Volunteering Opportunities

Below are some more local volunteering opportunites that may not be in the search feature above:

Volunteer for The Archie Foundation Grampian's Oor Wullie's BIG Bucket Trail Farewell Weekend
Would you like to get involved in this summer’s hugely successful Oor Wullie's BIG Bucket Trail? The Archie Foundation Grampian are looking for volunteers to help out at the Farewell Weekend at Marischal College Quad in September. From selling and checking tickets, to merchandise sales, counting money and ensuring visitors have a safe and fun visit, there’s a role waiting for you! They will provide you with something to wear and everything you need to know, so all you need to do is get in touch. If you're interested in helping out please email: tiffeny.rothwell@archie.org.

Inverugie Peterhead / River Ugie - Himalayan Balsam 
AVA members, Deveron, Bogie and Isla Rivers Charitable Trust and their Scottish Invasive Species Initiative tackled an overwhelmingly huge patch of Himalayan balsam on the River Ugie in August with help from local volunteers. If anyone around Inverugie (Near Peterhead) is interested in getting involved, there'll be more work on this site yet - follow Scottish Invasive Species Initiative's Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/scottishinvasivespecies

Volunteering opportunities at Whizz-Kidz 
Whizz-Kidz is a charity working to transform the lives of young disabled people in the UK. They do this through providing mobility equipment, as well as youth groups, wheelchair skills training, employability services and residential camps. They are about to launch a new youth group in Aberdeen for young wheelchair users aged between 8 and 25, and are on the lookout for volunteers to help ensure they can reach as many young people as possible! Whizz-Kidz clubs do all sorts of brilliant activities – baking, sporting activities, campaigning, birds of prey, art exhibitions, curling and lots more! If you are aged 18+, have a positive attitude towards disability and plenty of enthusiasm, then they’d love to hear from you! You can find more information on their website at: http://www.whizz-kidz.org.uk/support-us/volunteering or email volunteers@whizz-kidz.org.uk.

Volunteer Roles for Ellon Castle Gardens
Lawn Maintenance Team Member: The lawns at Ellon Castle Gardens are flourishing need a lot of care and attention, therefore, a small team of lawn maintenance volunteers are required to keep them looking eye-catching and in peak condition.

Volunteer Coordinator: Ellon Castle Gardens rely heavily on the work of volunteers; therefore, require a volunteer coordinator to oversee all elements of volunteering within the organisation. This critical position requires the candidate to sit on the board as one of the directors, to ensure this area of the business runs as smoothly as possible.
To apply or find out more - Contact: marketing@elloncastlegardens.org or events@elloncastlegardens.org

New Trustees needed for Aberdeen for a Fairer World
Aberdeen for a Fairer World's aim is to educate and enable people in the North East of Scotland to take action to create a fairer world. For more than 30 years they have been raising awareness, promoting understanding of global concerns and supporting active global citizenship. The organisation is looking to strengthen the team with more skilled, committed people who share their ethos of working together to create a fairer world. They are particularly keen to hear from those with expertise in any of these areas:

  • Business planning and strategy
  • Financial management
  • Recruitment and HR procedures
  • Governance and compliance (including Data Protection)
  • Digital systems and technology
  • Communications
  • Chairing and leadership

If you are interested please email them at: afairerworld@btconnect.com

Victim Support Scotland - require volunteers to help victims of crime throughout Aberdeenshire
Victim Support Scotland urgently require volunteers in Aberdeenshire to help empower victims and witnesses of crime.  There are two areas where they need volunteers:

  • Court-based volunteering (based in Aberdeen): volunteers help victims and witnesses of crime during their time at court by providing information, emotional and practical support, and supporting witnesses while they give evidence.
  • Community-based volunteering: volunteers in the Victim Service will make personal contact with people throughout Aberdeenshire who have been victims of crime and provide support based on needs.

Please note:  all reasonable expenses such as travelling will be reimbursed. Full training will also be given.
For further information, please contact volunteers@victimsupportsco.org.uk or visit the website at: https://www.victimsupportsco.org.uk/get-involved/volunteer-for-victim-support-scotland/becoming-a-volunteer/

Cycling volunteering opportunities: Chain Reaction Peterhead Inclusive Cycling Hub

Chain Reaction is a fully inclusive community cycling project which will provide disabled and non-disabled people of all ages and abilities with the opportunity to have fun cycling together and create a fully inclusive cycling community. This is a unique opportunity to be part of the project from the very beginning and help shape its development. They’re looking for enthusiastic and committed volunteers to help set up and run the hub. They’re currently recruiting for:

  • Cycle Leaders
  • Cycle Buddies
  • Cycle Mechanics
  • Cycle Hub Coordinators

Previous training and experience are hugely welcome but they will provide training for volunteers willing to commit to key roles. For more information and an application form contact Shaun Powell at email: shaunpowellgogagrampian@gmail.com or telephone: 07565673578.

