The Health Services Research Unit (HSRU) has a national remit to research the best ways to provide health care, and to build capacity in health services research.
The Unit is supported by the Chief Scientist Office (CSO) of the Scottish Government Health and Social Care Directorates, the University of Aberdeen and competitive grant income.
Falkland Gardening Group is a registered charity whose aim is to enhance Falkland, and to improve and maintain the environment of Falkland by using various planting themes throughout the year. They also provide allotments and poly-tunnel space where members are able to grow various produce.
NHS Research Ethics Committees protect and promote the interests of patients and the public in health and social care research.
The committees review applications from research teams across the UK, and the Scientific Officer provides support and guidance on request to all applicants for ethical review and additional support for researchers within Grampian, Highland, Orkney, Shetland and Western Isles Health Boards.
The members of the committee are non-paid volunteers and include lay people who are not involved with clinical care or medical research and expert members with clinical or medical research expertise.
The North of Scotland Research Ethics Service is governed by the UK wide Health Research Authority and the Chief Scientist Office in Scotland. We are supported by the Grampian, Highland, Orkney Shetland and Western Isles Health Boards.
Four Pillars’ mission is the supply and provision of barrier contraception, peer education and information to support and grow the LGBT+ community in manners of Mental, Emotional, Physical and Sexual Health thereby promoting informed choices and reducing the prevalence of HIV and other STIs.
We are a non-profit-making-volunteer run Arts Collective and charity providing a platform both online and offline for those who struggle with mental health, addiction, gender dysphoria, sexuality, feel like they don't quite 'fit', or feel estranged to this world.
Canine Partners was founded in 1990, thanks to Anne Conway, an assistance dogs enthusiast and dog welfare campaigner, and Liz Ormerod, a well-known vet and animal-assisted therapy expert. Canine Partners was based on the model of The SOHO Foundation of Holland, an established assistance dogs programme.
Our assistance dogs are trained to meet the needs of individuals with even the most complex physical disabilities. We currently help adults aged 18 and over (both civilians and former service personnel) who have a physical disability or condition that affects their daily life and limits their independence.
Some of the disabilities and conditions we work with are:
- Multiple sclerosis
- Cerebral palsy
- Spinal injuries and head injuries
- Osteoarthritis and scoliosis
- Arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis
- Ehlers-Danlos syndrome
- Friedrich’s ataxia
- Muscular dystrophy
- Spina bifida
- Osteogenesis imperfecta (brittle bones)
We are working in partnership with Help for Heroes, The Royal British Legion and other services organisations to provide assistance dogs for veterans and those wounded in service.
Did you know that around 1 in 5 Mums and birthing people will develop a mental illness in the ante/perinatal period? At LATNEM (AKA Let’s All Talk North East Mums) we have lived experience. We’ve been there and now provide a safe, free peer support group for mums and birthing people in the North East of Scotland. LATNEM is registered as a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation with the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR)-registration number: SC051029.
Feed The Minds is a UK-based international development charity with 50 years of experience delivering education projects around the world. Our projects enable people to gain resources and skills to have a new start.
With a long and impressive history, the Special Constabulary is a part-time, volunteer body consisting of voluntary officers with identical powers to that of police officers. As a special constable, you'll work alongside our police officers in your spare time – forging strong partnerships in the community, patrolling our streets, preventing crime, and interacting with all kinds of people to give back, keep your local community safe and make a real difference.
Lead Scotland - Specialists in Linking Education and Disability, is a voluntary organisation set up to empower disabled young people and adults and carers across Scotland to access learning opportunities
The charitable aims of the Oxford Institute of British Islam (OIBI) are to:
1. Advance the Islamic religion in accordance with the teachings of the Qur'an.
2. Advance education and research in the subject of the principles and practice of the Islamic faith within British society.
3. Promote religious harmony by promoting good relations through the education in different religious beliefs including a respectful awareness of the distinctive features and the common ground shared amongst various creeds.
Hourglass Scotland (formerly Action on Elder Abuse Scotland) is the only charity in Scotland dedicated to calling time on the harm, abuse and exploitation of older people. We support older people experiencing (or at risk of) harm, abuse or exploitation, and work towards safer ageing and a fairer society for all older people.
We are Blind Veterans UK and we believe that no one who has served our country should battle blindness alone. That's why we're here to help with lifelong practical and emotional support which we provide to Armed Forces and National Service veterans regardless of when they served or how they lost their sight. We help veterans recover their independence and discover a life beyond sight loss. Our charity has been offering physical and emotional support to vision-impaired veterans since 1915. Blind Veterans UK's work ranges from helping veterans relearn vital life skills and providing them with the tools they need to be independent in their own homes, to offering new learning, training and recreation opportunities and providing long-term nursing, residential and respite care.
We are a network dedicated to bringing about a 70% reduction in child abuse and neglect by the year 2030 – we are the 70/30 Campaign. 70/30 is not just another campaign - it is part of a highly-developed, long-term, ground-breaking action plan to stop child abuse and neglect from ever beginning. We call this Primary Prevention. The 70/30 Campaign was created by the WAVE Trust charity.
Common Weal Aberdeen is an Aberdeen based not for profit group. We are loosely associated with the wider Common Weal group covering Scotland but we decide how our local group operates and feed into the national group.
KLSB are a local community group who were set up in March 2019 to help tidy up the green spaces of Larbert & Stenhousemuir.
On our very first litter pick more than 40 volunteers came out in the rain and helped rid the local park of over 100 bin bags worth or litter as well as many other discarded items. We continue to plant and maintain various flower beds in the area plus we also run a community food pantry for vulnerable people and low income households.
The Association was set up to advance the mental, physical and spiritual welfare of young people between the ages of 14 and 25 by promoting the scheme of Awards known as The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.
In recent years, whilst maintaining the core function of the Association we have focused our activities on provision of support and experiential learning for targeted groups of young people with Additional Support Needs (ASN).
Voluntary Action South Ayrshire (VASA) is the local Third Sector Interface. It is recognised by Scottish Government and South Ayrshire Council as fulfilling a key role in ensuring the continued development of a robust Third Sector in South Ayrshire.
As VASA has been created from an amalgamation of Volunteer Centre South Ayrshire (VCSA) and Council for Voluntary Organisations in Kyle and Carrick (CVOKC) it is founded on a wealth of experience gained during decades of work with Third Sector organisations, agencies and groups operating in South Ayrshire.
To create a community where children and adults feel a sense of belonging, support and personal growth. A place where there is an inclusive, lifelong learning culture with an integrated approach to health, education and care.
To be recognised as a centre of excellence where children and adults can live, learn and work in an integrated community based on mutual respect and the unfolding of individual potential.
We are committed to treating everyone with respect and dignity to enable them to discover their potential. We use a social pedagogical approach which is informed by the understanding of a spiritual dimension in each individual and integrates education, care, crafts and therapy to create a holistic response to the needs of individuals.
We strengthen our community through social integration in the celebration of personal achievements and cultural life. We are committed to caring for the land and strive to use the environment in the most sustainable way to support and enhance a healthy lifestyle.
We seek to further develop a living and working community based on equality of rights and opportunities, collaboration, freedom and empowering, respectful relationships. We have an active engagement with the wider society, facilitating a mutually beneficial flow of information and learning.
We are a community in which people can feel safe and nurtured and in which we all work towards a future where people with additional support needs are fully included and respected in society.
Station House Media Unit (shmu), supported by Aberdeen City Council as one of the core cultural organisations in the city, is at the forefront of Community Media development in Scotland, supporting residents in the seven regeneration areas of Aberdeen in radio and video production, traditional and on-line publications, music production and digital inclusion. The organisation also supports other disadvantaged communities, both geographic and communities of interest, with an employability and training arm, and a recently developed a programme for offenders, both pre and post release.
Successful initiatives have made the organisation a nationally recognised centre of excellence and created models of good practice in: youth work; regeneration; digital inclusion; adult and family literacy and numeracy; community capacity building; personal and community development; employability skills; criminal justice, and the curriculum for excellence.
We offer services to anyone who:
· is living in Forth Valley
· is aged 16 years or over
· has a substance misuse problem or is affected by someone else’s
· wants to change their substance misuse problem
· wants to change someone else’s substance misuse problem
We also offer counselling services for anyone who is affected by gambling problems.
Service users can refer themselves.
