Caseworker (GREC)

23 hours a week (with potential for increased hours)
Salary £24,265 (pro rata)

An exciting opportunity to deliver and develop GREC’s Casework service as part of a vibrant team which is working to tackle discrimination in North East Scotland and promote positive community relations.

The post involves providing advice, support, and advocacy for individuals targeted with prejudice, discrimination and hate crime in Aberdeen City. The post would also involve working closely with a variety of partners, promoting the service and encouraging the reporting of prejudice and discrimination. The postholder would also be an active member of several forums and networks, including the Ethnic Minority Forum and City of Sanctuary Aberdeen.

For informal enquiries e-mail or call 01224 595505.

Applications to be returned by 9am on Monday July 2nd 2018

Interviews will be held on the morning of Friday July 6th (you will be informed on July 3rd if you have an interview)

Click here for an application pack and to download the application form. Please call 01224 595505 if you have any problems accessing the documents.

GREC is a registered charity, established in 1985. We have a guiding mission to advance equality of opportunity for everyone living in North East Scotland. Through our services and projects we tackle discrimination, promote good community relations, support the management of diversity, and influence policy and practice across all sectors. Find out more at

Full Time Support Practitioner (Turning Point Scotland)

Salary £16,258—£17,727

Aberdeen Housing Support is part of the charity Turning Point Scotland. We provide flexible housing support options—from the point of crisis, through to tenancy sustainment or longer-term support. We aim to enable the people we support to lead as fulfilling and independent a life as possible and will work with the needs of the individual.

Turning Point Scotland is a national social care organisation that provides support to people with learning disabilities, mental health conditions, acquired brain injuries, addictions, those involved in the criminal justice system and people who are homeless or are at risk of becoming homeless.

We are looking to recruit a full-time Support Worker to join our dedicated team.  The successful candidate will be confident and enthusiastic, bring innovative ideas and work using their own initiative to empower our service users to reach their full potential.

Ideally you will have completed, or be willing to work towards gaining, an SVQ Level 3 in Social Care (or other specialty recognised by the SSSC for registration purposes). You will have an understanding of the role of a     professional social care worker and have experience of working with people who have barriers to social inclusion and supporting them to become more socially integrated.

As a Turning Point Scotland employee, you will receive 25 days annual leave entitlement, and many other benefits including flexible, family-friendly working conditions and a pension scheme.  You will have the opportunity to advance your career through training, support and development.

Please apply on line via our website

Closing date for applications  Friday 29th June 2018

Young Peoples Worker Disability (Aberlour)

Part Time- 30 hours per week
Based in Aberlour Options Aberdeen
£17,979 per annum (inclusive of 9% unsocial hours allowance)

In partnership with Aberdeen City Council, Aberlour Options Aberdeen provides a variety of services throughout Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire supporting people with learning disabilities and complex communication and behavioural difficulties from our base in Bucksburn. Options Aberdeen provides overnight respite, we work with parents to build safe environments promoting change that will lead to better outcomes for our young people. We provide community based outreach services across city and shire working on either a one to one or group basis with children and young people. We offer care at home services, working with parents to reduce the risk of home or placement breakdown.

“Aberlour Options – Aberdeen for us has been a godsend. Our lives have changed at home. They listen to your views and try and help with whatever is the problem.” Parent

What we will offer you:

Excellent development and training opportunities to enable you to grow and develop your skills.

A fantastic opportunity to develop and plan fun and positive activities for children and young people.

Continual support working as part of a small highly motivated team.

Access to Aberlour Rewards retail discount scheme

This opportunity will give you the chance to work directly with our service users and their families, building positive relationships and delivering care plans that tailored to our young people’s needs.  You will demonstrate confidence in your approach and have a good understanding of the complex and challenging circumstances that may arise for vulnerable children. You will display patience and empathy in your daily interactions and be reflective in your practice.

You will work in a person centred manner to intensive individualised support plans working closely with families and other agencies, as applicable, including assisting service users to access local and wider community resources. You will have experience of working with young people in a community or residential setting.  You are required to register with the Scottish Social Services Council. To register you must hold or be willing to work towards a relevant professional qualification at SCQF level 7 or above (eg SVQ3 Care plus an HNC).

