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Volunteering to help find work!

If you've been out of work for a while you might be finding it difficult to find paid employment. Volunteering can help you get experience and build up 'soft skills' like team-working, problem solving, communication and motivation that can help you move forward. To find out more come along to Volunteer Edinburgh’s Employability Information Sessions. The first one will be on Wednesday 31st August and will be held every Wednesday from 12am to 4pm.

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.

One other additional benefit is the good to society. By volunteering you not only help yourself but you help others.

Volunteering can help you:

  • develop your CV
  • boost your confidence
  • learn new skills
  • gain a reference to take to employers

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

The Employability Information Sessions will begin on Wednesday 31 August and will be held every Wednesday from 12am to 4pm at:

Volunteer Edinburgh
222 Leith Walk

If you want more information about the sessions please contact Brian or Christine.
0131 561 8306
0131 561 8322

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.   Find out more

Do you want some extra support? 

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.

Please Note: Due to the summer holidays there will be a reduced service for the Health and Wellbeing Drop-ins during the months of July and August so if you are interested in attending then please call Sarah or Nick in advance (contact details below) or call 0131 225 0630.

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

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
  • contact and make arrangements with appropriate organisations.

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

The Health and Wellbeing Team Information Sessions are held:

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

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

Please Note: Due to the summer holidays there will be a reduced service for the Health and Wellbeing Drop-ins during the months of July and August so if you are interested in attending then please call Sarah or Nick in advance (contact details below) or call 0131 225 0630.

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

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

The Spanish Drop In which took place on a Wednesday afternoon will no longer be available. However, you can still contact us via the Spanish language email address here and everyone is welcome to visit the office to discuss volunteering options with an Advisor during normal office hours.

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