Area Manager – Aberdeenshire (Sunrise Partnership)

Salary c. £28,000

Sunrise Partnership offers a free, confidential service in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire for children and young people up to age 18 who have been affected by loss and bereavement.

As a result of an increased demand for our services we are looking for an area manager to develop and deliver Sunrise Partnership’s presence across Aberdeenshire.  You will require a relevant qualification along with the appropriate skills and experience to work directly with bereaved children and young people.  This will include one-to-one and group sessions.   You will also lead a small team of sessional workers and volunteers so excellent leadership and inter-personal skills are essential.

This is a full time role (35 hours) but we may be able to consider applications for two part-time posts.

For a job description email or call Eileen on 07827 755735 for more information.

Closing date for applications is 12 noon on Monday 9 April 2018.

Link Practitioners (SAMH)

Around since 1923, SAMH is Scotland’s national mental health charity. We are delighted to be working in partnership with Aberdeen City Health and Social Care Partnership (ACHSCP) to develop and deliver a pioneering new Primary Care Community Link Working Programme across Aberdeen City

The programme aims to reduce pressures on mainstream primary and community care services by meeting a need for joined up support across the Health and Social Care Partnership. This will be achieved by embedding link practitioner posts in the community, local GP practices and ACHSCP locality teams. Link Practitioners aim to improve people’s health, wellbeing and personal resilience by supporting them to link more closely with opportunities in their community.

We are now progressing with the first phase of recruitment to this exciting new project and are looking for talented and highly experienced candidates who are passionate about supporting people to make meaningful and lasting improvements to their health and wellbeing.

Senior Primary Care Link Practitioners (Aberdeen) Ref: N622
£25,974 – £28,359 (pro rata based on FTE 37.5 hours) Depending on experience/qualifications.

Senior Primary Care Link Practitioners will provide management, support and leadership to the Primary Care Link Practitioners, to ensure person-centred support is provided in response to the needs and interests of people attending General Practice’s, supporting them to identify and manage issues that affect their ability to live well.

The successful candidates for this role will be highly experienced in a relevant health and social care / community development discipline and have outstanding organisational and communications skills. They will be able to foster meaningful partnerships with a wide range of stakeholders and provide excellent support to their team to ensure a consistently high level of service is being provided throughout their allocated locality.

Primary Care Link Practitioners (Aberdeen) Ref: N623
£22,742 – £25,151 (pro rata based on FTE 37.5 hours) Depending on experience/qualifications, Full & Part time hours available

Primary Care Link Practitioners will provide person-centred support to people in response to the needs and interests of those attending GP Practice’s, supporting them to identify and manage issues and barriers that affect their ability to live well. The Primary Care Link Practitioner will identify community resources which will be of benefit and facilitate access to these by establishing and maintaining effective relationships between community resources, GP practices and the people being supported. These will also include a range of organisations and services including public, independent and third sector.

Successful candidates will be experienced in working with adults with a wide range of additional support needs. They will be exceptional communicators and be able to effectively manage their own case loads, be flexible in responding to the demands of the service and ensure at all times that their work is of exceptional quality.

For more information about these vacancies, please contact us at

Applications are welcome from people who have experienced mental health difficulties. A PVG check is required for this post, along with a Right to Work in the UK check. Candidates will also be required to provide proof of qualifications declared on the application form. We are happy to talk about flexible working for these posts.

Closing date for all applications is 12 noon, Friday 30th March 2018

Interviews will be held Week Commencing 23rd April 2018

Application forms, job descriptions and guidelines are available to download from our website  Please note that your application should be completed electronically and emailed back to, no other form of application will be accepted.

Project Worker – Older People (Dyce and Stoneywood Community Association)

Based at Dyce Community Centre, Gordon Terrace, Dyce
Hours :   20 Hours per Month (until February 2019)
Salary/Hourly Rate:    £12 per hour

EncourAGE, a forum developing opportunities for Older Adults in the Dyce area of Aberdeen, secured funding for the employment of a part time project worker to assist in developing health and wellbeing opportunities, particularly for the less able and frailer members of the community.

Main Tasks

The post holder will work with the EncourAGE Committee by:

  • developing opportunities for older people, particularly for the less able/frailer members of the Dyce area. The post holder will work  primarily with Sheltered Housing Programmes and organising Outings.
  • recruiting and supporting volunteers to be involved in developments
  • working 20 hours per month on a flexible basis

Experience/Qualifications/Personal Qualifications

Essential Criteria:

  • Interest in working with Older People
  • Ability to work on own initiative
  • Ability to work flexible hours
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to maintain records
  • Eligible for registration for Protection of Vulnerable Adults (PVG)
  • Maintain confidentiality and the ability to respect this at all times


  • Knowledge of the Community of Dyce
  • Some experience of working with Older People, either paid or as volunteer.

A letter of application together with a CV and the names and contact details of two referees should be sent to Marjory D’Arcy, Chair, Dyce & Stoneywood Community Association, 14 Glen Avenue, Dyce, Aberdeen AB21 7FA or by email:  If you require any further information, please contact Marjory on 01224 722546.

Closing date for applications 9th April 2018.

Contract Compliance Advisor (SAMH)

SAMH (the Scottish Association for Mental Health) is a charity working across Scotland. Every year, we provide over a million hours of support to people who need our help. Every week, we work with around 3,000 individuals in over 60 services. Every day, we campaign for better mental health for the people of Scotland.

