Welcome to Volunteer Centre Edinburgh's news page.

In this section you'll find all our latest news, blog articles and media releases.

For media inquiries please call Paul Wilson on 0131 225 0630.

Here's our most recent news:

 

Volunteer Flexibly

Choice. We all like to have it. Choice is important and so we want to make it easier for you to choose to help, to choose to give you time in a way that works for you. Looking after someone isn’t always easy. Being responsible for someone else 24/7 takes its toll. Isolation, loneliness and stress are all too common an experience for people who have a caring responsibility. Just getting the briefest of moments to yourself can feel impossible and choice doesn’t come into it. But imagine how easy it could be for you to give them that choice back? By just giving a small amount of your time, you could help someone else take back a little time for themselves; safe in the knowledge that the person they are caring for is enjoying time with you. By choosing to give a small amount of your time you can give someone else their freedom back...

Christmas Volunteering

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Volunteering at Christmas doesn't just start in December.... why don't you think about volunteering now?

New Film: Volunteering Changes Lives

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Over the past few months we have been working on a short film “Volunteering Changes Lives” which is now complete and available to view

LOOPS Helpline Launched!

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We've launched a new dedicated phone line for people aged 65 and over living in North West and South East Edinburgh giving easy access to information on a huge range of activities available to them. Call on 0131 603 8311, lines will be open from 10am to 2pm Monday to Friday

After the Referendum: People Power

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In this blog article our CEO Harriet writes about the great sense of people power the independence referendum has given us.

Becoming a Clydesider

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In this blog article Tyler talks about her experience of being a volunteer at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

LOOPS: Help Older People

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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.

On the meanings of ‘voluntary’ and ‘volunteering’

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In this blog article Jean talks about true meaning of volunteering and whether unpaid, coerced work for a profit making organisation can be called volunteering.

A Statement on Community Work Placements

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A statement from Volunteer Centre Edinburgh on the new Community Work Placements and their relationship to volunteering.

Returning Joy

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This blog article features a poem "Returing Joy" and a speech given by Jo MacFarlane at the civic reception to celebrate 30 years of the Health and Wellbeing Team

Edinburgh's Inspiring Volunteers 2014

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Edinburgh’s Volunteering Ambassador the Lord Provost Donald Wilson will honour some of the dedicated volunteers who give their time, energy and commitment to the people of Edinburgh at a special awards ceremony taking place at the City Chambers this week.

Food for Thought?

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In this blog article Pete talks about whether food can be art. Then somehow ties that in to volunteering!

Membership 2014-15

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Become a member of Volunteer Centre Edinburgh. Membership entitles you to have a say in how we are run, to nominate and elect Board Members, stand as a Board member yourself, and vote at our General Meetings

30 Years of Health and Wellbeing Team

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In this blog article Marion looks back over the history of our Health and Wellbeing Team - formed 30 years ago this year!

When did you last say hello to your Neighbours?

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In this blog article Lara talks about a lack of community spirit... and what she plans to do about it!

Awards: New Tenant Participation Champion Category

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In this blog article Neil talks about a new category for this year's Inspiring Volunteer Awards; Tenant Participation Champion. Tenants' groups are hugely important and many people freely give much of their time to help. Find out more...

Young Volunteers

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In this blog article Heather talks about all the activities our young volunteers get up to and how volunteering has helped them grow

Volunteering While On Benefits

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A range of measures to change the welfare benefits system in the UK are underway. In this page we address many of the frequently asked questions from both volunteers and organisations and provide links to other organisations who can provide advice and support.

American Impressions

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In this blog article Jean talks about her visit across the Atlantic and the volunteering she saw in the USA.

Saltire Summit Award Nominations Now Open!

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Nominations are now being requested for the Saltire Summit Award. This award is the pinnacle of the government endorsed Saltire Awards and recognises young volunteers (12-25 years) that have ‘exceeded expectations’. Read on to find out how to nominate an outstanding young volunteer.

Youth Team Go On Tour!

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In January, the Youth Team Drop-In is heading out on tour. Find out where and when.

An Incredible Community Effort from North Edinburgh

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In this blog article Sarah talks about the great show of community spirit from the people of North Edinburgh in the search for missing 3 year old Mikaeel

Young Volunteers 2013 Video

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Our volunteer Mariola has made a wonderful video showing the great things our young volunteers got up to in 2013.

