Employment Development Worker (Rosie’s Social Enterprises)

Part time—20hrs per week
£15,873—£19,186 pro rata
Ref 602

We are looking to recruit a part time Employment Development Worker to support our service users develop employment-related skills and access work opportunities across a range of settings.

The successful candidate will be enthusiastic, dynamic and willing to take on challenges; will be aware of the barriers to employment faced by the people we support, and be familiar with person-centred planning.  Effective communication skills and a flexible attitude to learning are essential for this role.

Rosies Social Enterprises is part of the charity Turning Point Scotland. We provide vocational training,  support and work experience for people who have mental health issues and those who have an acquired brain injury.  We operate as professional businesses and our trading activities provide income which supplements the funding that is provided through our commissioners.

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.

To apply online, please visit our website  www.turningpointscotland.com

Closing date for applications Tuesday 9th October 2018.




Fair Trade Business Development Officer (Aberdeen for a Fairer World)

Part-time – 5 hours per week
£14.00 per hour
Fixed term, 12 months from October 2018 (continuation dependent on further funding)

Aberdeen for a Fairer World wishes to appoint a part-time Fair Trade Business Development Officer to develop opportunities to increase engagement with, and generate income from, Fair Trade activities in Aberdeen city and shire.

Main duties:

  • Exploring opportunities and developing contacts to increase the reach of Fair Trade activities in Aberdeen city and shire
  • Identifying new retail and other activities which could generate income from Fair Trade activities
  • Organising occasional Fair Trade pop-up stalls, including working with volunteers and keeping records.

Other duties may include attending meetings of, and working with, Aberdeen City Fair Trade Steering Group and leading occasional Fair Trade awareness raising sessions with key target groups.

Person specification:


  • Knowledge of the Fair Trade movement and commitment to the principles of social justice for producers
  • Excellent communication skills for interaction with AFW colleagues and the wider public
  • Good IT skills and experience of using the internet, email and Microsoft Office software packages
  • Ability to keep accurate financial records
  • Ability to work both independently and within a team
  • A clean driving licence


  • Experience of the retail sector
  • Access to a car
  • Experience within the voluntary sector

To apply, please email your detailed CV with a covering letter to Dr Geraldine McNeill, HR Lead: montgomerydec@btconnect.com

For further information, including a more detailed job specification, please call the Montgomery Development Education Centre on 01224 620111 or email montgomerydec@btconnect.com

Closing date for applications: Monday 1 October 2018 at 12 noon.

Aberdeen for a Fairer World is an Equal Opportunities employer. 

Applicants should be prepared to provide evidence of eligibility to work in the UK.

Additional Support Needs Advisor (VSA)

Ref: J07718
Part-time (20 hours per week)

At VSA we are passionate about delivering the best of care in order to positively change the lives of some of the most vulnerable groups across Aberdeen. Our Additional Support Needs Advisory Project (ASNAP) supports staff from a variety of settings including, nurseries, playgroups and after school clubs to facilitate the inclusion of children who need additional support within that environment, ensuring best outcomes for individual children, and we are now looking to add to our team.

As an ASNAP Advisor you will be responsible for making improvement to practice through observations and assessments, mentoring and supporting staff, delivering staff training to implement strategies for children and young people with Additional Support Needs as well as writing reports.

You should ideally hold an SVQ Level III in Play-work, Childcare (or equivalent), or possess the willingness and ability to attain one. However, you must have practical experience of working with children and young people with multiple support needs, and have an awareness of issues regarding child development and children’s needs. A natural team player coupled with good interpersonal and organisational skills, you will be an effective communicator with the ability to manage challenging behaviour. This is a permanent post with VSA, working 20 hours per week Monday to Friday. You will also be required to organise and work in the Under 8’s Playscheme for children with additional Support Needs during identified school holiday periods.

If you are enthusiastic about helping us to deliver on our mission to change lives, we would love to hear from you.

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

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 – £22,705 – £24,173 pro rata 25 hours, fixed term March 2020

Please visit www.grampian-womens-aid.com 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 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 – 8th October 2018

Children and Young People Counsellors (The Spark)

Organisation: The Spark
Salary: £25,000 pro-rata
Status: Part time
Closing: 7th October 2018
Location: Aberdeenshire
Website: http://www.thespark.org.uk


As the biggest provider of school-based counselling services in Scotland, The Spark is committed to ensuring all children and young people (CYP) have access to appropriate, professional support to cope with challenging life experiences.

