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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 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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Therapeutic Gardening Volunteer

A trustworthy and caring female, willing to look after the maintenance of a large garden and to give opportunity for residents to learn and practice gardening skills. This role will require befriending and supporting women who may have multiple and complex needs and are living in Anne Hope House.

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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.

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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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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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Homework Club Volunteer

Building and supporting resilient communities is a key part of the work we do at Bethany Christian Trust. Come and help out at our BME (Black Minority and Ethnic) Homework club, an afterschool club for families who have English as a second language

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MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Be involved in planning, preparing and/or supervising a children’s activity
  • Work one-to-one with families and carers to help them support their children to complete their homework and to improve their English
  • Support and encourage children to engage with activities
  • Help to prepare drinks and snacks for the group
  • Alert a staff member if you have concerns about an individual or situation within the group
  • Support staff to implement health and safety procedures
  • Take part in relevant training and supervision

The group runs on Tuesdays, between 3pm and 4:40pm during term time. Please note that this role is subject to a PVG check.

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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.