Volunteering Hub 

 

A quick search on our Volunteering Hub below will help find opportunities to volunteer in the local community, with national organisations and virtually with international organisations. Register your interest with an organisation today! New opportunities are posted regularly. Browse our local organisations. If you can't find something of interest, or would like some help deciding what to do, contact the Volunteering Service and a member of staff will help you: volunteering@eusa.ed.ac.uk, or try searching these options: Volunteer Edinburgh I Volunteer Scotland.

 

**Please note that during the coronavirus pandemic, opportunities to volunteer in person are reduced to comply with government safety and social distancing guidelines. Some volunteer involving organisations will still be adapting their services and it may take longer than normal to find out about specific opportunities.

 

Volunteering Hub User Guide

For help with using the Hub, including how to record your volunteering hours and skills development, as well as download a record of your experiences and achievements, read our Volunteer User Guide.

 

Creating a profile on the Volunteering Hub

To apply to opportunities on the Hub, and log your volunteering hours and record your skills development to work towards earning awards and recognition, create your profile on the Hub. To create your profile, follow the steps in the Volunteer User Guide above. 

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  • Friends of The Meadows requires a volunteer to help with minute taking at our 2-monthly meetings (zoom at present), keeping a check on the FOMBL mailbox and passing emails on to the relevant committee member to deal with, helping with any public meeting (when it becomes possible) in booking the venue decided upon, informing all members of date/time and guest speaker etc.

    Friends of The Meadows and Bruntsfield Links is a charity set up to protect, enhance, and promote this much loved public park. The Friends hold three public meetings a year at different historic centres around the Meadows and Bruntsfield Links, when interesting speakers are invited and issues of importance to the public are discussed. The Friends have gained funding for various projects, such as the Meadows Mural, the outdoor gym equipment, planting of new trees etc. The flora and fauna on the Meadows and Bruntsfield Links are of real interest. Every spring the crocuses and daffodils are a delight, as are the magnificent cherry blossom avenues in May. We work together with local schools, and projects have included planting shrubs at the foot of the Meadows Mural. We also work with Edinburgh University students, many of whom are local volunteers. There are monthly gatherings of volunteers to carry out the voluntary tidying, planting, clearing, painting railings etc - helped by Park Rangers when possible. These volunteering sessions are a great opportunity to meet other Friends and chat over a coffee and snack after working outdoors.

    • Type of activityAdministration/office work, Animals, Community, Environment/conservation/outdoors, Heritage, Sport and recreation
    • Opportunity lengthOngoing
    • AvailabilityMonday PM
    • Digital literacy
    • Initiative
    • Interpersonal / Confidence
    • Planning / Organising
    • Problem solving
    • Self-awareness and reflection
    • Teamwork
    • Verbal communication and presentation
    • Written communication
    • Listening
  • St Andrew's First Aid logo

    Event First Aider

    St Andrew's First Aid

    This opportunity takes place between 18 Feb 2021 and 31 Jul 2021.

    St Andrew's First Aid are looking for new volunteers in the Edinburgh & Lothian area who are available and keen to support with providing first aid cover at the NHS Lothian mass Covid-19 vaccination centres. Primarily, this will require Monday to Friday daytime availability.

    • Opportunity lengthOngoing
    • AvailabilityFriday AM, Friday PM, Monday AM, Monday PM, Thursday AM, Thursday PM, Tuesday AM, Tuesday PM, Wednesday AM, Wednesday PM
    • Type of activityHealth and social care
    • Impact
    • Decision making
    • Interpersonal / Confidence
    • Problem solving
    • Public engagement
    • Self-awareness and reflection
    • Teamwork
    • Time management
    • Working under pressure
    • Listening
  • Persons With Mental Illness (PWMI) logo

    Marketing and Content Volunteer

    Persons With Mental Illness (PWMI)

    This opportunity takes place between 01 Feb 2021 and 30 Apr 2021.

