Volunteering opportunities for our members

Volunteers baking in the Uppertunity kitchen.

Uppertunity is all about building strengths and resilience in individuals, as well as the community. One of the ways we achieve this is through meaningful volunteer roles bringing the community together. 

Volunteering helps build confidence, develops skills, teaches the ability to work as a team, enables a person to be part of their community, teaches responsibility and gives a person the chance to make a change using their talents.

Uppertunity offers various safe volunteering roles, all in a welcoming and accepting environment:

Cooking For Change

Cooking For Change volunteers bringing homemade food to an isolated person in the local community.

We have partnered up with Meal Makers, where our members can volunteer as meal makers for isolated individuals in the Dundee community. Cooking For Change involves volunteers making a meal of their choice with our help, and then dropping the meal off to the individuals enrolled in the programme. This also provides the clients with a social visit, livening up a day which might have otherwise been lonely.

This role is offered only to members who have taken part in the Daring for Development programme. 

Calling All Heroes

A Calling All Heroes volunteer making a weekly phonecall to one of our clients.

Another volunteering opportunity we provide is Calling All Heroes. We've teamed up with Dial-Op - a local telephone service - to assist isolated adults by lending an empathetic ear over the phone. 

Our volunteers make weekly phone calls to individuals who need to hear a friendly voice, and may need a reminder of their appointments for the week. 

This role is offered only to members who have taken part in the Daring for Development program.

Calling All Heroes takes place at The Circle every Monday and Tuesday from 9am until 10:30am.

Volunteer Baking

Delicious homemade vegan brownies from the Uppertunity kitchen.

Members are invited to take part in our volunteer baking sessions to hone in on their kitchen skills! The food baked will go on to be served at Serendipities, our social enterprise cafe. 

This opportunity is open to all adults with additional needs; even if you are not part of any of our current groups we'd love to hear from you!

Homemade scones from the Uppertunity kitchen.

Days & Times

Currently Volunteer Baking takes place on:

Mondays, 1pm-3pm

Tuesdays, 1pm-3pm

Thursdays, 1pm-4pm

Please do get in touch with us if you are interested in attending!

Growing Places (Volunteering)

One of the greenhouses in the Uppertunity garden.

Uppertunity aims to develop the community in every way possible and includes our members in this development. One of the ways we achieve this is through gardening. Our volunteer shrubbers and plotters are in charge of creating a beautiful environment within Uppertunity’s premises (The Circle) where we grow everything from flowers to herbs for our kitchen!. 

Volunteers are in charge of:

- Developing and maintaining the land  

- Growing herbs, vegetables and flowers 

- Creating outdoor art and a sensory area  

- Creating wood work pieces

Volunteer gardeners preparing a garden patch for plants and shrubs.

This group is open to all individuals of any ability, and the venue and activities are wheelchair accessible, and includes beverages. 

We do ask that members who are joining to make a commitment where they will attend regularly. Volunteer numbers are limited to 8 per session.

All volunteering hours are recorded and members can choose to partake in the Grow and Learn award as well - a horticultural award specifically designed for adults with additional needs.

When and Where

Gardening takes place every Friday at The Circle from 10am to 12pm.

Creating For Charity (Volunteering)

A volunteer creating an item in our Creating For Charity workshop.

Creating for Charity is a social volunteer group where volunteers create items which will be donated to charities or individuals from the Dundee area in need. Volunteers can learn new skills, socialise and be part of something bigger.

Each month we will be focusing on one charity, making donated items such as sensory tools, clothes, toys, bags and blankets. All volunteer hours are recorded. We ask that members join make a commitment and attend regularly.

Venue and activities are wheelchair accessible, and includes hot and cold beverages. Volunteer numbers are limited to 10.  

When: Every Thursday from 10am to 12pm at The Circle.