Learn more about volunteering with Lead – 10am Wednesday 1st June

Please join us for this information session about volunteering with Lead Scotland. We have a fantastic team of volunteers across Scotland that support our learning and befriending projects 1-to-1 or in groups and online, by phone and in person. At the meeting, we’ll give an introduction to our work, the types of volunteering roles available and what the process is from enquiring to volunteer to starting to work with learners or befriendees.

We’ll be joined by coordinators from some of our projects and hopefully some current volunteers. There’ll be plenty of time for you to ask questions.

-Sign up here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMscu6hrjsiGdYUCNmr3Sbz2S5Mwp3NfZkf

-Further information regarding volunteering at Lead Scotland is also available at https://www.lead.org.uk/opportunities-for-volunteers/

Nuart Aberdeen Volunteers -Get involved with Nuart Aberdeen 2022!

Volunteer Opportunities at Nuart Aberdeen 2022!

We’re looking for enthusiastic volunteers who wish to gain some valuable experience at Nuart Aberdeen 2022. Our volunteers are an essential part of Nuart Festival and contribute to all areas of the production and events programme. We are looking for event staff, runners, artist assistants, drivers, production crew and admin/marketing support for the festival. There is no need for any training or previous experience as you will be fully briefed by the Nuart Team for your shifts.

We create dynamic schedules for our volunteers so you can try your hand at more than one role and get a well-rounded experience at the festival. Production will take place from around 1-9 June, with the launch weekend programme running 9-12 June. Our volunteer sign up form will ask you to indicate your areas of interest and your availability so we can allocate shifts and roles. This is a relaxed and fun volunteer opportunity and we really look forward to working with you soon!

-Summary of the volunteer roles we need help on:

Event Volunteers: Our launch weekend features a wide variety of public and private events such as receptions, film screenings, walking tours, a street art conference and workshops and we need volunteers to help all of these run smoothly. We need friendly people for this who are happy to deal with the public and the bonus is you get to enjoy the event too!

Artist Assistants Volunteers: Our artists tend to create large works of art and will need a helping hand. This could include anything from working directly with the artist to paint their mural, helping set up their supplies and get them tools, and even assisting on our lunch runs. This is a multi-faceted role, where having a creative bone in your body is helpful.

Volunteer Drivers: Artists and crew may need to be driven and collected from sites around town, including to the airport and back. Do you have your driver’s license and access to your own vehicle? This role is for you. Drivers are very important to us, as we are guests in your city and need a hand.

Production Crew Volunteers: Assisting artists and producers with the production of artwork on the street. This includes a huge amount of variety, and you will get a hands-on understanding of what it takes to work in production.

Volunteer Runners: There are a million little tasks that go into a production like Nuart. Runners are our chaos pilots that work in every part of the production and are happy to pitch in and get things done as needed!

Marketing and Admin Support Volunteers: With lots to do in the lead up to the festival this role could include office based work getting things sorted and tasks such as flyering in the days leading up to the launch weekend to make sure the people of Aberdeen know Nuart Aberdeen is happening!

What’s in it for you?

  • Free entry on selected events
  • Festival t-shirt
  • Food and drinks the day you’re working
  • Valuable experience
  • The chance to make some wonderful new pals!
  • Work/volunteer references can be supplied on request

*To sign up as a volunteer please complete the form at: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeR-zcPfb1h4_qLwG8vkaU8F4Ievz6poLZ-lCUWdA8SHtgJcw/viewform

*If you have any specific questions on volunteering, please contact us at email: volunteer@aberdeeninspired.com  Otherwise we’ll be in touch in the coming weeks to organise shifts and tell you more about the festival! *For more information on Nuart Aberdeen 2022, please visit the Nuart Aberdeen website – https://2022.nuartaberdeen.co.uk/

Support Volunteers – Searchlight Scotland

Searchlight Scotland runs a restoration programme and supported accommodation for women whose lives have been affected by human trafficking, addiction, abuse and other life controlling issues

We are recruiting volunteers to help us in our mission.  In particular we would like to reach out to students who are currently studying psychology, social work or health care.  However, anyone who is enthusiastic, caring and passionate about helping make a difference in people’s lives is what we are looking for the most.

