Red Cross Volunteer Drivers

This is a very rewarding role providing much-needed support for people who are accessing our service. The main element of the role is to deliver or collect wheelchairs to/from people’s homes supporting them to maintain their independence, or you could choose to support members of the public from varying locations around the hub area (e.g., often using partner supermarket car parks) to enable them to obtain a wheelchair or other mobility aids equipment.  You could also be driving between hub and spoke locations to transfer stock. This is the ideal role for someone who enjoys meeting people, can show compassion and empathy and who likes driving.  It will involve driving a Red Cross or hire vehicle.

A fantastic opportunity to help and make a real difference. All volunteers are greatly appreciated. For further details please contact us at email wheelchairvolunteer@redcross.org.uk or tel.: 03000 040309.

Grant Proposal Writing Volunteer(s) – Aberdeen Multicultural Centre SCIO

Aberdeen Multicultural Centre (AMC) is an outcome driven, user led charity, committed to making a positive impact on the lives of wider communities in Aberdeen. AMC encourages co-operation and integration amongst diverse community groups. AMC’s vibrant aims are to support communities from social, economic, welfare & environmental perspectives. AMC has run Climate Change projects for the last five years aimed at awareness raising and changing behaviours in relation to home energy efficiency, active travel, food waste, recycling and home gardening amongst diverse communities in Aberdeen. AMC has become cultural hub of communities in Aberdeen. AMC has been organising different cultural events such as International Mother Language Day, Aberdeen Mela- One World Day, Multicultural Burns Night etc. AMC also involved in different sports & physical activities such as Multicultural Football Festival, Multicultural Bike Rally, Wellbeing & Mindfulness Meditation Sessions, Relaxation & Chair base exercises for BAME older people etc. 

Post Covid-19 recovery stage we are looking to go back to our normal operations and activities. Planning ahead we need a grant proposal writing volunteer’s support to our team.

A fantastic and exciting opportunity to assist in the continued successful development of Aberdeen Multicultural Centre and make a real difference for people and communities. All help is greatly appreciated.

For further information please contact Ahashan Habib, Centre Manager at E Mail: a.habib@abmc.org.uk or tel. 01224 561992.

Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide: Peer Support Facilitators

Have you been Bereaved by Suicide?  Do you have a desire to help other people who have also been Bereaved by Suicide?  Are you comfortable listening to the experiences of others? You could be just the person we are looking for.

We have self-help support groups across the UK, where you can meet with other people who have been bereaved by suicide and we want to enroll some new volunteers to set up a group in Aberdeen.  Typically, our groups meet once a month and last for around 2 hours.  Presently many groups are meeting virtually via Zoom but when regulations allow, they will return to Face to Face.  They provide an opportunity to listen, to share, to ask questions and to connect with others.

Each local SoBS group is run by a team of 3: the group leader and two group volunteers, all of whom have been bereaved by suicide themselves.  Between them, they facilitate the session, get the conversation started, make sure everyone has the opportunity to talk if they want to, and generally look out for people and each other.   The team also work together to manage the administration, fundraising and communication for the group, sometimes with the help of additional support volunteers.

There is no set structure to a session – people are free to talk and listen as they wish.  The topics discussed vary from week to week but often includes people sharing their story, how they are feeling, what has happened since their last group visit, questions about coroners and discussions about common challenges such as flashbacks, supporting children or facing neighbours. Many groups also offer a small resource library and can share information about local sources of support.

Excellent support and training is provided to all volunteers. Once approved the volunteer will complete our online induction training introducing them to the charity, health and safety, social media etc and once this is completed they will be offered dates for training specific to the role they are taking up. Training is presently conducted via zoom but will return to face to face once regulations allow.

For further details please contact Phill Abbiss, Volunteer Coordinator (North) at E Mail: phill.abbiss@uksobs.org or tel.: 07535 854 860.

Join the ACVO Board to support and represent the third sector in Aberdeen

ACVO is the Third Sector Interface (TSI) for Aberdeen City. ACVO provides support, learning and development opportunities for people and organisations through their programmes of work– whether you want to know more about volunteering; setting up and running a third sector organisation; or using social enterprise as a model to deliver social good, the interface is your local starting point. We have over 20 years experience working in Aberdeen as the central hub of knowledge relating to the local third sector.

ACVO is seeking energetic passionate people to:

*be part of supporting, involving and representing the work of the third sector in Aberdeen.

*champion the important work the sector does.

*contribute to the strategic direction of ACVO.

If you believe in the value of Aberdeen’s third sector and if you would like to be part of ACVO’s vision for the sector, we have a chair for you at our boardroom table. Board members are expected to attend 6 meetings a year and may be asked to represent ACVO and the sector at some strategic meetings. Our Board meetings are held alternately at lunchtimes and evenings in Aberdeen.

If you are interested please follow these links to download and complete a skills analysis and ACVO board member application form: https://acvo.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Skills-Audit-prospective-Board-member-2021.xlsx and https://acvo.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/ACVO-board-member-application-form.docx Please return your completed application form to: Claire Spence, Support Services Officer –  claire.spence@acvo.org.uk

Ambulance Support – Patient Transport Service Volunteers – Red Cross (Aberdeen)

The Red Cross run a Patient Transport Service which provides an essential lifeline for those who need to get to and from hospital treatment facilities. The service provides enhanced care for those needing additional medical support during the journey and this role includes clinical skills and would give volunteers good experience, especially for those wanting a career in ambulance work and the NHS. 

The role is based in Aberdeen and we are looking for people who can complete 15 days of training run via a combination of e-learning, Zoom training and face to face sessions. You would need to be able to commit to the dates from 20th-23rd April for training in Aberdeen. 

Once this is completed, we are looking for people to do 2 x 8 hour shifts per month, which can be weekend, evening or weekdays. 

