We have a network of eight Basics Banks food banks across the city, each open on one weekday morning per week. Could you help to make tea and coffee for our guests; help put food parcels together; or offer time to chat to our guests as they wait for their food parcels to be made up?
Soul Food Edinburgh Methodist Church
In October 2019 we are launching a weekly Soul Food meal at the City of Edinburgh Methodist Church in Nicolson Square. Every Wednesday evening we will offer hospitality to the homeless people in our city. We will set a table, cook a meal and go into the streets of Edinburgh to invite our neighbours to dinner.
We are blessed to have enough volunteers who come along each week and help us with laying tables, welcoming our guests and clearing out, but we are constantly looking for people who love cooking and and would help us to provide amazing meals for Soul Food.
Our Gap Year programme 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 is a new hospitality programme 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.
Interested? Click the button below and complete our Volunteer Application form.
If you would like some more information email email@example.comBECOME A VOLUNTEER
"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 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.
"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."