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Are you interested in volunteering but want to know how it all works first? It's a really simple process and we'll try our best to find a role that's a good fit for you.

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Step 1: Complete an application form and send it back to us

Step 2: Come in for an informal chat to help us find out more about you, and we’ll explain the role you’re interested in

Step 3: We’ll check your references and… voila! You are ready to go. Your assigned supervisor will be in touch to arrange a start date

Step 4: Complete an induction pack to ensure you are covered by our insurance and you understand our volunteer agreement.

Step 5: You get stuck in and enjoy yourself!

Volunteering is a great way to meet new people, learn new skills, give back to the community and boost your confidence. Why not give it a go?

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Send us your completed application form and privacy notice and we’ll do our best to find a role that works for you. They can be downloaded here, along with the GDPR Policy for reference and information.

And if you’re not 100% sure where you’d like to volunteer, why not get in touch with our Volunteer Coordinator by sending an email to Volunteers@bethanychristiantrust.com

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Retail Volunteer

Supporting staff and other volunteers in the running of the shop

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The Bethany shops play a vital role in our mission of ending homelessness. In order for the shops to be welcoming and efficient retail environments, we require volunteers to assist with day to day tasks.

General responsibilities:

 Assisting customers in the shop in a friendly and professional manner.

  • Dealing with telephone enquiries from members of the public, Bethany staff and other organisations.
  • Sorting donated goods. This a large part of every retail role and, depending on the shop, can be done independently or as part of the team.
  • Pricing donated goods
  • Replenishing and changing the stock on display. This can involve creative flair, and responding to appropriate cultural events through displays
  • Tidying the stock room(s) and shop floor.
  • Operating the till. This includes processing purchases and being a welcoming and knowledgeable point for customers in the shop.

 Important pre-requisites for the role:

  • Volunteers need to be able to plan their time in the shop to ensure that they are productive and effective in their role. The tasks and time frames assigned should be decided through discussion between the volunteer and their line manager.
  • Volunteers need to trustworthy and focussed as, at times, retail positions involve lone tasks, such as stock sorting.
  • Volunteers should be friendly, open to learning and willing to take direction from their line manager.
  • Not all shop roles are front-facing; many retail roles involve behind the scenes stock sorting, a level of interaction that some volunteers prefer.
  • Though the role does not require the volunteer to be a Christian, they must be aware and respectful of the Christian ethos upon which Bethany Christian Trust is founded.

Location

  • The location of this role depends on both the capacity of each shop and the preference of the volunteer.

Pattern of hours

  • The times at which individuals can volunteer varies. Our shops are open Monday to Saturday, from around 9:30 to around 17:00, though this changes depending on the shop.
  • We ask that volunteers do not volunteer more than 16 hours a week, and on a maximum of four days a week
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Bridge to Freedom Volunteer

Would you like to help with the running of the Bridge to Freedom recovery groups

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Bethany provides a suite of services which support people struggling with issues of homelessness helping them to: find suitable accommodation and furnish their homes, tackle addictions, learn new skills and gain employment, develop positive social networks and become active members of their local communities. This role is part of Homelessness Prevention.

Summary of the role:

Bridge to Freedom is a Christian community-based recovery group for men and women aged 18 years and over who are suffering from substance addiction and are looking to establish abstinence and make positive changes in their lives. The programme’s 45 sessions cover topics such as identity, honesty, managing negative thoughts, freedom, self-esteem, forgiveness and relationships. Volunteers are required to help support the Recovery and Resettlement Worker at the groups, by providing a listening ear and encouragement, contributing to group discussion, as well as helping practically at the venue with setting up rooms and providing refreshments. Depending on experience, there may also be opportunity to help with some 1-2-1 support.

Please note that we are particularly looking for female volunteers to;

Help to make the individuals attending the group feel welcomed and comfortable, whilst also maintaining appropriate boundaries, e.g. chatting and contributing to the group discussion. The group has Christ at the centre, and volunteers must have a live and active Christian faith. While the volunteer will begin by attending, and helping to facilitate, the group, the ultimate aim is for volunteers to befriend attendees on a one-to-one basis.

