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volunteer recruitment fair

Begin your search for the perfect volunteering opportunity at our fair #edvolfair19

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At our Volunteer Recruitment Fair you can meet organisations looking for volunteers, or talk to experienced volunteer advisors on hand to help you to search hundreds of volunteering opportunities throughout the city.

  • Who is this event for? Organisations and anyone interested in volunteering.
  • When? Wednesday 18 September 2019 from 11.00am until 7.00pm.
  • Where? St Paul’s and St George’s Church on York Place. Click here to view this venue on a map.
  • What does is cost? The event is free to visitors. Bookings for stallholders are charged and we have a number of payment options available.

If you’re considering volunteering, this is a fantastic opportunity to meet face to face with dozens of organisations from across the city that you can speak to directly and who are currently looking for volunteers. The fair will also feature access to volunteering and employment specialists, a friendly café to relax and refresh in, and of course access to hundreds of other volunteering opportunities, all under one roof. Last year our volunteer recruitment fair helped over 1,100 people in their search for volunteering opportunities, connecting them with the organisations that needed their help. Make sure you’re one of them this year.

You can register your interest on our Facebook event page here to keep up-to-date on the latest news about this years fair. We will also post updates on this web page and, when they are ready, the fair programme and visitor map will be published here as well so please ensure you don’t miss out by checking back for the latest news.


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Visit our events page on Facebook and register your interest for the latest updates on the fair. Click on the button below to navigate to the listing:

What to expect

The Fair will showcase the wide range of ways that people can get involved in volunteering with organisations big and small, local and national, who serve a diverse range of communities and causes all coming together with the common aim to attract new volunteers.

Entry is free to the public, and more than a thousand potential volunteers are expected to visit and experience the diverse range of ways they can become involved.

Volunteering helps people truly participate in their communities, build new skills, get a taste of different working environments, create new friendships and boost individual confidence and wellbeing. Or simply just feel good that they have done something that made a difference.

When visitors need to sit down after taking in all of this new information there is a café serving delicious food and drink run by Bespoke Organic Events (boe), an Edinburgh based social enterprise.


Who will be there?

The 2018 fair saw over 1100 people attending with over 50 organisations holding stalls. This year, representatives from the following organisations will be present to inform and assist you on the current volunteering opportunities in Edinburgh.

Abused Men in Scotland (AMIS) ACE IT Scotland
Active Schools Age Scotland
Almond Housing Association CANCELLED BE United
Bethany Christian Trust British Heart Foundation
Cancer Research UK Changeworks
City of Edinburgh Council – Family and Household Support Contact the Elderly
Crisis Cyrenians
Disclosure Scotland Edinburgh & Lothians Regional Equality Council/Eurodesk (ELREC)
Edinburgh Children’s Hospital Charity Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home
Edinburgh Food Project Edinburgh Leisure
Equal Futures Girlguiding Edinburgh
Guide Dogs for the Blind Association Leonard Cheshire Scotland
LINKnet Mentoring Lothians Conservation Volunteers
Lothian-wide MS Society Marie Curie
Move On NHS Lothian
People Know How Results UK
Re-Union Canal Boats Ltd Royal Blind & Scottish War Blinded
Save the Children Scout Association – South East Scotland Region
SHRUB Cooperative Social Bite
St Columba’s Hospice STAND International
Street Assist (SCIO) Super Power Agency
The Boys’ Brigade, Edinburgh, Leith & District Battalion The Broomhouse Centre
The Green Team (Edinburgh & Lothians) Ltd The Listening Service
The National Galleries of Scotland The Salvation Army
The University of Edinburgh The Welcoming Association
Victorian Schoolroom Edinburgh Volunteer Edinburgh Buddying Project
Volunteering in North Edinburgh ViNE



If you have any questions about booking a stall or being a stallholder please refer to our FAQs below or contact Tom Goode from our events team at Additional resources for stallholders including an exhibitors guide, a stallholder map, and a venue risk assessment will be made available on this page as soon as they are ready.


Is it possible to book a double stall?

No. All organisations who book will be provided with one trestle table (6’ X 3’ - 1.8m X 0.9m), a table cover, two chairs and a two square metre space behind each stall for your own display/seating. This is so we can accommodate for as many city organisations as possible within the venue space.

Do we get to choose the location of our stalls?

No. Volunteer Edinburgh reserves the right to allocate stalls on receipt of the booking form or on receipt of payment – we endeavour to do this as fairly as possible by allocating random stall places. We cannot accept requests for a specific area or room.

At what time will we be able to set up our stall on the day?

Stallholders will have access to the venue to set up from 9:30am – 11:00am. The venue will be then open to the public until 7:00pm. Dismantling of stalls will take place between 7:00pm and 8:00pm.

Will Wi-Fi be available at the venue?

Yes however the signal strength is quite weak. If stallholders need to use Wi-Fi as part of their display, we advise that they bring a portable Wi-Fi dongle/hotspot instead.

Outside of stallholders, what staff will be present on the day?

Stewards from Volunteer Edinburgh will be available on the day. Stewards are there to generally take care of you and help wherever possible – however they will not be able to staff your stall.

Will there be catering/additional food services?

If you have purchased catering vouchers on the booking form, you will be provided with two vouchers. This includes two refreshment vouchers, and one lunch voucher. The vouchers can be redeemed at the café inside the venue. Organisations may purchase additional vouchers at £9.00 each (must be booked in advance). As always a café will be open for the public and stallholders throughout the day.

Are all stallholders required to be present for the entire day?

Yes. All stallholders must be committed to the entire day of the event. There are certain peak times during the day, such as 5.00pm to 7.00pm, that are incredibly busy and it gives a negative message to the visiting public if stalls are left standing empty. It is also unfair to organisations who booked but are on our waiting list.

How does the waiting list work with regards to booking stalls?

If an organisation books at a point when all stalls have been fully reserved, they are then placed on our waiting list. It is therefore extremely important that stallholders who are unable to attend on the day let us know as soon as possible, so that others on the list may be allocated a space. Any no-shows on the day that we have not been given advanced notice of will be followed up. As emphasised in our terms and conditions: we are unable to reimburse organisations if they cancel less than four weeks prior to the event.

Promoting the fair

We will work hard to publicise the fair as widely as possible but would ask that all organisations also take responsibility for marketing and publicising this event through your social networks, newsletters and by any other methods available. This will ensure that the event is known about throughout Edinburgh and will ultimately produce potential volunteers for you.

If you would like to help us to spread the word about the fair why not share this page using the share buttons and use our hashtag #edvolfair19.

Promotional flyers, posters and email signature banners are now available to download in the sidebar, and professional prints of the flyer and poster will be mailed to organisations across the city (including all stallholders) as soon as we have received delivery. The fair programme will also be made available on this page as soon as it is ready.

Stallholders should familiarise themselves with our Terms and Conditions and our Values.