Volunteers needed

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Have you ever fancied trying something new, or is there something you’ve always wanted to do but never found the opportunity?

From advice giving buddying or befriending to railway construction, these are only some of the exciting and rewarding volunteering options that the Volunteer Centre Aberdeenshire can help you to get involved with.

The Volunteer Centre Aberdeenshire (VCA) aims to provide information and advice to people who want to do voluntary work in their local area with Volunteer Development Officers based all over the area including Banchory, Stonehaven and Laurencekirk.

The following organisations are currently looking for volunteers.

If you are you aged 5-25 years, you can also get some recognition for your volunteering efforts with the Young Aberdeenshire Volunteer Award.

If you are interested in any of these opportunities or are involved with a group or organisation looking for volunteers to help out then contact VCA by the following ways, Telephone 01330 825794, or email south@vcaberdeenshire.org.uk or visit the website at: www.vcaberdeenshire.org.uk

The following organisations are needing volunteers:

The Chest Heart and Stroke organisation have opened a new charity shop on Bridge Street in Banchory and are seeking volunteers. Roles available include drivers, customer service, administration and stock room. For more information contact Alison Mulligan or Anne Lowe on 01330 823213.

Befriend a Child provides a one to one befriending service in Aberdeen for vulnerable children and are looking to expand the service into Deeside. Befrienders are adult volunteers able to provide a positive role model. For more information contact andy@befriendachild.org.uk, www.befriendachild.org.uk

Carr Gomm is also looking to expand into Deeside. This is a Scottish Charity which is initiating a Volunteer Buddy Scheme that supports people who are recovering from drug and alcohol problems in their community through matching individuals with specially trained buddies.

Contact davidpolfreman@cvarrgomm.org or visit www.carr-gommscotland.org.uk/about-us

Aberdeenshire Signposting Project works to help promote positive mental health throughout rural Aberdeenshire. Their client groups are the elderly and people with mild to moderate mental health issues. The organisation seeks to link them with services to improve their quality of life. Volunteers are required for new and exciting developments to their service throughout Aberdeenshire. If you are empathetic, practical, have good communication skills and are looking for a challenging, interesting and fulfilling volunteering experience you may be just what their clients need. Volunteers are asked to commit 2-3 hours per week minimum and full expenses are paid. For further information and to request an application pack please visit their website at www.aberdeenshiresignpostingproject.org.uk/, or contact Karen Nicoll, Project Co-ordinator on 01466 793284 or by email at karennicoll@btconnect.com.