We accept referrals from any organisation, service or professional who encounters someone who is affected by a substance misuse problem. In making a referral we would ask that the referring agent gives as much information as possible about the person’s readiness and commitment to engage with our services.
The voice of the Voluntary Sector with a strong and diverse membership. Dedicated and experienced staff providing support, development advice, facilitating networks as well as sharing news and information. We also provide office space to rent, room hire, grant finder services, administration services and much more.
Altens and Cove Community Association Centre is a local independent charity, run by volunteer Trustees and a small staff team from Altens Community Centre.
Serving Altens and Cove, the centre offers a wide range of community activities, along with private hires of our meeting rooms, sports hall and community rooms, and a café. Our highly recommended Fishies Playgroup operates within Altens Community Centre on weekday mornings during term time.
Foodbanks in Aberdeen provide emergency food and vital support to local people experiencing crisis in Aberdeen City. Every day people go hungry for reasons ranging from redundancy, poverty to receiving an unexpected bill on a low income.
The Food Banks Partnership Aberdeen coordinates food banks in the city while guiding users towards services that can help prevent people becoming reliant on these resources.
Partners include, Community Food Initiatives North East (CFINE), Instant Neighbour Trust and Aberdeen Cyrenians.
As well as providing emergency food, all partners are committed to promoting employment, signposting to money advice, debt management and household budgeting services, and other sources of support to develop resilience and help people to move on and out of poverty.
The four main service delivery areas are now: Halls and Music Development; Fine and Applied Art; Museum Services; and Learning and Engagement.
Cultural Services provide the operation, management,development and promotion of arts, heritage, cultural and science services throughout the city through access to high quality educational resources, promoting inclusion in delivering outreach activities.
Aberdeen Women's Alliance are a small, local, charity that was set up in 2004. Our aim is to enable Aberdeen womens' voices to be better heard by decision-makers. Since 2013 we have also run a successful local women's history project. Most recently during the pandemic, we have worked with our partners to make sure some disadvantaged women are having their basic needs met.
NESAP- North East Scotland Athletics Partnership aims to bring together the athletics community in Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire to develop the sport and provide quality opportunities for clubs and athletes to develop and reach their full potential.
This relates to Athletics Coaching, Athletics Officiating, Administrative assistance and event support.
Our vision is for a society in which people who are blind and partially sighted enjoy the same freedom of movement as everyone else.
Our purpose is to deliver the guide dog service and other mobility services; to break down legal and physical barriers; and to enable people who are blind and partially sighted to get around on their own.
Our values mean that we will always seek to be trustworthy and transparent; that we will always be innovative and responsive; and that we will collaborate with others wherever that is to the benefit of people who are blind and partially sighted.
The Trimontium Trust is dedicated to the advancement of the education of the public through the conservation and development of the Roman remains at Newstead and associated antiquities.
We do this through:
• The Trimontium Trust Museum in Melrose
• Regular volunteer-led tours to the site in Newstead
• Special roman-themed events, educational visits and publications
Every year we help 400,000 Young People in the UK enjoy new adventures; to experience the outdoors, interact with others, gain confidence and have the opportunity to reach their full potential. And it’s not just Young People who can get in on the action. Working alongside our youth members are thousands of adult volunteers, with a huge variety of roles and opportunities available.
To find out more visit www.scouts-scotland.org.uk
The RSPB is the UK charity working to secure a healthy environment for birds and other wildlife, helping to create a better world for us all. The RSPB exists to conserve wild birds and the environment. We have more than one million members, over 13,000 volunteers, 1,300 staff, 200 nature reserves,9 regional offices, 4 country offices...and one vision - to work for a better environment rich in birds and wildlife.
Sported is a leading 'Sport For Change' charity, supporting over 3,000 amazing community sports clubs and groups that are using the power of sport to transform the lives of disadvantaged young people.
We support clubs by providing free business support so that they have the skills and resources to continue their work. We also have a network of volunteer mentors who work with our members providing expert consultancy on a range of business issues.
Aberdeen Science Centre aspires to be a 5 star visitor attraction and our dedicated team provide:
•An important and valuable educational resource for the whole community where people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities can come and engage with science and be enthused and inspired.
•Science learning experiences that encourage active involvement in learning with hands-on exhibits, investigative workshops and exciting shows and demonstrations.
•An environment that promotes curiosity and life-long learning.
Aberdeen Science Centre is a registered Scottish Charity, charity no: SC014922.
At Save the Children, we believe in changing children’s future, we operate in the UK and around the world to ensure children are safe and healthy. We support them to learn, grow and become who they want to be. Our shops help raise vital funds, and our volunteers are the leading force in making this possible.
Your donation of time, creativity and kindness can help us change the future for children all over the world!
Our aim is to support older people to live independently at home. Our preventative services address the difficulty older people face getting their weekly grocery shopping, doing jobs around the house and the growing isolation that comes with failing health. We also aim to provide a wide range of supported volunteering opportunities for people of all ages and ability and these include shopper, driver, delivery assistant and office assistant.
To assist community and voluntary groups in Annandale with their transport needs.
The provision of community transport and other services for the inhabitants of Annandale and the surrounding areas in need by reason of disablement, poverty, social or economic circumstances
Pushing Out the Boat (a registered Scottish Charity - SCIO No SC044919) and run by a team of enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers is North-East Scotland’s unique literary and arts journal, publishing high-quality prose, poetry and art selected from a unique blend of the global and the local. In its pages are thrillingly gathered artists and writers from all around the world, as well as just around the corner, creating a linguistic mix that welcomes Doric, Scots, and a world of eclectic Englishes that help to bring us a’thegither. We maintain a strong commitment to first time writers and artists; and to outreach, by supplying copies to worthy causes, local libraries and schools – the latter specially to encourage young contributors. We aspire to offer readers the very best regional literary magazine in Scotland.
Every day Royal Voluntary Service helps thousands of older people to live the life they want. We provide practical services in homes, in hospitals and in communities all across England, Scotland and Wales so people can be independent and active. Royal Voluntary Service is one of the largest voluntary organisations and much of our work is supporting older people. We provide practical solutions to the everyday problems of loneliness and isolation. Volunteers are vital to the work of Royal Voluntary Service. Without them Royal Voluntary Service simply wouldn't exist. Our volunteers come from all walks of life, men or women, young or older and we've got something for everyone, including specialist roles such as this. Anyone who volunteers for Royal Voluntary Service knows that they are joining a charity which people trust - our style is practical, positive, personal and professional. Royal Voluntary Service is committed to being an Investing in Volunteers organisation.
Aberdeen City Voice is a panel of Aberdeen City residents. We contact them on a regular basis to ask for their views on a wide range of issues that affect the community. At the moment around 1000 residents are on the City Voice Panel and we send them 3 questionnaires a year. The City Voice is supported by Aberdeen’s Community Planning Partnership so it covers a wide range of topics.
Friends of Bianca is an Aberdeen based charity founded in 2011 and run by Trustees and volunteers to provide desperately needed support for a shelter for severely abused and neglected dogs and cats in Portugal.
Bianca Associacao is a Portuguese charity, run solely by volunteers, which annually rescues, cares for and re-homes, all over Europe, 600 abandoned dogs and cats, many arriving in terrible condition. Portugal does not have national animal welfare organisations such as the RSPCA, PDSA, Dogs Trust, Cat Protection League etc and without charities like Bianca, many of these poor creatures would simply starve or suffer a painful death from treatable injuries or diseases.
Because Bianca is run exclusively by unpaid volunteers, 100% of all monies donated goes directly to helping the animals.
Grampian Yoga Association (GYA) is a charitable organisation regulated by OSCR (The Scottish Charity Regulator), reference SC 016624.
Grampian Yoga Association's aim is to promote yoga within the Grampian area.
As a social enterprise we have set ourselves a mission to bring people together and make our community resilient. In our shop we stock fresh produce, groceries, household products and toiletries that are local, environmentally friendly, organic, or fair trade to enable to help people live a healthier more sustainable life. In our cafe we serve healthy soups, toasties and coffee and provide a place for people to meet.
However, we are just more than that. We have received funding for an exciting climate change project, we are building a training kitchen and we are developing an indoor market hall, as well as spaces for workshops and events. We are proud to work together with a variety of other community projects and charities.
Project Scotland is a charity that helps young people aged 16 to 30 to get on in life through full time volunteering. We partner with hundreds of Scottish Charities to create quality 3 month placements in Scotland.
