Volunteering Opportunities

Below are some more local volunteering opportunites that may not be in the search feature above:

Community Asset Register

The Community Asset Register (CAR) is a database of community volunteer assets which was launched in October 2017. This database records volunteers who would be willing to mobilise to protect and support their communities, alongside the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) and other Category 1 responders, in order to assist in bringing incidents to a successful conclusion. Possible assets include 4x4 vehicles, boats, generators, diggers etc. Individuals with specialised skills such as rope or water rescue qualifications are also encouraged to register. Instances where the SFRS would consider a deployment of a volunteer or asset would be:

  1. Incidents where support from community assets will support and enhance the multi-agency response; or
  2. Incidents where a community asset may be able to make an intervention in a shorter timeframe than a similar SFRS asset; or
  3. Incidents where the SFRS does not possess the required skills or equipment.

The database is administered by SFRS but is available to be accessed by other emergency services through SFRS. As this develops, other emergency services will have direct access to the system. In order to register an asset, volunteers would be required to complete a questionnaire which will collect all their relevant details. The next stage would be a Command Induction Course which will prepare volunteers on how to operate safely at an incident. On completion of the course, a Minute of Agreement will be signed between the volunteer and SFRS. This details the expectations of the agreement and liability coverage etc. Once the Minute of Agreement has been signed by both parties, a record will be generated on the CAR. The volunteer will then be available to be mobilised through the system, however they are not obligated to respond to every request. Nevertheless, it is impossible to predict how often a community volunteer will be required. The number of volunteer mobilisations will be determined by a number of factors such as; the type of community asset, the number and type of incidents in the area and whether the SFRS require further assistance at the incident. It is important that the volunteer understands these influential factors. Further information can be found at: http://www.firescotland.gov.uk/news-campaigns/news/2017/10/sfrs-launches-community-asset-register-(1).aspx

For further information, or to initiate the registration process, interested volunteers/groups are encouraged to contact: sfrs.communityassetregister@firescotland.gov.uk.

Aberdeenshire Health & Social Care Partnership

Aberdeenshire Health & Social Care Partnership are looking for a Public Representative to be on the Integration Joint Board. The role involves engaging with and gathering views from other public representatives, using this and also your own experience to give a public perspective to the work of the Integration Joint Board. To find out more information on the Public Representatives role and request an information pack please visit the Aberdeenshire Council’s website and search IJB. You can also request an information pack by contacting: Amanda Harkness Tel: 01467 537736. Email: integration@aberdeenshire.gov.uk

Dyslexia Scotland North East - looking for volunteers!

Dyslexia Scotland North East is a volunteer-led group which aims to share awareness of dyslexia. They run a Youth Group and are looking for volunteers to help develop an online magazine for the youth group as well as Youth Group Helpers.

  • Digital Magazine Volunteer - Do you have experience of creative media; recording, editing and tutoring of skills and/or desktop publishing/magazines or graphic design?
  • Youth Group Helper - Do you have experience of working with young people – do you have ideas for activities and are friendly and approachable?

Knowledge of dyslexia is ideal but not a deal breaker! The group meets in Westhill on Thursday evenings once a month (term time). Want to find out more? Email Lena@dyslexiascotland.org.uk.

Fraserburgh Contact Club - committee members needed

The club is looking for people to play an active role on their committee, help run the group and organise activities and/or outings.  You may also be asked to help some members to take part in the activities where needed. If you have a first aid certificate so much the better!  The club needs active committee members willing to help run the group which is for people who are living with a stroke.  Among the positions we are looking to fill are:

  • Treasurer to record finances and make regular reports to the Committee/prepare annual accounts
  • Other committee members to help with planning activities and a programme of events as well as helping out at meetings. 

If you are interested in finding out more, contact: Anne Toye, Peer Support Group Worker on Tel: 07919 023449 or email: anne.toye@ chss.org.uk

Tarland Community Housing - Administrative Volunteer needed
Tarland Community Housing are looking for an enthusiastic volunteer to help their community-led group who are working to create 24 affordable innovative homes in Tarland. They need someone to support the steering group with some administrative help including:

  • Responding to emails and telephone calls
  • Attending Steering Group Meetings ( once a month)
  • Supporting Steering Group in organising local profile-raising events
  • Organising and filing correspondence
  • Assisting with funding applications
  • Mileage and expenses paid
  • Responsible to: Tarland Community Housing Steering Group

If you have a bit of spare time and would like to help, please contact: tarlandhousing@outlook.com.

