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Volunteer for Rowan Alba’s befriending service, CARDS, and you can end the isolation of someone who has a problematic relationship with alcohol.

All you need to do is have a regular conversation. As you talk, you might also learn alot about yourself from them.

CARDS can open up many new skills and opportunities. Here you will find all the tools and resources you will need to start an important new journey in your life and the lives of people you will support.

What does CARDS do?

CARDS builds relationships in your local community with people who are struggling with alcohol and social isolation.

How do we do this?

CARDS supports volunteers to create positive relationships with isolated people that are rewarding for them both. The client chooses what to do during each visit. Common activities include going for a walk, playing music or chess or just having a chat. This relationship provides isolated people with the opportunity to build self-confidence and re-engage with their community.

This simple approach builds self-belief and can encourage positive change in our client’s mental and physical health and improve their ability to build better relationships with others.

Is this the time to open the door to new skills and experience?

CARDS delivers outstanding training and development for our volunteers that can build new employment pathways

Find out more about training

How you become a volunteer with CARDS

Everything you need, step by step.

When you become a volunteer for CARDS we have to take every precaution that you will be suited for delivering our vital service in a way which is safe for you and your client. This means that there is a few simple steps to take, but these shouldn’t put you off. Click through the points below to find out what you need to do at each step.


Applications will be acknowledged.  In the meantime you can familiarise yourself with the whole process below. 

STEP 1: Download, complete & return the Application Form

Our application form should only take you a few minutes to complete. You can download it from the link below. You should read the Person Specification and Role Description before you complete and return your application form.

Send your completed Application Form to

References should cover the last two years and if possible, include a recent employer. Where the applicant has not been in employment, other options for professional references should be considered e.g. college, school, other voluntary placement etc. Please do not include family members or their partners or persons under 18.  


STEP 2: Have an interview

Once we have received your application form we will be in touch to interview you.  We will do this by calling you or emailing you to check when you are free.  The interview is a series of questions that we ask so that we can bring up topics of conversation that will give you a better idea of what you need to know about us and about the role.

Our main aim of the interview is to make sure you go away with more information than you came with and so you know enough about us to decide if our values match yours. For ease, fairness and transparency, you can download the interview questions below.


STEP 3: Induction Stage One

Following your interview we will move on to a two stage online Induction. The first stage is simply downloading and reading the documents below and watching a few videos.




STEP 4: Induction Stage Two

In Stage Two of your Induction we invite you to a zoom session online usually in the evening from 6pm to 8pm.  Here we will welcome you to the CARDS service, explain how we are funded and give you a bit of context to the documents you have downloaded by talking you through some scenarios.  Again they are available to download now should you wish to prepare. 




We will process your PVG after your Induction is complete.

    What is a PVG?
    Don’t worry, we get asked this all the time! Protecting Vulnerable Groups is a way of making sure that only the right people are able to support vulnerable people. Click here for advice from the Scottish Government about PVGs. The Protection of Vulnerable Groups Scheme helps us make sure that we have the right people working and volunteering with us.


    STEP 6: Start volunteering!

    There is a few final forms that you need to download, sign and return to us before we can match you with a suitable person. You can download these below.

    We can only pair you up with a person who needs your support once we get your approved PVG back from Disclosure Scotland. Our fully-qualified staff will stay in contact with you throughout and answer any questions you might have. This process can take up to 6 weeks from start to finish. So please be patient.



    Ongoing supervision and learning support

    As a CARDS Volunteer you will need to attend at least one supervision session a month as part of your role. We have made several dates available throughout the year (twice a month), you can either attend a CARDS group supervision or an Adam Burley Supervision session or both. You also have the opportunity for one to one supervision sessions on request.

    Group supervision is on the last Thursday of every month via Zoom from 6pm to 7.30pm.  For individual 1 -1 slots text the CARDS phone on 07715082428 with your choice of Tracey, Gillian or David. 

    Find out more

    Useful information about volunteering

    Ongoing support for learning & development

    Volunteer resources & Forms

    Covid and volunteering

    Getting help from CARDS

    Evaluations & reports

    Frameworks & Guidance

    Are you ready to begin your induction?

    Click here for our Induction page
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