Ashleigh’s Story

I live in Edinburgh and I love being involved in organisations which focus on promoting disability inclusion and equality in all areas of life.

Marion Remade

For Marion West, a volunteer at Health in Mind’s Information Resource Centre and Rediscover Befriending Service, volunteering has been a “life-changing” experience. “I had been out of work for quite a long time with mental ill health and my occupational therapist (OT) suggested that volunteering would be a great way to re-integrate me in to society.

Volunteer Quotes

“Volunteering has opened up a whole new way of life for me. It has given me a stronger sense of identity, of belonging in my community, a sense of worth and a sense of pride in what I have accomplished.”

Returning Joy

The days I worked for nothing
but the joy
of having made a difference
were the happiest of my life.

Volunteering Changes Lives

Volunteering Changes Lives is a film created to celebrate 30 years’ work by Volunteer Edinburgh’s Health and Wellbeing Team. It is an inspiring and powerful account of the life-changing impact of volunteering.

Our Story Tree

Little did we know back in January 2018, when we first collected in the branches from Arthurs Seat and carefully attached paper cherry blossom that one year on the tree would have passed through so many hands and given life to so many thoughts and ideas.

Celebrating 10 Years of our Employability Service

“Our key feature on page 6 focuses on volunteering as a route into employment. This comes at a time when Volunteer Edinburgh are celebrating the ten year anniversary of the start of their employability programme.”

My Volunteering Journey

In 2005 a young graphics student was referred to Volunteer Edinburgh by his occupational therapist. He was incredibly anxious and paranoid. They thought volunteering might help build his confidence but he could only manage to be in the office for 15 minutes at most and couldn’t look us in the eye. 14 years later that same volunteer created a graphic illustration of his volunteering journey.


“Treat people with compassion, not compulsion…” Listen to volunteer and poet Jo McFarlane read her poem ‘Held’.