You’ll see below that we have a variety of Volunteer roles to choose from. The role descriptions will help you find out a bit more about the work we do and you can think about the best fit for you.
If you would like to begin your volunteering journey with us, please sign up for one of our upcoming Information Sessions. You can also have a look at our Recruitment Process on the Simon Community Scotland website to get an idea of what is involved once you apply to volunteer with us.
The people we support have experienced really tough times. We want there to be positive, interesting and fun interaction for the people using our services. That’s where Activity volunteering comes in!
We want there to be positive, interesting and fun interaction for the people using our services. Many of the people we support struggle with social situations for a variety of reasons and are at risk of isolation. At Simon Community Scotland and Streetwork we want to help people to regain social confidence and encourage positive, interesting and fun interaction with others.
This role involves sharing a skill, interest or hobby with people in our services. It can be an activity or a series of events such as meditation classes, an arts group, wellbeing therapies, hairdressing, or even astronomy – the sky’s the limit!
Community Inclusion Volunteer
Many of the people we support experience feelings of loneliness and isolation which can affect their health and quality of life dramatically. This service gives the opportunity for people to engage with a positive, friendly and non-judgemental person on a regular basis to encourage and motivate them to access community resources and activities, as well as being a listening ear. The community inclusion volunteer role involves a positive part of a person’s journey towards independence.
Our volunteers contribute to the well-being of people we support in Edinburgh by meeting with them for up to 4 hours a fortnight. The aim is to assist with improving community integration, independence and well-being. Meetings take place in the local community as agreed between the Service User, volunteer and key worker.
Volunteers raise awareness of community services available and often assist them in accessing these services. Examples of these are fitness groups, cooking classes, or even just picking up a coffee and heading out on a walk in their surrounding area.
We need volunteers who are able to approach their role and tasks with a flexible and non judgemental attitude. We want them to have great communication and people skills, enjoy meeting and interacting with people and overall have the desire to positively assist the people we support to build on their confidence and independence.show less
Food Donations Volunteer
The Holyrood Hub is a drop-in service providing various forms of advice and support 7 days a week to those facing the causes and effects of homelessness. Within this service we hope to provide nutritious and healthy meals in order to meet some of the most basic needs of our service users. Food Donations volunteers pick up surplus food from a variety of supermarkets and cafes across the city and deliver it to the Hub.
Those who use our Holyrood Hub service are experiencing extremely difficult and often complex circumstances. We want to ensure that we can provide as much support and advice to as many people as possible on a daily basis. Volunteers travel by car, van or cargo bike across the city to collect donations.
Volunteers act as ambassadors to Streetwork, developing and maintaining relationships with Supermarkets and other local restaurants and cafes in Edinburgh.show less
We want to ensure that we can provide as much support and advice to as many people as possible on a daily basis. The additional help from our valuable volunteers can make a real difference.
Our Hub drop in service provides a variety of support depending on the needs of the service users. As a Hub Volunteer you will be involved in a wide range of tasks from helping to supply a much needed change of clothes for those who have nothing, assisting with the shower and laundry facilities or even just providing a listening ear and a friendly face.
Most of the people who access our Hub service are experiencing extremely difficult and often complex circumstances. We want to ensure that we can provide as much support and advice to as many people as possible on a daily basis. The additional help from our valuable volunteers can make a real difference.show less
Period Friendly Volunteer
Period Friendly Points are helping to provide a period of dignity for women who are experiencing homelessness. Our Period Friendly Pals help us reach more women, more successfully and make a difference.
Many of the women we support struggle with a wide variety of health complications including their period. Simon Community Scotland and Streetwork provide access to Period Friendly Points to make the struggles they face at this time a little easier to cope with. Volunteering as a Period Friendly Pal is a rewarding and fulfilling way for you to get involved in the work of Simon Community Scotland.
The support given by a Period Friendly Pal takes many forms including: looking after your allocated Point in the city; helping raise awareness of the issues homeless women face when looking after themselves; being an ambassador for Simon Community Scotland and Streetwork; organising packs and distributing the Period Friendly products; helping us to raise funds and donations to keep the Period Friendly Points running. You will be directed by our Volunteering Coordinator, attend regular fun group meets with our team to give and take part in updates and project objectives.show less
People experiencing homelessness are also experiencing extremely difficult and often complex circumstances and we believe that books can be a place of escape and solace in a hard world.
The Streetreads project gives away free books to homeless readers. Volunteers collect and catalogue donated books (in new or nearly new condition) and distribute them to various different venues. At “unmanned venues” volunteers will stock a small library with books, recording which have gone and rotating the stock regularly. At “manned venues” volunteers will carefully choose a selection of books to take to services used by homeless people, for example our residential services, Souper Saturdays and Soul Food. Here, the volunteers will interact and form connections with the people using the service over a love of books.
We need people who care about our client group, who are enthusiastic and able to respond flexibly to a role that can sometimes be challenging, but bring great rewards and satisfaction.show less
Street Cycles Volunteer
Rough sleeping is bad for your physical and mental health, it’s unsafe, it’s risky and it’s scary. We want to help people find safe places to sleep. To do that, we need to know where people are sleeping on the streets, check-in with those we already know and meet anyone new to the streets. Making connections with people and delivering supplies is an important part of the Street Cycles Volunteer role.
Our Street Cycles base is in our brand space at 25 Nicolson Square. The majority of a shift will be conducted in urban areas around Edinburgh and involve interactions with the Street Team.
Street Cycles Volunteers are an important part of our Street Team. They use our bikes to reach further than the city centre. They look out for places where people are sleeping rough – mapping Edinburgh and surrounding areas. The bikes also carry sleeping bags, basic first aid provisions and other essentials to offer people in need. Street Cycles Volunteers visit B&Bs around the city, where people are in temporary accommodation, to deliver essentials such as kettle foods and toiletries. Street Cycles Volunteers can also visit and deliver items to Simon Community Scotland services around the city.
We need confident (and fit!) volunteers for this important role. We provide Volunteer Induction training, and shadow shifts with both the Street Team and Street Cycles Team to prepare you for your role. All required equipment, including a bike, is supplied. Ongoing training is available for volunteers too. This is an active outdoor based role and will involve travelling considerable distances across the city by bike. Along with your Street Cycles partner you will engage with and offer support to vulnerable people.show less
Street Team Volunteer
For people who have fallen on hard times, face-to-face support can really help. This can mean meeting people, listening to their situation and accompanying them to necessary services to meet immediate needs. We stick by people and support them to work out the solutions that work best for them.
For people who have fallen on hard times, face-to-face support can really help. Our aim is to get people off the street as quickly as possible and into accommodation where they are safe, warm and supported.
Partnering with a Street Team staff member, these volunteers are trained to provide help and advice to people sleeping rough or at risk of rough sleeping in Edinburgh and surrounding areas.
This can mean meeting people, listening to their situation and accompanying them to necessary services to meet immediate needs. We stick by people and support them to work out the solutions that work best for them.show less
Digital Inclusion Volunteer
Our Holyrood Hub and Hopetoun services provide a variety of support depending on the needs of the people accessing them. Many of the people who use these services are digitally excluded and we need volunteers to help these people with their digital literacy skills!
Many of the people who use these services are digitally excluded and may never have had a chance to adjust to our increasingly online world. We want to help those who most need it by encouraging them to improve their digital skills.
As the Digital Inclusion Volunteer you will be available to help people with their digital literacy skills. You are there to take the ‘fear factor’ out of digital skills. You could be helping someone set up their email, show them how social media works or even help someone with their typing skills.show less