These difficult and upsetting experiences can negatively impact upon the ability of children and young people to achieve their full potential through education. Our counselling service utilises an integrative approach incorporating talking therapy, art therapy and therapeutic play.

We are looking for sessional CYP counsellors who are interested in joining our team with the central belt opportunities having immediate availability.

Organisation profile

The Spark is a leading relationship support organisation with in excess of 50 years’ experience supporting individuals, couples and families across Scotland. We believe that positive relationships are at the heart of a successful Scotland. We help make relationships work,  providing support for all types of relationships online, over the phone, or face-to-face in local areas.

For further information and to apply go to: thespark.org.uk/about-us/join-us

Closing date: midnight Sunday 7 October 2018.

Shine Womens Mentoring Service (Apex)

Working as part of a Public Social Partnership (PSP), Apex Scotland is delivering SHINE – a mentoring service for females involved in the criminal justice system.

Shine women’s mentoring is a voluntary intensive mentoring service providing both practical and emotional support to women who are:

  • Serving a sentence of less than 4 years not subject to statutory supervision
  • On remand
  • At a high risk of breaching their Community Payback Order (CPO)

The post requires working between Highland and the Aberdeen City area, linking in with HMP Grampian.  The service aims to support and assist women from an offending background to help themselves to develop their own personal identity, skills, knowledge and abilities.

We have decided to advertise this as two part time posts as it is felt that covering both areas is impractical for one person.  Therefore we are now looking for two part time Personal Development Mentors, the hours are detailed below.  For each part time post we will need a self-motivated, hardworking individual who is able to motivate and inspire change in others.  The successful candidate will be required to work in a prison environment and in the community and therefore knowledge and experience of working within a prison establishment would also be an advantage.  Due to the nature of this post, there will be significant travel involved therefore a driving licence and access to own vehicle or access to a mode of transport is essential.

We now require two part time members of staff as follows:

Personal Development Mentor – Shine Womens Mentoring Service
Salary Scale: £19,783 – £21,895 pro rata per annum, 14 hours per week
based Aberdeen – Ref:PDM/ABD

Personal Development Mentor – Shine Womens Mentoring Service
Salary Scale: £19,783 – £21,895 pro rata per annum, 21 hours per week
based Inverness – Ref:PDM/INV

The successful candidates will work in each area on a one to one basis with women of all ages who may face multiple barriers to progression, providing practical and emotional support, and advocacy and/or signposting to specialist agencies when required. Knowledge of the Scottish Criminal Justice system is desirable but not essential.

At the moment this service is funded to 31 March 2019 and we are hopeful of future funding.

Please submit your application and supporting paperwork through our website at www.apexscotland.org.uk.

Closing date for returned applications: 12 noon on Thursday 20 September 2018.

In view of the nature of this post, the successful candidates will be required to undertake a PVG check for working with vulnerable adults


Aberdeen’s Enterprising Third Sector

Third sector organisations play a crucial role in the health and social care sector generating £8.5m to the Scottish economy and providing the support millions of people rely on. This event showcases cutting edge work done by charities and social enterprises in Aberdeen within the theme of health and wellbeing. Join us for an afternoon of TED-style talks from inspiring third sector speakers and find out about innovative work done in Aberdeen!

For the full programme and more information about the speakers please click here.

When? 4th October 2018, 11:30am – 3pm

Where? Transition Extreme, Links Rd, Aberdeen AB24 5NN

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Regional Manager Aberdeen & Aberdeenshire (Career Ready)

Type: Part-Time (24.5 hours)
Location: Aberdeen & Aberdeenshire
Salary: £30,000 – £34,500 (pro rata)
Closing Date: 12 Noon, Friday 28th September

BTA (Bruce Tait Associates) are delighted to be working with Career Ready in their search for a Regional Manager.

Career Ready’s purpose is to boost social mobility and transform young people’s life chances and aspirations through learning about career pathways and experiencing the real world of work. Career Ready students leave school more work ready having made an informed choice about their future career destiny with a plan in place to achieve it, whether via further/higher education, employment or self-employment.

