Food Train Connects: Shopping Friends

Food Train Connects provides a one to one grocery shopping services for older people who are no longer able to manage independently, through age, ill health, frailty or disability.

Becoming a Food Train Connects Shopping Friend is rewarding and it makes a huge difference to people’s lives. It’s amazing the impact that regular support with grocery shopping can have on someone who is isolated or lonely. If you want to make sure that an older person is able to live well in their own home this is a great opportunity to do so.

The Role:
• Contact the older person you are matched with on a regular basis, usually weekly, to obtain their shopping list, carry out their shopping and then deliver to their home, putting away if necessary.
• Submit brief records, receipts for payment and to report any matters of concern to staff
• Keep within the boundaries of the role
• To inform Food Train Connects Staff of any accidents, incidents or complaints
• To maintain confidentiality
• To represent Food Train in a professional manner to our members and the wider community

All help makes a real difference and is greatly appreciated.

If you are interested in volunteering with us/for more information please contact Carol Anderson, Development Office at E Mail: carol@foodtrainconnects.org.uk

Area Convener: Children’s Hearings Scotland

*Children’s Hearings Scotland are recruiting!*

Children’s Hearings Scotland in Aberdeen is looking for a committed volunteer leader to take on the role of Area Convener.

  • What will you be doing?
    You’ll be leading a team of committed Area Support Team members and implementing national direction at a local level making sure that the views of young people are heard and acted upon within your area. You’ll be working with local partners, leading on national improvements and communicating with Panel Members whose aim is to make the best decisions for infants, children and young people in your local community.
  • Who are we looking for?
    You’ll be an enthusiastic leader while able to be part of an empathetic team, dedicated to securing the rights of children and young people; be volunteer centric; and, a strong communicator. You’ll also be able to demonstrate a strong commitment to and understanding of the ethos, values and principles of the children’s hearings system.

Full training and support is provided, with the aim to enhance your skills in: leadership, effective communication, and influencing and negotiating – all of which are transferable into the workplace too.

Find out more and apply today at: https://www.chscotland.gov.uk/volunteering-with-us/area-support-teams/vacancies/

If you want to have an informal chat about the role, or need any additional support, please get in touch with us at email catherine.goodfellow@chs.gsi.gov.uk

CHAS: Home Support Volunteers (North East – Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire and Moray)

*Caring for a child with a life-shortening condition is a full time job. Our families need help with activities and practical tasks. As a CHAS Home Support volunteer you will be matched to one family to support them with whatever tasks will help them most.*

-What activities will I be involved in?

The tasks will vary according to the family’s needs but will mainly be:

  • Sibling support – which can include help with homework, activity and play, drop off and pick up from clubs or groups
  • Practical tasks for the family – such as cleaning, ironing, shopping and/or dog walking
  • Emotional support – providing companionship, listening to concerns and building a relationship with the family.

-What skills and abilities will I need to have?

  • Compassionate nature
  • A desire to support families in their own home
  • Ability to be flexible and reliable 
  • Good listening skills 
  • Shared values with CHAS: respect, care, honesty, accountability 
  • Access to reliable public transport or a clean and current driving licence and access to a vehicle is required, as visits will take place within the families own homes therefore travel will be required (any travel and out of pocket costs will also be reimbursed to all volunteers)

-How much time should I offer?

We are currently looking for individuals aged 18 or over who can visit families within their own homes, once a week for a minimum of 2-4 hours. Visits take place during the day, as well at evenings and weekends, so Home Support volunteers need to be able to be flexible and potentially available 7 days per week.

Travel time will also need to be considered but we will try to keep this to a minimum where possible.

-Where is the Opportunity based?

We are looking for volunteers in the North East of Scotland, covering Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire and Moray.  

-What ongoing learning/support/guidance will I receive?

It is important to us that you feel happy, safe and confident in your role. As a CHAS Home Support volunteer you will be thoroughly trained and supported throughout your volunteering journey with us.

Before you start your role you will receive an induction to CHAS, along with an assessed learning package which will consist of 4 x 3 hour weekly sessions which is tailored to your role (these sessions will take place via Zoom due to the current Covid-19 restrictions). 

Along with this, you will also receive regular support and supervision.

We are always developing new opportunities for volunteers to learn and offer a range of options for volunteers including ongoing training and volunteer meet ups. 

-What are the benefits to me?

  • Learning new skills
  • Making a real difference to the families of children with a life-shortening condition.
  • Adding to your CV which can open up employment and studying opportunities
  • Meeting new people
  • Increased self-esteem and confidence

-What else should I know?

Home Support volunteers must be aged 18 or older. 

We will pay your out of pocket expenses in line with the CHAS volunteer expenses policy.

All our Home Support volunteers require membership of the PVG scheme, CHAS will cover all costs associated with this.

-What’s the next step?

If you’re interested in the role you can apply online at https://www.chas.org.uk/get-involved/volunteer/volunteer-application-form

 If you have any questions please contact the Volunteering Team on volunteering@chas.org.uk or 0141 779 6195.

