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JUNE | 2022



8 Clan Cancer Support launch a second art sculpture trail

May 2022

18 Aberdeen says 'thank you' this Volunteers' Week Scotland 2022!


28 A look back at Mental Health Awareness Week 2022



Short film for Volunteers' Week Scotland 2022

4 News from you and other networks 36 Volunteering The latest from Mike Melvin and Volunteer Aberdeen 44 Volunteering Opportunities 48 Funding The latest funding news and opportunities 52 Health and Social Care Updates 54 Vacancies Latest opportunities from the third sector in Aberdeen and beyond 56 Events, Training and Workshops Find out what's happening soon and how to submit your event to our calendar

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News from you and other networks

Austin, a Student at Camphill School Aberdeen Working at FRUVER Refilling Shop on Murtle Estate

Charity reveals plans for a sustainable social enterprise to support its students and meet the needs of the community The unique history and crafts of Aberdeen-based charity, Camphill School Aberdeen, are set to be showcased to the public in a new social enterprise hub, that will also feature an organic zero-waste farm shop and refilling shop.


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he charity, which provides day and residential support to over 95 children and young people with learning disabilities and complex additional support needs, has submitted plans to Aberdeen City Council to redevelop the Camphill Bookshop at the opening of their Murtle estate near Bieldside on North Deeside Road. Named Murtle Market, it will see the book shop transformed into a ‘zero waste’ organic farm and refilling shop which will also promote the charity’s impressive 80-year history as well as showcasing the range of different crafts made by the young people it supports. Murtle Market will be a hub for students to further their employability and relationship building skills all whilst promoting the ethos of the school and sustainable living to the wider community. Alex Busch, Executive Director of Camphill School Aberdeen, said: “We are incredibly proud to be launching Murtle Market. We’ve seen a significant increase in demand for meaningful work experience and skills development for young people with learning disabilities across the North East as well as increasing demands by the local community to shop locally and


organically. With the ever-growing awareness of where our food comes from, we hope Murtle Market will meet the needs of the community while also providing meaningful opportunities to our Architects Impressions of Camphill School Aberdeen proposed students as part of Social Enterprise on Deeside Road our Learning For Life day services. “Our young people and staff were involved in naming the new store and will be involved with all aspects of the supply chain including – growing, packing, labelling, delivering and serving the public at Murtle Market which will give our students a sense of connection and relationship to wider community. The experience will give our students skills and real work opportunities that will create a portfolio of achievements as they transition to adulthood, which is incredibly important to us at Camphill School Aberdeen.”

deliveries once the market is up and

The market will be an extension of the school’s FRUVER refilling shop on the estate and will enable the school to sell own grown organic produce to the wider community, promoting Camphill’s ethos of reducing emissions, waste and supporting the circular economy. There are also plans to extend the current onsite bike workshop and introduce home

medical care. There is also a large gap in

running. Alex added: “As an organisation we want to reduce our carbon footprint and be as sustainable as we can be. Sourcing organic food grown locally and seasonally, and reducing food waste are some of the most impactful things we can do to address climate change.” The charity has seen a significant increase in demand for its day and residential services in recent years. Nationally, there is a shortage of local and national residential services for young people who need a mix of education, social and provision available for skills development opportunities for 16-25 year olds with complex additional support needs. In response to the growing need for local support, Camphill School Aberdeen launched a capital appeal campaign at the start of the year to raise £10 million over the next 10 years. The Building Futures, Transforming Lives campaign aims to increase the charity’s capacity by 60%. The 10-year project will be completed in phases, the first of which is a £3.5 million project to build an 11-bedroom house, with an independent living wing and Murtle Market. Currently, only 4% of adults with a learning disability in Scotland are in employment, according to the Fraser Allander Institute, University of Strathclyde. This is due to a lack of support to identify work opportunities and a lack of training for young people to

Student Carrie with Workshop Leader Emma Laing at FRUVER Refilling Shop on Estate

increase their employability skills.



Open Road Creative Workshops As part of Refugee Festival Scotland, Open Road's Victoria Fifield and Sahar Abdulla from the

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Aberdeen Foyer appoints Energy Director as New Chair of its Board of Trustees Stuart White of Blaze Manufacturing Solutions has been appointed as Chair of the Board of Trustees at North East charity, Aberdeen Foyer. Stuart, a Chartered accountant with extensive experience as a business leader in both the energy and financial

Grampian Regional Equality Council

sectors, holds the position of

will be hosting a creative writing

Operations Director at fire safety

and art workshop for New Scots.

solutions specialist Blaze, a Balmoral Group company. Stuart joined The Foyer’s board in 2019, firstly in the role of Treasurer and latterly as Vice Chair, supporting the charity as it navigated through the global pandemic, and has recently taken up the reins as non-exec Chair. Aberdeen Foyer supports over 1,600 local people a year to discover their potential, overcome life challenges such as poverty, employability, and

The workshop will be structured around the theme of home and what home means to each individual taking part.

homelessness, and helps them shape their own positive future. Stuart’s joins charity as it seeks to maximise access

Aberdeen Foyer added: “Stuart brings

to its vital services.

to The Foyer a wealth of business

been entrusted with role of Chair at Aberdeen Foyer. Working with the charity’s committed team of staff, trustees and volunteers is a great privilege and every day I continue to be amazed by the powerful and valuable support the charity provides to individuals and families within our community.

20th June at Aberdeen Central Library, 11-3.00pm.

and Shire.“ Leona McDermid, Chief Executive of

appointment: “I’m honoured to have

(Women-only), will take place on

and young people in Aberdeen City

as Chair during an exciting time for the

Stuart commented on his new

The workshop, Refugee Write

scope in support of vulnerable adults

“A lot has changed in the past two years and, more so than ever, people in the Northeast need the care, kindness and encouragement that The Foyer provides. I am hugely motivated to

To book your free ticket, please go

build on what we have collectively


achieved as the charity continues to maximise its impact and widen its

acumen and practical experience that has already benefitted the leadership team in many ways. As we embark on the refresh of The Foyer’s strategy and governance, the advice and guidance from Stuart and the other board members will play an integral part in how we shape our future. I’m delighted to welcome Stuart as Chair of Aberdeen Foyer and look forward to working with him in his new role at this exciting time in The Foyer’s journey.” Outside work, Stuart enjoys playing golf with his wife and friends, watching football and spending time with his family. He is also an avid fan of motorsport, especially classic and vintage car events.


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Havfram goes the extra mile in aid of Ukrainian refugees the people of Ukraine and we were keen to add to that that in some way. All of the money raised are going directly to the charity to provide desperately needed aid. “This is a great way to raise funds for a good cause, while also promoting the many benefits of all forms of exercise.” Danielle Fletcher-Horn, Founder of AberNecessities, said: "We are delighted to be welcoming families from Ukraine, and we know that our community will want to support the children and young people who will now call Aberdeen their home. “We feel honoured to be working with Havfram whose support will help tremendously in enabling us to provide the support and basic essentials that No Child Should Go Without.


avfram, an international offshore energy contractor, is supporting local charity AberNecessities with an ambitious fundraiser to raise money for Ukrainian refugees being relocated to North-east Scotland. The Aberdeen to Kyiv virtual walk/run/cycle fundraiser will challenge volunteers to virtually travel the 2,100 miles between the two cities. Throughout May, volunteers have been asked to walk, run, or cycle enough miles to get from Aberdeen to the Ukrainian capital. This can include everything from dog walks to weekly workouts. The final week of activities will conclude at The Gym@AIBP (formerly Aker Active) at Dyce, which is donating the use of its

These families have been through a devastating and heartbreaking situation; we want to make their arrival to Aberdeen a positive experience by showing them the true kindness and generosity of our community by creating a welcoming environment." facilities and equipment to help the volunteers complete their challenge. All funds raised will go to AberNecessities and will be used to provide help and support to the Ukrainian families arriving in the Northeast as they settle into their new environment. “We are very pleased to be supporting AberNecessities with this fundraiser,” said Gregor Scott, Business Acquisition Director for Havfram. “This will provide essential items, and hopefully some additional treats, for people who lost everything when they had to leave their homes. “The people of the North-east have been very welcoming and generous when it comes to providing support to

Donations are still being accepted and can be made online via anianfundcommittee This fundraiser is the latest in Havfram’s programme of corporate social and community engagement. Earlier this year the company sponsored new away strips for a U12 girls’ football team in Tyne and Wear, England. AberNecessities provides disadvantaged families with the essential and basic necessities that no child should go without. Since it was launched in 2019, it has distributed hundreds of thousands of items to families and children across Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire.


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Hare Wo Go! Scottish Cancer Charity Launches Second Art Sculpture Trail

Clan Cancer Support, the north-east’s leading cancer support charity, announces that it is has partnered with Wild in Art for a second time to bring an exciting new art trail to the north-east, Moray, Orkney and Shetland.


ollowing on from the success of their Light the North Trail, which raised over £324,000 on auction night alone, 40 hare

hare sculptures designed and created by some of the country’s most talented artists will be seen ‘hare, there and everywhere’ as people search for and discover the striking sculptures across the North East of Scotland, Orkney and Shetland. The Big Hop Trail will take the public on another cultural tour of the north-east and the islands from July to September in 2023, letting them discover and engage with the area. The trail is

currently the only one of its kind planned for Scotland in 2023. The sculpture trail will also coincide with Clan’s 40th anniversary next year, with 40 sculptures being the focal point to celebrate the charity’s commitment to supporting people affected by cancer, their family, carers and friends.

knowing that monies raised from the

Clan’s Chief Executive, Fiona Fernie, says, “We’re delighted to have partnered with Wild in Art again to bring our next trail to life for individuals and families across Scotland to enjoy. Clan has been supporting people for almost 40 years, and we simply couldn’t pass up the opportunity to take on another trail as we continue to financially recover post-covid and

much like our clients during their cancer

trail auction will make such a difference to the lives of people affected by a cancer diagnosis. We chose the hare sculpture as they are an indigenous animal found in all parts of Clan’s geography. Hares navigate rough and difficult terrain in order to survive, journey, and are adaptable, like our services team who deliver personcentred support to anyone affected by cancer. Most importantly, hares have long ears and incredible hearing. What better way to depict our lifeline listening and support service and the importance of being heard.”




