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Volunteer Edinburgh launches Volunteer Wiki

Volunteer Edinburgh launches Volunteer Wiki

18 May 2018

Volunteer Wiki, based on the Wikipedia platform, is a new tool to provide quality information on involving volunteers in a flexible and evolving way.

For many years Volunteer Edinburgh has made available a series of Good Practice Guides on volunteer involvement and management on their website. Initially working with colleagues at Volunteer Glasgow to update the guide content; they are now bringing them firmly into the digital age. Using the ‘wiki’ model gives great flexibility; articles contained within the wiki can be as short or as detailed as needed, links can be made between articles and downloadable resources have been included with more to follow.  

Paul Wilson, Chief Executive of Volunteer Edinburgh said: "This launch really is only the start. Our ambition is for this to build into the “go to” place for good advice on involving volunteers. While this is a Volunteer Edinburgh product our ambition is that it becomes much bigger than us.  To encourage maximum use by other agencies we have given it a unique URL to which people are welcome to link to from their own websites and we encourage contribution from other trusted sources."

If you would like to know more or would like to become a contributor please get in touch with Volunteer Edinburgh.


Volunteers required 19th May!

09 May 2018

The Button Box is a community children’s clothing project based in Midlothian, Scotland. Founded in 2016, Button Box work in partnership with local residents and businesses to offer a variety of opportunities for families to come together for a 'cuppa' and a chat, to donate and collect FREE clothing.

The Button Box looks to support families in the Midlothian area by collecting donations of children’s clothing all year round whilst holding events throughout the year giving families the chance to access free clothing to support their growing families.  They now need some help in sorting the clothes that they have had donated.  Can you help?

They are appealing for volunteers for Saturday 19th May, 12 noon till 2 pm, and 2pm to 4pm, to sort clothes  for the button box  in Penicuik.

If you are able to help, please register through the website or email


Work with us!

08 May 2018

Volunteer Midlothian is recruiting an Operations & Development Manager, who will be responsible for the management of projects and staff, ensuring operations are effective and efficient, and leading coordination of these areas of work. The post holder will also lead on the support service for adults with additional needs, and supporting the CEO where appropriate with funding and the organisation’s strategic vision.

This is to cover maternity leave, and is offered on a fixed term contract until 31 March 2019.

An application pack is available for download here.

The closing date for applications is Monday 21 May 9am and the interviews will take place on Wednesday 23 May.

If you would like to discuss this opportunity, please speak to either Lesley or Karen at Volunteer Midlothian on 0131 660 1216.


Community Links Dementia Art Exhibition

04 Apr 2018

An exhibition of works of art created by people living with mid to late stages of dementia was on display in the Penicuik Library. Two groups supported by volunteers and Mags Bryan- Dementia Local Area Coordinator, in partnership with Art and Healthcare, offered this creative opportunity to people in the Dalkeith and Penicuik areas.

During the workshops people were both highly motivated and much more animated when focussing on the art. There was a real sense of fun and interest in both the artwork used for discussion and the opportunity to try out new materials. 

The warmth, acceptance and encouragement by the two artists from Art in Healthcare offered a safe environment for people to explore their creativity and in so doing, gave them a new means of communication. 

We would like to thank the artists Heather Lucchesi and Olivia Irvine, and Margaret O’Connor- Chief Executive, for all their support and hard work to make the exhibition for people with dementia and the overall art experience so positive.

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