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Volunteer at Crisis at Christmas in Edinburgh

Crisis at Christmas is a unique volunteer effort that provides immediate help for homeless people at a critical time of year. By volunteering with Crisis this Christmas you can make a real difference to people experiencing homelessness. We are open to guests 25-28 December and 1 January. We have volunteer roles available in Edinburgh from 23 December-2 January.

Massage therapist volunteer

We are looking for a team of qualified therapists to help our guests to relax and unwind with massage, therapies and natural healing services. These services are hugely valuable to our guests, helping them to rest and enjoy the event, while also providing them with some much-needed pampering.


Podiatrists and student podiatrists

We are looking for a team of qualified and student podiatrists to provide a foot health service for our guests (please note, all students must be supervised by a qualified podiatrist)


Advisor

We are looking for outreach workers and volunteers with specific knowledge about the types of issues homeless guests may be facing. We need people with the ability to signpost our guests to relevant services outside of Christmas.


Volunteer Tutor

We are looking for volunteer tutors to provide classes for our guests. Our guests are all different, with a range of interests and experiences, and our classes need to reflect this.


Befriender

Christmas can be a difficult time for our guests. We are looking for volunteers with a background in mental health, counselling, social work etc to provide extra support for those who might need it. Your skills will be very beneficial for those guests who need someone to talk to.


Welcome Team

Welcome Team volunteers are the first point of contact for Crisis at Christmas. It’s important that all our guests receive a warm welcome and introduction to the event, as well as understanding the house rules.


Workshop Leader

We are looking for Workshop leaders to provide a range of activities to our guests. Our guests are all different, with a range of interests and experiences, and our activities need to reflect this.


Volunteer Entertainer

Crisis at Christmas is about engaging with local homeless people and letting them enjoy Christmas in their own way. We are looking for performers, such as musicians, magicians and singers to entertain our guests (but we are also open to other ideas!).


Volunteer and Guest support (admin)

Volunteers are vital to run Crisis at Christmas, but having so many volunteers requires a lot of planning. We need organised, efficient volunteers to support the administration of Christmas.


Kitchen Assistant volunteer

Putting on a brilliant Christmas dinner is a huge part of Christmas. We anticipate over 100 guests per day, and many come back for multiple helpings. It’s important that you have recent, commercial kitchen experience.


Volunteer chef

Putting on a brilliant Christmas dinner is a huge part of Crisis at Christmas. It’s important that you have recent, commercial kitchen experience to be able to keep on top of the demand.


Hair and beauty volunteer

We are looking for hairdressers and beauty therapists to help make our guests look and feel extra special this Christmas. This has become one of the most popular services with our guests, giving them the confidence boost that they deserve and really adding something extra special to their Christmas.


General volunteer

General volunteers are vital to the smooth running of Christmas. No experience needed, just a willingness to get involved and make a positive change this Christmas.