    Visual designers, Communications/Marketing, and Copywriter volunteers who would help with content creation, and social media and marketing campaigns. They would be working with the Director of Creative Content.

    PWMI is a feminist-led and inclusive organization that focuses on individuals with mental health conditions, mental illness, or mental distress by identifying gaps that prevent them from living holistic lives. Our mission is to drive systemic changes with a focus on the lived experience perspective. PWMI has global aspirations and is currently a team of diverse and international individuals. 

    PWMI is currently at the beginning of setting up, is working on creating a new service, a mobile mental health clinic app, and building consulting services to help employers build fairer anti-discrimination policies. We are looking for volunteers to get involved in every aspect of the organization who are looking to develop new services and are interested in learning more about the mental health ecosystem and how to be a better ally. Being an ally is the practice of emphasizing social justice, inclusion, and human rights by members of an ingroup, to advance the interests of an oppressed or marginalized outgroup.

    PWMI is working on raising awareness of the organization along with developing its brand and material. The Creative Content team is responsible for these two areas. If you are interested in marketing, advertising, copywriting, and/or visual design/graphic design, this is the team for you. Volunteers would be working with the Director of Creative Content. 

    No prior experience is necessary. 

    • Type of activityAdvocacy/Human Rights, Equality and Diversity, Health and social care, LGBT+, Management/Business, Mental health, Marketing/PR/Media
    • Opportunity lengthOngoing, Online/home based volunteering
    • AvailabilityFriday AM, Friday PM, Monday AM, Monday PM, Saturday AM, Saturday PM, Sunday AM, Sunday PM, Thursday AM, Thursday PM, Tuesday AM, Tuesday PM, Wednesday AM, Wednesday PM
    • Impact
    • Analytical thinking
    • Creativity and inventive thinking
    • Cross-cultural communication
    • Digital literacy
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Ethics and social responsibility
    • Independent learning and development
    • Leadership / Management
    • Marketing and promotion
    • Planning / Organising
    • Project management
    • Public engagement
    • Teamwork
    • Time management
    • Verbal communication and presentation
    • Written communication
    • Listening
  • Volunteer Tutor (maths or English)

    Action Tutoring

    This opportunity takes place from 18 Nov 2020.

    Volunteering with Action Tutoring is a rewarding way to make a difference to the lives of young people. You will be directly supporting disadvantaged young people to build their confidence and help ensure they leave school with the grades needed to build a bright future.As an English or maths tutor, you will choose one of our partner schools and work with one or two pupils for an hour a week across the course of a school term. Sessions are either delivered online, at the same time each week. We provide all of our tutors with training and workbooks to use in sessions, and we will also process a DBS check for you.

    You need to be a fluent English speaker, and have achieved an A or B at A-Level (or equivalent) in the subject, or similar subject, you are wishing to tutor. Enthusiasm for learning and the subject you’re tutoring is important. Experience working with young people is helpful but not essential. Good communication skills, patient, committed and resilient. We do review all qualifications and experience however and would encourage you to apply - even if you don't meet the exact criteria.

    Through tutoring with us our volunteers are able to develop a wealth of transferable skills whilst making a significant difference. 

     

    • Type of activityEducation, Tutoring
    • AvailabilityFriday AM, Friday PM, Monday AM, Monday PM, Thursday AM, Thursday PM, Tuesday AM, Tuesday PM, Wednesday AM, Wednesday PM
    • Opportunity lengthOnline/home based volunteering
    • Impact
    • Assertiveness
    • Ethics and social responsibility
    • Initiative
    • Interpersonal / Confidence
    • Knowledge integration and application
    • Numeracy
    • Planning / Organising
    • Time management
    • Verbal communication and presentation
    • Written communication
    • Listening
  • Eye Heroes logo

    Communications Volunteer

    Eye Heroes

    This opportunity is ongoing, with no end date.

    We are looking for someone to help develop and implement a communications plan. Ideal for someone with a background in journalism, web design, communications and/or media studies who can build our social media presence. We have a Facebook group and Twitter, but want to start using social media options that appeal to a younger audience.

