Office Volunteers | JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation)

JDRF, the world’s leading type 1 diabetes charity. We currently have great opportunities in our Aberdeen office to assist in our vital work.

*What will I be doing?:

As an Office Volunteer for JDRF you will be volunteering with our regional team in our Aberdeen office. The role will be varied and you will be supporting the team with a wide-range of general administration tasks and supporting the team with various tasks to ensure everything is kept up-to-date and deadlines are met. This may include;

-Day-to-day administration tasks such as emails, phone-calls and filing-Assisting in writing letters, emails and other correspondence-Creating, updating and maintaining records on Donorflex-Other data entry tasks-Perform other ad-hoc tasks as required

*How will this benefit JDRF?:

By supporting the team with this varied range of administration tasks you will be helping the JDRF to engage with and support more people across the region to fund research to treat, prevent and cure type 1 diabetes. Ensuring that administration tasks such as this are completed to an accurate and high standard will be invaluable to the team, as well as JDRF as a whole.

*How will this benefit me?: Volunteering with us assists in:

*Improving communication skills*Improving Microsoft Office skills – particularly Word and Excel*An opportunity to gain experience using a CRM database*Gaining general administration skills*Being part of the JDRF team*The opportunity to help JDRF reach and support more people with type1 diabetes* You will receive an induction to JDRF, the work that the teams do and the resources that we offer to our supporters*You will have a staff buddy who has an overview of the project in their area and will provide on-going support. There will be regular catch-ups giving an opportunity to discuss updates, feedback and plan; this may be by phone call or skype if unable to meet in person. You will also be reimbursed for reasonable travel expenses and receive a £5 a day lunch allowance.

*Sounds great!  How do I get involved?: Please apply via:

-the application form found here –  https://jdrf.org.uk/forms/sign-up-to-become-a-volunteer/

-or for more information, if you have any questions please contact our Volunteer Team at Email: volunteering@jdrf.org.uk

Social Media Volunteers | MS Society (Aberdeen Branch)

The MS Society supports people who have multiple sclerosis. The MS Society, Aberdeen local group is looking for someone to manage our Facebook page and recommend other avenues to increase our digital presence with a view to attracting new users to our activities.

Good support is provided to all volunteers and all help makes a real difference. For further details please contact Ian Gourlay, Projects and Fundraising Volunteer at E Mail: ian.gourlay@btinternet.com  or tel:  01224 820453.

Inchgarth Community Centre | Volunteer Bus Driver for Phoenix Club

Inchgarth Community Centre is currently looking for a new Volunteer Bus Driver for our Phoenix Club. The Phoenix Club is a social club for people with physical and learning disabilities. It is a very important place for our members as it’s often the only opportunity people have to talk and socialise during the week. Some of them live far away from the centre, or just cannot come here by themselves, hence the need for a driver.

The Phoenix Club is held every Monday from 7-9pm, while the driver would need to be at Inchgarth at 5.15pm to get the bus and start the round. The role is only driving, there will be an escort in the bus to support and manage every needs from our members. The driver is welcome to stay in the centre during the Phoenix Club, and we’ll be happy to help you with coffee and a slice of cake! At the end of the club, the driver would take home our members. To be able to drive you would need a D1 on your license.

If you wish to volunteer, or know someone who might be interested, please get in touch with us. Even once a month would be great and your help would make a massive difference to some of societies most socially isolated and vulnerable adults and ensure people can get to their club.

For more details please contact Jules Ory, Inchgarth Community Centre Volunteer Coordinator, at email volunteerinchgarth@gmail.com  or tel.: 01224 325191.

Bloodwise | Collection Volunteers at ‘Calendar Girls the Musical’

Take part in one of the collections for Bloodwise, the blood cancer research charity, at a performance of the award winning show Calendar Girls the Musical at His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen. Just a small amount of your time will make a huge difference to people affected by blood cancer.

