ACVO Opportunities

Volunteering Update

Apr 12, 2023

Festival Admin Assistant

Aberdeen Mela

Gardener/Outdoor Creative Volunteers

Aberlour Options – Aberdeen

Volunteer Mentors

MCR Pathways

Volunteer Update April 12th – opportunities from Aberdeen Mela, Aberlour Options Aberdeen and MCR Pathways

Here are three recent opportunities from Volunteer Aberdeen to help you make a difference and get involved with your community.

Support Aberdeen Mela 2023 by volunteering as a festival admin assistant; help create and maintain an innovative garden space for young people by volunteering with Aberlour Options Aberdeen; or discover how an hour of your time a week can make a lifetime of impact by becoming a mentor with MCR Pathways.

No matter what your interests, skills, age, experience or availability are, there’s a green 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

Festival Admin Assistant

Aberdeen Mela

A great opportunity to assist with admin. tasks for a major event – the Aberdeen Mela Festival 2023.

Aberdeen Multicultural Centre is a user led charity, dedicated to making a positive impact on the lives of the diverse communities in Aberdeen. AMC encourages co-operation and integration amongst diverse community groups as well as building harmony and exchanging cultural and language diversity within the communities. The organisation’s vibrant aims are to support communities and the society from social, economic, welfare and environmental perspectives. AMC would like to see greater social integration, remove social isolation organising different cultural activities and improve economic life through community development projects.

We are looking for administration assistant volunteer support to help us at the Aberdeen Multicultural Association for a few hours per week over 2 days.

All help makes a difference and is greatly appreciated. It is also the opportunity to be part of an important, wonderful, major event in Aberdeen.

For further information please contact Ahashan Habib, CEO at email: a.habib@abmc.org.uk or telephone: 07588529412.

Ahashan Habib, Aberdeen Multicultural Centre CEO

Gardener/Outdoor Creative Volunteers

Aberlour Options – Aberdeen

Could you help create and maintain an innovative garden space for young people to use? Could you spare a few hours a week? We are currently looking for volunteers to create a fun, safe, sensory garden space and undertake garden maintenance for our children’s services.

Options Aberdeen provide short breaks and care at home for children and young people with a disability. Our services allow families to feel supported and take a break from their caring roles.

(NB: This role does not necessarily involve direct work with young people, but rather taking care of the garden for them to use. We are looking for volunteers who can take their own direction and use their own initiative, and you will be free to come to our centre out with the hours that the young people are there or, if you choose to, you can volunteer at times when they are there.)

-What will I be doing?
• Creating a fun, usable, safe gardening space
• Tree/ bush pruning, clearing leaves, weeding, planting and fence painting
• Creating outdoor features and a sensory space
• Creating a safe and innovative garden space to enable activities to take place.

-What skills can I bring to this role?
• Good communication and listening skills.
• Ability to develop and maintain a safe and creative garden space
• Creativity
• Ability to follow strict Health and Safety rules

-What qualities do I need?
• Enjoy being outdoors and active
• A positive, can do approach
• Be enthusiastic, flexible and committed

-When will I be needed?
• A few hours per week/fortnight (Times to suit you)
• Minimum commitment of 6 months required.

-What will I gain from volunteering?
• A sense of satisfaction in helping children and young people create a homely, fun garden
• Practical experience of volunteering with in a creative environment
• Opportunity to home your skills
• Be part of a professional and supportive team
• Have FUN!

-What support will I be given?
• Induction Training
• Role specific training
• Expenses – all out of pocket expenses will be reimbursed
• Supervision and support from Service Staff.

A fantastic opportunity to help and make a real difference. For further details please contact Kathaleen Harvey at email at email volunteering@aberlour.org.uk

Volunteer Mentors

MCR Pathways

MCR Pathways has been partnering with schools since 2007 so we know just how amazing the young people of Scotland are. However, sometimes due to situations out of their control, young people face challenges that make it more difficult for them to succeed. That’s why providing the simple support of a mentor is so important and has been proven to make a life-changing difference. This is where you can help…

MCR recruits and trains volunteer mentors who are matched with a young person that shares similar interests, hobbies or career aspirations. Mentors meet with their young person at their school for just one hour per week and the difference this makes is transformational.

The mentoring relationship is unique as young people establish a friendship with someone who’s there, just for them and is not a teacher, parent, guardian or counsellor. The impact on their life is huge. Recent ScotCen research shows 81.6% of mentored care-experienced pupils left school for college, university or a job, compared with 56.3% of those young people not being mentored.

We are hoping to help even more young people in the area reach their potential and are looking for over 150 mentors from Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire

In Aberdeen St Machar Academy has been part of the programme since August 2018 and, in 2020 was joined by Northfield, Hazlehead, Dyce, Harlaw and Lochside Academies.

Aberdeenshire schools participating in the programme are Banff, Fraserburgh, Inverurie, Peterhead and The Gordons Schools Huntly

The only qualification you need to be a mentor is the desire to help. All young people are different and have different needs, so it’s important that our mentors come from all walks of life.

Volunteer mentors are asked to commit just one hour a week for a minimum of one year and will be fully trained and PVG checked before being matched with a young person from an Aberdeen or Aberdeenshire school.

The building of the relationship with a young person is facilitated by our fantastic MCR Pathways Coordinators who are based in each school and work with our young people on a daily basis.

We’re asking you to #BeTheBridge between a young person’s talent and life possibilities. For only one hour per week, you can change a life. This year, why not do something to make a difference that lasts a lifetime.

Register online at https://mcrpathways.org/become-a-mentor/

For any further details please contact us at email: aberdeen@mcrpathways.org (for volunteering in schools in Aberdeen City) or email: aberdeenshire@mcrpathways.org (for volunteering in schools in Aberdeenshire).
Or telephone us on 07709249661.

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