Important pre-requisites for the role:

  •  Be 18 years old or over
  • Be a person of Christian faith, rooted in a Church community.
  • Be aware of, and able to demonstrate, good confidentiality and boundaries practice.
  • Be able to operate under the guidance and support of the Bethany Christian Trust staff
  • Be sociable and have an approachable manner
  • Have good time management and organisational skills
  • This role requires working with adults who may have a variety of additional support needs. Ideally, a volunteer would have experience of working with individuals facing addiction issues and struggling with their mental health.
  • The role may be challenging, and so the volunteer must be patient, understanding, non- judgemental and willing to be proactive in engendering a positive environment.
  • Volunteers must complete the necessary and induction for this role.

Location and Pattern of Hours:

There are various groups at different locations. Volunteers must indicate the group they wish to join, while understanding that this may not always be possible due to the current volunteer capacity. Volunteers must attend one group consistently.

Bridge to Freedom groups are 2-hours long, with an expectation that volunteers will arrive early to help set up and also clear away at the end. Weekly or fortnightly commitment is expected for a period of at least 6 months.

Edinburgh:

  • Tron Kirk, Moredun (more details on request)Thursdays, 2-4pm
  • Gorebridge Parish Church (more details on request), Fridays, 2-4pm

Glasgow:

  • Tuesdays, 2-4pm. Further details on request.

Aberdeen and Inverness:

  • Details on request.
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Community Development Volunteer (Sighthill- Bridge8Hub site)

We are looking for someone to assist the CDW in facilitating an informal social group based in an outdoor café

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Bethany provides a suite of services which support people struggling with issues of homelessness helping them to: find suitable accommodation and furnish their homes, tackle addictions, learn new skills and gain employment, develop positive social networks and become active members of their local communities. This role is part of Homelessness Prevention and looks to work with vulnerable people in the local community.

Summary of the role:

Bethany Christian Trust hosts a weekly group at the outdoor café area at Bridge8Hub. A volunteer is required to support the CDW in creating a supportive, sociable and welcoming environment.

General responsibilities:

  • Welcoming and greeting attendees
  • Engaging attendees in positive and appropriate conversation
  • Ensuring that attendees have hot drinks when desired
  • Supporting the CDW by helping plan and facilitate activities, e.g. thinking of discussion topics

Important pre-requisites for the role:

  • Volunteers must be confident and able to encourage conversation.
  • The volunteer must also be kind, empathetic and considerate. The individuals who attend the group live in the local community and may be struggling with addiction, mental health problem, isolation and financial issues.
  • Volunteers must be sensitive to this, and supportive of attendees, whilst also being aware of appropriate boundaries
  • At times, attendees at the group can become frustrated, and so the volunteer must be able to remain calm in stressful situations.
  • The role is subject to membership in the PVG scheme
  • Though the role does not require the volunteer to be a Christian, they must be aware and respectful of the Christian ethos upon which Bethany Christian Trust is founded.

Location:

Pattern of hours

  • Thursdays, 11am-12.30pm
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Bethany Bookshop Blog Volunteer

We are looking for someone to maintain and develop the Bookshop Blog and associated social media accounts and content

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Bethany provides a suite of services which support people struggling with issues of homelessness helping them to: find suitable accommodation and furnish their homes, tackle addictions, learn new skills and gain employment, develop positive social networks and become active members of their local communities. This role is part of both Income Generation, through the Bookshop, and the Volunteer team, through the development of an online volunteer presence.

Summary of the role:

The Bethany Bookshop is a volunteer led shop that will shortly launch a book and DVD review blog, complemented by a Twitter and Instagram account. Volunteers are required to plan for and run these accounts, establishing an online presence for the shop and its volunteers.

