North East Sensory Services (Aberdeen Services)

Charity registered in Scotland SC009537

North East Sensory Services (NESS) is the leading provider of fully integrated joint sensory services in the North East of Scotland. Through our wide range of services, we work to achieve independence for blind and deaf people.

Current opportunities

A North-east charity is seeking volunteer drivers to help support its life-enhancing services. NESS, which has been supporting visually impaired people in Aberdeen since 1879, holds a wide range of activities from discussion groups to smartphone classes. The regular activities enable elderly people who have difficulty seeing or hearing to take part in social events, make friends and feel more engaged in their community. Many NESS service users are socially isolated due to difficulty getting about and a fear of using public transport. The activities at NESS are often the only opportunity for many to get out of the house and meet people. However, due to increasing demand, the charity is in urgent need of volunteers who are willing to help NESS service users get to the activities. Volunteers can give anything from two to twenty hours, and full training and expenses are provided. Graham Senff, who has been volunteering as a driver for NESS for over a year commented: “I find it so rewarding when I see the enjoyment of the service users when they are picked up and dropped of at their door.” To find out more information, potential volunteers should contact Debbie Robertson or Sheila Ogden on / tel.: 0345 2712345.

North East Sensory Services (NESS) requires volunteer Drivers/Transport Assistants to help elderly people, suffering from hearing or sight loss, access social groups and activities in Aberdeen City Centre. Groups meet all week but mostly on Tuesdays and volunteers would be required to either drive the organisation’s car or use their own vehicle, with all expenses covered. At NESS we are not just looking for people to drive cars – we want kind, happy, friendly people, willing to help a blind or deaf person in and out of a car. Volunteers will be asked to give a few hours per week (or more if they can manage) to collect service users from their homes around Aberdeen and take them to our headquarters in the city centre then return them home a few hours later. If you can help, please contact Debbie Robertson on 0345 2712345 or

Volunteers provide much needed support for our activities and services through a variety of volunteer assignments. We are always happy to hear from people who can offer some time be it an hour a week or a couple of days a week. Volunteers are currently involved in a range of assignments which offer them an opportunity to use their skills or maybe learn new ones. We are currently looking for volunteers to become involved in... -Clubs and Social Groups -Admin and Clerical Support -Fundraising Events -Helping in our Charity Shop and Store -Computing Activities -Assisting in our AudioService -Running our Fitness Room -Visiting people in their own homes -Outings and Holidays -Our Resources Centres -Guiding Running -HELLO Centre (Home Entertainment Lending Library) -Doing odd jobs (painting etc.) -Driving for our clients -Befriending We would like to hear from anyone who feels they have something to offer. Some people feel they have time to spare but don't really know what they can do. We want to hear from them and will take time to explain our services and opportunities available. Full support and training is provided. Please contact us on Email: or Tel.: 0345 271 2345 for more details.

To support elderly service users with severe sensory loss to keep connected with their local community by supporting them as a sighted guide/escort/communicator on prearranged occasions, supporting them to practise independent living skills or being a befriender either face to face or telephone. Ness provides support to over 3500 people with severe sensory loss across Grampian. The CIS-Connect Inform Support Project aims to support older people with sensory loss who may feel lonely or socially isolated or may lose independent living skills as a result of the daily challenges of their sensory loss. This service has been developed to reach out to those individuals and to offer support, assistance, social opportunities and companionship through trained volunteers. Volunteers aim to help service users to build up their confidence and to increase their independence by providing assistance, a listening ear and encouraging service users to get out and about and rediscover old interests or find new ones. This is a great, enjoyable opportunity to help in the local community, make a positive difference and also the opportunity to develop new skills and interests as well. For more information please contact: Clare Harris e-mail: Tel.: 0845 2712345