Volunteering Opportunities


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

Volunteers needed - 'Garioch Links Cafe' operating every other Wednesday at Garioch Community Kitchen, Wyness Hall, Jackson Street, Inverurie

The cafe runs from 1-3pm where we offer a light lunch and refreshments alongside some entertainment or a presentation of some description. We are open to everyone, and it is free, although donations are welcomed. Volunteering roles available include:

  • Admin Support
  • Afterschool Class support
  • Garioch Links Cafe support
  • Health Walk Leaders
  • Kitchen Equipment Organiser
  • Social Media Operator
  • Tesco Food Collection

These volunteering positions are just a selection of help we know we need, but there may be many individuals out there with very different skillsets, so if anyone is looking to volunteer or to develop their experience in something, please let us know.  Contact Louise Mckinlay if you are interested in any of our volunteering roles, Email: gariochcommunitykitchen@hotmail.co.uk or Phone: 07729 802 686.


Volunteering Opportunity in Aberdeenshire

Advocacy North East, a local charitable organisation, is hosting training in Inverurie for people who may wish to volunteer as Community Advocates in their local area. Independent Advocacy is a way of enabling people to make informed choices about and to remain in control of, their own care and support. Advocacy is needed because, at times, it can be difficult to tell people about the things you want or to disagree with what someone has said. Advocacy North East provides free, confidential, independent Advocacy support for individuals with mental health problems, learning disabilities, physical disabilities or substance misuse issues, in their dealings with Health and Social Care Services. Our work is supported and promoted by the Aberdeenshire Health and Social Care Partnership.
The course will run over five days: 1st, 6th, 7th, 13th and 15th June from 9.30am to 4/4.30pm at our offices in near Inverurie, and cover basic core Advocacy skills such as “what is advocacy?”, communication skills, discrimination and stereotyping, conflict resolution, basic Child Protection, and Adult Support and Protection. Lunch and refreshments will be provided on each day.
Working as a volunteer Community Advocate is always inspiring, rewarding, interesting and at times challenging. It is a fantastic opportunity to learn new skills and put your existing talents and knowledge to good use. If this sounds like the sort of opportunity you would like to engage with, we would be delighted to hear from you! Training is free for those who wish to become volunteers. A small charge applies to those who would like to access the course for continuing professional development purposes.
If you are interested in finding out more information about the course, and to book a place, please contact Laura Simmons (Training and Volunteer Coordinator) on 01467 651604 or email laurasimmons.advocacy@yahoo.co.uk

Volunteers needed for The Great British Dog Walk at Haddo House & Country Park – Saturday 10th June

The Great British Dog Walk is an annual event in aid of Hearing Dogs for Deaf People. This is a family and dog-friendly event and everyone is welcome. To ensure the event runs smoothly, we need a dedicated group of volunteers to support us at the Haddo House & Country Park walk in Ellon on 10th June 2017. Hearing Dogs for Deaf People is a national charity that trains dogs to alert deaf people to important sounds and danger signals in the home, workplace and public buildings.
What are they looking for?
This is a great way to get involved with Hearing Dogs as a one off, or to kick start a great relationship with us on an on-going basis! We're looking for people who love dogs, walking, and helping a great cause!
Practical Considerations
There are a variety of volunteer tasks available including:
- helping with set up & take down of the event
- marshalling the route
- helping at the registration tent
- manning and helping on fundraising stalls
Volunteers should ideally be available for the full day, 8am-2pm (times may vary). You will have full support from the local Community Fundraising Manager and be briefed beforehand.
If you are interested, please contact Carol Jones at carol.jones@hearingdogs.org.uk or call/text 07436 542 544.

HomeStart Deeside

Do you have a few hours to spare each week? Local Deeside charity Homestart are looking for volunteers to help in their wonderful shop based in Aboyne. This is run by a great team and is a fun environment. This is a fantastic opportunity if you want to meet new people. If you are interested contact Aileen.Longino@avashire.org.uk or pop into the shop and ask for Donna or Renae.

RSPB - Schools Outreach Volunteer 

As part of the RSPB's aim to connect as many children as possible to nature we'll be descending on primary schools ready to deliver our inspiring outreach sessions. They're designed to give teachers and their pupils all the support they need to explore the natural world around them. The sessions are fun and interactive, allowing plenty of opportunities for first-hand experiences of nature whether it be bug hunting, birdwatching or finding daisies. The RSPB are looking for volunteers with a real passion for enthusing children about the natural world to play a key part in this project. Following a period of shadowing the Schools Outreach Officer we'd ask you to take the lead on delivering three different workshops with classes of children (age range between 5-12yrs). These workshops are aimed at inspiring them to get close up to what creeps, crawls and flies in their school grounds. Teachers would be present at all times. For more information and contact details, visit: https://www.rspb.org.uk/get-involved/community-and-advice/volunteer/7979-schools-outreach-volunteer-aberdeen

Westhill Sports Hub: Volunteers needed

Westhill Community Sports Hub have their annual 10k race on Sunday 11th June and are looking for volunteers to marshal on the day. The time requirement is from 8am until midday and all volunteers will get a hot drink and muffin at the start and hot food at the end. If interested people should email wdcsh@hotmail.com to register their interest.

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 in Cairngorms National Park
Would you like to attract more volunteers to be involved with your group or organisation? Would you like to meet potential volunteers, and other environmental groups or organisations active in the National Park? Volunteer Cairngorms, a new three-year pilot programme, is being launched in June, and on this side of the Park an event is being held at Braemar Village Hall on Sunday 18th June, 10.30am – 3.30pm for anyone who would be interested in getting involved, and any group or organisation who would like to involve volunteers. If you would be able to come along or would like any more information at all, email volunteers@cairngorms.co.uk or phone 01479 870 552 or 07759 444 151. Space will be available to set up stands to share information, and/or tables will be available to display leaflets and any other materials.

Volunteer Guide - Duff House, Banff & Huntly Castle
We are looking for volunteers to provide support who can deliver to our excellent customer care standards. Historic Environment Scotland sites are at their busiest at weekends, on bank holidays, during school holidays and the summer months. It is at these times that we will schedule a number of special days for volunteers to lead and deliver tours for visitors.
Whilst there are no strict requirements regarding how many tours an individual will deliver we desire a minimum commitment of one tour per month to enable the success of the tours. The number of tours will be flexible, and agreed with the Volunteer Coordinator.
For more information phone 01667 460208 or email: brian.ford@hes.scot

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.

RDA Deeside (Riding for the Disabled) volunteering opportunity
AVA Member RDA Deeside (Riding for the Disabled) are actively looking for new volunteers to help with Tuesday morning sessions and Friday morning at the World Horse Welfare Centre just outside Aboyne. They are very flexible with the hours you can do in this physical but very rewarding volunteering opportunity. If you are interested contact Aileen.Longino@avashire.org.uk.

Scottish Rural Action Volunteering Role: Online Forum Volunteer

Scottish Rural Action (SRA) aims to be a powerful voice for the people of rural Scotland. SRA was established in 2013 as a non-profit organisation to deliver the Scottish Rural Parliament and build the foundations for a longer term rural movement. The next stage in their development is to build a grass-roots presence and influence by engaging volunteers in campaigns on issues prioritised by rural communities. In 2017-18 these are digital connectivity, land, business, transport and democracy and governance. The main purpose of this volunteer role is to manage and moderate online discussion forums. The online forum is a key medium for SRA to engage with members throughout Scotland and offers an opportunity for members to contribute their thoughts, ideas and issues in online conversation. For more information on the role and an application form, contact: Fiona Thompson at fiona@scottishruralparliament.org.uk or call: 07388 907367.




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