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About Micro Volunteering

What is Micro Volunteering?

  • It is small quick actions that make a big difference when many people combine there efforts

  • Byte sized manageable actions to do rather than whole big tasks

  • You don’t need to give long term commitment

  • You can do it anywhere any time

  • You can do it while watching tv, on the bus or in your pyjamas

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Help make Aberdeen a greener city, a better place to live with access to more open space, less pollution and waste.

Volunteering can bring places to life to improve environment and use and enjoyment of it.

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Send in photos from clean ups to add to ‘Litter Wall of Fame’ on council website...

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Register a Clean Up of your local community with friends and family, work colleagues or your community group.

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Clean Ups are great fun and make a noticeable difference to areas. Environmental Services can lend you litter picking tongs, high viz vests, gloves and black bags and will uplift the collected rubbish. All you have to do is pick and bag the litter. For more details, or to get help organising an event call 01224 219281, or email cleanaberdeen@aberdeencity.gov.uk

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Report an environmental crime...

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Greener Opportunities

Greener opportunities

Longer term opportunities that fall under the greener theme would appear here.

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Help make Aberdeen a place where we live a longer and healthier life.

Volunteering can improve physical health and mental well-being and life satisfaction.

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How happy are you? Take the self-assessment to get your wellbeing score.

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Test yourself and track your fitness with no equipment, gimmicks or expensive gadgets.

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Want to know what’s in your drinks? Sign up and create an account at www.drinkaware.co.uk to find out.

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Healthier Opportunities

Healthier opportunities

Longer term opportunities that fall under the healthier theme would appear here.

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Help make Aberdeen a smarter city, from nurture through to lifelong learning by putting opportunities to succeed within everyone's reach and making full use of people's skills.

Volunteering can help people gain a range of skills, opportunities and training to improve life chances.

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Being a Digital Champion: A beginner's guide.

Once you have registered with Learn My Way, please follow the Learning and Development link to access the 'Being a Digital Champion: a beginners guide'.

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This short, easy-to-use online course will introduce you to the skills and qualities you need to start becoming a Digital Champion and give you ideas to help support your community to get online.

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Register with Learn My Way to take the first steps to become a Digital Champion.

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Could you become a Digital Champion? If you answer yes to the following questions you can follow the small byte to learn more at Learn My Way.

  1. 1. Are you patient and good at explaining things?

  2. 2. Are you a good listener?

  3. 3. Do you have basic computer and internet skills?

  4. 4. Are you a people person?

Smarter Opportunities

Smarter opportunities

Longer term opportunities that fall under the smarter theme would appear here.

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Stronger & Safer

Help make Aberdeen a stronger, safer place to live, offering a better quality of life for all to live free from danger and disorder.

Volunteering can lower levels of crime and increase perceptions of personal safety, making people happy to belong to their community.

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Join the National Neighbourhood Watch Scotland Scheme and find out what is happening in your area.

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Download Safer Aberdeen App.

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Safer crossings safer streets support the cause to give your Pelican 3 more seconds.

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Stronger & Safer Opportunities

Stronger & Safer opportunities

Longer term opportunities that fall under the stronger theme would appear here.

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Wealthier & Fairer

Help make Aberdeen a more attractive place to live, work and invest to help businesses and people to increase their wealth and allow more people to share fairly in that wealth.

Volunteering can increase your employment chances and future prosperity.

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Volunteering can help you improve your job skills and give you a reference for employment. Learn about volunteering: Please click here.

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Questionnaire (Yes/ No answers):

  1. 1. Are you looking for work?

  2. 2. Do you know where to get help?

  3. 3. Is there enough information about help available?

  4. 4. Do you want help to find work?

If your answer to any of the above is 'Yes' please click here to get help

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Sign up to the Living Wage: Please click here.

Wealthier & Fairer Opportunities

Wealthier & Fairer opportunities

Longer term opportunities that fall under the wealthier theme would appear here.

Watch this space!!!


Some fun and entertaining bytes to keep you amused.

Save a tree by your email signature...

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You can play Energy City.

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Report an environmental crime...

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Make a sick child smile...

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Safer Aberdeen App. It features five sections – Before, Out and About, Go Home, Find Me and Contacts – all of which focus on the various aspects of a night out.

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Get Real About Drugs Education Aberdeen - Grade A. We are Grade A - A non-profit organisation aiming to raise awareness about drugs within Aberdeen City. We reach out to young adults helping them make their own informed decisions...

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Robert Burns Works Apps...

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Healthier Apps

NHS Choices - health apps library...

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My Fitness Pal...

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Healthy Active Living...

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Go walking with the new Medal Routes App...

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Snail search...

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Free rice...

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Spot Nessie...

