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Edinburgh Headway Group is run by a small staff team and a diverse group of volunteers. We are always looking for new volunteers in a variety of roles to help support our services. Volunteers are provided with training opportunities and support throughout their volunteering role. Volunteering can provide you with the opportunity to build your skills and experience whilst meeting other volunteers with similar interests.


Below is a short summary of the opportunities available - apply now!


Activities Volunteer

You will be working with our members to help improve their cognitive skills and at the same time have fun through playing games, cards, bingo, crosswords etc. You could be asked to help out with specific groups e.g. quizzes, puzzles, bingos, cooking group, jewellery, play pool, board games, chess etc., or assist our less outgoing members to become more integrated with the others. You will actively contribute to the maintenance of a professional & welcoming environment at Edinburgh Headway Group.  This is a rewarding and satisfying role, where you can really make a difference! Flexibility available from Monday to Thursday – minimum of two hours per week

Gym Volunteer

Are you Mr or Mrs Motivator? Edinburgh Headway group is looking for dynamic volunteers to work with individuals with an Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) alongside our Gym Supervisor in our own very customised gym. We need enthusiastic, motivated and patient volunteers who have, or are working towards, a qualification in Physiotherapy or a Sports/Exercise related qualification.Good communications skills, a positive attitude, good sense of humour and a willingness to get involved is a must. An understanding of the needs of individuals with an acquired brain injury would be beneficial but not essential as training is provided. Flexibility available from Monday to Thursday – minimum of four hours per week.This is a rewarding and satisfying role, where you can really make a difference!

Therapist Volunteer

Give direct practical therapy to adults who have suffered a traumatic head injury. Complementary therapies such as Reflexology, Massage, Indian head massage, EFT. All our therapist are required to have their own insurance and a recognized qualification.  The role is flexible but we would like you to commit to once or twice a month or every week on a Monday afternoon.

Creative Writing Volunteer

We are looking for someone with a passion for creative writing and literature to facilitate a creative writing group once per week.  We have a large group of members with an acquired brain injury who enjoy and love the creative writing group but need help during the session. The purpose of the creative writing group is to express thoughts, feelings and emotions. It is also an opportunity to not only to work on their writing abilities but also to get creative in a group. Availability Tuesday and Thursday afternoon.

Buddy Volunteer

Very flexible opportunity available across the City of Edinburgh

Do you want to make a difference? Could you share your interests with someone new? Do you like to go for a coffee, for a walk or shopping or visit art museum etc.? Do you have 2-3 hours a week to spare?

If you have you could join our team!  We can match you with an adult with an acquired brain injury, to allow their unpaid carers to receive valuable respite from their caring role. Each match is different and can fit around your time giving you a flexible way to volunteer – you decide!  

Gain experience! All training and support needed is provided with the opportunity to meet other volunteers. Out of pocket expenses will be reimbursed. Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age.

94% said “I feel valued for the contribution I make”

75% said “I have a better awareness of brain injury and the role of unpaid carers”

94% said “Volunteering has improved my skills and encouraged personal development”   


Please click here to  download  an application pack and for more information please contact us at volunteering@edinburghheadway.org.uk




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