Volunteering Opportunities


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

Deeside Gliding Club volunteering opportunities

Deeside Gliding Club based just outside Aboyne offer unique volunteering experiences including ground maintenance, aircraft maintenance and launch crew. You can volunteer for a couple of hours a week or more. Deeside Gliding Club is open seven days a week and have an excellent Community Volunteer Scheme. If you are interested please contact Bob, Community Volunteer Coordinator at: cvs@deesidegidingclub.co.uk.

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

Volunteers' Week: 1st - 7th June 2017
The theme of this year’s Scottish Volunteers’ Week campaign will recognise volunteering as the golden thread running through Scotland’s communities and wider society. If volunteers make a difference to your charity, community or organisation then make sure you’ve got Volunteers’ Week 1st - 7th June in your diary! It’s the annual campaign to be part of to thank your volunteers and celebrate the difference they make. Visit the Volunteers' Week website at: http://volunteersweek.org/. You can also read how Sarah Latto, Volunteer Development Manager at Shelter Scotland and a member of the Scottish Volunteering Forum will be getting involved this year at: http://tinyurl.com/k65th9p

Aberdeenshire Involvement Group
Want to use your experiences to help make a difference to people affected by cancer in Aberdeenshire? Join the Cancer involvement group for Aberdeenshire and you will do just that. We are looking for friendly and passionate volunteers in the area to help us shape the direction, development and delivery of cancer services in Aberdeenshire.
Macmillan are looking to create a group of people in Aberdeenshire who would be able to influence Macmillan around the development of services in the area. The group will also talk to people affected by cancer and find out what their experiences are then work with Macmillan and other local organisations in order to improve services for people in the local community.
This suits someone who:

  • has had a cancer diagnosis or cares/has cared for someone with cancer
  • enjoys being part of a team
  • is enthusiastic about improving local cancer care and services
  • has good communication and organisational skills
  • is comfortable with decision-making

For more information, and if you are interested in being involved in this group or work for an organisation in Aberdeenshire and would like more information please don’t hesitate to email bmudge@macmillan.org.uk.

Ellon Community Resilience Group (ECRG)

ECRG was formed in May 2016 with the aim of harnessing community resource and expertise in the event of a serious emergency affecting the town, in a way that compliments the work of the emergency responders. Which includes:


  • Severe weather
  • Floods
  • Extended loss of utilities
  • Major Fires
  • Major incidents involving transport

ECRG are actively seeking volunteers from the local community willing to assist in the maintenance of both core and support teams who will help with activation and communication arrangements, mobilisation of community groups and support at community emergency hubs in the event of a serious incident. Visit the website at: www.ecrg.uk or contact Tessa Carr at: Tessaecarr@aol.com or call: 07951 836658.

Sue Ryder Self-Management Service

Would you like to volunteer and make a difference to someone’s day? Sue Ryder are looking for volunteers to help support people with neurological conditions living at home in Aberdeen City. In just a few hours on a regular basis, volunteer befrienders support people to take part in activities meaningful to them. This could be by:

  • supporting someone to rejoin a hobby, club or support group
  • helping rebuild an individual’s confidence to go out and about
  • support to understand their condition and capabilities better
  • providing opportunities for carers to take a break
  • signposting to other helpful services and
  • simply providing company and conversation which is so important to everyone

Each befriending relationship will be different and we will do our best to match you to someone with similar personalities and interests. For more information
call: 01224 896 339 or email: outreach.support@sueryder.org