This organisation is all about great partnerships between employers, Local Authorities and schools, transforming young lives along the way. Career Ready recognise the potential in students from all backgrounds, but are focused on giving students from lower income backgrounds, with little family background of higher education or professional careers, the confidence, skills and networks to achieve their potential – their social mobility focus.

As a passionate and experienced professional in the management of great partnerships, you will be able to assess and engage with the changing contexts in which Career Ready operates. In line with Career Ready values and approach, you will continue their work with stakeholders who directly prepare young people for the world of work, increasing their employment chances and growing the number of sustainable business-education relationships that contribute to the delivery of the organisations high quality and impactful programme.

How To Apply

This search is being conducted exclusively on behalf of Career Ready by BTA. If you think this is a perfect match for your values and skills set then please contact recruitment@brucetaitassociates.com as soon as possible for further information prior to making your application.

Sessional Support Workers (Sunrise Partnership)

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.  Our aim is to help children and young people deal with loss and the death of a significant person from their lives in a healthy and positive way, by helping them find strategies that work for them.

As a result of increasing demand for our services we are looking for additional sessional support workers to join us.  As well as appropriate qualifications you will also have experience of working directly with bereaved children and young people in one-to-one and group sessions.

For a job description email support@sunrisepartnership.org or call Eileen on 07827 755735 for more information.

Two Regional Fundraising Managers (Archie Foundation)

Salary for both roles: Circa £35,000

Locations: One post based in Dundee, other post based in Inverness

The ARCHIE Foundation makes the difference for local sick children when they are in hospital or require long-term medical treatment. The NHS provides the most amazing care and ARCHIE’s provides the extras – advanced training and equipment, specialist staff, child-friendly environments and extensive support to families.

The Tayside and Highland Regional Fundraising Managers will be responsible for achieving the fundraising targets in each region. Managing a Fundraising Coordinator, you will look after a range of activity covering community fundraising, national campaign partnerships and corporate activities.

These roles are being recruited exclusively on behalf of The ARCHIE Foundation by BTA (Bruce Tait Associates). If you are a fundraiser with experience of delivering to targets, managing a portfolio of simultaneous projects and looking to be a part of an inspiring children’s charity, please get in touch with us today at recruitment@brucetaitassociates.com.

Closing date for applications: 12 noon, Thursday 27th September

Interview dates: Wednesday 10th October (Tayside), Thursday 11th October (Highland)

Trusts Fundraiser (Befriend a Child)

Part time post – 3 days a week
Salary: £24,000 – £27,000 (pro-rata)

At Befriend a Child we believe every child deserves a happy childhood and the best chance in life to succeed and thrive. We support children and young people growing up in difficult life circumstances across Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire helping them to develop into confident young adults and achieve their full potential. We do that by matching them with trained volunteers who deliver 1:1 befriending and mentoring which over time has a transformational effect.

We are now looking to recruit an experienced and talented writer to join our dynamic fundraising team to secure funds from Trusts and Foundations. If you are inspired by our cause, can demonstrate success achieved in a similar role, are organised with excellent attention to detail and have a passion for what you do, we would love to hear from you.

The successful candidate will be responsible for identifying potential funders and matching them with relevant charity projects and services. You will write persuasive grant applications to achieve income targets and will be required to work with colleagues to evaluate outcomes and report to funders. You will take ownership of the existing application pipeline which will be your responsibility to maintain and develop. Historically Befriend a Child has performed well in grant fundraising and this role offers potential to make a big impact to the success of the charity.

It is an exciting time to join the charity, we have recently appointed a new CEO and are in the process of developing our new 5-year strategy.

Based in our office at 9 Bon Accord Square, this is a part time post of 3 days a week.  Our working day is 9.00am – 4.30pm and we operate flexitime and toil.

For a recruitment pack please contact HR@befriendachild.org.uk

Closing date: 17th September 2018 at 4.30pm.

Interviews will be held on 25th and 26th September.

For an informal chat and to find out more call Richard Stewart: 01224 210060


Community Children’s Nurse (Charlie House)

Band 6 £27,635 – £37,010 per annum, Full-time 37.5 hours per week (part-time or job share considered)

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a motivated Band 6 Children’s Nurse to join our Community Children’s Nurse Team, as the Charlie House Community Children’s Nurse. This is a NHS post which is funded by a local charity Charlie House. You will be based within the Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital and be involved in assessing and providing care throughout NHS Grampian in the community setting.

