Volunteers are at the heart of The Welcoming and we are privileged to have an amazing community of skilled and enthusiastic volunteers who help us to run our activities and welcome newcomers to Edinburgh. We are always delighted to hear from people who are interested in joining as a volunteer. Details of current opportunities are provided below. To apply, please complete the relevant application form. If you have any questions or suggestions about volunteering, please contact us.

ESOL Tutors

Role Purpose: Provide ESOL support in order to improve practical English language skills of migrants and newcomers to Edinburgh. Plan and teach a class for a maximum of 30 people (beginner, elementary or intermediate), either on your own or as part of a team.

Skills and Qualities Needed:

  1. Very strong English language skills, Teaching UK recognised qualification (e.g. CELTA, TESOL etc.). Experience in ELT and/or adult learning. Ability to plan lessons and work as part of team.
  2. Good interpersonal and communication skills. Patient, understanding with a good sense of humour.

Commitment: The post would probably average out at 2 – 4 hours per week, but it depends on preparation time and and can be negotiated.

Support and Training: Induction given and ongoing training offered.

UPDATE – 25th January 2017
We are delighted to have received such a high number of applications and are inspired by the diversity of experience, skills and interests which applicants will bring to our ESOL programme. At this time we are not processing further ESOL Tutor applications we have no capacity to support more teachers at present. Please check back on this page as we will update it when applications are open again. 

Welcoming a Warmer Home volunteers

We are looking for migrants, refugees, asylum seekers and local people to volunteer in our Welcoming a Warmer Home Project.

This is a great opportunity to contribute to the development of the project but also to develop new skills and gain work experience to improve your employment prospects!

 Welcoming A Warmer Home Volunteer Roles:

  • Workshop facilitator: assist in the planning, delivery and evaluation of workshops.
  • Home Energy visits and surgeries: assist in the delivery of home visits and home energy surgeries.
  • Creative Workshops: get involved in planning and delivering fun and creative upcycling workshops
  • Community based events: assist in the planning and organisation of community based events. Support our participants to engage with our activities.
  • Marketing and publicity: assist in the development of publicity material and in the promotion of the project.
  • Community Outreach: help us spread the word about our work amongst other groups and organisations

Skills and Qualities Needed: Keen to learn new skills; Creative and enthusiastic; Good communication skills; Available to work unsociable hours; Able to work as part of a team.

Commitment:  Depends on volunteer’s availability and on the roles covered.

Support and Training: Induction given and ongoing training, support and supervision offered.

If you are interested, please follow this link, Welcoming A Warmer Home Volunteer Application Form,  which will take you to a form to complete and express your interest.


Role Purpose: To share social and cultural activities with newcomers to Scotland and offer informal support with English language learning, on a 1-1 and/or group basis, as part of our Welcoming Friendship programme.

Skills and Qualities Needed: Interest in supporting others, good listening and interpersonal skills, patience, reliability and flexibility, respect for other cultures, social and cultural interests that you can share with others, interest in developing your skills and reflecting on experiences

Commitment: Flexible

Support and Training: Induction given and ongoing support and supervision offered.

UPDATE – 21st March 2017
We currently have a waiting list of volunteer befrienders and are not processing further applications at present.  Keep up to date with befriending news here.

Creative Space volunteering
  • Are you free on Saturdays from 11am-3pm?
  • Do you enjoy creative activities and spending time with other people?
  • Would you like to support newcomers settling in Edinburgh?

If so, you sound like a great candidate to be a Creative Space volunteer!  Your role will involve:

  • helping the Creative Space facilitator to set up the session in our fifth floor classroom
  • joining in creative activities (arts, crafts, board games, music) and encouraging people in their practice
  • ensuring the Ground Rules for Creative Space are followed

Skills and Qualities Needed: Interest in supporting others, good listening and interpersonal skills, patience, reliability and flexibility, respect for other cultures, creative skills and interests that you can share with others.

Commitment: Flexible

Support and Training: Induction given and ongoing support and supervision offered.

For further information, please contact us, or complete our general Volunteer Application application form, specifying Creative Space as your area of interest.

‘One day a year’ volunteering

Does your employer allow you to take one day a year (or more) to volunteer for a charity? Why not consider donating your day to The Welcoming! We would be pleased to explore how you might be able to contribute to our work according to your particular skills and interests. Please contact us to discuss.

Cycling Advisor
  • Do you love cycling?
  • Do you have a good knowledge of cycling routes, cycle groups and the cycling community in Edinburgh?
  • Can you give basic advice on bike maintenance?
  • Would you like to support newcomers to Edinburgh to get involved in cycling?

If so, please consider our exciting new volunteer opportunity– Welcoming Cycling Advisor. This role has the potential to involve a wide variety of activity, such as:

  • Helping to organise cycling related events, training and activities at The Welcoming
  • Connecting newcomers to existing cycling events and groups
  • Encouraging groups and projects to work with/include The Welcoming
  • Developing strong links and working relationships with Bikes for Refugees Scotland
  • Advising newcomers on where to get hold of bikes and bike equipment
  • Accompanying people to buy bikes if they request support
  • Leading bike rides around Edinburgh
  • Advising on bike routes around town
  • Helping to promote cycling via our website and social media

The Cycling Advisor role is flexible time-wise, and would probably require 2-3 hours availability each week.

Please get in touch if you are interested in getting involved or would like to know more.

Other volunteering opportunities

If you have a particular suggestion regarding volunteering that is not listed here, please complete our general Volunteer Application form and let us know about how you would like to contribute. We do not always have capacity to take up suggestions, but we will certainly consider your proposal with interest and let you know.