some time to give?

If yes, you could become a member of our ACEs Team!

Contact Jim McSorley

Team Leader
Resilient Communities Team
Glasgow Council on Alcohol
G31 Centre (formerly The Bambury Centre)
67 Yate Street
Glasgow G31 4AE

Tel: 0141 556 6631

Office Based

We have volunteering opportunities in our head office in Glasgow City centre.
Duties include:

Reception – answering the telephone, meeting and greeting clients and visitors
Provide tea/coffee for clients and visitors
General admin support – photocopying, shredding, postage, ordering supplies, organising meeting rooms and catering.
Information – keeping information stands well stocked and tidy

The skills and attributes we are looking for include:

  • Being able to chat with people
  • A non-judgemental attitude
  • Working as part of a team
  • Being organised
  • Ability to use a computer

The office is a friendly environment and we want to make sure our clients are supported and relaxed when they come to see us. The receptionist is an important person as they are the first person a client sees when they come in the door. We will provide training and support while you are volunteering with us and we will ensure you have an enjoyable experience and the opportunity to learn new skills.

Counselling and Group Work

There are a number of opportunities for volunteers to work directly with clients at GCA. These include becoming a volunteer counsellor or working as a group worker within one of our group work programmes. The minimum qualification that we require for working directly with clients is the COSCA. Certificate in Counselling Skills. (GCA runs this course; please phone us for more details). Potential volunteers will be asked to attend a selection day and undertake our 6 day Advanced Alcohol training course as part of the selection process. In return, we ask that you can commit to:

Individual counselling

  • Volunteering with us for at least 2 years
  • Providing a minimum of 3 to 4 hours per week
  • Achieving a minimum of 50 client hours per year
  • Attending regular practice supervision sessions
  • Attending regular team meetings
  • Ongoing learning and development
  • Completing GCA’s in-house accreditation
  • Complying with the standards and practise of GCA

Group work

  • Providing a minimum of 2 hours per week
  • Attending at least one complete group work programme
  • Attending regular supervision sessions
  • Attending regular team meetings
  • Participating in regular learning opportunities
  • Complying with the standards and practise of GCA

Volunteer recruitment takes places on an ‘as required’ basis so we are unable to specify dates for applications. However if you feel you meet the requirements and you have the time, we would be delighted to hear from you and will keep your application on file until the next recruitment.

Prevention and Education

Events role
We take part in many large community events and the work is satisfying, rewarding and exciting. As part of a team, working in a friendly atmosphere while providing an invaluable role in the charity, the types of activities you may be asked to help with include:

  • Assisting staff prepare information packs
  • Making participants feel welcome
  • Encouraging people to complete questionnaires
  • Supplying information
  • Providing refreshments
  • Administrative duties
  • Transporting equipment
  • Communication with participants and the public

You will be told before any event which of the task(s) that you will undertake and we will provide you with a risk assessment and, in some situations, further supporting documentation for each individual task.

Support Role
We take part in a wide variety of community initiatives and work in varied settings. We may ask you to support the work by:

  • Making up resource packs
  • Co-facilitating sessions
  • Entering data on our database
  • Collating evaluation forms

All necessary training will be provided by GCA and all volunteers are supported by a member of staff.

Training Services

Within the training services, volunteers may support the development of training programmes or co-facilitate training courses.

What do I do next?

You can contact us on 0141 353 1800 or email us volunteer@glasgowcouncilonalcohol.org or using our contact form

Volunteering at GCA

Glasgow Council on Alcohol (GCA)
14 North Claremont Street
G3 7LE
Tel 0141 353 1800

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