Please go to our website where you can apply on-line. If you have any queries please e-mail:  Applications are welcome from minority groups.

Aberlour is committed to the safeguarding and welfare of all our service users and uses a thorough and rigorous recruitment and selection process including PVG Scheme checks to ensure this commitment is not compromised.

Applications to be returned by: noon 2nd July 2018

Interviews are planned for the week commencing 9th July 2018

ACVO Bursary Scheme Re-opens

50% of all Affiliation fees each year is injected into the ACVO Bursary scheme and, with so many Affiliates renewing, ACVO are delighted to announce that the Bursary scheme has now re-opened for the second time in 2018.

If you know of or represent a Third Sector organisation working in Aberdeen that  is looking to take a specific step forward in terms of being more enterprising then you might apply.  Affiliates have previously made it possible to  support professional services, equipment, stock, training, promotional activities.   “Specific” is the key word here – we are looking to help where there is an opportunity arising that cannot be maximised without help. We have paid for scales for weighing vegetables and rolls of Harris tweed, we have paid for top-level public speaking training enabling its recipient to successfully pitch for a 6 figure sum and for a revamped website.

If your organisation is in a critical situation then we may be able to help you search for a way out of it.  This is a bursary scheme not a grants scheme.  We cannot pay for rent or salaries that you cannot afford to pay.  If your situation is truly critical then perhaps you may need some professional services – including fundraising consultancy – to get out of it. We often prefer to appoint services for you (rather than awarding a grant) so as to ensure that the benefit to you is maximised, duplication of TSI services does not occur and progress is effectively managed on your behalf) but we are willing to enter into discussion on this.

Please bear in mind that this is a small fund and we are more likely to make awards of under £1,000 than over.  The maximum will be £2,000.  We are able to make quick decisions and look forward to hearing from you.

Further information and application form is available at

Financial Capability, Education and Referral Manager (CFINE)

Community Food Initiatives North East (CFINE)

Improving Health and Well-Being: Business for Community Benefit

Job Re-Advert (those who applied last time, application held to be considered)

This post is funded through Scottish Government’s People and Communities Fund.

Post: Financial Capability, Education and Referral Manager .
Salary: up to £25,275 depending on experience and qualifications.
Period: Initially to 31/3/19 but NB the intention is to maintain the post beyond this.
Hours: 36.25/week.
Responsible to: Development Work Manager.
Responsible for: 7 staff.

The successful request to Scottish Government stated: “Financial Capability and Education support – An invaluable service which has now proven to be an absolute necessity within the organisation. The Financial Capability Officer (FCO) team will continue to engage with all individuals who are seeking advice and information. The number of individuals coming through this service has increased dramatically and a number of people have commented that “they find it much less daunting coming here to get benefit advice”. The request this year is for a Financial Education, Capability and Referral post which would oversee both the FCO’s and our Cash In Your Pocket (CIYP) referral service; CIYP links people with the agencies and support they need to resolve their issue or, in many cases, issues – increasingly people present with one issue but, in discussion, it becomes clear there are a number of matters requiring to be addressed”.

Responsibilities: to oversee and develop the FCO and CIYP functions within CFINE including, in the immediate term and working with the Development Work Manager, a review of these functions and their relationship internally and externally, to move towards arrangements which are best suited to provide effective services and support to as many beneficiaries as possible.

Interested? For a job description and how to apply, please contact

Closing date for applications:  22/6/18 at 12 noon.

Promotions and Publicity Officer (CFINE)

Community Food Initiatives North East (CFINE)

Improving Health and Well-Being: Business for Community Benefit

Job Advert
This post is funded through Scottish Government’s Social Economy Growth Fund.
NB The post will work wholly on the ‘Growth Funded’ project.

Post: Promotions and Publicity Officer.
Salary: up to £25,750 depending on experience and qualifications.
Period: Initially to 31/3/20 but NB the intention is to maintain the post beyond this.
Hours: 36.25/week.
Responsible to: Development Work Manager.
Responsible for: some volunteers.

Responsibilities: to increase and improve CFINE’s web presence and social media strategy, promoting CFINE and our considerable social outcomes, raising our profile and generating increased food, clothes and cash donations, volunteers and sales revenues. This all to  strengthen CFINE’s capacity and sustainability.