Room Booking

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We are now happy to offer two rooms for hire at our modern office on Torphichen Street. Both rooms have been recently refurnished and are available for meetings, conferences and a variety of other purposes.

New Year, New You?

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In this blog article Cam talks how he has a new attitude to life in 2014

Remembering Christmas

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In this Christmas blog article, Harriet talks about our aging population, dementia and what we're doing about it.

Where to next?

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In this blog article, Rory talks about the great times he's had volunteering at The Scottish Braille Press... and where he's going next in his volunteering career.

Typhoon Haiyan Appeal

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We have a special volunteering opportunity available. Mercy Corp UK are looking for people to volunteer to raise funds to help people affected by the recent typhoon in the Philippines.

Volunteering at the Volunteer Centre

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In this blog article, Lyndsay talks about what volunteering as a receptionist here at the Volunteer Centre means to her

Employment Mentoring Scheme

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Are you looking for paid work? We have a pool of experienced and trained volunteer mentors looking to help people with their job search.

A Different Conception of Volunteering

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In this blog article Marion talks about her experience of volunteering and differences about volunteering/third sector between France and Scotland.

The End of Youth

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In this blog article Pete talks about why age doesn't matter when it comes to volunteering

Being a Trustee is Great

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In this blog article Steff says her goodbyes to the Volunteer Centre and talks about Trustees Week 2013 and why being a trustee has been so eye-opening and rewarding for her.

Survey on Volunteering and Benefits

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A chance to win £30 of shopping vouchers! Our Health and Wellbeing Team are conducting a survey on volunteering and your experiences and views on welfare reform.

The Greatest Love Story of All Time

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In this blog article Craig talks about how one (fictional) man's act of volunteering led to the greatest love story of all time: The Terminator

Service Status

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This page will tell you about any known problems on our website.

My Volunteering Story

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In this blog our volunteers Rory tell us about his journey into volunteering and the part the Volunteer Centre had to play.

AGM 2013

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In this blog Harriet reflects on yesterday's AGM and how everyone's story of volunteering is unique.

Work/Life Balance

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It's easy to pay lip service to the concept of work/life balance, but in this blog article Cam asks if you've really thought about it.

Charlas en Español

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¿No te sientes seguro hablando en inglés? Entonces ven a nuestra charla en español cada miércoles por la tarde, de 1pm-3pm.

Volunteering That's Out of This World

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In this blog article Stephen talks about volunteering opportunities that are a little further from home than usual.

Digital Jobs and Paper Planes

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In this blog article Heather talks about the growing opportunities for digital workers for young people and how a paper plane can help you get one.

I Still Have a Dream

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In this blog article Jean talks about the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech and how it still resonates today.

358 Days and Counting...

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In this blog article Sarah talks about her interview for volunteering at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. Please note that the opinions expressed are those of the individual author and not necessarily those of VCE.

Lost at Sea

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In this blog article Lara talks about a good friend and environmentalist who is lost at sea. Please note that the opinions expressed are those of the individual author and not necessarily those of VCE.

Talking of Volunteering...

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Our regular blog where staff and volunteers talk about the work of Volunteer Centre Edinburgh and issues surrounding the third sector both in Edinburgh and the rest of the country. Please note that the opinions expressed are those of the individual author and not necessarily those of VCE.

In the Press

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Links to articles about or written by Volunteer Centre Edinburgh that have appeared in the press.

Inspiring Volunteer Awards Winners 2013

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A list of the winners of the Inspiring Volunteer Awards 2013.

Edinburgh's Volunteering Strategy

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Edinburgh’s new strategy for volunteering ‘Inspiring Edinburgh’s Volunteers – Building on Success 2012-2017’ is now live.

IiV Subsidy Scheme

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Do you value your volunteers? Prove it. Apply for up to £900 by 30 August 2013 to gain the UK gold standard for volunteer involvement, Investing in Volunteers!

Investors in Volunteers

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Once again we are accredited Investors in Volunteers. Come see what our volunteers have said about us.

Reflection On The Recruitment Fair

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Our Digital Media volunteer Neil McEwan interviewed people at our annual Volunteer Recruitment Fair and has written this article about it

VCE South Has Moved

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Volunteer Centre Edinburgh South has moved. But only round the corner.

North Edinburgh Timebank Promotional Film

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A short film shot at the launch of the North Edinburgh Timebank. Find out about Timebanking in your neighbourhood.