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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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Food Collector

The Care Van provides a source of care and support for people who are homeless and vulnerable in the centre of Edinburgh five lunchtimes a week. In order for this service to run, volunteers are required to collect the necessary food the night before.

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To collect food from the various food donors located throughout the city centre, and to deliver them to the Care Van kitchen in Jane Street.

General responsibilities:  

  • To collect donated food from Pret a Manger and Patisserie Florentin at closing time- further details regarding times and locations will be provided during induction;
  • To deliver the collected food to the Care Van Kitchen in Jane Street-further details will be provided during induction;
  • To check the fridges for sandwiches from the previous day and dispose accordingly ;
  • To communicate to the serving Care Van Team the amount of food collected.

Important pre-requisites for the role:

  • A full UK driving License and knowledge of the Edinburgh City Centre.
  • A friendly and cooperative manner especially when dealing with sales staff
  • 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.
  • Please note that volunteers are responsible for ensuring that they have the correct car insurance to carry out this role as it may be considered business use

Location:

  • 32 Jane Street, Edinburgh, Midlothian, EH6 5HD

Pattern of hours:

  • Varied but mainly late afternoon and early evening. Volunteers would usually have one shift a week, though this is flexible
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Volunteer Support staff - Anne Hope House

Would you like to help with the running of Anne Hope House and assist staff to deliver residential support during the evening and overnight?

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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 Crisis Intervention.

Anne Hope House is a twelve bed residential unit for females coming out of a situation of homelessness. It is a therapeutic community environment in which women are safe, supported and loved. The goal of Anne Hope House is that women will experience freedom and healing from past issues whilst resident here and build on skills and make use of opportunities to move forwards with their lives. There is a range of support offered to these women including groupwork, one to one keyworks, links with external agencies, a programme to build on practical skills and opportunities for recreation. A volunteer is required to support the staff in the delivery of these services.

General responsibilities:

  • To support the staff team in giving quality support to residents within Anne Hope House. This includes;
    • Participating in recreational activities with residents and staff.
    • Cleaning and/ or cooking duties as required
    • Recording & updating contact files and other relevant documentation as appropriate.
    • General administrative duties, including answering phones and taking messages.
    • Organising and record medication, finances, and various unit Health & Safety requirements as delegated within the team
  • The volunteer will never be ultimately responsible and is there to support the team. They should, however, respond with care, sensitivity and understanding to the issues, concerns and complex situations that residents experience and share.
  • Volunteers should also ensure the safety of the community by adhering to visiting procedures and reporting concerns regarding residents’ wellbeing to the appropriate staff member. Personal disclosures by residents should be referred to the wider team as Bethany makes use of additional professional services, particularly in very sensitive matters.
  • The volunteer should consult with their supervisor regarding training needs and receive monthly supervision where they should engage fully. There is mandatory training that the volunteer must complete at induction, and additional training may become necessary going forward.

Important pre-requisites for the role:

  • Experience of providing general support to vulnerable people.
  • This role is emotionally strenuous and the volunteer should be aware of this. The volunteer should be mindful of personal wellbeing, appropriate boundaries and the limitations of the role, remembering that emotional and physical safety is of paramount importance.
  • They should be able to develop strong, healthy and appropriate relationships with colleagues, so the ability to work as part of a team is essential.
  • An interest and some understanding of homelessness, mental health issues, addiction problems and chaotic behaviour is desirable.
  • An ability to maintain clear & accurate records and paperwork and to be organised is vital.
  • The volunteer must participate in all necessary training and guidance and be willing and able to do so.
  • A volunteer should be flexible in response to a changing environment
  • Please note that volunteers in this role are required to have an active Christian faith, to participate in Christian worship, discussion and prayer, and to respond to questions about the Christian faith from personal experience, in order to contextualise Bethany’s Vision of working with vulnerable people as an expression of Christian love in action. This post is restricted to female applicants in order to reduce barriers of access for the all-female residents. As part of the recruitment process for this role, an interview is required

Location

The unit is on the North side of Edinburgh. To maintain a safe environment for the women we accommodate the exact location is confidential until any role is confirmed.

Pattern of hours

  • 9pm to 9am. Starting no later than 9pm, spending time with the residents until later in the evening and sleeping accommodation provided overnight. Leaving after 9am.
  • The volunteer would be on shift with an employed member of staff who will be awake overnight.
  • We ask that volunteers do not volunteer more than 16 hours a week.
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Retail Volunteer

Supporting staff and other volunteers in the running of the shop

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Retail Volunteer- Morningside and Haddington Place

Retail volunteers are the backbone of our shops. A day can include sorting donations, operating the till or pricing stock- but every day, and every shop, is different! Each volunteer brings their own skills, experience and character to a role.