You will care for babies, children and young people with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions, including complex care and palliative care. We have robust links with hospital and the community multidisciplinary health services and with education and social care. The successful candidate will be able to work well in a team but also autonomously and would be supported by the Band 7 Team Leader. The Band 6 role will work alongside Charlie House Community Team, continuing further development.  As a team we are committed to delivering high quality care and are looking to recruit staff that can demonstrate the same enthusiasm to help us develop our service further. Car driver/owner essential. We fully support staff in development and training.

What is Charlie House? Charlie House is a small, locally based charity providing help and support to babies, children and young people with life limiting conditions and their families. Charlie House support these families through its Activities Club, providing opportunities to try out new exciting activities, and for the whole family to make friends and gain support.

Their annual activity holiday to Kielder Forest and Water Park allows families to relax and unwind, and for the children to try out activities they wouldn’t get to anywhere else, such as zip wiring, rock climbing and sailing. The Children and Family Support Manager will work closely with the Community Team to offer as full and varied a support system as possible.

Charlie House still have a dream to open a specialist care facility for planned and emergency respite, day activities and end of life care. As the Charlie House Community Nurse, you will have the unique opportunity to help develop the Charlie House Community Team from day one; working with both NHS Grampian and the charity to provide practical and emotional support to these special families.

To find out more about Charlie House, visit their website www.charliehouse.org.uk Informal enquiries are encouraged to Joanna Taylor, Team Leader on 01224 551829 or e-mail joanna.taylor11@nhs.net

To apply please visit www.nhsgrampian.org/jobs and search for Ref No PM21107. Closing date 12th September 2018.


Operations Manager (Transition Extreme)

Part-Time (3 Days Per Week)
Initial Fixed-Term To 31.3.19
Salary circa £28-30k pro-rata

There will be the potential of converting to a permanent role dependent upon performance.

Transition Extreme is seeking to recruit an outstanding manager to lead the day to day operations of our iconic Extreme Sports Complex on Aberdeen’s Beachfront.

The role is an exciting and challenging one, with the successful candidate joining one of Scotland’s most highly respected and effective social enterprises and the regional hub for extreme sports in North East Scotland. Becoming a member of the leadership team at a time when we will be implementing a new 5 year strategy, you will bring energy, judgement and professionalism to delivering improvements across all aspects of the Centre’s operations and forward plans, which include, over time, capital developments to further enhance our offer to the growing adventure sports and tourism markets.

Our Extreme Sports Centre, now attracting over 80,000 sports visits per annum, provides excellent, year round indoor & outdoor facilities including; rock climbing,  a high ropes course, in-line skating, skateboarding, BMXing, mixed martial arts, youth zone, event, conference and meeting space, retail and cafe/community facilities.  Transition Extreme is a fabulous community asset used by a wide range of people and groups – from schools and community groups to families and businesses.  With 3 Olympic Sports (Tokyo 2020) under one roof, we are seeing a rise in demand for participation and performance development.  There is the potential for significant growth and you will be instrumental in achieving that.

Located in the prime leisure and recreational area of Aberdeen Beach, the Centre is ideally located as an adrenaline-packed facility.  It acts as a major tourist attraction for the area, drawing national and international sporting events & providing an ideal setting as the ‘Gateway to the Highlands’.

Since opening our doors in 2007, we have striven to give young people opportunities, challenges and experiences that help them as they make transitions into adulthood and will stay with them for a lifetime.

Our Mission is to use and promote extreme sports, physical activity and play to bring about positive changes in peoples’ lives.

For a Recruitment Pack, as well as details of how to apply, please visit

www.transition-extreme.com  Closing Date 10th SEPTEMBER 2018, 12.00HRS.

Haven Support Worker (CLAN)

Average 25.1 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 a Haven Support Worker to join our current team.  The successful candidate can expect to work an average of 25.1 hours per week based on a 4-week working rota.

We are looking for an enthusiastic, compassionate and friendly individual 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

Please submit a covering letter and CV to recruitment@clanhouse.org. Informal enquiries to 01224 647000.    

