Event Volunteers | Sue Ryder

Sue Ryder supports people through the most difficult times of their lives. For over 65 years our doctors, nurses and carers have given people the compassion and expert care they need to help them live the best life they possibly can.

To help in this vital work we have a number of exciting upcoming events where we are seeking volunteers to support us:

>Sunday 2nd of June – Kiltwalk Aberdeen (Duthie Park Aberdeen). Duties include welcoming and thanking walkers at the end of the route. Approximately 1-2 hours.

>Thursday 13th of June – Golf/Adventure day (Oldmeldrum). Duties include supporting evening dinner and the main auction (spotting bidders and taking details). Approximately 3-4 hours. Own transport would be required for this however expenses will be reimbursed.

>Friday 14th of June – Fundraising Garden Party (Milton of Crathes). Duties include assisting with logistics, selling raffle tickets, networking with guests. Approximately 4 hours. Own transport preferable.

>Thursday 27th of June – Gothenburg Greats Football Dinner (Aberdeen). Support on the night with fundraising activities and the main auction. Approximately 4 hours.

>Saturday 13th of July – Testimonial Football Match (Inverurie). Duties include general supporting of activities. Approximately 2-3 hours.

>Friday 23rd of August – Fundraising Ceilidh (Aberdeen). Duties include assisting with logistics, selling raffle tickets, supporting the auction and general help on the evening. Approximately 2-3 hours.

We are mainly looking for helpers for the football and golf events – both which are looking to be really exciting events.

For more information about any of these opportunities and other ways you can help Sue Ryder please contact Ciara Twiggins, Philanthropy and Events Executive on  Email: ciara.twiggins@suerydercare.org or tel.: 07976 422792.

Befriender Volunteers | Aberdeen Linking Lives

Aberdeen Linking Lives is a befriending service generally aimed at the elderly who find themselves requiring some extra friendship and support.

We match volunteers with older people who would like to see a friendly volunteer visitor on a regular basis for around one hour. Aberdeen Linking Lives relies on volunteers to deliver our service. Volunteers do not need any special skills as they receive full training, support and advice for their role. They also provide references and receive the necessary criminal record checks (PVG) prior to beginning visits (there is no cost for PVG checks for volunteers).

If you would like to volunteer, please give us a call or email us for more information:  E Mail: aberdeen@linkinglives.uk  tel.:  Shola, Aberdeen Linking Lives Coordinator on 07425622600.

All help makes a difference to the lives of older people in Aberdeen and is greatly appreciated.

Social Scran Volunteers | Social Bite Aberdeen

Social Bite, a local cause looking to end homelessness, is rolling out a new and improved free food service throughout Scotland called Social Scran. 

Social Scran aims to provide a free take-away hot meal, drink and dessert for anyone who needs it, from the Social Bite shop three days per week, but to do so they need local volunteers to help out Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays from 2.30pm-5pm.

It is also a great opportunity for people to be part of a fun and friendly team of staff and volunteers. The chance to develop skills and experience in charity/a leading social enterprise/community work and catering. A fantastic opportunity to help at a successful charity and social enterprise providing vital support to homeless people in Aberdeen. For more details regarding this and further volunteer opportunities at Social Bite please contact Shirin at shirin.karbor@social-bite.co.uk

Y Knot Drop- in Lunch Club Volunteers | St Stephen’s Church Aberdeen

*Help with soup making and/or serving, supporting and socializing at our fantastic Y Knot Drop- in Lunch Club*

You would be joining a team of volunteers, helping to provide a safe, welcoming space where visitors can relax and enjoy a friendly chat and a variety of activities, such as cards, dominoes and occasionally crafts. Our visitors are people from all walks of life who need support to deal with challenges to their mental health.

 Volunteers can choose from a variety of options:

>9.30am to 2.30pm  – making soup, serving, joining in activities

                                      or

>12noon to 2.30pm  – serving, helping to clear up, joining in activities.  (Everyone has lunch together)

A monthly rota ensures that volunteers can tailor their volunteering times to fit in with other commitments. Some work once a month, others every week or once a fortnight. We would be happy to discuss details with you should you decide to apply-and we’re hoping that you will. Preliminary visits would be very welcome.

Training and support is also provided and all volunteers are greatly appreciated.

Contact us by phone or e-mail at e-mail: maggie.whyte@churchofscotland.org.uk  or tel.: 01224 635694 to arrange to “drop in” one Thursday.

The Youth Radio Network Volunteers

The Youth Radio Network is a digital place where young people can easily access and develop their skills and interests. It acts as a sounding board for youth news and issues and promotes all youth organizations. The Youth Radio Network’s focus is on young people, and topical issues such as Bullying, Racism, LGBT and much more.

Here at #TheYouthRadioNetwork, we have started our new recruitment drive across Scotland! There are lots of exciting opportunities to join us as we build our digital radio station which is directed and run by young people.

We have an ambitious programme that aims to make a difference to communities across the UK by helping young people to develop their skills, interests and employability. We are currently looking for the following volunteers to join our team:

  • – Social Media and Marketing Manager x1
  • – Social Media Helpers x 5
  • – Event Helpers x 10
  • – Head of Broadcast x1
  • – Administration Assistants x2
  • – Volunteer Management Assistants x2
  • – DJ’s / Presenters x 50

If you are interested in getting involved please email recruitment@theyouthradionetwork.com  with your CV and a covering letter!

Childline Volunteer Counsellors

Childline is a vital service available 365 days a year to support children and young people, whatever their worry or concern.

A ChildLine Volunteer Counsellor provides an essential service to children and young people who contact the helpline by telephone or via the ChildLine website. As a trained volunteer, Childline Volunteer Counsellors are able to respond to children and young people in a variety of ways that meet their needs at the time they contact.