At Bloodwise, we continue to fund over 1,000 blood cancer researchers working in over 200 projects across the UK. We also fund clinical trials, without which we wouldn’t be able to prove that new treatments will improve care for people with blood cancer. We don’t want to just find a cure, we also want to provide patients with a quality of life post treatment.

The story of the Calendar Girls began in 1998 when John Baker, husband of Angela Baker, was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma, a type of blood cancer. John sadly passed away after just a few months of treatment. In the months following their loss, Angela and her friends at the Women’s Institute set about creating the now infamous calendar. Through the sale of calendars, the WI aimed to raise enough to buy a new sofa for the hospital where John was treated and they were amazed when the calendar attracted international press attention. So far, they’ve raised nearly £4million for Bloodwise (formerly Leukemia & Lymphoma Research), the blood cancer charity they have long been associated with.

So far, we have raised over £50,000 for Bloodwise at collections during the run of the musical (August ‘18 – present). We would truly appreciate your help and support to continue this fantastic success to fund the vital research needed to beat blood cancer.  Here is the link to apply for a volunteering role – https://bloodwise.org.uk/fundraising/campaigns/calendar-girls/bucket-collections-register  – a range of times are available to suit volunteers – weekday or weekend, afternoon or evening anytime(s) between 19th February 2019 – 2nd March 2019 . All help makes a real difference and is greatly appreciated. For any more details or if you wish to discuss volunteering with us please contact Catriona Arends, Regional Relationships Coordinator, Scotland at E Mail: carends@bloodwise.org.uk  / tel: 0131 524 1325.

I Bike Schools Cycling Volunteers | Sustrans Scotland

*Are you passionate about cycling and walking? *Could you inspire young people to cycle or walk more? Volunteer with I Bike!*

I Bike is a really fun and rewarding project to volunteer with that offers plenty of opportunities to get outdoors for cycling-related activities, boost the CV, gain experience of work with children and young people, meet new people and learn new skills. Good training and support is provided to all volunteers including induction, Safeguarding Training, Essential Cycling Skills and Bike Repairs.

I Bike aims to help children and young people become more active through taking part in cycling and walking activities. You would be volunteering alongside a dedicated I Bike Officer in an Aberdeen school(s), supporting activities for children such as learn to cycle, playground cycle skills, led bike rides, led walks, bike maintenance and much more! What could be better than helping children to ride their bike without stabilisers for the first time!

We find that our volunteers value their improved skills and knowledge and often feel their own prospects improve as a result of volunteering. It’s a great way to do something for others and research shows that volunteering benefits people of all ages through increasing feelings of self-esteem, respect, motivation and wellbeing.

For more details please contact Helen McCafferty, I Bike Volunteer Officer at EMail: helen.mccafferty@sustrans.org.uk  or tel.: 07768 034729.

Transition Extreme Fundraising Volunteers

As a modern social enterprise and Scottish charity (SC036358), Transition Extreme uses urban sports and their cultures to attract and engage the local youth population.

We are committed to supporting young people with changing their lives for the better via our youth and community programmes and dynamic sports centre, but we can’t do it on our own – and that’s where you can help!

Transition Extreme’s Volunteer Challenge is aiming to recruit a team of awesome volunteers to help us raise much needed funds! By volunteering some of your time to help to support our work and raise some much needed funds, you can make a real difference to what we can offer our local youngsters and their communities.

If you are interested in volunteering your time or taking part in a local event to raise funds for the centre or even want to host your own fundraising event, please get in touch. All help is greatly appreciated and makes a realdifference. For more details please contact Sam Begg (Fundraising Manager) EMail: s.begg@tranisition-extreme.com or tel.: 01224 626279.

Befriender Volunteer | Inspire

Inspire empowers individuals to live the life they want and be all they can be.

We have opportunities for people to assist as Befrienders.