The minimum age for the role is 21 and you need to have held a UK Driving licence for 2 years. 

The role will involve: 

• Collecting and taking patients to a hospital or other treatment centre for appointments or visits
• Completing all tasks associated with service delivery, e.g. accurate records, cleaning to approved infection control schedules, equipment used in accordance with training and procedures.
• Using communication equipment, if required, in accordance with the radio licence and British Red Cross guidelines, and keeping appropriate records of use
• Applying the duty of candour requirements to communication with service users and representatives.
• Additional support and guidance sought when required
• Providing basic first aid as necessary, in line with the current scope of practice, regulatory standards, and British Red Cross policies, procedures and core values

To apply go to http://bit.ly/ASAberdeen or for more information email MBaxter@redcross.org.uk

Scotland Versus Arthritis, Physical Activity Leaders Aberdeen City

Scotland Versus Arthritis is looking for individuals willing to lead short health walks in your area, lead on other physical activities, or facilitate virtual support groups. Full training and on-going support for volunteers will be available.

We are also looking for expressions of interest from anyone keen to become an instructor of Tai Chi or Qi Gong for arthritis.

The current Covid restrictions have meant that for many the wait for treatment may be a year or more away.

Painkilling prescriptions are seldom more than a temporary relief. Support and exercise can however offer a better way to self-manage the daily on-going pain and fatigue.

In readiness for the eventual lifting of lockdown we are asking, can you spare an hour or two each month to help?

Please contact your local Development Officer, Dr. P. Neville, p.neville@versusarthritis.org or phone 07501 501114 for details.

Four Pillars (registered Scottish charity sc046667): Charity Trustees

The Board of Trustees of Four Pillars are looking to recruit new trustees to ensure the Charity can continue to grow and support the LGBT+ community in Grampian.  

Four pillars currently run a community hub, support and social groups, 1 to 1 support, provide volunteering opportunities and facilitate Grampian Pride.  

There are lots of ideas in the pipeline for the future. In order to achieve these we are particularly looking for people with previous experience of serving on a charity board and/or with skills and knowledge in one or more of the following:  

-An understanding of the needs of the LGBT+ community in Grampian 

-PR social media 

-Legal knowledge 

-Fundraising/ event planning 

We would also like to hear from people currently underrepresented on our board:

-People with a disability 

-People from an ethnic minority 

For more information or to apply please go to our website www.fourpillarsuk.org/volunteer 

Treasurer – Aberdeen Citizens Advice Bureau

Aberdeen Citizens Advice Bureau (ACAB) seeks a volunteer Board Member with a finance background to continue the work done by our current Treasurer and play an active role in preparing the Bureau for the demands of the future.

>ABOUT CAB:

ACAB is an independent Scottish charity and a member of the Citizens Advice Scotland network.

The Bureau provides free, independent, confidential and impartial advice to the citizens of Aberdeen and its environs that is accessible and tailored to meet the needs of the community.

>THE ROLE:

The core role of the Treasurer is to advise the Board on all financial matters and to oversee the financial affairs of ACAB and ensure that they are legal, constitutional and within accepted accounting practice.

A fantastic opportunity to help in the important work and continued successful development of Aberdeen Citizens Advice Bureau. All help makes a difference and is greatly appreciated. For an informal discussion of the role, please contact the Chair of the Board, Val Maehle at valerie.maehle@btinternet.com. Application by CV and covering letter.

Blackwood: Online Researcher – Neighbourhood Guide

Blackwood Homes and Care was founded in 1972 by Dr Margaret Blackwood MBE, a campaigner for the rights and independence of disabled people. We deliver our vision of helping people live their life to the full in the pioneering spirit of Dr Blackwood by providing high quality housing, care and support for disabled people of all ages, with over 1500 homes across all 29 mainland local authorities.

Can you help our customers know what’s available in their neighbourhood? The impact of coronavirus has seen many of our customers – who have a range of disabilities and housing needs – being more isolated than normal. We would like to make sure they are able to access what’s available in their local area by providing customers with a guide to get to know their neighbourhood.

We are looking for online researchers to pull together information on your local area. We will provide you with a template with the types of things we are looking for but your ideas for further information about your area are always welcome too! This is a flexible role that can be done from home in your own time.

What will you get from volunteering?

• Satisfaction that you have made a difference to the lives of Blackwood’s customers.
• An opportunity to gain researching skills.
• An opportunity to develop writing skills.
• Get to know more about the area you live in.
• The necessary training to ensure you’re confident undertaking your role.
• Support throughout your volunteering. We will be available should you need assistance and we will have a regular catch up.

To register your interest in volunteering with us or for more information please complete the Volunteer Enquiry Form at https://www.blackwoodgroup.org.uk/volunteer or contact Zoe MacGregor, Volunteering Development Co-Ordinator at email: ZoeMacGregor@blackwoodgroup.org.uk

Call for volunteer drivers – Could you help transport people to their COVID vaccine appointment?

The Royal Voluntary Service is working in partnership with NHS Grampian and the 3 Health and Social Care Partnerships in Grampian to recruit additional volunteer drivers to support the COVID-19 vaccination programme. We are seeking drivers able to drive their own vehicle, who live throughout the Grampian area.

Volunteer Drivers will help people attend their COVID-19 vaccination appointment. Vaccination is our best way out of the pandemic, it is so important that everyone can attend their vaccination when they receive their appointment notification.

Volunteers have made a massive contribution to support people to stay safe and well during the pandemic, they have been a lifeline for many in our communities.

Full training, risk assessment and reimbursement of any costs is provided. If you are interested in finding out more about becoming a volunteer driver to support the COVID vaccination programme, please go to https://www.royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk /  https://volunteering.royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk/volunteering or call 01224 937110