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Get involved. Be amazing.

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 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 Volunteers@bethanychristiantrust.com

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Receptionist Volunteer

Are you a people person? Do you enjoy making people feel welcomed and making sure visitors are looked after? Why not volunteer as a Receptionist at Bethany Christian Trust and go the extra mile with your smile.

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We are looking for someone to volunteer at our head office reception area. In this position you would be expected to welcome visitors to the building, answer and direct phone calls, assist in the preparation of meeting rooms and other receptionist/administration tasks.

Please state your availability on your application. Our reception is open from 9am-5pm Monday to Friday.

Bethany Christian Trust’s services focus on preventing homelessness as well as alleviating the suffering of people who are homeless.

  

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

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Learning Centre Drop-In Volunteer

Help people to build their confidence, learn new skills and be better informed about opportunities and support available.

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The Job and Volunteering Drop In aims to help people write a CV and look into volunteering and course opportunities. It also seeks to create a friendly atmosphere for social interaction.

A volunteer’s duties include:

Welcoming and engaging with people

Supporting and encouraging individuals in their learning

Encouraging social interaction in group over snack lunch

Helping with set up and tidy up

The volunteer must be friendly, approachable and responsible. They would work with, and refer to, the Community Development worker within the group. They must be able to assess when it is appropriate to alert the Community Development worker to a group member or situation if any concerns arise.

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

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Care Van Food Collector

The Lunchtime Care Van service provides sandwiches, snacks and hot drinks to those who are rough sleeping or housed in homeless B&B accommodation by the Council, and regularly serves between 40 and 60 people. This service couldn't run without the vital work done by our Food Collection Volunteers.

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We are looking for volunteers who can collect food from 4 cafes and shops within and around Edinburgh city centre and who could deliver them to the Care Van kitchen.

Collection times range from 5-7pm and volunteers would need to have access to a car. We need volunteers for Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Volunteers usually collect once a month but can volunteer more or less frequently as they wish.

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

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Book Shop Volunteer

Calling all book lovers! Whether you are a book expert, or just love chatting to people, we need you!

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The first Bethany Book shop is more than a place to buy books. It is a community hub to chat, relax and grab a coffee!
What will the volunteering role look like?

– Assisting customers in the shop in a friendly and professional manner, whether that be answering enquiries or just having a chat.
-Sorting donated goods. This a large part of every retail role.
-Pricing donated goods
-Replenishing and changing the stock on display.
-Operating the till. This includes processing purchases and being a welcoming and knowledgeable point for customers in the shop.

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

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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

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

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Full Time Volunteer

Want to be part of something great?

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Bethany House is a 28 person Emergency Resettlement Unit that, through Christian love in action, works to eradicate homelessness and empower vulnerable people to live independently in society.

Every year, we ask three volunteers to join us for an 11 month, full time placement. Individuals are provided with a shared, self-catered flat to live in and a weekly food allowance.

 

What would you be doing?

Volunteers are given valuable experience of working in a social care environment, and in an-depth, hands-on experience that can provide a valuable basis for a future career in this area.

Alongside full time staff, volunteers ensure the smooth daily running of Bethany House, creating a safe, supportive, caring and empowering environment for the individuals living in the emergency resettlement hostel.

Further information can be found in the Full Time Volunteer Role Description.

 

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Whether you already live in Edinburgh and are looking for a new challenge, or you want to spend a year making a difference in a new city, if this sounds like the role for you, please contact volunteer@bethanychristiantrust.com to request an application form.