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.
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.
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
or telephone 0131 561 8307
Nick Woodhead at email@example.com
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.
- Stephen Faithfull – 21 September 2015
“Ambassador of Volunteering and Recovery” - A case study of life-changing volunteering.
Case study shows how volunteering can broaden anyone's horizons.
Jo McFarlane has worked in various roles within the voluntary sector in Lothian, and now devotes her time to poetry and writing.