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

Update on Thursday afternoon Drop-in Information Sessions
From September 2015 the Health & Wellbeing Team have started to reintroduce their Thursday afternoon drop-in. However as a result of building work, there are still some access issues. So if you are intending to “drop-in”, it might be best to phone ahead to find out about the current situation:

Sarah Cleary at or call 0131 561 8307
Nick Woodhead at or call 0131 561 8304

Otherwise the following still applies:
If you are thinking about doing voluntary work but you are not sure how to go about it, then come along to our friendly information sessions at Volunteer Edinburgh.

  • Drop in any Thursday between 2.00pm and 4.00pm.
  • You don't need an appointment, just drop in.
  • You can even bring a friend or support worker along with you.
  • You will be able to talk to one of the Health & Wellbeing Team about what you are looking for and we can discuss how we can help.

We can also offer one-to-one appointments which may be helpful if you are unable to come to the drop-in, or if you need to discuss more about getting into volunteering and how we can best support you.

Click the link to find out what you can do at our information sessions. Call our main office on 0131 225 0630 or email to find out more. 


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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