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Fiona continues, “With over 20,000 people living with cancer across the region and people living longer with cancer, Clan’s support is more vital than ever. We provide the emotional and practical support needed to ensure that people’s wellbeing needs are taken care of at all stages of their cancer journey. We are proud to once again bring an exciting trail to communities that link with Clan and hope that The Big Hop Trail and our partnership with Wild in Art will allow us to help even more people affected by cancer.” Since 2008 Wild in Art has animated cities across the world, including Manchester, Auckland, Sydney, Cape Town and São Paulo and worked with partners to create trails across Scotland including the Clyde mascot trail for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Wild Dolphins in Aberdeen, Oor Wullie’s BIG Bucket Trail, and more recently the Lighthouse trail in the North East of Scotland. Wild in Art co-founder and managing director Charlie Langhorne comments, “We’re very proud to debut the newest addition to our sculpture portfolio and introduce Clan’s second trail – The Big Hop. The sculpture trail is the ideal way to get out and about with friends and family to see more of the place in which you live and learn about local history. As well as being educational, the sculptures are beautiful, each one having been lovingly created by a local artist. Each individual sculpture tells a different story, and residents and tourists enjoy following the entire trail using the trail map and app. From schools to community groups, local people have got behind the trails, and raised millions of pounds for local causes. “Wild in Art passionately champions the importance of art for everybody, and the social, cultural and education benefits it provides. The Big Hop Trail is an exciting project for us as it will be interesting to see the people of the

Fiona Fernie, CEO of Clan, and Sarah Harvey, of Wild in Art unveil the newest Clan art trail sculpture.

north-east of Scotland interact with the sculptures of Clan’s second trail.” Speaking of his continued sponsorship of Clan’s trail, Scott Birnie of The Good Sleep Company in Banff, says, “It was great to be involved with Clan’s original ‘Light the North’ trail, there was such a buzz about it all. It was also so good to be able to attend the finale auction to buy back the sculpture we had sponsored, as it was one of the first in-person events I had attended postcovid. I am delighted to show my support once again and be the first official sponsor for The Big Hop Trail. I didn’t know what Clan did before I was

involved with these events so it’s good to be able to be associated with the event, not just from a business awareness perspective for me but also knowing how much the trail benefits Clan, does so much good and supports individuals and families in our local community.” For further information on The Big Hop Trail visit raising/the-big-hop For further information on sponsorship of the hare sculptures or to express interest in the project email or call 01224 647000

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Volunteer at Childline base in Aberdeen awarded for commitment to children Louise Williams

A Childline volunteer counsellor has been awarded an NSPCC People Award for going above and beyond to help children and young people.

Kerri Stewart, Volunteer Coordinator for Childline Aberdeen, said: “Thank you to Louise for what was a truly solid and committed piece of work, crucially bringing in

Louise Williams from Stonehaven,

new volunteers and supporting

Aberdeenshire won the Star

them through training and beyond.

Performer Award for Making an

“The many people who have joined

Impact at the NSPCC People Awards 2022. Louise won the category out of several volunteers across the UK for going above and beyond in her commitment to Childline, especially during the pandemic. Louise began volunteering four and a half years ago at the Childline base in Aberdeen and has accumulated more than 2,000 volunteering hours during this time. In addition to counselling, she has volunteered her time for admin and during the pandemic took on several extra responsibilities,

our team in the last two years will recognise Louise as one of the familiar faces who supported them throughout their months of onboarding. “Louise jumped in without hesitation, ready to ensure that we continued recruiting. She has given a tremendous number of hours both in working from home and continuing with her counselling at the base. Well done, Louise, we are so pleased to see your hard work recognised by our service and the NSPCC!”

Louise said: “I’m really honoured to receive this award from the NSPCC and be recognised for ‘Making an Impact’ and for being part of the great team of staff and volunteers in Aberdeen. We have all worked extremely hard to be there for children and young people, even more so during the last two difficult years. Let’s continue to be there for children and young people when they need us!” Whilst there has been a great number of people who have volunteered during the pandemic, the Childline base in Aberdeen continues to call for more volunteers to help them continue to be there for children and young people. To sign up to an online volunteer information meeting, contact the Volunteer Co-ordinator in the

including recruiting and supporting

Childline Aberdeen office on

new volunteers joining the team.

01224 973036 or email



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Aberdeen Science Centre has been awarded 5-Star Quality Assurance (QA) status by Visit Scotland

It becomes only the second visitor attraction in the city to hold a five-star award.

Aberdeen Science Centre, said: “We


are absolutely thrilled that Aberdeen

"This award is a testament to what

Science Centre and the contribution This prestigious award, the highest awarded under the QA scheme, comes less than 18 months after the centre reopened to the public after undergoing a transformational £6million redevelopment. The QA Scheme is a benchmark for exceptional quality within the tourism industry and operates across accommodation, visitor attractions and food sectors. Bryan Snelling, chief executive of

it makes to life in North-east Scotland has been recognised in this way by VisitScotland. The five-star rating is more than just the ‘stars on the door’, it’s about the entire visitor experience. "A lot of people worked very hard to make this happen and to bring us to where we are today and we are proud that our staff have been recognised for their enthusiasm and commitment to engaging with every visitor to make their trip to the centre

has been achieved in a short space of time. The science centre is a fantastic asset for the city and is instrumental in bringing science and the STEM subjects to life for people of all ages.“ Aberdeen Science Centre has become a highly popular destination for people of all ages since reopening the doors of the Tramsheds on Constitution Street in November 2020, after a major project to create an aspirational science centre which reflects the STEM priorities for both industry and education.


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Help make life better in Aberdeen: Aberdeen Citizens Advice Bureau reopens its offices and launches a new Supporters group

Having continued to provide services to clients throughout the COVID-19 pandemic by using e-mail or telephone-based advice the, Aberdeen Citizens Advice Bureau (ACAB) has once again opened its doors to the public.


uring the period of closure,

Bureau helped 3,921 clients, achieving

news about the Bureau and to support

the Bureau has been

£4,832,945 of financial benefit for

its work through donations, fundraising

expanded and refurbished to


events and volunteering. The new

ACAB is an independent charity and has

Supporters group is inviting members of

provide a better environment for clients. In-person appointments will also now ensure them a better experience than the previous drop-in service.

been delivering free, confidential and independent advice for over 80 years. The Bureau receives funding from a

the public to support ACAB’s continued provision of free, confidential, independent advice at this time of rising

range of sources including Aberdeen


ACAB receives an average of over 200

City Council’s Common Good Fund as

Chair, Valerie Maehle, said,

contacts a week from people seeking

well as a variety of charitable trusts,

‘Anybody, from any walk of life can find

help with a wide range of problems

including the Robertson Trust, the

themselves in need of advice. With

including debt, housing, benefit claims,

Hunter Foundation and Macmillan

more need for advice than ever and a

employment disputes, consumer

Cancer Support. As a member of

challenging environment for funding

complaints, fraud and relationship

Citizens Advice Scotland, ACAB

post-Covid, people can really help to


participates in the local delivery of

make life better in Aberdeen by

The charity is operated by 27 staff and

national projects such as Help to Claim

becoming a Supporter of the Bureau.

which helps people apply for Universal

Your support can help to ensure that

stop shop’ so that all the client’s issues


advice will be there for those who need

can be dealt with within the Bureau and

The new Supporters organisation

it, when they need it, by going to our

they are not passed from one

encourages individuals and companies

organisation to another. In 2021-22 the

to sign up on the ACAB website for

52 trained volunteers and offers a ‘one-

website and signing up as an individual or corporate Supporter.’



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Charity ceilidh helps reel in funds for local causes bp Coast 2 Coast charity bike ride aims to hit £2m milestone this year


ycling enthusiasts from bp swapped their trainers for dancing shoes as part of a fundraising drive to raise

£200,000 for four north-east charities. The Coast 2 Coast ceilidh took place at The Chester Hotel on Saturday, May 21, with all proceeds split between charities Aberdeenshire North Foodbank, AberNecessities, Camphill School Aberdeen and Maggie’s. The ceilidh was organised by bp’s Coast 2 Coast cycling team – a group of 65 current and former bp employees who

charities close to the hearts of bp

manager for bp was diagnosed with

will ride more than 250 miles from Ayr


ocular (eye) cancer in 2019. As part of

to Aberdeen in three days over the

“With COVID causing a setback for so

her treatment Katie was supported by

Queen’s Jubilee weekend.

many fundraising activities recently, we

Maggie’s in Aberdeen, the charity she’ll be cycling in aid of as she takes on the

The bp Coast 2 Coast bike ride has

look forward to welcoming guests to the

raised around £1.8million for local

ceilidh at The Chester for what we’re

challenge for the first time this year.

charities by cycling across Scotland

sure will be a brilliant evening in aid of

She said: “While my diagnosis and

annually since 2008. Now in its

four inspirational local charities. It’s the

treatment took place in Glasgow, it was

thirteenth year, the riders are aiming to

perfect opportunity to get together

Maggie’s Aberdeen that helped me deal

hit the £2million total fundraising

ahead of taking on what we’re sure will

with cancer and to heal. What I found at

milestone, with funding from the ceilidh

be a challenging, but rewarding, cycle.”

Maggie’s was a beautiful space where I

event contributing to the total.