Interested? For a job description and how to apply, please contact

Closing date for applications:  22/6/18 at 12 noon.

Produce Quality Assurance Manager (CFINE)

Community Food Initiatives North East (CFINE)

Improving Health and Well-Being: Business for Community Benefit

Job Advert
This post is funded through Scottish Government’s Social Economy Growth Fund.
NB The post will work wholly on the ‘Growth Funded’ project. 

Post: Produce Quality Assurance Manager (mainly fruit and veg, snacks, eggs).
Salary: up to £23,500 depending on experience and qualifications.
Period: Initially to 31/3/20 but NB the intention is to maintain the post beyond this.
Hours: 36.25/week.
Responsible to: Depute Chief Executive.
Responsible for: 6 staff, various volunteers.

Responsibilities: to improve the efficiency of produce purchasing, management and delivery including securing the most competitive cost prices thereby having even more affordable produce for priority (disadvantaged, vulnerable, low income) communities and generating improved margins with enterprise customers; CFINE sells to companies, restaurants and others with all profit invested in supporting our work for charitable activities.

Interested? For a job description and how to apply, please contact

Closing date for applications:  22/6/18 at 12 noon.

ACVO Launches Initiative to Highlight Volunteers


In National Volunteers Week 2018, at the latest ACVO Affiliates event, award winning HR consultants  Hunter Adams backed ACVO in launching the “Your People – Our Communities Campaign”.  Susan Myles, Head of Hunter Adams North Region told the Hunter Adams story. In doing so she provided the first of the “Your People Highlights” we will be gathering from now on – from employers and from Third Sector organisations who have benefitted from volunteers employed in the private sector locally. The Highlights will be featured in the ACVO e:bulletin and new Business-to-Business Bulletin and amassed on a new “Your People” web-page.  We will tweet it and share it on Facebook and Linked In.

This campaign, part of the ongoing Big Aberdeen project founded in  2014, will not only highlight volunteering in work hours and provision of pro bono support. We believe there is commercial value in employers recognising and applauding the volunteering that their colleagues carry out in their own time too. Volunteering builds and practices useful business skills. It helps employees balance life and work.  Volunteers develop as leaders and spontaneously act as ambassadors for their employers.  People who coach football teams or guide uniformed groups are great team players whenever and wherever they give their time.  Volunteering can be in the office on fundraising bakes or as a team on a sponsored race.  It can be filling a box of tins for a food bank or sitting on a charity Board. Volunteering makes your people part of the community in which you do business.  Volunteering, above all, makes a huge difference to the people and places which benefit.

Simply tell us a story (in 500 words or less with pictures and logos) and we will get it in the next available bulletin and onto the website.  If you would like more help to encourage your teams or to promote the idea to charities or employers you are working with, just get in touch.

This project has the attention of The Scottish Government’s Third Sector Unit and of the network of Third Sector Interfaces across Scotland which they part-fund. ACVO is one such Interface and is leading the way in developing links between private and third sectors.  We are additionally looking to develop certification for volunteer employees and accreditation for companies that support them.

To read more about the project please visit –

For further information contact Alison Chandler or Mike Melvin

Alzheimer Scotland Open Latest Big Friendly Bench

This Dementia Awareness Week Alzheimer Scotland are making sure nobody faces dementia alone becoming the latest organisation to set up a Big Friendly Bench in Aberdeen.

Sara Geoghegan, Dementia Adviser with Alzheimer Scotland, said “We are delighted to become part of the Big Friendly Aberdeen Bench Initiative. The benches are a very creative way to promote the vital work and support that local voluntary organisations provide in the city. The Alzheimer Scotland purple bench is in a lovely location on the beach promenade looking out to the sea, so I am sure many people will be able to enjoy using it. Our key message on the back of the bench says ‘making sure nobody faces dementia alone’. We hope that this message will be a reminder that we can offer a lot of information and support to people living with dementia and their families in the local area and we would like anyone who could benefit from our services to get in touch. We have a Dementia Resource Centre on King Street which is a local hub to access information and activities.”

