Volunteering - We have lots to offer!
You may have caught sight of Go Green on campus, attended a workshop, picked up a free item from Kaim Shop, or rented a bike at BikePad and in the process wondered about getting more involved. Well, we are always looking for volunteers to help run our projects so don't hesitate to get in touch with us! The opportunities vary from administrative roles (member of the Marketing, Fundraising, or Event Management teams) to project based involvement:
How do I start?
We're always happy to meet up for a longer chat about what being a Go Green volunteer can involve, so send us an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or just a quick message on our facebook page (RGU GoGreen) to let us know about your interest.
Every Friday, we have a team of dedicated and enthusiastic kitchen volunteers who help out with preparing ingredients, cooking and serving meals, and cleaning any equipment, but we are always looking for more volunteers. Within this role, you can develop your cooking, teamwork and communication skills while meeting new people and becoming a part of a community. If you enjoy cooking and want to make a positive impact on the environment, this position is just for you!
At the LiveEco Cafe, we always aim to use fresh, raw ingredients that would have otherwise ended up in landfill to reduce food waste. In order for us to obtain these ingredients, a driver must be ready to transport goods between RGU, CFINE and Ruthrieston Community Centre, however, one may not always be available. Thus, to ensure the continual functionality of the care, we are hoping to find driver substitute volunteers who can fill in when the main driver is busy. While you need no prior experience for this position, you are required to have a driver's license.
Promoting a healthy, environmentally conscious and friendly lifestyle is at the core of both the VegBag scheme and the Go Green project. In order for us to encourage more people to lead such a lifestyle, we hope to recruit volunteers who aid with the smooth-running of the scheme. As a general volunteer, you will help with a variety of responsibilities including the packing of bags, facilitating collection, researching recipes, and supporting drivers with the unloading of goods. Working with VegBag is a great way to build on your communication and teamwork skills while also developing some financial management skills.
If you have a driver's license and want to participate in the VegBag scheme, this role may be just for you! As the scheme sources its vegetables and fruits from a local farm in Stonehaven, drivers are needed for the acquiring and transportation of goods to RGU. You will be responsible for driving the electric van on a biweekly basis, for either an hour or two, depending on traffic, but you can also expect to learn a lot about the logistics of this scheme and improve your communication skills in the process!
Working in close partnership with GoGreen staff and other volunteers, the role of BikePad mechanic is to keep as many bikes on the road as possible, fixing up donations and helping to feed them into the steadily growing fleet of LivEco bikes for hire. So if you wouldlike a hands on opportunity - no-matter what your current level of competency - to learn maintenance and repair skills Bikepad is the place. Outwith experience on site we can also offer formal training with amazing partners like Edinburgh Bike Co-operative. As well as bike maintenance skills Bikepad is also a great place work within a team, have fun and employ creative thinking.
Bike Hire Support
This year LivEco have taken over responsibility for the growing fleet of rentable bikes that Go Green have been collecting and fixing. As well as a growing number of bicycles there is also an increasing demand for renting them. All this growth requires some co-ordination and livEco are looking for support in running the scheme. So if you have a flare for organisation and administration this could be the post for you, and in the process you can make students happy by giving them a way to get around and save some pennies. Skills to be gained include working with a budget, project planning, IT literacy and as with every area of GoGreen, teamwork!
Kaim is a social space that is open for students to come and visit but also to spend time in, sociaise, and study. Kaim Shop is a free shop and creative hub space open to students, staff and members of the greater community. You can donate and pick up items for free and attend workshops to learn about reusing, reducing and recycling waste.
As a Kaim Shop Assistant you will spend time in the space and explain the project to visitors, helping them look around and answering their questions! You will weigh items that are donated to the shop and display them in our space. We work with a huge variety of donated items from pots and pans to DVDs, books and clothes so if you enjoy putting together outfits, processing our donations, and making a feature of new things on our social media, Kaim is the place to gain some experience curating! This role will provide you with Visual merchandising and PR experience as well as learning about the environmental benefits of the circular economy.
In this role you will also help organise Pop up shops. The Pop up shop is a mobile unit where we take a selection of interesting items from Kaim out to different locations on campus. Once set up the Pop up shop is a great way to talk to students and staff, publicising the space and other Go Green initiatives. Volunteers at the Pop up shop can hone their organising, social, and carbon literacy skills through greater knowledge of Go Green's remit.
No experience necessary for this job, but a creative flare curating disparate items and a sociable manner with the participating student community would be great!
Kaim Shop Secretary
As the Kaim Shop secretary you will act as a liaison, replying to Kaim specific emails and helping organise events with the wider Go Green team. You will publicse Go Greens message of sustainability and direct individuals to Go Green resources. You will also document minutes during Kaim meetings and share them on the drive. These meetings can be regarding opening times, potential events and future collaborations with the wider Aberdeen community. Ideally you will have volunteered with Go Green for a number of weeks with knowledge of how Kaim Shop operates.
Due to the nature of our free shop we get a lot of donations! As the Kaim Shop Administrator you will help input weighing data into our Excel sheet, helping to calculate how many tons of goods we have saved from landfill whilst enhancing your carbon literacy skills!
Working with donated items means we get a huge variety of donations in various states of age and quality. Some items are worn beyond the use that they were intended for but, given our zero waste aspirations we are on the lookout for creative volunteers to come up with repurposing ideas that reuse and recycle old goods, reducing our environmental impact. As a Workshop Leader you will host creative workshops focused on these goals, helping others acquire the skills to find new uses for old things. So if you would like to gain some workshop/teaching experience or knowledge in creative project design we would love to have you! You can run your own workshops or equally if you're already a confident designer/maker we would love to showcase your work.
If you have a passion for writing, are full of creative ideas and would like to help spread the world about environemntal topics, then you could join our team of content writers. By joining our team, you'll be in charge of: descriptions for events/events' pages (including weekly café events), paragraphs for the weekly bulletin, content for brochures, leaflets and other promotional materials, along with email templates. You will also be managing our social media pages, through posting and sharing relevant content.
Events Management Volunteer
If you like to oversee and organize events that will make an impact to our target audience, don't hesitat to join our events management team! You'll ensure that everything we organise is successful and cost-effective, paying attention to budget and time constraints. We want to see enthusiastic candidates with fresh ideas and the organizational skills required to not leave anything about an event to chance.
Often joining fees alone cannot completely fund each society's operation costs. To help reduce our of pocket expenses for members, we strongly encourage fundrasing (either through organising events or through contacting sponsors). Being part of our finance team means you'll be reaching out to people and companies to ask for funding for our events and expenses.