Below are some more local volunteering opportunites that may not be in the search feature above:
Grampian Housing Association - Board members required
Grampian Housing Association, with its subsidiaries, Kirkgate Developments and TLC Housing Maintenance, is a leading provider of social housing and related services throughout the North East of Scotland. It is an exciting and challenging time at the Association and they are looking for several new Board members with the drive and ambition to help us achieve their strategic aims during their business transformation process. This will see the move to a new operating model and a commitment to digital participation to realise our vision of self-organising teams supporting self-managing tenants. The Board’s role is to provide strategic direction and corporate governance. They are looking to recruit Board members who can add value by sharing their knowledge and experience in areas such as:
- Housing / Property / Construction
- Charity / Social Enterprise
- Finance / Audit
An open mind and commitment to making a difference are also essential for the role. Board members are asked to prepare for and attend up to 11 Board meetings a year in Aberdeen (normally held in the early evening), and occasionally attend ad hoc events, team away days etc. To download an application form visit the website at: www.grampianhousing.co.uk/Board. For further information, call Dorothy Griffiths on 07762 626764 or email: email@example.com
Aberdeen Kiltwalk Sunday 2nd June - volunteers needed
The Kiltwalk wouldn’t be possible without the help of a fantastic network of volunteers – The Kilties! Help them raise millions of pounds for charities and causes all over Scotland, whilst having fun, making friends and creating memorable experiences that will last forever. All of the Kilties receive great training and are fully supported and kitted out in their uniforms on event days. If you have knowledge, experience and enthusiasm then the Kiltwalk needs you! The Kiltwalk has 10 roles to choose from, meaning there is a role suitable for everyone! Please go onto their website to read about the amazing selection of roles available: https://www.thekiltwalk.co.uk/volunteer/
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.
Cruden Bay Horticultural Society - volunteers needed
The Cruden Bay Horticultural Society, working along with the Port Erroll Heritage Group, is hoping to place more planters throughout the village this year. However, more volunteers are needed to help plant them - and more importantly, to water the plants throughout the summer. If you can help in any way please contact Anne Mackenzie, 01779 812742.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
- 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 email@example.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: firstname.lastname@example.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: email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or see https://www.jobtrain.co.uk/nas/displayjob.aspx?jobid=2438
HMP Grampian Family Centre and Help Hub is looking for volunteers
- A friendly person with a sense of humour,
- Compassionate and understanding
- D you have a non-judgemental attitude
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: email@example.com
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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: email@example.com
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
MODO - Seeking New Board Members
Modo - Circus with Purpose - is currently looking for new board members to support and guide the company through its next exciting developments. Modo uses circus to engage young people across Aberdeenshire and to help them to change their lives for the better. Harnessing the skills and thrills of circus, Modo helps young people to improve life chances, skills, confidence and self-esteem while celebrating and creating the culture and community of the region. Membership of the board is voluntary and the board meets approximately 5 times a year. Modo is particularly interested in those with fundraising, legal, HR and accountancy background. No previous board experience is required. For further information and informal discussions, please contact Martin Danziger, Creative Director on 01779 600 020 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 - email@example.com and Tel: 01561 378130.
Contact the Elderly tea parties
A charity dedicated to defeating loneliness is looking for volunteers in the Ellon and Banff areas to help organise tea parties for older people. Contact the Elderly provides a lifeline of friendship, through regular free Sunday afternoon teas, usually from 2:00pm to 4:00pm for those over 70 who find it difficult to get out and about. Volunteer drivers collect guests from their home and accompany them to a tea party in a local host’s home where they can enjoy a couple of hours of tea, cake and conversation with like-minded friends. Denise Robson, the charity’s Development Officer for Aberdeenshire, is keen to set up groups in Ellon and Banff and would like to hear from potential hosts who are asked to provide a simple afternoon tea once or twice a year for our guests and their drivers. The tea can be served at the host’s home or could be provided by an organisation or business. Our volunteer drivers drive and accompany our guests to a tea party once a month. We are also keen to identify tea party guests. Anyone interested in finding out more about being a guest or volunteer with Contact the Elderly should contact Denise at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone her on 01542 285010 or visit www.contact-the-elderly.org.
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: email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
Age Scotland Peterhead are looking for volunteers
Are you retired but still want to contribute to the community? If so, Age Scotland 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.
Committee members needed at SCILL
SCILL (Supporting Children in Learning For Life) is a group of parents and professionals who share a common interest in the difficulties experienced by children as they develop through their early years and the education system. They organise coffee mornings, presentations, workshops and activities to support children with additional support needs and their parents/carers. SCILL need a treasurer and other committee members to join their friendly team to plan and facilitate events. Committee meetings are held once a month. Experience of ASN is not essential but they are looking for people that are enthusiastic and are keen to participate. Own transport is required. For more details, look on the website: scill-aberdeenshire.org.uk or contact Kathryn on 07913 326 816 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Fraserburgh Contact Club - committee members needed
The club is looking for people to play an active role on their committee, help run the group and organise activities and/or outings. You may also be asked to help some members to take part in the activities where needed. If you have a first aid certificate so much the better! The club needs active committee members willing to help run the group which is for people who are living with a stroke. Among the positions we are looking to fill are:
- Treasurer to record finances and make regular reports to the Committee/prepare annual accounts
- Other committee members to help with planning activities and a programme of events as well as helping out at meetings.
Tarland Community Housing - Administrative Volunteer needed
Tarland Community Housing are looking for an enthusiastic volunteer to help their community-led group who are working to create 24 affordable innovative homes in Tarland. They need someone to support the steering group with some administrative help including:
- Responding to emails and telephone calls
- Attending Steering Group Meetings ( once a month)
- Supporting Steering Group in organising local profile-raising events
- Organising and filing correspondence
- Assisting with funding applications
- Mileage and expenses paid
- Responsible to: Tarland Community Housing Steering Group
If you have a bit of spare time and would like to help, please contact: email@example.com.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org or call: 01330 822655.
Galaxy Group: Transition Support In Central Aberdeenshire - help needed!
Galaxy Group provides transition support for parents and family carers of young people with additional support needs in central Aberdeenshire. The group is carer-led and provides information, sign-posting and support, including events and informal peer to peer support. They are looking for people to get involved with running the group as trustees and are particularly looking for a Chair and a Secretary. You do not need to be a family carer, but if you have an interest in enhancing the life choices of local young people with additional support needs and their families or have specialist experience and/or skills which would be of assistance to the board then they would be delighted to hear from you. If this could be you, please email Galaxy Group at: CTATransitions@hotmail.co.uk and one of the current trustees will be in touch.
Bonty Court Aboyne
Bonty Court in Aboyne is sheltered housing. They provide a lunch service to residents 7 days a week 365 days a year. The collection of the lunches from Aboyne hospital and the serving of lunches is done by a team of volunteers. The lunch service takes a total of 45 minutes a day. If you have some spare time and can help out please contact Aileen Longino, AVA Development Officer on 07824 096531 or email Aileen.Longino@avashire.org.uk.
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
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.