BefrienderVolunteers enable individuals supported by Inspire to have regular contact with a volunteer who shares their interests and with whom they can carry out activities, such as going for coffee, going to the cinema or even going with them to the football. A befriender is someone who will make a regular commitment to an individual supported by Inspire, to come with them to events or do activities with them, but will also be there to listen and talk with and share experiences.

This is a great, enjoyable opportunity where you will make a vital contribution to the work of Inspire and the people we support in the North-east of Scotland and be part of a friendly and supportive team.

For more details please contact: Volunteer Co-ordinator tel: 01224 280005 / volunteering@inspiremail.org.uk

Community Connector Volunteers | British Red Cross (Aberdeen)

It starts with ‘Hello’. From new mums to empty nesters, it’s often surprising whois affected by loneliness. That’s why we’re teaming up with The Co-operative. Together we want to reach out and reconnect thousands of lonely people with their communities, and tackle a problem that is shortening lives and eroding wellbeing.

The aim of the Community Connectors is to support people affected by social isolation and loneliness and to help people gain confidence and to reconnect to their community in partnership with existing and new partner organisations.

We will place the person at the centre of what we do and help people by offering positive encouragement, practical help and emotional support, for up to three months, depending on peoples needs.

Full training and excellent support is provided to all volunteers. This is a great opportunity to make a real difference in the local community. All help is greatly appreciated.

For more details please contact Ieva Nevulyte, Community Connector Co-ordinator at email inevulyte@redcross.org.uk / tel: 07872 839864.

Volunteer Patients | University of Aberdeen Patient Partner Programme

Patient Partners are members of the public who assist in the practice and learning sessions by being available to speak to and be examined by our students.

Patient Partners may role play a health problem from a scenario (short description of symptoms and how they have been affecting you, as well as a social and medical history) so that medical and dental students can practise interviewing patients away from the hussle and bussle of a busy hospital ward. Patient Partners may also be used for non-invasive procedures/examinations (for example, the taking of a blood pressure, listening to a patient’s lungs or having joints examined/put through normal movements). There is no prior training or experiences necessary to be selected to join the Programme, all we ask is that a Patient Partner be willing to help, reliable and most importantly have a good sense of humour!

For more details please contact us at Email: patientpp@abdn.ac.uk  or Tel 01224 437887. Information also available at https://www.abdn.ac.uk/suttie-centre/clinical-skills/patient-partner-programme.php

Volunteer Befrienders and Charity Shop Assistant | Hand of Solace

Hand of Solace is a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organization working with isolated/lonely elders and young people by offering direct services and support , all designed to help people make the most of life. We have a range of exciting volunteer opportunities to assist in this and would be delighted to hear from anyone interested in joining our great volunteer team:

*Our Young People Volunteer Befrienders are matched on a 1:1 basis with a child aged (5-16) within the Aberdeen community and through caring, reliability and consistency build up a trusting relationship, thus providing positive role model. Befrienders shall support the young people to access/attend activities within the community to reduce isolation, promote self-confidence/esteem and to help young people to begin to learn life skills.

*Our Older People Volunteer Befrienders are matched on a 1:1 basis with an older person aged 50 and above within the North areas of Aberdeen(including-Stoneywood, Bucksburn, Dyce, Seaton, Northfield and  Bridge of Don).Volunteer befrienders visit their befriendees once a week to spend quality time(2-3 hours) with them (which may include support with accessing /attending local activities) to reduce loneliness and isolation.

*We need Charity Shop Assistants who would meet and serve customers at our shop. Come and support us to raise money to support lonely and isolated people. Any amount of hour is appreciated. Just let us know your availability and we shall fit you in. In return you shall be working with a team of friendly people from diverse groups who are always willing to support each other to ensure the we achieve our goal.

We’ll give you all the training and support you need to do your role. All help will make a difference and be greatly appreciated.

Application forms may be accessed by filling out our volunteers interest form which may be found in our website at https://www.handofsolace.co.uk/apply-to-volunteer-with-us or by requesting through our email- info@handofsolace.co.uk , or by phoning the contact number- 07378432436.