Volunteer

Edinburgh City Mission has great connections with Churches, organisations and Christian individuals throughout Edinburgh and further afield. There are plenty of opportunities to volunteer for us in our Foodbanks+, Soul Food, The Storehouse and more!

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Volunteer Opportunities

Discover all current opportunities below.
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Soul Food

We are looking for some new volunteers to be a part of our Soul Food meal in partnership with City of Edinburgh Methodist Church on Monday evenings.

Roles and Requirements:

  • Lead Cook (coordination, organisation, meal planning – experience required)
  • Cook (preparing and cooking)
  • Cleaning Team
  • Serving Team
  • Welcome Team (meeting guests on their arrival and welcoming them to the meal or offering a takeaway  option. Need to be confident and have a clear manner of speaking, with kindness and patience)

If you would like to apply to be a volunteer, please download the form at the button below, fill it in and email it to us at volunteers@edinburghcitymission.org.uk.

Application Form

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Foodbank+ (Bruntsfield and Granton)

Our partner Foodbanks are looking for volunteers to fill gaps in the following roles:

Bruntsfield Foodbank+

Food Room and Front of House

  • 9:30am-1pm on Fridays

Granton Foodbank+

Tea and Coffee Server

  • 9:30am-1pm on Tuesdays

If you would like to apply to be a volunteer, please download the form at the button below, fill it in and email it to us at volunteers@edinburghcitymission.org.uk.

Application Form

 

The Storehouse – Operators

We are looking for volunteers to take on regular shifts at The Storehouse:

  • Mondays 2pm-3pm (negotiable)
  • One or two Tuesdays per month between 2pm-3pm (negotiable)

Key tasks/info:

  • Making up orders to be sent out to Foodbanks+
  • Receiving donations and dating/organising food
  • Some heavy lifting of food (e.g. boxes of tinned items) is necessary

The Storehouse is our food distribution centre in Sighthill.
If you would like to apply to be a volunteer, please download the form at the button below, fill it in and email it to us at volunteers@edinburghcitymission.org.uk.

Please note: Volunteers do not need to have a car to apply, but do need a valid UK driving licence to drive our Hope on the Move van. Licence checks are done via DriverCheck. The Storehouse may be accessed by public transport (Bankhead Tram Station is a 6 minute walk).

Application Form

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The Storehouse – Drivers

We are looking for volunteers to drive food between various Foodbanks+ and The Storehouse.

  • Mondays – driver’s buddy/driver for deliveries and occasional shopping
  • Tuesday morning to deliver to Leith Foodbank+
  • Wednesday or Thursday morning to deliver to Moredun Foodbank+
  • Occasional standby cover, as and when our regular drivers are unable to make deliveries

Key tasks/info:

  • Transporting food to and from The Storehouse
  • There is a physical demand in lifting lots of food (tinned items, etc)

The Storehouse is our food distribution centre in Sighthill. If you would like to apply to be a volunteer, please download the form at the button below, fill it in and email it to us at volunteers@edinburghcitymission.org.uk.

Please note: Volunteers do not need to have a car to apply, but do need a valid UK driving licence to drive our Hope on the Move van. Licence checks are done via DriverCheck. The Storehouse may be accessed by public transport (Bankhead Tram Station is a 6 minute walk).

Application Form

Are you looking to get involved with the work of Edinburgh City Mission? Below are some of the ways in which you can volunteer. See anything that suits you? We would love to hear from you!

Foodbanks+

We have a network of 7 Foodbanks+ across the city, each open on one weekday morning per week. Due to the government measures, some of our volunteers have had to stop volunteering and so we need new volunteers to help who are in sympathy with our values and committed to maintaining high standards.

Soul Food

In October 2019 we launched a weekly Soul Food meal at the City of Edinburgh Methodist Church in Nicolson Square. Every Monday evening we will offer hospitality to the homeless people in our city. We will set a table, cook a meal and go into the streets of Edinburgh to invite our neighbours to dinner.

We are blessed to have enough volunteers who come along each week and help us with laying tables, welcoming our guests and clearing out, but we are looking for people who love cooking and and would help us to provide amazing meals for Soul Food.

The Storehouse

We opened a new food storage and distribution centre in Sighthill in March 2020 in response to the lockdown and to cope with an anticipated increase in usage of our Foodbanks+. Our referrals increased by 11% in 2020 and by a further 11% in 2021. The food storage centre is open for drop-off from 2pm-3pm, Monday to Wednesday and 11am-12pm Thursday.

We need drivers to deliver food from the Storage Centre to the Foodbanks+.

If you would like to find out more, please email volunteers@edinburghcitymission.org.uk

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An Open Hand Referral Application

This form may be used by support workers and other professionals to apply for gifts for families in Edinburgh from An Open Hand (we cannot accept self-referrals).

Our aim is to help the families that need it most. We would be grateful if you could ensure that families fall into an area of need listed below before applying. We won’t be able to accept applications out with the below criteria.