Linda Thompson, Corporate Fundraiser, added “Scotland’s local communities are at the centre of everything we do and our new Friendly Bench, alongside the interactive map being planned by ACVO, will help us to raise awareness of dementia and our and offer a place to rest and reflect. The plaque will guide people to our Resource Centre to help people across the city, their families and carers with information about all aspects of the illness. Many thanks to ANA Recruitment and everyone involved in creating our amazing purple bench.”

Big Aberdeen Friendly Benches are now dotted around Aberdeen City – raising awareness of myriad Third Sector organisations and encouraging Aberdonians to be friendly.

Each is a rejuvenated ACC bench with its base-coat painted in your colours by the ACC team.  You provide a design and at the allotted time your own team come down and paint the bench. A plaque with your web address is provided and fitted for you by ACVO Affiliates Recognition Express. The launch of your bench is celebrated by ACVO with a photo shoot as with this week’s Alzheimers Scotland bench. There is a £25 fee for entry which goes into the ACVO Bursary scheme to support other third sector initiatives in the City.

If you would like to have a bench then please get in touch and we will introduce you to our ACC partners to take it forward.  You can find out more about the scheme and get the application form at:

Alzheimer Scotland’s vision is clear, but there is still much work to be done. They believe that their commitment to local care and support, focused in Scotland’s communities, will go a very long way to overcoming the isolation experienced by many people with dementia and their carers. They are working towards a society where people can live well with dementia and thrive in their communities for as long as possible.

If you want to find out more about how they can support you, or someone close to you, please call the 24-hour Freephone Dementia Helpline on 0808 808 3000 or visit

Team Leader (SAMH)

Today, SAMH operates 60 services in communities across Scotland providing mental health social care support, homelessness, addictions and employment services among others.  These services, together with our national programme work in See Me, respectme, suicide prevention and active living; inform our policy and campaign work to influence positive social change.  

Bloomfield Road, Aberdeen
TEAM LEADER (Ref: N647), Maternity Cover for 1 year
£22,037 – £25,151, 37.5 hours per week

An exciting opportunity has arisen in our projects in Aberdeen for a Team Leader role. This post would be a valuable development opportunity to work in a busy and dynamic supported accommodation service which supports vulnerable adults who have had significant experience of homelessness issues, chaotic lifestyle and substance misuse problems. The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate extensive knowledge and understanding of the issues and challenges faced by people who have experienced past trauma and barriers to their ability to engage effectively with services. If you Catherine Anderson, SM for an informal chat (01224 643569)

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

Closing date for all applications is 9.00 am, Monday 18th June 2018

Interviews will be held on Monday 25th June 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.

Senior Fundraising Manager (VSA)

Ref: J03618
Up to £40,000 (dependent on experience)
Castle Street, Aberdeen

Established in 1870 VSA is a leading social care charity in the UK with a firm commitment to delivering the best of care to the most vulnerable of people living in Aberdeen. Since the charity was first established we have helped thousands of people and their families across Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire. Today VSA provides support and services to people of all ages across four core areas: Children and Families; Adult and Community; Education and Learning; and Carers Support.

Due to a recent restructure, we are currently seeking an experienced Senior Fundraising Manager to join our dynamic and driven fundraising department.  Working closely with our Director of External Relations, you will be responsible for the day to day management of the fundraising department which plays a pivotal role in developing relationships and working in partnership with a wide range of stakeholders to secure income for VSA.  This is an extremely varied role, encompassing both operational and strategic elements, working to support and inspire our exceptional fundraising team to deliver on their objectives.

You must possess proven managerial experience together with significant relevant skills and knowledge in the fundraising field.  An ability to cultivate and maintain professional relationships and deliver success in a results orientated environment is also essential.

As we approach our 150th anniversary in 2020, this is an exciting time to join VSA as we seek to deliver the best of care to some of the most vulnerable groups across Aberdeen.  If you share our passion to change lives, we would love to hear from you.

Apply online at (where you will find full job descriptions and person specifications for all our posts) or email for further information. Please quote appropriate reference number(s) on your application form

Support and Celebrate Volunteers’ Week 2018

Volunteers’ Week – the national celebration of volunteering which takes place from the 1st -7th June 2018 is fast approaching and excitement is growing in Aberdeen and across the country!