Turriff & District Citizens Advice Bureau (covering North West Aberdeenshire) urgently require volunteers.   
The bureau offers free, confidential, independent and impartial generalist and specialist advice and support.  Roles include;

  • Reception – Welcoming clients, answering calls, making appointments, processing client information
  • Treasurer – Attending Board meetings, ensuring that financial procedures and controls are in place,  ensuring accounts are prepared, producing and maintaining bureau budgets
  • Board Members  - Attending Board meetings, help to set policies and procedures, giving support to staff and volunteers, HR and finance support to management
  • General Adviser – Interviewing clients, giving quality assured, holistic advise and support, completing case records, negotiating on behalf of clients.

Full training is given for each role.  All volunteers must adhere to bureau principles. For more information on volunteering opportunities with the bureau please contact Claire Christie, Bureau Manager on 01888 562495 or email manager@turriffcab.casonline.org.uk

Step Out for Stroke
Fancy volunteering for the day at the Step Out for Stroke event: 1st September at Duthie Park? Step Out for Stroke is the perfect opportunity for stroke survivors, friends and families to take part in a walk together and they're looking for marshals for the event. Find out more at: https://www.stroke.org.uk/events/sporting-fundraising/step-out-stroke-aberdeen-2019 or email Andrea Watt at: andrea.watt@stroke.org.uk.

Stroke Association Volunteering Opportunities

The Stroke Association are looking to recruit volunteers across the Aberdeenshire. The roles include:

  • Peer supporters
  • Mentors
  • Befrienders
  • Communication Service Supporters
  • Drivers
  • My Stroke Guide Buddies
  • Service Group Supporters
For more information, visit: https://www.stroke.org.uk/get-involved/volunteering/support-stroke-survivors

Volunteers needed!
Aboyne Gymnastics and Trampolining Club based at Deeside Community Centre are looking for more volunteers aged 14 years and over to train up as instructors. Full training, insurance and PVG checks are covered by the Club. If you are interested please contact Brodie Marno at chair@aboynegc.co.uk for more information. The club has a thriving membership of over 250 young people.

Scottish War Blinded: Volunteer Befrienders Needed!
Scottish War Blinded is looking for friendly volunteers with good people skills to help them run their lunch clubs for veterans. These can get pretty busy with 30+ members on occasion, and they play a vital role in easing isolation. The main part of your role will be to provide a warm welcome and to chat to members, particularly those who are new and/or needing help in mixing with each other. It would also be helpful if you can drive and have your own car, although this is not essential for the role. To find out more, contact James Whyte at: james.whyte@royalblind.org or call: 07825 636 607.

RNLI Aberdeenshire volunteering opportunities

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution has a range of volunteering opportunities available across Aberdeenshire. They are:
Find out more by visiting the volunteering section of the RNLI website at: https://tinyurl.com/y24ojcbh or by contacting Anne Scott at: Anne_Scott@rnli.org.uk or Tel: 07917 175459.

Buchanhaven Harbour Open Day - volunteers needed!
Buchanhaven Harbour's Open Day takes place on the 17th August. They are looking for anyone willing to assist with stalls, teas and general running of the day. If you can help, please get in touch with the Harbour through their Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/BuchanhavenHarbour

A volunteering opportunity with the Garioch support group for Parkinson’s UK
This is a group for people with a diagnosis of Parkinson’s and their friends and families. We meet on the last Tuesday of the month from 2-4pm in the Acorn centre Inverurie, from February to November, with an outing in July and a Festive lunch in December.

  • We need a people-focused, friendly person,
  • Able to pour tea and coffee and hand them round
  • Able to access online training courses about the volunteer role from Parkinson’s UK, and interested to find out more.
  • To collaborate with planning speakers, outings etc. Assist with running the group.

Interested? Contact Joy Doorghen 01467620823.

