Voluntary organisations are often explicit about their voluntary opportunities on their website. There are a range of resources to help you find suitable opportunities.
If you don't hear back from an organisation immediately, persevere and follow it up. They are often busy, but your enthusiasm to volunteer will be appreciated.
There are a wide variety of voluntary opportunities in the Edinburgh area. The best place to start is to contact EUSA Volunteering, a service provided by Edinburgh University Students' Association to develop and promote student volunteering within the university and in the local community. They can help you get a sense of what volunteering opportunities are out there and match your interests and availability to suitable opportunities. They also offer support and advice to help you get the most out of your volunteering experience, including a series of interactive 'Introduction to Volunteering' workshops. See their website for details.
The EdGE Database - pulls together lots of the opportunities that exist in or through the University, including volunteering opportunities.
Volunteer Centre Edinburgh - acts as a placement and advice service for volunteers in Edinburgh. Their website contains a database of current opportunities - searchable by activity and client group.
Student Societies - many student societies are involved in local volunteering projects.
If you want to volunteer in other parts of the UK here are some resources to help you find opportunities:
SAGE - many national and international volunteering opportunities are advertised on SAGE, which is updated daily.
Use local volunteering centres to find opportunities. Volunteering centres exist throughout the UK and their staff can advise you on finding suitable opportunities. To find volunteering opportunities throughout the UK use:
There are matching agencies who can put you in touch with short and long-term volunteering opportunities. Volunteer centres can advise you on how to find suitable agencies. Here is an example of one:
We have a wide range of reference books and journals in the Volunteering Section of our Information Centres. Below we have listed some of the popular choices, for a full list please see 'Reference books and journals'.
This article was published on Aug 8, 2012