 

General responsibilities:

 

  • Build and maintain the Bethany Bookshop Blog using WordPress
  • Create quarterly and monthly social media content plans for Twitter, Instagram and the Blog to be reviewed by the Bethany Media and Marketing Team, and other relevant staff.
  • Communicate regularly with the Volunteer Coordinator and Retail Administrator regarding ideas and content, and present plans fortnightly for review.
  • Organise the three book, and one DVD reviews, each month, ensuring that the relevant customer, volunteer or staff member has completed the review in a timely manner.
  • Organise the photographs and visual content for each post, working with other volunteers when required
  • Build relationships with book and media review social accounts, and organise ‘guest’ reviews for the Blog and social platforms

 

Important pre-requisites for the role:

  • A good knowledge of Instagram and Twitter is essential, and experience using WordPress is desirable.
  • Volunteers must have an excellent standard of written English
  • A keen interest in books/ films is required
  • Volunteers must feel confident working independently, as well as collaborating and communicating with others
  • Volunteers must be organised and punctual to ensure content is posted in a regular and timely manner
  • The role requires volunteers to think creatively and innovatively
  • Though the role does not require the volunteer to be a Christian, they must be aware and respectful of the Christian ethos upon which Bethany Christian Trust is founded.

 

Location

  • This role can be done remotely though will, at times, require the volunteer to operate from the Bethany Bookshop (33a Haddington Place, EH7 4AG).
  • Access to a laptop/ appropriate computer equipment is necessary as it may not always be possible for Bethany to provide equipment.

Pattern of hours

  • The role can be done flexibly, as it is self directed, and will require social media accounts to be monitored outside of business hours. In order to communicate with staff/ access the Bookshop, there are times where it must take place during business hours.
  • The role should take around 8 hours a week.
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Care Van Volunteers

Volunteers are required to take our Care Van into the city centre and distribute food to people who are experiencing. This is a vitally important, practical way to serve others and we can’t do it without you!

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General responsibilities:

All volunteers–

  • Stock the van with cups, lids, flasks and all food needed before leaving the Centre.
  • Serve food and drinks
  • Distribute any donations of clothing.
  • Speak to clients and offer advice where appropriate.
  • Report any incidents, feedback or training needs in the report folders.
  • Clean the van on return to the Bethany Christian Centre.

Drivers–

  • Check the Care Van for damage or problems before leaving the Centre.
  • Drive the Care Van, following the usual route.
  • Stay close to the Van at all times in case it needs moved in a hurry.
  • Report any incidents or damage to the Van. 

Important pre-requisites for the role:

  • To listen and communicate clearly
  • To be able to work as part of a team
  • To remain patient and calm when under pressure
  • A desire to enrich the lives of vulnerable members of society
  • An understanding of appropriate boundaries and a willingness to work within these
  • Be sympathetic with the aims of Bethany Christian Trust as expressed in its mission and values statements

Volunteers are to meet at the Care Van located behind Bethany Christian Centre, at Jane Street

Please email your application to carevan@bethanychristiantrust.com

Find out more!

Email your application to Volunteers@bethanychristiantrust.com or post it to our Volunteer Coordinator at the head office in Edinburgh.

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Passing the Baton Befriender

Befriending can make a huge impact in the lives of people who are at risk of homelessness or moving into new settled accommodation. You can help an individual in Edinburgh reconnect back into the community by taking them out and introducing them to social groups and activities in their area.

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We are looking for trustworthy and compassionate individuals to befriend a person who is socially isolated in Edinburgh and may also struggle with addiction, homelessness and mental health issues. The aim is to create a healthy, meaningful relationship, including encouraging and practically helping your befriendee to make at least 2 community connections. You must be person of Christian faith, with a live and active local Church connection. This role will require a PVG check.

General responsibilities:

  • To develop a companionship level relationship with your befriendee;
  • To accompany your befriendee to social activities and community groups in Edinburgh;
  • To participate in induction and on-going training as appropriate and adhere to all procedures and policies
  • To send number of hours you spend with the befriendee, on a monthly basis, to Community East Support Administrator


Pattern of hours:

  • We do not have a fixed number of hours but recommend, in the early stages, staying with the befriendee when visiting a new community group for the whole time, then gradually reducing your time.
  • It may be necessary, for the first 2-3 months, to meet up with the befriendee for 1.5 – 2 hours every 1-2 weeks to build a relationship before taking them to a group.

If this sounds like something you could do, fill out the online form and send it to volunteers@bethanychristiantrust.com. For more information please download our Passing the Baton information booklet or watch our video.

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Email your application to volunteers@bethanychristiantrust.com

Passing the Baton information booklet