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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.
Volunteering Changes Lives!
BHF Retail is recruiting Stock Generation Volunteers for exciting flexible opportunities at our fantastic retail shop at 31 Union Street.
As a stock generator, you will use your local knowledge to raise awareness of our stock requirements with local businesses, make appointments to meet prospective donors, and maintain great relationships with our existing contacts.
As part of this role you will be:
*Promoting stock campaigns in your shop.
*Giving out donation bags in your community.
*Arranging collections of stock donations.
*Contacting local businesses for surplus stock.
*Supporting stock events.
There are lots of benefits to volunteering, such as developing your existing skills, gaining new skills and supporting a cause you care about. Whatever your reason for joining, you can expect to have lots of fun and meet some great people.
As one of our volunteers you will receive a full induction and further training in specific roles.
Please contact us-all help is greatly appreciated and helps BHF lead the fight against coronary heart disease and save lives.
For further details please contact Lorna, on 01224 252769 / email: A18@bhf.org.uk or pop in past the store at 31 Union Street, Aberdeen.
Home-Start is a voluntary organisation committed to promoting the welfare of families with one or more children under five years of age. We support families in the Perth & Kinross area through home visits, group support and infant massage sessions. Trained volunteers visit families in their own homes, usually on a weekly basis, and offer non-judgemental practical and emotional support, helping to build the family's confidence and ability to cope.
.Main Tasks: The Chairperson will work with and provide leadership to the board of trustees in setting the direction of the scheme. Facilitate and lead on the development, implementation and review of the organisation’s strategic plan and long-term goals. Oversee and guide decisions made by the Board, ensuring effective implementation. Ensure financial stability. Liaise regularly with the senior member of staff to maintain an overview of the scheme’s affairs and activities and to provide support and guidance as appropriate. Optimise the relationship between the trustees, the staff and volunteers. Set the agenda and chair board meetings and the Annual General Meeting. Represent the scheme when appropriate at functions and meetings. Ensure compliance with the Home-Start Agreement and Quality Assurance system.
Sported is a charity and membership organisation, supporting community sport clubs and youth groups across the UK which uses the power of sport to transform the lives of disadvantaged young people. We support the inspirational local heroes that run these organisations by providing much needed professional expertise and volunteer business support, so that they can become bigger, more sustainable and more effective.
Sported is seeking professionals with expertise in business and strategic planning, finance, marketing and PR, fundraising, governance and impact measurement to support our growing membership of community sport and youth groups.
We have volunteering opportunities in Scotland with a range of flexible options. As little as one hour of your time per month could make a massive difference to our members.
Through the power of sport our members are transforming the lives of the most disadvantaged young people in the UK. Volunteer with Sported, meet the inspirational heroes of grassroots sport and leave a lasting legacy in your community!
We are currently recruiting for 2 types of volunteering roles:
1. Mentor Placements
Our volunteers are carefully matched with a Sported member club within their locality, who they then support on a one-to-one basis, typically for a period of between three to six months.
2. Light Touch Support (short-term flexible volunteering)
Our volunteers provide short-term support by helping Sported members with specific questions or challenges. The support may take the form of one-off advice or between one to three sessions, which can be delivered via your chosen communication method (e.g. face-to-face, over the phone/Skype or email). This option is perfect for those volunteers who may not have the time to commit to an extended mentor placement or may be in between projects.
Why volunteer with Sported?
• Have a lasting impact on your local community
• Opportunities to share professional skills and expertise
• Varied and Flexible placements
• Full induction, plus Training and personal development opportunities
• Support from a local Sported Regional Manager and Volunteer Services Team
• Opportunities to work with a range of different communities and types of organisations
We’re looking for someone with management and training skills or who
wishes to enhance their management skills. Want to give something back to the community? As Assistant Regional Commissioner (Adult Training) you will support and guide adults through their Scouting journey and ensure that they have the skills to deliver the best possible Scouting to young people.
A great opportunity to make a difference. Full training and support is provided to all volunteers.
For more details please contact: Dougie Simmers on email: email@example.com or tel.: 01464 820148
We have exciting opportunities at HALLA – Harlaw Area Lifelong Learning Association to help in the community as a Development Volunteer. This can involve aspects such as looking at the learning needs of people around the Kaimhill School area, encouraging volunteering with the charity/association, help develop new programmes and classes at the Kaimhill Learning Centre, help prepare funding proposals and applications, act as a ‘face’ of the charity/Learning Centre and help with room bookings at the Learning Centre.
A fantastic opportunity to assist in the positive development of the Kaimhill community. Good support is provided to all volunteers e.g.: board members and part time admin. worker will always be there to help. All help is greatly appreciated. Please contact us on email: firstname.lastname@example.org or tel.: 01224 861129 for further details.
We are a team of volunteers based in and around Aberdeen responsible for Pushing Out the Boat, North-East Scotland’s magazine of new writing and the visual arts.
The Coordinator/Project Manager role involves project management of both team and the tasks needed to produce our regular magazine.
You would be joining us along with our new editor in time to help manage an entire production cycle from the commitment to go ahead through to publication and launch of a new edition.
You would assign and coordinate tasks with team members, compile a schedule of tasks critical to the agreed timetable, and ensure those tasks are completed timeously.
We are a registered charity (Registered No. SC044919) and you would become a member of our managing committee.
While an interest in the arts would be a bonus, experience in coordination and project management are more important to fulfil this role successfully.
We are a friendly group and the work of the editor and coordinator/project manager is supported by a wider team at and between regular committee meetings.
For more details please contact Roger White, PR Manager at email: email@example.com or tel: 07925 822489.
You can read more about us on our website at www.pushingouttheboat.co.uk
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.
Tayport Community Enterprises Ltd is a company limited by shares and is the wholly-owned trading subsidiary of Tayport Community Trust. It is responsible for all of the trading activity of the organisation, including the successful Harbour Café. This will extend to include the café facility at the new Larick community facility, as well as the campsite. This is a very exciting time for all involved in both organisations as the construction of the long-awaited community and sports centre is likely to be complete around the end of November. They hope to be in the new building early in the new year, with all the opportunities and challenges that will bring.
They are therefore seeking to recruit additional volunteer directors for Tayport Community Enterprises who have appropriate skills and experience in tourism, catering and community-led enterprise, as well as time, to help guide the organisation through this time of transformation and opportunity.
This is a fantastic opportunity to help deliver the next stages of this progressive project. It is undoubtedly rewarding to deliver these projects for the community, and also to work with this highly motivated group.
Members of the Funding Subgroup can contribute in any way that fits their skills and knowledge or train towards working in a particular skill that they’d like to develop.
- Identifying funding opportunities
- Writing funding applications
- Coordinate with other members of SHRUB Coop and external organisations to increase overall knowledge on funding within the organisation