Fresh (Fitness, Recovery, Exercise, Safe, Health) Community Wellness - help in the community through providing wellness walks and chat safe space sessions, activities that connect with nature, fun litter picks, easy exercise education and fun fitness, befriending and mentoring to encourage those who may not currently be connected in the community, with gentle motivation from friendly community volunteers. As well as the inclusion of lived experience.
Living with sight loss can be lonely and isolating, causing many to revert into themselves only making this issue worse. The British Wireless for the Blind Fund aims to ease these feelings by providing the joy of sound along with the companionship of radio.
We supply specially adapted audio equipment to those who would not usually be able to afford it, on a free loan to visually impaired people all across the UK.
We are not government funded so it is thanks only to the continued generosity of our supporters that we can carry on helping people who need it the most.
The number of people living with sight loss is set to double to more than 4 million by 2050, and we aim to make life for those suffering better.
Food and Fun was introduced by the Council as a pilot to deliver free meals and activities to children in key areas of Aberdeen during school holiday periods and has been rolled out on a permanent basis. When we talk about our purpose – about caring for our city and our people – we think Food and Fun is a shining example that we can all be incredibly proud of.
Poppyscotland provides life-changing support to our Armed Forces community.
We reach out to those who have served, those still serving, and their families at times of crisis and need by offering vital, practical advice, assistance and funding. We believe that those who serve or have served, whether regular or reserve, are deserving of our support to live life fully without disadvantage after service. No veteran should live without the prospect of employment, good health and a home, and we all have a part to play in achieving this.
Poppyscotland is best known for running the iconic Scottish Poppy Appeal, but we work all year round to help those who have served, those still serving and their families receive the care and support they urgently need.
We are an education charity supporting pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds to achieve a meaningful level of academic attainment, helping them to progress to further education, employment or training.
Elder Voice is a charity, based in Blairgowrie, committed to addressing loneliness, isolation and malnutrition in older people living in and around Perth & Kinross. We offer a number of services for the elderly, including Community Transport Services, Shopping Services, Befriending and Telephone Befriending, and our taxi voucher scheme.
The Teapot Trust children’s charity uses art therapy as a way of helping young people cope with long term medical conditions. We know that these conditions can cause anxiety, anger or upset for children and families. Art therapy provides a way of expressing and dealing with feelings, helping children to feel more in control and to cope with their condition.
Aberdeen City Council Countryside Ranger Service is committed to working for a biodiverse, best value and socially inclusive future for all the City's countryside resources. It works in partnership to offer quality environmental education and recreational opportunities for all.
The Hands on Project provides Befriending and in-house practical assistance for the elderly, disabled and those who are housebound. Volunteers from the local community are recruited and trained to carry out the tasks requested and are supported by a Volunteer Development Officer.
Our commitment is to ensure that people with profound and multiple learning disabilities are valued both as individuals and in the contribution people make to the community. That people receive all the support they need to realise their potential. To ensure that peoples right to a full life shaped by personal choice, abilities and needs underlies all provision and policy affecting their lives. That the knowledge and experience of family carers is recognised, and that their views are fully taken into account in service development.
Promoting learning opportunities, particularly in the fields of healthy living, improving literacy, active citizenship, the recognition of achievement and employability, promoting a broad range of non-formal but structured group learning activities for public benefit. Supporting people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds to become more involved in planning their own learning programmes and their continued development. Engaging with the most vulnerable people and groups and planning programmes with them which will help them to reach their full potential. Working with young people to plan and support their own learning and achievement programmes. Offering guidance and support to groups and individuals who would like to broaden their learning opportunities and gain accreditation monitoring and evaluating the association’s activities with a view to ensuring continuous improvement.
Alzheimer Scotland is the leading dementia organisation in Scotland. We campaign for the rights of people with dementia and their families and provide an extensive range of innovative and personalised support services. Our aims:
• To be the national and local voice of and for people with dementia and their carers in Scotland
• To improve public policies for the benefit of people with dementia and their carers
• To provide and to secure the provision of high quality services for people with dementia
• To provide and to secure the provision of high quality services for carers of people with dementia.
"We aim to engage and connect with everyone who has a stake in what we do; to provide support and information, raise funds, support research, to campaign for and promote the rights of people with dementia and for those who care for them.
"Together we can be the leading force for change. Together we can make sure nobody faces dementia alone."
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. The Association is a Registered Social Landlord and Charity, with a portfolio of 3500+ homes under management and an annual turnover of over £18m.
Clean Up Aberdeen is part of Keep Scotland Beautiful's national mass-engagement campaign Clean Up Scotland. Clean Up Scotland aims to involve one million people in action against litter and mess. It is a national coalition of organisations and people from all places and back grounds who want Scotland to shine. The campaign is working to change long term behaviour by making dropping litter as socially unacceptable as drink driving is today.
Litter picking clean ups are a great way of bringing people together. Young and old alike can roll up their sleeves together to show that they care about their neighbourhood. Everyone can take part from individuals to schools, community groups and businesses.
The Mission of Time to Heal is to provide holistic support and, to relieve the needs of persons affected by domestic violence primarily, but not exclusively, women and children from minority ethnic groups.
Coastwatch Scotland, Irvine, is solely manned by a team of volunteers of varying skills and ages. We provide a lookout and listening station which monitors activity on the beach, the seashore, the river and the beach park to ensure the safety and the wellbeing of the public and any mariners within four mile off shore in conjunction with the HM Coastguard and the Police.
Independent Living includes, Support at Home, Transport Support, Mobility Aids, (wheelchair lending) HASM (Hand,Arm& Shoulder massage) and Family Tracing. All services are delivered by trained volunteers.
RockSolid Youth Project is a community charity working in the East End of Dundee with young people aged 10 - 18. RockSolid encourages young people: to become more confident by expressing themselves and who they are, become active citizens in their community; and, owners of RockSolid through a variety of community based activities and a range of projects.
Quiet Waters aims to provide Christian counselling for all, regardless of faith, gender, ethnic origin or life choices.
Quiet Waters' purpose is to advance the mental health and promote the wellbeing of families and individuals, enabling them to overcome their personal, relational and spiritual difficulties; enhancing their ability to cope with bereavement, trauma and loss.
Sunny Garden: Bilingual (Russian-English) Playgroup provide a safe, caring bilingual environment which will promote a child’s health, individuality and dignity, and an opportunity for fun, learning through play, socialising with adults and children from a wide range of cultures free from any discrimination.
We aim to provide and support knowledge and education that encourages children’s physical, social, emotional, intellectual and creative development through a wide range of activities suitable for their age range.
Kidney Research UK is the leading national charity dedicated to research that will lead to better treatments and cures for kidney disease.
We also provide information for patients and raise vital awareness of kidney-related issues among the general public.
EF stands for "Education First". With 15 divisions that offer a range of educational programs from language training, educational travel, and academic degrees to cultural exchanges. With a mission to open the world through education, EF has helped people of all ages and nationalities become citizens of the world.
The 21st Aberdeen (Cults) Scout Group is a registered charity (Scottish Charity Number SC018385).
The Scouts prepares young people with skills for life, supported by amazing leaders delivering an inspiring programme.
Dates-n-mates actively supports meaningful relationships for adults with learning disabilities in a fun and safe environment. We organise social events to enable people to make friends and form meaningful relationships. Our work is based on a Human Rights Approach, empowering people to live their life to its fullest potential whilst being active citizens within their community.
Our aim is to support older people to live independently at home. Our preventative services address the difficulty older people face getting their weekly grocery shopping, doing jobs around the house and the growing isolation that comes with failing health. We also aim to provide a wide range of supported volunteering opportunities for people of all ages and ability and these include shopper, driver, delivery assistant and office assistant.
Lets beat cancer sooner! At Cancer Research UK we pioneer research to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured. We fund scientists, doctors and nurses to help beat cancer sooner. We also provide cancer information to the public.
We are Scotland's Health Charity. Our mission is to improve the quality of life for people in Scotland affected by Chest, Heart & Stroke illnesses, through medical research, influencing policy, advice and information, support in the community and raising funds for the cause.
The Royal Air Forces Association is the charity that supports the RAF family, looking after the welfare of serving and former-serving personnel and their dependants, helping them in times of need. We exist to ensure that the sacrifices made by those who serve their country in the Royal Air Force does not result in suffering, poverty or loneliness.
