Are you looking to get involved in a practical way? We would love to hear from you!

We have a lot of different types of volunteer opportunities from outdoor garden projects, to working on creative projects with our Womens Mission, to sorting food donations, even office support. 

Admin Support

We are seeking a volunteer to assist with basic office work and some of the tasks associated with the organization of our charitable work. A suitable candidate will be sympathetic to Christian mission in general and supportive of the work of Edinburgh City Mission in particular. Good communications (interpersonal and electronic), organizational skills, accuracy in data entry, and an ability to learn and be creative are all essential characteristics for this specific voluntary role.  Additionally, a cheerful demeanor and positive outlook are also very important to the ethos of the work being done. The work itself will consist of 4-6 hours per week. 

Basics Banks

Basics Banks (food banks) run in churches throughout the week. Volunteers are involved in preparing the food parcels, meeting the guests and making teas and coffee.

Growing Projects (seasonal)

We need volunteers at our Growing Projects where we grow food, landscape and engage with people who have been socially isolated.

Women’s Ministry

Are you creative? Our Women’s Group enjoy learning new skills and working on artistic projects. If you have a skill or craft that you could share, please get in touch.

Gap Year

Our Gap Year program is new in 2018. We are all about strengthening local churches and you could be part of it - in Edinburgh - in your gap year. We will customise your year so you can get involved in mission activities which reflect your interests and concerns. We will provide an opportunity for reflective learning through one-to-one support. 

Care BnB

Care BnB is a new hospitality program which will enable young people to have a Gap Year (mentioned above) with Edinburgh City Mission. It is an opportunity for any Christian or Christian family in Edinburgh to play a part in our work by hosting a Gap Year volunteer in their home. For more information, please contact

Interested? Click the button below and complete our Volunteer Application form.


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Our volunteer Rosie

"Having taken early retirement 3 years ago, I moved to a new city to help support a church plant, North Edinburgh RP Church. Volunteering at the Basics Bank on Tuesday mornings has been great for me. It helps give structure to my week. I get the opportunity to meet up with people from the local community over a cuppa, to chat, listen and build friendships.

During many Tuesday mornings I’ve had the opportunity to share the gospel, give an invitation to church and speak of my own personal faith and walk with God.

What a privilege it is to be able to do this. Volunteering with Edinburgh City Mission in this project not only helps physically, with food, which is vital to people in crisis, but also allows for the provision of spiritual food, which is for eternity. The gift of the gospel has no sell by or best before date."

Patsy our volunteer

Patsy recalls her thoughts from when the Basics Bank in Portobello was about to open. “It doesn’t come easy to me”, Patsy had said, when she was thinking about talking to people; “But I wanted to help so I suggested I could make the teas!”

We laugh about this now because Patsy is most at home talking to people who arrive for help and hearing their stories. Some stories are hard to take; from broken relationships to a sense of helplessness but Patsy brings compassion, honesty, and humour because she wants to see justice and breakthrough in people’s lives.

Patsy would not consider herself a natural evangelist and of course it is not a requirement of our volunteers. When you work in a mission environment it’s wonderful to see how we are given opportunities to share our story and the love we have found in Jesus. Patsy was being interviewed by a group of Portobello High School students about the Basics Bank and they asked her simply why she helped. She admitted that at first she hesitated in saying it was “because of I’m a Christian”, but in the end it was the truth and it was the answer she gave.

Edinburgh City Mission, in partnership with churches, gives people like Patsy the opportunity to practice what gets preached; love thy neighbour. In Edinburgh we can see that there are many people in need. It is terrible to think that people can’t afford the basics in our rich city but we do have hope for our community and can put that hope into action.

Derek tells us about volunteering

"I have helped out at the foodbank run by Edinburgh city mission at a church in Leith for the last three years. It's a real blessing working with the other volunteers that have the same desire to not only help out with food but to take every opportunity to share the gospel. This leads us often to listen to some heartbreaking stories but just to give a listening ear can make all the difference to someone who is struggling in life.  Our prayer is that in pointing them to Jesus that they will come to know him as their own personal saviour, the only one who can bring hope in the midst of despair."

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"Is it not a time to share your food with the hungry, and bring the poor man into your house who has no home of his own? Is it not a time to give clothes to the person you see who has no clothes, and a time not to hide yourself from your own family? Then your light will break out like the early morning, and you will soon be healed. Your right and good works will go before you. And the shining-greatness of the Lord will keep watch behind you."

"...Your right and good works will go before you..."

Isaiah 58:7-8 (NLV)

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