Veterans Support Assistants | Action on Hearing Loss – Hearing Forces

Why not join our exciting Hearing Forces project, which is providing support to veterans aged 65+, who have hearing loss or tinnitus and their families and carers. If you’ve got a few hours to spare every month, you could help reduce loneliness and social isolation and provide life changing support to older veterans.

There’s the opportunity to assist with hearing screening, information and hearing aid maintenance. You’ll also inform veterans about helpful equipment and signpost veterans to other services within the Unforgotten Forces consortium that can help them.

No previous experience is essential, as you will get lots of training and support.

For further details please contact Heather Hart, Hearing Forces – Project Assistant at E Mail: hearing.forces@hearingloss.org.uk  or tel.: 0141 341 5344.

Food Store / Community Café Volunteers | Tillydrone Community Campus

Tillydrone Community Campus is a new £6million facility that opened in late August 2019. The facility has many opportunities for the community to engage with in developing it as centre that Tillydrone can be proud of. This can be in participating or organising groups / activities, accessing the library, Food Store or using the Café. We are looking for volunteers to assist in the following opportunities:

>Food Store: To help the Lighthouse group in operating the Food Store which consists of two main tasks; engage with customers and filling food bags. The engagement part is crucial in building up a relationship which leads to further discussions with a view to exploring what else might be going on in the individual’s life. Whilst the position might not be able to directly influence what else is going on in someone’s life it is an opportunity to sign post and support. Opening Hours just now are for a couple of hours on a Monday afternoon; however it is anticipated that this will extend to three afternoons during the week.

>Community Café: Helping the cook in charge of the café. This will involve; food prep, customer care, serving, operating a till and coffee machine, clearing tables and helping wipe down the kitchen at the end. Whilst volunteering you will be directed by the cook on charge with myself and a colleague having overall responsibility for the volunteers in the Campus (the café is currently open Monday-Friday and people can volunteer any of these days/times).  The interaction between those coming into the Campus and the Café cannot be overstated as this is one of the first interactions, they will have on entering the building. It is an opportunity to present the Campus in a positive welcoming light.

We offer an induction, regular meetings (to assist in developing the opportunity and provision) and all the training that you might need for the opportunity to be fulfilling for you.

A fantastic opportunity to help at the Tillydrone Community Campus. All help is greatly appreciated. For more information about these or any other ways you can get involved  please contact Graham Donald, Community Development Worker at E Mail: GrDonald@aberdeencity.gov.uk or telephone: 01224 522192 / 07917 305803.

Marketing/Business Development Support Volunteer | Absafe

Do you have a passion for networking? Come and join a small but fun team and help with marketing and support business development. An exciting opportunity to help, with all assistance greatly appreciated.

Absafe works to advance safety, prevent accidents and save lives. This includes safety in the home, road and community. Absafe undertakes a range of work to promote safety. This includes innovative educational programmes at The Safe a purpose built, interactive village containing real life scenarios coupled with 21st century technology, with each zone specifically created to tackle a different safety issue. By exploring and interacting with ‘real life’ dangerous situations in a risk free environment, visitors experience an exciting, thrilling and memorable way to learn valuable safety lessons they can apply to their day-to-day lives.

For further information please contact Jacqueline Wilson, Office Manager at email: hello@absafe.org.uk  or telephone: 01224 823157.

Education Volunteers | ASPIRENorth

>Do you want to work with young people, get experience in the classroom or simply want to make a difference? Then come volunteer with ASPIRENorth!

Based in Aberdeen University, ASPIRENorth works with young people across the North of Scotland providing impartial information, advice and guidance about progression routes into higher education. Programmes are tailored to the needs of each pupil, taking into account individual skills, abilities and aspirations and include 1:1 support, campus visits and residential trips. We are looking for volunteers who are currently involved in or have recent experience in higher education (College & University):

>What kind of support can I offer? Often many pupils don’t know anyone in their family who is in or has been in higher education before. Being a face in our programme helps demystify the process and encourage pupils to get interested. Our volunteers support pupils during workshops and help ASPIRENorth staff run residential trips.

>Sounds good! How much time do I have to commit? The time you can commit is flexible to your schedule. We recognise higher education students have other commitments (e.g. exams) and so how much time you can commit is down to yourself.

>What qualities do you look for in a volunteer? We are looking for friendly and enthusiastic volunteers who are also patient, understanding and happy to listen.

>Do I need previous experience or a PVG? No! We offer all the training and support you’ll need to get started and will sponsor your PVG. We offer a comprehensive training programme through the year that gives you the chance to learn about designing lesson plans, public speaking, managing classes and more! We are also invested in your personal development and offer opportunities in gaining experience in school classrooms from 1:1 support to running full workshops (depending on your comfortability).
>Want to apply? Simply click this link to get an application form from our website here: https://www.aspirenorth.co.uk/
>Got any questions? Give us an email at volunteer-aspirenorth@abdn.ac.uk

Marie Curie Collection Box Coordinators

Our Collection Box Coordinators – CBC’s play a pivotal role in helping to raise funds throughout Aberdeen for our local nursing service. CBC’s are responsible for placing cans in keys areas throughout the city, developing relationships with new businesses, collect in all monies, count and bank it and thank the businesses on our behalf.

We are looking for reliable, trustworthy people who will be our face within the community. As CBC we would like you to spot key opportunities to place cans within your local area and be that businesses main point of contact once the can needs to be changed.  We are particularly keen to cover, Cults, Rosemount and further into the city. However, we are happy to look at further coverage across the whole city.

