ACVO Opportunities

Volunteering Update

Apr 5, 2023

Market Garden Volunteers

The Allotment Market Stall (TAMS)

Community Support Volunteers

Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland (Aberdeen City Services)

Volunteer Shopping Companions

Food Train Connects (North of Scotland)

Volunteer Update April 5th – opportunities from The Allotment Market Stall, Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland and Food Train Connects

Take time this Easter to discover new ways to get involved with your community with these exciting volunteer opportunities in Aberdeen.

Make a point to get outdoors this Spring by joining The Allotment Market Stall as a garden volunteer; help those living with health conditions connect more fully with their communities by becoming a Community Support Volunteer with Chest, Heart & Stoke Scotland; or support people living within your community shop for their groceries by volunteering with Food Train Connects.

No matter what your interests, skills, age, experience or availability are, there’s a volunteering opportunity suited to you!

There really is no better way to get involved with your community than to give your time and share your skills with your city’s third sector and community organisations. And, if these opportunities don’t suit your interests, don’t worry. There are hundreds more available to browse at volunteeraberdeen.org.uk and on the ACVO site at  acvo.org.uk/opportunities/volunteering

If you have questions about volunteering in Aberdeen or how to involve volunteers with your organisation, contact our Volunteering Services Manager, Mike Melvin at mike.melvin@acvo.org.uk

Market Garden Volunteers

The Allotment Market Stall (TAMS)

The Allotment Market Stall provides good-quality, well-priced, locally grown fruit and vegetables and reduces waste. We have opportunities this season for volunteers to be a part of developing our nature friendly market garden. To join in with the cultivation of a nature friendly market garden (approx. 2 hours Friday lunchtime or Sunday afternoon throughout the year. We are flexible regarding how many shifts. It can be every week or just a one off according to your availability). Would suit someone who enjoys outdoors and nature and wants to be part of a community project promoting local food growing.

Main tasks involve:
• Help make and plant up our no dig beds.
• Sowing seeds and looking after them.
• Planting and tending fruit and veg.
• Garden maintenance and DIY.

Full training will be given. Volunteers will be accompanied and supported at all times.

This is a great opportunity to:
• Make a difference in your city and the environment.
• Be a part of a community of growers.
• Learn gardening skills.

For more details please contact us at email: theallotmentmentmarketstall@gmail.com

Organisation aims and objectives

The Allotment Market Stall (TAMS) is a community project collecting and selling excess allotment produce. -OUR MISSION IS: To reduce waste, reduce food miles and make great produce available at affordable prices. -OUR VISION IS: We aim to connect people with where their food comes from and with each other and their communities. -OUR VALUES ARE: We value growing and eating local fruit and vegetables.

Volunteers are required for approx 2 hours Friday lunchtime or Sunday afternoon throughout the year. We are flexible regarding how many shifts. It can be every week or just a one off according to your availability.

Community Support Volunteers

Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland (Aberdeen City Services)

Join our amazing team of Community Support Volunteers in Aberdeen, who support people who have had one of our conditions to develop autonomy and confidence in self-management, enabling them to fully engage with their community and activities of their choosing. The service follows a pathway from hospital to community and can be delivered in a one-to-one and/or group setting in person, virtually or via telephone.

We also have opportunities for volunteers to become Walk Leaders, to safely lead community health walks either in a 1:1 or group setting, while effectively supporting people living with and at high risk of our conditions.

The service can be delivered to provide person-centred support for those with a communication difficulty and/or to support an individual to achieve a specific goal.

For more details please contact Victoria Wood, Community Support Services Coordinator at email: Victoria.wood@chss.org.uk or telephone: 07733614861.

Organisation aims and objectives

We are Scotland’s health charity supporting people and their families across Scotland with Chest, Heart and Stroke conditions. We want to make sure people living with one of these conditions are living life to the full. We will advocate for better health for everyone and work to make sure there is help and support in every community. The care and support we deliver every day ensures everyone can live the life they want to. Across Scotland, over 1 million people are living with the effects of Chest, Heart and Stroke conditions. We will support people by providing advice, information, and support through our No Life Half Lived strategy across Scotland. These services include our Advice Line, Stroke Nurse Service, Community Support Service, Health Information, Health Defence, Education and E-learning and our Peer Support Groups.

Restrictions

To undertake your role you will be required to undertake membership of the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Adults) Scheme in Scotland (PVG) (there is no cost for this for volunteers/Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland will arrange everything).

Volunteer Shopping Companions

Food Train Connects (North of Scotland)

Would you like to support older people in the community to eat well, age well and live well and maintain their independence in their own homes for as long as they’re able?

Are you friendly, sociable and patient with a caring manner?

Our Shopping Companion role could well be the opportunity for you!

You would need to be prepared to carry out the following tasks:

  • Collect an older person from their home on agreed date and time to take them for their grocery shopping.
  • Support them as they do their grocery shop and transport them back to their home, helping unpack shopping if required.
  • To report back to Food Train Connects team and complete all required documentation after each trip.
  • To report any matters of concern to Food Train staff
  • To inform Food Train Staff of any accidents, incidents or complaints
  • To maintain confidentiality
  • To represent Food Train in a professional manner to customers and the wider community

A fantastic opportunity to help make a real difference. All volunteers are greatly appreciated.

If you are interested in volunteering with us/for more information please email: volunteer@foodtrainconnects.org.uk

Further details are also available on our website at www.foodtrainconnects.org.uk

Organisation aims and objectives

Food Train is a registered charity, voluntary organisation and social enterprise. Since 1995 Food Train has been making daily life easier for older people, providing vital services to those who are no longer able to manage independently, through age, ill health, frailty or disability. Food Train makes hundreds of grocery deliveries every week, with the help of dedicated local volunteers, ensuring those most in need have access to fresh groceries.

Restrictions

Must have a driving licence and use of a suitable vehicle.

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