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Aberdeen in Recovery (AiR) was granted Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO) charitable status in March this year. We are now looking to find talented, passionate and skilled people to fill some vacant seats on our Board of Trustees to help us grow and develop our innovative and solution focused new charity. This is a unique opportunity to help lay the foundations to ensure AiR has a long-term future as a charity with solid processes in place to ensure it meets its mission of:
“To be a bridge from ‘dependence’ to ‘independence’ for the individual seeking to recover from problematic substance use and addictive behaviours”.
This is such an exciting and invigorating prospect for individuals to get involved and be participant in the tsunami of change which is now gaining momentum and being driven by “Experts by Experience” and the vibrant Lived Experienced Communities which are blossoming, not only locally but are now established as a national phenomena.
Since its conception, AiR and its members have worked tirelessly to establish and build collaborative relationships with professional services and third sector support agencies. We have consistently driven the message that individuals who have personal lived/living experience of active substance use, including Family members who have been affected by the addictive behaviours of a loved one, and the Recovery Communities they represent have something valid, essential and extremely beneficial to bring to described Recovery Orientated Systems of Care (ROSC). We can provide existing services and clinical structural systems with resources, skills and capabilities that they, no matter how much effort, time and money they invest, will never be able to offer or provide.
So, it gives the greatest of pleasure to see this is now recognised on the highest levels that “Recoverists” can productively contribute to the design, development and delivery of truly person-centred ROSC. This being evidenced by the vision, philosophy and content of the Scottish Governments “Rights, Respect and Recovery” Drug and Alcohol Strategy.
We also believe it is reaffirmed by the recent success in being granted funding from the Government’s National Development Fund, with our principle partner Alcohol and Drugs Action (ADA), for our ‘Recovery Peer Pathway’ joint two-year project. This collaborative venture will build on three years of pilot work to further establish and build proactive and productive Developmental Pathways within ADA and their Volunteer network while in synergy with AiR membership for individuals who desire to initiate change in their behaviours and outlook as they progress on their recovery journeys within, and imperatively out-with, statutory and formal support services.
We believe that the blue sky thinking behind this project categorically and emphatically fits with the expectations, outcomes and concepts of the above Government policy.
So, if you have lived experience, or a stakeholder interest, and a passion for recovery and are willing to give of yourself that another may learn, you will not find a better opportunity to indulge your appetite than from within Aberdeen in Recovery.
For more information please contact Dermot Craig, Recovery Community Development Manager at E Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or tel.: 01224 638342 / Mobile: 07751 213108.
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.
We are looking for others to join our organisation and help us with our valuable work in the North East. We organise Climate Week, North East, which is a week of events put on by a collaboration of organisations throughout the city and shire. We need help organising this and our regular climate conversation café’s, and one off events, talks etc. We need people with all sorts of different talents – the most important aspect is the fact that you are willing to muck in and ‘do’. Good support is provided to all new volunteers e.g.: volunteers will have a mentor, who will be on hand to give support, advice and assistance, as needed.
If you’re interested just come along to our meetings and you can meet us all and see for yourself. A fantastic opportunity to help and make a real difference. For more details please contact: Alison Stuart (Director and Chair) email: email@example.com / Tel: 07779279583
There are two options with this volunteering opportunity, a purely volunteering role or an intial period as a volunteer while training is delivered resulting in qualification as a self employed Roar Footcare Technician. In response to changes in NHS eligibility for toenail cutting Roar Connections for Life has added Roar do Feet to the menu of services available to older people. We organise toenail cutting clinics in five venues across Renfrewshire. Volunteers will be provided with comprehensive training and support covering theory and practice, once they have completed the programme they will qualify as Roar Foot Technicians on a self employed basis, paid at an hourly rate of £8.50 per hour .Volunteers will be required to:-
• Set up foot care clinic station
• Adhere to all guidance and instruction and the Roar assessment process
• Deliver personal footcare ensuring adherence to hygiene procedures
• Use appointment system
• Charge and record appropriately
• Clear up station and area
• Replenish stock bags
• Any other relevant task
As part of TLC-Foodbanks commitment to serving our community, we have recently partnered with the Trussell Trust in order to fulfil our aim of meeting the basic food needs of people in crisis across the South of Aberdeen and the surrounding areas.
We currently have volunteer opportunities for people to assist in our vital work as Foodbank Centre Volunteers. All help makes a real difference to the local communities we support and is greatly appreciated.
•Welcome clients to the food-bank centre
•Receive vouchers, check validity, and prepare food parcels according to the standard packing lists
•Make refreshments and tidy up as required during the session
•Offer a listening ear and signpost clients, as required, to further support, using information from the signposting folder/leaflets
•Ensure that clients sign the packing list when they are given their food parcel and that all vouchers and packing lists are stored securely within the bounds of data protection
•Check stock for imminent ‘best before’ dates, place out-of-date food in appropriate box in store room for disposal and record the action
•Wear branded clothing and a name badge during the session
•Work under the guidance of the session leader and report any health & safety or safeguarding concerns to the project manager/session supervisor
•Potential stock room duties for those wishing to work more behind the scenes.
For more information please contact Tim McIlroy, Operations Manager on email: firstname.lastname@example.org or tel.: 07542 049898.
New Moray LETS (Local Exchange Trading System) is a community group based in Forres, which lets members trade goods and services using a simple mutual credit system.
Everyone can get involved and everyone has something to offer. Our members include carers, gardeners, computer experts, labourers, organic farmers, decorators, child-minders, therapists, tutors and many others. We publish a quarterly Directory, hold regular Trade Fairs in Forres Town Hall, and have a lively Facebook page where members trade with each other.
