We've put together a list of volunteering opportunities that you can get involved. Please remember to stay safe and take care of yourself.
Help your community
Ready Scotland Guidance
Ready Scotland have put together some advice for those wondering how best they can help those nearest to them at this current time. Click here to find out more.
Grampian Coronavirus Assistance Hub
The Grampian Coronavirus Assistance Hub – www.gcah.org.uk is a focal point for information and assistance for anyone affected by Coronavirus – COVID-19 in Grampian. People can register to help to volunteer via the Hub who will link up with local help and support required at https://bit.ly/3aONgod. Further details of volunteering are also available via their search page – https://bit.ly/2WmwgSj and at https://bit.ly/2SnhOaw
You can search for home-based volunteering opportunities from across Scotland here: https://search.volunteerscotland.net/search
Help from Home
Ecology and Environmental
Help monitor populations of seals across the world by tagging time-lapse and drone photographs. You’ll be helping researchers measure year-round changes to ocean ecosystems so that we can learn more about how the ecosystem affects the dynamics of resident wildlife. Click here to find out more.
This project helps create better bird conservation strategies. Help researchers around the world understand movement and needs of birds on a global scale, by logging your sightings with pictures and audio when you’re out and about. Click here to find out more.
With this app you can track and reduce litter – you can map and measure your impact. Literatti is making an impact – the data you produce can help identify the sources of litter and help your community identify specific issues for your area and address them directly! Click here to find out more.
Stardust @ Home
Help NASA search for evidence of interstellar dust from the Stardust mission of 2006 – you’ll use an online virtual microscope to search digital imagery for the first interstellar dust particles ever collected in space and returned to Earth to study. Click here to find out more.
Variable Star Zoo
Help identify variable stars in the centre of our galaxy. You’ll be helping map out the central region of the Milky Way so that we can construct a movie of the sky. Click here to find out more.
Stall Catchers is an app game that anyone can play - no experience necessary. In the game, you look at movies from the brains of mice and try to identify vessels as flowing or stalled. This helps to speed up Alzheimer's disease research at Cornell University. Available on Android. Click here to find out more.
Phylo DNA Puzzle
Though it may appear to be just a game, Phylo is actually a framework for harnessing the computing power of mankind to solve the Multiple Sequence Alignment problem. The data collected from gameplay will contribute to research into tracing certain genetic diseases. Available on Android. Click here to find out more.
Power to the People
Help to find rural areas in Africa so that we can expand electrical access. By identifying buildings in satellite imagery of sub-Saharan Africa, you’re teaching our algorithms what rural homes look like and helping electrical researchers plan community-specific grid design. Click here to find out more.
World Archives Project
The Ancestry® World Archives Project is volunteers from around the world creating searchable record indexes from digitized records. They gather historical records and scan them into their system. You look at the records and type out what you see (so that the facts in the records become searchable). The index you create is added to Ancestry’s free collections and is accessible to anyone who wants to search it – helping people track their genealogies! Click here to find out more.
Turn this collection of handwritten correspondence between anti-slavery activists in the 19th century into texts that can be more easily read and researched by students, teachers, historians, and big data applications. Click here to find out more.