For Scotland’s Mental Health

The SAMH National Employment Team operates high quality services to support customers to access and sustain employment. An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the Fair Start Scotland team and make a positive impact on the lives of the customers we support:

Post:  Contract Compliance Advisor
Reference:  W477
Contract:  Permanent
Location:  Aberdeen
Salary:  £18,170 – £20,158 per annum, pro rata (point 18-22)
Hours:  15 hours per week

As a key member of the National Employment Team, you will work closely with the management team to ensure compliance with contractors’ systems. This includes audits of databases and files and ensuring corrective action is taken as required. You will also train and advise colleagues on the use of reporting systems and provide full administrative support for the Team.

You will be based in Aberdeen providing support for the Fair Start Scotland programme. You will be enthusiastic and self motivated and able to work on your own initiative and as part of a team. Experience of using Word, Excel and databases is essential. You will also have excellent communication and interpersonal skills. Experience of working with DWP or voluntary organisations is desirable.

As the post may involve travel across various locations, a full driving licence and access to your own transport is desirable, but not essential.

Closing date for all applications is noon on Friday 23rd March 2018

Interviews will take place on 29th March 2018 in Aberdeen

PVG Scheme Membership, a Right to Work in the UK check and proof of qualifications declared on the application form are required. 

Applications are welcome from people who have experienced mental health difficulties. 

Application forms, job descriptions and guidelines are available to download from our website  Please note that your application should be completed electronically and emailed back to, no other form of application will be accepted.

Childline Supervisor (NSPCC)

Annually: £29,500 – £33,000 plus shift allowance
Region: Scotland
Location: Ruby House – Aberdeen
Department: Childline
Vacancy Type: Permanent
Working Hours Per Week:35
Closing Date:23 March 2018

As a Supervisor you will be responsible for the day to day delivery of a safe and effective helpline service for children and young people through volunteers.

You will have the ability to provide effective supervision to volunteers including feedback, training and support where needed and ensuring that a quality response is given to every child or young person who contacts ChildLine.

You will have the proven ability to engage with children and young people as well as up to date knowledge of child protection systems, best practice, research and legislation and the ability to make child protection risk assessments.

You will be committed to protecting and enhancing the lives of children and young people.

Late evening, until 2.00am, and weekend work is a regular requirement to ensure Childline can respond to all children and young people.—aberdeen/2492/description/

Streetsport Outreach Coordinator (RGU)

00Salary: £27,285 – £28,936 per year Pro Rata
Hours: 37.00 hours per week

This opportunity combines two posts to make one full time post. The SFIO co-ordinator post is for 4 days per week until June 2020. The Project 51 co-ordinator post is for 1 day per week until April 2019.

With funding from Children in Need, the Denis Law Legacy Trust and Families Outside are working in partnership to deliver a programme for children, young people and families affected by imprisonment, called Stronger Families Inside Out (SFIO).

SFIO is a ground breaking programme using sport and creative activities to engage with prisoners and their families during weekly visits to HMP Grampian. The role holder’s responsibility will be to plan, coordinate and deliver a variety of activities both within HMP Grampian visit room, within the prison sports facilities and in the community.

The position will work 4 days a week around the SFIO programme and be responsible for supporting children and young people through difficult times in consultation with the Families Outside worker, prison staff and Action for Children staff who run the Family Centre and Help Hub at HMP Grampian. The post holder will help provide positive destinations, support and mentoring to improve family relationships and outcomes for project participants. The post holder will be based in Peterhead at HMP Grampian 1 day a week.

This role will also help promote stronger family relationships both inside and out of prison via monthly family group sessions and hopefully help break the cycle of offending within families. You will also be responsible for recruiting participants from this programme onto associated Streetsport volunteer and employability programmes.

This post is for 29.6 hours a week (0.8 FTE) worked over four days and is funding up until June 2020.

Project 51
One day a week the role holder will also coordinate a new Streetsport programme called “Project 51”. This project will be based around Gender Stereotypes and how they are key barriers to preventing more women and girls getting active. The roles responsibilities will be to work on behalf of Streetsport alongside national agency “Woman in Sport” to research, implement, evaluate and deliver programming within Streetsport to help break the barriers for young women in sport.

The successful applicant will preferably have experience of programme coordination, working in a social care setting with children and young people and experience of leading activity sessions (sports and creative) as well as an ability to work within areas of Multiple Deprivation/regeneration. The candidate must have excellent communication skills, health and safety knowledge and a strong commitment to customer care.

You will be up-to-date in areas of social care/youth work and hold a full driving license. Relevant criminal justice experience is also desirable as is knowledge of mental health and reporting. Enthusiasm and motivational skills are a must, as is the ability to relate well to children from various backgrounds. Experience of working in a team but also using your own initiative is also imperative.
This post is for 7.4 hours a week (0.2 FTE) to be worked over one day and is funding up until April 2019.

For an Informal chat regarding the role please contact Mark Williams, Chief Operating Officer on 01224 263681

This post is subject to the individual being required to join the PVG scheme. For more information visit:

Salary on appointment is normally to the bottom of the scale, but in exceptional circumstances, appointment higher up the scale may be considered.

Closing date: Friday 16th March

More information

Service Team Leader x 2 (Sacro)

Ref: ABE_STL_0218
Aberdeen Services
37.5 hours per week

Sacro Defined Contribution Pension Scheme
31 days annual leave plus 6 fixed public holidays
Salary: £27,400 – £29,844 per annum

We are looking to recruit  highly motivated individuals to supervise and manage the staff team and operations within our Aberdeen service.  Services include Self Directed Intensive Support & Criminal Justice.

Responsible to the Service Manager, you will oversee the day-to-day operations ensuring that a high quality service is provided.  Knowledge and experience of criminal justice as well as social care arrangements in Scotland are essential.  Duties include line management of service staff, selection and recruitment of staff and volunteers, payroll duties and responsibility for managing a caseload.

