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Volunteering Opportunities

East Craigs Food Co-op

The East Craigs Food Co-op has been running since January. The co-op can only operate with the assistance of volunteers and in particular the co-op has only been able to keep going thanks to the effort by a small core of helpers.

Without additional support the co-op will not be able to continue. Unless they can get more volunteers to run the shop it will unfortunately have to close.

If you are able to help please contact Jeremy at

Corstorphine Trust

Volunteers are being sought to help the ladies and gentlemen who serve behind the counter on the Wednesday and Saturday coffee mornings. Although they have a number of 'regulars' who give their time willingly, they could do with some additional help and fresh faces.

The job is not a difficult one, and it will be made even easier when the new kitchen is installed shortly. Another advantage of serving behind the counter is that you meet so many nice people.

If you would like to help, please phone Mrs Heather Barlow on 334 9070.

Volunteering whilst on benefits – know the facts

JobCentre Plus has produced an informative new guide to volunteering whilst in receipt of benefits. It covers topics such as claiming expenses, tax credits and being available for work – plus an encouraging section on the wider benefits of volunteering.

Lead in Edinburgh

We are currently looking for volunteers to work with students who have a physical or sensory impairment and live in Edinburgh. The most important quality is that you are a good communicator and can give someone else the support and confidence to learn new skills. You need to be over 18 and have at least two hours to spare per week. You don’t have to be an IT expert but it helps if you have at least a basic knowledge of computer applications.

What will you be doing?
There are many different ways of volunteering for Lead. Here are some examples:

  • Support someone recovering from illness to do their European Computer Driving Licence
  • Help a student with a visual impairment achieve their life’s ambition and write a book
  • Help a beginner learn how to use a computer in the local library
  • Accompany a student to a learning centre and support them through a course

Current volunteers say that they became involved because they feel they have something to offer but also for their own self-development. We place a strong emphasis in Lead on providing training and further opportunities for our volunteers.

Who to contact?
For a Volunteer Information Pack contact Celia Ogilvie on 0131 331 3237 or email

Corstorphine Fair needs your help

Corstorphine Fair are already organising the Corstorphine Fair 2010, which will be held on Saturday 5th June. But they need your help !!

Why not get involved in the Fair and help make it a great event. So, how can you get involved? Well read on.

1. You could come along and join our team. No experience is necessary. We normally meet once a month, and usually more just prior to the Fair. We are an extremely friendly and sociable group and you would be really welcome to join us.
You can also help out in the parts of the Fair that would interest you the most eg, the School, Entertainments, Park layout, Stewarding arrangements, Fundraising.

2. Have you thought about running and organising one of the events for Fair Day.

Examples are :
The Fashion Show
Childrens Whacky Races event
The Exhibition of Teddies in the Teddy-bears Picnic or similar event
Antiques Valuation event
Main arena events

If you have any other suggestions then why not let us know.

3. In addition, we are always on the lookout for people who could help out in the following fields:

Setting up on the day and evening before the Fair ( i.e Fri 6th June 2008)
Stewarding on Fair Day *
Those with experience in Fundraising
Those with experience in Publicity
If you also have a skill you could bring to the Fair, please let us know.

* The Fair needs the invaluable support of people who can help steward on the day, for a couple of hours. We will be happy to match you to something that you feel would be suitable for you, and particular tasks include:
Helping with table allocation
Selling programmes
Crowd control

If you are a First-Aider they would particularly like to hear from you.

Finally, there are a few events in the week prior to the Fair and we would always be interested to hear from organisations who would like to run one.

Please email the fair at

Powerful Partnerships

This is a locally based charitable organization which provides Citizen Advocacy for adults with learning disabilities who live within the community in the greater Corstorphine area and also for those who live under the care of Lothian Primary Care NHS Trust throughout Edinburgh and the Lothians.

Citizen Advocacy is a relationship between an ordinary citizen Advocate who is unpaid and independent of providers of services and a person (Partner) who is at risk of social exclusion. Advocates aim to support adults with learning disabilities to speak up for themselves, or to speak up on their behalf, in order that they can, as fully as possible, participate in decisions made about their lives.

We regularly seek people in need of an Advocate and also ordinary members of the public who wish to become an Advocate.

Address: 21 Saughtonhall Drive, Edinburgh EH12 5TW.

If you wish further information, please telephone 0131.478.5501.

Barnardos Scotland

Barnardos are looking for volunteers to help raise money at sporting events, attend exhibitions and stands, and to organise local fundraising events.

If you are interested in getting more involved, contact
Emily Filose, Barnardos Scotland, 235 Corstorphine Road, Edinburgh EH12 
Tel: 0131 314 6659

The Risk Factory

On New Mart Road, this new centre teaches children how to stay safe and out of danger, working with Lothian & Borders Police and Lothian & Borders Fire and Rescue. Volunteers are fully trained too enable them to confidently pass on key safety messages to children.

If you are a keen, reliable and have good communication skills, they would love to hear from you.

Tel: Jess Wade 455 8932

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