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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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Document Translator Volunteer

Are you fluent in Romanian or Polish? We are looking for volunteers who can translate and interpret for us in one of these languages

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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 Rapid Re-accommodation Welcome Centre

General Responsibilities:

  • Communicate with the Care Van Coordinator regarding the documents needing translating.
  • Translate required documents from English to Romanian and Polish.

Important pre-requisites for the role:

  • A high level of Polish, Romanian and English fluency.
  • Confidence in translating written languages
  • The capacity to volunteer from home.

Location:

This role will take place remotely due to Coronavirus restrictions.

Pattern of hours:

This is a one off role and should take around 8 hours total.

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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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Everyday English Group Volunteer

Are you a motivated, TEFL trained individual who can facilitate and manage teaching ESOL to adults?

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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 enable women who have English as a second or third language to improve their English skills, allowing them to build connections in the local community.

Summary of the role:

To provide opportunities to practice spoken language, and to lead discussions on information regarding life in the UK.

General responsibilities:

  • Supporting the Community Development Worker (CDW) in managing teaching and discussion in both a larger group and smaller breakout groups.
  • Working with the CDW to create relevant, informative and engaging plans, and preparing any resources required.
  • At times, attendees may require one on one teaching, practice and support. 

Important pre-requisites for the role:

  • Volunteers must be TEFL trained, and preferably have experience in teaching
  • Volunteers must be compassionate and patient. Most attendees at the group have come from countries that are very different to the U.K, and may struggling with adjusting to the culture, as well as the language.
  • 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.

Location

The group will be run on Zoom for the foreseeable future, but would normally be run at the Goodtrees Community Centre in Moredun: 5 Moredunvale Place, Edinburgh EH17 7LB

Pattern of hours

The group runs at 1pm on a Tuesday for about an hour. This may be subject to change depending on the needs of the community

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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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Retail Online Sales Coordinator - Haddington Place Shop

We are looking for someone can help us photograph, package and deliver items through online selling platforms

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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 work is supported by our Income Generation Department- including retail. The purpose of this role is to aid the Sales Coordinator in maintaining Bethany’s online retail presence, which runs alongside our physical shops.

General responsibilities:

Taking clear and informative photographs of stock that needs selling;

  • Preparing sold stock for sending; wrapping and packaging carefully to ensure safe delivery, weighing and affixing postage information.
  • Taking packages to the Post Office in order to be delivered.

Important pre-requisites for the role:

  • Volunteers must be comfortable using their initiative and working independently when required;
  • No specific photography experience is required, however, the volunteer must be comfortable using a camera;
  • 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 will largely take place at the Bethany shop at 32B Haddington Place, EH7 4AG

Pattern of hours

  • The role will take around 4 hours per week, and would ideally be done on a Monday afternoon or Tuesday morning. The exact pattern of hours can however be decided between the volunteer and the Sales Coordinator,

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 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.

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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Home Based Online Selling Volunteer

We are looking for someone who is good at editing photographs of stock to be sold on online selling platforms

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Summary 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 work is supported by our Income Generation Department- including retail. The purpose of this role is to aid the Sales Coordinator in maintaining Bethany’s online retail presence by editing the photographs of the stock to be sold.

General responsibilities:

  • Editing the photographs of stock using Canva or other editing software. There will be photographs for around 20- 30 items, with each item having multiple images.
  • Ensuring that the photographs are edited to a consistent and professional standard.

Important pre-requisites for the role:

  • Knowledge of photo editing software such as Canva or Photoshop is useful but not essential, though the volunteer must become familiar with it if they are not already.
  • Access to a computer and a reliable internet connection in order to edit photographs and communicate with the Sales Coordinator.
  • An ability to work to deadlines: this role will be done remotely and so the volunteer must be comfortable managing their own time in order to have finished editing pictures in time for listing.
  • The volunteer must feel comfortable working independently while also communicating with the Sales Coordinator and other relevant members of staff or volunteers.

Location

This role is home based, though the volunteer may need to come into the shop at 32B Haddington Place, EH7 4AG for induction and training.

Pattern of hours

The pattern of hours can be decided upon by the volunteer, as long as they meet the deadlines set out by the Sales Coordinator. The role should take around 5-6 hours a week.

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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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.

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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 reconnect back into the community by taking them out and introducing them to social groups and activities in their area.

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We are looking for trustworthy and compassionate individuals to befriend a person who is socially isolated 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;
  • 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 volunteers@bethanychristiantrust.com

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Email your application to volunteers@bethanychristiantrust.com

Passing the Baton application form