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Here you can find out about any current changes to the services we offer

Occasionally we will need to make changes to the way we deliver our various services. This may be in response to a change in demand, capacity, or external events.

Should we need to make alterations to one or more of our services we will publish the details on this page and we will also include a service announcement notification on the relevant page(s) of this site and elsewhere, to ensure you are aware of the latest changes and how they might affect you.

Please refer to the sections below for details on specific services. If you have a question about our services that isn’t covered on this page please contact us by email at hello@volunteeredinburgh.org.uk.

Public drop-in

Currently we are unable to welcome members of the public at our offices, however we are happy to provide information and support via phone or Zoom. Contact us on 0131 225 0630 for more information.

Health and Wellbeing

From January 2021 the Scottish Government’s instruction is for us to stay at home wherever possible. Although technically we can leave home “to provide voluntary or charitable services”, to minimise the risk of spreading Coronavirus we are advised to stay as close to home as possible, use local or on-line services wherever we can and avoid unnecessary travel.

In line with this advice and coupled with the fact that many opportunities in, for example, shops and cafes have once again closed, it is unlikely that the Health and Wellbeing team are going to be in a position to meet and place clients for the time being.

However if you or someone you support is thinking of volunteering, do get in touch. It is never too soon to start thinking about what you would like to do and how you can be supported to do it. You will be in a better position to start volunteering when things improve. You can read about the support we usually offer here.

We recognise that many people are desperate to get out of the house, occupy themselves and socialise with people and that online activities do not meet this need. To this end last year we compiled a comprehensive list of gardening and outdoor exercise possibilities and we will continue to investigate which of these are available.

We have also compiled a list of useful websites that we have come across that might be able to offer advice and support during these times. You can find it here.

Contact the Health and Wellbeing team at healthandwellbeing@volunteeredinburgh.org.uk or call 07503 336 932.

Employability

The employability service is open for business, being delivered remotely. Whether you are unemployed, working part time or planning a career change, we can support you!

We can help you to identify skills, transferable skills and explore opportunities.

If you are interested, please contact us to arrange a remote one-to-one meeting by emailing us at employability@volunteeredinburgh.org.uk.

Training

Currently we are unable to welcome members of the public at our offices, however we are delivering training via Zoom and the online learning platform Volunteer Edinburgh Academy. You can see all information in the training and events section of our website here.

If you have any questions please email training@volunteeredinburgh.org.uk.