We are currently looking for volunteers at our Morningside and Haddington Place branches. At Morningside, we need volunteers on a Monday, Wednesday and Saturday, and at Haddington Place, we need volunteers on a Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

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

We are particularly looking for volunteers at our shops in Morningside (93 Morningside Road, Edinburgh, EH10 4AY) and Haddington Place (32B Haddington Place, Edinburgh, EH7 4AG)

Pattern of hours

At Morningside, we need volunteers on a Monday, Wednesday and Saturday, and at Haddington Place, we need volunteers on a Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

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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‘Click and Connect’ Computer Drop-In Volunteer

Supporting individuals at a weekly ‘Click and Connect’ computer drop-in

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Context of the role:

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:

Click and Connect is a computer drop-in held at Bethany Christian Trust’s Learning Centre. The group is for those who have suffered from poor mental health, those who are experiencing, or have experienced homelessness or inadequate housing. Volunteers are required to help participants learn new digital skills and to help signpost people to health and wellbeing support.

General responsibilities:

 

  • Foster a supportive and encouraging environment through welcoming people to the group, facilitating social interactions through discussions and offering a listening ear
  • Offer digital support to those attending the group, as well as offering advice and support on issues such as CV writing, health and well-being, filling out online forms etc.
  • Help with the set-up and clean-up of the group, arriving on time in order to do so
  • Alert staff of any concerns regarding an individual or situation within the group

 Important pre-requisites for the role:

  • Be 18 years old or over
  • Have an an understanding of appropriate boundaries and of confidentiality issues which may arise regarding any individual
  • Be sociable and have an approachable manner, listening sympathetically and communicating effectively
  • Have good time management and organisational skills
  • Willing to work as part of the team, but also confident working on a more individual basis
  • Have good digital literacy
  • 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

  • Bethany Christian Trust’s Learning Centre – 65 Bonnington Road, Edinburgh, EH6 5JQ

Pattern of hours

  • 2 hours per drop-in, plus time either side for set-up and clearing away; the group runs from 10:30 am – 12:30 am every Tuesday.
  • Due to current Covid restrictions, we can only accommodate one volunteer per drop-in due to social distancing capacity. Volunteers will be expected to help at the drop-in on a rota basis every 3-4 or weeks, as well as to help cover weeks when other volunteers are unavailable.
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Bridge to Freedom Volunteer

Would you like to support an individual through community based recovery, with Christ at the centre of the process?

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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.

We are looking for volunteers to support the running of the group, and volunteers to befriend attendees on a 1-2-1 basis. The group has Christ at the centre, and group volunteers need to have a Christian faith with a church connection. For those engaging in 1-2-1 support, a strong Christian faith is required, ideally with lived experience of addiction or experience of working in this area.

Group volunteers should;

  • Help attendees feel welcomed and comfortable, whilst also maintaining appropriate boundaries, e.g. chatting and contributing to the group discussion.
  • Provide a listening ear and encouragement
  • Help practically at the venue with setting up rooms and providing refreshments.

1-2-1 volunteers should:

  • Be willing to meet up with a group attendee weekly or fortnightly, helping them to examine current or past substance use or other addictive behaviour in more depth
  • Be non-judgemental, providing a listening ear and encouragement, signposting to other professional support services where appropriate
  • Help to keep individuals accountable, committing to pray for them

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 all attendees, including volunteers, to be vulnerable and open. Volunteers should be comfortable with this, and have healthily processed any trauma or experiences that may be touched upon in such a group. This is to ensure that a) the focus remains on the clients, and b) that volunteers are able to support clients using the context of their experience.
  • 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 training 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:

  • Moredun (more details on request)Thursdays, 7-9pm
  • Gorebridge (more details on request) Fridays, 2-4pm
  • Leith (more details on request) Mondays, 2.30-4.30pm

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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Sleepover Volunteer- Bethany Christian Centre

Do you have one night a week to offer as a Sleepover Volunteer? Are you passionate about the transformative nature of Christ's love?

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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 Crisis Intervention; specifically the Bethany Christian Centre.