You will be a creative self-starter with excellent organisational and communications skills.  The ability to use initiative and organise workload within a pressurised environment is essential. The successful applicant will be flexible and imaginative in their approach and sensitive and confident in their ability to help service users and staff steer their way through difficult situations.

Evidence of supervising and managing teams is also required.

Membership of the Protecting Vulnerable Groups Scheme (PVG) will be a requirement for this post.

A valid driving licence and access to a car are required for this post.

If you would like an informal chat about the requirements of the role, please telephone Susan Barclay or Wendy McManus on 01224 560560.

For an application pack visit

0131 6 7254

Closing Date:       Wednesday 21 February 2018

Interview Date:   Wednesday 28 February 2018

Domestic Abuse Women’s Worker (Grampian Women’s Aid)

Based In Aberdeen City, covering Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire

Grampian Women’s Aid has delivered domestic abuse services across Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire for 40 years. We aim to provide an outstanding level of specialist service provision to support the needs of women, children and young people who have experienced, or are presently experiencing domestic abuse. 

The successful candidate should have experience of delivering support, advocacy and information to women experiencing domestic abuse and of working with support plans and risk assessments. You must have an understanding of the issues affecting women experiencing domestic abuse and share our commitment to feminism and equality.  The Women’s Worker may support women in a variety of settings, including outreach, refuge and office support.

Salary Band – £21,351 – £24,173 pro rata 20 hours, fixed term July 2019

Please visit for an application pack or get in touch with Dorothy McDonald for further information:

Or telephone: 01224 593381

A minimum of SVQ2 relating to health and social care or equivalent is required for this post.

A driving license and access to a car is essential.

This role is subject to PVG scheme checks.  Women only need apply.  This post is covered by a Genuine Occupational Requirement (Schedule 9; Equality Act 2010).

Closing date – 26th February 2018

Local Services Coordinator (CLAN)

CLAN currently seeks to appoint a Local Services Coordinator to become an integral member of the services team.  CLAN provides services from its CLAN centre in Crimond and outreach bases in Peterhead, Fraserburgh and Turriff.  These services are free for anyone affected by cancer and comprise of a range of complementary therapies and counselling services, a Drop In service, various wellbeing groups and monthly coffee mornings.

The Local Area Co-ordinator will be responsible for Supporting the Area Coordinator in ensuring the smooth daily provision of all of these services.

The successful candidate will be a professional, proactive and supportive team player with a positive and can-do approach.  Effective communicator, educated to Higher Grade Level with previous customer relations or client support experience is essential along with a full, clean driving license.

For more details about this great opportunity to join our team please visit or submit your CV and covering letter to  Informal enquiries to Angie Howarth at

Closing date:  16th February 2018
Interview date: Week Commencing 12th March 2018.

#BeLikeStAndrew this St Andrew’s Day

ACVO, Aberdeen’s Third Sector Interface is supporting the #BeLikeStAndrew campaign. The #BeLikeStAndrew campaign has been launched by the Scottish Government and is encouraging acts of kindness across Scotland as part of St Andrews Day celebrations.

This St Andrew’s Day – 30th November 2017 – people are encouraged to join in the spirit of St Andrew by being kind, inclusive and welcoming. St Andrew was an extraordinary person known for being exceptionally kind, inclusive and welcoming to friends and strangers alike – all values that are very much associated with the people of Scotland.

The #BeLikeStAndrew campaign is asking that on the 30th November everyone shares the values of St Andrew and collectively show they care – to quite literally #BeLikeStAndrew and undertake a little act of kindness that could have a big impact.

Whether it’s helping an older neighbour, popping into the local charity shop with a bag of clothes, getting involved in volunteering, signing up as an organ donor, helping at a community centre, donating to a local foodbank, helping at/organising a community litter clean up –anyone can #BeLikeStAndrew by creating their own little act of kindness – no matter how big or small.

Dr Alasdair Allan, Minister for International Development and Europe, said: “Our patron saint, St Andrew was known for being strong, sociable and fair, encouraging people to share what they had with those in need. Celebrating St Andrew’s Day presents a powerful opportunity for Scots to keep the spirit of St Andrew alive, by coming together and helping others within their community.”

Mike Melvin Coordinator at ACVO added “ACVO is delighted to support this excellent and inspiring campaign. It will be a fantastic St Andrews Day and the #BeLikeStAndrew campaign will greatly help in further building tremendous kindness volunteering and support in our communities.”

For inspiration on how to celebrate St Andrew’s Day or more information about the #BeLikeStAndrew campaign visit  and follow @AboutScotland on twitter/social media / using the hashtag #BeLikeStAndrew.

Record Month for Young Volunteers in Aberdeen

ACVO is celebrating after logging the busiest month on record for the Saltire Awards since the awards were first launched in April 2012 in Aberdeen.

The Saltire Awards recognise the contribution which 12-25 year olds make to their communities on a voluntary basis.

In September there were 116 new registrations and a total of 170 Saltire Award certificates issued in the last month.

Mike Melvin, Volunteer Co-ordinator at ACVO said, “This reflects the tremendous volunteering from young people in Aberdeen City and demonstrates the positive impact these awards are now having.”

Since the awards were first launched an incredible 284,028 hours of volunteering has now been recognised in Aberdeen alone.

With 2018 designated as the Year of the Young People in Scotland the excellent contribution that young people are making in our communities is set to increase and be recognised even further.

For more information about the Saltire Awards visit –

ACVO is Committed to Excellence

ACVO TSI is delighted to announce that we are the first Third Sector Interface to be recognised by Quality Scotland as ‘Committed to Excellence – 2 Star’.