Move More
Keeping active is important for everyone; indeed the risks of developing a number of long term conditions including heart disease, diabetes and some cancers are reduced by an active lifestyle. But what about after a diagnosis? Approximately one in three people will receive a cancer diagnosis at some stage in their lives and understandably, this can have a wide impact on an individual’s wellbeing. People affected by cancer often report feelings of isolation, fatigue and low mood. However, research has shown that moving a little can improve these effects and help an individual feel better throughout the cancer care pathway. For many people getting active and moving more can be difficult and support is needed to get started.  Recognising this need Macmillan Cancer Support and Aberdeenshire Council have partnered up to develop Move More Aberdeenshire (MMAb), a physical activity programme for people affected by cancer.  MMAb has a three-year plan and in time we will be able to offer a range of activities including walking groups, gardening, circuits and gentle movement, for people affected by cancer across Aberdeenshire. All of these activities will be free of charge and individuals will be able to be referred by a health professional or refer themselves. Although there are many physical benefits of moving more during the cancer journey, the activities will also offer an opportunity to meet with people going through a similar experience. Right now, we are completing the essential “groundwork” to ensure that the programme will have the best start and the most impact once it’s up and running. We will soon be recruiting volunteers to help deliver this exciting new programme; there will be four different roles to choose from and volunteers will be trained and supported to deliver a high quality – and rewarding – service. We encourage you to keep an eye out for these opportunities online and in local media.
While we are still developing Move More Aberdeenshire, we recognise that many may need support now. For information on the Move More programme, financial advice or if you just want to chat, call Macmillan free on 0808 808 00 00 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 8pm) or visit macmillan.org.uk. To discuss volunteer opportunities or to hear more about available Move More programmes please contact the Macmillan Outreach and Communities Officer on: movemore@aberdeenshire.gov.uk or call: 01467 534360. Our volunteer recruitment is now live at: http://jobs.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/volunteer-with-us/


The Seed Box Ltd

AVA Members, The Seed Box Ltd, is going from strength to strength having just opened a Garden Shop in Kincardine O'Neil. They are looking for volunteers to help in the shop on a regular basis. Shop hours are Wednesday, Thursday & Fridays 10am - 3.30pm and Saturdays 10am - 3.30pm. If you can help contact belinda.rowlands@theseedbox.org.uk.

CLAN cancer support is appealing for new volunteers to come forward as it celebrates a year in its Banchory base.

Since opening from its permanent base in Posties Walk in February 2016, CLAN has expanded its provision of free wellbeing and support services for anyone affected by cancer. From its Banchory base CLAN provides support, information and signposting to organisations as well as complementary therapies and cancer-specific support groups. As demand for services has grown, CLAN is now seeking new volunteers to join its dedicated team, with roles including support volunteers as well as event and fundraising support. Support volunteers help to provide emotional support, information and signposting to various support services within CLAN, with event and fundraising volunteers helping to raise awareness of CLAN’s wellbeing and support services within communities. Anyone interested in volunteering with CLAN is encouraged to drop in to the Banchory base any Thursday between 10-4pm for more information or to pick up an application pack. Or go to www.clanhouse.org to apply online.

Cats Protection volunteering opportunities

Admissions Volunteer: 

  • Responding to email and telephone enquiries regarding cats coming into care 
  • Managing the cat waiting list and prioritising accordingly 
  • Liaising with other volunteers, staff, local vets and members of the public
  • Using our administrative systems to record cats coming into care
  • General administrative duties such as photocopying and filing

They’re looking for someone with:

  • Good administrative and organisational skills
  • Good IT skills
  • Willingness to be part of a team
  • Previous experience in office administration (would be an advantage)

Time expectation - Cat Admissions Volunteers usually spend 2 to 4 hours a week in this role which is flexible and can be shared by more than one volunteer if needed.

Volunteer Coordinator:

  • Liaising with your Regional Development Manager (RDM) to plan activity
  • Making sure the team observes charity best practice and compliance
  • Leading the team to follow Cats Protection's policies, procedures and guidelines  as well as supporting and guiding other volunteers in their roles

Looking for someone with:

  • Strong interpersonal, leadership and people management skills
  • Experience of promoting a positive team environment
  • Confidence and experience of ensuring policies, procedures and processes are met
  • Good communication skills with individuals and groups at all levels
  • Organisational skills and the ability to prioritise and delegate
  • Ability to think and plan ahead
  • Good IT skills

Time expectation - Coordinators usually spend 10 to 15 hours per week in this role, which is flexible and can be shared by more than one volunteer if needed. There will be times of the year when more hours are required, such as towards the end of the financial year, but support and guidance are always available.
If you are interested in volunteering, contact: bsusne@cats.org.uk.




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