Our volunteers will mainly be based in our safe house assisting with aspects such as:

  • Assisting with the running of the safe house
  • Take women to appointments
  • Help women learn life skills in a practical way
  • Encourage independence
  • Encourage participation in activities
  • Help run informal activities
  • Document all events and handover

Our amazing volunteers provide us with their time, passion and energy, helping us to continue supporting the vulnerable people we serve in our community.  In return, our volunteers have been able to:

  • gain new skills and confidence
  • enhance their CV and employability
  • meet new people
  • get training and support
  • make a difference

If you wish to volunteer or for any further details please contact Eva D’ Amico, Volunteer Coordinator at email: eva.d’amico@searchlightscotland.org or telephone.: 07927371717. More details are also available at our website: https://www.searchlightscotland.org/volunteer

NSPCC Scotland Childhood Day- Aberdeen Collection Volunteers

*Aberdeen volunteers needed for NSPCC’s flagship Childhood Day*

NSPCC Scotland is bringing people in Aberdeen together this summer to have fun while helping to protect children from abuse and neglect.

Childhood Day, which is on June 10, is the NSPCC’s landmark charity day where families, friends and colleagues fundraise and take action to help keep children safe.

To help make this the best Childhood Day yet, the NSPCC is appealing for volunteers on Friday 10 and Saturday 11 June at the ASDA Beach Superstore from 10am until 6pm.

Caroline Renton, Supporter Fundraising Manager for NSPCC Scotland, said:
“Last year, the NSPCC Helpline made 897 referrals to agencies in Scotland about child abuse and neglect concerns – an average of two referrals a day. With the support of local people here in Aberdeen, we can take action against child abuse, and raise funds to ensure young people always have someone to turn to. We need volunteers to help at our Aberdeen collection, so please contact us if you’re able to give your time, energy and enthusiasm. It would be great if you could spare a couple of hours to help us. Together we can make all the difference for children. Or you may prefer to set up a fundraising event. Whether you’re organising a sponsored kickabout in the park, a board game, a musical get-together or an online gaming tournament, we want your help to get the UK playing and to raise money to help us keep children safe from abuse.”

-To help with a collection, visit: www.nspcc.org.uk/support-us/events-fundraising/childhood-day/volunteer/

-If you want to do your own fundraising, then visit https://www.nspcc.org.uk/childhoodday for a fundraising pack.

-For any further information please feel welcome to also email us at CHDVolunteering@NSPCC.org.uk

Volunteer Kilties-Aberdeen Kiltwalk 2022

Join our Kiltie team for the Aberdeen Kiltwalk 2022! You’ll be supporting thousands of walkers across our 26-mile route whilst also having fun, making friends and creating memorable experiences that will last forever.

The Aberdeen Kiltwalk 2022 takes place on Sunday 29th May 2022 and is an incredible event for Aberdeen. Our events wouldn’t be possible without the help of our fantastic network of volunteers – the Kilties! They support our Kiltwalkers as they raise millions of pounds for causes all over Scotland, help deliver our events, keep our walkers’ spirits high and of course, add a touch of Kiltwalk magic!

With nine roles to choose from, there really is something for everyone! You could be checking our walkers in at one of our start venues, helping them re-fuel at one of our Pit Stops, keeping them motivated along the route or giving them a cheer as they cross the finish line. Or you might prefer to walk, cycle or drive as one of our Back Marker, Lead Bike or Driver Kilties.

If you would like to learn new skills, meet new people and have a truly rewarding experience, then apply to become a Kiltie Volunteer today!

Charity Boost: Thanks to Sir Tom Hunter and The Hunter Foundation, the Kiltwalk is delighted to announce that for every event a Kiltie volunteers at, a donation will be made to their chosen charity.Simply select the charity you would like to support during the application process.

Other Events:We also have volunteering opportunities at our other events in Aberdeen, Dundee and Edinburgh if you wish. Once you’ve been accepted to our Kiltie programme, you can sign up for shifts at any of our events – there’s no need to apply again!

Excellent support and relevant training is provided to all volunteers. All Kilties will receive training before the event and will be supported by Kiltwalk staff and fellow Kilties on the day. You’ll also be provided with a uniform.

