GREC-Grampian Regional Equality Council

Charity registered in Scotland SC001823

GREC is the leading equality organisation for the North East of Scotland. We are a charity and we work with others to ensure that everyone is valued for who they are and is able to contribute with encouragement and without fear of discrimination or unfair treatment.
Our objectives are to work towards the elimination of discrimination, to promote equality of opportunity for all and to promote good relations between people.

Current opportunities

Our Language Cafes are friendly and informal weekly sessions where we invite everyone to chat in English and learn from each other about living in the UK. So far we have had over 25 different nationalities, aged be-tween 20 to 70+, with a variety of professions and educational levels. Every person attending our sessions is invited to enjoy an informal and welcoming environment that promotes tolerance and integration. Cafetistas come to learn about Aberdeen, meet people who share their circumstances and meet volunteers who would encourage them to improve their English and learn more about the UK. Every week we speak about a different topic or run an activity to encourage cafetistas to improve their language and personal skills and integrate into their community, whether in Aberdeen or Aberdeenshire. *What are the benefits of being our volunteer at the Language Cafes: *You will learn about different cultures and use your personal and life skills to interact and help people who are settling in an unfamiliar environment. * You will exercise your existing capabilities and knowledge on varied topics whilst learning about new subjects and cultures. *You will learn about creative ways in which you can engage, encourage and motivate people. * You will have a positive and long lasting impact on cafetistas as well as in your community by supporting an environment of tolerance, respect and open interaction. *You will learn and practise your leading and problem solving skills as well as your creativity and adaptability. *We would like to invite volunteers who can: *Attend at least two language cafes every month over an extended period of time. This helps to support consistency and creates a solid relationship with our cafetistas and with GREC. * Research and share information with our cafetistas. * Act as moderators and lead activities with other volunteers and cafetistas during our sessions. * Create a welcoming environment by tolerating and respecting every-one attending our Language Cafes. * Ensure that everyone is given an opportunity to communicate and share their opinions during the sessions. We acknowledge our volunteers as the true foundation of the Language Cafes. A fantastic opportunity to help – with all help greatly appreciated. For more information please get in touch with Adriana via email at: or tel.: 01224 595505.

We are looking for qualified English as a Second Language tutors (ESL) to join a volunteer opportunity to support asylum seekers who are currently staying in Aberdeen. The project aims to provide an opportunity to engage individuals who arrived in the UK with no recourse to public funds, to develop their English language skills and support their mental health through a difficult life transition. As a volunteer English tutor, you will have the opportunity to practice your skills assessing students and expanding your teaching experience. This is a great CPD opportunity for ESOL tutors to draw new teaching strategies based on relevant language needs and share best practice with other professionals. The project includes diversity training and will follow a teaching program specifically designed for refugees and asylum seekers to improve their overall language skills and knowledge of the UK. Volunteers will deliver the classes in the city centre and are welcome to join other activities planned to enhance opportunities for integration with other non-native English speakers involved. For further information please contact Adriana Uribe, Language and Integration Developer at E Mail: or telephone 01224 595505.