Quality Scotland assessed and validated ACVO against the European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM) Excellence Model, which provides a framework that encourages the cooperation, collaboration and innovation within organisations. The EFQM Excellence Model provides a holistic view of the organisation and it can be used to determine how these different methods fit together and complement each other.

The EFQM Excellence Model allows people to understand the cause and effect relationships between what their organisation does and the results it achieves.

ACVO strives for excellence in all the areas of performance with the organisation and we are delighted to have been recognised at such a high level.

New Volunteer Aberdeen Website Launched

Volunteer Aberdeen has launched a completely redesigned website to help connect the people of Aberdeen to volunteering opportunities.

Volunteer Aberdeen, which is run and operated by ACVO TSI, has developed a website that is intuitive, attractive, easy to use and informative. It is also a mobile friendly design so that it can be viewed on mobile devices and tablets.

The website makes it easy to search through Volunteer Aberdeen’s database of nearly 1000 volunteer opportunities, allowing members of the public to search by keyword, location, what they want to do or who they want to work with.  The charity also curates a list of ‘Hot Opportunities’ that highlights organisations in need.

The website also makes it easier for third sector organisations to find out about the help and support that Volunteer Aberdeen offer in promoting their volunteer opportunities.

Mike Melvin, Volunteer Co-ordinator at ACVO said “Aberdeen continues to be a city that is generous with its time, volunteering levels in Aberdeen are 9% above the national average, and it is important that all those who want to volunteer are able to easily find organisations in need.

“This new website brings volunteering into the 21st century and allows users to search for opportunities wherever they are and easily make connections.

“We welcome feedback, as the website will continually evolve to meet the needs of the people of Aberdeen”

The website is

Saltire Awards Surpasses 100,000 Milestone

Young people in Scotland are turning to volunteering in their thousands with numbers growing year on year.

As the country marks Volunteers’ Week 2017 (1 to 7 June), this is a trend reflected by the Scottish Government’s national youth volunteer initiative, the Saltire Awards, now celebrating the landmark 100,000 certificates it has awarded to young people since its launch five years ago.

The Saltire Awards aims to help broaden opportunities for 12 to 25-year-olds to volunteer and be recognised for their efforts. Voluntary Action Scotland (VAS) and the network of 32 local Third Sector Interfaces (TSIs) manage the programme, introduced in 2012 after a Scottish pilot. Since then, it has grown from 14,000 certificates awarded in 2012/13 to 27,000 in 2016/17.

In Aberdeen ACVO handed out 1044 certificates last year with 503 new young people registering for the awards during the same period – another record year for the awards and youth volunteering locally.

Since the scheme began in 2012 an incredible 268,792 hours of volunteering by young people in Aberdeen has been recognised by the awards.

While celebrating their achievements, the Saltire Awards encourages young people to try out new ideas and record their volunteering experiences, as well as the valuable life skills they gain. Incorporating the principles of Curriculum for Excellence, it helps them become successful learners and far more confident, content and responsible individuals, who go on to become significant contributors to society with greater job prospects.

Angela Constance, Cabinet Secretary for Communities, Social Security and Equalities said: “I am delighted that over 100,000 Saltire Awards have now been presented to young people for their remarkable volunteering achievements, which shows their commitment to making a difference.

“We should all be very proud of the increase we have seen in our youth volunteering rate. I congratulate not only the volunteers but also the agencies, which are developing youth volunteering opportunities across Scotland.

“Volunteers are the lifeblood of our communities and we remain committed to doing all we can to ensure everyone who wants to volunteer can do so.”

Commenting on a growing trend that looks set to continue, Allan Johnstone, Acting Chief Executive, VAS said: “While volunteering enables young people to contribute to their local communities in ways that are enjoyable, fun and creative, they bring a fresh perspective and enthusiasm, offering valuable solutions to communities and voluntary organisations especially in challenging times.

“The substantial benefits that volunteering brings to our country, go way beyond the estimated £2.6 billion it is worth to the Scottish economy. For one, the ethos of support that young people take with them into adult life is a fundamental part of this country’s social fabric. As we celebrate 100,000 certificates during Volunteers’ Week 2017, we are delighted to be able to reward their significant impact on society through the awards.

“We also want to recognise the valuable input of the TSIs. By continuing their development work at a local level and encouraging sign up to the Saltire Awards, our aim to inspire even more young people to come on board and safeguard the culture of volunteering for generations to come.”

To participate in the Saltire Awards, young people can sign up at: or contact ACVO 686076

Aberdeen Gets Set for Volunteers Week

National Volunteers Week – 1st-7th June – celebrates the millions of volunteers throughout the country who do so much good for people and our communities. It is a time to:

  • Recognise the essential contribution volunteers make in our communities.
  • Give special thanks and recognition to people who volunteer.
  • Promote volunteering and inspire more people to get involved

There will be a huge range of fantastic events being held across Aberdeen during Volunteers Week and big announcements to recognise, celebrate and thank volunteers in Aberdeen for the tremendous contribution everyone makes with an amazing:

  • 70,500 plus people volunteering in Aberdeen
  • An incredible 8.7 million hours of volunteer help given annually in Aberdeen.

