Vacancies & Volunteers

Board Member vacancies 

Non-remunerated position

ADA is an award winning charity, delivering specialist services to reduce harms and promote recovery of individuals and families affected by alcohol & drugs in the North East of Scotland.

If you share our passion for supporting and enabling recovery for people and families affected by substance use, consider joining our diverse board to help shape our strategic direction and make sure we focus on what matters. 

Successful candidates will have the enthusiasm and breadth of experience to make a real difference.  Governance experience and senior expertise in your field is essential. We would also welcome applicants with a broad range of skills including the following:

  • Senior Financial experience
  • Marketing/media
  • Quality Assurance
  • Fundraising and campaigning
  • Stewardship of charity assets

Time commitment for board members: average of 6 hours per month for attendance at board and sub group meetings which take place in Aberdeen.

What we can offer in return:

  • Relevant training and development to enhance your knowledge and skills
  • Networking opportunities, both internally and externally
  • The opportunity to share your wisdom to make a positive impact on your local community

Please submit your CV and covering letter at If you have any questions or queries, please contact 01224 577120 and ask to speak to Luan Grugeon in the first instance.

The closing date is 12 noon Monday 2 October 2017. Interviews will be held in October. 



Through our volunteering schemes at ADA we offer you a friendly and supportive environment in which you have an opportunity to make a positive contribution to the lives of our service users, their families and the wider community.

We welcome volunteers who can give occasional support as well as those who can commit on a more regular or longer term basis. You may be working, studying, retired or perhaps thinking about changing your career. Whatever your background, knowledge or experience, we have opportunities to suit you. Your contribution could help someone to rebuild their life whilst also providing you with a rewarding and enriching life experience.

We are currently looking for a variety of volunteers. Take a look at our Opportunities List, which is regularly updated. If you would like to volunteer, please download the application form at the foot of the page and return it to, stating which opportunity you are interested in.


Volunteering vacancies:

Volunteer Complementary Therapists

We are looking for volunteers to enhance the skills and experience of our staff so that we can offer a wider range of complementary therapies to our service users. We welcome applicants with the relevant qualifications and experience in any therapy who are interested in volunteering at ADA.

For further information regarding this opportunity, please download the volunteer application form at the foot of the page or send an e-mail to headed Volunteer Complementary Therapists.

Volunteer Buddy

Volunteer buddies support people who require this service in their recovery journey. People who have had problems with substance misuse often say they can lose touch with friends and colleagues – and also lose their confidence in social situations. Buddies aim to help people build up their confidence again by supporting the person to get out and about and to rediscover old interests or find new ones.

For further information regarding this opportunity, please download the volunteer application form at the foot of the page or send an e-mail to headed ADA Buddy.


ADAs staff and volunteers play a vital role at every level in the organisation and everyone is committed to providing excellent services that promote positive change in those affected by alcohol and other drug use. We are continually developing our services in response to changing local trends, individual needs and best practice – making ADA an exciting and hugely rewarding place to work.

Staff recruitment

At ADA we strive to ensure we have the best people in our team with a wide range skills, experience and knowledge to deliver high-quality services in local communities.

We embrace diversity and strive to ensure that no one is disadvantaged in terms of their ability to seek employment with the organisation on the basis of age, ability (or disability), gender, social class, ethnic origin, religion, marital status or sexual orientation. We welcome applications from people who have recovered from alcohol and drug issues.

We believe that by operating in this way, we are best able to address the diverse needs of local people.

Professional development

We recognise that the staff team are our most important resource and therefore invest in a rigorous recruitment procedure. We have a structured induction programme with regular ongoing support and training.

All frontline staff receive formal supervision on a monthly basis with access to supervisors outwith this time for ongoing support and supervision. In addition, we have a system in place to ensure training needs are identified and addressed in order to ensure we are maximising the potential of all staff employed at ADA. Regular in-house practice sessions are held to cover team training issues and external training is provided as appropriate.

Staff are also actively consulted on service developments through a range of in-house service team meetings and communications.

By investing heavily in recruitment, supervision, training and consultation we hope to get the best out of everyone in the ADA team, enabling ADA to deliver high-quality services that make a real difference to people’s lives.

To find out about working at ADA, or to volunteer, contact

Please download the Volunteer Registration Form here.

Please download the Volunteer Equal Opportunities Form here.