ACVO Opportunities

Volunteering Update

Sep 6, 2023

Volunteer Trustees

Grampian Women's Aid

Kindness Volunteers

Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland

Volunteer Drivers

Aberdeen Cyrenians

Volunteer update September 6th – opportunities from Grampian Women’s Aid, Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland and Aberdeen Cyrenians

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

Play a key strategic role as a Volunteer Trustee with Grampian Women’s Aid ; provide a listening ear as a Kindness Volunteer with Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland; or help collect donations from various drop-off points across the city as a Volunteer Driver with Aberdeen Cyrenians.

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

Volunteer Trustees

Grampian Women's Aid

Grampian Women’s Aid (GWA) is recruiting Trustees to join our Board. GWA is a charity based in Aberdeen, with over 45 years’ experience providing information, support and safe accommodation for women and children experiencing domestic abuse across Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire.

The role of Trustee is a unique voluntary opportunity for women from diverse backgrounds who have expertise, time and are committed to making a real difference to the lives of women and children who have experienced domestic abuse.

As a member of GWA Board, you will play a key role in the strategy of GWA and overseeing its governance to ensure it can continue to provide high quality services to women, children and young people across Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire. You don’t need to be an expert in domestic abuse, but you do need to have an understanding of the impact it has on women and children and be committed to GWA’s vision and values.

GWA would particularly like to recruit Trustees who have experience in any of the following areas: Human Resources, Finance, Housing Management or have a Legal background. However please don’t let this put you off applying if you don’t have experience in these areas, GWA are committed to representing the diversity of our service users on our Board and welcome applications from all women. Grampian Women’s Aid strives to be an Equal Opportunities Employer. Women only need apply under Schedule 9 (Part 1) of the Equality Act 2010. The role will also be subject to PVG scheme membership.

The Board currently meet 6 weekly via virtual platforms, the frequency and the method of meeting will continue to be reviewed regularly to meet the needs of the organisation. Board members are also invited to join one of our sub-committees to accelerate progress on important topics such as fundraising or strategy, driving forward key actions between Board meetings. Although this fantastic volunteering opportunity is unpaid, travel expenses are available for Board members to attend meetings.

As well as benefitting from being part of a talented and supportive team of Trustee’s, you will also receive a comprehensive induction plan and ongoing personal development and support.

If you are interested and would like an application pack, please contact: Email: aileen.forbes@grampianwomensaid.com

Kindness Volunteers

Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland

We believe everyone has the right to live life to the full following the diagnosis of a chest or heart condition, stroke or Long Covid.

The care and support we deliver every day ensures everyone can live the life they want to. Across Scotland, we provide vital advice, information, and support through our No Life Half Lived strategy.

Join our amazing team of Kindness Callers, who provide a listening ear to people who have had one of our conditions. You will support people living with our conditions to reduce feelings of loneliness and isolation by providing a “light touch,” person centred, telephone call service once per week. An easy going and warm outlook would be advantageous to this role.

What you will be doing

  • Providing a weekly telephone call, for a minimum period of 12 weeks, to people living with one or more of our conditions to alleviate feelings of isolation and loneliness enabling them to gain confidence and move forward from Chest, Heart & Stroke Scotland
  • Record a brief update of your telephone call(s) and submit weekly to your line manager noting date and duration of call
  • Identify any areas of additional support and alert line manager
  • Attend two telephone reviews of each call allocated to ensure match is successful

The skills you need

  • Good listening and communication skills
  • Reliable, patient & empathic qualities
  • Respectful of the opinions of others
  • Able to maintain boundaries
  • Ability to work independently with guidance and support
  • An understanding of the importance of maintaining confidentiality
  • Ambassador for Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland

What’s in it for you

  • Make a real difference to people with our conditions
  • Use, learn and develop new skills
  • Access to a bespoke range of training and development to support you in your role
  • Improve your own health and wellbeing
  • Opportunity to explore different roles within our organisation

For more details and to register your interest in volunteering please visit the Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland website or email the CHSS Volunteering Team at volunteering@chss.org.uk

Volunteer Drivers

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 collect these donations from throughout the community.

What you will be doing

  • Driving the Organisations vehicle
  • Collecting donations from drop off points
  • Occasionally collecting donations from peoples homes
  • Supporting in moving items from different office locations

The skills you need

  • Shares our values and willing to work within our procedures
  • Willingness to help
  • Positive attitude
  • Clean UK drivers license

What’s in it for you

  • Learn new skills
  • Opportunity to be part of a friendly team

For more information please email us at volunteering@weareac.org

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