The challenge is open to cyclists of all

could process my emotions, support for

Jon Turnbull retired from bp in 2017

abilities with individuals covering their

following 38 years with the energy

own accommodation and food costs.

company. He was involved in the

Each cyclist has a fundraising target of

creation of Coast 2 Coast and has taken

£1,000 with participants able to

questions and face the answers.

part in every challenge since.

nominate a charity to benefit from the

“I’m nervous and excited about the

amount raised. All fundraising money

upcoming Coast 2 Coast challenge.

raised by bp employees is matched by

Cycling with reduced visibility isn’t easy

the bp Foundation – doubling the value

but I’m incredibly grateful to have the

of any contributions.

opportunity to take part and in doing so

Katie Butler who is a senior accounting

I hope to raise awareness of the amazing

Prior to the charity ceilidh, he said: “The Coast 2 Coast cycle has grown from around 20 participants in its first year to being a much-loved annual staff event which has raised a huge amount for

myself and my family and specialist staff who took me from a tearful, fearful person to someone who was able to ask

support offered by the Maggie’s team, who continue to be a lifeline to myself and many others affected by cancer.” To sponsor cyclists taking part in the challenge please select your preferred cause and click the charity below. AberNecessities Maggie's North Aberdeenshire Foodbank

The Maggie's Centre in Aberdeen

Camphill Schools

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Aberdeen IT company make essential children’s charity donation suddenly last year. The fund aimed to

our programmes in Aberdeen.

ensure that all local kids clubs and

“The legacy created by Kacey and her

schools have access to their own

family shouldn’t be underestimated and

n Aberdeen IT managed


thanks to them and to Tycom, we’re

services company has

Each staff member that’s employed by

now ensuring young people from all

the programme will now be adequately

over the city are enjoying themselves in

trained in when and how to use the

safer environments.”

devices. In addition, a vinyl will be

Tycom has also provided the funding for

imprinted on each vehicle so that the

a Tootoot subscription, is a safeguarding

Tycom, headquartered on Queens Road,

wider community know that it contains

app that allows staff to confidentially

have been a long-time supporter of

a defibrillator.

and in real-time, report any issues which

Denis Law Legacy Trust and their latest

Alistair Findlater, Managing Director,

may arise.

Tycom, said: “We are really proud to

The firm additionally helps the Trust by

support Denis Law Legacy Trust and all

providing regular meeting space and

the hard work they do for young people

voluntary hours when it comes to

around Aberdeen through their

internal fundraising and finance.


donated a substantial sum to a local children’s charity for

the purchase of two crucial life-saving devices.

contribution will allow the organisation to purchase two defibrillators and the related training necessary for all operational staff members to both understand its need and how to use it, if necessary. This now ensures that every van that is operational at Streetsport sessions, the charity’s flagship programme run in partnership with Robert Gordon University, will contain a defibrillator. The programme attracts hundreds of young participants each week who take part in free sport and creative activity. Denis Law Legacy Trust had already been donated one defibrillator from the Kacey Seivwright Fund, a fundraising effort launched in memory of Kacey, a young girl in Aberdeen who lost her life

Streetsport programme. “It is our pleasure to extend this backing through a donation which we hope will significantly help to increase the safety of youngsters in the city.” Mark Williams, Chief Operating Officer, Denis Law Legacy Trust, said: “Thanks to Tycom for their generosity and continued support for

Henry Thom, Technology Alignment Manager, Tycom; Lewis Walker, Communication & Marketing Officer, DLLT; Isabel Corsar, Director and Company Secretary, Tycom

Free online Climate Emergency Training for people across Scotland The online Climate Emergency Training

Communication pack

takes place in May and June 2022. And

The communications pack contains a

About the online Climate Emergency

it provides opportunities for anyone


living in Scotland over the age of 25 to

Working with Skills Development Scotland, Keep Scotland Beautiful has developed an exciting programme of accredited Climate Emergency Training

understand the climate emergency and respond to the risks, opportunities and responsibilities ahead on their way to becoming certified as Carbon Literate.

website news story and suggested text for newsletters and emails. It also contains social media content and tags, plus graphics. You can download the communications pack at:

to help upskill Scotland’s workforce with

the knowledge required to move


towards a net zero society.

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The Alliance Self Management Awards 2022 open for nominations until 20 June

Do you know someone making a difference for self management in Scotland? Nominate them now for a Self Management Award. Each year the ALLIANCE host the Self

To provide learning of self

ALLIANCE Digital Hub

Management Awards which celebrate

management approaches across

Self Management Champion of the

examples of good practice and promote

Scotland that can help feed into the

Year – in partnership with Humans

a range of innovative self management

development and delivery of

of Scotland

work that exists all over Scotland. The


Volunteer-Led Self Management

Self Management Awards create an

For people and organisations to be

Project of the Year


recognised for their work around self

Sensory Loss: Positive Self


Management – In partnership with

To promote self management activity across Scotland through the

This year the award categories are:


Self Management in the Community

For people and organisations

the Scottish Sensory Hub Self Management through the Arts

Self Management Resource of the

championing self management to


spread their learning and promote

Digital Innovator Self Management

their work.

Award – in partnership with the

Closing date is 12pm on 20 June.

Ukrainian Donations Request Aberdeen city is continuing to welcome the arrival of Ukrainian families. Aberdeen City Council staff and partners are continuing to work alongside local volunteers to prepare accommodation for families. We have had an overwhelming response from the people in Aberdeen so far – thank you! However we are still low on certain items, so are recirculating this revised specific request to enable us to finish furnishing properties. Below is a list of items that we are still in need of.

We are very low on: European plugs Televisions Large pans Microwaves Blankets Clothes horses

We would also gratefully receive: TV stands – medium/large size Irons and ironing boards Kitchen bins Rugs Photo frames Wall and freestanding mirrors – medium/large size Hairdryers

If you can help out please contact a member of the Community Learning & Development Team during working hours, Monday – Friday on 01224 291874. Outwith these hours there will be the facility to leave a message and someone from the Team will get back to you. Alternatively you can get in touch via email to All donations will be very welcome and gratefully received. However to ensure we meet current safety regulations, we are asking for new electrical goods and new/nearly new other items. We have storage space and will arrange a suitable drop-off appointment with you. This is to maximise staff time and volunteer resources and due to the extremely tight timeframes and sensitive nature of this situation. Thank you for your continued support.

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Voluntee 2022: Aber On behalf of the board of ACVO, I would like to thank all of Aberdeen's wonderful volunteers who give so selflessly for the charities, organisations, community groups, and causes of our city. You all generously give others your greatest asset, your time, and in doing so you make such an important and profound impact on the lives of so many people across Aberdeen. To me, you are Aberdeen's greatest asset, and the board of ACVO thank you all for making such an important difference to the lives of thousands of our citizens.

Paul O'Connor MBE, Chair of ACVO

On behalf of all of the team at ACVO, I would like to thank everyone who has been involved in volunteering in the city throughout the year. Without your support, our work would be so much harder and less fun. You have brought fantastic skills and enthusiasm which have made a difference to the lives of many in the city.

Maggie Hepburn, Chief Executive ACVO

Volunteers Week is the perfect time to say thank you to all the tremendous volunteers in Aberdeen and across the country who provide so much help, support and make such a positive difference for people and communities. Along, with all the great volunteer involving organisations in Aberdeen, ACVO is delighted to join in national Volunteers Week and say a big thank you to all volunteers in our fantastic city for all you do. Thank you volunteers.

Mike Melvin, Volunteer Co-ordinator at ACVO

When you reflect on the efforts of v makes you so proud of our people a will be absolutely crucial as we mov those folks who have gone above an over the past few years deserve eve gratitude that comes their way – th

Kevin Stewa

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ers' Week rdeen says

volunteers here in Aberdeen, it and our city. Our voluntary sector ve forward from the pandemic and nd beyond for our communities ery single plaudit and message of hank you to you all.

art MSP, Aberdeen Central

Inchgarth community centre relies heavily on the good-will, dedication, and skills of our vast group of 165 volunteers across our programme. Without these amazing volunteers, Inchgarth simply cannot provide the essential services and opportunities for the community and those who need us the most. Volunteers make a tremendous difference to many people's lives and are the glue which binds our centre and community together. On behalf of Inchgarth community centre, may I thank everyone past and present, and those yet to join us, for making such a powerful difference.

Jules Ory, Volunteer Coordinator, Inchgarth Community Centre

We simply would not be where we are as a city if it were not for all the volunteers who put in hundreds of hours throughout the year to make a positive difference to our communities and the lives of others and for that they must be commended. Volunteers do a massive amount of work, which can sometimes go unnoticed, so I am incredibly pleased to be able to recognise all that volunteers across Aberdeen do on this years Volunteers Week."

Jackie Dunbar MSP, Aberdeen Donside

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Volunteers’ Week is a time to thank every volunteer. Volunteers improve our society through countless contributions each year and at time of crisis, they make our services more resilient. Within every local community, volunteering takes place formally, through the incredible work of organisations and groups and also informally through great acts of kindness, between individuals (who are not friends and family). Thank you all, for your volunteering.

Alan Stevenson, CEO, Volunteer Scotland

Grateful is an understatement. We are thankful beyond words for what our volunteers have done and continue to do for Abernecessities and the children across our city and shire. It truly is because of your unwavering dedication that our work is possible - we would be lost without you all. The passion and kindness we see in each and every one of our volunteers is truly inspiring. Our volunteers are the backbone of our operation and you deserve to be celebrated every day. From the bottom of our hearts - thank you.

Michelle Herd and Danielle Flecher-Horn, Founder, Abernecessities

Future Choices has been running now for 14 years and at the heart of the success is down to the incredible and dedicated team of volunteers. We couldn't do what we do without our volunteers. In my experience, most volunteers in general don't look for recognition or any awards or special treatment purely because they think, them doing what they do is enough but it's vital that all our volunteers contributions are recognised through National Volunteers Week because they do matter as without them, nothing would happen. We say it every year simply because we sincerely mean it - THANK YOU VOLUNTEERS.

David Forbes, Chair, Future Choices

We know people and community groups across Aberdeen did a lot to help out their neighbours and communities in the recent storms and bad weather, and during covid in the last couple of years – from a simple check on elderly neighbours, to fetching shopping, or helping to grit pavements. However you have helped – thank you, it is really appreciated by ourselves and partners such as the police, Aberdeen Health and Social Care Partnership, and SSE. Thank you!

Fiona Mann, Emergency Planning, Resilience & Civic Lead, Aberdeen City Council and Aberdeen City Community Resilience Working Group


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Advocacy Service Aberdeen would like to take this opportunity during Volunteers Week to thank all their volunteers, past and present, for the time, dedication and commitment they have given to the service. It really does make a difference! Last year the volunteer team contributed a collective 481.5 hours to the service.

Joanne Grant, Volunteer Coordinator/Advocacy Worker, Advocacy Service Aberdeen

Thank you to all of our shmu volunteers. Your commitment to our communities and shmu is incredible and makes a difference to so many. Thank you for making shmu an amazing place to be.

Tracy Ewing, Volunteer Coordinator, SHMU

On behalf of everyone at Denis Law Legacy Trust and our Streetsport programme, we want to say a huge thank you to all of our fantastic volunteers. Each and every one of them are vital to the success of what we do and for them to dedicate so many hours to us and the young people of Aberdeen is simply amazing.

