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Volunteer Centre interviewed by Euranet

Millions of people give their time and skills for free to help their communities, a trend the European Year of Volunteering hopes to boost.

SHMU fm is involved in producing weekly content for their radio show as part of a UK consortium  for

In this weeks broadcast Euranet's Nikki Morris, Station Manager of SHMU fm, speaks to Rod McDermid, with Mike Melvin, Volunteer Co-ordinators from ACVO (Aberdeen Council for Voluntary Organisations), to find out about their plans to encourage volunteering locally, and finds out more about the EU-wide campaign to increase this valuable contribution to society. Listen to the broadcast online.

Father and Daughter to Celebrate Successes at European Year of Volunteering Open Day

The European Year of Volunteering will be launched in Aberdeen this Wednesday with a special open day event at ACVO Volunteer Centre. The European Year of Volunteering (Jan-Dec 2011) aims to raise awareness of the valuable work being carried out by volunteers locally, nationally and Europe-wide, and to encourage more members of the public to donate as little as an hour a week or a few days a year to helping within their community. Click here for the full story.

European Year of Volunteering Aberdeen Launch

ACVO Volunteer Centre will be holding the European Year of Volunteering Aberdeen Launch on Wednesday 19th January 2011 at Greyfriars House, Gallowgate, Aberdeen from 12-3pm. Click here for more information about the event.

- Launch of Inspire Cafe Academy

January is ‘Disabilities’ month at the Volunteer Centre. Listen in to soundbytes from Employment Co-ordinator Kelly-Marie Clark’s launch of the Café Academy at Inspire’s Café Coast and Annie MacIntosh from WEA Reaching Families Project from the same event on 10th January. Soundbyte 1 and Soundbyte 2.


European Year of Volunteering 2011 - Volunteer Development Scotland Information Update (25th November 2010)

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European Year of Volunteering 2011

Callum Cooks up a First at Café Coast! (25th November 2010)

Young Aberdeen volunteer, Callum McKenzie (pictured below receiving his award), is leading the way by becoming the first ever Inspire volunteer to achieve the MV Youth Volunteering Award.

The MV Awards, which are co-ordinated in Aberdeen City by ACVO Volunteer Centre, are a Scottish Government accredited award scheme recognising the contribution made by young volunteers. Certificates are awarded to 16-25 year olds who have completed 50, 100 and 200 hours of volunteering.

Callum has now completed 200 hours of volunteering at Inspire’s Café Coast on the Beach Boulevard and is looking forward to adding still more hours to his total over the coming months.


Pictured left to right:
Simon Stevenson (Chef Manager at Inspire), Claire Conroy (ACVO) and Callum McKenzie.

ACVO's Chief Executive said, “Congratulations to Callum and to Inspire. ACVO Volunteer Centre are delighted to be involved in the MV Awards scheme, encouraging young people like Callum to make a real difference within the local community.”

Inspire is an award winning local charity which aims to improve the quality of life for people with learning disabilities; volunteers like Callum are invaluable to the continued success of the organisation.

Fiona Poustie, Head of Fundraising and Marketing at Inspire, said, "Everyone at Inspire's Cafe Coast is extremely proud of Callum's achievement.  Completing 200 hours is a challenge and the MV Award is an important way of recognising and rewarding Callum's commitment to volunteering. 

“Cafe Coast offers progressive hospitality training for young people and adults with a learning disability and additional support needs, which can help reduce feelings of isolation, increase their life skills and promote independence.  Callum's personal contribution to Cafe Coast is an inspiration to anyone out there who may be vulnerable to social exclusion and the certificate adds a realistic dimension to the programme. Well done Callum!"

Callum’s award certificate, which is signed by the First Minister, will be presented to him at 3pm on 25th November at Café Coast.

860 Young Volunteers Regsistered for the MV Awards

Volunteer Aberdeen has reached an outstanding total of 860 Young Volunteers registered for the MV Awards at the end of July 2010.

The MV awards are for 16 to 25 year olds and recognise 50, 100 and 200 hours of youth volunteering. The Awards are all endorsed by the Scottish Government and signed by Government ministers.

In Aberdeen, this is a minimum total equivalent of 43,000 hours or 6143 days of free effort that has been contributed to local communities and Organisations, across the city, by young people. MV volunteering has also contributed an equivalent of £540,940 into the local economy

Youth Development Worker Sonya Walker said that ’We are all extremely pleased with the numbers that we have achieved, in the time that we have been running the Awards in Aberdeen. We hope to break the 1000 registration mark by the end of the year’.


Community Radio Opportunity

Interested in promoting your Organisations on Radio? Volunteer Aberdeen have a monthly programme promoting volunteering and the voluntary sector on Station House Media Unit (SHMU) radio station shmu fm. If you are interested in appearing as a guest on the programme, please contact the Volunteer Centre. Listen Live to shmu fm.


Volunteer Aberdeen has joined up with ACVO!

Aberdeen's Volunteering Strategy

Volunteering in Aberdeen: A Rewarding Experience: This volunteering strategy was agreed by the city's community planning partner organisations. Download the strategy document here >>

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