The following special thank you messages have been received at ACVO for volunteers in Aberdeen: 

‘Volunteers are part of the social fabric of Scotland and are at the heart of creating local social capital: Strengthening social connections and networks within communities; encouraging people to become active citizens; building local resilience. ACVO is the backbone of Volunteering in Aberdeen – they work hard, behind the scenes, to open up volunteering to all. Voluntary Action Scotland is delighted to join them in celebrating and recognising the contribution of volunteers this Volunteers’ Week.’ Allan Johnstone, Acting Chief Executive, Voluntary Action Scotland

 ‘I am always amazed at how many Aberdonians give up their time to volunteer for numerous organisations in our city. Without this army of volunteers many of the things that we take for granted just would not happen. Hats off to all of our city’s volunteers for all of your efforts!’ Kevin Stewart MSP, Aberdeen Central

 ‘On behalf of all of the team at ACVO, I would like to thank everyone involved in volunteering in Aberdeen.  Without your support, our work would be so much harder and less fun.  You have brought fantastic skills and enthusiasm which have made a difference to the lives of many in the city.  I urge you to continue to be involved in volunteering. Anyone wishing to join in helping as a volunteer can visit: and for more details’ Joyce Duncan, Chief Executive ACVO

 ‘In a world which is becoming very uncertain there is one certainty that will not change, that people volunteering in Scotland giving time within their communities is uplifting by building friendship and solidarity. Volunteers Week is a good time to celebrate this.’ George Thomson, Chief Executive of Volunteer Scotland

 ‘Volunteers’ Week Scotland offers a rare opportunity to mark the huge difference made by volunteers all over the country, and to catch the attention of potential new recruits. Don’t miss out on what’s set to be an inspirational week.’ Paul Okroj, Chairperson, Scottish Volunteering Forum

For more details about volunteer opportunities across Aberdeen please visit:

For latest Volunteers Week Scotland 2017 updates including links to events in Aberdeen please visit: and

ACVO Awards 2017

Top organisations and outstanding individuals working within Aberdeen’s third sector were recognised at a lunchtime ceremony on the 30th March.

ACVO TSI held its 5th annual awards at the Doubletree Hilton in Aberdeen.

This year ACVO brought together over 100 representatives from the private, public and third sector to recognise, not just the achievements of the third sector but all those who contribute to making Aberdeen a better place.

Following a performance by the VSA choir, the event was officially opened by ACVO’s Treasurer, Gordon Edwards and Lord Provost of Aberdeen, George Adam.

Gordon Edwards opened the event by saying “These awards are unique as they celebrate the work of individuals, organisations and collaborations all involving the third sector but also recognising the critical aspect of partnership with both the public and private sector which is key to third sector success and sustainability.

“We neither live nor work in a silo, our lives, our working experience and our happiness depends on building successful relationships with those around us.”

The first award of the night was the Connecting and Collaborating award which went to Move More Aberdeen.

Move More Aberdeen is a community-based physical activity programme specifically designed for people affected by cancer in Aberdeen City. Move More Aberdeen is funded by Macmillan Cancer Support and delivered in partnership with Sport Aberdeen, with support from CLAN Cancer Support, Paths for All and NHS Grampian.

One of the more hotly contested awards of the night was for the Friends of the Third Sector awards which saw the Enerco Group come out on top over fellow finalists Conocophilips and Hilton Garden Inn.  Enerco was nominated based on their work with the Denis Law Legacy Trust’s Streetsport.

This year’s Active Citizen, an award for an Aberdeen volunteer who has gone above and beyond the call of duty, was won by John Gall.

Lorna Dunbar, who nominated Mr Gall, said “John first began volunteering with Contact the Elderly, as a driver for one of our groups, 6 years ago. John realised that there was a need for more groups so that more isolated, lonely people in the community could be involved. From that one group 6 years ago, John has now been instrumental in starting no less than another 7 groups.

“Staff at Contact the Elderly are hugely grateful to John for all that he does, enabling us to reach many lonely, isolated people in Aberdeen, making a difference to their lives.”

Other award winners included Me Too Magazine, Aberdeen Community Energy, Home-start Aberdeen, SCARF and the City Centre Community Council.

After the awards concluded ACVO, on behalf of the Third Sector, presented the Lord Provost George Adam with a certificate and gift to show its appreciation for all the work he has done for the voluntary sector during his time in office.

Full List of Winners:

  • Active Citizen sponsored by Inchgarth Community Centre: John Gall
    Finalists: Antony McGowan and Elisabeth Barry
  • Big Aberdeen: Me Too! Magazine
  • Connecting and Collaborating sponsored by Glenbrex: Sport Aberdeen
    Finalists: Aberdeen FC Community Trust and The Active Aberdeen Partnership
  • Friend of the Third Sector: Enerco Group LTD
    Finalists: ConocoPhillips and Hilton Garden Inn
  • Improving Local Lives sponsored by Hall Morrice: City Centre Community Council
    Finalists: Befriend a Child Aberdeen and Aberdeen Muslims
  • Most Enterprising Third Sector Organisation sponsored by Anderson Anderson Brown: SCARF
    Finalists: Aberdeen Community Energy and Shazam Theatre Company
  • Top Newcomer sponsored by Tricker PR: Aberdeen Community Energy
    Finalist: Me Too! Magazine
  • Top Third Sector Team sponsored by Stronachs: Home-Start Aberdeen
    Finalists: Absafe and Barnardos North Locality

Two Weeks Until The ACVO Awards

We are two weeks away from the fifth annual ACVO award ceremony and we couldn’t be more hyped.

The ACVO offices are buzzing with excitement as the team is hard at work designing plaques, organising V.I.Ps and choosing menus for the big day.  Tickets are selling fast so make sure you act now to ensure that you aren’t missing out on what is sure to be a memorable lunch.

The ACVO Awards, now in their fifth year, were created to recognise volunteers, encourage good practice and aspiration in local Third Sector teams and to recognise support and partnership from friends in other sectors.

Each year the calibre of entries get better and this year is no exception so book your tickets ASAP to avoid disappointment.

The ACVO awards will take place on Thursday 30th March at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel.

