Volunteering in Edinburgh: 5 charities that need your support today

18 August 2021

Edinburgh may be famous for many things, but we’re most interested in its big heart! Did you know it was named as a social enterprise hotspot in 2019? And it’s not only social enterprises that are doing great work in the city; countless charities are working hard to support local communities too.

And they need your help! If you’re interested in volunteering in Edinburgh, there are some heartwarming volunteering opportunities currently up for grabs on the Social Good Connect volunteering platform. From supporting young dads to caring for lost cats, there’s something for everyone!

1. Google AdGrants Campaign Co-ordinator – Dads Rock

Fact of the day: 89% of men in the UK will experience fatherhood in their lifetime, and children are shown to have better outcomes in life when both parents are actively involved in their upbringing.

The aim at Dads Rock aim is to ensure the best start in life for children in Scotland by providing support to dads and families. They run online parenting workshops including antenatal, feeding, first aid and hairstyling, provide 1:1 support for young dads aged 30 or under and even host playgroups and music lessons!

This Edinburgh-based charity is looking for someone with a little tech know-how to help them set up and apply for their free Google AdGrants account to help them raise awareness and reach the families who most need their support.

If you have any previous experience with Google tools (or a willingness to learn), this one’s for you!

Apply here.

2. Volunteer Packer – Empty Kitchens, Full Hearts CIC

EKFH turn surplus food into healthy meals for those who need them. Launched in 2020 they have already provided over a million meals free of charge by taking food donations and converting them into breakfast, lunches, dinners and snack ‘day packs’ for delivery across Edinburgh.

They are currently looking for volunteer packers to help create these food packs. This is a good role for someone who wants to work as part of a team and get to know people with a shared passion for good, and who’s available during one of their three shift times:

Morning:         09.00 – 12.30

Afternoon:      13.00 – 17.30

Late:                18.00 – 22.00

If you really want to help your community but don’t know where to start – this is the opportunity for you! Apply here.

3. Trustees Needed – Food Train

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Food Train is a Scottish charity that supports older people to eat well, live and age well. They provide vital volunteer-delivered services such as shopping deliveries, befriending, library service and home-cooked meal deliveries that support older people to maintain their independence at home.

Their Trustees work together as the legal, moral and social guardians of the Charity on behalf of their older members.  You don’t need to have previous Trustee experience to apply and they warmly welcome interest from people of all ages and cultures. 

Taking on a trustee position is one of the most valuable ways to support a charity tyou care about. Trusteesplay an integral and invaluable part in the running of an organisation. This may seem like a full-on role, and yes, it takes up more time than a one-off day helping at the foodbank, but it’s not as overwhelming a commitment as you may think, and the rewards are incredible. Read more about what it means to be a trustee here.

Food Train are looking to take on three new trustees and are especially interested in hearing from anyone with experience in:

  • managing people (volunteers and/or staff)
  • publicity and marketing
  • campaigning and lobbying
  • corporate fundraising

If this is you, do get in touch with them here!

4. Volunteer Befrienders – Equal Futures

Equal Futures promotes social inclusion for people with a learning disability and autism spectrum disorder in Scotland. They were set up in 2002 by a group of parents who have a family member with disabilities.  The aim was to help families plan for the future to ensure that their relative lives a good life.

They are a small charity supporting people age 16 over across 10 local authority areas including Edinburgh and Midlothian.

They are looking for befrienders to form part of a person’s circle of support and help them to build their confidence by participating in social activities within their community and regular one-to-one meetings. Equal Futures will support you every step of the way through your volunteering journey!

If you are interested in meeting new people, learning and applying new skills, and making a real difference to someone’s life, then please apply here.

5. Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home – Group Member

Are you an animal lover based in Edinburgh? You’ll want to hear about this opportunity!

EDCH have cared for the lost, stray and abandoned pets of Edinburgh since 1883 and they don’t plan on stopping any time soon! They believe that every animal deserves to live in comfort and safety so they have an open-intake policy, accepting any dog or cat that ‘reaches their door in need’. They work tirelessly to rehabilitate and rehome the animals they support and their success rate in reuniting lost pets with their owners is around 70% – meaning lots of happy outcomes!

They are currently looking for team members to form part of a new fundraising group. This should take no more than 4-8 hours a month of your time and will include varied and important tasks such as supporting the group leader with organising fundraising, virtual events and awareness sharing, as well as brainstorming fundraising ideas and attending fundraising events either virtually or in person when it’s allowed.

If you’re someone who is interested in meeting like-minded animal lovers, using your creative side and supporting the lost and abandoned pets of Edinburgh, then this is the volunteer role for you!

Apply here.

Don’t fancy any of these?

There are so many varied and unusual volunteer roles on the Social Good Connect platform and more are added every day –there is something for everyone!

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She’d love to hear from you (and she’s a big dog lover herself)!

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