How do we support them?
We provide a wide range of needs-based welfare support. This includes everything from providing home visits and much needed short breaks, to offering advice and, in some cases, financial assistance in times of difficulty.
Aberdeen Amateur Athletic Club is based at the Aberdeen Sports Village on Linksfield Road, Aberdeen. The Club caters for all levels of interest, from serious athletes to recreational runners looking to keep fit. With over 400 members, the Club has a range of training groups and coaches catering for athletes aged from 9 and over through to seniors and veterans.
We promote all aspects of athletics from road running, cross country, hill running to track and field and the Club has teams which compete in outdoor and indoor track and field and cross country leagues each year.
Penicuik Community Development Trust brings together local people to invest their time, talents and energy to make Penicuik a better place for families to grow up in, community activities to flourish, businesses to thrive, and others to find Penicuik an attractive place to visit.
The aims are to promote the benefit of the people of Penicuik and its environs (being defined as all those who live within the town and its environs as well as any others who participate as active members of organisations based in Penicuik), without distinction of sex, sexuality, political, religious or other opinions, by actions:
to advance community development; to advance education; to advance the arts, heritage, culture and science;
to provide facilities, or assist in the provision of facilities, for recreation and other leisure time activities in the interests of social welfare so that the conditions of life may be improved
We provide support, learning and development opportunities for people and organisations. We provide guidance, support and training to Third Sector organisations and community groups. We enable people to engage with their local community, develop and learn new skills through volunteering. We also facilitate Third Sector representation at a local level through our delegate system. Elected from with the Sector, delegates voice challenges and opinions on emerging issues, get involved in local decision making and champion the work of the Sector.
GFAA is a community of allotment holders. You will find us at the junction of Garthdee Road and Pitfodells Station Road. We have over 100 plots on the site, in 3 sizes – full, half and micro. Plotters are members of our association and together we seek to:
-To encourage the use of green and sustainable gardening methods;
-To share good practice and gardening expertise;
-To spread the benefits of plot working and green gardening into the wider community.
Jewish Care Scotland provides professional social work and volunteer services for Jewish people in need throughout Scotland-supporting over 450 individuals and families. Jewish Care Scotland runs a registered Day Centre, social clubs for active older people, clubs for adults with physical illnesses and for adults with mental health problems.
Help us take on Scotland’s single biggest killer! 41 people die every day in Scotland from cardiovascular disease and we know that the death rate from coronary heart disease is almost 50% higher than for the South East of England. This isn’t fair and we want to change this. Heart Research UK is the charity dedicated to your heart. We inspire and invest in pioneering medical research, ground-breaking training and education, and in communities to improve their heart health for themselves. They are things we’re proud to have done for over 50 years and pushes us to do more.
Sporting Memories Foundation Scotland clubs are open to older sports fans who enjoy reminiscing about their experiences of watching or playing sport. The weekly clubs, facilitated by a trained volunteer, provide a friendly, inclusive and welcoming environment for anybody and are especially keen to welcome those who may feel isolated through illness.
The Service offers family mediation, counselling and therapies, child contact and other family support services to families, children, young people, parents, couples and individuals. All our work centres around supporting them to overcome relationship difficulties, separation and conflict. Volunteers work in our Perth Child Contact Centre on Saturdays between 10am and 4pm. Child Contact Centres are child-friendly, safe, neutral, staffed places where children can come to spend time with their parent, siblings or any other family member, following a relationship breakdown or separation, where otherwise they wouldn’t get to see them. Parents do not meet, children get to develop relationships through play, away from conflict.
Scottish Communities Climate Action Network (SCCAN)’s purpose is to inspire and promote, connect and support community-led action in Scotland to address the Climate Emergency. Please see our website: https://www.scottishcommunitiescan.org.uk
Voluntary Action Shetland seeks to respond to and support voluntary services in Shetland by meeting present and emerging needs, developing and promoting new ways of responding and encouraging people in Shetland to offer voluntary services to their community.
We aim to get more children, more active, more often. To achieve this we work closely with coaches, volunteers, school staff, parents etc to run a wide variety of fun opportunities. These can be during our outside curriculum time. Any activity is considered and all active ideas are welcome!
Every day, The Conservation Volunteers (or TCV as we’re known) works across the UK to create healthier and happier communities for everyone. We do this by connecting people and green spaces to deliver lasting outcomes for both.
We recognise that each community and the people living there have different needs. Whether improving wellbeing, conserving a well-loved outdoor space or bringing people together to promote social cohesion, combat loneliness or enhance employment prospects, TCV works together with communities to deliver practical solutions to the real-life challenges they face.
For over sixty years we have adapted our work with volunteers to reflect the changing needs of communities in the UK and, by giving people a sense of purpose and belonging, we have empowered them to take control of their lives and outdoor spaces for the benefit of all.
Whilst our activities vary, our inclusive approach has remained consistent; bringing people and places together to create happy, healthy and connected communities for everyone.
Aberdeen in Recovery (AiR) mission is ‘to be a bridge from “dependence” to “independence” for the individual seeking recovery from problematic substance use and addictive behaviours’. Our vision is a society which celebrates visible recovery and accepts its responsibility to participate by identifying solutions to the conditions in which addiction thrives.
Largo Communities Together (LCT) has been operating since 2017 and its purpose is to enable the people of Largo, Lundin Links, Woodside, New Gilston, Newburn and Drumeldrie to enhance community life by supporting and developing sustainable initiatives. LCT consults with local residents and community groups to establish the needs and wants of local residents and partners with organisations and groups to deliver solutions. Key projects are working to establish community access to the Largo Estate, the restoration of Largo Pier, the creation of Largo Area Coronavirus Response Team to deliver essential services during the pandemic and we are currently working on a Local Place Plan.
LCT is a registered charity established by the community to be responsive to its needs. The LCT Trustees are appointed by the membership of over 400 people.
Across Scotland ProjectScotland (part of the Volunteering Matters Family) supports young people to reach their potential through tailored support, mentoring and the opportunity to experience the benefits of volunteering themselves and the support of a volunteer mentors.
The Boys’ Brigade is the oldest uniformed youth organisation in the country. We promote habits which leads young people to be good all round citizens, through an extensive programme. It is rewarding and an honour to watch 5 year old shy children grown into confident young adults, ready to play their part in society.
We recruit, train and support volunteer Panel Members who make legal decisions in children’s hearings, and volunteer Area Support Teams (ASTs) who provide support and guidance to Panel Members locally. You may have heard of us being referred to as the Children’s Panel too.
Food Train is a registered charity, voluntary organisation and social enterprise. Since 1995 Food Train has been making daily life easier for older people, providing vital services to those who are no longer able to manage independently, through age, ill health, frailty or disability.
Food Train makes hundreds of grocery deliveries every week, with the help of dedicated local volunteers, ensuring those most in need have access to fresh groceries.
Rape Crisis Grampian is a voluntary organisation providing vital support for survivors of rape and sexual abuse and challenging the misconceptions which surround these issues-services/support is available to both women and men.
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.
Home-Start East Fife have been supporting families across East Fife for over 30 years. Every year 20 - 30 trained volunteers support an average of 60 families with around 170 children. Home-Start East Fife has a staff team of four who work with the Board of Trustees to train and support volunteers so they in turn can support families. Support takes two forms: home-visiting and Family Support Groups. Home-visiting volunteers visit families in their own homes once a week to offer friendship and support, whether parents need an extra pair of hands, help to get out, or just some adult company and a listening ear. In this rural area of North East Fife, social isolation is one of the recurring reasons families are referred to us. Families are referred to us by health visitors, social workers, community psychiatric nurses and other local professionals, or parents can refer themselves. In addition to home-visiting volunteers, Home-Start East Fife runs three Family Support Groups, in Auchtermuchty, St Andrews and Cupar. The Family Support Groups are only for families referred to Home-Start East Fife. They provide a safe and stimulating environment for our parents and their pre-school children. Within the groups, our Family Support Group Co-ordinator and volunteers organise activities aimed at improving parenting skills and promoting positive interaction between parent and child and within their peer groups. Family Support Groups also provide a supportive environment and information exchange for parents experiencing difficulties. The children are given healthy snacks, and have access to educational toys and an environment that allows for physical activity.