ACVO Awards Deadline Extended

The deadline for entries to this year’s ACVO Awards has been extended to 10th February.

Following a number of requests from potential nominees, we have decided to extend the deadline until 10th February to allow everyone the opportunity to take part.

We would like to thank everyone who was able to get their nomination in before the 31st of January. If anyone feels their nominations were rushed and would like to take another look please feel free to contact us.

The ACVO Awards, now in their fifth year, are run by local third sector interface, ACVO. They were created to recognise volunteers, encourage good practice and aspiration in local Third Sector teams and to recognise support and partnership from friends in other sectors.

ACVO Chief Executive, Joyce Duncan, said, “Aberdeen’s volunteers and third sector organisations make a huge difference to the lives of others. Through the ACVO Awards, the city as a whole has an opportunity to recognise and reward all of their work.”

“We want to encourage everyone who feels they know an organisation or an individual to nominate them so they can receive the recognition they deserve.”

There are 8 categories open for nomination this year:

  • Connecting and Collaborating sponsored by Glenbrex
  • Friend(s) of the Third Sector
  • Active Citizen
  • Top Third Sector Team sponsored by Stronachs
  • Top Newcomer sponsored by Tricker PR
  • Most Enterprising Third Sector Organisation sponsored by Anderson Anderson Brown
  • Improving Local Lives sponsored by Hall Morrice
  • Big Aberdeen

More Information and Nomination Form

Word Version of Nomination Form

ACVO Awards Now Open for Nominations

The third sector and the people of Aberdeen are being encouraged to nominate for the 2016/17 ACVO Awards.

The ACVO Awards, now in their fifth year, are run by local third sector interface, ACVO. They were created to recognise volunteers, encourage good practice and aspiration in local Third Sector teams and to recognise support and partnership from friends in other sectors.

ACVO Chief Executive, Joyce Duncan, said, “Aberdeen’s volunteers and third sector organisations make a huge difference to the lives of others. Through the ACVO Awards, the city as a whole has an opportunity to recognise and reward all of their work.”

“We want to encourage everyone who feels they knows an organisation or an individual to nominate them so they can receive the recognition they deserve.”

There are 8 categories open for nomination this year:

  • Connecting and Collaborating sponsored by Glenbrex
  • Friend(s) of the Third Sector
  • Active Citizen
  • Top Third Sector Team sponsored by Stronachs
  • Top Newcomer sponsored by Tricker PR
  • Most Enterprising Third Sector Organisation sponsored by Anderson Anderson Brown
  • Improving Local Lives sponsored by Hall Morrice
  • Big Aberdeen

More Information and Nomination Form

“Too old to use technology?“

img_8159“Well I’m nae!“ says Blanche, 81. The Aberdonian star of the latest Big Aberdeen Story told us this week.

“Look at me. I’m willing to have a go. It helps to keep your brain active.

“I wish I’d been taught this years ago as it’s taken me away from thinking about my aches and pains.”

Blanche’s story is the twelfth in the ever-building collection of true life tales gathered from Third Sector organisations to make it easy for you and your stakeholders to address the City’s gaps – whether as a referrer, educator, volunteer, partner, donor or in whatever other way – please share them.

Each story comes from a local Storyteller organization and Blanche’s comes from Silver City Surfers who run weekly sessions throughout the City, monthly talks, and an intergenerational project with Schools. Older people can learn technology at their own pace and within their own very local and social Community setting. Participants choose what and how they want to learn and can bring their own devices or use ones that are on site.

To read all twelve stories so far visit:

ACVO are keen to tell other stories – and would love to tell a Donor’s story. Stories can also be about clients, volunteers, apprentices, staff and can be anonymized.

If you would like to submit a story click here.

Erskine Bench Unveiled

20161004_131105The second Blooming Big Aberdeen friendly bench has been unveiled in Seaton Park by veterans’ charity Erskine in their centenary year.

The Lord Provost of Aberdeen, George Adam, has officially revealed the Erskine bench on Cathedral Walk which is painted the colours of the medal ribbon which features on the charities logo.  The purpose of the ribbon is to connect Erskine in a clear way to its core focus – provision of care to members and ex members of the armed services.

Erskine has four care homes in Scotland, providing nursing, residential, respite and dementia care to veterans and their spouses.  The charity supports over 1,000 veterans and their spouses each year.

The friendly bench project is one of the most recent initiatives to have arisen from the Big Aberdeen Event in September 2014 and is supported by ACVO TSI in partnership with Aberdeen City Council.  Third sector organisations were invited to claim and design a bench in the city to raise awareness of the support and services they provide, with Erskine jumping at the chance to get involved.

Erskine Community Fundraiser for the North, Michael Parkes has invited local volunteers and supporters to the unveiling at 1pm as a thank you for all they do for the charity.

Speaking about the bench Michael said: “It is a great honour for Erskine’s Blooming Big Aberdeen friendly bench to be in one of Aberdeen’s most popular green spaces.  Thanks to our bench designers, Neil and Louise McIvor, they have helped make Cathedral Way even more picturesque!

“The project is a fantastic way to promote the charity in the city.  We will also be able to use it as an outreach point for local supporters, volunteers and veterans.  The North of Scotland has a rich history in the services so it is great that we can recognise this with the Erskine bench.  One of our veterans currently being cared for at The Erskine Home is originally from the Hilton area in Aberdeen.  Previous residents have also served in the Gordon Highlanders.”

Lord Provost George Adam said: “This initiative is a creative way of promoting the vital work of the third sector and at the same time adding something new to our parks and open spaces.  Erskine does an outstanding job caring for our veterans and I hope people using the park will see the bench and take the time to find out more.  A lot of work has been done in Seaton Park recently and I’d encourage everyone to come down and see how great it’s looking.”