Lewis Walker, Denis Law Legacy Trust

A huge thank you to our wonderful volunteers who have truly stepped up to help vulnerable clients. Supporting clients to remain independent in their own home, providing transport to get to essential appointments and assisting with shopping are just a few examples of the support our volunteers provide. Always with a friendly smile and a chance to chat our volunteers can brighten up someone’s day. This past year our volunteers have supported NHS Grampian with a transport discharge service to help get patients safely home. We look forward to continuing to work with our family of dedicated volunteers. Happy Volunteers Week!

Karen Fong, Service Manager, RVS Royal Voluntary Service

Thank you to all of our volunteers, new and existing, for being such a vital part of our service. Our ever-growing service relies on the amazing support of our befrienders, group and event volunteers, and you are all so adaptable to the change that happens so often. As we continue to rise out of the pandemic, we look forward to seeing you all and catching up together. Thank you for the support you give to the young carers in Aberdeen City, and the joy you bring to them, and the experiences you share with them.

Jacqui and the whole Barnardo’s Aberdeen Young Carers Team

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We have a fantastic group of volunteers at Bonnymuir Green Community Trust and we cannot thank them enough for their enthusiasm and commitment. Whether they help out in the garden or with the apiary, serve in our volunteer run café, sit on the Board of Trustees, do odd jobs, provide baking or help track visitor numbers, they are all vital to the running of the project and we appreciate every one of them. Volunteers Week is a chance to express our gratitude for all that they do and celebrate their amazing contribution.

Liz Brown, Centre Coordinator, Bonnymuir Green Community Trust

Volunteers week is the perfect opportunity to take a few moments to thank and encourage all volunteers across the city. Community Councils are active within their local communities making them a better place to live and work. They are involved in a variety of projects including care packages for those in need, festive lights, community gardens, litter picks, community paths, planters/hanging baskets and rarely do they get the thanks or credit for this important work. During the pandemic, community councils joined other volunteers to make sure that fellow residents were safe and had the supplies that they needed. I am always amazed at how much community councils achieve for their communities whether on their own or by working closely with other local groups and agencies. Keep up the good work and thank you for your dedication to your communities.

Karen Finch, Community Council Liaison Officer

This Volunteer Week I'd like to take the opportunity to say a huge thank you to each and every one of our wonderful volunteers! They are the backbone of everything we do at Aberdeen Arts Centre and we truly couldn't open our doors every night without them. The commitment, hard work and enthusiasm every member of our volunteering team gives us is so appreciated and after a difficult couple of years due to Covid-19 restrictions we're so excited to continue to welcome audiences back to our community focussed venue together!

Stephanie Walls, Volunteer Coordinator, Aberdeen Arts Centre

We would like to express our sincere thanks and appreciation to our wonderful team of volunteers. Their commitment, drive and enthusiasm helps to keep the wheels of Somebody Cares turning on a daily basis. They fill many roles and offer many skills, and always with a sense of team spirit. They are the essence of Somebody Cares and contribute greatly to the client experience, we quite simply couldn’t do it without them. Happy Volunteers Day to all who volunteer their time to help us help our city.

Alison Topley, Chief Operating Officer, Somebody Cares SCIO


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None of what has been accomplished thus far would have been possible without the efforts of our brilliant and enthusiastic band of volunteers. FRESH Community Wellness SCIO give a massive thank you to everyone who has played a part so far. So, thank you again to all of our volunteers during Volunteers Week!

Sam Raion, Chairperson, FRESH Community Wellness

Grampian Opportunities would like to thank all the tremendous Volunteers who offer their time and support and make such a positive difference to all of Grampian Opportunities Projects and the people and communities who are involved in these projects. Grampian Opportunities are delighted to join in the National Volunteers Week and would like to say a big thank you to all volunteers within our fantastic Service. Thank You to all our Volunteers who have supported Grampian Opportunities over the years and continue to support the service and their community.

Tracey Harrison, Grampian Opportunities

Volunteers’ Week is a great opportunity for all of us at AbilityNet to say a massive thank you to our amazing team of tech volunteers for giving up their spare time to support people during a time when technology has never been so important.

Chris Grant, Community Relationship Officer, AbilityNet

A huge well done and thank you to all our volunteers at The Allotment Market Stall. We are looking forward to our vegetable stalls starting for an amazing 10th season in July, all thanks to your hard work and commitment. In addition our new market garden has got off to a cracking start and we want to give a warm welcome to our new team members there. Your contribution makes a big difference encouraging growing and eating healthy local veg. Good Job!

Greg and the TAMS team

On behalf of the whole team at TLC, we would like to thank all our volunteers and those that have supported us this year and over the last 20. We would not have been able to support and meet the needs of the people we have in our community if it were not for you, the public. Whether it’s been through volunteering with our food bank service (in partnership with the Trussell Trust) or with our befriending service, our volunteers are who make it happen day in, and day out. We are so pleased to join in with this year’s Volunteers Week to publicly express our gratitude in this way to our wonderful volunteers! Thank you!

Jonny Astill, Development Manager, TLC

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We've all come through an harrowing pandemic over the past two years. Aberdeen Linking Lives (run by The Bridge – registered charity number: SC050930) has made a significant impact in the lives of those lonely and socially isolated in our communities. We could not have done such an amazing feat without our dedicated, resilient and outstanding volunteers. I deeply express our gratitude and appreciation to our volunteers across the North East of Scotland for their time, social skills and sense of community. Our charity, The Bridge and Board of Trustees are most grateful. Happy Volunteers Week

We want to say a huge thank you to all CHAS volunteers. Volunteers are integral to CHAS. Without them we simply couldn’t provide high-quality care for children and families across Scotland. In Aberdeen we have volunteers who visit families in their own homes. We also have volunteers who are raising vital funds for our services. We are determined to be there for families going through the hardest of times and we couldn’t do it without all CHAS volunteers. Thank you!

Fiona Harvey, Head of Volunteering, CHAS

Shola Ajide, Aberdeen Linking Lives (run by The Bridge)

Thank you to all our amazing volunteers who have worked tirelessly and with dedication to supporting all those young people struggling out there right now. During a difficult time for everyone, we are so grateful on behalf of those children that you have continued to be there and make the incredible difference that you do

Kerri Stewart, Volunteer Coordinator and the staff team at Childline Aberdeen


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Greyhope Bay bring volunteers together to look after the coast while improving personal wellbeing with their project

Clean Beach Happy People


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reyhope Bay, a charitable organisation based in Aberdeen, not only offer dolphin watching from their café and community space at Torry Battery, but also provide the opportunity for volunteers to come together to clean the coasts with their ‘Clean Beach Happy People’ project. Working in partnership with East Grampian Coastal Partnership - Turning the Plastic Tide, members of the public are invited to spend a couple of hours together clearing litter from the coastline that surrounds the Greyhope Bay Centre with a special focus on enjoying the positive effects of time well spent in the great outdoors. The beach cleaning programme received support from the Scottish Government’s Communities Mental Health & Wellbeing Fund which was distributed in Aberdeen by ACVO. As well as bringing benefit to the natural environment, Turning the Plastic Tide has done extensive evaluations of supported beach cleaning and have concluded that one of the top takeaways from the experience of beach cleaning as a group is a sense of wellbeing and positive mental outlook from purposeful activity and community connection. As part of our Volunteers’ Week 2022 campaign, the ACVO team joined volunteers and organisers to experience Clean Beach Happy People first hand, to breathe some fresh coastal air and to see the huge positive impact the project is making on the Torry area and on the wellbeing of those who take part. Find out more in our Volunteers’ Week 2022 film! The Greyhope Bay Centre which opened in April 2022 is an "off-grid" ecofacility built by converting shipping containers and forms part of 5-year plan to establish Torry Battery as a vibrant destination in Aberdeen. More information about the organisation and details about taking part in the next beach clean can be found at

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A look back at

Mental Health Awareness Week 9-15 May 2022


ental Health Awareness Week this year, focussed on raising awareness of the impact of loneliness on our mental wellbeing and the practical steps we can take to address it.

Loneliness is affecting more and more of us in the UK and has had a huge impact on our physical and mental health during the pandemic. Our connection to other people and our community is fundamental to protecting our mental health and we need to find better ways of tackling the epidemic of loneliness. We can all play a part in this. To support the campaign we took a closer look at projects operating in Aberdeen which bring communities together and alleviate the impact of loneliness. The projects featured were supported by the Scottish Government’s Communities Mental Health & Wellbeing Fund which was distributed in Aberdeen by ACVO. Learn more and listen to all stories at

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Citymoves Dance Agency

Dance for Parkinson's

Mo's story


itymoves Dance Agency is a registered charity who provide dance classes for all ages and abilities. Having suffered an extended time of isolation due to the pandemic, Citymoves sought funding to support their Dance for Parkinson’s programme, to support the social, mental and physical wellbeing of those living with this condition in the city. Dance for Parkinson’s is a national programme running throughout Scotland, initiated by Scottish Ballet and Dance Base. All tutors receive training specific to working with those living with Parkinson’s. This year thanks to the Communities Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund, Citymoves were able to not only fund the class in their studio but also an additional class in the community to reach more participants and their carers in Aberdeen. Parkinson’s can range from a mild to debilitating condition where a reduced level of physical activity can have a significant effect on strength, mobility and posture. Dance for Parkinson’s aims to encourage those living with this condition to gain muscle strength and mobility through the movement of dance. As well as promoting good mental health, participants keep physically active through these classes. Additionally, and just as importantly, the project acts as a community hub for those living with Parkinson’s. This frequent, weekly socialisation helps alleviate feelings of loneliness and social isolation amongst the dancers. They get to communicate with other like-minded, like-bodied people, find similarities in their situations and seek advice in relation to their condition.

Mo has always loved dancing and has danced all her life. Dance for Parkinson’s classes have brought her closer to others and she finds the classes a good way to meet people, socialise and to feel less isolated. Mo found the lockdown to be a challenge at times but was grateful when the classes moved online. However she is now glad to be back at Citymoves to see others in person.

