Volunteer roles available for all

Volunteers work in one of the NTS gardens.
Volunteers work in one of the NTS gardens.

Several local organisations - including Drum Castle and Alford Heritage Centre - are urgently seeking volunteers.

Some organisations desperately need volunteers or are facing difficulties in maintaining regular service.

Volunteer Centre Aberdeenshire said volunteering not only benefits organisations but volunteers too.

It can be a sociable activity, where volunteers can meet and make new friends, learn new skills and gain new experiences.

Anyone who can spare a few hours each week, or just occasional spare hours, is asked to consider becoming a volunteer.

Alford Heritage Centre has several volunteering opportunities on offer, including a membership secretary and a website creator/manager.

Drum Castle, at Drumoak, has an opening for several information guides within the castle, as well as a variety of other roles for potential volunteers and are happy to match volunteers to their individual interests/skills.

Alison Burke, Drum Castle manager, said: “Drum Castle and Estate is a happy family of guiding, gardening, tearoom and functions staff. Volunteers working in the castle or the Garden of Historic Roses are a hugely important part of this family.

“Their roles allow us to keep the castle, gardens and estate looking at its impressive best, as well as helping us host events like outdoor theatre. “People volunteer for many reasons. For some it is about getting the chance to work outdoors with a knowledgeable garden team, for others their passion for history and art inspires them to guide in the castle and explain its fascinating past and beautiful collections to our visitors.”

Silver Circle, Strathdon, has an opening for a treasurer on their committee. The role is supported by an efficient bookkeeper. They are also looking for general assistants to help at the day centre on a Wednesday.

Clan Cancer Support, Ballater, is looking for people to help within the shop, stockroom assistants and shop floor assistants.

Girl Guiding, Banchory is looking for people to become guiders and help run groups locally.

They are seeking volunteers to open new units or help run existing ones. They have a strong team of experienced leaders who are willing and able to assist in the training of new leaders.

They have many girls on their waiting lists to join Rainbows (5-7yrs), Brownies (7-10yrs), Guides (10-14yrs) and several girls who would be interested in joining a Rangers Unit (14-25yrs). As Banchory grows, so the demand for places within Girlguiding has increased.

Banchory Day Centre is looking for general assistants that are vital to the running of the group on a Thursday.

Westhill CAB is seeking to fill the roles of debt advisor, boards members and administrative duties (book keeping, fundraising and website maintenance).

For full details about these opportunities, contact Volunteer Centre Aberdeenshire on (01330) 825794 or e-mail south@vcaberdeenshire.org.uk and they will put people in touch with the above organisations.