Volunteering at Haddo Country Park

Haddo is a wonderful country park that is very popular, both with locals and visitors from further afield. They are looking to increase the volunteering opportunities at Haddo as there's so much to do and they want to make sure Haddo is as beautiful and as engaged with the community as possible. If you would like to take on an interesting and challenging role at Haddo they would be very pleased to have you.  From wildlife monitoring, small and large gardening projects, committee involvement, fund-raising and events, there really is something for everyone. Volunteers make a huge difference to the day-to-day running of Haddo, but they also help shape the future of one of the most beautiful places in NE Scotland. Please contact Suzanna on vsohaddo@gmail.com to inquire, or visit the Facebook page @visithaddo to see what they're all about. 

Volunteer opportunity with Save the Children UK 

This summer Save The Children UK are looking to recruit a group of volunteers to help uncover the support for UK aid in the area and raise awareness of the issues affecting children around the world. The new Campaign Champions will be supported to take the community’s messages to their MP – and ask them to push for children to get the chance to build a better future. More information on the role can be found here https://volunteer.savethechildren.org.uk/opportunities/3729-campaign-champion-international-development-west-aberdeenshire-and-kincardine-2019-04-30. If you have any questions or you can send an email to campaigncomms@savethechildren.org.uk

Hearing Forces - volunteers needed
Can you help Hearing Forces reach veterans who are deaf, have a hearing loss or tinnitus. If you’ve got a few hours to spare every month, you could help reduce loneliness and social isolation and provide life-changing support to older veterans. To find out more, please contact: hearing.forces@hearingloss.org.ukor call 07388 227407.

How Clean is Your Hospital
NHS Grampian are looking for volunteers to support their 'How Clean is Your Hospital' project.  The role requires just 3-4 hours twice a year, and offers a unique behind the scenes look, in a role which is highly valued by the organisation.  If you would like to find out more about this, please do not hesitate to contact: Vicky.Ballantyne@Scottishhealthcouncil.org

Volunteer Minibus Drivers Urgently Needed
The RVS Community Transport Service supports older people in our communities who have trouble accessing transport. They require Volunteer Minibus Drivers - have you a few hours once a month to help with their shopping trips? Full Midas training will be provided. If you can spare a few hours to be a Volunteer Driver they would love to hear from you. Please call 01467 626012 for more information.

University of Aberdeen Patient Partner Volunteer Programme

The Patient Partner Volunteer Programme is an interesting way for members of the public to contribute to the development of tomorrow’s healthcare workforce. By volunteering on the programme people are asked to become involved in the teaching and practical examination sessions for medical and dental students. This takes place within the Clinical Skills Centre at the Suttie Centre, Foresterhill Site, Aberdeen. Volunteers are invited from different backgrounds to undertake short training sessions and can choose the dates they would like to be involved and do as little or as much as they prefer. There are many benefits to being involved in the Patient Partner Programme. These include: choosing when and how you wish to be involved so there is flexibility with no regular volunteering time or commitment required; an invitation to the annual ‘thank you lunch’; free refreshments provided on arrival and break times; travel expenses are reimbursed; it is a good way to network with different people and make friends and it can provide CV development. It can also help with English language skills. Our patient partners are valued and appreciated for the enormous contribution they make to health education.
For further information or to arrange a talk to your group please contact:
Dr. Sundari Catherine Joseph, Patient Partner Volunteer Administrator
Institute of Education for Medical and Dental Sciences
School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition
University of Aberdeen
Suttie Centre for Teaching & Learning in Healthcare, Room 120
Email: Sundari.joseph@abdn.ac.uk  
Tel: 01224 437806

Exciting and fun new cycling volunteering opportunities: Chain Reaction Peterhead Inclusive Cycling Hub starting soon

Chain Reaction is a fully inclusive community cycling project which will provide disabled and non-disabled people of all ages and abilities with the opportunity to have fun cycling together and create a fully inclusive cycling community. This is a unique opportunity to be part of the project from the very beginning and help shape its development. They’re looking for enthusiastic and committed volunteers to help set up and run the hub. They’re currently recruiting for:

  • Cycle Leaders
  • Cycle Buddies
  • Cycle Mechanics
  • Cycle Hub Coordinators

Previous training and experience are hugely welcome but they will provide training for volunteers willing to commit to key roles. For more information and an application form contact Shaun Powell at email: shaunpowellgogagrampian@gmail.com

or telephone: 07565673578.

North East Scotland College - recruiting new Members for the Regional Board

  • Do you have an active interest in education?
  • Are you passionate about promoting better outcomes for Scotland’s learners?
  • Applications are being invited for membership of the Regional Board of North East Scotland College.

