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Volunteer Development Scotland Ltd. (also known as Volunteer Scotland).
Charity registered in Scotland SC013740 and a company limited by guarantee, registered in Scotland, No. SC106743. Our registered Office is Jubilee House, Forthside Way, Stirling. FK8 1QZ

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Volunteer Mentor- Edinburgh

Give the gift of your time and become a volunteer mentor for young adults. It could be life changing for you both!

Would you like to support a young adult aged 16-30 on their journey to gaining new skills and experience, becoming more self-confident and achieving their goals? If the answer is yes, we would love to hear from you!

Why mentoring?
Mentoring is at the heart of what we do here at ProjectScotland and we offer every young adult we support, the opportunity to be matched with a volunteer mentor. We are searching for people in and around the City of Edinburgh who are able to offer 1 hour of their time once a week or fortnight to help transform the life of someone else.

The young adults we work with all face different challenges in their lives such as; poor mental health, long term unemployment, low confidence and self esteem, care experienced, limited English communication skills due to being new to this country, disabilities or other life challenges and barriers.

As a volunteer mentor, you could support your mentee with whatever is important to them. This could be: goal setting; identifying interests and strengths; confidence building; helping to establish a routine; support to explore job, training and further education opportunities; social connections; or just someone consistent to talk to and check in with to see how they are. The support you can offer is invaluable and can be life changing.

How does it work?
• Following our safe recruitment process, we provide induction training, ongoing support, access to lots of resources and a wonderful community of mentors across the country to connect with, learn from and build friendships with.
• you are matched to one young adult and meet with them once a week or fortnight for around one hour
• meetings can be face to face or virtual using email/telephone/video chat/WhatsApp. There is also an opportunity to do a mixture of the two which offers a flexible and accessible approach to this volunteering role in addition to the match itself.
•matches can last from 3-12 months, or longer, depending upon the relationship and the needs of the mentee

What’s in it for you?
• Help transform your mentee’s life
• Develop communication and interpersonal skills e.g. coaching, motivating others, adaptability
• Gain transferable skills and experience volunteering with disadvantaged people
• Participate in regular support and training
• Meet new people, connect and have fun!
• Learn about yourself and gain a sense of achievement supporting others
• Learn more about your community and the challenges that people can face

More info about ProjectScotland:
ProjectScotland (part of the national charity Volunteering Matters) works with people across the country who are struggling to overcome challenges such as social isolation, care experience, migrant status, mental health issues, low confidence and general uncertainty about their futures. By providing wrap around mentoring support and the chance to complete a voluntary placement with a local charity; not only can this enhance confidence and self-belief, but it gives that individual the opportunity to build on their skills and experience and potentially move on to a job, further education or training. Everyone we work with is also offered a volunteer mentor.

Experience required

We are looking for mentors from diverse experiences and backgrounds. We aren't looking for specific qualifications, skills or experience- just a passion to support a young person and an hour to spare. Our current mentors are; stay at home parents/carers, students, retired, professionals, entrepreneurs and everything in between.

Travel details

We would match you to the right young person taking into account where you both live. You could travel to meet them by car/public transport, walking or cycling- we would cover your travel expenses.

Travel expenses

We can reimburse for travel to and from meeting with your mentee and for teas/coffees/juice you might purchase if meeting with them in a cafe.

Training details

We provide two training sessions as part of the initial induction- currently online over two evenings. One session is Get Ready to Mentor- providing all the info and tools and conversations you need to get started. The final session is Safeguarding and Boundaries so you are aware of our policies, procedures and the support we will offer if you were concerned about your mentee's safety and wellbeing. We also produce webinars for further training, access to a mentor toolkit, resources and a community of mentors to learn from and connect with.


Information Session offered to any new mentors


Minimum age: 18

Frequency & commitment
One hour a week or fortnight

Volunteers (aged 18-25) taking part in this opportunity are eligible to claim Saltire Awards hours for their activity.
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