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Meaningful Activity Volunteer (Ferryfield House)

Ferryfield House is looking for confident and enthusiastic volunteers to support older patients. This will involve trying to engage patients in games and social activities on the ward, although sometimes all that is needed is a friendly chat. It would be beneficial to have volunteers who can bring their own passions and hobbies to the ward (like music, photography, or make-up, for example) and integrate these into patient interactions.

About NHS Lothian Primary Care Organisation

NHS Lothian provides a comprehensive range of primary, community-based and acute hospital services for the populations of Edinburgh, Midlothian, East Lothian and West Lothian.

Experience Required

We are looking for volunteers who are kind, compassionate, and empathetic. You must also have strong verbal communications skills and be able to connect with people easily. Being reliable and punctual is extremely important. No previous experience is required, as full training will be provided.

Training Details

The induction training is provided over Microsoft Teams and will involve attending two sessions lasting approximately 2 hours each. The training will cover communicating with patients, boundaries for volunteering, equality & diversity, infection control, fire safety and self-care. Additional training will also be available during your time as a volunteer.

Flexibility & Commitment


2-3 hours per week for a minimum of 6 months, but we would love you to stay longer. We have volunteers at NHS Lothian who have been volunteering for decades and are still making a difference.

Location/Travel Details

Ferryfield House, 100 Pilton Drive, Edinburgh EH5 2HF. Lothian Buses run several services close to Ferryfield. On site parking for volunteers may also be available.


Agreed out of pocket expenses which are incurred when carrying out this volunteer role will be reimbursed in line with the NHS Lothian volunteer expenses policy and signed off by the Voluntary Services Manager.

Accessibility Details

  • Happy to have a conversation about volunteer’s needs