The College's vision is to be a College that transforms lives and supports regional development. If you believe your skills and experience would benefit the College in delivering its vision and values and in continuing to offer the region’s learners high quality and innovative learning and teaching please visit: https://nescol.ac.uk/about/governance/appointment-of-members-to-north-east-scotland-college-regional-board

Kincardine & Deeside Befriending
K&D Befriending provides a befriending scheme for older people living independently or with some support from the community. They are looking for volunteers who can spare a couple of hours weekly or fortnightly to visit someone locally and make a difference. Training is given. Contact Maggie Dornan on 01330 823368 or visit 3 Station Road, Banchory Mon-Thurs 10am - 3 pm or email: maggie.dornan@kdbefriending.org.uk

Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland Shop Volunteers needed
Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland Shop Volunteers needed in CHSS Boutique store at: 1 Bridge Street in Banchory. Call 01330 823213 or pop into the shop!

International Voluntary Service (IVS) - Volunteer Mentor Opportunities
IVS are currently seeking volunteers as Mentors for their international volunteering programmes, for incoming volunteers to the UK. Every year, IVS welcomes 20-30 international volunteers of all ages and backgrounds on long-term placements (up to 12 months) on volunteering projects with our partners in the United Kingdom. They are looking for local volunteer mentors who will provide one-to-one mentoring to these volunteers by helping them integrate into their new life in the UK, settling in the project, and planning their future after the placement. They are particularly looking for participants from the Aberdeenshire area. Find out more at: https://ivsgb.org/partner/mentor/

Make Your Time Matter - Volunteer with Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland

Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland needs help – there aren’t enough volunteers to support everyone in Scotland who needs help. Brian, who used the CHSS service, has shared his story of how a CHSS volunteer helped him to thrive after he experienced a stroke. Before his stroke, Brian loved adventure sports. He did rock climbing, ice climbing, mountain biking and skiing. After his stroke, he struggled to even go for a walk. Brian’s volunteer, Douglas helped him get his life back. Our volunteers help people achieve new goals and find new joy in their lives. There aren’t enough volunteers to help people like Brian. You can change this. Make your time matter and help ensure there is no life half lived in Scotland. You can be the difference between someone surviving and someone living. CHSS has lots of volunteer roles for you from their shop to one-to-one support. Call 0800 169 5139, email volunteering@chss.org.uk or visit: https://www.chss.org.uk/volunteer-with-chss/

Volunteer for Wood RecyclAbility
Wood RecyclAbility is looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help us market our products and our organisation. Wood RecyclAbility repurposes waste wood into fabulous products, hand-made by adults with learning disabilities at our workshop in Pitmedden. This role involves using conventional and social media to:
  • Increase sales through our website, on-site and through partner organisations
  • Raise awareness of Wood Recyclability to customers, potential wood donors and prospective trainees
  • Developing and managing the Wood RecyclAbility brand and website
  • Developing and managing social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
  • Developing and implementing online and offline marketing campaigns across all media channels
  • Utilising PR
  • Developing relationships with key influencers and partners
Experience required: You’ll have good editorial and visual skills, lots of creative ideas and a good understanding of marketing and branding.
Travel details: Location: Wood RecyclAbility is on the outskirts of Pitmedden, close to a bus route and with good parking. A lot of the activity can be done from home.
Minimum age: 16
If you are interested in finding out more, contact Chris Rae at: Chris.Rae@scarf.org.uk

Maud Village Trust - volunteers needed

The Maud Village Trust is looking to increase its board membership with additional Directors. If you would like to be involved in a charity organisation on a voluntary basis and feel that you have something to offer the Trust going forward, please apply in writing to: The Company Secretary, Maud Village Trust, Old Mart Community Resource Centre, Deer Road, Maud AB424EG. If you require more information on the work of the Trust then check out our website www.maudvillagetrust.org or call 01771613962 and ask for Victoria.

