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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.
Help us build up the pace in Scotland by sharing our badges and displaying posters across your local area; playing your part in the future of Scottish medical research and taking on heart disease. We can provide posters for you to display in your local shops, community centres, libraries, supermarkets, pharmacies and doctors surgeries to help us reach as many people as possible. Our Heart of Scotland Appeal is a fundraising campaign to raise and spend money in Scotland on vital medical research into the prevention, treatment and cure of heart disease. 41 people die every day in Scotland from cardiovascular disease and we know that the death rate form coronary heart disease is almost 50% higher than for the South East of England. This isn't fair and we want to change this. The Heart of Scotland Appeal is backed by internationally acclaimed Scottish fashion designer, Christopher Kane. Christopher has designed four unique badges to sell to friends, family and colleagues for donations, as well as asking local shops if they will have a box of badges on their counter (that we can send out to them). Join our network of volunteer Pace Makers and help us get everyone wearing a Heart of Scotland badge.
The purpose of this role is to recruit volunteers and their well-behaved dogs visit and befriend people with Alzheimers locally.
Volunteers are needed to befriend people living at home with dementia and visit on a regular basis. The befriender may simply be visiting people for a friendly chat or helping people keep connected to their local community by attending Alzheimer Scotland activities in their area.
We provide dog training for our doggy befrienders at the Resource Centre in Kilmarnock, when the training is completed befrienders can visit with their dog and either enjoy a chat or weather permitting enjoy a short walk.
We also host Dog Days at the Resource Centre in Kilmarnock on a monthly basis.
Dementia awareness training will be provided and Alzheimer Scotland will also provide PVG scheme memberships to successful applicants.
The purpose of this role is to recruit volunteers to help support a range of community groups which Alzheimer Scotland operate locally. These include: Befriending, Football Reminiscences Group, Musical Minds, Arts groups, Friendship groups, Allotment Helpers, & Doggie Befrienders.
This list is not exhaustive and this role may offer support in a range of community groups.
Volunteer befrienders will be required to befriend people with dementia in Kilmarnock and neighbouring towns where possible.
We have activities and learning workshops across Ayrshire that people with dementia and their carers like to attend. Our staff need the help of volunteers in various ways, including setting up activity rooms, making teas & coffees, preparing lunches, meeting & greeting, distributing flyers, chatting to people living with dementia and their carers. If you are friendly, enthusiastic, enjoy working with people and trying new things, one of these opportunities will be great for you. Dementia awareness training will be provided and Alzheimer Scotland will also provide PVG scheme memberships to successful applicants.
Four Pillars is a Grampian only based LGBT+ Charity that looks after the community in relation to their mental, emotional, physical and sexual health.
As a volunteer you will be at the heart of this unique service that looks to work with individuals on reducing risky sexual behaviour and STI/HIV transmissions whilst protecting the whole person.
There are many different roles within Four Pillars and what kind of role you play is entirely up to you and your skills.
For more information please contact Deejay Bullock at E Mail: email@example.com or tel.: 01224 211963.
This is a Trustee position. We seek a treasurer to work with staff and other trustees to manage AMIS's various budgets; provide oversight of entries to XERO; ensure all information is accurately entered to XERO prior to Examination of accounts; liaise with AMIS's accountants; deal with any relevant giftaid claims; provide financial reports and forecasts for board meetings, ensuring financial information is presented in layman's terms.
The role involves supporting staff who facilitate a senior mens group in a day service. This would involve making hot drinks, offering the men sandwiches and snacks, clearing cups and plates, washing dishes, loading the sanitiser, ensuring rooms are cleaned and returned to usual set up . It would also involve sitting in for the talks we welcome from visiting speakers. Interaction with the men is welcome, they like to engage in conversation.
Lothians Veterans Centre is an established and growing charity supporting former members of the UK Armed Forces and their families. With a base in Dalkeith, the work of the organisation is now reaching out to cover all of the Lothians. Our drop-in centre provides practical support and advice on employability, housing and health & wellbeing. Many Veterans simply use the centre to enjoy the company of former comrades.
The board wishes to recruit a new director, ideally with experience of finance, law, health or business. An interest in the wellbeing of Veterans is vital.
Volunteer Role Objective
To develop an attractive, well designed online presence for the West End Project that acts to attract project participants, highlights the project work to residents and external agencies and promotes the achievements of its participants.
1. Develop an online presence for the project that uses appropriate and manageable social media platforms using project generated and other relevant sourced content
2. Create at least two compelling posts per week for the project building followers and reach..
3. In discussion with the Project Coordinator develop on-site content, imagery, video, written content and blogs including developing a short film for the project.
3. Train project participants in online mediums
4. Develop links to similar projects
Home-based volunteering, Suitable for groups, One-off volunteering
An exciting opportunity to make a real difference in your community.
As a Community Health Champion you will help the elderly in your community, once discharged from hospital, to regain their independence, confidence and participate in community life.
This can range from making sure that their house is warm and there are basic foods in for their return, to encouraging and motivating them in their recovery by volunteering alongside the START team, offering social and practical support, collect prescriptions and basic shopping, pop in for a chat, telephone support, and engage in local activities.