Anyone interested in supporting Erskine locally can contact Michael Parkes on 07811 326 206.

Blooming Big Photo Exhibition Goes on Tour

img_1490The Blooming Big Aberdeen Photo Exhibition was created by the Finalists in a photography competition for 16-25 year olds living in the City. It ran from 22nd September 2015-2016.

The project aims to use cultural activities to build bridges between people, to encourage people to get out and about in the City and to celebrate our clean green spaces.  The exhibition is also intended as a prompt for future Big Aberdeen activity to connect and challenge all parts of the city to come together, collaborate and create positive change.

Your organisation or business can use the exhibition as a catalyst for all sorts of conversation and activity – about the ideas of young people, about  clean and green activities, about challenges for Aberdeen, about relationships, environment, beauty, team-building, regeneration …. whatever!

You can already look out for the exhibition at the following locations.

  • Beach Ballroom – 22nd til 30th September
  • NHS Health Village – 1st October til 25th October
  • ACC Staff Conference, Marischal College – 26th til 27th October
  • ACVO Affiliates Lunch, Café Coast – 28th October
  • ACVO Training Room – 28th October til 14th November
  • RGU, Sir Ian Wood Building – 14th til 25th November

If you would like your organisation to host the exhibition (which consists of a self-standing 3-panelled display) please email your preferred dates and location to We will be delighted to promote your exhibition venue as part of the ongoing tour.  (Please note that you
will be required to collect and return the display (which folds into a carrying case) and accompanying materials by car from ACVO’s premises at 38 Castle Street during normal working hours.)

More information about the Big Aberdeen movement is available at

Young Photographer Wins £1000 Prize in ACVO Photo Contest

erik-mrozinski-and-lord-provost-george-adamAt the Beautiful Scotland celebrations in The Beach Ballroom on Thursday 22nd September Erik Mrozinski (22) was announced by the Lord Provost as the winner of the Blooming Big Aberdeen photo competition.

The Blooming Big Aberdeen photo competition was designed by ACVO TSI to encourage young people to create images that express their views and experiences of the city.

Erik won a £1000 cash prize and, thanks to Aberdeen Football Club, exclusive and unique access to photograph Russell Anderson and players behind-the-scenes at Pittodrie.

Erik’s picture in the City Landscape category shows the Northern Lights playing in the sky over Aberdeen harbour and beat over 40 other entries in the competition.

The contest was judged by a panel from Aberdeen City Council Environmental Services, Aberdeen Youth Council, Graeme MacDonald Photography, ACVO and Aberdeen Inspired.  There was also a public vote at the David Welch Winter Gardens in which 336 visitors had their say.

The Awards presentation marks the second anniversary of The Big Aberdeen Event at Pittodire in 2014 which has kick-started a range of activities under its “Clean Green Aberdeen” theme.

An exhibition, sponsored by local fine art printing and developing service Photoghost, of all the shortlisted entrants across the five categories will travel to key locations across the City and an online Big Aberdeen Gallery of all entries is currently available on the ACVO website.

Winners in the individual categories will receive £100 prizes through the ACVO Bursary scheme into which ACVO Affiliated City businesses contribute while runners up will receive a donated voucher for the new Spree Book app.

northern-lights-erik-mrozinskiOVERALL WINNER – Northern Lights by Erik Mrozinski

City Landscape

1st– The Old and The New by Tom Inglis

2nd– Untitled by Eleonora Zapryanova

3rd– Untitled by Jane Tudorache

Street Photography

1st– Belmont Street- Grey by Daniel Kaminek

2nd– Entrance by Tom Inglis

3rd– Beach Scene by Xanthe Bodington

Conceptual and Expressive

1st– Broadford Works by Caitlin Wilkinson

2nd– Frozen Fall of Snow by Pabbathi Venkata Prashanth

3rd– Untitled by Erin Wyness

Nature in Bloom

1st– Untitled by Jane Tudorache

2nd– Low Tide by Daniel Kaminek

3rd– Alice in Hazelhead Park by Stoika Panova

Portrait on Location

1st– Blooming Seagulls by Rebecca Carnegy

2nd– Kevin by Patrick Neville

3rd– Badime by Margeaux Demeyer

The Future is Bright and the Future is Social Impact

ACVO TSI is delighted to announce that the Social Impact Report on Social transport in Aberdeen City is now available on the ACVO Website.

For two years ACVO, via their Reshaping Care for Older People (RCOP) funded social transport project, have been helping Aberdeen city residents, aged 55 and over, who are unable to use public transport to access health and social care appointments and get out and about.

Highlights from the report include:

  • The project impacted positively on everyone that registered and used the service
  • The service succeeded in being person-centred, door to door, nil or low cost travel for individuals, allowing people to take part in activities conducive to improving or maintaining their quality of life
  • Continued investment in this service would result in even more of an impact for patients, carers and the health services in the city.
  • Social Impact is an important consideration for all new innovation in Health & Social Care and should be considered as a vital component for all pilots and innovation as we move forward in the Integration of services here in Aberdeen
  • The 3rd sector is ideally placed to implement this type of research as it is in daily close contact with and a conduit for, wider society with regards to a very broad range of life issues.
  • It shows the 3rd sector to be inherently dynamic, innovative and reflexive and able to make a significant contribution in the context of partnership working which will improve and maintain the quality of life for Aberdeen citizens

Joyce Duncan CEO said “I’m delighted to be able to release this report produced by ACVO’s Social Impact Research consultant, Dr Rob Craig. We believe this partnership project has delivered a useful evidence base which will help our partners and funders make better decisions based on transparency, clarity and accessibility.