Listen to Mo's story


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Amy's Story

Amy is one of the Dance Development Managers at Citymoves and is the lead tutor for Dance for Parkinson’s. She started as a volunteer for the class around six years ago where she trained alongside other tutors. She feels the main aim of the group is to let people know they are not alone and provide a space for authentic interpersonal relationships to grow. She notices positive physical and emotional differences in all who take part and loves to be able to make a difference to people’s lives.

Listen to Amy's story

Kate has only just started attending the Dance for Parkinson’s classes but has been made to feel very welcome by the community.

Kate's Story

As someone recently diagnosed with Parkinson’s, Kate tries to keep as active as possible to avoid her muscles stiffening and seizing up; the Dance for Parkinson’s project helps Kate to keep physically active while being able to connect with others sharing her condition.

Listen to Kate's story

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Aberdeen Methodist Church

Rev James Garnett’s Story

Open House O

pen House is a project which aims to create community by providing a welcoming, inclusive and accessible space for all to attend in the heart of Aberdeen’s City Centre. Hosted by Aberdeen Methodist Church on Crown Terrace, the programme welcomes attendees every weekday between 2pm and 4pm. They offer refreshments, hot drinks, purposeful activities and, most importantly, a safe and inviting space for anyone who would like to join. In addition to bringing in people to run workshops and activities, Open House encourage those who attend to take a lead in planning and leading workshops relating to their interests. This contributes towards building individual confidence and fostering involvement within a flourishing community. Open House stimulates necessary conversation amongst a variety of individuals where the main aim is to prevent and address problems associated with poor mental health and loneliness.

Rev James Garnett is the Minister at Aberdeen Methodist Church. He was inspired to establish Open House as he is passionate about tackling social isolation within the city and surrounding communities through the process of bringing people together. As well seeing the sessions as benefit for those who attend, Rev Garnett views Open House as an opportunity for him to learn and connect with others through listening to their stories

Those who attend may have experienced recent challenges with substances or mental health, and a simple chat with someone can make a positive impact on their lives. Stories can be shared within a calm, warm environment and people can take their mind off any worries for a couple of hours. Everyone is welcome to Open House where there is always someone to talk to. Open House is supported by the Scottish Government Communities Mental Health & Wellbeing Fund, distributed in Aberdeen by ACVO.

Listen to Rev Garnett’s story

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Tom likes to attend the Open House regularly to turn his focus away from alcohol. He believes that having a community with shared experience can help support those experiencing drug, alcohol and mental health issues as well as those who feel socially isolated.

Tom's story

He says that Open House allows people to switch off from any worries, even if it’s just a quick coffee and chat.

Listen to Tom's story

Henry's Story

Henry volunteers with Open House with an aim of connecting with those who attend and enjoys assisting with any tech questions that come up. He believes that there is a huge issue with loneliness, especially since the pandemic, and finds the Open House a vital service to tackle these feelings. In future, he would like to see more people coming along to the Open House to build a larger community where everyone can socialise and help each other feel less lonely.

Listen to Henry's story

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Jonny's Story

Aberdeen Befriending Project


re-pandemic, there were always people in Aberdeen that have struggled with loneliness and isolation, however, due to the pandemic, we have witnessed a huge increase in people struggling with this crippling issue due to the various lockdowns and fear that the pandemic created, causing a loss of confidence and fear in entering and being part of their local community. For those affected, this has meant a decrease in their community connectedness and resilience, with higher levels of loneliness and Isolation felt which has adversely affected their mental health and wellbeing. The TLC Aberdeen Befriending Project matches volunteer befrienders with individuals referred via the Primary Links Practitioners, based in doctor’s surgeries across Aberdeen. The service aims to act as an early intervention to alleviate the feelings of loneliness and isolation, which has adversely affected an individual’s mental health and wellbeing, by supporting and building individuals’ community connectedness and personal resilience, all of which improve individual life outcomes Another project supported by the Scottish Government Communities Mental Health & Wellbeing Fund, distributed in Aberdeen by ACVO.

Jonny is the Development Manager at TLC and has been involved with the work of the organisation over the years, most recently overseeing TLCs befriending project, established in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. He has witnessed first hand the health and wellbeing benefit of bringing people in communities together. With the Aberdeen Befriending Project, Jonny wants to see the resilience of individuals restored and the people they support feel comfortable to engage fully with their community.

Listen to Jonny's story


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Louise's Story

Louise is the Senior Coordinator for the Aberdeen Befriending Project and through her extensive experience working within the City’s third sector, she realises the importance of befriending schemes and the impact they have on wellbeing. She likes that the project is accessible for a wide demographic of people and looks forward to seeing the positive changes it will bring.

Listen to Louise's story

Jennifer is the Coordinator for the Aberdeen Befriending Project and, like Louise’s role, hers is a new one for TLC, made possible in part by a grant from the Communities Mental Health & Wellbeing Fund.

Jennifer's Story

Jennifer feels that befriending not only helps the person being supported but also the volunteer providing the service and in facilitating these relationships real meaningful and beneficial connections can be made.

Listen to Jennifer's story


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April update from ACVO's Volunteering Services Manager, Mike Melvin Find out more at

Fantastic Start to Volunteers Week 2022 Volunteers Week 2022 is off to a superb start in Aberdeen and across the country! National Volunteers Week takes place each year on 1st - 7th June. It celebrates and thanks the millions of volunteers throughout the country who do so much good for people and our communities. It is also a perfect time to inspire even more people to get involved in volunteering. As well as bringing you thank you messages from individuals and organisations thanking Aberdeen's volunteers, we have two new films which highlight the impact volunteers make on the city where we take a look at Greyhope Bay's 'Clean Beach, Happy People' project and the achievements of Ryan Bannerman who recently received his 500 hours of volunteering Saltire Award. You can find out more and follow the campaign this week at I'm continually impressed by and grateful for all the incredible work volunteers do in our city - thank you to you all for the difference you make.


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Charlie House receive Queen’s Award for volunteering


he prestigious award – announced as the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Weekend celebrations begin - recognises outstanding work by local volunteer groups to benefit their communities.

“Despite reduced volunteering

to find support locally for her son Louis,

opportunities during lockdown, our

whose needs meant the family had to

volunteers worked really hard to adapt

travel over 100 miles to the nearest

to a new way of working. They donated

support facility.

nearly 4,000 volunteer hours last year

Charlie House believes that every child

It is the highest award a local voluntary group can receive in the UK and equivalent to an MBE.

families, recording online tutorials and “They went above and beyond to

for themselves and their family. They

Charlie House was established so that all children with life-limiting and lifethreatening conditions in north-east Scotland receive the support they require. It is raising funds to build a specialist care facility in Aberdeen.

provide invaluable support to the

provide access to inclusive activities so

families, many of whom experienced

that they can live life to the full and

long periods in isolation, shielding their

make memories for the whole family to

vulnerable children.


“Charlie House volunteers play an

In 2018, the charity launched the Big

incredibly important role in our

Build Appeal to build a dedicated


support centre in Aberdeen so that

“Our mission is to reach the 1,800

families no longer need to travel huge

Volunteers are central to the success of the charity with more than 100 volunteers givingtheir time on a regular basis or helping out with specific events or projects.

alone by delivering online activities to working remotely.

babies, children and young people with

should receive a smooth transition from hospital to home, and practical and emotional support should be available

distances to get vital support, respite

life limiting or life-shortening conditions

and care.

They are involved in a diverse range of roles, including providing activities for children and families, donating their time in the social enterprise café ReCHarge and the indoor market Curated Aberdeen, as well as the many and varied fundraising events throughout the year.

who live in the north-east of Scotland.

The contribution of Charlie House

At every level of our organisation,

volunteers, along with others from

volunteers are helping us to achieve our

across the UK, act as a reminder of the

goals – their support is truly invaluable.”

value that volunteers are contributing

Volunteer Ruby said: “My volunteer

to their local communities and making

Volunteers also give their time and skills to support behind-the-scenes activities such as marketing, finance and general administration.

team, different volunteers, and the

Joan Cowie, volunteer and information co-ordinator at Charlie House, said: “We are all absolutely delighted at the news of the Queen’s Award. It is such a fitting tribute and welcome recognition of the commitment and dedication of our team of wonderful volunteers who bring their skills, energy and enthusiasm to everything they do.

experience has been great so far. There are always great opportunities to get involved and to get to know the support families. “I’m in a lucky position where I get to see the benefits that Charlie House’s support has to families.” Charlie House is one of 244 UK local charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups to receive the prestigious award this year. The Aberdeen-based charity was founded in 2011 by local mum, Tracy Johnstone. It followed her own struggle

life better for those around them. The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service was created in 2002 to celebrate the Golden Jubilee and recipients are announced each year on 2 June, the anniversary of The Queen’s Coronation. Representatives of Charlie House will receive the award crystal and certificate from Aberdeen’s Lord Provost Dr David Cameron later this summer. In addition, two volunteers from the charity will attend a garden party at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in July 2023.

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Volunteers at Grampian Opportunities take action Volunteering Action against climate change Plan to launch at The Gathering

The Volunteering Action Plan (VAP) is a collaborative project led by the Scottish Government that aims to create a Scotland where everyone can volunteer, more often, and throughout their lives. The Plan builds upon Volunteering for All: The National Framework and provides ‘actions on the ground’ achieved through co-production, learning and a spirit of reciprocity and is designed to provide actions over a 10year period as a living plan. The framework provides a coherent and compelling narrative for volunteering and defines the key outcomes desired for volunteering over the next ten years; and identifies (some of) the key data and evidence to inform, indicate and drive performance. The formal launch of the action plan will take place at the SCVO Gathering at on Wednesday 15 June 09:30-12:15, all are invited and full details can be found at The Gathering, organised by SCVO, is the largest voluntary sector event in the UK and is back and coming to Glasgow's SEC on 15 & 16 June 2022. It’s free to attend the Gathering as a delegate and everyone’s welcome voluntary sector staff, volunteers, board members and trustees from charities, social enterprises and community groups, politicians, academics and journalists, students and members of the public.

