ACVO Opportunities

Volunteering Update

Aug 9, 2023

Safari Series Running Event Volunteers

Gathimba Edwards Foundation

Director Volunteers

Castlehill Housing Trust

Mamacita Foundation Volunteers

Mamacita Foundation

Volunteer update August 9th – opportunities from Gathimba Edwards Foundation, Castlehill Housing Trust and Mamacita Foundation

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

Volunteer as part of Aberdeen’s annual Safari Series running events, organised by Gathimba Edwards Foundation; have an influential role in Castlehill Housing Trust’s strategic direction as a Volunteer Director; or join the Mamacita Foundation team with a variety of roles available, including Foodbank, IT and Community Engagement Volunteer roles.

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 and on the ACVO site at

If you have questions about volunteering in Aberdeen or how to involve volunteers with your organisation, contact our Volunteering Services Manager, Mike Melvin at

Safari Series Running Event Volunteers

Gathimba Edwards Foundation

Join us in our 3rd year of our GEF Safari Series running events in Aberdeen. Three races, three distances, three cool animal themed medals for finishers and three fun days!

We are looking for volunteers to help on the event days to help us run the schedules smoothly. We need people for marshalling, entry table, finishing area and even a face behind favourite animal mascots who make an appearance on the day to make the kids smile!

Forthcoming events you can volunteer at include:


Event One:

  • 26th August 2023
  • “Mel’s Union Street Mile”
  • Union Street, Aberdeen starting at the Music Hall
  • Races start at 10.30am, followed by 10.40am and 10.50am – all races will be completed by 11am when the Celebrate Aberdeen Parade will begin.

VOLUNTEER TIMES – 9am to 11.30am


Event Two:

  • 17th September 2023
  • “Hazlehead 5k and kids race”
  • Hazlehead Park, Aberdeen, starting at the football pitch field

VOLUNTEERS TIMES – 9am to 12 noon


Event Three:

  • November 12th 2023
  • “Prime Four 3k”
  • Prime Four Business Park, Kingswells

VOLUNTEER TIMES – 9am to 11.30am


Relevant guidance and excellent support is provided to all volunteers. Induction to Volunteers will be given at the start of each event by the race director and charity founder, Myles Edwards. Support throughout the day’s events will be on hand from Kayleigh Paterson-Donald, the charity’s events lead.

For more information please contact Kayleigh Paterson-Donald, Charity Development Executive at email or telephone: 01224 531084.

Kayleigh Paterson-Donald, Charity Development Executive

Director Volunteers

Castlehill Housing Trust

Castlehill Housing Trust (the Trust) is a private charitable landlord providing accommodation across the Northeast of Scotland to people with various needs including learning disabilities and mental health issues. The Trust houses over 150 people in properties that range from group homes (including Houses in Multiple Occupation) homes for families and individual tenancies. The Trust rents its properties via Private Residential Tenancies and leases directly to Care Providers. We are a subsidiary company of Castlehill Housing Association who provide services to CHT such as financial services and housing management.

The Trust is governed by a Board of up to 11 Directors, who meet at least four times a year. A maximum of 6 Board members may be representatives of Castlehill Housing Association, the Trust’s parent Company. The Trust aims to ensure that the structure and make up of its Board delivers a balanced approach with a range of experience and knowledge recognising that overall strategic control sits with Castlehill, but that the Trust must operate and deliver its services in its own distinctive way, meeting the needs of its clients.

Duties of a Trust Director

  • ensure that CHT complies with its governing document (its Articles of Association), charity law, company law and any other relevant legislation or regulations.
  • ensure that CHT pursues its objectives by considering our vision statement and strategy for the future.
  • ensure CHT applies its resources exclusively in pursuance of its objectives, i.e., it must not spend money on activities which are not included in our aims, however worthwhile they may be.
  • contribute actively to the board of Directors’ role in giving firm strategic direction to CHT, setting overall policy, defining goals, setting targets, and evaluating performance against agreed targets.
  • safeguard the good name and values of CHT.
  • ensure the financial stability of CHT.

In addition to the above duties, each Director should use any specific skills, knowledge or experience they have to help the board of Directors reach sound decisions. This may involve leading discussions, focusing on key issues, providing advice and guidance on new initiatives, evaluation, or other issues in which the Directors has special expertise.

We are also looking from the pool of independent Directors for a Chairperson. If you are interested in the Chairperson position please contact us.

For more details, please contact Emma Ozanne, Trust Manager at email: or telephone: 01224 625822.

Mamacita Foundation Volunteers

Mamacita Foundation

As a volunteer with the Mamacita Foundation charity you will be at the forefront of building and maintaining strong relationships with the local community and key stakeholders.

We currently have great opportunities to volunteer with us including:

  • Community Outreach Volunteers
  • Youth Program Volunteers
  • Community Engagement Volunteers
  • IT and Technology Support Volunteers
  • Volunteer Coordinators
  • Administrative Assistant Volunteers
  • Foodbank Volunteers

Join our volunteer team and be an integral part of the Mamacita Foundation’s efforts to create a more inclusive and supportive community in Aberdeen.

For more details please contact Vivian Draghici, Chief Officer at email: or telephone: 07449826988.

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