Our Volunteers

Home visiting volunteers are at the heart of our service, however there are many other volunteer roles within Home-Start Aberdeen. These include shop assistant, delivery driver, fundraiser, adviser and trustee. Got a flair for events? Our Friends of Home-Start Aberdeen group are always seeking new faces to help them in their efforts to organise a variety of fundraising events throughout the year.

We are very grateful for the many and varied contributions that our volunteers make. Home-Start Aberdeen works in close partnership with our volunteers to ensure that the experience is meaningful and rewarding for them – and helps them to achieve their own personal development goals.

The video here features three of our home visiting volunteers, who speak about their experience of providing support for Home-Start Aberdeen families.

Three of Home-Start Aberdeen’s volunteers - all of whom have different roles - are also profiled below:

Dennis Davidson,business adviser

Dennis Davidson has worked with Home-Start Aberdeen in an advisory capacity since 2012. As publisher of Roustabout Energy International magazine, a Burgess of Guild of the City of Aberdeen and a Deputy Lieutenant, Dennis is well-known in the energy industry and within Aberdeen city. He brings a wealth of business experience to the board and was instrumental in the organisation of the recent Flying Pigs performance at His Majesty’s Theatre in support of Home-Start Aberdeen.

Patty Forbes,home visiting volunteer

Home visiting volunteer Patty Forbes completed her induction course with Home-Start Aberdeen in 2009. Since then, she has gained an HNC in Working with People within the Community, an HND in Social Sciences and an honours degree in Applied Social Sciences. Patty was able to use her volunteering experience as practical evidence towards her qualification. She now has a career in the third sector and credits Home-Start Aberdeen with giving her the confidence she needed to embark on training and further education.

Harry McBain,driver

Harry McBain joined the Home-Start team just over two years ago following encouragement from his wife Hilda, who volunteers in the charity shop. Harry regularly collects donations from people who have telephoned the shop – some regulars now ask for him by name. Harry also helps the shop team by taking unsuitable or damaged items to the recycling centre and carrying out small DIY projects to keep the shop in tip top condition.