Grampian Opportunities have been successful in receiving funding from the National Lottery for the GO Green Project, which will support communities across the UK to take action on climate change. GO is lucky enough to have around 85 Volunteers who support the service in various ways. A handful of Volunteers have been kind enough to give up their time to form the GO Green steering group, ultimately the GO Green Project is a Volunteer led Project supported by staff from GO. The main objectives of this project will be to spend the next 12 months monitoring, evaluating and implementing how we can share practical low or no costs options within the organisation and wider community on our journey to net zero. GO’s aim is to raise awareness and knowledge of current activities and to increase the knowledge and skills of climate change and to encourage positive recycling choices within the service as well as personally at home. Tracey Harrison is Coordinating the GO Green Project and has set up some dates for the GO Green Café meeting and hopes that people can attend as speakers will be invited to these get togethers. Please contact Tracey at if you are interested in coming along as your contribution would be valuable on the day or find out more at For Volunteers' Week, Grampian Opportunities would like to thank all the tremendous Volunteers who offer their time and support and make such a positive difference to all of Grampian Opportunities Projects and the people and communities who are involved in these projects. Grampian Opportunities are delighted to join in the National Volunteers Week and would like to say a big thank you to all volunteers within our fantastic Service. Thank You to all our Volunteers who have supported Grampian Opportunities over the years and continue to support the service and their community.

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Aberdeen volunteers needed for NSPCC’s flagship Childhood Day


SPCC Scotland is bringing people in Aberdeen together this summer to have fun while helping to protect children from abuse and neglect.

897 referrals to agencies in Scotland

park, a board game, a musical get-

about child abuse and neglect concerns

together or an online gaming

- an average of two referrals a day.

tournament, we want your help to get

With the support of local people here in

the UK playing and to raise money to

Aberdeen, we can take action against

help us keep children safe from abuse.”

Childhood Day, which is on June 10, is the NSPCC’s landmark charity day where families, friends and colleagues fundraise and take action to help keep children safe.

child abuse, and raise funds to ensure

To help with a collection, visit

To help make this the best Childhood Day yet, the NSPCC is appealing for volunteers on Friday 10 and Saturday 11 June at the ASDA Beach Superstore from 10am until 6pm. Caroline Renton, Supporter Fundraising Manager for NSPCC Scotland, said: “Last year, the NSPCC Helpline made

young people always have someone to turn to.

“We need volunteers to help at our

If you want to do your own fundraising,

Aberdeen collection, so please contact

then visit

us if you’re able to give your time,

for a fundraising pack.

energy and enthusiasm. It would be

-For any further information please feel

great if you could spare a couple of hours to help us. Together we can make all the difference for children. “Or you may prefer to set up a fundraising event. Whether you’re organising a sponsored kickabout in the

welcome to also email


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Charity Clan Cancer Support to host volunteering open day


orth-east cancer charity, Clan Cancer Support is hosting a volunteering open day to attract the

public to sign up and support people affected by cancer across its communities. The open day will be held at Clan House situated on Westburn Road, Aberdeen on Wednesday 8th June 2022 between 3pm and 8pm, and will give anyone interested in volunteering the opportunity to find out more about the charity, its work across the north-east and Northern Isles as well as how volunteering can make a difference to your local community. The day will coincide with this year’s Volunteer’s Week in June, and will encourage people to sign up across all aspects of Clan, including volunteering at events and shops, as well as volunteering to assist with listening and support and driving clients to and from their hospital appointments. Val Lockhart, who has been volunteering within the events team at Clan since 2014 says, “I got involved with Clan in 2014 through the charities’ committee at my work. When I moved on from the job, I stayed with Clan. There are so

many positives for me, the important local services I feel I’m supporting, the lively and kind community I’ve become part of, and the different ways I’ve been able to contribute, depending on work or other personal commitments. I’d say to anyone thinking of volunteering, sign up and see how you like it. The most important thing for me was how welcoming the staff and volunteers are.” Claire Mechie, Clan’s Volunteer Coordinator, says: “Volunteering is at the very heart of everything that Clan does. We are so proud of our volunteers across our local communities as they provide a variety of important ways to support people that are affected by cancer. Demand for our volunteer service has grown, and we’re looking for people across different backgrounds to help in range of roles throughout the region. “We are delighted to be able to host this, in-person, open day for the public to engage with Clan, and find out more about what we can offer in terms of volunteering. Pop along to Clan House to meet likeminded volunteers, find out how to gain valuable work experience, use existing skills and develop new ones by joining our skills bank, make a difference to the lives of people

affected by cancer, or simply just have a chat with us about how you would like to get involved. No matter what skills and time you have, Clan can offer you a rewarding experience.” Clan would urge anyone who has thought about volunteering before or anyone who is looking for a new challenge to head along to their open day, to meet the team and find out more about them as a charity and how to get involved as a volunteer. The charity plan to host several more open day events for volunteering throughout their community bases, including Banchory, Inverurie, Crimond, Elgin, Orkney and Shetland. You can get in touch to find out more about them by emailing or call 01224 647000. You can also visit Clan’s website to find out more about volunteering and opening hours.

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Can you help North East Eating Disorders Support (NEEDS) by volunteering as a facilitator? NEEDS is looking for volunteer facilitators for their monthly support groups for those who are suffering from an eating disorder, as well as for carers who are supporting someone with an eating disorder, either in person or from a distance (e.g., a family member at university or living elsewhere). Have you suffered from an eating disorder and been fully recovered for at least 2 years, or have you had experience of caring for a family member or friend who has suffered from an eating disorder and who is now fully recovered or who is still suffering from an eating disorder having had it for several years? If the answer is yes, are you someone who can and is willing to support others in this journey, who can always observe confidentiality, be empathetic, kind, and non-judgemental, be a good listener, be sensitive to those who are not yet able to share, and who can demonstrate the value of self-care.

If you feel you would like to join the team of facilitators, please contact Irene Kerr at


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Volunteer Drivers - Future Choices Aberdeen The latest from our team.

We have exciting opportunities for people to join our great team of volunteer drivers. Our group meets at Inchgarth Community Centre, Aboyne Place, Garthedee, Aberdeen on Tuesdays between 11.00am to 2.00pm. You will be made to feel very welcome as we are a very friendly, dynamic group and greatly appreciate help that volunteers give. This is a great, enjoyable opportunity to help in the local community, make a positive difference and also the opportunity to develop new skills. For more information regarding this or any other volunteer opportunities at Future Choices please contact us at email: or through our website: Future Choices is a local voluntary charity which supports physically disabled adults by providing a range of social inclusion and recreational activities.

Treasurer - Grampian Disability Sport (GDS) Grampian Disability Sport (GDS) is a voluntary group where the main aim is to lead in the development of sport for people with physical, sensory or learning disabilities in partnership with key local agencies and local authority areas in Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire and Moray. GDS is a member branch of Scottish Disability Sport (SDS) who are the governing body of sport for athletes and players with a physical, sensory or learning disability. GDS have achieved SDS Minimum Operating Requirements (MOR) which ensures all governance is up to date and appropriate. The committee of GDS now wishes to appoint new Treasurer to continue to ensure that our finances and processes continue to be well-managed and transparent. This is a great and exciting opportunity to help and make a real, positive difference. Main duties include:Responsible for Grampian Disability Sport’s finances; Deal efficiently and effectively with all invoices and bills; Keep up to date records of all the financial transactions; Ensure that funds are spent properly; Issue receipts and record all money received; Attend committee meetings and present the budget report; Prepare the end of year accounts to present to the auditors; In agreement with the committee plan the annual budget; Monitor the budget throughout the year; Help prepare annual OSCR (Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator) return. To apply please send a note of interest to Alison Shaw at email: detailing why you are interested in the role and any relevant skills and experience. If you have any questions or would like more information, please also feel welcome to contact Alison at email: or telephone 07828 744 848. *(Closing date for applying is Wednesday 15th June 2022).

Daytime Activities Volunteers - Searchlight Scotland Searchlight Scotland is involved in managing more than 200 refugees from around the world, currently residing at a facility in Aberdeen. We provide people with support and have a range of activities during the day. We are recruiting volunteers to help us during the daytime mainly in running outdoor and sport activities. Our volunteers help by: • Creating and running different activities (sport, DIY, craft, walks around Aberdeen city, art lessons etc.). • Drive clients to their appointments or to outdoor activities. Our amazing volunteers provide us with their time, passion and energy, helping us to continue supporting the vulnerable people we serve in our community. In return, our volunteers have been able to: · gain new skills and confidence · enhance their CV and employability · meet new people · get training and support · make a difference If you wish to volunteer or for any further details please contact Eva D’ Amico, Volunteer Coordinator at email: eva.d' or telephone.: 07927371717. More details are also available at our website:

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Nuart Aberdeen 2022 Volunteers - Nuart Aberdeen The latest from our team.

We’re looking for enthusiastic volunteers who wish to gain some valuable experience at Nuart Aberdeen 2022. Our volunteers are an essential part of Nuart Festival and contribute to all areas of the production and events programme. We are looking for event staff, runners, artist assistants, drivers, production crew and admin/marketing support for the festival. There is no need for any training or previous experience as you will be fully briefed by the Nuart Team for your shifts. We create dynamic schedules for our volunteers so you can try your hand at more than one role and get a well-rounded experience at the festival. Production will take place from around 1-9 June, with the launch weekend programme running 912 June. Our volunteer sign up form will ask you to indicate your areas of interest and your availability so we can allocate shifts and roles. This is a relaxed and fun volunteer opportunity and we really look forward to working with you soon! Opportunities include Event volunteers; Artist Assistants Volunteers; Volunteer Drivers; Production Volunteers; Volunteer Runners; Marketing and Admin Support Volunteers To sign up as a volunteer please complete the form at: *If you have any specific questions on volunteering, please contact us at email: Otherwise we'll be in touch in the coming weeks to organise shifts and tell you more about the festival! *For more information on Nuart Aberdeen 2022, please visit the Nuart Aberdeen website -

Board Members - Bonnymuir Green Community Trust Bonnymuir Green Community Trust is a thriving community owned green space and registered charity. We have a productive, managed community garden, a social hub and cafe, which is led, developed and sustained by local volunteers. We encourage all members of the public to meet and share in a space that is accessible, providing the community with a mix of educational and social activities, encouraging fun, good health, wellbeing and sustainable living. Our aim is that Bonnymuir Green Community Trust develops and uses the site of the former Bonnymuir Green Bowling Club as an asset, owned by and operated for the benefit of the community. Our vision is to create an urban sustainability hub. All residents in our community and beyond will be encouraged to use it as a social hub where the emphasis is on promoting greener, carbon reducing lifestyle. To assist in this and the continued exciting developments at Bonnymuir Green Community Trust we are seeking new Board Members, particularly people with HR or finance experience and/or a background in the community/third sector. If interested please contact John Wigglesworth at email for more information. Further details about Bonnymuir Green Community Trust are also available at

