Special KDP Volunteering Bulletin

From KDP

Welcome to this special KDP Bulletin, focussing attention on volunteering within Kincardine & Mearns.

The benefits of Volunteering are well known. Just take a look at this:

  1. It’s good for your physical and mental health and wellbeing
  2. You will learn new skills and gain hands-on experience
  3. It will strengthen your community
  4. YOU WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE

We are delighted to include opportunities from a wide range of organisations, who are currently seeking people to get involved. If you see anything that interests you, please get in touch directly with the group using the contact details provided.

Please share this widely so as many people as possible can benefit from these great volunteering opportunities.

Community Cafes in Auchenblae and Johnshaven offer a weekly venue for local people to come together for socialising and friendship, at no cost. 
The cafes are run by local volunteers who set up, serve refreshments and provide a warm welcome to everyone who comes through the door.
These community hubs also have Noticeboards to share information and advice from local community groups and charities.
Volunteers help as often or as little as they like, with most coming once or twice a month.
The Auchenblae Café runs on a Monday morning, whilst the Johnshaven Café is open on Tuesday mornings.
KDP is also looking to open two further cafes; one in Inverbervie and another within Kincardine & Mearns.
If you would like to find out more about helping at any of these cafes, please contact Margo at margo@kdp.scot.

Kincardine & Deeside Befriending has been working for 27 years in rural Southern Aberdeenshire with vulnerable, socially isolated older people. They facilitate a regular befriending visit which in most cases would involve an outing to a garden centre, out for a walk, go for a bit of shopping or just for a cuppa and a fine piece, and if outings aren’t possible, then a cuppa and a chat at home.
They cover a large geographical area. In Kincardine from Banchory-Devenick and Portlethen down the coastal strip to St Cyrus, across to Marykirk, Laurencekirk, Fordoun and Fettercairn.
They try to match their volunteers locally, and will look after travel expenses and snacks. And don’t worry if you don’t drive – there’s always someone who needs a friendly face who can’t get out and about.
They offer a home learning package and a volunteering experience, with volunteers being screened (PVG checks and references) and supported.
K&D Befriending aim to ensure that the service has a positive impact on self-esteem, reduces feelings of loneliness, keeps isolated individuals linked with their local communities and allows many to remain in their own homes for longer.
Befriending has been shown to have positive impacts on the mental health of all involved.
If you think that you might have a couple of hours free once a week or once a fortnight and think that you might like to brighten up someone’s day, please get in touch with either by email info@kdbefriending.org.uk, or by telephone on 01569 765 714 (for Kincardine & Mearns).

Home-Start Kincardine is a voluntary organisation committed to promoting the welfare of families with pre-school age children. They are there for parents when they need them the most, because childhood can’t wait.
Bringing up a young family can be hard sometimes, and you need an extra bit of support. Home-Start volunteers provide free, confidential & non-judgemental support to families in the Kincardine & Mearns area who are experiencing difficulties in their lives.
Home-Visiting Volunteer – No special qualifications are necessary to become a Home-Start volunteer, but volunteers are usually parents or grandparents with an interest in, and experience of, young children and family life. They welcome volunteers from all sections of the community.
Talking and listening can empower families to overcome their difficult situations.
Digital Volunteer – Looking for someone with experience of editing websites to maintain their site and keep blog posts up to date.  This is a very flexible position which only requires a couples of hours per month.
Fundraising volunteer – Do you love organising quiz nights and bake sales? Do you regularly take part in sponsored events to raise money for local charities? Maybe you have experience with completing funding applications. They are looking for individuals who can help raise the funds needed to continue providing life-changing support to local families.
All volunteers are offered initial and on-going training, as well as informal social gatherings. Contact by email on office@homestartkincardine.org or call the office on 01569 767773.