Volunteer plea for vital services supporting older people in Aberdeen

Royal Voluntary Service is looking for volunteers to join the Supporting Your Recovery service, which offers support on hospital wards and at home for older people in Aberdeen. The volunteering charity is also seeking volunteers for a new service, Supporting You at Home, which will offer practical support to older people in Aberdeenshire. Supporting Your Recovery offers support on hospital wards and at home for older people who no longer need acute treatment and risk readmission to hospital without appropriate support. In hospitals, volunteers provide dementia-friendly support to patients through one to one or group activity sessions, Cognitive Stimulation Therapy, discharge preparation and hydration and nutrition support. At home, friendly and encouraging support from a volunteer can make all the difference in restoring essential self-confidence, leading to improved health and well-being and reducing readmissions. Supporting You at Home volunteers offer the practical help that can make all the difference to older people and help them retain their independence – from assisted shopping and activity programmes to enable them to get out and about with community transport. Volunteers also provide company and companionship, while making sure the older person is safe and well. To find out more about becoming a Royal Voluntary Service volunteer in the area, call 01467 626 012 or email: pat.middleton@royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk. You can find out more about Royal Voluntary Service by visiting royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk

Riding for the Disabled Association Deeside - volunteers needed

In order to offer riding sessions to both children and adults, RDA Deeside requires many volunteers from week to week. Volunteering roles are varied and include:

  • behind the scenes administration
  • walking alongside our riders
  • leading horses around the arena or, when the weather allows, on hacks 
  • fundraising
  • transporting equipment 
  • helping out at events

Sessions run at Belwade Farm on a Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday morning from March to December. A weekly commitment is not essential, they are happy to take whatever help they can get (!) and a rota is put in place according to everyone’s availability each week. It really is a hugely rewarding role as we watch riders grow in ability and confidence ... and a lot of fun! If this would interest you or you would like more info please email rdadeeside@gmail.com. No experience with horses required (though beneficial for some roles) and full training given.

Do you enjoy driving and helping people? Do you have some spare time? Volunteer for THInC

Would you like to help people in your local area by becoming a volunteer driver? Or be an escort assisting passengers? You can give as little or as much time as you can manage. THInC are working together across a range of organisations to help recruit volunteer drivers who will:

  • Drive minibuses for community transport schemes.


  • Drive their own cars to transport people (receive a mileage rate).
  • We also need people to act as escorts for some passengers.

For more information please contact: THInC 01467 536111 or email: travel@thinc-hub.org

MCR Mentoring - Mentor a disadvantaged young person in Aberdeenshire. Volunteer just one hour a week you will help them realise their potential and grow your own skill set!

MCR recruit and train volunteer mentors who are matched with a young person based on personality and career aspirations. Mentors meet with their young person at their school for just one hour a week and provide a compassionate, listening ear. MCR Mentors:

  • Build a relationship, improving the self-esteem of their young person
  • Help their young people discover their own passion for learning & achieving
  • Empower their young people to overcome the challenges thrown at them

Education is the key to unlocking our young people’s potential. Our volunteer Mentors are supported every step of the way as they guide their young person onto a positive pathway. No experience is required and full training is given. To get involved, please visit https://mcrpathways.org/sign-up/ . If you have any questions about the programme or mentoring, please contact Aberdeenshire Programme Manager Sam Leys at: sam.leys@mcrpathways.org

Portlethen Community Ambulance requires drivers

Drivers are required to drive the Community Ambulance for a regular half day slot or as a back up driver when one of the regular drivers are on holiday. The driver is required to collect patients from their home in Portlethen, Muchalls, Banchory Devenick, Findon, Marywell and Newtonhill areas to the medical and dental practices in Portlethen for appointments and take them back home. There may be occasions when a passenger is in a wheelchair and the Ambulance is fitted with a tail lift to provide them with access.

National Autistic Society (NAS) Garioch Branch Chair needed

The branch chair role is vital to the running of the branch as they act as a leader and a coordinator for the branch. Without these roles, NAS would not have as many branches as they do.  You will be chairing meetings and representing the branch at external meetings including the local Autism Partnership Board as well as overseeing the running of the branch.  There will be support from our Branch Development Officer as well as written guidance.  The role is home based and the times you volunteer can be flexible to fit around other commitments you may have, you will be expected to travel to branch meetings approx. once a month, expenses for travel will be reimbursed. For further information please contact Laura at volunteers@nas.org.uk or see https://www.jobtrain.co.uk/nas/displayjob.aspx?jobid=2438

HMP Grampian Family Centre and Help Hub is looking for volunteers

Are you:

  • A friendly person with a sense of humour,
  • Compassionate and understanding
  • D you have a non-judgemental attitude
  • Reliable

If yes, then you would fit perfectly into the team at the Family Centre and Help Hub at the HMP Grampian. Gain experience in working with children and families, develop your skills further, improve your confidence, get a chance to meet new people and be part of a friendly team. Contact them on 01779 485840