Bridge of Don Sea Cadets is a friendly, productive and energetic unit within the national Sea Cadet movement. The kids benefit from the support, training and guidance of a dedicated team of voluntary staff, civilian assistants and parental supporters.
We are a leading cancer charity. We carry out world-class research inot the biology and causes of cancer, to develop effective treatments and improve the quality of life for cancer patients. To reduce the number of people getting cancer. To provide authoritative information on cancer. Shops and volunteers raise vital funds for the above.
Volunteering Matters is a national volunteering and social change charity.
We believe everyone in the UK should have the opportunity to thrive. So we bring people together to overcome some of society’s most complex issues through the power of volunteering.
We partner with communities to overcome adversity, tackling social isolation and loneliness, improving health, developing skills and opportunity and making sure young people can lead change. And because we’re a national charity, we do this at scale, sharing our expertise and building partnerships to make an even bigger impact.
We turn local knowledge and energy into action and progress, building stronger communities and a better future for all.
In October 2020 we launched new strategy – Our Manifesto for Change. Based on the impact our volunteers and programmes have in communities across the UK, we will bring people together through volunteering to build stronger communities so that everyone has an opportunity to thrive.
Volunteering Matters have operated services in Clackmannanshire for over 2 decades. Our current work includes a befriending service for children and young people, mentoring for teenagers in need of employability support, and a youth social action programme around youth mental health.
We also operate a voluntary handyperson service for older and disabled people, as well as the Retired and Senior Volunteer Programme (RSVP) which encourages and supports older people to take part in local community volunteering. This includes volunteering in local primary schools, NHS hospitals, via a healthy walking group and charitable knitting activities.
Aberdeen Multicultural Centre is a user led charity, dedicated to making a positive impact on the lives of the diverse communities in Aberdeen. AMC encourages co-operation and integration amongst diverse community groups as well as building harmony and exchanging cultural and language diversity within the communities. The organization’s vibrant aims are to support communities and the society from social, economic, welfare and environmental perspectives. AMC would like to see greater social integration, remove social isolation organising different cultural activities and improve economic life through community development projects.
CatStrand is the central hub of the Glenkens Community & Arts Trust (GCAT). Its main aim is to bring much needed activities, services and facilities to this geographically isolated area through a year round programme of community and arts events. It offers a range of community services including a bus service, newsletter, drop-in advice sessions and free internet access and also acts as a hub for local tourism and heritage information. CatStrand provides the base for the Connecting in Communities project; which provides events and opportunities for Glenkens residents, including: Fitness, Yoga, Tai Chi, Adult Dance/Movement, Ukulele Group(s), Digital Photography, Singing and the Glenkens Men's Shed in Balmaclellan. Catstrand currently has a number of different opportunities for volunteers of all ages to get involved with.
At NSPCC Scotland we believe that every childhood is worth fighting for. We work to make child abuse and neglect a thing of the past.
We run Childline, the free and confidential counselling service for children and young people which is accessible every day, all year, 24 hours a day. Our Childline bases in Aberdeen and Glasgow.
We also aim to go into every primary school in Scotland to deliver our Speak Out, Stay Safe programme, talking to children about how to stay safe and speak out if they have any worries or concerns.
Bonnymuir Green Community Trust is a thriving community owned green space.
We have a productive, managed community garden, a social hub and cafe, which is led, developed and sustained by local volunteers.
We encourage all members of the public to meet and share in a space that is accessible, providing the community with a mix of educational and social activities, encouraging fun, good health, wellbeing and sustainable living.
The national charity, here for anyone who has ever experienced fertility problems. Fertility Network Scotland provides advice, information and support to anyone affected by fertility issues. We raise awareness of the impact of fertility problems and campaign for fair provision of fertility treatment throughout Scotland.
Lead Scotland is a voluntary organisation set up to widen access to learning for disabled young people and adults, and carers in Scotland. In Fife, learners can chose what they want to learn and are supported by volunteers, one-to-one or in small groups.
Lead Scotland also run a Fife-wide, time limited befriending project for anyone over 16 who is facing social isolation or loneliness. People are supported on a one-to-one basis by local volunteers.
We have a vision of a world where no-one suffers from the painful genetic skin condition Epidermolysis Bullosa. By working with and for Debra we aim to make a positive difference to people living with EB, work together to achieve our purpose of providing care and curing EB, be passionate about what we do with Debra and strive for excellence in all our activities.
The Civil Service Retirement Fellowship is the only Civil Service charity dedicated to helping retired civil servants, widows/widowers, partners and dependents enjoy a better and more fulfilling retirement.
We operate a range of welfare, volunteering and leisure activities all run and supported by volunteers.
We currently have two befriending schemes, the Phone Buddy scheme and National Visitors Network which provide telephone based friendship calls and home visits to any beneficiary experiencing loneliness or social isolation.
In addition, we are also available to offer signposting, help and advice on a whole range of subjects.
We are the mother church for the United Diocese of Aberdeen and Orkney and together with that hold in our trust the spiritual lives of a diverse and international congregation.
We share a rich history with the Episcopal Church in the United States of America as the congregation which hosted the consecration of Samuel Seabury as the first bishop for America in Aberdeen in 1784, and thus inaugurating the concept of the world-wide Anglican Communion.
Also in our trust is a building of great grace, peace and beauty in the heart of Aberdeen that is of high architectural significance and spiritual importance to the wider communion of the city and beyond.
We aim to offer all who come looking for a home to worship or as visitors a very warm welcome.
Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland is the country’s largest charity offering care and support to people with chest, heart and stroke conditions. Our network of stroke nurses, rehabilitation support workers, peer support volunteers and researchers help people across Scotland regain their confidence and rebuild their lives. We want to make sure life living with a chest or heart condition or after a stroke is a life lived to the full.
We are St Andrew’s and St George’s West – a place of peace, hospitality, faith and action in the heart of Edinburgh. We are an ever-changing community of people of all ages open to new ways of learning and growing in love and faith.
YMCA Glenrothes has been providing learning and leisure opportunities for over 60 years, offering a friendly and welcoming community space. "The Y" has grown to be one of the largest voluntary organisations in the area, spread over three sites- all of which deliver community opportunities. Two sites also provide supported accommodation.
The charity is supported by many volunteers who give regular and consistent service.
YMCA Glenrothes is an independent local charity that is governed by local volunteers from Fife, and is affiliated to the worldwide YMCA movement. The charity works with many organisations across Fife, as well as YMCAs across Scotland.
The advancement of citizenship and community development, the provision of recreational facilities and the organisation of recreational activities with the object of improving the conditions of life of the inhabitants of Danestone and its environs in the City of Aberdeen
Aberdeen Amateur Boxing & Athletic Club is an organisation deeply seated into the community in and around Aberdeen. It is one of the oldest boxing clubs in Scotland, founded in 1920, and boasts a very impressive list of achievements, being the most successful and well known organisation of its kind in the North of Scotland.
Shelter Scotland helps over half a million people every year struggling with bad housing or homelessness through our advice, support and legal services.
We strive every day to give people the help they need, and we campaign relentlessly to achieve our vision of a safe, secure, affordable home for everyone.
To enhance the economic, social, and environmental sustainability of Rosewell through the creation of opportunities for the local community. This includes to provide or assist in providing recreational facilities and/or organising recreational activities which will be available to members of the community and public at large with the object of improving the conditions of life for the community.
ARCHIE Child Bereavement Service provide direct support to bereaved children and young people throughout Grampian.
We offer a wide range of services, which are carefully tailored to suit the individual needs of the child and their family. We recognise that every child is different and we believe that with appropriate support, information and guidance all children and young people will manage their grief.
Samaritans provides confidential emotional support 24 hours a day by telephone, personal visit, email, and letter, through its branch network – support that includes outreach activity at festivals and outside our centres in prisons, hospitals, schools, the workplace and with homeless people.
Our purpose is to:
•enable persons who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those who may be at risk of suicide, to receive confidential emotional support at any time of the day or night from appropriately trained Samaritans in order to improve their emotional health and to reduce the incidence of suicide; and
•promote a better understanding in society of suicide, suicidal behaviour and the value of expressing feelings which may otherwise lead to suicide or impaired emotional health.