    With support from the Project Lead, the volunteer will develop and implement a communications plan for the next two years. We would like to start a quarterly newsletter and be able to highlight volunteer experiences and report on the impact Eye Heroes have in their communities.

    We are always open to new ideas and suggestions, so there is room for you to use your own creativity in this position! A key to success in this role is to be highly motivated, self-directed and results driven, as there are no set office hours.

    People whose lives have been affected by sight loss have an important voice in the work we do. Hence, we particularly encourage applications from anyone who has personal experience of sight loss or blindness, including those impacted through a loved one’s circumstances.

     

    If you would like to apply, please send a resume and detailed cover letter explaining why you feel you would be suitable for the position to liz@eyeheroes.org.uk Feel free to reach out with any questions about your application.

    • Type of activityAdministration/office work, Computing/Technical, Education, Health and social care
    • AvailabilityFriday AM, Friday PM, Monday AM, Monday PM, Saturday AM, Saturday PM, Sunday AM, Sunday PM, Thursday AM, Thursday PM, Tuesday AM, Tuesday PM, Wednesday AM, Wednesday PM
    • Opportunity lengthOnline/home based volunteering
    • Impact
    • Creativity and inventive thinking
    • Ethics and social responsibility
    • Marketing and promotion
    • Planning / Organising
    • Teamwork
    • Time management
    • Written communication
  • Support Volunteer

    Volunteering Matters-VSF Edinburgh

    This opportunity takes place between 14 Oct 2020 and 30 Sep 2021. Closing date for applications is 30 Sep.

    Our Volunteers Supporting Families in Edinburgh project offers practical and emotional support to families across the South East and South West localities of Edinburgh, empowering them to face a range of life challenges. We recruit, train and match dedicated, local volunteers to help families every step of the way, spending 1-1 time together on a personalised set of goals chosen by the family, for the family. We can help in many ways, such as improved living standards, budgeting, healthier eating, better school life and behaviour, access to health and wellbeing aid, as well as introducing parents to community resources, to name a few. So far, thousands of families across the UK have benefitted from our service and we are now delighted to extend the programmes reach to families in Edinburgh.

    • Type of activityAdults, Advice/Information giving, Advocacy/Human Rights, Befriending/Mentoring, Care/Support work, Children, Community, Drugs and addiction, Equality and Diversity, Families, Health and social care, Homeless and housing, LGBT+, Mental health, Youth work
    • Opportunity lengthFixed term, Ongoing
    • AvailabilityFriday AM, Friday PM, Monday AM, Monday PM, Saturday AM, Saturday PM, Sunday AM, Sunday PM, Thursday AM, Thursday PM, Tuesday AM, Tuesday PM, Wednesday AM, Wednesday PM
    • Impact
    • Analytical thinking
    • Assertiveness
    • Commercial / Professional / Situational awareness
    • Creativity and inventive thinking
    • Critical thinking
    • Cross-cultural communication
    • Decision making
    • Ethics and social responsibility
    • Handling complexity and ambiguity
    • Independent learning and development
    • Initiative
    • Interpersonal / Confidence
    • Planning / Organising
    • Problem solving
    • Self-awareness and reflection
    • Time management
    • Verbal communication and presentation
    • Written communication
    • Listening
  • RESULTS UK logo

    Become RESULTS UK Grassroots Campaigner in Edinburgh

    RESULTS UK

    This opportunity is ongoing, with no end date.

    RESULTS Campaigners work locally to influence decisions being made on international aid and development.

    RESULTS grassroots campaigners take action locally to fight global poverty – using their voices to change the world. They receive training and support to become skilled advocates, from influencing MPs to policy makers, and engaging others within their community. 

    RESULTS campaigners in Edinburgh meet as a group on the first Tuesday of each month to plan and take campaign actions and organise events. They regularly join our national conference calls, learning more about international development and sharing their successes from around the UK. 

