Service update 

The Volunteering Service is operating remotely during the Coronavirus pandemic and is contactable via email only.
Please note that Volunteering Service webpages are currently undergoing updates.


Whether your goals are to enhance your career, education, social life, wellbeing, have more fun, make more connections, or help others or a cause you’re passionate about, volunteering can help you achieve these.

The Volunteering Service is open year-round and exists to connect University of Edinburgh students with the local community as well as opportunities to volunteer with national and international Third Sector organisations. It offers a volunteering brokerage, student-led volunteering societies, one-off community projects, organises events, as well as advice, resources, funding, awards and recognition to students who volunteer.



Spotlight on Volunteering

  • Fri 11 Sep 2020 17:04


    Volunteering gives you many tools and skills that are transferable to other areas of your life that you can’t get in an academic setting, and you learn lots about yourself.


    Experience more of Edinburgh or the place you call home through volunteering to help others or a cause that you are passionate about. 


    1. Career benefits

    When you think about the number of students graduating with the same degree or applying to same jobs as you, employers want to see what makes you different, and volunteering is a way that can make you stand out from the crowd.


    Volunteering can be a route to employment, helping you gain/develop new/existing transferable skills, knowledge and experience, open doors for new opportunities, make contacts, keep your options open, and could even lead to a career change.


    Time spent volunteering demonstrates to employers that you are proactive with a growth mindset.


    2. Wellbeing benefits

    Volunteering can enhance your sense of belonging and connection to others, helping you feel valued and part of a team, provides a break from academia, work and a busy lifestyle, boost confidence and self-esteem, gain a sense of satisfaction through helping others, increase your sense of fulfillment and happiness levels.


    3. Social benefits

    Volunteering offers a way to meet like-minded, as well as new people, make new friends, help you gain new perspectives, a chance to socialise and get to know the local community.


    4. Community benefits

    You could make a difference to the lives of others and those less fortunate, help solve problems faced by the community and the environment.

    “Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in elections once a year, but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in.” Unknown Author


    5. Awards and Recognition

    There are a range of ways that you can receive recognition and awards for your volunteering throughout your time at University with varying levels of commitment. Check them out here