This year the theme is ‘Volunteering For All’. There are many ways you can get involved and support Volunteers Week 2018 – including joining in the national Volunteers Week 2018 thunderclap to set the week off – details at

For more information, including great links and free downloads/resources to help you highlight and celebrate the fantastic contribution volunteers make please visit

Also, keep up to date with latest volunteering news and opportunities in Aberdeen at and

Two Haven Support Workers (CLAN Cancer Support)

Average 30 Hours Per Week on a 4-Week Rota

CLAN Haven is our home from home B&B facility linked to CLAN House in Aberdeen. The Haven is available to anyone affected by cancer who is attending, or accompanying a friend or relative to, Aberdeen hospitals. Facilities include 27 bedrooms, fully equipped kitchen with dining facilities.  CLAN Haven has been designed to promote an atmosphere which is calm, relaxed, pleasant and supportive for everyone using the facility.

We are presently looking to recruit two Haven Support Worker to join our current team.  The successful candidates can expect to work an average of 30 hours per week based on a 4-week working rota.

We are looking for enthusiastic, compassionate and friendly individuals to work as part of an established team.  Good communication & computer skills are essential.  Ability to undertake night working is essential and must be physically fit to undertake various duties.  Experience of support work is an advantage but not essential.  This post is subject to PVG Disclosure

Visit our website,, for more details about this great opportunity to join our team in Aberdeen.  If you wish to apply please submit a covering letter and CV to Informal enquiries to Lorna Cutress, Haven Support Team Leader, on 01224 647000.

CLOSING DATE:  Tuesday 22nd May 2018 at 5:00pm
INTERVIEW DATE:  First Week in June 2018

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

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 – £22,705 – £24,173 for 25 hours pro-rata (this is a fixed term post until 31st May 2020).

Please visit for an application pack or get in touch with Sandra Copland 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 licence 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 – Monday 28th May 2018

Modern Apprenticeship in Health & Social Care (Inspire)

2 x Aberdeen City posts
Salary: £8.53 per hour
Post: 39 hours (Fixed Term 1 year)
Application Deadline: 20th May 2018
Assessment Centre Date: 6th June 2018 

Earn as you learn with a Modern Apprenticeship with Inspire, one of the North-east’s leading learning disability charities.

An amazing opportunity has arisen to develop in your role as a Support Worker at one of our Aberdeen city services and work towards MA Social Services & Healthcare Level 2. This is a hands-on training role with real career progression opportunities.


Must be aged 16-19. Disabled or care experienced applicants up to the age of 29 are eligible to apply.

Apply online


Laura Smith, Education Liaison

T: 01224 280005


OSCR Guidance on Safeguarding

Safeguarding is the action that an organisation takes to promote the welfare of children and vulnerable adults to protect them from harm.  This includes making sure that the appropriate policies and procedures are put in place.  Safeguarding includes child protection but goes further and extends to all vulnerable beneficiaries.

Safeguarding Guidance: Keeping vulnerable beneficiaries safe explains what is meant by safeguarding and highlights key steps charity trustees can take to make sure that it is considered in an appropriate way.  The guidance also looks at how charity trustee duties set out in the Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Act 2005 relate to safeguarding issues.

OSCR’s Head of Engagement Jude Turbyne said, “At OSCR we are committed to playing our part in strengthening safeguarding across the charity sector.

“This guidance is an important step.  It should help charity trustees understand their responsibilities with respect to safeguarding and we recommend all charity trustees take the time to read it thoroughly. The document has been designed to be clear and easy-to-use, providing reasonable steps that should be taken.  It also gives details of other organisations that may be able to help charities as they try to make sure they are getting safeguarding right.

“When problems do occur, it is important for trustees to address them vigorously and transparently.  We have a notifiable events system that should be used in circumstances like this, and the protection of vulnerable beneficiaries is a top priority for us in terms of taking swift and proportionate regulatory action”

We will be doing a lot of work on safeguarding during the coming year, working closely with other partners within and outwith the sector to support charities to be the best they can be in terms of their safeguarding policies and practices.  This may make us want to add to the guidance, and we will therefore review it during the year and update accordingly.  If you have any reflections on this guidance, please let us know.’