Pet Fostering Service Scotland Home Visitor

Are you passionate about animal welfare? Join our growing team of volunteer Home Visitors and play a vital role in supporting owners and pets in your local area who are facing an emergency situation. Pet Fostering Service Scotland (PFSS) provides short-term, emergency foster care for pets whose owners are facing one of the following situations:

  • Ill health
  • Temporary homelessness
  • Domestic abuse

Every year we provide temporary foster care for around 200 pets across Scotland – but we want to be able to support even more. Our volunteer Home Visitors play a vital role in delivery of our service by visiting potential volunteer pet foster carers to assess their house, home situation and the fosterer. You will be contacted by PFSS when there is a need for a home visit in your area. 

Contact: Bob & Muriel Sinclair on: 0344 811 9909, option 5 then 1 or email: volunteering@pfss.org.uk

Do you like walking? Would you like to help others enjoy the outdoors? Why not become a Health Walk Leader?

A health walk is short, free and led by trained volunteers. To become a walk leader, you need to attend a free one-day training course, delivered locally, which equips you with the skills necessary to be able to set up and lead a health walk in your own community. You can then either volunteer as a walk leader with an existing health walk group or set up a new health walk group with support from a local partner organisation where appropriate. If you would like to find out more please contact: Kirsty Muirden, Health Walk Coordinator (Aberdeenshire), NHS Grampian on mobile: 07973945467 or email:  kirsty.muirden@nhs.net

Sunrise Partnership
Sunrise Partnership is a local charitable organisation providing free, confidential support to children and young people, in both Aberdeenshire and Aberdeen City, who have experienced bereavement and loss. They are currently looking for volunteers throughout Aberdeenshire who would like to join their organisation. This would mainly be to help organise and run small fundraising events throughout the year, help at some of our Loss Days or other events, and/or help to promote and advertise our Charity or help with preparation/admin type activities. For further information, please contact our Area Manager for Aberdeenshire: Sandra Baxter Tel No. 07539 186 669 or Email: shire@sunrisepartnership.org

Fraserburgh PSYV (Police Scotland Youth Volunteers) are recruiting both Youth and Adult Volunteers now!

They generally meet once a week in Fraserburgh, but the group are active at both local community events and events much further afield - giving you the chance to develop new skills and connections. Volunteer members have the chance to work towards both the Saltire Volunteer Awards, endorsed by the Scottish Government and towards the Aberdeenshire Volunteer Awards both of which are administered by Aberdeenshire Voluntary Action (AVA). To find out more about this volunteer opportunity visit: http://www.scotland.police.uk/about-us/police-scotland/police-scotland-youth-volunteers-scheme or email Yvonne.Squair@scotland.pnn.police.uk.

The Royal Deeside Railway in Banchory needs volunteers

Whether you wish to maintain existing skills or seek new experiences and challenges the Railway is the place for you. Here are a few typical examples of the options available.

  1. Drivers and guards: Fulfill those childhood dreams – train to become a driver and or guard for our steam and diesel locomotives and whistle on down the line with our passenger carrying services.
  2. Retail and catering: Play a key role in our very important interface with our customers either as part of the team providing on-board catering or in the retail shop selling tickets, toys and memorabilia.
  3. Maintenance and construction: Being a heritage railway means working with historic rolling stock, locos and equipment all requiring constant care and maintenance providing an opportunity to use an extensive range of practical skills including mechanics, woodwork, plumbing painting. Or join the keep fit brigade (involving no gymnasium costs!) laying track or undertaking construction work as the line is extended westwards. No need for prior experience -  on the job training provided.
  4. Admin and committee work: As with any enterprise the Railway needs to comply with its financial, legal, health & safety and general secretarial requirements. Opportunities here for accounting/book-keeping, marketing, project leading experiences and corresponding with our members, customers and suppliers. Currently, the Railway is actively seeking to fill the Treasurer’s role.