Website/IT Volunteers The latest from our team.- The Living Well Project The aim of our small charity is to improve the physical, emotional and social wellbeing of those who feel isolated and also to offer support to those living with dementia, as well as their carers. We offer a Befriending Service for older people as well as dementia cafés in local communities. We are looking for someone to develop a new website and to review and improve our IT and email set-up. You will need IT skills and experience of website development as well as practical experience and knowledge. We are a team of three who have limited technical expertise so we need someone with the necessary skills to liaise and communicate with us in simple English! We are very enthusiastic about what we do and try to find the fun in things, but IT issues are SO not fun for us and we need help! This is a great opportunity for someone to develop and showcase their IT skills. It could suit someone who finds themselves with spare time and who would like to offer our charity the benefit of their experience. For an informal chat to find out more information about what’s involved, please call Ruth on 07423 071448 or email us at


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Bumps, Babies and Beyond Group Volunteers Ferryhill - National Childbirth Trust (NCT - Aberdeen) Open up in the Centre, put out toys, welcome parents and carers, make tea/coffee, offer support and include new people, clear up and tidy up at end of session. This always works well when there is a wee team of volunteers, it is a great way to support parents. You don't have to be a parent to volunteer, but if you do have wee ones it is all done with them there and around them. For further details please contact Victoria Ellis at email: Organisation aims and objectives Our vision is of a world in which no parent is isolated and all parents are supported to build a stronger society. Our charitable purposes is to: *offer information and support in pregnancy, birth and early parenthood. *campaign to improve maternity care and ensure better services and facilities for new parents. *give every parent the chance to make informed choices. *make sure that everyone has access to our services and activities. Locally, in Aberdeen City and the 'shire we provide support for parents and parents-to-be by being the local face of NCT. We run weekly groups, fundraising events and social events as well as a variety of training courses.

Market Garden Volunteers - TAMS TheThe Allotment latest fromMarket our team.Stall The Allotment Market Stall provides good-quality, well-priced, locally grown fruit and vegetables and reduces waste. We have opportunities this season for volunteers to be a part of developing our nature friendly market garden. To join in with the cultivation of a nature friendly market garden (approx. 2 hours Friday lunchtime or Sunday afternoon throughout the year. We are flexible regarding how many shifts. It can be every week or just a one off according to your availability). Would suit someone who enjoys outdoors and nature and wants to be part of a community project promoting local food growing. Main tasks involve: • Help make and plant up our no dig beds. • Sowing seeds and looking after them. • Planting and tending fruit and veg. • Garden maintenance and DIY. Full training will be given. Volunteers will be accompanied and supported at all times. This is a great opportunity to: • Make a difference in your city and the environment. • Be a part of a community of growers. • Learn gardening skills. For more details please contact us at email:

I Bike Volunteers Aberdeen – Sustrans Scotland Are you passionate about cycling and walking? Could you inspire young people in Aberdeen to cycle or walk more? Volunteer with I Bike! I Bike is a really fun and rewarding project to volunteer with that offers plenty of opportunities to get outdoors for cyclingrelated activities, boost the CV, gain experience of work with children and young people, meet new people and learn new skills. Good training and support is provided to all volunteers including an online Welcome Session, Child Protection Training, Cycling Skills and Bike Repairs. For most activities you don’t have to own a bike to join in – bikes and helmets can be provided depending on availability. I Bike aims to help children and young people become more active through taking part in cycling and walking activities. You would be volunteering alongside a dedicated I Bike Officer in schools, supporting activities for children such as learn to cycle, playground cycle skills, led bike rides, led walks, bike maintenance and much more! What could be better than helping children to ride their bike without stabilisers for the first time? Hear from some of our fantastic volunteers via our website link at We advocate for volunteering for all – please talk to us if you have any accessibility requirements or other specific requirements. A fantastic opportunity to help. All volunteers make a real difference and are greatly appreciated. For further details please contact Anna Whealing, Project Officer, I Bike Volunteering, Sustrans Scotland at email:

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Disability Equity Partnership Volunteer Members The Partnership works to raise awareness of the challenges faced by people with disabilities and to break down barriers, overcome challenges and improve quality of life. The group comprises approximately 15 members of the public, working with five local councillors, and its vision is to: a) To bring about improvements to the lives of people in Aberdeen City who experience exclusion because of disability by promoting a rights-based approach to disability equality. b) To create a society where disabled people are valued, respected and included in the life of the City. c) To encourage and promote inclusion and equality. d) To create fair opportunity by identifying and removing the disabling barriers which disabled people face daily including prejudice, discrimination and negative attitudes. e) To provide a means of partnership, consultation and joint action with Aberdeen City Council Meetings are held at Aberdeen Town House (entrance from Queen Street, Aberdeen). There is also the option to join the meeting remotely if you choose to do so. The Disability Equity Partnership (DEP) has 6 meetings over the year. Examples of projects we have been working on include the City Centre Masterplan, Union Terrace Gardens, webpage and information accessibility to reduce barriers and improve access to information, goods and services. Excellent support and relevant training is provided to all volunteers. Volunteers will be offered training on Equalities and the role of the group and the council. For further details please contact Baldeep McGarry, Equalities Officer at email: or tel.: 07767353006.

Northfield Youth Hub Volunteers The latest from our team.

If you are interested in helping your community then this is for you! Helping through volunteering with a multi-agency group who will support each other in delivering a new youth hub for the young people and wider community in Northfield. The Northfield Youth Hub have a number of great ways you can join us and help including volunteering as Chair, Treasurer or Secretary These are fantastic opportunities to make a real difference for young people and the community. All volunteers are greatly appreciated. For further details about any of the roles and ways you can assist the Northfield Youth Hub please contact Derek Bain, Partnership Development Officer at email: or telephone: 01224 301068.

Playgroup Support Volunteers – Aberdeen North Parish The latest from our team.

This is a fantastic opportunity to use current child care and hospitality skills or to develop new ones. The playgroup is well attended and is a wonderful atmosphere. Duties include helping with setting out toys, craft activities, snacks and occasional help with teas and coffees for parents/carers. There is opportunity to develop skills in leading craft, story time and games if desired. Volunteers would engage with the children during free play, being mindful of health and safety, modelling sharing, praising children’s creative ideas etc. Volunteers would be warm and welcoming to parents and carers encouraging them to engage in play with their children and stepping in to play while parents/carers have a chance for a cuppa. Duties also include tidying up, cleaning the assigned toy set , and putting away toys and crafts. Excellent support and guidance is provided to all volunteers. Volunteers will be given an induction into the roles and tasks. Through an informal chat we will agree the volunteers experience and identify together the needs for support and training or if the candidate is experienced, responsibilities for the person. All requests for training will be discussed and considered. Support will take the form of a team and individual check in before and after each playgroup session. This is a joyful, fun team who work hard to ensure the children and families have a positive and enjoyable experience while they are with us. You would be a welcome member of our team. This is a term time opportunity on Thursday’s. The group runs from 1pm until 2:30pm. Volunteers are needed from 12:30 until 3pm each week. If you are interested in helping and for more details please contact Claire van Geete, Children and Families Development Worker at email: or tel.: 07526465105.

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Funding Funding news and highlights from ACVO Funding Officer, Claire Shaw

Henry Duncan Grants 2022 Supporting children and young people experiencing inequality


n 2022, Henry Duncan Grants will fund organisations that can demonstrate that they are supporting children and young people (aged 6-26 years) to overcome the impacts of inequality in their lives. Henry Duncan Grants will be open to grassroots organisations with an annual income of £500,000 or less. Organisations can apply for up to £40,000 across five years (£8,000 per year) in unrestricted funding.

approximately 23-25 organisations are

Organisations that are supporting

likely to receive funding. In recognition

children and young people to

of historic inequity in funding, Corra will

develop skills for the future.

Corra anticipate making grants up to a total of £925,000, meaning

children and young people to shape

commit at least £330,000 (around 30%) of this fund budget to support

The closing date for sending in

organisations that are led by Black,

applications is 12-noon on Tuesday 5th

Asian, and Minority Ethnic communities.

July 2022. Find out more and apply

Following engagement with young

online at

people and community organisations, they have identified two priority areas for funding: Organisations that are supporting their own lives.


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Scottish Government Investing in Communities Fund (ICF) open for applications


s of Tuesday 31 May 2022 Round 2 of the Investing in Communities Fund has opened for applications and this multi-year fund covers the period from 1 April 2023 to 31 March 2026. The Investing in Communities Fund (ICF) is a streamlined communities fund that is delivered as part of the Empowering Communities Programme. The fund reflects the commitment of the Scottish Government to invest in communities so that they can develop the resources and resilience to decide their own aspirations, priorities and solutions in response. The fund supports our most disadvantaged or fragile communities to tackle poverty in all its forms on their own terms. The fund also helps to meet targets as set out in the child poverty delivery plan and to underpin the Place Principle by encouraging more joined up collaborative approaches to services and assets to achieve better outcomes for people and communities. The application process will be delivered through a web-based online funding portal which can be found at Application guidance notes, examples of projects successfully funded during round 1 as well as FAQs can also be found on the application page.


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Let's Move Together

New Round of Funding - Deadline Sunday 31st July Versus Arthritis want to address and prevent the likely

Versus Arthritis particularly welcome applications from

reduction of marginalised communities driving sport and

organisations who support people with long-term health

physical activity forward, by fostering and protecting

conditions, people from lower socio-economic groups,

community bodies, coaches and volunteers.

culturally diverse communities and disabled people.

