Volunteers are peer mentors to the community residents and both live within our city and farm communities, and manage the day-to-day domestic tasks and decisions within the building, which is their home. Volunteer tasks may include: Accompanying a resident to appointments, Helping a resident to cook a meal for the whole community, Acting as a sounding board for a problem or difficult situation, Offering mature and calm guidance.
Our two Residential Communities are supported housing projects for 16 to 30 year olds. Our large house in North Edinburgh and working farm in West Lothian aim to create a safe, stable and secure environment where young people can live, learn and develop together.
Each community is home to up to eight residents. As well as residents, each community has up to six residential volunteers who live at the community for either six or nine month placements. These volunteers are peers to the residents and so are also between 16-30 years old.
The volunteering role is to:
- Live alongside other young people and create a fun, secure and stimulating community.
- Work with residents to develop independent living skills and the confidence to move forward in life.
- Supporting residents to take part in activities and placements.
This is an excellent volunteering opportunity for people looking for a gap year or university placement in the charitable sector, offering great experience in the care or social work sector.
PLEASE NOTE: We welcome applications from all over the world. However, if you do not hold EU or Swiss citizenship then you will need to obtain a Tier 5 Visa meaning that you cannot apply to us directly. We work closely with a global network of volunteering organisations called SCI who are able to sponsor visas. To find your country’s branch, visit their website www.sci.ngo.