The Rowett Institute: MI-Diet Study

We are recruiting volunteers to take part in a study to examine how personal factors and habits affect individual blood pressure responses when eating wholegrains and nuts – using wearable devices.

We are recruiting:

  • Men or women aged 18-75 years
  • Healthy weight or overweight (BMI 18-35 kg/m²)
  • Having slightly elevated blood pressure levels (120/80 – 140/90 mmHg)
  • Not taking blood pressure or cholesterol-lowering drugs

By taking part in this study you will helping important research. You will also receive daily feedback on your blood pressure and monthly feedback on your cholesterol levels. At the end of the study you will receive a report detailing which factors unique to you are associated with fluctuations in your blood pressure levels. The information we obtain from this study will inform us about how personalised factors can affect health and wellbeing, and enable us to better tailor individual dietary interventions in the future. You will receive a total of £100 upon completion of the study as a contribution towards travel costs and your time spent during the study. You will also get to keep the wireless Qardio blood pressure monitor you will use during the study which is worth £89.95.

The Rowett Institute has many safety measures in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19, which we will be following closely as part of the study. Most of the study is done at home using wearable devices to monitor your blood pressure, activity and respond to personalised questionnaires.

Full information is available at: https://www.abdn.ac.uk/rowett/volunteer/mi_diet.php and please contact Tilly Potter at email t.potter.18@abdn.ac.uk  for more details and to find out if you are eligible for the study by arranging a screening visit.

Festive Outreach Volunteers (for Christmas and/or New Years Day) – Street Friends Helping The Homeless Aberdeen

Street Friends Helping the Homeless Aberdeen is working towards a brighter future for homeless people, vulnerable and people in poverty.

With dignity Street Friends Helping the Homeless offer fresh chilled sandwiches and desserts as meals, food parcels for a few days, clothing, pet food, toiletries/condoms/sanitary products to those most in need as a result of homeless, poverty or vulnerable. We have established links with specialist services. When we befriend, we keep a note anonymously, on how people are doing, if they are in danger/emergency they are given immediate help. If they wish to progress we can use the referrals to get people to the correct professional service.

We offer kindness, empathy, friendship and safe choices if people wish to pursue them.

We are seeking volunteers to assist at festive outreach sessions we have planned for the 25th December 2020, 9.45am – 11.30am and 1st January 2021, 9.45am – 11.30am (people can either help at both or either of these).

We have a full volunteer pathway with training opportunities and all help makes a real difference and is always greatly appreciated.

For more information about helping out volunteering with us during the festive period or any other time of the year please contact Sam Raion, Communications Secretary at email admin@streetfriendshelpingthehomeless.com

Befrienders for Young People : Butterfly Trust (Aberdeen & Grampian)

This befriending opportunity allows the befriender to make a positive difference for a young person, while also growing their own experience and enhancing their life skills. Our befrienders offer one to one support to a young person aged 8  to 18, who has Cystic Fibrosis.  

Young people living with this condition have a demanding daily treatment regime at home and sometimes experience limitations that can affect their confidence and ability to cope with the challenges of everyday living.   They may also be socially isolated because of their condition.

A befriender will meet with the young person every 1 to 2 weeks, to build a trusting one to one relationship.  This will allow the young person space and a suitable environment to explore their feelings, discuss their fears, develop life skills and grow in the areas where they may be struggling.

A great opportunity to make a real difference for people. Excellent support and relevant training is provided to all volunteers.  For more details please contact Helen Tew, Volunteer Manager at E Mail: helen.tew@butterflytrust.org.uk or tel 0131 478 1268.

Drinklink: Minutes Secretary

We are currently looking for a Minutes Secretary to join us on a voluntary basis.

Drinklink believe that no one life should be negatively affected by someone else’s drinking.

Our aim is to link people affected by someone else’s drinking, we know the impact of this can be wide reaching so we work to provide signposting to support, and services to facilitate education and recovery.

The Minutes Secretary shall accurately record and store minutes for quick reference.

*Key Responsibilities include:

  • Take the minutes of meetings.
  • Write up the minutes as soon as possible after the meeting, send to Chair and Secretary for approval and once approved distribute to all committee members.
  • Read, reply and file correspondence promptly.
  • Collate and arrange for the printing of the annual report.
  • Maintain registers of members’ names and addresses, life members and sponsors.
  • Maintain files of legal documents such as constitutions and titles.

*Attributes:

  • Secretarial experience preferred
  • Diplomatic and tactful
  • Professional
  • Organised
  • Comfortable with using word and share point
  • Must have own computer
  • Must be able to work independently
  • Reliable internet access is essential

The role involves working from home and committing at least 0.5 – 1 day per month including attendance at the board meeting in central Aberdeen (currently all meetings are held online).

Previous experience in a similar role in a charitable/volunteer environment would be desirable.

This is a fantastic opportunity for someone who wants to make a difference and join a passionate organisation supporting us from the core.