Gordon Rural Action - volunteers needed

  • Van Driver (to cover Huntly & Inverurie): To assist with deliveries and collection of furniture/stock for the charity shops in Huntly and Inverurie - Monday/Tuesday in Huntly and Wednesday in Inverurie.
  • Shop Assistant: To assist with the smooth daily running of the charity shops in Huntly or Inverurie

Volunteers will be given regular one to one guidance and support. During this support, any relevant training that may be required will be identified and the volunteer will be offered suitable training to meet their needs. To find out more, contact: Karen Moore
on T: 01466 793676, M: 07398 900177 or E: karen.moore@gordonrural.org.uk

Volunteers for Forget Me Not Club needed

Based in Banchory, the Forget Me Not Club are a charity providing support for dementia sufferers and their families - with daily activities between 10am and 4pm. The club are looking for volunteers to collect people from their homes in the local area and bring them to Bennett House in Banchory - then take them home at around 4pm too.  The club also need volunteers to help in the kitchen on a Tuesday to help serve lunch and afternoon tea - this could be between the hours of 11am and 3pm but are completely flexible and would appreciate any support.  Full training would be given for all roles. For more information, contact Lesley Fletcher at: lesley.fletcher@forgetmenotclub.co.uk or call: 01330 822655.

Healthcare Improvement Scotland - Volunteer Recruitment

Healthcare Improvement Scotland (HIS) are currently recruiting volunteers to get involved in the design and development of their health and care improvement work, which covers the whole of Scotland. Are you passionate about making care better in Scotland? Would you like to strengthen the voice of people who use health and social care services? Would you like to gain experience volunteering? If the answer to these questions is yes, then this is an exciting opportunity for you! This opportunity is currently listed on the HIS website at: http://www.healthcareimprovementscotland.org/about_us/involving_the_public/public_partners_recruitment.aspx

Volunteer in cricket - anything and everything
Cricket clubs, associations and teams are always looking for volunteers to cover a variety of tasks from banking to coaching, from minute-taking to administration and many more tasks besides. We are reaching out to volunteers who may not be cricketers or, indeed, like cricket (not everyone does after all) but have skills that cricket clubs and associations could utilise and put them in touch with each other. There are cricket clubs throughout Aberdeenshire in Banchory, Crathie, Dunecht, Ellon, Fraserburgh, Huntly, Inverurie, Kemnay, Kintore, Methlick, Stonehaven and Turriff. If you are interested in finding out more, please contact Neil Cameron at: neilcameron@cricketscotland.com or call: 07794 303 332.

Bonty Court Aboyne

Bonty Court in Aboyne is sheltered housing. They provide a lunch service to residents 7 days a week 365 days a year. The collection of the lunches from Aboyne hospital and the serving of lunches is done by a team of volunteers. The lunch service takes a total of 45 minutes a day. If you have some spare time and can help out please contact Aileen Longino, AVA Development Officer on 07824 096531 or email Aileen.Longino@avashire.org.uk.

Volunteering with Aberdeenshire Council
Did you know there are a range of volunteering opportunities available with Aberdeenshire Council? Have a look at their website at: http://jobs.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/volunteer-with-us/

Volunteering at Magpie

Our Magpie Charity Shops in Banchory and Inverurie offer a range of volunteering opportunities. If you have a few hours to spare per week, could help uplift or deliver furniture, are good on social media, could help out at the Crow's Nest or in the shops then please call or visit us to find out more. Also if you have a particular interest in upcycling or vintage and antiques and would like to volunteer, we'd love to hear from you. Call Renee Joss on 01330 823800. Visit the Magpie website at: www.magpieshops.org.uk
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/magpieshops/
Twitter: @Magpie_AVA

Quarriers Volunteering
Quarriers Aberdeenshire Carer Service would like to hear from you if you have a few hours to spare here and there, if you feel that you would like to support unpaid carers by befriending in their home or to take them out for a coffee out in their community. Are you a creative person and like to organise some art and craft sessions for Unpaid Carers to attend.  Please get in touch with Tracey Harrison on 01467 538700.

Volunteering with The Silver Line
We know from our older people that just a few minutes of your time can make a big difference. The Silver Line is all about the power of human contact and volunteers are vital to The Silver Line’s commitment to reduce loneliness and isolation, and improve the lives of older people. Find out more about how you can help at: 

Looking for Volunteering opportunities in Aberdeen city?
Aberdeen Volunteer Centre is run by ACVO to recruit volunteers and to promote and support volunteering. Visit their website at: http://www.volunteeraberdeen.org.uk/ 




You can also search for volunteering opportunities in your area via the Volunteer Scotland website.