New Volunteer Opportunity – Aberdeen Language Cafes

What is a Language Cafe?

Language Cafes are sessions which provide individuals whose first language is not English with an informal learning opportunity and a chance to practice speaking with others via semi-structured activities. Through the Language Cafe we aim to reach out to those who are isolated in the community or excluded and provide individuals with the opportunity to meet people in a friendly, relaxed environment.

When and where will the Language Cafes be?

There is currently a monthly Language Cafe running in Sopranos Bistro on Guild Street. Our next step is to set up a Language Cafe in Torry, and then we will be increasing the frequency of Cafes and extending the opportunities to other areas around Aberdeen. We cannot yet confirm the days or times of the Cafes, as this will depend on venues and what suits both learners and volunteers.

What are we looking for help with?

There are various opportunities for getting involved.

During the Language Cafe we are looking for volunteer help with:

  • setting up the room
  • greeting attendees as they arrive and making them feel welcome
  • Helping lead activities during the cafe
  • Assisting groups with any difficulties they have with activities
  • Mingling with attendees and helping to encourage chatting
  • Collecting feedback from attendees about the Cafe
  • Clearing up at the end of the session

Out with the Language Cafe times we are looking for volunteer help with:

  • Planning activities for the cafe
  • Gathering resources needed for the cafe, e.g. games, print outs, refreshments
  • Assisting with admin, e.g. circulating posters

Who are we looking for?

We are looking for warm, friendly, confident people with an excellent level of English. Good communication skills, cultural awareness and sensitivity are important. No experience of teaching is required, although this would be a bonus.

Next step…

If you are interested in getting involved we would like to invite you to our Language Cafe Information Session. This will be held at midday on Thursday 14th July at the GREC Office at 41 Union Street. This will give you the chance to meet Louise Nind, the Language Cafe Development Worker, to learn more about the project and to ask any questions you may have. If you would like to come along please RSVP to Louise at lnind@grec.co.uk as spaces are limited.

Healthcare Cleaning Standards – Public Representative Opportunity


Are you interested in healthcare cleaning standards?

NHS Grampian is currently looking for members of the public to assist in the monitoring of cleaning standards in healthcare locations.  We currently have vacancies at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary and at Woodend Hospital.

We are looking for members of the public who have a genuine interest in the environmental cleanliness of healthcare premises to participate in the monitoring of cleaning services standards.

We are looking for people to join our well established group of public representatives, who can give a few hours of their time to take part in the monitoring programme.  Training will be provided and expenses will be paid.

The monitoring programme operates Monday to Friday with the number of audits to suit the public representative.  The work can involve being on your feet for 2-3 hours and can sometimes be physically demanding depending on the clinical setting and number of areas to be visited.  In addition the Monitoring of Cleaning Services – Public Involvement Group meets once every six months.

Interested public representatives go through and informal interview process and if successful, are offered a three year appointment.  There is a three month probationary period which includes one audit.

For informal enquiries, please contact our Public Involvement Officers Liz Howarth or David Cooper on 01224 550952 or 553161 or e-mail the Public Involvement Team at nhsg.involve@nhs.net.