>We understand that corporate life can be tough:
We are four Christian businessmen working in Aberdeen’s corporate sector. Through our experiences of corporate life in Aberdeen, and the need to balance our own professional and personal lives, we have come to believe there is a real need for a charity committed to supporting individuals just like us. We come from different church backgrounds and different industries – but we all have the same passion. To help make a positive difference to our corporate culture in Aberdeen. We believe God has a heart for the broken and weary in Aberdeen's corporate sector.
>We think there is a more balanced way to live and work: would you like to join us?:
We want to provide a safe place where people can be encouraged, equipped and empowered to endure the stresses of professional business life. Our events are run by business people, for business people. We offer a welcoming, safe place in the space between the office, family and church. Find practical advice to inspire, stimulating debate to refresh and a trained ear to listen.
>please visit www.thebusinessconnection.org for further details.
Aberdeen Civic Forum represents the views of communities in Aberdeen on the Community Planning Partnership.
We help to ensure that all the communities of Aberdeen have their say when plans are made for the future of the City of Aberdeen.
The Shetland Befriending Scheme offers a one to one support service to young people and young adults aged between 7 and 18 and to adults aged 16+ years of age. Our volunteers support individuals who can benefit from some additional input. There are a whole range of reasons why individuals may want to be part of our scheme but all can benefit from taking part in lots of different and exciting activities in their local community.
Absafe works to advance safety, prevent accidents and save lives. This includes safety in the home, road and community.
Absafe undertakes a range of work to promote safety. This includes innovative educational programmes at The Safe a purpose built, interactive village containing real life scenarios coupled with 21st century technology, with each zone specifically created to tackle a different safety issue. By exploring and interacting with 'real life' dangerous situations in a risk free environment, visitors experience an exciting, thrilling and memorable way to learn valuable safety lessons they can apply to their day-to-day lives.
Shieldhill Butterfly Project has recently been established by a group of enthusiastic local people to redevelop an area of unused land to the rear of Shieldhill Church, Main Street, Shieldhill as an amenity garden to be used by local people of all ages for leisure and recreation.
To relieve the needs of people affected by panic attacks and related conditions and in furtherance of this by;
i) Provision of a telephone support line
ii) Provision of any other supportive measures
iii) Working in partnership with other bodies to achieve the purposes
The aims and objectives for which the group has been established are:
To provide a service the provides peer support, bringing its members out of possible loneliness and isolation building self confidence and self esteem.
c) Bring awareness to the community of the problems that mental ill health causes and help to eradicate the stigma of mental health issues.
OLIO connects neighbours with each other and local businesses so surplus food can be shared, not thrown away. This could ne food nearing its sell-by date in local stores, spare home-grown vegetables, bread from your baker, or the groceries in your fridge when you go away. We are currently working on reaching 1 billion users by 2030!
To provide opportunity for all residents in North Muirton to socialise through social
events and projects.
To provide a convenient and affordable space for the community to use.
To promote their health and wellbeing and to encourage community involvement.
We are here to support anyone who has served in the Armed Forces, or who has done National Service, and who is now living with significant sight loss.
We help blind ex-Service men and women lead independent and fulfilling lives by supporting them with our in-depth expertise, experience and full range of services.
We give veterans much-needed support to adjust to sight loss, overcome the challenges of blindness and enjoy daily life. Our charity has been offering physical and emotional support to vision-impaired veterans since 1915.
Our purpose is to advance education and public participation in sport through the organisation of recreational activities leading to improvement in conditions or life of participants
Out charitable objects are to improve social inclusion in the community, the advancement of education, organise recreational activity to improve health, fitness and well-being. And, the advancement of public participation by providing the opportunity for adults and youths in Dundee and local area to play football.
Care and Share Companionship provides companionship support to people over the age of 60 who are living in isolation or loneliness. Support is offered by our trained, PVG checked volunteers on a 1-1 basis which may include an introduction to a local group of interest, weekly, fortnightly or monthly. We offer a flexible and personalised approach to address the needs of the person we are supporting, such as shopping, health appointments or visiting family or friends. We also offer telephone support and respite for carers. We aim to provide a service that helps improve health and well being to make people feel valued and part of their community.
The Youth Radio Network’s vision is to empower, teach and entertain young people, aged 13 to 25 years, through the power of music and digital technology, opening doors to the broadcast industries, and to become more employable helping them to get the best start in life.
PSPA is a national charity providing support and information to people living with PSP and CBD, while funding research into treatments and ultimately a cure. We rely entirely on voluntary donations. You can see more about this here at https://pspassociation.org.uk/
The supplier of sport and leisure management services and facility operations. We work with a number of partners to deliver benefits to our clients, to invest in our community and the customers we serve.
Working together with our customers, staff and partners we aim to give the people of Perth and Kinross the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of a physically active lifestyle.
Wellbeing Scotland is a voluntary organisation with services across Scotland. We provide a wide range of holistic services for individuals and families whose life experiences have impacted negatively on their wellbeing. Since 1994 we have offered client centred, holistic, trauma informed therapeutic services and have specialised in abuse and trauma work. We work with both children and adults.
Braveheart is a small charity, operating in the Forth Valley area of Scotland, which provides self management support groups and a led walking programme to adults with or at risk of developing long term health problems, particularly coronary heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Braveheart's model is unique to the UK. It is entirely volunteer led, and it takes a community development approach. Brave heart trains lay volunteers, many of whom have long term health conditions themselves and it involves them as leaders. Our approach is to engage with " high risk" individuals in non clinical settings such as community centres and church halls to support and encourage them to take responsibility for improving their health.
The goal of this project is not just one, but many. I want to create a green space for all, not just adults or kids or certain people with specialised skills, but a place where all can share. Somewhere to come and relax or come and take part. A place that allows people to give as much or as little as they can manage. An environment that allows people to see and appreciate life, through plants such as fruits and vegetables as well as wildlife. The hope is this will contribute to the north east local community plan 2017 – 2022 as well as the Dundee city council biodiversity plan.
Support vulnerable people in UK and abroad to prepare, withstand and recover from community and personal crisis. Special services in UK include First Aid training, First Aid at public events and Health & Safety care focused on: Wheelchair loan, transport & escort, skin camouflage, and therapeutic care.
We support, develop and represent community groups, voluntary organisations, social enterprises and volunteering. We have around 35 staff members covering these activities across Fife, operating from our offices in Glenrothes, Cupar, Dunfermline and Kirkcaldy. We provide a wide range of support to third sector organisations and have expertise in a wide range of skills and topics including governance, funding, legislation, policy, volunteering, managing people, planning and problem solving.
We receive core funding from the Scottish Government and Fife Council to provide four key functions:
- support, develop and represent the third sector.
- support, develop and represent social enterprises.
- support, develop and represent volunteering.
- support and promote third sector engagement with the Community Planning Partnership.
CLEAR (Community-Led Environmental Action for Regeneration) was established by residents in 2007, becoming a SCIO in 2012. It addresses the poverty of people and place through two main aims, improving the local environment; and building civic pride and community engagement in the disadvantaged, neglected towns of Buckhaven and Methil (population 15,000), part of the Levenmouth conurbation on mid-Fife coast, an ex-mining community suffering high levels of deprivation. CLEAR runs a significant environmental improvement programme to uplift the public space in Buckhaven and Methil. This includes major community planting, growing and enhancement programme, including community orchard clusters, woodlands, and developing two large and several smaller community gardens. Other major activities include floral enhancement. Important site-based projects have regenerated prominent greenspaces including Starkies Wood, Methilhaven Rd, Tollpark, Viewforth, College St, Kirkland Drive and Foreshore. Involving local volunteers and groups in this community effort is central to the People and Place approach CLEAR runs two volunteer sessions, 3 days per week year-round engaging individuals, local schools, nurseries, college, other groups, including many facing challenges who gain through getting involved in practical healthy, sociable, outdoor activity while taking pride in making a visible positive impact. Up to 50 are regularly involved, and many more occasionally. Community placemaking efforts feature distinctive community art and heritage. Regular cleanups are organised plus recycling - pallet & paint, bike repair and cycling workshop (men’s shed), healthy living initiative plus Community Fridge (addressing food insecurity). Volunteers learn new skills and benefit from meals provided.
The organisation provides direct experience of the environment to help improve people's quality of life. We raise awareness of the environment and develop individual, group and community involvement in improving the environment for the benefit of all.
Cancer support: Get free one-to-one help and information from our professional team or join groups and activities that are right for you.
A calming space: Come in for a cup of tea, meet people who understand what you're going through or just take a moment to gather your thoughts.