    RESULTS campaigners have the opportunity to: 

    •    Join the RESULTS Edinburgh action group and meet likeminded individuals campaigning to bring an end to poverty.
    •    Support our campaigns on global health, education and economic opportunities.
    •    Take action with us, from publishing articles in the media to meeting with your constituency MP.
    •    Hear from experts on international development each month on our RESULTS conference calls.
    •    Put your points directly to influential decision-makers at RESULTS Advocacy Days.
    •    Organise events within the local community, be an ambassador for RESULTS in your area and help us to grow our network.
    •    Develop your campaigning and advocacy skills at conferences and training sessions.

    We're been adapting to doing more campaigning online given the risks around COVID-19 and social distancing guidelines.

    • Type of activityAdvocacy/Human Rights, Campaigning/Lobbying
    • Opportunity lengthOngoing
    • Initiative
    • Interpersonal / Confidence
    • Knowledge integration and application
    • Planning / Organising
    • Public engagement
    • Teamwork
    • Written communication
    • Listening
  • Positive Help logo

    Supported Shopping Volunteer

    Positive Help

    This opportunity is ongoing, with no end date.

    Becoming a Supported Shopping Volunteer involves collecting a service user from their home and taking them to their local supermarket to help with shopping. You would provide one to one support by helping with the trolley, packing at the checkout and by offering a bit of company – perhaps with a cup of tea on the way home. You would then also load up the shopping and carry it to their door if needed.

     

    Time

    Commitment

     

    The average session will be between 1.5-3 hours including travel time. This can be on a weekly or fortnightly basis. You can do as many sessions as you wish per fortnight.

    Sessions take place during normal working hours

     

     

     

    Role Purpose

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    The Supportive Shopping Service offers assistance with shopping to people who are living with HIV and/or Hepatitis C. Our clients often struggle to manage to get their shopping independently due to poor physical/mental health, limited mobility, social anxiety or literacy issues. This service allows people to choose their own shopping and have some social time and chat with a trusted person. Being able to shop for food and have regular social interactions are important parts of staying well and independent.  You’d be helping service users maintain their independence and be supporting their nutrition - a core part of staying healthy while on treatment. Many of our service users wouldn’t make it to the shops without our help and are enormously grateful for the support. 

     

     

     

    Specific Tasks

     

    • Collecting service users from their homes and taking them to their local supermarket
    • General assistance throughout the shops. This may be taking the trolley, helping choose products, packing bags and helping to carry them to the car and then doorstep.
    • Chatting with and escorting the service user to the supermarket/local café for a cup of tea
    • You will keep in touch with the Volunteer Coordinator as to your availability
    • If anything changes or doesn’t go to plan while on shift, getting in touch with the office as soon as possible
    • Provide feedback and expense forms after each session
    • Attending check-in meetings and group support sessions with the Coordinator as required

     

     

    Skills and Qualities Needed

     

    • Be a good listener
    • Be a safe driver
    • A patient, non-judgemental and caring approach
    • An ability to maintain boundaries with clients
    • A commitment to maintaining clients’ confidentiality
    • Be reliable, with good timekeeping and communication skills
    • A full driving license with a good record of safe driving
    • A PVG is required for this role (Positive Help cover this cost)

     

     

     

     

     

    What’s in it for me?

     

    • Seeing first-hand the invaluable difference you are making to the lives of people living with HIV and Hep C
    • Unique and practical experience in supporting vulnerable adults
    • The opportunity to meet and work with a diverse range of people
    • Comprehensive volunteer induction training and ongoing training, equipping you with an array of transferrable skills
    • Excellent support. You will always be able to contact someone during your session if required
    • Group support sessions and one-to-one support from the Adult Services Coordinator
    • Social events with other volunteers
    • Reimbursement of all expenses incurred while volunteering
    • A potential reference for future opportunities
    • You can use your own car, or we can add you to our Enterprise Car Club membership (you can undertake this role even if you do not have your own vehicle)

