The Assistant Team Leader for Project Grow will be trained in volunteer management and horticulture. This is an excellent opportunity to boost your employability skills, meet new people and contribute to your community.
Polbeth and West Calder Community Garden is an award winning community hub. The successful candidate will work alongside an experienced gardener at the community garden with the goal of growing flowers for hanging baskets and planters which will displayed around West Calder and Polbeth. Any specific interests will be encouraged where possible and there are opportunities to be involved in other projects based at the garden such as growing vegetables, education and our workshop.
The successful candidate will receive first aid training. They will also learn about horticulture, tool maintenance, risk assessments, volunteer management, and leadership.
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: email@example.com or tel.: 01224 638342 / Mobile: 07751 213108.
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.
We are currently recruiting Volunteer Drivers to help in our vital work. This will include assisting with aspects such as deliveries of produce to the Food-Bank Partnership base in Poynernook Road, Aberdeen and to our partner outlets across the City. If you can spare a few hours to help with this or wish to discuss any other volunteer opportunities we currently have please get in touch. This is a great opportunity to be involved in an exciting partnership, gain good experience and make a real difference to local communities in Aberdeen.
For further details please contact us at:
e-mail: e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
tel.: 01224 596156.
This is a varied role that offers the opportunity to gain experience in online retail whilst supporting local animal welfare charity, Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home.
Online retail volunteers carry out a wide range of tasks which includes the preparation, research, pricing and listing of clothing, accessories and homewares to sell online.
• Working as part of Guide Dogs’ fundraising team with staff and volunteers
• To help with coordination of a group of like-minded people in order to raise money through events or other activities, meeting with other volunteers in your team as required, to help with booking venues for events
• Welcoming new members
• Liaising with Community Fundraiser informing them of your group’s work and the people involved
• Making sure your group follows policy and procedure when fundraising
• Being a passionate local ambassador for Guide Dogs’ work
• Co-ordinating your branch in raising money through events or other activities, delegating tasks to other volunteers in your team as required, for example booking venues for events
• Branch Chairs only: lead a branch with a constitution and should hold an AGM
Would you like to Volunteer for Home-Start Deveron?
Home-Start Deveron is part of a national network that offers friendly, informal support to families with at least one child under the age of five years.
The daily stresses of bringing up a family can often become overwhelming and as a result parents find themselves unable to cope. Home-Start Deveron can help to alleviate some of the challenges that families face, through regular support from volunteers, who themselves have parenting experience.
As a Volunteer what would I do?
Volunteers visit families, in their own homes, for two to three hours per week. How you help is really down to the family itself, some might need someone to talk to, others might need more practical support with meal planning, cooking, reading to their children or finding out about local services. Volunteers can also help to run groups such as Stay and Play sessions and cookery classes for parents.
Can my support and friendship really make a difference?
The early years before children go off to school are vital and at Home-Start Deveron we believe parents have the key role in creating a secure childhood for their children. It's just that sometimes they need a bit of your help.
This offer of regular, flexible support can go a long way to helping families to get back on their feet. Parents grow in confidence, strengthen bonds with their children and regain a sense of the value of themselves as parents.
Wellbeing Scotland is an independent community and school-based service providing support to individuals whose life experiences have had a negative impact on their wellbeing.
Our Children & Families Service offers support to children, young people and non-abusing parents who have been affected by the impact of childhood abuse and other adverse childhood experiences including but not exclusive to bereavement, bullying, domestic violence, family relationship breakdowns; parental substance misuse/health issues.
Therapeutic Support Worker Role
This role will be to provide a high-quality therapeutic support service to children, young people and their families to promote well-being and emotional resilience.
Duties and Responsibilities
• To support children and young people in achieving positive outcomes through providing a safe therapeutic space for children to build trust and explore issues which may be impacting on their wellbeing
• To provide children with opportunities to develop trust and to experience change and growth through direct, positive contact
• To provide holistic health and wellbeing support to enhance the possibility of families meeting their expressed needs.
• Participate as directed in the day-to-day delivery of the Children and Families Service
• Provide practical and emotional support to families that have been referred, signposting and referring to local provision where appropriate.
• Liaise with, work alongside existing support groups, and facilitate the development of further groups.
• To work as part of a team, under the supervision of development workers and management.
• Contribute to the review and development of services for families within the remit of the service.
• To maintain a clear record of all activities via the recording system used by the service.
• Maintain a general understanding of the work of the whole organisation and attend volunteer and project team meetings
• Attend monthly line management and supervision meetings
• To develop and maintain effective professional relationships with other project staff across Wellbeing Scotland
Your skills and abilities
• a caring and patient nature.
• excellent communication skills including written, verbal and listening ability.
• the ability to work as part of a team.
• the capacity to think on your feet and stay calm in stressful situations.
• problem-solving ability.
• imagination and creativity.
• A passion for supporting young people with emotional and behavioural difficulties.
• This role requires membership of the PVG scheme
• You will need to attend Wellbeing Scotland Support Worker Training, Supervision and Team Meetings
• To commit to at least 6 – 12 months of volunteering with the organisation
What’s in it for you
We will provide you with an induction, formal and informal training sessions, and the opportunity to be part of a small and friendly team.
• The opportunity to be part of an innovative and dynamic organisation, making a difference in the lives of children and families in Scotland
• Specialised ongoing training
• Support and supervision in your role
• Access to organisational resources
• Gaining new skills, knowledge and experience
• Developing existing skills and knowledge
• Enhancing a CV
• Improving employment prospects
Do you agree that every person who has a learning disability should have the choice and control to live the life they choose?
Aberdeen ENABLE Branch are looking for enthusiastic, committed volunteers to help at their weekly 'Pop Club' for adults with a Learning Disability from all over Aberdeen. The Branch has been running social activities in the city for nearly 60 years and there are currently around fifty members of the club.
There are a number of tasks on the night at the club such as: welcoming people arriving and collecting money, making tea and coffee and serving tables, playing music, interacting with members of the club and seeing members off safely and tidying the hall afterwards. Activities Volunteers are required to help with these tasks on the night.
The club meets fortnightly on a Friday night at the Rosemount Community Centre in Aberdeen (AB25 2NS) from 7.00 until 9.30
Throughout the volunteering opportunity you will gain new skills and experience working with people who have a Learning Disabilities, their families and carers. You will also have lots of fun helping to create an enjoyable experience for all involved.
Out of pocket expenses will be reimbursed in line with Aberdeen Branch policy. Volunteers will be given an induction by the Branch Committee.
If you are interested but would like to visit the Pop Club for a 'taster session' - this can be arranged as well.
For more details please contact:
Jessie Gordon, Aberdeen Branch Secretary
Tel No: 01224 873936/ 07845463299
Interested in Classical Music and Jazz? Want to volunteer for North East of Scotland Music School?
If you have expertise in financial management or experience of events management then we would love to hear from you.
In return for volunteering your time you will have opportunities to attend concerts and recitals, to meet renowned musicians and to contribute to the cultural life of Aberdeen.
Don’t know who we are? Visit our website: www.nesms.org.uk
A fantastic, enjoyable opportunity where all help is always greatly appreciated. To discuss getting involved please contact:
Gráinne Cullen, Administrator
North East of Scotland Music School, 21 Huntly Street, Aberdeen AB10 1TJ
tel. 01224 649685