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Cancer Research UK-Give up Clothes for Good Campaign:
This is part of a national campaign Cancer Research are doing with TK Maxx - it is good fun and raises funds for a vital cause. Details are available:

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Charities have fun volunteering activities (and are open to suggestions as well) through their events and fundraising. Ideas are available:

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Charities such as Inspire, Clic Sergeant Cancer Care, Befriend a Child, CLAN, Children 1st, Friends of Anchor, Alzheimer Scotland are currently recruiting volunteers for the Baker Hughes 10k which raises a great deal of funds and the profile of charities. As well as runners charities are recruiting people to assist in marshalling, handing out tee-shirts, registering their runners and to cheer their runners to the finish line. Is big event and good fun-this year there is to be a specific ‘charities village’ at the event which makes it even more exciting to participate in. An example of an opportunity to volunteer is with Alzheimer Scotland:

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RAKS - Random Acts of Kindness (Top 100 List)

Random Act of Kindness are deliberate attempts to brighten another person’s day by doing something thoughtful, nice and caring. Kindness is a way of showing others that they count.

1. Deliver fresh-baked cookies to city workers.

2. Collect goods for a food bank.

3. Bring flowers to work and share them with colleagues.

4. Garden clubs can make floral arrangements for senior centres, nursing homes, hospitals, police stations, or shut-ins.

5. Adopt a student who needs a friend, checking in periodically to see how things are going.

6. Volunteer to be a helper in a school.

7. Extend a hand to someone in need; give your full attention and simply listen.

8. Merchants can donate a percentage of receipts for the week to a special cause.

9. Bring colleagues a special treat.

10. Students can clean classrooms for the custodian.

11. Buy a stranger a pizza.

12. Distribute lollipops to kids.

13. Sing at a nursing home.

14. Offer a couple of hours of babysitting to parents.

15. Slip paper hearts that say "It’s Random Acts of Kindness Week! Have a great day!" under the windshield wipers of parked cars.

16. Have a charity day at work, with employees bringing non-perishable food items to donate.

17. Serve refreshments to customers.

18. Draw names at school or work, and have people bring a small gift or food treat to their secret pal.

19. Remember the bereaved with phone calls, cards, plants and food.

20. Treat someone to fresh fruit.

21. Pay a compliment at least once a day.

22. Call or visit a homebound person.

23. Hand out balloons to passers-by.

24. Give free sodas to motorists.

25. Be a good neighbour; take over a baked treat or stop by to say "Hello".

26. Transport someone who can’t drive.

27. Move a neighbour’s grass.

28. Say something nice to everyone you meet today.

29. Send a treat to a school or daycare centre.

30. Volunteer at an agency that needs help.

31. Wipe rainwater off shopping carts or hold umbrellas for shoppers on the way to their cars.

32. Give the gift of your smile.

33. Send home a note telling parents something their child did well.

34. Adopt a homeless pert from the humane society.

35. Organize a scout troop or service club to help people with packages at the mall or grocery store.

36. Host special programs or speakers at libraries or bookstores.

37. Offer to answer the phone for the school secretary for ten minutes.

38. Volunteer to read to students in the classroom.

39. Write notes of appreciation and bring flowers or goodies to teachers or other important people, such as the principal, nurse, custodian, and secretary.

40. Incorporate kindness into the curriculum at area schools, day-care centres, or children’s classes in faith organizations.

41. Give a hug to a friend.

42. Tell your children why you love them.

43. Write a note to mother/father and tell them why they are special.

44. Pat someone on the back.

45. Write a thank-you note to a mentor or someone who has influenced your life in a positive way.

46. Give coffee to people on their way to work in the morning.

47. Donate time at a senior centre.

48. Give blood.

49. Visit hospitals with smiles, treats, and friendly conversation for patients.

50. Stop by a nursing home and visit a resident with no family nearby.

51. Plant flowers in your neighbour’s flower box.

52. Give another driver your parking spot.

53. Leave a treat or handmade note of thanks for a delivery person or mail carrier.

54. Give free car washes.

55. Clean graffiti from neighbourhood walls and buildings.

56. Tell your boss that you think he/she does a good job.

57. Tell your employees how much you appreciate their work.

58. Let your staff leave work an hour early.

59. Have a clean-up party in the park.

60. Tell a bus or taxi driver how much you appreciate their driving.

61. Have everyone in your office draw the name of a Random Acts of Kindness buddy out of a hat and do a kind act for their buddy that day or week.

62. Give a pair of tickets to a baseball game or concert to a stranger.

63. Leave an extra big tip for the waitperson.

64. Drop off a plant, cookies, or donuts to the police or fire department.

65. Open the door for another person.

66. Pay for the meal of the person behind you in the drive-through.

67. Write a note to the boss praising an employee who has helped you.

68. Leave a bouquet of flowers on the desk of a colleague at work with whom you don’t normally get along.

69. Call an estranged family member.

70. Volunteer to fix up an elderly couple’s home.

71. Pay for the person behind you in the movie line.

72. Give flowers to be delivered with meal delivery programs.

73. Give toys to the children at the shelter or safe house.

74. Give friends and family kindness coupons they can redeem for kind favours.

75. Be a friend to a new student or colleague.

76. Renew an old friendship y sending a letter or small gift to someone you haven’t talked with in a long time.

77. For one week, act on every single thought of generosity that arises spontaneously in your heart, and notice what happens as a consequence.

