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As part of the ongoing Big Aberdeen project, ACVO is gathering “Your People Highlights” from private sector employers in the City. They will be promoted widely and amass on this page to which we will direct visitors by all means available.  You can help us gather them if you are an employer, volunteer or organisation that has benefitted.

Our aim is to encourage employers to recognise the value of their staff’s activities in the community – whether this is in work time or not –and to support and encourage their workers in whatever way they choose to support our City.  Volunteering builds and practices useful business skills. It helps employees to balance life and work.  Volunteers develop as leaders and spontaneously act as ambassadors for their employers.  People who coach football teams or guide uniformed groups, for example,  are great team players whenever and wherever they give their time.  Volunteering can be in the office on fundraising bakes or as a team on a sponsored race.  It can be filling a box of tins for a food bank or sitting on a charity Board. It can be befriending a child or mentoring a new manager. Volunteering makes your people part of the community in which you do business.  Volunteering, above all, makes a huge difference to the people and places which benefit.

If you are a private sector employer, or are a third sector organisation that has benefitted from volunteering by people employed in the private sector, and are interested in our pledge to “Shout about them to Scotland”, please get in touch with us at email

We would be looking for up to 500 words with pictures and logos.  If you need help just ask!

The volunteering highlighted may be:

  • In work time
  • In own time
  • As pro bono support with professional skills
  • Fundraising in the workplace or elsewhere
  • Practical (painting, gardening, building etc)
  • With service-users (befriending, mentoring, on activities, on helplines)
  • On a Board or Committee
  • Collecting for a foodbank
  • online
  • Or any other kind of volunteering which benefits the Aberdeen community!

Individual “Your People Highlights” will be publicised in the ACVO e:bulletin, the new Business-to-Business Bulletin, on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn and on this page.  Participating employers will be invited to a free ACVO Affiliates event and offered the opportunity of certification for their employees and/or accreditation for their company.

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Following receipt of a very generous cheque from the Co-Op’s carrier bag collection scheme, Momentum’s Aberdeen service was invited to the Co-op’s Shape your Community event.

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activpayroll has been a proud advocate of Maggie’s Aberdeen since it opened back in 2013. After taking part in various charity events including Ride the North, Balmoral 10K and Culture Crawl in aid of Maggie’s, CEO of activpayroll, Alison Sellar OBE and Business Services Director, Sian Odgers, became members of the Maggie’s Fundraising Board in 2017.

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Kellas Midstream

In addition to donating £2,000 for the purchase of materials and equipment, a group of volunteers from Kellas took part in a day of gardening and maintenance with the Inchgarth community gardening group, which is led by local resident and volunteer Bryan Hall.

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Aberdeen Standard Investments

“This project is true to the Charitable Foundation’s vision of enrichment through supporting and impacting local community. People, coming together, help make things happen in the places that they live and work”

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Aberdeen Harbour Board

“Aberdeen Harbour Board prides itself on being part of the community, not just through the donation of funds to charities and groups in the region through its Community Action Fund, but by contributing time as well”

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Hunter Adams

“We volunteer in a number of capacities including providing HR advice and guidance through our role on charity boards and supporting local school initiatives, to community gardening and acting as race marshals.”

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