Full training is provided and ChildLine Supervisors always work alongside counselling volunteers giving support, advice and any direction required.

A great opportunity to help make a real difference for the lives of children. For further details regarding this and other volunteer opportunities at our Aberdeen base or to apply to be a volunteer please:  apply online via: https://www.nspcc.org.uk/what-you-can-do/volunteering-nspcc-childline   or email: kerri.stewart@nspcc.org.uk   / phone:01224 973030.

ITCanHelp – IT Support Volunteers | AbilityNet

AbilityNet is a registered charity that helps disabled and older people to use computers and the internet at home, at work and in education. We provide a number of free IT services for disabled and older people at home to help them get the most from their computers, laptops, tablets, ipads and smart phones. One such service is our ITCanHelp service. ITCanHelp is a network of volunteers with IT knowledge and experience who are able to visit people in their own homes to help with their computer needs. Volunteers may be asked to help set up a new computer system for someone, install software or hardware, troubleshoot problems or even help to change to a printer cartridge or give some basic training on how to use systems.

As one of our volunteers we can offer you: >The chance to work with disabled and older people. >The chance to network with other IT professionals. >The opportunity to be a Digital Champion and gain industry recognised training. >Training on disabilities and adaptive technology. >A free PVG (Disclosure and Barring Service) check.

We are looking for people who have: >IT and computer skills. >Good interpersonal and communication skills. >Access to computer and email.  

When asked why they choose to volunteer with us, this is what our volunteers have to say: >“…to try and make a positive contribution in any way I can…” >“I retired from IT and wanted to contribute my skills freely to help those who would benefit most.” >“As a disabled person myself I thought it would be helpful to share my skills with those less fortunate.”  We are currently on a recruitment drive as we have lots of clients needing our help. If you are interested in finding out more information, please take a look at our website www.abilitynet.org.uk, email us at volunteers@abilitynet.org.uk or phone us on 0800 269 545 where one of our team will be happy to have a chat with you. You can also apply online using the online form at https://www.abilitynet.org.uk/itvolunteers/itcanhelp-volunteer-application-form

Volunteer Marshals | Children 1st

Children 1st is Scotland’s National Children’s Charity. Some children have little to smile about. We’re determined to give them reasons to. We help Scotland’s families to put children first, with practical advice and with support in difficult times. And when the worst happens, we support survivors of abuse, neglect, and other traumatic events in childhood, to recover. We help Scotland’s communities to play their part in looking-out for and protecting children.

We’re looking for enthusiastic Team Children 1st volunteer marshals for the BHGE 10K Running Festival. The BHGE 10k Running Festival is a well established 10k race in Aberdeen and for many runners the highlight of their running season. The course is based around Aberdeen City Beach and Harbour area and has some spectacular views of the North Sea and the ‘famous’ Beach Ballroom on the route of the course. This event also has a 2k option and wheelchair races at 10k & 2k.

 >Race date Sunday 5th May 2019

 >Starting time 8.00am

 >Venue Beach Boulevard, Aberdeen

This is a great opportunity to join Team Children 1st for what promises to be a great day. For more information about volunteering at this incredible event for Children 1st please contact Regan Johnson, Senior Community Fundraiser at E Mail: events@children1st.org.uk or Tel: 0141 419 1158.

Home Visiting Volunteers | Home-Start Aberdeen

Home-Start Aberdeen supports local families, who may be vulnerable or suffering from isolation, with Home-Start Aberdeen aims to prevent family crisis and breakdown in vulnerable, struggling families with young children.

*Our home visiting volunteers:

>Offer support to a local family in their own home for 2-3 hours per week. >Receive training and ongoing support. >Help others develop their parenting skills. >Encourage families to engage with their communities.  >Provide practical guidance on budgeting and household management. >Connect families with other relevant organisations and services.

All of our home visiting volunteers are carefully matched with a Home-Start family to ensure that the relationship is as productive as possible for everyone. Regular training is provided and all volunteers have a co-ordinator who provides ongoing support and meets with them regularly. Our next volunteer preparation training course is planned for early May.

*Why volunteer?

People choose to volunteer with Home-Start Aberdeen to:

>Make a difference to a family’s life. >Give something back to their local community. >Return the support they once received from Home-Start.  >Share a similar experience. >Boost confidence.

>Prepare for returning to work or to progress career.  >Do something fulfilling with spare time.

*Data gathered by Home-Start UK last year indicated that more than 90% of the families supported by Home-Start volunteers said they felt:

>More involved in their children’s development.  >That their children’s emotional and physical health and wellbeing had improved. >Better able to manage their children’s behavior. >Less isolated.

>Less stressed. >More able to cope with day-to-day running of the house. >That they were using local services more.

*Find out more

>For an informal, no-pressure chat about becoming a volunteer with Home-Start Aberdeen, please telephone 01224 693545 or email volunteering@homestartaberdeen.org.uk . Further information is also available on our website at http://www.homestartaberdeen.org.uk/want-help/home-visiting

Bucket Collection Volunteers at ‘Kinky Boots the Musical’ (at HMT Aberdeen) | Terrence Higgins Trust

Terrence Higgins Trust (Scotland) is a leading HIV and sexual health charity. We support people living with HIV and amplify their voices, and help the people using our services to achieve good sexual health.

We have an exciting and great volunteer opportunity for people to help support our bucket collections at Kinky Boots the musical at His Majesty’s Theatre Aberdeen on Saturday 4th May (opportunities available to help at either or both matinee & evening performances). This is a fantastic opportunity to help support the vital work of Terrence Higgins Trust (Scotland). All help is greatly appreciated.

For more details / to volunteer please contact Julie Ringsell, Peer Support Specialist/Volunteer Coordinator at email julie.ringsell@tht.org.uk or tel.: 07741 323 443.