Nominations now open for the Inspiring Volunteering Achievement Awards 2018

Want to volunteer?

If you want to volunteer then we are here to help.  We make it easy for you to find volunteering.  You can search our database of volunteering opportunities in the 'Volunteer Now' box on the right of this page or if you prefer you can come in to our offices on Leith Walk and speak to one of our advisors.  

We're open Mon-Thurs 9:30am - 5pm, Fri 9:30am - 4pm and closed on the first Tuesday of each month.

Volunteer Edinburgh, 222 Leith Walk, Edinburgh EH6 5EQ

Tel: 0131 225 0630


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Please note: Due to technical issues, when you do a search our website is displaying some of our volunteer opportunties without their contact details. If you find an opportunity you wish to apply for or find out more about but can't see an email address or number on the ad please get in touch.

There are also some categories that are not displaying all adverts in them, so where possible please do a key word search using the search field in the purple box. Our apologies for any inconvenience.

Volunteering to help find work!

If you are looking to find paid employment but are finding it hard then we can help you.   Volunteering can help you build up 'soft skills' like team-working, problem solving, communication and motivation that can help you move forward. 

Doing voluntary work also helps give you material for your CV, give you real work experience to talk about at interviews and bring your experience up to date.

Volunteer Edinburgh’s employability service can help you move towards employment by offering a career-focused interview, finding an appropriate volunteer opportunity that will provide you with skills and experience and also job references.

Volunteering of course helps everyone - by giving some of your time you not only help yourself but you help others!

Regardless of which benefit you are on doing voluntary work does not affect your benefits.

Find out more here.

Do you want some extra support? 

The Health and Wellbeing team can help you or your client:

  • consider whether volunteering is the right option at the moment
  • think about what to take into account when looking at volunteering
  • look at what kind of volunteering opportunities are available

If you are thinking about volunteering yourself or if someone you support or care for is considering it and you would like a little more help and advice perhaps because of health, disability or past offences, you can come to one of our Health and Wellbeing Thursday Information Sessions.

Volunteer Edinburgh, 222 Leith Walk, EH6 5EQ
Thursdays 2pm to 4pm

Walpole Hall, 23 Palmerston Place, Edinburgh, EH12 5AW
Thursdays 11am to 3pm

These drop-in sessions give you or your client the chance to meet our Health and Wellbeing team and look at options.

If you cannot attend these sessions or would like more information before you come, contact:

Sarah Cleary at
or telephone 0131 561 8307

Nick Woodhead at
or telephone 0131 561 8304

You can find more information about the Health and Wellbeing Team here.

Does Your Organisation Involve Volunteers?

If your organisation involves volunteers, or you are thinking of doing so, then we have lots of resources which can help you.

Register your organisation and opportunities with us for free to reach 60,000 potential volunteers in the city of Edinburgh.

Learn about volunteers management with our Good Practice Guides or undertake training from our expert staff.

Spanish Language Drop-in

El ‘Spanish Drop In’ (jornada de puertas abiertas) que tenía lugar los miércoles por la tarde no seguirá disponible. De todos modos, todavía puedes contactarnos a través del correo de ‘Spanish language’ aquí. ¡Anímate a hacer voluntariado en Edimburgo!

Latest News

Nominations now open for the Inspiring Volunteering Achievement Awards 2018

Nominations are now open! Is there an individual or even a group within your organisation that deserves an Inspiring Volunteer Award? Then why not consider nominating them. We want to recognise and celebrate as many volunteers as possible!

LOOPS: Help Older People

We are looking for volunteers to run a helpdesk and helpline for our new LOOPS project. LOOPs' aim is to provide information on activities for older people in Edinburgh. It is a preventative project to get isolated people involved in their communities and benefit from the social support they can provide.

Festival City Volunteers

Over forty volunteers aged 18 to 81 took part, coming together from across Edinburgh’s communities to provide a warm welcome to visitors flocking to key festival sites around the capital.

Membership, Impact Report, Annual Reports & Accounts

By becoming a member of Volunteer Edinburgh you can nominate and elect Board Members, stand as a Board member yourself and vote at our General Meetings.

Volunteering in Edinburgh 2017

Volunteers have always been at the very heart of the third sector and increasingly the public sector. Without willing volunteers, voluntary organisations large and small would not be able to deliver their services. We are all however working within a landscape that continues to change. This report summaries findings from Volunteer Edinburgh’s annual survey of volunteer involving organisations completed during November and December of 2016 and utilises data from the Scottish Household Survey 2015.

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