We are seeking a volunteer(s) to help us co-ordinate these exchanges and help us to grow this thriving network.
The role includes: helping to stimulate trading by all members, ensuring members stick to the Rules of LETS, manage LETS balance of account and maintain it around zero each year, help to promote New Moray LETS when and where appropriate.
Interested in finding out more? Please get in touch
Suitable for groups, One-off volunteering
There are multiple volunteer opportunities available, a great way to be involved in an exciting and vibrant festival!
Week prior to Festival (w/c 15.06.20, weekday evenings):
Support Facilities Team with building up Festival area site eg marquees, bar, Herras fencing, chairs, tables.
During Festival (evening of Friday 19.06.20; all day Saturday 20.06.20 & all day Sunday 21.06.20):
Facilities support – support Festival team and vendors with supply of tables/chairs etc, set out chairs at stage area, set up for specific events/performances, keep festival site clean and tidy.
Stewards – be available to ensure Festival area is kept safe for visitors, provide information to visitors, provide escort for parades etc including Saturday evening Viking torch-lit parade.
After Festival (AM/PM Monday 22.06.20):
Support Facilities Team with breakdown/clearup after event – collect tables/chairs, return items to storage, general clean up of Festival area to return it to normal.
By providing visitors with incredible wildlife moments for 60 years, the visitor centre at
Loch Garten has built a strong reputation for an exceptional visitor experience and
great customer care. Recently the centre has undergone a redevelopment funded by
European Structural Funds, and we want to build on this to further ensure visitors to our
refurbished facility have an enhanced and memorable visitor experience.
As the faces of the Loch Garten Nature Centre, our visitor experience team are crucial
- chatting to visitors, answering questions and sharing their passion for the amazing
wildlife of Abernethy reserve. We need our visitors to be inspired and enthused so that
they become lifelong supporters of our charitable conservation work through RSPB
membership, one of the most important sources of income for the organisation.
We need your help to be part of the team meeting and greeting our visitors from all
walks of life and of all ages, by following the RSPB’s GREAT Welcome framework,
leading to building support for our conservation work through making RSPB members.
Offering inspiring communications about the Caledonian pineforest which surrounds the
centre, including our breeding ospreys, and the conservation work we undertake on the
wider reserve as part of the Cairngorms Connect partnership is what we do best!
We run hands-on activities for children and families, as well as a programme of special
events eg guided walks, themed weekends etc and your help in planning, promoting,
organising and delivering these added extras will be encouraged.
Due to its importance for habitats and species, RSPB Abernethy is one of the most
heavily designated pieces of land in the UK, with international as well as domestic legal
protection. We need to keep an active eye on the reserve and in particular the forest
trails near the centre, interacting with our visitors and ensuring that they’re all behaving
responsibly, in accordance with the Scottish Outdoor Access Code, and you will be
asked to take on this responsibility, along with the rest of the team.
We have an active Facebook page (11,000+ followers) and a popular reserve blog and
we need your contributions to build our online audience and encourage support.
Loch Garten has a long history of involving volunteers and many people give up a week
or two of their time to come and help us as short-term residential volunteers. We need
you to take an active role in managing these volunteers, organising pick-ups and dropoffs,
leading on their induction, organising the rota and ensuring they are kept busy and
involved when they are with us.
Finally, our visitor centre and its environs need to be kept in excellent working order;
being vigilant about litter, restocking leaflets, undertaking daily checks on activities and
signage, as well as working with the team to keep the facilities clean.
You’ll be volunteering in one of the most beautiful nature reserves in Europe, among scarce and endangered wildlife and critically rare habitats. You’ll be part of a vibrant and dynamic team of staff and volunteers, some who have been part of Loch Garten for decades and some who are brand new. You’ll be able to share in their knowledge and build strong and significant relationships, many of which will last for life.
By making RSPB members, you’ll be making a real and tangible difference to nature conservation. Your help will directly allow the RSPB to carry out meaningful change, both on Abernethy and across the UK.
You’ll receive a full induction and training and will be supported by a dedicated line manager throughout your time in this role.
You will be given training opportunities in many areas of visitor experience, including membership, managing volunteers, First Aid, Safeguarding, event planning and more. Our aim is to help you improve your skill-set via and to significantly improve your CV and enhance your employability. We also offer job application advice and coaching.
You will get the chance to learn about and explore the incredible place that is RSPB Abernethy, meeting reserve staff and receiving insight into the wider work that goes on here. There will be opportunities to get involved in some of the conservation work on the wider reserve on your days off, should you desire to do so.
This role comes with free, shared accommodation (though you get your own room) just 1.5 miles from the Nature Centre.
SCOREscotland Community Fridge Volunteer required to help us cut food waste, build stronger bonds within the community and redistribute good quality food. The tasks involved are, help us find businesses to donate food to the fridge, collection of food from donors, fridge cleaning and monitoring,
promoting our fridge on social media, organising events and fundraisers to support the fridge and the local community
Are you looking to give back to the community? Can you spare a few hours a week? We are looking for volunteers to help in a busy Aberdeen foodbank. We have positions available in the stock room, in the foodbank distribution centres and early in the morning for school breakfast club (subject to PVG checks). If you'd like any more information or think you'd be interested please contact us! A few hours a week makes a huge difference!
For more information please contact Tim McIlroy, Operations Manager on email: email@example.com or tel.: 07542 049898.
Kersiebank Community Project are looking for volunteers to make up food parcels prior to the food bank opening and help manage food donations.