Volunteering Opportunities

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Academic Subject

Volunteering can be a great way to gain experience relevant to your degree and your future career plans. Some academic subjects naturally lend themselves to volunteering more than others, but if your subject area doesn't have any current opportunities, check out the Skills to Develop section instead.

Business & Finance Computing Creative Industries
Engineering   Events & Marketing  Languages
Law Life Sciences Nursing & Midwifery
Social Science Sport Science  

Area of Interest

We know that most people who volunteer do so because they want to help others and make a difference. We've broken down the opportunities into common areas of interest here. 

Admin & General Advice & Civic Justice Animal Welfare
Business & Marketing Charity Shops Children & Young People
Computers & Digital   Food & Cooking Fundraising & Events
Gardening & the Outdoors Health & Wellbeing Homlessness
LGBT+ Media & Creative Arts Older People
Social Care & Befriending Sport & Fitness  

Skills to Develop

One of the biggest benefits of volunteering is the ability to develop various skills in a real world setting and gain practical experience that will aid you in whatever you do after University. Think about which of your skills might need developing and have a browse of the opportunities that could help. Read more about what each of these skills means here

Communication Digital Literacy Emotional Intelligence
Entrepreneurship Global Citizenship Leadership
Problem Solving Team-Working  

All Opportunities

This is an unfiltered list of opportunities. You can search for role titles and charity names, but the search function is quite limited and doesn't pick up on key words.

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  • Nightline logo

    Edinburgh Nightline Listening Volunteer

    Nightline

    This opportunity is ongoing, with no end date.

    Are you able to listen but not judge? Can you give information but not advice? Can you spare a few nights every term to support other students? Our organisation relies on our listening volunteers to take confidential, anonymous calls and e-listenings (instant-messenger calls). Our listening volunteers are an integral part of our organisation and receive an extremely high level of initial and ongoing training, based around training delivered by other organisations such as the Samaritans.

    • Volunteering Areas of InterestBusiness & Marketing, Children & Young People, Health & Wellbeing, Homelessness, LGBT+
    • Training Courses
  • Bethany Christian Trust logo

    Bethany Champion

    Bethany Christian Trust

    This opportunity is ongoing, with no end date.

    Help to raise the profile of any campaigns Bethany is running and to raise awareness of Bethany’s work with homeless and vulnerable people in Scotland. MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES Assist in increasing income for the work of Bethany through fundraising events and activities Assist with the organisation of any corporate or community fundraising activities or events Organise, attend and deliver talks to promote Bethany Christian Trust at a community group, church, youth event or other group Ensure all contacts and actions are recorded accurately in Raiser’s Edge database Promote events and items of interest to supporters through our digital media channels

    • Volunteering Areas of InterestBusiness & Marketing, Homelessness, Social Care & Befriending
    • University Course Related VolunteeringEvents and Marketing, Business, Law, Social Science
    • Communication
    • Problem Solving
    • Entrepreneurship
  • Bethany Christian Trust logo

    Caring Christmas Trees Volunteers

    Bethany Christian Trust

    This opportunity is ongoing, with no end date.

    Caring Christmas Trees raises essential funds for the emergency Winter Care Shelter for rough sleepers at the coldest time of the year. We need volunteers to help with project planning, finance and budgets, communications and marketing, engaging the public and finding volunteers, logistics, risk management, and health & safety.

    • Volunteering Areas of InterestAdmin & General, Business & Marketing, Computers & Digital, Fundraising & Events, Homelessness
    • Leadership
    • Team Working
    • Problem Solving
    • Entrepreneurship
  • Bethany Christian Trust logo

    Digital Media Volunteer

    Bethany Christian Trust

    This opportunity is ongoing, with no end date.

