Magpie is an environmental social enterprise operated by Aberdeenshire Voluntary Action (AVA) the Third Sector Interface. Magpie is committed to supporting local communities through the provision of volunteering and work placement opportunities within our charity retail outlets in Inverurie and Banchory.

Deputy Manager (Ref: MDM01)

£28,500/annum – 35 hrs

You will be an energetic and motivated individual with a track record in delivering excellent customer service, visual merchandising and supervisory management within the retail sector. You will be based in our Inverurie store, with responsibility for supporting the Magpie Manager in all aspects of the Magpie’s retail operation across Aberdeenshire

Sales Assistants

1 x Inverurie (Ref: MSA02) / 1 x Banchory (Ref: MSA03)

£14,284/annum pro rata – 28 hrs

Our stores in Inverurie and Banchory are busy and you can expect to be handling, sorting, displaying and selling a wide range of donated goods. You will have previous retail experience and can demonstrate excellent customer service and communication skills. You will be self-motivated, flexible and committed to working as part of a team.

To request application pack please E-mail

Please include the job reference for the position you are interested in applying for.

Applications Close: 10am on 5th December 2016

Registered in Scotland as a Charity No. SC014223 and Company Limited by Guarantee No. 13734


Thanks – Sand bothy Monthly meeting

Thanks to all the volunteers who came along to our monthly meeting on Friday morning…

A few notes will follow…

First though a big thankyou to 12 volunteers who came along to the defibrillator awareness session on Tuesday with Donald Montgomery of Scottish Ambulance Service. I think we all found it very helpful…Donald is a good contact to have, and will do further sessions, including CPR training if we want, for both volunteers and anyone else in the community

Rosie Nicol

01358 742557



cropped-cropped-cropped-cropped-bct.jpgThe Community Trust is a new idea.  Community Trusts are growing in Scotland. you can watch a wee film about one such Trust here: What is a Development Trust

It is made up of members/Supporters, who control it through a Board of Directors or trustees.  Sounds complicated?  Its not.

You simply join (No fee) and you will be asked what you think, what should happen and you will have a great opportunity to get involved in our community with new ideas and projects to make this an even better place to live.

We have been making a difference in Balmedie, We have planned and opened the SAND BOTHY at Balmedie country park.  We have supported and nurtured, Belhelvie Banter, Helped keep our Christmas Lights, supported and assisted, Potterton Community Group with path project, and all their community consultation and coordinated the installation of local defibrillators.

Can we do more?  Yes…. We can do it together.

Lets do this as a community: just go HERE to download and fill in the form (legally, we require this because we are a charity.) Its that simple.

BCT Membership Application

BCT Membership Application-001

We are a member of the Development Trust Association Scotland.


pieScottish Hydro Electric Transmission (SHE Transmission) are holding a Public Information Event in relation to the connection of Aberdeen Offshore Wind Farm to the electricity network next week.
This will be an informal open-door event where local residents and interested parties will have an opportunity to view our plans and speak to the team developing the project.
Date – Nov 17th
Location – The White Horse Inn, Balmedie (Function Room)
Time – 15:00 – 19:00
If you know of anyone that would like to come along but would struggle to get to Balmedie, please ask them to contact Lesley of SSE directly and they will arrange transportation for them.


Lesley Dow
Community Liaison Manager
Transmission Land and Communities
T: +44(0)1738 455115   M: +44(0)7876 837490
Internal: 65115
Inveralmond House, 200 Dunkeld Road, Perth, PH1 3AQ

The Sand Bothy awarded £2000 by Foundation Scotland and £2000 by the Gordon & Ena Baxter Foundation

We are delighted to announce that in the past week we have been awarded £2000 by Foundation Scotland and £2000 by the Gordon & Ena Baxter Foundation, specifically to create a permanent exhibition in The Sand Bothy, all about Balmedie Beach, the birds, the shells, the flowers, the shipwrecks and all its environmental features.

I will tell you more about these organisations in further posts, many thanks to them both for their support for our community project!thesandbothy_n

Inclusive Volunteering Online Training – Nov 2016

volunteerscotalnd_logoExploring Volunteer Practice – Inclusive Volunteering Online Training
These sessions are free of charge and open to anyone who has an interest in Inclusive Volunteering. Research indicates that people who are at risk of experiencing exclusion can benefit from volunteering. We know, however, that many people face barriers to becoming a volunteer. As we start to consider how to support and encourage more inclusive volunteering, this session is an opportunity to share the challenges faced by volunteer managers in making volunteering accessible for all people.

  • Thursday 24th November 2016 – 10am – 11am
  • Thursday 8th December 2016 – 11am – 12noon

For more information on all our training courses visit the Volunteer Scotland website at: or contact them by e-mail at: or call 01786 479593.