A fantastic event and volunteer opportunity to be involved in. All help makes a difference and is greatly appreciated. For more details and to sign up to be a fabulous Aberdeen Kiltwalk 2022 Kiltie Volunteer please visit https://www.thekiltwalk.co.uk/volunteer or contact Debbie Chisholm, Volunteer Manager at email kilties@thekiltwalk.co.uk

TAMS- The Allotment Market Stall Volunteers

The Allotment Market Stall provides good-quality, well-priced, locally grown fruit and vegetables and reduces waste. We have exciting opportunities this season for people to assist volunteering at one of our fantastic locations (either at the Grove Nursery-Hazlehead,  Duthie Park, Seaton Park or Victoria Park or various allotment sites in Aberdeen). A range of times are available to help and all assistance makes a real difference and is greatly appreciated. Volunteer roles you can help with include:

*Garden Volunteers –  Ongoing

To join in with the cultivation of a nature friendly market garden. Would suit someone who enjoys outdoors and nature and wants to be part of a community project promoting local food growing. Full details available at: https://www.volunteeraberdeen.org.uk/volunteers/search-opportunities/#/opportunity/a0g0800000Pc7HtAAJ/market-garden-volunteers?distance=10&view=widget

*Market Stall Volunteers  – Fridays from July to October

Helping to set up the veg stall and sell produce to the public. The role would suit someone who enjoys outdoors and meeting people and has an interest in local produce and running a market stall selling allotment grown fruit and veg. Full details available at: https://www.volunteeraberdeen.org.uk/volunteers/search-opportunities/#/opportunity/a0g0800000Pc7HoAAJ/market-stall-volunteers?distance=10&view=widget

*Allotment Produce Collectors – Thursdays from July to October

Assisting our driver to collect allotment produce from around Aberdeen. Would suit someone who enjoys outdoors and has an interest in local fruit and veg growing. Full details available at: https://www.volunteeraberdeen.org.uk/volunteers/search-opportunities/#/opportunity/a0g0800000Pc7HjAAJ/allotment-produce-collectors?distance=10&view=widget

*Allotment Produce Weigh in Volunteers – Thursdays July to October.

To help weigh and record produce collected from Aberdeen allotments each week. Would suit someone with interest in supporting a project collecting and selling local fruit and veg. Full details available at: https://www.volunteeraberdeen.org.uk/volunteers/search-opportunities/#/opportunity/a0g0800000Pc7HeAAJ/allotment-produce-weigh-in-volunteers?distance=10&view=widget

Full training will be given. Volunteers will be accompanied and supported at all times.

This is a great opportunity to:

  • Make a difference in your city and the environment
  • Be a part of a community of growers
  • Meet people and grow in confidence
  • Learn gardening skills

For more details please contact us at email: theallotmentmentmarketstall@gmail.com

Board Members – Bonnymuir Green Community Trust

Bonnymuir Green Community Trust is a thriving community owned green space and registered charity. We have a productive, managed community garden, a social hub and cafe, which is led, developed and sustained by local volunteers.  We encourage all members of the public to meet and share in a space that is accessible, providing the community with a mix of educational and social activities, encouraging fun, good health, wellbeing and sustainable living.

Our aim is that Bonnymuir Green Community Trust develops and uses the site of the former Bonnymuir Green Bowling Club as an asset, owned by and operated for the benefit of the community. Our vision is to create an urban sustainability hub. All residents in our community and beyond will be encouraged to use it as a social hub where the emphasis is on promoting greener, carbon reducing lifestyle.

To assist in this and the continued exciting developments at Bonnymuir Green Community Trust we are seeking new Board Members, particularly people with HR or finance experience and/or a background in the community/third sector. If interested please contact John Wigglesworth at email John.Wigglesworth@bgct.co.uk  for more information.

Further details about Bonnymuir Green Community Trust are also available at http://www.bgct.co.uk/

Volunteer Driver – Aberdeen – Aberlour Scotland’s Children’s Charity

Would you like to help children with disabilities by assisting with travel to and from our services in Aberdeen?

