CHAS – Fantastic Volunteer Opportunities to help in Aberdeen

CHAS is a Scottish charity that provides hospice services for children and young people with life-shortening conditions. We also run a homecare service called CHAS at Home helping families in their own homes across Scotland when they need it most. There are so many ways to get involved and help CHAS! You can see our current opportunities in Aberdeen listed at https://www.chas.org.uk/get-involved/volunteer/volunteer-opportunities?region=aberdeen-city

Excellent support and training is provided to all volunteers and all help makes a real difference and is greatly appreciated. Ways you can help in Aberdeen include:

1. High Profile Events Support: The High Profile Events Team at CHAS hold five events each year, which collectively raise around £450k for the charity. We are looking for someone who would be happy to research events and prizes and then make those approaches.

2. CHAS at Home Nursing Support Volunteer (North East and Moray): Nursing Support Volunteers support the CHAS at Home Nursing Team to provide care and support to babies, children young people and their families in their own homes.

3. Collections Volunteers: CHAS collections volunteers attend bucket shakes and supermarket bag packs in a range of businesses and town centres across Scotland.

4. Fundraising Group Leads: Fundraising groups are the face of CHAS in the community, raising money and the profile of the charity. Groups deliver fundraising events to raise vital funds to support children with a life-shortening condition across Scotland.

5. Fundraising Group Members: Fundraising groups are the local face of CHAS in the community. We are looking for volunteers to join our fundraising groups across Scotland. The groups plan and deliver events and activities in the local community to raise vital funds for CHAS.

6. Schools Ambassadors: CHAS Schools Ambassadors are inspiring young people that promote the charity within their school, to peers and teachers and to the wider community.

7. Research Volunteers: The main aim of this role is to gather information to provide teams across CHAS with insight, allowing us to help every child in Scotland to have access to palliative care where and when they need it.

8. Driver / Vehicle Maintenance (North East and Moray): Driving is a big part of keeping CHAS running smoothly. Be it helping CHAS at Home nurses get to a child’s home or delivering items for sale in the shops, our volunteers ensure our vehicles are safe and cover many thousands of miles every year.

*For further details and to register your interest/apply for any of the roles please visit https://www.chas.org.uk/get-involved/volunteer/volunteer-opportunities?region=aberdeen-city

 **If you are interested in volunteering or have any questions about volunteering for CHAS please call us on 0141 779 6195 (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm) or email volunteering@chas.org.uk

Treasurer | Scotland’s Gardens Scheme (Aberdeen District)

Scotland’s Gardens Scheme in Aberdeen is looking for a new Treasurer to become a part of our district team. The national charity has divided Scotland into 23 districts, each with their own team of volunteers, led by a District Organiser. The team support local garden owners to open their gardens to the public, charging an admission price and selling plants and refreshments to raise money for a charity of their choice. Our District Treasurer is responsible for the financial management of the district and works closely with the District Organiser and Garden Owners. The Treasurer receives monies from garden openings and pays the money to the charities that the gardens support. They are responsible for district accounts and balance the district’s bank statement. Scotland’s Gardens has a very easy to use database system for this role and provides letter templates, guidance, full training and ongoing support. This is a really interesting role, a great way to give back to the community and ideal for someone who has previous accountancy knowledge, or is training and would like to gain some real life experience.

For further information please contact Julie Golding, Volunteer Manager at E Mail: julie@scotlandsgardens.org or Tel No: 0131 226 3714.

Volunteer Speakers | WaterAid

>About the opportunity:

Clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene are basic human rights and crucial for overcoming poverty. These basic human rights should be a normal part of daily life for everyone, everywhere – but they aren’t. That’s why WaterAid is here. WaterAid Speakers are trained volunteers that deliver inspiring talks and workshops, across the UK, to raise awareness about the importance of clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene, to transform peoples’ lives for good.

Our Speaker volunteers engage people about the important work of WaterAid, inspiring them to take action, as they speak with schools, universities, businesses, youth groups, religious places of worship, service organisations, and many more community groups.

>About WaterAid:

WaterAid enables the world’s poorest people to gain access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene education. These basic human rights underpin health, education and livelihoods and form the first, essential step in overcoming poverty.