Encourage and support tenant participation and volunteering.Tenant Participation is about tenants having real opportunities to contribute to and influence all decisions relating to their homes and living conditions.
Our project aims to encourage community cohesion, reduce social isolation and malnutrition in older people. We connect volunteers who love cooking (Cooks) with an older neighbour (Diner), who would appreciate some company and a home cooked meal.
AbilityNet is a registered charity that exists to help change the lives of disabled people by helping people to use digital technology at work, at home or in education. Our vision is to create “A world in which digital services are equally accessible to all.”
Harnessing the power of life experiences to create change in Moray
We deliver peer support (formal and informally), training, consultancy, support local groups, one-to-one work, signposting, partnership working, collective advocacy in mental health and wellbeing, outreach to diverse communities.
We aim to make cycling accessible for everyone, to support groups and individuals to embed cycling within the local community & challenges local barriers & issues through cycling. Cycling UK aim to promote cycling for everyday or meaningful journeys- everyone within the community has the right to access safe and fun cycling.
-Who we are and what we do:
Help for Heroes supports those with injuries and illnesses sustained while serving in the British Armed Forces. No matter when someone served, we give them the support they need to lead active, independent and fulfilling lives.
-How we do it:
Our specialist teams focus on the five key areas of an individual’s life: medical, mind, body, spirit and family. We provide support to the whole family to help them all cope with the challenges they face.
Long-term recovery is more than repairing damaged bodies and minds; it’s about rebuilding lives.
St Clement’s church was planted in Mastrick just over 50 years ago with the purpose of reaching out to the areas of Mastrick, Summerhill, Northfield and Sheddocksley.
Our passion is to serve and be a vital part of our local community. We are an informal church with a family atmosphere.
Every day Royal Voluntary Service helps thousands of older people to live the life they want. We provide practical services in homes, in hospitals and in communities all across the country so people can be independent and active. Royal Voluntary Service is one of the largest voluntary organisations and much of our work is supporting older people. We provide practical solutions to the everyday problems of loneliness and isolation.
Grampian Autistic Society are working to ensure that people in the North East of Scotland living with an Autism Spectrum Condition are enabled to fulfil their potential within their community and society.
ADA provides a range of drug and alcohol services . The overall aim of ADA is to reduce the harm associated with drug and alcohol use to the individual, the family and the community and to support community based recovery. Interventions range from advice and information regarding 'safer' drug/alcohol use through to intensive work . A range of services is also available to family members from information and advice through to intensive one to one counselling.
The NSPCC is inspired by a belief that we can make a difference for all children. Childline is a vital service available 365 days a year to support children and young people, whatever their worry or concern.
In Scotland it is estimated, currently, that there are 90,000 people who have dementia-With almost 50 new cases being diagnosed daily across the country.
Alzheimer Scotland is the country’s leading specialist Dementia Charity and works to improve the lives of everyone who is affected by the illness.
ENABLE Scotland is a dynamic charity run by its members. We campaign for a better life for children and adults who have learning disabilities. We support people who have learning disabilities and their families to live, work and take part in their communities.
We provide a growing range of person centred services designed to be flexible and adapt to the needs of the people using these services.
We make sure that children and adults with learning disabilities and their carers are at the heart of everything that we do.
Young Lives vs Cancer (formerly Clic Sargent) is the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people, and their families. We provide clinical, practical, financial and emotional support to help them cope with cancer and get the most out of life. We are there from diagnosis onwards and aim to help the whole family deal with the impact of cancer and its treatment, life after treatment and, in some cases, bereavement.
Today, 10 children and young people in the UK will hear the shocking news that they have cancer.
We’re a busy church, always lots of things going on – cafes and ceilidhs and coffee mornings; fair-trade and eco-issues; Bible studies and concerts; crèches and playgroups and Messy Church; commitments to causes local and international; worship which tries to be honest, which engages our minds as well as our hearts.
Get Walking Lanarkshire is a partnership project between North and South Lanarkshire Councils, NHS Lanarkshire and Paths for All. The project aims to improve the health and wellbeing of people in Lanarkshire by getting more people walking more often.
The community café at Coldside Church of Scotland is to offer a café for customers to have a good, affordable and healthy meal within an inviting, safe, friendly environment. We aim to provide a variety of services to customers, who are interested in what is available in their community.
Create is a youth arts charity, supporting young people in their mental health, offering them a safe space to attend and socialise and express themselves through the creative arts. Our vision is to see young people transformed through creativity, community, confidence and finding their voice.
Kincorth Community Centre Association is a thriving and developing community centre. A range of groups and activities take place at the centre such as Rising 3's, Parent & Toddler, PEEP (1s), Youth Club, Indoor Bowls, Craft Group, Knitting Group, Card Craft, Music Groups, Zumba & much more!
Sistema Scotland is a charity set out to transform lives with music. Big Noise is an orchestra programme that aims to use music making to foster confidence, teamwork, pride and aspiration in the children taking part – and across their wider community. It is based on the methods of Venezuela’s “El Sistema” movement and is run by the charity Sistema Scotland. Big Noise Torry works with children to help them transform their lives through music. We run after-school and holiday clubs for children in Torry. The magic happens at our Big Noise centres.
Down’s Syndrome Scotland promotes the interests of people with Down’s syndrome and their families in Scotland by influencing public policy and attitudes. We provide a range of services and activities to help those with Down’s syndrome reach their full potential.
Sport Aberdeen is a private limited company (Company Registration No 350981) and a registered charity with the Scottish Charity Register (Registered Charity No. SC040973). We deliver dynamic and innovative services across the city from a network of specialist venues, complemented by a range of cutting-edge sport, physical activity and health-related programmes within community settings.
Dundee Volunteer and Voluntary Action (DVVA) vision is a socially just, healthy and sustainable Dundee that is culturally diverse where people's voices are heard and power and decision-making is equally shared.
As of 1 October 2019, Dundee Volunteer and Voluntary Action (DVVA) has brought together Dundee Voluntary Action and Volunteer Dundee into one organisation, combining our expertise in the following areas:
• Healthcare and Wellbeing – working together to provide a better, more integrated adult health and social care service;
• Community Planning and Representation – providing strong and cohesive representation of the third sector with clear links to Community Planning Partnerships;
• Organisational Support and Development – providing a single point of access for support and advice for the third sector in the local area;
• Volunteering – working with individuals, communities and organisations to involve, inspire and engage people in volunteering and make Dundee a better place.
DVVA together with Dundee Social Enterprise Network forms Dundee’s Third Sector Interface.
DVVA in partnership with Dundee City Council is working to support vulnerable people in the community during the current COVID-19 crisis through Community Support Centres across Dundee. As part of this partnership, DVVA is recruiting community response volunteers.
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.
Quarriers is a Scottish charity providing practical support and care for children, adults and families. We challenge poverty and inequality of opportunity and choice, to bring about positive change in people's lives. Quarriers operates 127 Projects throughout Scotland and South-West England. They vary greatly, due to the wide variety of needs that we address but include group homes and supported living services for people with physical and learning disabilities, support services and Scotland's only residential assessment service for people with complex forms of epilepsy; a residential and day school and community based projects for children with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties; hostels and support services for young homeless people; family centres; respite and long term care for children with a range of disabilities and other difficulties and support services for carers.
At TLC our vision is to help care for our community. We believe in meeting the real needs of people. The TLC Befriending Service provides befriending for older adults in a care home/sheltered housing setting alongside other befrienders in south Aberdeen.
We're here for people living with any terminal illness, and their families. We offer expert care, guidance and support to help people get the most from the time they have left. The right care means everything to families living with a terminal illness. With your support, we can be there for more families when we're needed most.
•Action for Children supports and speaks out for the country’s most vulnerable and neglected children and young people for as long as it takes to transform their lives. We do this not only in our day to day caring work, but also in campaigning for child welfare reform and we are a strong voice in Government for children and young people.
•In Scotland we work directly with over 5,000 children, young people, parents and carers and run 75 services across the country.
We provide a wide range of children’s services including:
•Respite Centres for children with disabilities
•Emergency Accommodation for young homeless people
•Criminal Justice Projects
•Innovative Fostering projects
•Roots of Empathy– In every area of Scotland.
•A variety of services that meet the specific needs of the local community we are in.
You can visit our project website:-
www.my.actionforchildren.org.uk to read all about our work in each service.
