ACVO Opportunities

Volunteering Update

Feb 22, 2023

Morning Community Café Volunteers

Searchlight Scotland

Health And Safety Educators

Absafe

Streetsport Volunteers

Denis Law Legacy Trust

Volunteer update Feb 22nd 2023 – opportunities from Searchlight Scotland, Absafe and Denis Law Legacy Trust

Here is your weekly update from Volunteer Aberdeen!

Give back to your community with this week’s volunteering opportunities in Aberdeen; help out at Searchlight Scotland’s community coffee mornings as a Café Volunteer, teach children as a Health and Safety Educator with Absafe or assist in sporting activities as a Streetsport Volunteer with Denis Law Legacy Trust – no matter what your interests, age or availability there will be a volunteer 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

Morning Community Café Volunteers

Searchlight Scotland

Searchlight Scotland organises a Coffee Morning every Friday from 10am-12pm at the Junction Café (5 Bon-Accord Terrace, Aberdeen AB11 6DP), in collaboration with The Junction Church.

Our community café is open to everyone, especially vulnerable people and parents with children. People can relax, have a coffee and a chat with our case workers.

Our main aim is to provide to the community a free space where everyone can feel comfortable and have a first contact with us if they need our support.

We have great opportunities for people to help volunteering at the Coffee Mornings and provide a smile to our customers. Main duties are:

• Welcome and chat with customers.
• Help serve drinks and cakes.
• Create a relaxing environment.
• Assist with activities.
• Help tidy up the Café after closing.

This is a fantastic opportunity to assist in a Community Café that provides an important and welcoming place where people can come together. All help makes a real difference and is greatly appreciated.

 

Organisation aims and objectives

Searchlight Scotland was founded in 2018 with a drive and hope to see societies most vulnerable receive trauma informed care and support in order for them to live the life that they deserve. Over the past few years we have seen many individuals come through our doors and start a journey to freedom from addiction, abuse, exploitation and many other life controlling issues.

We are passionate about providing specialised care to those who have suffered trauma in their lives. We have a vision and a drive to identify and rescue those who are trapped in the travesty of human trafficking. We want to raise awareness and provide training to front line professionals to see as many individuals identified in Scotland as we can. We have a passion to see slavery ended in Scotland in our life time. We are committed to expanding and developing our services to see the long lasting recovery and restoration of many more individuals who have found themselves in very dark situations.

 

Other information

Availability: The Coffee Mornings take place every Friday from 10am-12pm

Minimum age: 21

Training: Full training and excellent support is provided to all volunteers

Support: Named contact for each volunteer

Wheelchair Access/Disabled Access Toilet

Health And Safety Educators

Absafe

If you have a passion for helping others, this opportunity is perfect for you!

You will have the chance to educate the children in your community on health and safety matters such as mental well-being, cyber security, water safety, railway safety, and more. You will help give the children the skills they need to navigate everyday risks, as well as help them build character and resilience.

So, if saving lives as a part of a dedicated team is something you like the sound of, go ahead and give us an email or call.

 

Organisation aims and objectives

Absafe works to advance safety, prevent accidents and save lives. This includes safety in the home, road and community.

Absafe undertakes a range of work to promote safety. This includes innovative educational programmes at The Safe a purpose built, interactive village containing real life scenarios coupled with 21st century technology, with each zone specifically created to tackle a different safety issue.

By exploring and interacting with ‘real life’ dangerous situations in a risk free environment, visitors experience an exciting, thrilling and memorable way to learn valuable safety lessons they can apply to their day-to-day lives.

 

Other information

Availability: Monday – Friday, mornings and afternoons

Minimum age: 18

Training: We cover 8 different topics/sets at the safe, you will be trained for all.

Charley Pirie, School Co-ordinator

Streetsport Volunteers

Denis Law Legacy Trust

Streetsport provides young people across Aberdeen City with the opportunity to play sport for free in a fun and safe environment.

We run week night sessions year-round and are looking for volunteers to help at these sessions. Working as part of a team, you will assist with organising and participating in activities while building relationships with the young people that attend the sessions.

Volunteering with Streetsport is a fantastic opportunity to make a positive difference in the local communities. In addition to enhancing your CV / excellent experience for future employment, you will also have the opportunity to attend internal and external coaching and training courses.

 

Organisation aims and objectives

Denis Law Legacy Trust is a registered charity (SC 043169) that operates and delivers a number of free to access programmes and positive destination activities for young people in Aberdeen. Primarily through Streetsport, our flagship programme which is ran in partnership with Robert Gordon University, we aim to reduce instances of youth crime and anti-social behaviour; improve health and wellbeing; and encourage inclusivity through sport, physical activity and creative endeavour.

Our activities currently engage over 18,500 annual participations across a range of age groups and include a variety of opportunities and programmes which contribute to healthier and safer local communities. Supporting and empowering young people to be confident, capable, independent and responsible citizens within their own communities.

 

Restrictions

Experience required: An interest in sport and a willingness to motivate young people. We provide a variety of sports, not just football.

Travel details: Locations across Aberdeen. Currently we run sessions in the City Centre, Northfield, Torry, Garthdee and Woodside. We can usually provide support with travel to and from sessions if needed.

Minimum age: 14

 

Support

Expenses paid: Yes

Expenses details: We will reimburse any volunteer their public transport rate to and from their coaching venue on a monthly basis on production of completed paperwork attached with their public transport tickets.

Taster available: Yes

Training details: Excellent training and support provided to all volunteers. Induction provides an overview of Streetsport, DLLT and sessions. We run regular training sessions on topics requested by our volunteers and provide additional support as required. We also support volunteers working towards their Saltire Awards.

Other support: Childcare, Named Contact For Volunteer

Wheelchair Access/Disabled Access Toilet

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