For more details visit  https://www.deeside-railway.co.uk/

Breaking the Silence! Volunteer with Advocacy North East (ANE)

Do you think that everyone should have their voice heard and their rights respected? Are you interested in social justice and empowerment? 
ANE have a trained and highly valued team of volunteer Community Advocates who deliver a vital independent advocacy service to mental health service users and people with learning disabilities throughout Aberdeenshire. They come from a wide range of backgrounds but all share a belief that everyone should have their voice heard and their rights respected. ANE are currently looking for new Community Advocate volunteers in all areas of Aberdeenshire. With your help, they can reach and empower the most disadvantaged and vulnerable people in our communities. They provide full training in Core Advocacy Skills so that you will feel well informed, skilled and confident before you start. This is followed by a continuing programme of training/mentoring to support you in your role. If being an advocate is not your style they have other volunteering opportunities available. For example, you could assist on first visits only or support our new pilot project taking place in care homes across the Shire. So how do you join us? In the first instance please phone the ANE office on 01467 651604 and their friendly admin staff will take your call and link you to the ANE Volunteer Co-ordinator who will be happy to provide you with more information.

Aberdeenshire Access Panels

Aberdeenshire has four Disability Access Panels who meet monthly and cover the whole Aberdeenshire area. The panels are voluntary organisations, separate from the Council, whose members have an interest in promoting access to facilities and services. The panels are community groups who have a good relationship with the Planning Service. Most members have a personal experience of disability and are trained in access issues. Panels comment on plans submitted for ‘Public Access’ developments (not private dwellings but any development accessed as a customer, service user or employee etc.) The panel feedback may be about building standards but may also reflect issues beyond the remit of the Planning Service, which may still cause access issues for the disabled community.
What are their aims? 

  • To promote public awareness of the problems that face disabled people.
  • To improve access to public buildings.
  • To offer advice on how improvements may be carried out.
  • To highlight improvements that any individual or group has achieved

How can you help?
If you would like to consult with the access panel or feel you could volunteer to assist with the Panel, please contact equalities@aberdeenshire.gov.uk and we will put you in contact with the relevant area coordinator.

Scottish Invasive Species Initiative (SISI) Volunteer opportunities

SISI aims to support local organisations and volunteers to engage with their local river environment and implement community-based invasive non-native species management over 29,500 km2 of northern Scotland. They are looking for volunteers to join us who are interested in Scotland’s rivers and wildlife and want to get involved in conserving our freshwater environment, keeping it clear of Invasive Non-Native Species (INNS). No experience is necessary, they can support our volunteers by providing training and qualifications such as outdoor first aid and pesticide application as well as the equipment to tackle invasive species in your community. SISI also want to help volunteers grow and can support you through your John Muir Award, provide training in volunteer management, and support students in projects. Whether you want to come along just for a day out in the fresh air or become a dedicated INNS crusader, there is an opportunity to suit everyone. To find out more, email alreeve@deveron.org or call 07967 753149.

Cornerstone Befrienders needed in Ellon

Cornerstone is currently looking for 3 befrienders at their Arnha Service in Ellon. Three of the gentlemen who live here are looking for befrienders who would be able to support them when accessing different activities in the local community. Some of the activities they are interested in are, horse riding, attending football matches, bowling, going to the pub, theatre, cinema, pool, going for day trips, walks or drives in the car. Cornerstone befrienders really get involved in all the fun stuff, enabling individuals to get out and about, make new friendships and build new skills. So if you feel you have some time every fortnight or month to give to one of our three gentlemen then please get in touch. You don't have to have any specific qualifications, just enthusiastic, open, friendly, honest and non-judgmental. It would be of benefit if you were a driver but this is not essential. Volunteer applicants are also asked to complete a PVG (protection of vulnerable groups) application form. If you would like to find out more then please get in touch with Lorna Hornsby either by telephone 01382 220238 or email lorna.hornsby@cornerstone.org.uk

Cornerstone befriender needed in Peterhead
Cornerstone is looking for a volunteer who would like the opportunity to become a befriender with a young gentleman who lives at one of Cornerstones services in Peterhead. He would like someone who shares his interests and to possibly support him when he is visiting his brother. Cinema, swimming, shopping, pool and going to the pub are activities that would be of interest.  He also enjoys playing the Wii, dominos and watching football. Applicants should be willing to spend time getting to know this gentleman, be enthusiastic, understanding and non-judgemental. If this sounds like the opportunity for you and you have a couple of hours to spare each week on a Thursday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday then please get in touch. All Applicants will be required to become members of the PVG scheme. Contact Lorna Hornsby on 01382220238 or lorna.hornsby@cornerstone.org.uk.