By recognising the need for this funding to be opened UK wide, Versus Arthritis has made £150,000 available

To find out more and apply, visit

through The Let’s Move Together Fund which will support organisations in Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland. Grants between £1,000 and £5,000 are being offered as part of the fund. Additional funding may be available above the £5,000 but you will need to discuss this with a member of the Versus Arthritis team before submitting the application. Funding should be spent within six months of being awarded, as the aim of the fund is to address the negative impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mary Salmond Trust

Grants up to £500 to groups and individuals from the Northeast of Scotland The trust aims to support the advancement of community

The next Trustees meeting is 11 July

development, by encouraging activities that have a public

Completed applications should be submitted by 8 July

benefit. The Trust is also keen to promote projects which focus on children and young people’s health and welfare, training and education, civic responsibility, and volunteering. During the year to 31 March 2022 the Trustees approved 25 applications for funding support totalling £11,025. The amount of each grant was limited to a maximum of £500. Of these grants, 23 were made to community organisations or charities and 2 were made to individuals. Since the Trust was established in 2007, 413 grants amounting to £175,116 have been awarded, an average of £400 per grant.

Full details and application details can be found at

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Technology Enabled Care (TEC) Programme Stakeholder Engagement Funding Available


he Scottish Government’s Technology Enabled Care Programme is supporting Telecare Service Providers across the country to redesign their services, taking advantage of new technologies and service models now available.

then uses your phone line to contact an

20 grants of £1,500 are available.

Alarm Receiving Centre (ARC). The ARC

The format of the engagement sessions

In order to support those Providers to understand the needs of all their stakeholders, particularly those less heard voices and groups who are unlikely to participate in engagement sessions with their Health and Social Care Partnership or Housing Provider directly due to issues including physical and mental health support needs, communication, digital skills or confidence, TEC would like you to carry out a stakeholder engagement session on their behalf with your members and the people who use your services and then let TEC know what they say. TEC would also like to invite some of those people who take part to contribute to a slightly longer-term co-design process.

accommodation which may contact an

Telecare is a service which is provided, usually by Health and Social Care Partnerships or Housing Providers, and helps people to live more independently at home and in their community. It is sometimes referred to as a Community Alarm Service. The basic service consists of a trigger device, worn around your neck or on your wrist with a button which you can press if you have a fall, feel anxious or need other assistance. The trigger communicates with a base unit in your home, which

may notify either a responder service, your nominated contact person or emergency services depending on the circumstances. There are also systems used in supported or sheltered internal central support point and/or ARC. Other devices can be added to this including smoke, heat and CO detectors, door contacts which alert to someone leaving their home at unusual times, activity sensors which help to see if someone is coping well at home. They sometimes also include devices like GPS to prevent people from going missing. Telecare services are also looking at options for introducing consumer devices like smartwatches, voice assistants and apps.

will be left to you to decide as the experts in your field of support, but TEC can offer some guidance on methods and tools which can be used. The grant is to cover your costs for contacting your members or customers, supporting them to participate, preparation and delivery of the session and compilation and return of feedback to the Technology Enabled Care Programme. How to apply? Find out more and complete an online form at Applications will be shortlisted and scored based on identified gaps in previous stakeholder engagement

Usually Telecare customers pay a

activities to avoid duplication and

weekly or monthly amount for the

ensure TEC hear from as wide a sector

service depending on where they live.

of communities as possible.

TEC would like to hear from third and independent sector organisations who work directly with people who may benefit from using a telecare service or who currently use one. They want to hear from people who might not usually consider telecare as an option, perhaps because it is felt to be difficult to access, or who don’t feel that it offers them any benefit so that they can understand how to improve it.

What are the timescales? The deadline for applications is close of business Friday 10th June 22.

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Health & Social Care Updates

New HIV PrEP national resources New Community and launched by NHS Treatment Care (CTAC) Hubs THIV PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis) is one of a range of options to prevent the transmission of HIV and can be of benefit to anyone at risk of HIV transmission. A suite of new and updated HIV PrEP resources have been developed in collaboration with NHS, third sector and academic partners on behalf of the

Scottish HIV PrEP National Coordination Group. These resources aim to increase awareness of HIV PrEP and support people considering, or prescribed, HIV PrEP and their sexual partners to have the information and knowledge required to make informed choices about HIV PrEP. The website brings these resources together and allows anyone thinking about HIV PrEP to easily access the information they need and links people to their nearest sexual health services that provides HIV PrEP. Resources include leaflets, booklets and diagrams which can all be downloaded in accessible PDF form from the website.

opening for Aberdeen City GP practice patients from end of June

New Community Treatment and Care (CTAC) Hubs will be opening for Aberdeen City GP Practice patients from the end of June 2022. The appointment booking line for the hubs will open on Monday 6th June 9am5pm for patient appointments from the 20th June. Patients from any Aberdeen City practice can attend any Aberdeen City CTAC Hub, or the patient may wish to continue booking in with their GP based CTAC nurse/HCSW, for their CTAC procedures. CTAC procedures include; phlebotomy, CDM monitoring procedures, blood pressure, height/weight, ear syringing, wound care, stitches/staple removal, PICC line care, diabetic foot screening and urinalysis. For any additional information regarding the CTAC hubs please contact or visit Primary Care | Aberdeen City HSCP


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Vacancies keeep up to date with the latest third sector opportunities at

AiR Community Coordinator ABERDEEN IN RECOVERY Are you passionate about Recovery? Do you want to make a difference in the community? We are excited to offer this amazing opportunity to play a lead role in shaping the future of Aberdeen’s recovery community AiR Community Coordinator £28,128 | Full time – flexible hours* job share applications welcome 12 months fixed term contract in the first instance Closes 5pm Tuesday, 14th June 2022 Aberdeen in Recovery strives to be a sustainable and empowered recovery community which provides opportunity, support and inspiration to people, families and communities affected by alcohol and drugs in Aberdeen and surrounding areas. As the new Community Coordinator you will play a key role in ensuring we achieve this purpose. You will develop and deliver projects in line with AiR’s objectives together with fulfilling obligations from stakeholder funding. You will be highly motivated and passionate about growing a community of lived experience in relation to alcohol and drugs as well as destigmatising people and families who experience substance use and mental ill health. You should have strong interpersonal skills and an understanding of different models of recovery. You will be a strength based leader with experience of coaching and supervising a team. Lived experience of substance use and recovery, either personally or as a family member, is also a must. Further details including the full job description, person specification and application form can be found here. If you wish to discuss this post prior to applying, you can email with your name and contact details and someone will get back to you. Completed applications should also be submitted to no later than 5pm Tuesday, 14th June 2022.

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An Exciting opportunity has arisen for a well organised Executive Assistant to join our Business Support Hub. The successful applicant will provide high quality administrative and secretarial support to the Executive team and Chair as well as servicing Board and Committee meetings. If you are looking for a role that offers scope to develop your PA skillset, we would be delighted to hear from you. Salary: £27,000 – £30,000 max entry £28,200 | Full time 35 hours Job Type: Permanent Closes 13th June 2022

Overall Purpose of Job To provide high quality administrative and secretarial support to the Chair and Senior Management Team (Chief Executive, Chief Operating Officer & Director of Strategic Services). Along with the Governance Officer, to service meetings of the GHA and KDL Boards of Management, Committees and Leadership Team. To work with Strategic Service colleagues to ensure the provision of professional and high calibre support to stakeholders, working collaboratively and supportively to ensure delivery of corporate aims. Principal Responsibilities Providing administrative and secretarial support to the Chair and Senior Management Team including preparation of presentations, reports and outgoing correspondence, dealing with confidential papers, incoming email management, dealing with telephone calls and diary management. Assisting the Governance Officer with servicing Board and Committee meetings by preparing agendas, collating papers, minute taking and administration. Assisting the SMT and Managers to ensure that all departmental policies and procedure documents are reviewed and approved by Board/Committee/Leadership Team as appropriate including maintaining the policy matrix. Formatting policies, strategies and reports to ensure consistency with corporate branding and style and uploading documents to the Intranet and website. Booking Board, Committee and internal meeting cycles. Booking and setting up rooms for meetings including setting up IT equipment and arranging catering. Updating internal team plans as identified by the SMT to ensure they are accurate and up to date. Co-ordinating and organising training, travel and accommodation for Board members and SMT Assisting with facilities management of the Association’s office premises as required. Dealing with filing for the SMT To carry out all duties of this post in accordance with the relevant Association policies and procedures including the Equal Opportunities Policy


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Events, training & workshops

Using the law to defend the climate Aberdeen Climate Action

Tuesday 7 June 2022 | 19:00 – 21:00 BST | Online


rof Thomas Muinzer, Codirector, Energy Law Centre, University of Aberdeen, will give a talk under the title “Law and the Climate Emergency: International and National Frameworks”. Ben Christman, Environmental Rights Centre for Scotland, will give a talk under the title “How to use human rights law to tackle the climate crisis”. Hannah Darnell, Law Clinic Manager & Solicitor, RGU, will give a talk under the title “People Power and Planning”. Three 20-minute presentations will be followed by an opportunity for you to ask the speakers questions and participate in the discussion. Why not invite a friend or two to come to the event and even share the event with your network? Details to join the Zoom meeting will be included in your confirmation email when you sign up. The event space will be open from 6:30 pm, talks begin at 7 pm. You can find more information about our Climate Cafes and Aberdeen Climate Action at:

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Knowledge is Power final online shared learning event Thursday 16th June | 1.30-3.30pm | Online


cottish Community Development Centre and the Poverty Alliance would like to invite you to attend an online shared learning and celebratory event with community groups supported by the Knowledge is Power programme to design and carry out their own community-led action research - where the community decides on the issue to be researched, designs and carries out the research, and makes use of the results. The session should be relevant to anyone interested in this approach, including community and voluntary organisations, funders, academics and public sector organisations.

Knowledge is Power is a programme

developed, featuring a toolkit for

from Scottish Community Development

groups wanting to carry out their own

Centre and The Poverty Alliance to

research as well as examples of where

support community-led action research.

groups have been supported to do this.

It has been jointly funded by The

Participants at this informal event will

National Lottery Community Fund and the Scottish Government with additional contributions from the Corra Foundation and Inspiring Scotland. The two-year programme has supported community organisations across Scotland to develop their own evidence to influence change in their communities - and to take forward actions for improvement. As Knowledge

hear from community groups who have carried out their own research over the past 2 years. There are some important messages to share, including the benefits community-led action research brings to individuals, groups and services as well as the challenges faced, particularly during the Covid-19 pandemic.

is Power website has also been

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