A fantastic opportunity to help in the vital services that Marie Curie provide. For more information please contact Sue Walsh, Community Fundraise at E Mail: susan.walsh@mariecurie.org.uk  or tel.: 01224 284382/07798 638152.

Receptionist/Clerical Administrator | SHMU -Station House Media Unit

Station House Media Unit (shmu) is one of the core cultural organisations in North East Scotland and is at the forefront of community media development in Scotland, supporting residents in the seven regeneration areas of Aberdeen in radio and video production, traditional and on-line publications, music production and digital inclusion. The organisation also supports other disadvantaged communities, both geographic and communities of interest, including an employability and training arm and a programme for offenders, both pre and post-release.

The organisation is entering an exciting new phase following a £1.5 million redevelopment of our HQ in Woodside. The redeveloped HQ includes a fantastic new foyer/open plan social space as you first enter the building, with a reception desk including the door entry system. As a community managed, needs led organisation it is vital that shmu offers the best possible service to all building users; staff, volunteers and visitors, so we are looking for enthusiastic volunteers for our new reception. The opportunity involves being the friendly, welcoming first point of contact for the organisation.

Reception duties: Responsibility for door entry, greeting visitors, volunteers and service users, taking phone calls and maintaining a clean and tidy reception area and social space.

We would like this role to be beneficial for the organisation and for the volunteers who undertake it; volunteers may choose to undertake the reception duties detailed above, however there are some additional/optional tasks (general administrative and clerical duties including filing, data entry and document preparation), for volunteers who are keen to develop their skills further or take on a little more responsibility.  Volunteers who are looking to build on their skills to enter into, or return to work, can also receive specific employability support if required, such as support to complete applications, CV creation and interview skills.

A volunteer role description with full details of key tasks and activities can be provided on request. Induction, excellent support and relevant training is provided to all volunteers. This is a diverse and engaging role for a busy community organisation.

For more details please contact Chrissie Simpson, Senior Project Administrator at E Mail: chrissie.simpson@shmu.org.uk or tel.: 01224 515013.

Social Media Adviser | Disabled Persons Housing Service

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an individual who is competent with all social media – website, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook – to join our charity on a voluntary basis. To provide help and support to establish these sites and help manage them on a regular basis.

>Individuals’ benefit – Develop relevant work experience – marketing, IT, advertising, PR, community and publicity. Look good on CV.

>Public benefit – making the public and potential service users aware of the charity and informing them of what the charity does.

The charity was established in 2004 and has gone from strength to strength ever since.

We are a local charity offering housing advice and advocacy to vulnerable/disabled individuals and managed by a committee of local people. We received the Queens Award for Voluntary Service last year.

For more information please contact Anne Findlay, Board Member at E Mail: info@dphsaberdeen.org  / Tel No: 07984219950.

Food & Fun Volunteers | Aberdeen City Council Food & Fun Programme

Food and Fun was introduced by the Council as a pilot to deliver free meals and activities to children in key areas of Aberdeen during school holiday periods and has been rolled out on a permanent basis. Over Christmas, as an extension of the project, special events were hosted for young people to enjoy the festivities – from ice skating and crafts to a disco and visit to Santa.

For everyone involved in Food and Fun there’s a busy period ahead. The main aim is to ensure children continue to be fed, recognising the importance of school meals during term time for a large number of families, and also to provide the opportunity to take part in physical activity in a nurturing environment.

The initiative has been recognised with awards – but the reward and motivation for the many people who have put their heart and soul into developing the programme is in the positive impact there is on children, families and communities.

When we talk about our purpose – about caring for our city and our people – we think Food and Fun is a shining example that we can all be incredibly proud of.

Many participants obtain great life skills which has assisted them in securing other opportunities as well as the personal development and satisfaction that this also brings.

All help makes a difference and is greatly appreciated. To volunteer / for more information please contact Martin Smith, Locality Inclusion Manager at E Mail: martinsmith@aberdeencity.gov.uk or Tel.: 01224 788538.

Shop Assistants | CLAN Cancer Support Aberdeen Rosemount Store

CLAN Cancer Support provides emotional and practical support to people affected by cancer, their family, carers and friends.

Volunteers in our stores provide vital help to CLAN and all assistance is greatly appreciated. In our stores, just 3 hours a week from a volunteer can make a huge difference. Whether sorting and pricing donations, till work, or just chatting to customers, we have a role for everyone.

A great way to meet new people and help raise money for our clients. Our volunteers can do what they feel comfortable with in store and make a huge difference.

For more information please contact Colin Tough, CLAN Cancer Support Regional Retail Manager at Email: colin.tough@clanhouse.org  / tel: 01224 647000 (switchboard) / Mob: 07394 564374 or apply online via our website at: https://www.clanhouse.org/volunteering/shops/

Marketing Managers, Fundraisers, Secretary and Event-Coordinator Opportunities | Orthodox Research Institute of St. John Chrysostom SCIO

Great opportunity to develop leadership, writing, communication, management and marketing skills and to be part of the vibrant community of young theologians and to make a contribution to the enterprise that matters!

We need your help in:

  • Maintaining effective internal communications within the organization.
  • Coordinating events.
  • Planning and implementing promotional campaigns.
  • Overseeing the social media strategy.
  • Fundraising.

A fantastic opportunity to assist a brilliant group/charity. All help makes a difference and is greatly appreciated.

For more details please contact Dr. Olga Sevastyanova, Chairperson at email connect@orthodoxresearchgroup.com  or tel.: 07884971624.