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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.


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 pack and we’ll do our best to find a role that works for you

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


Care Van Cleaning Volunteer

Our Care Van Team need volunteers to ensure the Care Van and preparation kitchen is clean, tidy, and ready for use


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 Crisis Intervention; specifically supporting the running of the Care Van service.

The Care Van provides a source of care and support for people who are homeless and vulnerable in the centre of Edinburgh every night, and five lunchtimes through:

  • Food and hot drinks
  • Friendship & encouragement
  • General advice & information

It is run in partnership with Edinburgh City Mission and staffed by around 750 people from 45 volunteer teams from churches across Edinburgh and the Lothians.

In order for this service to be run efficiently and effectively, the Care Van and the kitchen used for preparation must be kept clean.

General responsibilities:

Inside the van:

  • Cleaning all surfaces including inside cupboards, boxes and shelves
  • Brushing and mopping floor
  • Refilling spray bottles
  • Tidying cupboards
  • Removing rubbish
  • Brushing drivers cab and removing any rubbish

Inside the kitchen:

  • Removing discarded food from shelves and fridge
  • Cleaning shelving units, sink area and inside of fridge
  • Removing rubbish from inside of kitchen and the area outside
  • Brushing and mopping floor

Please note that all cleaning products, and any necessary PPE, will be provided

Requirements for the role:

  • Volunteers must be comfortable taking initiative and working independently
  • An attention to detail, and sense of organisation
  • Volunteers must be at least 21 as the role may include interaction with vulnerable clients.


The Van is stored in the Jane Street industrial estate, behind Bethany Christian Centre at 6 Casselbank Street, Edinburgh, EH6 5HA

Pattern of hours

The hours of this role can be flexible, but must take place when the Van is not in use. On Mondays, Wednesday, Thursdays, Saturday and Sundays this would be 9am-11am or 3pm-7pm, on Tuesdays and Fridays would be 9am-7pm

The cleaning should take around 1-2 hours.


Bridge to Freedom Volunteer

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


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.

General responsibilities:

Help to set up the room for use during the group and prepare refreshments. After the group has finished, the volunteer is also expected to assist in cleaning and housekeeping. For this reason a volunteer should arrive on time and give as much notice as possible if they are unable to volunteer. 

  • Help to make the individuals attending the group feel welcomed and comfortable, whilst also maintaining appropriate boundaries This can be through serving food and drinks, chatting during the breaks and contributing to the group discussion.
  • Signpost individuals who are seeking additional support to Bethany Christian Trust staff
  • Alert a staff member of any concerns about an individual or situation within the group

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.


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


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

Aberdeen and Inverness:

  • Details on request.

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!


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.


  • 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

Find out more!

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


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.


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 For more information please download our Passing the Baton information booklet or watch our video.

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