Volunteer

We would not be able to deliver the amazing support and services we provide to vulnerable people and social enterprise customers without our fantastic volunteers. By giving their time and talents, volunteers make a positive contribution to our members’ lives and ensure the continued success of our community.

Opportunities to volunteer with arise regularly and include help with:

  • our members activities and workshops
  • tasks in the Grassmarket Centre kitchen, furniture workshop or serving members’ lunches
  • answering the phone and helping members sign up for activities at our reception
  • preparation of food and service in our cafés
  • serving food and clearing up for our Open Door Meals on Mondays
  • leading activities in the capacity of Facilitator Volunteer or Peer Mentor (see below).

The volunteer commitment varies depending on the role but can be as little as two hours a week. All our volunteers receive ongoing support and have access to free training throughout the year.

You can browse for particular roles we would like help with here or get in touch to find out about more general opportunities or discuss your ideas.

We ask all potential volunteers to become a member of our community first by completing the registration form available on the members page. Please see our Volunteer Pack for more information on how to volunteer with us.

Facilitator Volunteers usually lead activities due to their particular skills in a certain area. We ask Facilitators to commit to agreed weekly hours for a minimum three months wherever possible.

Peer Mentors carry out a similar role, having developed their skills and talents through membership of the community, and use their own experience to support fellow members on their journey.

Both Facilitator Volunteers and Peer Mentors receive additional “Leading Activities” training and are required to provide two personal references and complete a form to join the “Protection for Vulnerable Groups” (PVG) Scheme (which is free).