CLOSING DATE:  Monday 10th September 2018 at 12:00pm

Booking Now Open for Social Enterprise Showcase

Third sector organisations play a crucial role in the health and social care sector generating £8.5m to the Scottish economy and providing the support millions of people rely on. This event showcases cutting edge work done by charities and social enterprises in Aberdeen within the theme of health and wellbeing. Join us for an afternoon of TED-style talks from inspiring third sector speakers and find out about innovative work done in Aberdeen!

For the full programme and more information about the speakers please click here.

When? 4th October 2018, 11:30am – 3pm

Where? Transition Extreme, Links Rd, Aberdeen AB24 5NN

Book Now

Funding and Business Development Co-ordinator (Fly Cup Catering)

Fly Cup Catering is a charitable organisation which trains adults with learning disabilities in the catering sector with a view to future employment.

We are seeking an individual, who will report to the Board, to be responsible for creating developing and maintaining a funding strategy, generating fundraising activities and business opportunities.

Necessary attributes – Enthusiasm, energy, and proven relevant experience

To apply please send a covering letter and CV to manager@flycup.org, by 7 September 2018. Note: interviews will be held week of 17 September 2018.

Job Description

The holder of this post will require to be a member of Protection of Vulnerable Adults Scheme.

Carers Advocacy Worker (Advocacy Service Aberdeen)

Advocacy Service Aberdeen(ASA) is a third sector agency providing an independent advocacy service for people who use health and social care services in Aberdeen City. Advocacy helps people speak up about things that are important to them and to have more control over their lives and to have a greater say in decision making and the services they receive.

We are seeking to employ a
salary up to £23,537 + 5% pension

The successful candidate will provide an independent advocacy service to informal carers to support them in their caring role in relation to Self-Directed Support (SDS). This will involve helping carers identify and develop personal outcome plans; prepare for, express their views at and participate in assessments and reviews; challenge decisions; access services and identify solutions to meet their and their ‘cared for’ one’s needs.

Excellent communication skills are essential, as well as a commitment to equal opportunities and to the empowerment of individuals and groups. Applicants must be non-judgemental and able to empathise with the experiences of others. The ability to drive and having access to a car is essential. The post is currently funded by The Scottish Government until March 2021.

Education to degree level or equivalent is highly desirable.

For further information and an application pack please contact
Advocacy Service Aberdeen
Aberdeen Business Centre, Willowbank Road AB11 6YG
01224 332314

An application form must be completed, CVs will not be accepted.

Closing date Friday 7th September 2018

Outreach Worker (Scottish War Blinded)

£23,651 – £27,814 plus car
35 hours per week
Based at North East Sensory Services, Aberdeen

The Scottish War Blinded team of outreach workers is expanding. As the number of people that we support rises, we are increasing our staff team across Scotland. One of the new posts will be based in Aberdeen and cover the city and Aberdeenshire areas.

The post holder will join a team of fourteen outreach workers who provide a person-centred, innovative service to veterans with a vision impairment. The staff work with members of Scottish War Blinded to identify and support their individual needs and so increase and maintain their independence and enhance their quality of life. The post will involve considerable travel in order to visit our members in their own homes.

The post holder will be qualified to SVQ level 3 or above in health, social care, community work or rehabilitation in vision impairment. They will have excellent communication skills, have at least one year’s recent experience of working with older people, adults with a vision impairment, those with other disabilities, or service veterans in the community, and be committed to empowering people with a vision impairment to have choice and control over their lives.

The post is subject to PVG Scheme Record/Update, paid by Scottish War Blinded.

Apply online at
or email hr@royalbind.org for application pack

Closing date:  9am 3 September 2018
Interviews will be held in Aberdeen on 10 September 2018

Scottish War Blinded is committed to equal opportunities
and applications are welcome from all sections of the community.
Scottish War Blinded is a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation, charity number SC047192

Your People – Aberdeen Harbour Board

Your People Our Communities highlights volunteering by people employed in the private sector. We believe there is commercial value in employers recognising and applauding the volunteering that their colleagues carry out in their own time as well as in work time. Volunteering, above all, makes a huge difference to the people and places which benefit.

We are delighted that Aberdeen Harbour Board has told us a story of their people.

If you would like to tell us a story, get help to encourage your teams or to promote the idea to charities or employers you are working with, just get in touch.