A 10-point infographic is also available from OSCR at

If you wish to discuss the implications of this guidance for your charity, contact Sandy Mathers, ACVO Development Officer on 01224 686075 or at;

Money Adviser (Grampian Housing Association)

Salary £12,499
(fixed term contract until 31 March 2021 at 17.5 hours per week)

SMART Money Advice Project is a partnership between Castlehill, Langstane and Grampian Housing Associations dedicated to providing free, confidential and impartial money advice to tenants.

We are looking to recruit an experienced Money Adviser to join the SMART Money Advice Project which combats financial exclusion among our customers.  You will be part of a front-line team providing advice and support to customers around debt issues, budgeting and social security benefits.

The successful candidate will have proven experience in delivering money advice (including the Scottish Statutory Debt Solutions), a good knowledge of financial exclusion and debt management issues plus be committed to delivering a high quality and impartial service to customers.

In return we offer a modern work environment, ongoing professional development, flexible working and a contributory pension scheme.

The successful applicant will be subject to a PVG check and must hold a valid clean driving license and access to a vehicle.

Please note that CVs are not accepted as part of the application process.

For further information and to apply please visit our website at or email

Previous applicants need not apply.

Closing date: 7 May 2018
Interviews: 15 May 2018

Fundraising Manager (Mental Health Aberdeen)

36.25 hours per week based in Aberdeen
Salary on application

Mental Health Aberdeen are looking to appoint an experienced, dynamic and effective person to join our senior management team.

The successful applicant will have to demonstrate a proven track record of effective fundraising in a third sector environment. They will need to be self-motivated, innovative, determined and have excellent communication, presentation and organisational skills.

For an MHA application pack please contact Bea on

Tel: 01224 590510

Closing date for applications:  12 noon, Friday 4 May 2018

Climate Change: Project Officer (Aberdeen Multicultural Centre)

Salary: £9 per hour
Part time: 20 Hours per week (3-4 days per week)
Fixed Term until 31 March 2020
Closing Date for Application: Friday 23 April 2018
Expected Interview Date: 30 April 2018

We are looking for someone with experience of community engagement activities and administration.

The ideal candidate will have clear understanding of carbon foot print reduction and capacity to engage with diverse community groups. Must have an excellent communication skills & ability to network and build relationship. Preference will be given to someone who has flexibility in working hours. You will also be enthusiastic have an understanding of the minority ethnic communities particularly European and Latin American community in Aberdeen.

Must be a computer literate, ability to write precise report & must be willing to travel for meetings & training as required and off time working hours.

Apply with CVs and covering letter to: Aberdeen Multicultural Centre, 427 George Street Aberdeen AB25 1ER Tel: 01224 478203



MSP Flies the Flag for Childline Volunteers

Aberdeen Central MSP Kevin Stewart met with dedicated young volunteers as he presented Saltire Awards certificates to 41 volunteers at the NSPCC Childline service in Aberdeen. The Saltire Awards, which are endorsed by the Scottish Government, are for young people aged between 12 and 25 and recognise and reward them for their fantastic contribution to volunteering. The awards are co-ordinated in Aberdeen City by ACVO (Aberdeen’s third sector interface).

Kevin Stewart MSP took time to thank Aberdeen volunteers for their outstanding commitment to helping the NSPCC Childline service. The total number of volunteer hours from the 41 people honoured reached an amazing 6294 – and Kevin Stewart MSP was thrilled to be there to thank volunteers for the great commitment they give to the vital Childline service. He said “receiving a Saltire Award is an incredible achievement, because it is earned through hard work and dedication from purely voluntary service. Volunteers are the often unsung heroes in our communities which is why it is important that we recognise and celebrate the work of these amazing people who give their time for others. Some children live with unimaginable stress and pain, and having a service like Childline can be life changing because it gives them an opportunity to speak out safely and get the help they need. This vital service is only possible because of people volunteering.”

Kerri Stewart, Aberdeen Childline Volunteer Co-ordinator, said: “We are delighted to currently have a large number of young people volunteering with us. The contribution of our young volunteers is of great value to the service. They help make up the vital team of volunteers who are there for children and young people.”

Childline in Aberdeen are currently recruiting for more helpline volunteers so they can be there for even more young people and would be delighted to hear from anyone aged 16 or over who would be interested in giving their time. Visit or call the local Childline office on 01224 973030 for more information.

For more details about the Saltire Awards (for volunteers aged 12-25 years) please visit and

#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