Invercarron Lunch Club Seeks Volunteers
Invercarron Lunch Club are appealing for volunteers to help with the running of the club and allow it to continue to meet every week. The Lunch Club meets every Wednesday between 11am and 2pm at the Invercarron Resource Centre, Stonehaven. It was previously supported by Aberdeenshire Council but unfortunately, this support was withdrawn from 1st May and the group is under threat of closure. This would have a devastating effect on the 10 people who regularly attend and the additional 8 people who are on a waiting list. The group is about more than just eating lunch and provides the opportunity for valuable social interaction for all its members which would be lost if the club were to close. The Lunch Club require 2 volunteers each week and are appealing for volunteers who would be willing to help on a rota basis, perhaps once every four weeks. The role would include, ordering the meals, setting up the tables, serving the meals, washing the dishes and serving teas and coffees. If you feel able to volunteer a little of your time and allow the Lunch Club to continue, please contact one of the following: Nikki Lorimer - mchln.office@gmail.com and Tel: 01561 378130.


Three successful focus groups were held during April in Aboyne, Ballater and Braemar to tell people about this exciting new network which aims to better connect these rural communities while supporting and giving advice on clubs, groups, events, health and wellbeing. The feedback was wonderful and everyone enjoyed themselves. If you live in these areas and would like to join for free and find out what we are doing you can email us at: membership@youngatheartdeeside.org.uk. Visit our website at: http://www.youngatheartdeeside.org.uk/ or find us on Facebook at: youngatheartdeeside. Look out for young@❤deeside members discount scheme coming to a village near you soon!

Inverurie & District Stroke Group - volunteers needed

This is a well-established, active group that meets weekly at Garioch Indoor Bowling Club for older people who have had a stroke.  It runs for 2 hours each week offering its’ members a range of activities and outings.  The group is now looking for volunteers able to support members to take part in the activities and outings where needed and join in the fun. Experience of stroke conditions is not essential but it would be an advantage as some of our members have communication difficulties. If you have a first aid certificate so much the better! Please contact Angie on 07527 763495 or Anne Toye at anne.toye@chss.org.uk.

Volunteer with BECS

BECS is the first purpose-built soft play centre in the North East of Scotland which will support Inclusion and Integration between those with additional needs and mainstream children through play where abilities are not the main focus. BECS are looking for Trustee members to join their growing team as well as fundraising volunteers to help support them.
If you are interested in finding out more, send a cover letter to info@becscentre.co.uk.

Age Peterhead are looking for volunteers

Are you retired but still want to contribute to the community? If so, Age Peterhead have management, accounts and secretarial positions available for a few flexible hours per week. They need enthusiastic volunteers who have had a responsible career and who would still enjoy a challenge and who are aware of the needs of an ever-increasing elderly generation. A talent for computer skills would be an advantage. If you are interested please call into the office at 8 Thistle Street, Drummers Corner, Peterhead or phone Age Peterhead on 01779 472331 between 10am and 4pm Monday to Friday.

Volunteers for Forget Me Not Club needed

Based in Banchory, the Forget Me Not Club are a charity providing support for dementia sufferers and their families - with daily activities between 10am and 4pm. The club are looking for volunteers to collect people from their homes in the local area and bring them to Bennett House in Banchory - then take them home at around 4pm too.  The club also need volunteers to help in the kitchen on a Tuesday to help serve lunch and afternoon tea - this could be between the hours of 11am and 3pm but are completely flexible and would appreciate any support.  Full training would be given for all roles. For more information, contact Lesley Fletcher at: lesley.fletcher@forgetmenotclub.co.uk or call: 01330 822655.

Volunteering with Aberdeenshire Council
Did you know there are a range of volunteering opportunities available with Aberdeenshire Council? Have a look at their website at: http://jobs.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/volunteer-with-us/

Volunteering at Magpie

Our Magpie Charity Shops in Banchory offer a range of volunteering opportunities. If you have a few hours to spare per week, could help uplift or deliver furniture, are good on social media, could help out at the Crow's Nest or in the shops then please call or visit us to find out more. Also if you have a particular interest in upcycling or vintage and antiques and would like to volunteer, we'd love to hear from you. Call Renee Joss on 01330 823800. Visit the Magpie website at: www.magpieshops.org.uk
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/magpieshops/
Twitter: @Magpie_AVA

Looking for Volunteering opportunities in Aberdeen city?
Aberdeen Volunteer Centre is run by ACVO to recruit volunteers and to promote and support volunteering. Visit their website at: http://www.volunteeraberdeen.org.uk/ 




You can also search for volunteering opportunities in your area via the Volunteer Scotland website.