Support to Volunteer

The support you need - from our Health and Wellbeing Team

Would you like to volunteer but don’t know where to start – not sure what you want to do, how to go about it?

  • Do you lack confidence?
  • Are you concerned your health will hold you back?
  • Other worries - a disability? Previous convictions?
  • Would it be useful to have someone assisting you to make the first steps?

Then we can help!

The Volunteer Centre's Health and Wellbeing Team understand that getting into volunteering can have challenges and that it can be difficult deciding what would be the right thing for you. That is where we can help, by understanding the issues you are facing and being there to offer support and advice.

If you would like to find out more about us, please follow the link to our factsheets or feel free to give us a call on 0131 225 0630 and ask to speak to someone in the Health and Wellbeing Team.
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Learn more about the team here.

I need more guidance to volunteer

You can come into the Volunteer Edinburgh office anytime to find out about volunteering opportunities.

But if you are thinking about volunteering for yourself or someone you support or care for and require more help, advice or information because of health, disability or past offences, you can attend one of the Health and Wellbeing Thursday Information Sessions.

These sessions give you or your client the chance to find out where we are and to meet the Health and Wellbeing team.

The Health and Wellbeing team can also 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
  • contact and make arrangements with appropriate organisations

A further one-to-one appointment can be made to discuss particular circumstances.

The Health and Wellbeing Team Information Sessions are held:

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

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

If you cannot attend these sessions for any reason 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


Please visit Resources for volunteers and prospective volunteers where you will find a variety of useful guides to read or download.

Links to external websites

Other websites that could be useful are available here.


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