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 Volunteers@bethanychristiantrust.com
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:
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.
Inside the van:
Inside the kitchen:
Please note that all cleaning products, and any necessary PPE, will be provided
Requirements for the role:
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.
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.
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.
Important pre-requisites for the 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.
Aberdeen and Inverness:
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!
Important pre-requisites for the role:
Volunteers are to meet at the Care Van located behind Bethany Christian Centre, at Jane Street
Please email your application to firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Pattern of hours:
If this sounds like something you could do, fill out the online form and send it to email@example.com. For more information please download our Passing the Baton information booklet or watch our video.
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