General responsibilities:

  • To support the staff team in giving quality support to residents within Bethany Christian Centre. This includes;
    • Participating in recreational activities with residents and staff.
    • Cleaning and/ or cooking duties as required
    • Recording & updating contact files and other relevant documentation as appropriate.
    • General administrative duties, including answering phones and taking messages.
    • Organising and record medication, finances, and various unit Health & Safety requirements as delegated within the team
  • The volunteer will never be ultimately responsible and is there to support the team. They should, however, respond with care, sensitivity and understanding to the issues, concerns and complex situations that residents experience and share.
  • Volunteers should also ensure the safety of the community by adhering to visiting procedures and reporting concerns regarding residents’ wellbeing to the appropriate staff member. Personal disclosures by residents should be referred to the wider team as Bethany makes use of additional professional services, particularly in very sensitive matters
  • The volunteer should consult with their supervisor regarding training needs and receive monthly supervision where they should engage fully. There is mandatory training that the volunteer must complete at induction, and additional training may become necessary going forward.

Important pre-requisites for the role:

  • Experience of providing general support to vulnerable people.
  • This role is emotionally strenuous and the volunteer should be aware of this. The volunteer should mindful of personal wellbeing, appropriate boundaries and the limitations of the role, remembering that emotional and physical safety is of paramount importance.
  • They should be able to develop strong, healthy and appropriate relationships with colleagues, so the ability to work as part of a team is essential.
  • An interest and some understanding of homelessness, mental health issues, addiction problems and chaotic behaviour is desirable.
  • An ability to maintain clear & accurate records and paperwork and to be organised is vital.
  • The volunteer must participate in all necessary training and guidance and be willing and able to do so.
  • A volunteer should be flexible in response to a changing environment
  • Volunteers should be of Christian faith, in agreement with the vision and values of Bethany and able to show God’s love in action as an outworking of personal Christian faith.

Location:

Bethany Christian Centre

6 Casselbank Street,

Edinburgh

EH6 5HA

Pattern of hours:

5pm to 9am. Starting no later than 9pm, spending time with the residents until later in the evening and sleeping accommodation provided overnight. Leaving after 9am.

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Therapeutic Gardening Volunteer - Anne Hope House

Gardening is good for you, and a great way to create community!

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Anne Hope House is a twelve bed residential unit for females coming out of a situation of homelessness. It is a therapeutic community environment in which women are safe, supported and loved. The goal of Anne Hope House is that women will experience freedom and healing from past issues whilst resident here and build on skills and make use of opportunities to move forwards with their lives. This role will require befriending and supporting women who may have multiple and complex needs and are living in Anne Hope House, as well as maintaining the garden.

General responsibilities:

  • The garden at the centre will require ongoing maintenance, including digging, weeding, mowing the lawn and pruning flowers and bushes.
  • The garden maintenance will facilitate befriending and supporting residents in learning basic gardening skills. This will include working with individuals with complex needs, including mental health and addiction issues.

Important pre-requisites for the role:

  • This post is restricted to female applicants in order to reduce barriers of access for the all-female residents.
  • An interest and knowledge of gardening is needed and a reasonable level of physical fitness to carry out the necessary works is desirable.
  • 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 with mental health issues or addiction issues.
  • The volunteer would need to be reliable and willing to commit to building stable connections with clients.
  • The role may be challenging, and so the volunteer must be patient, understanding and willing to be proactive in engendering a positive environment.
  • A person of Christian faith, in agreement with the vision and values of the centre, which has a clear ethos of expressing Christian compassion and hospitality towards those in need.
  • The role is subject to enrolment in the PVG scheme, so any potential volunteer must be willing to complete the necessary paperwork.

Location

  • The facility is located in Edinburgh. The exact location will be given at a later stage.

Pattern of hours

  • This will vary; the exact hours will be decided between the volunteer and volunteer manager.

Apply now

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

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Homework Club Volunteer

Would you like to support the running of a BME (Black Minority and Ethnic) Homework club, an afterschool club for families who have English as a second language?

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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, specifically the community work done in Moredun. The aim of this project is to help children, who come from families where English isn’t the primary language, with their homework, and to support parents to do so.

Summary of the role:

Building and supporting resilient communities is a key part of the work done at Bethany Christian Trust. One way to do this is assisting children from families who have English as a second language with their homework & supporting parents/ carers with mental or physical disabilities.