    Support the Digital Media and Communications Officer and the Retail Manager in promoting the shops on social media channels; assist with the promotion of events and conferences MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES •Support the Digital Media and Communications officer with social media activity •Create content (photos, text, stories) to engage a wide audience and broaden our online reach •Represent the work of all the shops on social media •Liaise with shop managers to generate stories

    • Volunteering Areas of InterestBusiness & Marketing, Homelessness, Media & Creative Arts
    • University Course Related VolunteeringComputing, Creative Arts, Events and Marketing, Business
    • Communication
    • Digital Literacy
    • Entrepreneurship
  • Bethany Christian Trust logo

    Retail Charity Shop Volunteer

    Bethany Christian Trust

    This opportunity is ongoing, with no end date.

    To help the Shop Manager with the day to day work in the shop. To use creative flair and skill as appropriate; to generate ideas to promote the shops and the work of Bethany; to carry out surveys and reports to feed back useful information to Retail.

    • Communication
    • Team Working
  • Bethany Christian Trust logo

    Translator/Interpreter

    Bethany Christian Trust

    This opportunity takes place from 19 Sep 2014.

    The purpose of the role is to provide interpreting and translation services to facilitate communication between the service and service users with limited English skills. MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES • Translate one language into another in written form • Interpret at meetings • Assisting people in conversations with other persons who speak different languages

    • Volunteering Areas of InterestHomelessness, Social Care & Befriending
    • University Course Related VolunteeringLanguages
    • Communication
    • Emotional Intelligence
    • Global Citizenship
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    CARDS Volunteer (Alcohol Dependency Related)

    Rowan Alba

    This opportunity takes place from 26 Sep 2014.

    The newest of the Rowan Alba services, CARDS, works with people in Edinburgh who have a problematic long-term history of alcohol use. It’s a volunteer-led service which focuses on people who find it hard to get physical or emotional help elsewhere because they choose to continue drinking. Rowan Alba and Cards, however, respect the right of everyone to make their own decisions in life. What Cards volunteers do is offer support, information and alternatives to help the people themselves make healthier life choices and, when they are ready, move their lives on.

    • Volunteering Areas of InterestHomelessness
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    LEAPS Student Volunteers (Not first year students)

    LEAPS

    This opportunity is ongoing, with no end date.

    In our view, the most effective way of making young people aware of the benefits and challenges of higher education is by providing them with the opportunity to meet university students and to visit local universities. As a LEAPS student volunteer you could take part in any or all of the different activities we do, including school-based workshops, campus visits and conferences held at universities in and around Edinburgh.

    • Training Courses
  • And make a big difference to someone's life. We're nothing without you Guide Dogs relies on volunteers who give their time for so many things. From the volunteers who spend much of their time caring for dogs, guiding people who are blind or partially sighted, driving or raising funds, to those who come out occasionally to hold a tin or cheer on marathon runners, volunteers are closely involved in almost every area of activity. And whilst we have many established roles for volunteers to take part in, we're also keen to hear from groups and individuals with skills, experience and expertise to share or if you just want to give an hour or two of your time to doing something good. But don't worry if you haven't volunteered before or you're not too sure what you could do, there really is a role to suit everyone. Just get in touch. By volunteering for Guide Dogs you'll be helping to make a huge difference to the lives of people who are blind and partially-sighted. But that's not all - you'll be part of a great team, you'll be learning new skills and we promise you'll have a lot of fun!

    • Volunteering Areas of InterestAnimal Welfare, Fundraising & Events
    • Training Courses
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    Active Schools opportunities

    Active Schools

    This opportunity is ongoing, with no end date.

    There are more opportunities than we can count so Active Schools have developed this video to show you what you can do and how to apply.... have a look... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Dsi3TUymNg

    • Volunteering Areas of InterestChildren & Young People, Health & Wellbeing, Sport & Fitness
    • University Course Related VolunteeringNursing, Sport Science
    • Training Courses
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Hannah Markley
VP Reps and Volunteers
VP Reps and Volunteers

Hannah is ENSA’s Vice President Reps & Volunteers. If you need any information or advice about anything relating to being a rep, campaigns or volunteering, contact Hannah and she will tell you all you need to know.

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