Voluntary Action South Lanarkshire is South Lanarkshire’s Third Sector Interface (TSI). Third sector Interfaces across Scotland are required by the Scottish Government to operate within 4 core areas of activity:
Social Enterprise development
Supporting and developing a strong third sector
Building the third sector relationship with community planning
Within these 4 core areas we deliver a wide range of activities and services designed for the benefit of the Third Sector and wider community. We also balance these with key and emerging local and national developments impacting on communities, and prioritise our activities to maximise our resources and focus on where we can make the greatest difference.
We participate in a number of strategic partnership boards, groups and networks representing the Third Sector at all levels of engagement which cover the four core areas.
Link Up is a community project in Whitfield that supports people in the local community to set up projects and activities. Link Up looks at using the strengths and skills of local people to set up and get involved in activities they want to do.
Asthma and Allergy Foundation is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life and health for people living with asthma and allergy. This organization aims to increase public awareness of the severity of asthma and other allergies by providing practical health information, community based services and support to people.
VAO exists to promote, support, inspire and develop the third sector in Orkney. VAO provides proactive, quality, responsive services to local organisations. VAO represents and empowers the third sector to work in partnership as key contributors to the social economy.
To contribute to the overall economic development of Inverclyde by providing or creating jobs for the people of Inverclyde including disadvantaged groups. To provide a framework for local people to enhance their existing skills and enter a "learning continuum" which increases their potential for economic activity and/or the improvement of their quality of life. To remove obstacles to individuals and groups accessing training and employment. To provide a range of services within the community and to other community groups, including: care services, hot meals delivery service, home shopping delivery service, employability services and volunteer Inverclyde.
CFINE improves health and well-being and the environment, tackles poverty and builds resilience through a range of support and services for and with disadvantaged, vulnerable, low-income individuals, families and communities in NE Scotland.
Re-engage exist to bring older people together into social groups at a time in their lives when their social circles are diminishing.
Last year, nearly 7,000 older guests were part of over 900 groups across the UK, supported by 12,000 volunteers.
Our mission is to deliver urgent medical samples, equipment and supplies free of charge between hospitals, healthcare sites and laboratories in the North East of Scotland when Healthcare Providers’ own transport services do not operate.
NERVS is affiliated to the Nationwide Association of Blood Bikes (NABB). NABB states that they “consist of independent Blood Bike Group Charities who work with their local hospitals, Air Ambulance services, and other NHS sites transporting medication, medical equipment, X-rays, scans, samples and human donor milk”.
At Macmillan, we know cancer can affect everything. But right now, we can’t reach everyone who needs us. Almost half of us will get cancer, and we need your help to make sure that people get the support they need. Whether it’s minutes or months, hours or days, the time you give by volunteering with Macmillan really does matter.
The African Council is an independent voluntary organisation with a mission to promote the social and economic welfare of African People.
We celebrate the best in African culture(s), history and values. We promote the attainment of education and life skills especially among Africans. We also advance active citizenship among Africans through engagement in civic and political process, institutions and leadership.
Aberdeen Climate Action is an organisation run by volunteers passionate about raising awareness of climate change, its causes and encouraging positive action to reduce carbon emissions and create a sustainable lifestyle.
Cultivate Aberdeen is a community initiative and registered charity (SC048720) that provides food growing and sustainable practice education and facilities to local areas across Aberdeen with a vision to create kind, confident, and connected communities through the power of food growing.
Shared Interest is changing lives across the globe. Helping people trade their way out of poverty through fair finance and business support.
Our mission is to provide financial services and business support to make livelihoods and living standards better for people as they trade their way out of poverty.
We work collaboratively and innovatively with those who share our commitment to fair and just trade. With a community of investors and the support of donors and volunteers, we seek to contribute to a world where justice is at the heart of trade finance.
The Tillydrone Community Campus was officially opened in August 2019. The campus brings together a range of services to support the community including existing community organisations such as The Lighthouse, M26, and a range of community, voluntary and council services.
As well as providing vital services to those most in need, the campus also includes a library, crèche, cafe, and rooms for classes and activities.
Urban Uprising was launched in the UK in 2017 with the aim to improve the physical, social and emotional wellbeing of young people struggling to elevate themselves. Since then our programmes have reached hundreds of young people and seen their confidence, self-reliance and resilience grow alongside their climbing skills.
St Andrew’s Children’s Society is a voluntary adoption and foster care agency with bases in Aberdeen and Edinburgh. We provide adoption services in the East of Scotland from the English border to the Moray Firth
Bosies Breast Cancer Charity raise monies specifically for Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, Breast Cancer ward 42 and for Prof Hayes Breast Cancer Research Department to enable advancement of treatment for breast cancer. We raise monies through sale of goods donated by members of public at our two charity shops. Through this we help:
a) to relieve sickness and to preserve the health of the patients of Aberdeen Royal Infirmary Breast Cancer Unit by providing or assisting in the provision of equipment, facilities and services not normally provided by the statutory authorities and
b) to advance education by undertaking research on the causes, mechanisms of progression, effects and treatment of breast cancer at Professor Hayes Research Department in Aberdeen Royal Infirmary Breast Cancer Unit, and disseminating the results thereof
To prevent or relieve poverty and improve the conditions of life of people who are marginalized, facing social exclusion, vulnerable or homeless in the Clackmannanshire area. We will do this by undertaking, supporting, encouraging and promoting projects which offer practical help for those that need in. Our Centre is open to all, and everyone will be treated equally with dignity and respect.
Drink Link is a rapidly evolving organisation with the objective to help those affected by someone else’s drinking.
Our aim is to promote supportive information to people affected by someone else’s drinking.
Our objective is to:
•Relieve the needs of people negatively affected by alcohol abuse;
•Advance education in the field of alcohol misuse; and
•Advance health by promoting the provision of supportive Services of all kinds for people negatively affected by alcohol misuse
Since 1921 we have provided support to veterans and their families.
When servicemen and women return to civilian life after serving with the Armed Forces some are in need of community and friendship, maybe as a result of their experiences in the services or purely because they are no longer part of the ‘military family’ they had come to rely. We make a difference every day to the lives of those veterans through our comradeship and befriending programme, developing strong communities and supporting remembrance.
Our large family network is spread across Scotland and helps support veterans and their families to get on with their lives and assists those who require assistance.
LINK works with marginalised, isolated 12-18 year olds in East Fife and Levenmouth with mental health issues. We aim to assist the young people to increase their resilience, confidence, social skills and self esteem through the support of a consistent and reliable befriender.
SSAFA is a national charity helping and supporting those who serve in our Armed Forces, those who used to serve and families of both.
In recognition of their service to the Nation, SSAFA works to ensure that the needs of the Armed Forces, veterans and their families are met in an appropriate and timely way.
We exist to relieve need, suffering and distress amongst the Armed Forces, veterans and their families in order to support their independence and dignity.
C&SM will provide a space for sharing and learning new skills through volunteering opportunities. One of the great benefits of visiting museums is that it allows you to change your perspectives and place yourself in the shoes of others who went before.
We want to instil a sense of pride locally and enhance the area with increased interest and visitors.
Volunteering Matters, the UK’s largest volunteering charity, believe that everyone in the UK should have the opportunity to thrive. We bring people together to overcome some of society’s most complex issues through the power of volunteering. Our Retired and Senior Volunteer Programme (RSVP) encourages those aged 50+ to volunteer and be active in their communities. RSVP projects can take many forms, from school support, to driving schemes, all having an incredible impact both on the wider community, and our volunteers.
Since 2005 the British Hen Welfare Trust has been rescuing hens from slaughter and rehoming them as pets throughout the UK. Working with farmers in the egg industry, we designed and developed the original rehoming model and have rehomed over 850,000 hens to date.
Here’s what we do in a nutshell… or eggshell:
- Annually we save over 60,000 hens from slaughter by finding and placing them in caring pet homes.
- Hen adoptions are conducted at our 50+ rehoming sites around the country under the watchful eyes of our 1000+ volunteers.
- We collaborate with veterinary institutions and government agencies to improve hen health and welfare, in both the domestic and commercial sectors.
- We educate consumers as to how the choices they make in the supermarket affects hen welfare and the British egg industry.
- We provide educational materials to schools to teach children about farming, hens and animal welfare.
- We actively support and promote our great British free-range farmers.