We work with local partners who understand local issues and we provide them with skills and support. This empowers them and local communities to set up and manage practical and sustainable projects that meet communities real needs. We also campaign locally and internationally, to change policies and practice, and to ensure water and sanitation’s vital role in reducing poverty is recognised.

>What’s in it for you?:

-A sense of personal achievement through volunteering locally for an established international charity, helping to tackle extreme poverty and transform people’s lives for good. -Becoming part of an influential UK-wide volunteering network of over 250 Speaker volunteers reaching around 50,000 people a year with important messages about international development. -An opportunity to learn from sector specialists about international development and global issues around water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). -Development of public speaking skills and confidence through public speaking training, presentation resources and varied presenting opportunities. -A personal Speaker Mentor to support you as you develop as a Speaker. -Regular support from the small and friendly WaterAid Speaker Network team, including support via email, phone and face to face in the London office. -Reasonable expenses for travel to training, talks and workshops. -Invitations to Supporter Thank You events across the UK.

To become a WaterAid Volunteer or for more information please email Speakers@wateraid.org

CHAS at Home | Nursing Support Volunteers

Nursing Support Volunteers support the CHAS at Home Nursing Team in Aberdeen and across the North East to provide care and support to babies, children young people and their families in their own homes.

>What activities will I be involved in?

*Helping to get the children up in the mornings/put to bed in the evening. *Helping to bathe and dress the children, transfer them into their chairs. * Keeping siblings company whilst nursing staff attend to the other children. *Supporting the children/siblings with activities. *Assisting the nursing staff to take the children (and their siblings if required) on outings *Assisting with the Nursing Team with cleaning of equipment and tidying *Support at mealtimes when appropriate *You can volunteer on any day of the week, in the morning, afternoon or evening. *Shifts are flexible and the time commitment can be negotiated.

>What are the benefits to me?

*Learning new skills. *Using your existing skills for a great cause. *Getting more involved and making a real difference to the families of children with a life-shortening condition. *Adding to your cv. *Meeting new people. *Having fun!

>What are the benefits to the children and families supported by CHAS?

By volunteering with the CHAS at Home team in nursing support, you will be ensuring that children and young people receive the highest quality support and care across Aberdeen and the North East of Scotland .

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

Bean Good Study

In the Bean Good Study, we want to see if broad bean hull can be used as a novel functional food (we use bread as a model) for improving blood glucose control and gut health. We will provide 2 portions of bread per day and all meals for 3 days. The link of study: https://www.abdn.ac.uk/rowett/volunteer/bean_good_study.php

We are recruiting • Healthy men and women aged 18-75 years • Normal weight to obese (BMI 23-35 Kg/m2) • Non-smokers

For more details (including the entire list of inclusion/exclusion criteria and study protocol), please follow the link: https://www.abdn.ac.uk/rowett/documents/BBH%20study-%20PIS%20v5.0.pdf

On completion of the study, we will give £50 as a small gesture of our gratitude for your participation and to supplement travel expenses. We will also provide a free check of blood cholesterol, blood glucose, blood pressure, height and weight during screening visit.

If you would like to know more information and are interested in the study, please do not hesitate to contact me. Contact details: Amy Ni; email: q.ni.18@abdn.ac.uk; tel: 01224438758

Interested in participating in a study investigating fermented foods in gut health and digestion?

We are looking to recruit healthy men and women (non-smokers) between the ages of 18-68, for our study based at the Rowett Institute. More information can be found here: https://www.abdn.ac.uk/rowett/volunteer/right-whey-study.php

This 10-week study, conducted at the Foresterhill health campus in Aberdeen will provide you with information about your gut health, metabolic health, and microbiome composition.

We provide £50 upon completion of the study.

Please contact Nicola at n.smith@abdn.ac.uk for more information

Coordinator/Project Manager Volunteers | Pushing Out the Boat

We are a team of volunteers based in and around Aberdeen responsible for Pushing Out the Boat, North-East Scotland’s magazine of new writing and the visual arts.

The Coordinator/Project Manager role involves project management of both team and the tasks needed to produce our regular magazine. You would be joining us along with our new editor in time to help manage an entire production cycle from the commitment to go ahead through to publication and launch of a new edition. You would assign and coordinate tasks with team members, compile a schedule of tasks critical to the agreed timetable, and ensure those tasks are completed timeously.