General responsibilities:

  • The volunteer would work one- on-one with families and carers to help them support the children in completing their homework and improving their English.
  • The parents may also attend the group and should be supported and made to feel welcome. These adults may have a number of Additional Support Needs.
  • Being involved in the planning, preparing and/ supervision of a children’s activity. The volunteer should support and encourage the children to take part in the activity.
  • The volunteer would support staff in implementing health and safety procedures and refer to them should they have concerns about an individual or situation within the group

 Important pre-requisites for the role:

  • In working with children and their families, many of whom are learning English, the volunteer will need to be an adept & patient communicator.
  • Children can get frustrated or distracted and the volunteer would need to be able to guide them to the task at hand, while still making the session a positive experience.
  • Ideally, the volunteer would have worked in, or have experience of, the educational field and/or of working with those with English as a second language.
  • The volunteer should be enthusiastic and welcoming, whilst also being aware of appropriate boundaries.
  • A good level of technology knowledge is required, as the group will be taking place over video software for the foreseeable future
  • Volunteers must be comfortable and in sympathy with our mission and values: Our Mission is to relieve the suffering and meet the long-term needs of homeless and vulnerable people in Scotland while our values are to put Christian love into action and demonstrate the transforming impact of the Gospel in all that we do.

Safeguarding:         PVG check required

Location

  • The group will be run on Zoom for the foreseeable future, but would normally be run in Moredun, Edinburgh (EH17 7LB)

Pattern of hours

  • The group runs on a Wednesday between 4pm and 5pm during term time

Apply now

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

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Clay Café Volunteer

Clay Café is run as a partnership between Clay Community Church and Bethany Christian Trust. It provides a training hub for local people to gain skills in hospitality, including specialised barista skills. We require volunteers to both support individuals through training, and run the café in their absence.

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General responsibilities:

  • The Café is a space for people to learn valuable, employable skills. Volunteers should be mindful of this, and be helpful and supportive, without taking over. If there are no trainees in that day, volunteers are required to run the café in their absence.

Front of House/ Barista

  • Supporting and guiding trainees as they learn to use the coffee machine and prepare coffee and other hot drinks
  • Assisting the trainees as they learn how to interact with and serve customers
  • Taking orders from customers, preparing and serving coffee and other hot drinks
  • Maintaining an orderly and clean working area

Kitchen

  • Preparing cakes, soups and other foods
  • Ensuring that the kitchen remains clean and tidy

Apply now

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.

Apply now

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

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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Mum and Toddler Group Volunteer

The Mum and Toddler Group aims to lead discussion amongst local women, and provide a space to build connections and community. The children range from 0-4 years old. At this age range, children are active, inquisitive and developing their personalities! The main goal of this volunteering role is playing with and caring for the children.

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General responsibilities:

  • Getting out appropriate toys and games for free play;
  • Leading simple activities organised by the WFW;
  • In time, and if they have appropriate experience, volunteers may wish to plan activities or games themselves;
  • Adhering to training and guidelines given to ensure the safety and well-being of the children.

Important pre-requisites for the role:

*Please note that this role is subject to a PVG check*

  • One of the most important characteristics we are looking for in volunteers is an enthusiasm and passion for children, and an interest in wanting to positively impact their lives;
  • Working with toddlers can be frustrating at times. Volunteers should be patient and able to deal with potentially stressful situations;
  • Great communication skills are needed in order to effectively listen and talk to the children;
  • Volunteers should be creative and flexible. With childcare, sometimes things don’t go to plan and volunteer must be able to adapt;
  • Be 18 years old or over;
  • Be a person of Christian faith, rooted in a Church community.

 

Apply now!

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

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Men's Group volunteer

Are you a people person and enjoy mixing with people from different backgrounds? We are looking for a number of volunteers to support our Men's Group programme in Edinburgh.

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The Men’s Group is a place for fellowship, support and encouragement. Volunteers are required to help facilitate this in a variety of ways.

General responsibilities:

  • A volunteer would need to set up the hall for use during the group, and prepare food and drinks in the case of a special celebration, e.g. Burns Night. 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. 
  • Helping to make the individuals attending the group to feel welcomed and comfortable. This can be through serving food and drinks, facilitating activities or having a chat. The volunteer should balance this with being aware of boundaries.
  • At times, and where appropriate, a volunteer may need to take the lead on preparing and/or supervising an activity, though always with the supervision and support of the Community Development Worker. Volunteers are encouraged to use their knowledge and skills to support Bethany staff to create an activities programme.
  • Help to facilitate and organise trips (if there is a desire to do so).
  • Signpost individuals who are seeking support to staff or to other relevant services.
  • Alert a staff member in the group if you have concerns about an individual or situation within the group

Important pre-requisites for the role:

  • Having a particular skill or talent (e.g. playing the guitar) can be really useful.
  • 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 with mental health issues, learning disabilities or addiction issues.
  • The volunteer would need to be reliable and willing to commit to building stable connections with clients.
  • The role may be challenging, and so the volunteer must be patient, understanding and willing to be proactive in engendering a positive environment.
  • 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

  • YMCA Acorn Centre, 1 Junction Place, Edinburgh, EH6 5JA

Pattern of hours

  • The group runs on a Thursday morning and volunteers would need to be available between 10:00 and 13:00 for setting/ clearing up. We ask that volunteers commit for a minimum of 4-6 weeks.