Help OaKley build a better future for children and young people with additional support needs (ASN) in Aberdeenshire.   The number of children and young people with additional support needs in Scotland has almost doubled since 2012.  Families are crying out for support.  Additional support needs such as emotional, social and behavioural difficulties, ADHD, Autism and mental health problems often lead to poorer life chances, lower educational attainment and higher unemployment.  With the right support it doesn’t need to be like this, sadly the resources needed to support these young people simply aren’t available.  OaKley want to change that and give every child and young person the opportunity to shine.
OaKley are a small friendly team working to provide a safe and secure environment to support and improve the lives of local children, young people and families through the provision of a purpose-built facility at Chapelton of Elsick.  Planning has been submitted and they are now in the process of going out to tender to begin the build.  
They desperately need volunteers to make this happen.  They have a wide range of opportunities on their fundraising team available including; 

  • Admin (form filling/grant applications)
  • Event organisation (Christmas party nights/race nights etc)
  • Event support.
  • Community liaison (building relationships with local businesses and community groups etc)
  • Fundraisers (organising events, spreading the word)
  • Social media/marketing

In addition, they are also looking for both individuals with experience in the construction/building industry and parents/carers and young people with experience of additional support needs to support them through the process of the build itself, influencing the interior design to make sure it works for all users and ensuring they deliver the project on time and within budget.  
Contact: Amanda@oakleyasn.org for more information and to get involved.

Mearns & Coastal Healthy Living Network is a charity established in 2002 to support the wellbeing of older people living in Kincardine & Mearns.  They provide a range of volunteer-led services and activities to support the health and wellbeing of older people (age 50+). 
They are looking for volunteers in the Stonehaven and Portlethen area to assist with their transport service.  This is a person-centred service that transports people to medical appointments and social activities that support wellbeing.
They are also looking for volunteers in Stonehaven to assist with a weekly lunch club, a weekly health walk and other up and coming social events.
They would ask approximately 3 hours of volunteer time a month. 
To find out more about these opportunities, contact Mearns and Coastal Healthy Living Network on office@mchln.org.uk or call 01561 378130.

Kincardine and Mearns Youth Clubs (KMYC) currently run youth clubs in Stonehaven, Portlethen and Mearns (Laurencekirk). They would welcome new volunteers to assist with the running of the clubs by helping to supervise and engage with the young people attending.
Free Child Protection Awareness training given. Organisation PVG required.
 
Clubs schedule (term time): 
Stonehaven, Community Centre: Fridays 7-9pm (potentially Tuesdays 7-9pm after Aug 2023)
Portlethen, Porty Cabin: Tuesdays 6.30-8.30pm
Mearns, The Venue Laurencekirk: Fridays 6.30-8.30pm
 
If you can spare a few hours a month or more to assist, please contact Dawn Black (Chairperson) at kandmyouthclubs@gmail.com in the first instance. 

Inverbervie and District Day Centre is looking for volunteers.
They have 12 elderly members and meet on a Thursday at the church centre, from 9.30am until 2.30pm.  The members are picked up in the morning by taxi and get a cup of tea or coffee on arrival, then a two course lunch from the crown hotel at 12 noon.
The Day Centre organises entertainment or slide shows in the afternoon.
Volunteers are needed to serve tea, coffee and lunch and clean up afterwards.  Also, to offer assistance to the elderly members.
If anyone is interested in joining them, please contact Sheila Taylor on d.dm.taylor@gmail.com.

Penumbra Mental Health support people on their journey to better mental health. They delivery WELL Aberdeenshire, which connects people to their local community and promotes good mental health and wellbeing. They are looking for Peer Volunteers.
Peer Volunteers will use insights from their own experience of living with or managing a mental health issue to support other people on their journey. As a Peer Volunteer, you’ll be part of a network of peers who can be a vital link to the community for people accessing Penumbra’s service. As a Volunteer, you will inspire hope that recovery is possible, because you have been there.
Penumbra will provide all the necessary training, and you will join their friendly, supportive and inclusive team. All they ask is your time, kindness and compassion.
To find out more contact Steffi Buchan, Volunteer Coordinator, WELL Aberdeenshire on northvolunteers@penumbra.org.uk .
KDP is here to help in any way we can. Please get in touch if we can assist you or your Community group.