Read Aberdeen Harbour Board’s story here

Team Leader – Social Justice (Langstane Housing Association)

Salary Band £35,262.00 – £40,500.00
Starting Salary – £35,262.00
35 Hours per week

Langstane Housing Association is a key provider of social housing in the North-East of Scotland with over 2800 properties across Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire and Moray.  Our values include providing homes not houses, supporting our tenants to live independently and we work hard to continually improve our services and deliver the services our customers want.  Investing in our customers helps us achieve our vision ‘to be the best we can be’.

The position of Team Leader within the Social Justice Team has arisen following the retirement of the current post holder. This exciting opportunity will involve leading a team that provides support to our tenants and is key to ensuring that the Association’s values are met.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Reviewing, developing and updating procedures and processes to enable the Association to register the Social Justice service with the Care Inspectorate
  • Monitoring and evaluating the team’s performance to ensure compliance with Care Inspectorate requirements including assessments and care plans
  • Developing multi agency relationships with partner organisation in order to achieve the Association’s aims and business objectives
  • Providing guidance and supervision to staff ensuring that tenants are supported and tenancies are sustained
  • Promoting the rights, responsibilities, equality and diversity of individuals in accordance with the Association’s policies

This senior role is an excellent opportunity for someone working in a Health and Social Care setting or in a housing support environment.  An SVQ Level 4 (SCQF 9) in Health and Social is essential for this post as is a working knowledge of statutory services.

A current driving licence and access to a car for work is essential.

If you are interested please download and complete an application form from our website  www.langstane-ha.co.uk  or e mail recruitment@langstane-ha.co.uk for an application pack.

Closing date for applications is Friday 07 September  2018 and interviews will be held on Thursday 20 September 2018 – No agencies

Calling All Dynamic Thinkers of the Third Sector!

Do you have an idea you would like to share?

Do you feel strongly about an important health and social care issue? Are you working with people in a different way than everybody else? Are you using a new technology to help your clients?

We are looking for individuals for our TED-style talk event on 4th October. This event provides an opportunity to showcase your cutting-edge work to the third, public and private sectors.

To find out more click here: https://lnkd.in/gH_BtfW.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask!

ACVO Recognised for Excellence

ACVO was delighted to be recognised for its commitment to excellence at the recent Quality Scotland Scottish Awards for Business Excellence. ACVO was presented with the EFQM – European Foundation for Quality Management Committed to Excellence Award.

It was a great honour and tremendous achievement – with ACVO being the first Third Sector Interface in the country to achieve this level of award/accreditation.

Claire Ford, Chief Executive, Quality Scotland stated “Achieving Committed Excellence, the first level of global accreditation using the EFQM Excellence Model, is a clear demonstration of an organisation’s drive and desire to achieve sustainable business excellence. Congratulations again from myself and the Quality Scotland team.”

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 dblack@grec.co.uk 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 www.grec.co.uk

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  http://acvo.org.uk/support/funding/acvo-bursaries/

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 – http://www.volunteeraberdeen.org.uk/volunteers/your-people-our-communities/

For further information contact Alison Chandler Alison.chandler@acvo.org.uk or Mike Melvin Mike.Melvin@acvo.org.uk

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: http://acvo.org.uk/working-with/big-aberdeen/blooming-big-aberdeen/

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 www.alzscot.org.

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 https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/69252-volunteers-week-scot-2018

For more information, including great links and free downloads/resources to help you highlight and celebrate the fantastic contribution volunteers make please visit www.volunteerscotland.net/volunteers-week-2018/

Also, keep up to date with latest volunteering news and opportunities in Aberdeen at www.volunteeraberdeen.org.uk and www.acvo.org.uk

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 https://www.oscr.org.uk/media/3128/10-safeguarding-steps.pdf

If you wish to discuss the implications of this guidance for your charity, contact Sandy Mathers, ACVO Development Officer on 01224 686075 or at; sandy.mathers@acvo.org.uk

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 www.nspcc.org.uk/volunteer 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 www.volunteeraberdeen.org.uk/volunteers/young-volunteers/ and https://saltireawards.org.uk/

#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 www.scotland.org/events/st-andrews-day/be-like-st-andrew  and follow @AboutScotland on twitter/social media / using the hashtag #BeLikeStAndrew.