Volunteering

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with us! Let's empower and support our community together!

Explore volunteering opportunities with us

Dr Bell’s Family Centre volunteers get involved with a range of activities and groups within our community. From cooking community lunches, assisting our walking groups to supporting the maintenance of our centre – there is plenty of volunteer roles to get involved with!

Community Lunch volunteers
chopping board with vegetables and fruit on it.

Are you someone who loves to cook? Are you happy to share your tasty cooking with the community? Why not give community lunch volunteering a go? Have fun doing something you love and help to bring the community together.




Walk Leader volunteers
a person's legs, wearing jeans and trainers in lots of colourful autumn leaves.


Our wonderful walking leader volunteers help to lead our walking groups. These volunteers empower people in the community by promoting positive physical and mental health, we’re sure you’ll have fun meeting new people and developing your skills!



Maintenance Volunteers
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Our Maintenance volunteers play a key role in supporting our community centre. If you have experience and an interest in DIY, we know you’ll enjoy this role!


Mindfulness Dip volunteers
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Our friendly Mindfulness dip volunteers help to create a safe and welcoming environment for our mindfulness dip group. Do you have a passion for mental health and wellbeing? Some experience or knowledge about wild swimming? Why not volunteer, have some fun and meet some fantastic people, whilst supporting Dr Bell’s!

Can't find a role that you're looking for?

If you can’t find a role that you’re looking for, we will do our very best to find or create a volunteer role suited to you.

Contact by email at vicki@dbfc.org.uk or call our centre on 0131 553 0100

How to apply and become a volunteer

We welcome volunteering applications from all backgrounds but will be sure to list any specific requirements needed in the role descriptions. We will support you with any training you need to get the most out of your time with us.

If you are interested in a particular role, please complete an application form. You can also collect a volunteer application form and role descriptions from our centre.

Once you make contact, your enquiry will be passed on to the relevant team. Someone will then contact you with further information and to outline the next steps.

Please note that for most of our volunteering roles, we will be required to carry out background checks and ask for one reference.

FAQ

Can I volunteer if I receive benefits?

As long as you are able to meet the conditions of your benefit for the number of hours you are required to engage in activity to help you find work, you can volunteer as many hours as you like outside of these.

If you volunteer but haven’t told your benefits office DWP about this you should talk to them to ensure that your volunteering does not affect the conditions related to your welfare benefit.

We also recommend that you tell the volunteer officer or supervisor that you are claiming benefits, especially if there is a chance your situation could change at short notice, for example if you are seeking paid work.

What training is available?

We would like all our volunteers to be able to develop their knowledge and learn new skills. All volunteers can expect an induction when starting their role and there will be opportunities to refresh your knowledge throughout your time volunteering with Dr Bell’s. Training and development will be discussed as part of your support and feedback sessions. If a learning need is identified, the volunteer’s supervisor will discuss this further. A record of your training will be kept in your personal record.

What if I need to take some time off?

We all need to take time away and we encourage our volunteers to take regular breaks and holidays. If you plan to take time off, please let us know as far in advance as possible. You can also negotiate a longer period of time out of volunteering and request that your involvement be put “on hold”.

What will I get out of volunteering?

It depends on the motivations and reasons you have chosen to volunteer. Volunteering is
a great way to use your existing skills or further your skills and knowledge, as well as
meet new people and gain confidence. And, it is also a good addition to your CV.

Will I be interviewed?

All roles will involve an informal chat so you can find out more about Dr Bell’s and what the
opportunity involves. It’s also a great opportunity for us to get to know you a bit better!

Who do I contact for more information about volunteering with Dr Bell’s?

For more information about volunteering with us or any other questions you may have, please contact our Engagement Officer on vicki@dbfc.org.uk or call 0131 553 0100