Should this role be of interest, to apply please forward your CV to:  volunteering@drinklink.org *(Closing date: 4th December 2020)

Active Schools Volunteers

*Looking for a fun and exciting way to inspire the next generation? Help local children get active? Boost your confidence? Develop important life skills? Enhance your CV?*

Active Schools are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help support existing activities or develop new ones to enhance the opportunities available to children throughout the City. Whether it’s football, netball, tennis, yoga, dance or multisport, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

Opportunities are available before school, during lunchtime, after-school or in the evening. There is a Club out there for everyone! Most volunteers attend activities within their local area on a weekly basis and commitment is from as little as one hour a week.

Getting involved in an Active Schools Club will help get more children active and give them the opportunity to develop important life skills. Be it making friends, getting active, improving health and mental well-being or gaining self-esteem, the benefits of participating in sport is endless.

Aged 12-25? Boost your CV and prospects by joining the Saltire Awards. Gain certificates based on your volunteering and earn extra Young Scot award points for fantastic prizes.

Full support is provided to all volunteers.

For more details please contact us at email ActiveSchools@sportaberdeen.co.uk

AbilityNet Tech Volunteers

*Our award-winning charity is looking for Tech volunteers to support older and disabled people with their tech at home.*

-Our Vision:

Do you have a passion for the power of technology? Our vision is to create …..

“A world in which digital services are equally accessible to all”

As an AbilityNet Tech volunteer you can help unleash the power of technology to ensure that older people and disabled people are not excluded from the digital world.

“One of your advisors, Trevor, has been helping me with some very basic computer skills on a tablet that I have hardly touched since it was bought for me as a present from my wife. I suffer from Parkinson’s and it is very difficult for me to concentrate. Trevor has been extremely kind and patient and has opened up a world I hardly knew existed.” (AbilityNet client).

-Overview:

All across the country our 300 volunteers support older and/or disabled people at home to offer one-to-one support with their technology, whether that’s a computer, laptop, smartphone or tablet.

Our volunteers:

-Trouble shoot technical issues.

-Offer impartial advice on technology.

-Set up new tech and install hardware and software.

-Show people how to use their tech at home e.g. shop online, send and receive emails and Skype with family and friends.

-Make adaptations to support a disabled person’s specific technology needs.

What will I be doing?

-Contacting clients to arrange a date/time to support (home visits or supporting them remotely).

-Carrying out tech support for the clients you have accepted.

-Feeding back on progress via our online ticketing system.

-Supporting your local Coordinator with promoting the volunteer service in the local area.

-Getting together with other tech volunteers at team meetings and wider company events.

-Undergoing training on technology, particularly adaptive technology.

-Supporting other volunteers through our online chat facility.

-What skills do I need?:

You don’t need to be a tech guru to help out. If you use a computer at home or work, and perhaps support family and friends with their tech issues, you are likely to have the skills we need:

-A passion to help others.

-Good IT and computer skills.

-Knowledge of standard operating systems and software.

-The ability to communicate well with people.

-Patience and empathy.

-What are the benefits to me?:

As an AbilityNet Tech volunteer you can:

-Change the lives of disabled and older people.

-Benefit from technology and disability training.

-Network with a nationwide team of other Tech volunteers.

-Be flexible with your volunteering and plan it around your other work and home commitments.

-How much time will I need to offer?:

The service is client led and will depend on the demand in your local area. The work is flexible and you can arrange visits around your home and work commitments. On average a volunteer undertakes 4 hours of volunteering a month, this can be in or out of work hours, in the evenings or weekends.

-What else do I need to know?:

-We pay travel expenses at 45p per mile.

-As you will be help vulnerable adults you’ll need an enhanced PVG (Scotland) –Protection of Vulnerable Groups check which will be renewed/checked every 2 years (at no cost to the volunteer).

-What should I do next?:

If you think you have what it takes to be an AbilityNet Tech volunteer please either apply online at https://abilitynet.org.uk/abilitynet-itcanhelp-volunteer-application or if you would like more information, or to chat further about the volunteer role contact the AbilityNet Free Services team on 0800 048 7642, or email volunteers@abilitynet.org.uk  

You will be contacted by a local volunteer Coordinator to arrange an informal interview.

Homely Cook Volunteers: Bon Accord Care

We are looking for Volunteers who feel able to support a lady to maintain her cooking skills, and support with some batch cooking. If you maybe have a background in catering, or just enjoy cooking this is a great opportunity to support an individual to keep on cooking with confidence. The lady is a keen cook and enjoys and values home cooked food but can often forget the process.  She would value a Volunteer working alongside her to help her follow a recipe and potentially prepare some batch cooking, for when the lady is alone. This volunteer opportunity is in the Kincorth Area of Aberdeen.

Get involved with Bon Accord Care. A chance to make a difference, help others, make new friends, gain work experience and more! Excellent support and relevant training are provided to all volunteers. A fantastic opportunity to help make a real difference-all volunteers are greatly appreciated.

For further details please contact  Julie Suttar,  Engagement & Liaison Lead at E-Mail: BACVolunteering@bonaccordcare.org or tel.: 01224 570400.