We know this has built a great foundation to explore even more areas of concern in the city and will help to tackle some of the challenges facing people’s ability to keep well.”

The report, executive summary and information leaflet can be found below:

Friendly Bench Project Launched

Pic 3A project to encourage engagement between Aberdeen organisations and their communities burst into life on Wednesday, 27 July 2016 as the finishing touches were put to the city’s first Blooming Big Aberdeen friendly bench.  Representatives from Blooming Big Aberdeen and family support charity Home-Start Aberdeen came together in Hazlehead Park to celebrate the colourful addition of a freshly-painted Home-Start Aberdeen bench.

The friendly bench project is one of the most recent initiatives to have arisen from the Big Aberdeen Event in September 2014 and is supported by ACVO TSI in partnership with Aberdeen City Council.  It invites third sector organisations to claim and design a bench in the city to raise awareness of the support and services that they provide. Participating organisations are encouraged to create an eye-catching bench design that reflects their identity and activities, then work jointly with the other project partners to implement it.

“The big messages from the Big Aberdeen Event were ‘Let’s do something about the gaps between rich and poor’ and ‘Let’s celebrate our green spaces’,” said Alison Chandler, enterprise & sustainability lead, ACVO TSI.

“The Blooming Big Aberdeen bench project will get people talking and finding out about the great work being done around the city.

“We hope people will have fun out and about, tracking down the dozens of other friendly benches that will be popping up around Aberdeen over the months ahead in playparks, playgrounds and green spaces.”

The sunshine shone over Hazlehead Park as the final touches were put to the Home-Start Aberdeen bench accompanied by the celebratory skirl of bagpipes. Staff and volunteers from Home-Start Aberdeen were joined by families who are supported by the charity to celebrate completion of the bench.  While the adults busied themselves stencilling the charity’s helping hands logo onto the bench, some of the group’s younger members were entertained with outdoor activities organised by Home-Start Aberdeen’s co-ordinators.

“We first heard about the friendly bench project some months ago and were instantly captivated by the idea,” says Georgette Cobban, scheme manager, Home-Start Aberdeen. “Our raison d’être is to provide city-based families who may be suffering from isolation with emotional and practical support. We hope that the bench will encourage parents who didn’t know about our services to consider getting in touch.

“I also anticipate that the bench will become a popular meeting point for our existing families and their volunteers, as many of them like to make use of the fantastic community spaces that we have here in the city.

“It’s wonderful for both the charity – and for those who need our help – that there is another physical reminder of our presence in such a popular family area.”

Over the coming weeks other Blooming Big Aberdeen friendly benches will appear in popular city spaces – including Seaton Park and the Beach Esplanade – and along walking routes such as the former Deeside railway line.  Plaques for each of the benches are being produced and donated by corporate branding specialists, Recognition Express Scotland Ltd.

Further information on the friendly bench project and other Blooming Big Aberdeen initiatives is available here  For more information on the family support services provided by Home-Start Aberdeen visit

Volunteers Receive Golden Thank You

30/06/16 The Lord provost and Mike Melvin from ACVO presented Aileen Goymer-Davidson and Sylvia Davidson with God Volunteer awards for all the volunterr work totalling 70 years.The Lord Provost of Aberdeen, Councillor George Adam recognised the tremendous volunteering of two incredible volunteers. Aileen Goymer-Davidson and Sylvia Davidson were presented with Volunteering in Aberdeen Gold Awards for the amazing and important contribution they make volunteering, particularly in the Tillydrone and Woodside communities of Aberdeen and with citywide groups such as Regeneration Matters, Fairer Aberdeen Board and much more!

The Lord Provost personally thanked Aileen and Sylvia for all they do and ACVO was honoured to extend our many thanks to Aileen and Sylvia as well. The Gold Award presentation once again highlighted terrific volunteering in Aberdeen which is making a real positive difference to communities and people across the city.

Many congratulations and thanks Aileen and Sylvia.

For more information about volunteering across Aberdeen please visit and or contact Mike Melvin at

*Photograph copyright of Aberdeen City Council: Norman Adams LBIPP, Photographer, Office of the Chief Executive, Aberdeen City Council*

ACVO Affiliates Lunch at CFINE

WP_20160624_13_00_09_ProFeedback from the latest ACVO Affiliates Lunch, held at CFINE’s new Training kitchen, was that the input was “ informative and valuable “ for both private and third sector guests.

Stronachs Partner Eric Gilligan gave a detailed insight into particular employment law issues for Third Sector employers and introduced Collette Oliver of Social Stuff, a new social enterprise to the city.

Dave Simmers gave details of the ways in which the new Training kitchen can be used and Affiliate Brian Shanks spoke of the value to individuals of volunteering their business skills when facing a change in their career circumstances.

More information about the ACVO Affiliates scheme is available at

Big Aberdeen Good Causes Day

WP_20160626_13_13_33_ProSunday 26th Good Causes Day at Aberdeen Sports Village was the contribution to the Big Aberdeen movement of a group of business people led by Scott McDougall and Jeanette Lowe.

On a fantastically sunny day stall holders from many Aberdeen charities, charity mascots, superheroes and princesses large and small joined ACVO and the Lord Provost in a day of fun and awareness raising and the creation of a legacy for the City’s play parks.

Big Aberdeen Good Causes benches supplied by Aberdeen City Council  were painted by children on the spot in fantastic bright colours and will be positioned in playparks across the City as a place for parents and grandparents to sit and a signpost to the charity services available should they have needs unmet.

Individual Third Sector organisations can design and paint their own Blooming Big Aberdeen bench in a City greenspace and more information is available at