Aberlour Options Aberdeen is a short breaks service, providing residential, community-based short breaks and care at home for children and young people with disabilities. We offer a safe, homely environment for a child to come and stay for a short break that gives their families a rest from their caring role. Volunteer Drivers play an important role in helping transport children to and from our service on our minibus, helping them to feel comfortable and secure. Our services are in the Bucksburn and Garthdee areas of Aberdeen, with journeys frequently across the Aberdeen City area.

Volunteer Drivers play an important role in helping children feel safe, secure and relaxed during these journeys. Volunteer Drivers put children at ease, who may otherwise be feeling anxious by interacting with children and being a friendly face to accompany them to and from the service. These interactions help to develop communication skills, building confidence and self-esteem.

Volunteer Drivers can gain a real sense of satisfaction from helping children with disabilities travel to and from the Options Aberdeen service, knowing they are making a positive impact and helping to make their time at Option Aberdeen enjoyable. Volunteer Drivers can gain experience working with children and young people, and become part of a supportive and encouraging team.

For further information please contact:

Shonagh Kane |Volunteer Coordinator (North)

email: volunteering@aberlour.org.uk | tel.: 07864 625069

National Childbirth Trust (NCT – Aberdeen) Volunteers

Our vision at the National Childbirth Trust is of a world in which no parent is isolated and all parents are supported to build a stronger society. Our charitable purposes are to: *offer information and support in pregnancy, birth and early parenthood. *campaign to improve maternity care and ensure better services and facilities for new parents. *give every parent the chance to make informed choices. *make sure that everyone has access to our services and activities. Locally, in Aberdeen City and the ‘shire we provide support for parents and parents-to-be by being the local face of NCT. We run weekly groups, fundraising events and social events as well as a variety of training courses.

We currently have exciting opportunities to assist us volunteering. All help makes a real difference and is greatly appreciated. Volunteer roles we are currently seeking additional help for include:

*Bumps, Babies and Beyond Group Volunteers – Ferryhill: Full details available at https://www.volunteeraberdeen.org.uk/volunteers/search-opportunities/#/opportunity/a0g0800000Pc7GCAAZ/bumps-babies-and-beyond-group-volunteers-ferryhill?distance=10&view=widget

*NCT Website coordinator: Full details available at: https://www.volunteeraberdeen.org.uk/volunteers/search-opportunities/#/opportunity/a0g0800000Pc7G7AAJ/nct-website-coordinator?distance=10&view=widget

*Social Media Volunteer: Full details available at: https://www.volunteeraberdeen.org.uk/volunteers/search-opportunities/#/opportunity/a0g0800000Pc7G2AAJ/social-media-volunteer?distance=10&view=widget

*Branch Secretary: Full details available at: https://www.volunteeraberdeen.org.uk/volunteers/search-opportunities/#/opportunity/a0g0800000Pc7FsAAJ/branch-secretary?distance=10&view=widget

A great way to support local parents and carers. NCT Aberdeen City and Shire are a local branch of a national charity, we provide support to parents in the first 1000 days. Our groups and support are open to all.

For further details please contact Victoria Ellis at email: aberdeen@nct.org.uk

More information is also available at our website at: https://www.nct.org.uk/local-activities-meet-ups/region-scotland/aberdeen-city-and-shire

Website/IT Volunteers – The Living Well Project

The aim of our small charity is to improve the physical, emotional and social wellbeing of those who feel isolated and also to offer support to those living with dementia, as well as their carers.  We offer a Befriending Service for older people as well as dementia cafés in local communities.

We are looking for someone to develop a new website and to review and improve our IT and email set-up. You will need IT skills and experience of website development as well as practical experience and knowledge.  We are a team of three who have limited technical expertise so we need someone with the necessary skills to liaise and communicate with us in simple English!  We are very enthusiastic about what we do and try to find the fun in things, but IT issues are SO not fun for us and we need help!

This is a great opportunity for someone to develop and showcase their IT skills. It could suit someone who finds themselves with spare time and who would like to offer our charity the benefit of their experience. For an informal chat to find out more information about what’s involved, please call Ruth on 07423 071448 or email us at admin@thelivingwellproject.org.uk