Apply now

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

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Welcome Centre Cleaners

Support our mission of ending homelessness in Scotland, on person at a time. Do you take pride in making things look clean and tidy? Could you spare a few hours to help us clean?

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We need volunteers to;

  • Change bedding;
  • Clean the bathroom including the floor;
  • Clean the surfaces in the room.  Include all areas that are touched regularly;
  • Vacuum;
  • Bag up any left belongings.  People often leave items in their rooms and these should be put into a bin bag and labelled with the room number.  The staff will add the person’s name and log it for safe-keeping.

You will be provided will all the equipment you need and PPE will be available too.

Volunteers must be at least 21. We are looking for volunteers on a weekday evening or midday on a weekend.

 

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Please complete an application form and return it to volunteers@bethanychristiantrust.com

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IT Support Volunteer

Support the vital work of our IT team and help us with our mission of ending homelessness…one person at a time

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General responsibilities:

  • Answering phone and IT queries
  • Looking after the Active Directory
  • Undertaking any necessary IT admin tasks
  • Providing support to the IT team

Important pre-requisites for the role:

  • Bethany has a wide range of hardware and software. The volunteer should have some experience of IT systems of this complexity and feel confident using and advising on them.
  • The volunteer should also be willing and able to expand their current IT knowledge and experience.
  • This role will require an organised approach, and an ability to prioritise tasks to ensure that deadlines are met.
  • Once the volunteer is trained, the role will require completing tasks alone, and so a volunteer should be comfortable doing so.
  • A volunteer should also, however, know when to ask for help or direction from their supervisor.
  • At times, the team can be under acute time pressure-e.g. an important service malfunctioning. Though not responsible for this, the volunteer must be comfortable working in such an environment
  • 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.

Apply now!

Please complete an application form and return it to volunteers@bethanychristiantrust.com

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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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Summary of the role:

A trustworthy and compassionate individual, willing to befriend a person who is socially isolated and may also struggle with addiction, homelessness and mental health issues; creating a healthy, meaningful relationship; encouraging and practically helping them to make at least 2 community connections with the support of Passing the Baton staff.

 

General responsibilities:

  • Develop a companionship level relationship with their befriendee (we match male-male and female-female)
  • Accompany the befriendee to social activities and community groups. Befrienders do not go into the befriendee’s home
  • Participate in induction and on-going training as appropriate and adhere to all procedures and policies
  • Send number of hours you spend with the befriendee, on a monthly basis, to Passing the Baton staff.

 

Important pre-requisites for the role:

  • Be 18 years old or over
  • A person of Christian faith, rooted in a Christian community
  • A befriender should have integrity, be reliable and non-judgemental and be aware of confidentiality issues which may arise regarding the individual. We work with people of all faith and no faith.
  • Be able to operate under the guidance and support of Passing the Baton staff
  • Be sociable and have an approachable manner
  • Have good time management and organisational skills

 

Location

  • We operate within Edinburgh
  • As far as possible, we will try and match you to a befriendee who is geographically close to you.

 

Pattern of hours

  • 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.
  • We recommend, in the early stages, staying with the befriendee when visiting a new community group for the whole time, then gradually reducing your time.
  • Where possible, we encourage you to meet during Bethany office hours (Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm) to ensure a staff member is available in case of emergency.

 

Training and support available

  • All befrienders will receive the necessary Passing the Baton training before becoming a befriender
  • Befrienders are encouraged to come to additional training and support evenings
  • Passing the Baton staff will contact befrienders to offer help and support as and when required.
  • Befrienders are encouraged to contact Passing the Baton staff if they have any problems or if staff can be of assistance to the befriender or befriendee.
  • Passing the Baton staff can provide befriending cover, such as when befrienders go on holiday or are ill.
  • Expenses can be reimbursed in accordance with Bethany’s volunteer policy.

Apply Now

Email your application to volunteers@bethanychristiantrust.com

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