ACVO Opportunities

Volunteering Update

Jan 25, 2023

Spectra – Scotland’s Festival of Light 2023 Volunteers

Spectra

Speak out Stay safe Volunteers

NSPCC Scotland (Aberdeen Services)

Helper Service Volunteers (Aberdeen City and Shire)

Marie Curie

Get involved with your community – volunteer with Spectra, NSPCC and Marie Curie in Aberdeen

Looking to get involved with volunteering in Aberdeen? Here are some recent highlights from Volunteer Aberdeen to inspire you to share your time and skills.

These recent opportunities join the hundreds of roles currently advertised in Aberdeen and there really is something for everyone! The great thing about volunteering is its inclusivity –  people of all ages, abilities, levels of experience can take part.

Even if you can only give a few hours a month there will be an organisation, local event or project that would welcome your help and support.

Spectra makes its return to Aberdeen once again during February and there are a number of ways to get involved. If you are interested in becoming a Production Runner or joining the Delivery team – find out more below and get in touch with the Spectra team!

Other highlights this week include Speak out. Stay safe. Volunteer roles with NSPCC Scotland and Helper Service Volunteers with Marie Curie – find details below how you can help these organisations make a real difference to the lives of people they support.

Don’t worry if these roles don’t suit your circumstances or interests, hundreds more opportunities can be found via the Volunteer Aberdeen search on the ACVO site at acvo.org.uk/opportunities/volunteering or by visiting volunteeraberdeen.org.uk.

Find your perfect opportunity and get involved with volunteering in Aberdeen today!

Spectra – Scotland’s Festival of Light 2023 Volunteers

Spectra

Curated Place (the production team behind Spectra Festival of Light 2015-23) are looking for volunteers to work alongside them to deliver ‘Spectra – Scotland’s Festival of Light 2023’. The full programme is available via the link below

On the evenings of 9th – 12th February 2023, Aberdeen City Centre will be transformed by immersive light and sound installations inspired by ideas of home. There will be award winning international, UK and Scottish artists creating a series of artworks around the city which will engage Aberdeen audiences.

Volunteer Roles:

In the lead up to and /or during the Spectra Festival of Light 2023 there are fantastic volunteer roles that you can assist in including:

*Production Runner Volunteers:
These roles are dictated by the needs of the Producer and Technical Manager you are supporting, which may include:

Assisting Producer/Technical Manager on the ground with elements of project delivery
General artist or artwork installation assistance
Carrying tools or equipment to and from site
Supporting on the ground marketing activity

*Delivery Team Volunteers:
The Delivery Team volunteer role is a key public facing role, providing a vital link between artists and audience and will include:

Welcome and general audience guidance
Directing people, offering advice & information
On site production assistance/artist support
Sharing artwork specific information with audiences
Feeding information back to Event Managers
Assisting if an emergency situation arises (full training provided)

-Why Volunteer with Spectra?

Learn new skills or develop the skills you already have
Do something positive and active for yourself and your community
Meet artists, production teams and develop your networks
Gain insight into the delivery of a large-scale, public facing festival
Challenge yourself in a safe, welcoming environment
An exciting and enjoyable opportunity to help out and be part of a major festival. All help makes a difference and is greatly appreciated.

We look forward to hearing from you! (the deadline for submitting applications January 30th 2023).

Speak out Stay safe Volunteers

NSPCC Scotland (Aberdeen Services)

As one of our trained Speak out Stay safe volunteers, you’ll help us protect a generation of children from abuse and neglect by visiting schools twice a month to give our age-appropriate Speak out Stay safe workshops.

You’ll play a vital role, working alongside other volunteers to make sure children understand the different types of abuse and feel empowered to speak out if they’re worried.

Last year we spoke to nearly 1.8 million children in almost 8,000 schools, but we’re not done yet!

As a Speak Out Stay Safe volunteer you’ll get the opportunity to:

learn valuable new skills
be part of a friendly team of like-minded people
most importantly, make a huge difference to children within your local area.

Helper Service Volunteers (Aberdeen City and Shire)

Marie Curie

We’re looking for sociable and friendly volunteers to support people with a life limiting illness in the community.

We know little things matter, whether it’s having a cup of tea and a char or getting out and about. Our Helper Service volunteers are there to provide their client with companionship, information and help with activities like making a cup of tea or visiting a favourite place. You will also be helping their carers and loved ones with respite and a friendly listening ear.

No experience is necessary, as we will give you full training when you join us. Training for this role will include information specific to supporting someone with a terminal illness and how to look after your own wellbeing while supporting others. You will also be supported by our Volunteer Coordinator and will have regular communication where you will be able to ask for additional support if you feel you need it.

This is an ideal role for a volunteer who enjoys meeting new people and wants to be part of a local team making a difference in their community. If this sounds like the role for you then we would love to hear from you today.

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