78. Offer to return a shopping cart to the store for someone loading a car.

79. Invite someone new over for dinner.

80. Buy a roll of brightly coloured stickers and give them to children you meet during the day.

81. Write a card of thanks and leave it with your tip; be specific in your thanks.

82. Let the person behind you in the grocery store go ahead of you in line.

83. When driver try to merge into your lane, let them in with a wave and a smile.

84. Buy cold drinks for the people next to you at a ball game.

85. Distribute kindness bookmarks that you have made.

86. Create a craft project or build a bird house with a child.

87. Give a bag of groceries to a homeless person.

88. Laugh out loud often and share your smile generously.

89. Plant a tree in your neighbourhood.

90. Make a list of things to do to bring more kindness into the world, and have a friend make a list; exchange the lists and do one item per day for a month.

91. Use an instant camera to take people photographs at a party or community event, and give the picture to them.

92. As you go about your day, pick up trash.

93. Send a letter to some former teachers, letting them know the difference they made in your life.

94. Send a gift anonymously to a friend.

95. Organize a clothing drive for a shelter.

96. Buy books for a day-care or school.

97. Slip a bill to a person who you know is having financial difficulty.

98. Take an acquaintance to dinner.

99. Offer to take a friend’s child to ball practice.

100. Waive late fee for the week.


Microvolunteering Day 15th April

Be Inspired, Be Involved!

Microvolunteering Day is a unique opportunity for microvolunteering platforms, volunteer involved organisations and individuals to join together in a synchronised effort to demonstrate the empowering potential of the microvolunteering concept. It is aimed at:

Latest volunteer opportunities in Aberdeen include:

Alzheimer Scotland-Aberdeen Baker Hughes Event:

Alzheimer Scotland is delighted to be an affiliated charity of the year for the brilliant Aberdeen Baker Hughes 10k. We are currently recruiting volunteers for a range of roles to support us in this major and exciting event.
The event takes place on Sunday 17th May 2015 and we will initially meet at the Beach Ballroom where refreshments will be available for all volunteers.
All help is greatly appreciated and supports Alzheimer Scotland in our vital work providing a wide range of services for people with dementia and carers.
If you would like to get involved and enjoy the fantastic atmosphere of the 10k as an event volunteer / event marshal please contact us for further details at:
Tel.: 01224 644077 (please ask for John or Rod) or e-mail: johnlaw@alzscot.org / RMcDermid@Alzscot.org

Childline Scotland (Aberdeen Base):

Childline volunteer counsellors provide a vital service to children and young people who contact the helpline by telephone or the Childline website. As a trained volunteer, Childline Counsellors are able to respond to children and young people in a variety of ways that meet their needs at the time they contact. This includes listening and speaking to children and young people on the telephone; via a live 1-2-1 online conversation, or via email.
Full training is provided and Childline Supervisors always work alongside counselling volunteers giving support, advice and direction in working with sensitive issues such as bullying, sexual abuse, physical abuse, self harm and family relationships.
A great opportunity to help make a real difference to the lives of children we support.
For further details regarding this and other volunteer opportunities at our Aberdeen base please contact:
Kerri Stewart
Phone:0844 892 0200 / E-Mail: kerri.stewart@nspcc.org.uk
Or apply online via: www.nspcc.org.uk/volunteer

*For more information about volunteering in Aberdeen and ACVO please visit: www.volunteeraberdeen.org.uk and www.acvo.org.uk

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Latest Hot Volunteering Opportunities

ChildLine Volunteers:

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Activities Helpers- Future Choices Aberdeen:

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Youth Work Assistant-Transition Extreme:

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Befriender- Cornerstone:

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Children's Support Worker - Outdoor Spaces:

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Football Coaching Volunteers-North Region Girls Football League:

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Family Support Volunteer-Aberlour Family Service:

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Playschemes and Youth Clubs Sessional Volunteers:

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Mentor - Support Volunteer:

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Befriender- Sue Ryder Care (Aberdeen):

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Sport Aberdeen Volunteers:

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Facilitator/Peer Mentor-the Wise Group:

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Old Torry Community Centre Assistants:

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Museum Guide Volunteer:

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Volunteer Drivers Home-Start Aberdeen:

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Arts & Crafts Workshop Assistant:

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Craft Volunteer- Neat Ideas:

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Befriender Volunteer - Inspire:

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MoveMORE Aberdeen Volunteer:

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Volunteer Speaker-Prostate Cancer:

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Trolley Service Volunteers:

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British Heart Foundation - Furniture Shop:

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My Guide Volunteers:

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Tea Room Volunteers-Gordon Highlanders Museum:

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Business Skills Volunteers- ACVO:

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Animal Shelter Fund Raiser-Friends of Bianca:

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