We are a registered charity (Registered No. SC044919) and you would become a member of our managing committee. While an interest in the arts would be a bonus, experience in coordination and project management are more important to fulfil this role successfully. We are a friendly group and the work of the editor and coordinator/project manager is supported by a wider team at and between regular committee meetings.

For more details please contact Roger White, PR Manager at email: pr@pushingouttheboat.co.uk or tel: 07925 822489.

You can also read more about us on our website at www.pushingouttheboat.co.uk

Volunteer Collections Move Assistants | Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museums

*Want to be a part in helping pack and move incredible works and objects from Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums collections? Want to work alongside our curators, exhibitions team and more?*

We are looking to recruit a small, enthusiastic team of move assistants to support the decanting of our history collections from our temporary storage space this year.

This is an exciting, hit-the-ground-running role, ideal for those with existing understanding and experience, to some extent, of collections handling and moving or similar.

>What’s in it for you?

▪ Opportunities to develop valuable skills and experiences within the art gallery and museum sector. ▪ Enjoyment in doing something you like while meeting new, like-minded people. ▪ Being a part our team and supporting our work. ▪ Voluntary work experience which can be an invaluable addition to your CV.

For more information please contact Claire Martin, Museum Liaison Officer at email clmartin@aberdeencity.gov.uk or tel.: 01224 523677.

Education Volunteers for PSPA (Progressive Supranuclear Palsy Association)

PSPA is a national charity providing support and information to people living with PSP and CBD, while funding research into treatments and ultimately a cure. We rely entirely on voluntary donations. You can see more about this here at https://pspassociation.org.uk/

*Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP) is a neurological condition caused by the premature loss of nerve cells in certain parts of the brain.

 *Corticobasal Degeneration (CBD) is a degenerative brain disease that affects people from the age of 40 onwards.

PSPA covers the United Kingdom and works very closely with other PSP organisations across the world working together supporting research and the provision of information and support into PSP and CBD. Following funding from the Scottish Government, we can now increase our work in Scotland including increasing the volunteering opportunities here. Volunteers are the lifeblood of PSPA – We value the skills, experience, commitment and enthusiasm that our volunteers bring – so we are recruiting in Scotland to enable us to reach out to more people affected by PSP and CBD.

By working together, we can make a real difference to people’s lives. PSP & CBD are rare and little known. Education Volunteers can improve this situation. Our aim is to make education and training available to as many health and social care professionals as possible, many of whom may not have come across PSP or CBD before.

Our Education Volunteer role will help health and social care professionals to understand key information about the impact of living with PSP & CBD and thereby improve their practice. We also aim to have our volunteers raise awareness in local communities by them offering informative talks to interested groups.

Volunteers will need to be enthusiastic, enjoy speaking to groups and able to manage a group effectively. Ideally they will have an understanding of PSP & CBD, be passionate about raising awareness and have empathy with the aims of PSPA. Experience in public speaking and confidence in the use of PowerPoint will help in this role and those interested should be able to travel within their local area. We will provide training and resources to enable our Education Volunteers plan and deliver free training sessions on PSP, CBD and the services offered by PSPA. We offer a comprehensive learning package that covers all aspects of the role.

The rewards of being an Education Volunteer with us include; the opportunity for self-development, the opportunity to meet new people and to be valued as a part of a team. There is also the unique reward of making a difference to people living with PSP & CBD and their families.

Anybody wishing to express an interest in these roles should contact tel.: 01327 356137 or Email: volunteering@pspassociation.org.uk or read more at https://pspassociation.org.uk/get-involved/volunteering/ways-to-volunteer/education-and-awareness-volunteer/

Befrienders | Befriend a Child

Are you a good listener, non-judgemental and empathetic with an ability to relate to traumatic life experiences that some of the children/young people referred to us may have faced?

Befriend a Child is a local charity that provides 1:1 befriending and mentoring services for school aged children and young people.

The youngsters we support often come from troubled family backgrounds where they experience many different challenges and difficulties. Some of the children are at a risk of isolation, bullying and attracting stigma at school due to their situations at home.

If you are reliable and fun-loving, with a positive disposition and you can commit to sparing a few hours each month, you could make a huge difference in a young person’s life. For more information please contact info@befriendachild.org.uk