Criteria for application:

  • Families (both parents/carers) who are facing severe hardship because of job loss or benefit delays/interruptions and have no other means (e.g. savings) of helping their child celebrate their birthday
  • Families who have no recourse to public funds
  • Families facing unexpected bills/costs/debt repayments around the time of their child’s birthday which prevent them from buying their child a present.

We are keen to help as many families as we can through this project, whilst still ensuring that each individual child feels treasured and receives a gift they will delight in. We will evaluate the funding for each gift on a case by case basis according to the financial needs of the family, the age of the child and the funding available. A general rule of thumb is that we anticipate most gifts along with the family bag to be in the region of up to £45.

Please ensure this application is submitted at least two weeks before the first child’s birthday to ensure there is sufficient time to deliver to the family.

Applicant's Details

Parent/Carer's Details

Address
Address

Children's Details

To add more children's details, please click the Add button. To remove details, please click the Remove button.

Details of Application

Please give details of why you are applying for this family and what impact a present from An Open Hand may make.

N.B. - The more information you can give, the greater the chance your application will be accepted

An Open Hand Disclaimer

All the gifts given to parents/carers from An Open Hand are new, and in new working order.

Once the gifts are given to the parent/carer, it is their responsibility to check the item is suitable and safe for their child, in good condition and used according to the manufacturer’s advice.

An Open Hand will keep all details of this application protected in accordance with our Privacy Policy.

An Open Hand is not a business or trader and has no ongoing responsibility for the gifts, once given, and takes no responsibility for loss, damage or injury sustained from the gifts or their use.

  • I confirm I have read the above disclaimer to this child’s parent/carer and they understand and agree to it.
  • I also confirm the parent/carer knows An Open Hand will be in contact directly with them, prior to the birthday, to discuss the gift and arrange a suitable time for delivery or collection.
  • I confirm that the parent/carer knows An Open Hand will be in contact directly with them, after the birthday, to receive feedback about the gift delivery, as well as our wider service.

Disclaimer and GDPR

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GDPR Compliance

Once we receive your application, we aim to be in touch with you within 5 working days to let you know if your application is successful.

Many thanks for your application!

Edinburgh City Mission Gap Year


Gap Year

Section 1 - Personal Details

Address
Are you involved in any activity that might limit your availability to work or your working hours?
Have you any convictions (other than spent convictions under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974?)
Do you need a work permit to take up employment in the U.K.?

Section 2 - Education

Starting with the most recent, please list any education, qualifications and / or training.
In the format MM/YYYY.

Section 3 - Work History

Please list your recent work history. We want to know about your work experience, paid and unpaid. Please include your current/previous employment, voluntary work, community activities and time spent caring for dependents. Starting with your current employment, please state name and address of employer(s) and/or voluntary agencies and describe main tasks, responsibilities and achievements.
In the format MM/YYYY.
Hours/week*

Section 4 - The Gap Year Role

Please answer the following questions.

Section 5 - References

Referee 1 (Professional e.g. teacher / tutor / pastor)
Referee 2 (Other leader e.g. Church group leader)
Additional Information
Can we approach your referees before an offer is made?
Is your church supportive of your application to Edinburgh City Mission (ie would they be willing to take an active interest in our work and pray for you in your role?)

Section 6 - Declaration

I declare that the information given in this form is complete and accurate. I understand these details will be held in compliance with the Data Protection Act 1998. I undertake to notify the company immediately of any changes to the above details. You agree that Edinburgh City Mission may use the details provided to contact you for purposes of the job application and nothing more.
Do you agree to the above Terms?

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Volunteer Application

Section 1 - Personal Details

Please note: you must currently live in or near to Edinburgh if you wish to volunteer with Edinburgh City Mission.

Address
Do you speak any languages other than English?

Section 2 - Role

In what part of the work of Edinburgh City Mission would you be interested in volunteering? (Pick up to 3)
Do you have a Full UK Driving Licence?
Have you had any accidents, regardless of fault in the last 5 years?
NB - This will help us check your details with the DVLA and reduce the number of questions we need to ask you later.
Please tick your available days.

Section 3 - Belief

For some of our volunteer roles we require the volunteer to have an active Christian faith. Please tick which of the following applies to you.
Do you currently attend a church?

Section 4 - References

We will take up references once we’ve agreed a suitable volunteering role. Please provide us with the details of someone who has known you in a professional capacity for more than a year. For example, someone you have volunteered for, an employer or a teacher.
Additional Information

Section 6 - Declaration

I declare that the information given in this form is complete and accurate. I understand that any false information or deliberate omissions will disqualify me from employment or may render me liable to summary dismissal. I understand these details will be held in compliance with the Data Protection Act 1998. I undertake to notify the company immediately of any changes to the above details. You agree that Edinburgh City Mission may use the details provided to contact you for purposes of the job application and nothing more.
Do you agree to the above Terms?

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