ACVO Opportunities

Volunteering Update

Apr 18, 2023

Volunteer Nightstop Hosts

Aberdeen Foyer / Nightstop

Warehouse Volunteers - Donation Support

Aberdeen Cyrenians

Volunteer Befrienders

Befriend a Child

Volunteer update April 19th – opportunities from Aberdeen Foyer Nightstop, Aberdeen Cyrenians and Befriend a Child

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

Help make a a huge difference in the life of a young person facing homelessness by providing emergency accommodation as a volunteer with Nightstop North East; support Aberdeen Cyrenians with their vital work by volunteering to sort donations to ensure that they reach those who need them as quickly as possible; or act as a positive role model for a local child by becoming a befriender with Befriend a Child.

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

Volunteer Nightstop Hosts

Aberdeen Foyer / Nightstop

Nightstop North-East Scotland offers temporary, emergency accommodation for young people facing homelessness. A young person accessing this service could be facing homelessness for any number of reasons, with 75% of referrals being due to a breakdown of relationships at home.  This accommodation is offered in the homes of trained and vetted volunteers, who are supported by professional staff. Hosts can be anyone, with the only requirements being that they must be able to provide a spare room, a hot evening meal and a listening ear. This offers an accommodation option which may be more suitable for young people than traditional homeless hostels.

In Aberdeen City and Shire, the total number of young people who presented as homeless in 2020/21 was 720, which means young people make up a disproportionate level of homelessness presentations in the area.  This shows a particular need for young person-centred options.  Nightstop prevents young people from entering into a never-ending cycle of homelessness by providing them with a safe place to stay for a few nights while they decide their next steps. It also helps them to address their individual support needs, while enabling them to maintain any education, employment or training they are involved in. Aberdeen Foyer will also provide additional advice and support available through our wide range of services, should that be needed.

Nightstop are currently looking for volunteer hosts. Hosts are offered a £15 stipend per night when Hosting and 24/7 on-call support is available throughout the stay.

If you can help/for further details please contact Megan Douglas, Nightstop Co-ordinator, Aberdeen Foyer at email: Megan.Douglas@aberdeenfoyer.com or telephone 07467 919813.

 

Warehouse Volunteers - Donation Support

Aberdeen Cyrenians

At Aberdeen Cyrenians, we are really fortunate to have the support of the local community who donate clothing, food and other goods to support those who are homeless or threatened with homelessness in Aberdeen City and Shire. We need volunteers to help us process these donations to ensure that they reach those who need them as quickly as possible.

Why we want you

At Aberdeen Cyrenians, we are really fortunate to have the support of the local community who donate clothing, food and other goods to support those who are homeless or threatened with homelessness in Aberdeen City and Shire. We need volunteers to help us process these donations to ensure that they reach those who need them as quickly as possible.

What you will be doing

  • Sorting clothing donations by size and garment type
  • Sorting clothing donations by suitability/season
  • Identifying items that are unsuitable for redistribution
  • Sorting food donations

The skills you need

  • Shares our values and willing to work within our procedures
  • Willingness to help
  • Positive attitude

What’s in it for you

  • Learn new skills
  • Opportunity to be part of a friendly team
  • Help and support others

Disclaimer

Given the nature of our work, all volunteers at Aberdeen Cyrenians are subject to background and disclosure checks.

Find out more and submit an application online

Volunteer Befrienders

Befriend a Child

“Every child deserves a chance in life and the thought of being a positive role model and playing a part in helping someone made me want to become a befriender” – Michelle Eastcroft, Volunteer Befriender.

Befriending is our largest and most in-demand programme and is designed for children aged 4 ½ – 16 years old who are facing difficult life circumstances.

Children can be referred to our befriending programme by education, social work, health professionals or third-sector partners for a number of reasons including a lack of confidence or self-esteem, social isolation, lack of a positive adult role model, substance misuse in the family home and more.

Befrienders meet with their befriendees twice a month for a couple of hours each time for a minimum of one year to take part in fun activities to help them increase their confidence and self-esteem, learn new skills, reduce their social isolation and show them more of what life has to offer.

Volunteer befrienders should be:

  • Reliable
  • Committed for one year
  • Non-judgemental
  • Respectful of confidentiality
  • Enthusiastic and fun

Following an initial interview Befriend a Child provide full training, PVG checks and match befrienders with a child who shares common interests, likes and dislikes.

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