If you’re a University of Edinburgh staff member or student, the University and the Edinburgh University Students’ Association can provide you with support in volunteering in the local area.
The Edinburgh University Students’ Association’s Volunteering Service is open year-round and exists to connect University of Edinburgh students with local communities, as well as providing opportunities to volunteer with national and international third sector organisations. It offers a volunteering brokerage service, student-led volunteering societies, one-off community projects, organises events, as well as advice, resources, funding, awards and recognition to students who volunteer.
The University’s A Day to Make a Difference initiative entitles every staff member to an additional day of paid leave to volunteer for a charity, organisation or other good cause. To use your day, you need to request it, just like annual leave, on People and Money system, and your line manager must approve it. Some teams have used their day together and volunteered as a group. For inspiration and ideas, and more information on the policy, please read below.
This is covered under the University’s special leave policy. The University’s Community Plan encourages all University staff to use their Day to Make a Difference.