ACVO Opportunities

Volunteering Update

May 24, 2023

Front of house support volunteers

Aberdeen Arts Centre

Radio Volunteers

Grampian Hospital Radio

Canine Therapy Volunteers

Pet and Companion (PEACE)

Volunteer update May 24th – opportunities from Aberdeen Arts Centre, Grampian Hospital Radio and Pet & Companion (PEACE)

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

Join an enthusiastic team of front of house volunteers at Aberdeen Arts Centre to help support culture in the city; get a taste for broadcasting by volunteering with Grampian Hospital Radio; or become a volunteer with Pet & Companion (PEACE) and deliver dog therapy with the four legged member of your family.

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 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

Front of house support volunteers

Aberdeen Arts Centre

Aberdeen Arts Centre is an independent arts venue and registered charity in the heart of Aberdeen, Scotland — delivering a varied programme of theatre, dance, music, spoken word, comedy, film and creative learning events.

We are currently looking for volunteers. You can combine all three of the roles below or partake in just one area that interests you.

Opportunities to Volunteer include:

  • Front of House
  • Café
  • Bar

Front of House volunteers are responsible for greeting the audience, showing them to their seats and ensuring their well-being throughout the evening.

Café and Bar volunteers serve customers drinks and snacks before the show and in the interval. The bar may also remain open after the show for customers to stay and relax.

Full training will be provided for each position and you will be supported by our experienced team of current volunteers and staff throughout your time with us. Whether you can commit to several nights a week or only a few nights a month, we’d love to hear from you!

Volunteering at Aberdeen Arts Centre is a great option if you’re looking to support the local performing arts scene in the North East of Scotland, meet new people and keep busy in your free time or retirement. Our volunteers come from all kinds of backgrounds and levels of experience, and each of them brings their own personality to the role.

A fantastic opportunity to help at a leading arts, culture, community venue and charity. All volunteers make a real difference and are greatly appreciated.

For more details please contact Tanya Read, Operations Manager at email:  info@aberdeenartscentre.com or telephone: 01224 635208.

Radio Volunteers

Grampian Hospital Radio

Grampian Hospital Radio (GHR) provides a dedicated broadcasting service to patients in Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, Aberdeen Maternity Hospital and Roxburghe House. You can listen via the bedside entertainment consoles or via our free Grampian Hospital Radio App or on our website at www.grampianhospitalradio.org/listen

GHR volunteers bring a bit of cheer into the lives of patients through our therapeutic hospital radio service. Volunteers undertake tasks such as collect requests around the wards, present programmes, fundraise and help with our music library database.

Grampian Hospital Radio (GHR) is a registered Scottish Charity. GHR is a member of the national Hospital Broadcasting Association.

For further details please contact:
John Graham, Vice Chairman
E-mail: vicechairman@ghr.org.uk / Tel: 01224 552964 / Mobile: 07545319940 / web: www.grampianhospitalradio.org/volunteer

Canine Therapy Volunteers

Pet and Companion (PEACE)

Do you have an interest in pastoral care, some free time and a lovely, gentle dog?  Then volunteering for Pet and Companion (PEACE for short) could be for you and your furry friend!

PEACE is a charity providing Canine Therapy along with Pastoral Care for people in need of support and companionship, particularly: the elderly; patients receiving end of life care; students during stressful periods; and vulnerable women.

Pastoral Carers and their therapy dogs (PEACE Teams) visit people in need of support and companionship in various locations, including: Care Homes; University and College campuses; and community hubs.  Ideally, PEACE Teams will volunteer for a couple of hours a week/fortnight in order to build relationships with the people they visit.

The PEACE dog helps to provide a relaxing environment (the basis of canine therapy), while the Pastoral Carer offers both a listening ear and a means of support, happy to talk through any concerns or fears a person may have (pastoral care).

The role of a PEACE Pastoral Carer is similar to that of a Chaplain.  All Pastoral Carers are therefore Christians, and are comfortable praying and/or discussing their faith with the people they visit, if requested.

All PEACE Pastoral Carers receive training in Mental Health First Aid, attentive listening and dementia awareness.  Volunteers will also become members of the PVG (Protecting Vulnerable Groups) scheme.

For information about volunteering or any other enquiries about PEACE, please contact Sarah Jeffrey at email: sarah@petandcompanion.com Further information is also available at www.petandcompanion.com

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