Why volunteer?

There are a variety of reasons why you might choose to become a volunteer.

  • to give something back to the community
  • to support a cause you feel passionate about 
  • to make connections and build networks 
  • to experience new and unique opportunities
  • to develop your skills and abilities 
  • to identify further learning opportunities
  • to explore what might be a new career path
  • to be challenged and rewarded

Where to find volunteering opportunities

Volunteer Edinburgh

Volunteer Edinburgh is a volunteering agency that supports and prepares people to volunteer in Edinburgh. Their website compiles all the volunteering opportunities available in the area. You can browse the options here.

Student Futures

Student Futures are a dedicated group of Edinburgh Napier employability experts here to support your professional development and prepare you for the world of work.

This resource covers the benefits of volunteering as well as where you can look for volunteering opportunities in your local area. Remember you can also use the myFuture jobs board to search for volunteering opportunities and when you are ready to apply you can book an appointment with a Career Development Consultant.


There are plenty of ways that you can volunteer your time through your students' association. 

  • Represent Edinburgh Napier students as part of the ENSA 50.
  • Become part of the committee of your ENSA sports club or society or start your own!
  • Become a Freshers Rep or help us run some of our events. Contact ensa@napier.ac.uk to ask about how you can get involved and keep an eye on our website for any new opportunities. 

Volunteering as part of your course

Most courses at Edinburgh Napier provide the opportunity for you to engage in an external placement of some sort. This might also be called an employability or volunteering module, or professional practice. These terms all cover the same type of experience though - it is about giving you the opportunity to apply and develop your skills in a real-world environment, make contacts and network, and experience working in a professional environment.

Ask your Programme Leader for more information.

Doing your placement with a charity will often have a greater impact than doing it in business environments, as charities are often under-resourced and struggling to cover all that needs to be done. You can be an incredibly valuable resource for them, and make a large difference in the local community and to people's lives.

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