     

     

     

    Our Expectations of our Volunteers

     

    • Willingness to abide by Positive Help’s Policies
    • Commitment to the principles of equality and diversity
    • Willingness to use support systems i.e, attend meetings, make use of the volunteer mobile number and fill in feedback forms
    • Maintaining clear lines of communication with Coordinator
    • Co-operation with administrative tasks e.g. filling in expenses forms
    • Commitment to attend on-going training
    • Adhere to Positive Help’s confidentiality policy

     

    • Type of activityAdults, Community, Drugs and addiction, Driving/escorting, Families, Health and social care, Practical/DIY
    • Opportunity lengthOngoing
    • AvailabilityFriday AM, Friday PM, Monday AM, Monday PM, Thursday AM, Thursday PM, Tuesday AM, Tuesday PM, Wednesday AM, Wednesday PM
    • Ethics and social responsibility
    • Handling complexity and ambiguity
    • Knowledge integration and application
    • Self-awareness and reflection
    • Specialist knowledge
    • Teamwork
    • Time management
    • Listening
  • Community Retail Assistant

    Dig-In Bruntsfield Community Greengrocer

    This opportunity is ongoing, with no end date.

    Play a key role in our community owned shop - you will be part of a team making fresh and healthy fruit and veg and wholefood available to local customers, while supporting sustainable food systems.

    • Type of activityCharity shops/Retail, Community, Environment/conservation/outdoors, Events, Families, Health and social care, Marketing/PR/Media
    • Opportunity lengthOngoing, Christmas, Summer
    • AvailabilityFriday AM, Friday PM, Monday AM, Monday PM, Saturday AM, Saturday PM, Sunday AM, Sunday PM, Thursday AM, Thursday PM, Tuesday AM, Tuesday PM, Wednesday AM, Wednesday PM
    • Impact
    • Analytical thinking
    • Assertiveness
    • Commercial / Professional / Situational awareness
    • Creativity and inventive thinking
    • Critical thinking
    • Cross-cultural communication
    • Decision making
    • Digital literacy
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Ethics and social responsibility
    • Initiative
    • Interpersonal / Confidence
    • Marketing and promotion
    • Numeracy
    • Problem solving
    • Public engagement
    • Self-awareness and reflection
    • Teamwork
    • Time management
    • Verbal communication and presentation
    • Working under pressure
    • Listening
  • Oxfam Standard Shop Nicolson Street logo

    Saturday Volunteer Sales Assistant

    Oxfam Standard Shop Nicolson Street

    This opportunity is ongoing, with no end date.

    This is an exciting volunteer opportunity as you not only gain valuable experience but also you will also be a key part of our friendly and committed team of volunteers. Whether you have a lot of retail experience or none, you will receive the training and support you need. Working as a part of a team of volunteers you will have the opportunity to be involved in various tasks and responsibilities.We look forward to having you in our team!

    • Type of activityAdministration/office work, Advocacy/Human Rights, Charity shops/Retail, Environment/conservation/outdoors, Equality and Diversity
    • Opportunity lengthOngoing, Microvolunteering, Christmas, Summer
    • AvailabilityFriday AM, Friday PM, Monday AM, Monday PM, Saturday AM, Saturday PM, Sunday AM, Sunday PM, Thursday AM, Thursday PM, Tuesday AM, Wednesday AM, Wednesday PM
    • Impact
    • Analytical thinking
    • Assertiveness
    • Change management
    • Commercial / Professional / Situational awareness
    • Creativity and inventive thinking
    • Influencing and negotiation skills
    • Initiative
    • Interpersonal / Confidence
    • Knowledge integration and application
    • Marketing and promotion
    • Negotiating and persuading
    • Numeracy
    • Planning / Organising
    • Problem solving
    • Public engagement
    • Self-awareness and reflection
    • Specialist knowledge
    • Teamwork
    • Time management
    • Verbal communication and presentation
    • Working under pressure
    • Written communication
    • Listening
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