Throughout Scotland’s capital city, we support young people to get on in life, through the power of volunteering.

Our support for Young People 

Employability and Supported Volunteering Programme 

Our free to access Employability and Supported Volunteering programme is for young people aged 16-30 in the City of Edinburgh.   Our support can be life changing!  We help young people to break down barriers and gain new skills such as CV writing, job search, developing confidence, social skills, interview skills and lots more!

We also encourage and support young people to undertake new experiences – by introducing them to a suitable volunteering opportunity in their community, through our many charity partners across Edinburgh.  Young people also have the opportunity to benefit from a positive and empowering mentoring relationship.

At ProjectScotland, we are passionate about helping young people to find a volunteering role which suits their interests and goals, while providing emotional and practical support along the way! Through volunteering, young people build their confidence and develop new skills, all whilst giving time back to a local organisation or charitable cause.

The Inspire Project

Delivered in partnership with The Welcoming Association,  The Inspire Project supports young New Scots, Refugee, Asylum Seekers or displaced people (aged 16-35) in the City of Edinburgh.

Young, New Scots face multiple barriers to employment, further education and other opportunities.  We recognise the huge potential of young New Scots – they have aspirations and goals – but may not have the tools, guidance or support to turn these into a reality.

The Inspire Project provides Employability support,  access to Supported Volunteering opportunities, and the chance to benefit from mentoring relationships.

Secondary School Programmes

Our innovative Supported Volunteering and Mentoring programmes are currently delivered in partnership with Leith Academy and St Thomas of Aquins R.C High School.

The programme supports young people in S2-S4 by facilitating access to volunteering experiences with a local charity.  We also provide empowering and positive mentoring relationships,  and tailored 1:1 support provided by our ProjectScotland team.   We help young people broaden their horizons, enhance their aspirations, gain new skills and experiences, promote a sense of place, belonging and citizenship.

Our programmes supports each school with their culture and ethos of volunteering.

Our support for Parents 

Parents Employability and Supported Volunteering Programme

This programme offers support to parents across the City of Edinburgh who are New Scots (Refugee’s, Asylum Seekers, Displaced people) , and parents from ethnically diverse backgrounds.

We work 1:1 with parents to understand their strengths, skills, and barriers to employment, putting steps or strategies in place to overcome these barriers or challenges.  Parents are supported with vocational activities such as developing CV’s, job search, applications, mock interviews etc.

We also provide work-ready support – helping parents to access to volunteering experience and, identifying training opportunities.  Each parent also has the opportunity to benefit from an empowering and positive Mentoring relationship – provided by our team of local volunteers


Contact Us

If you would like to take part in any of our programmes across Edinburgh and the Lothians,  send a referral,  or for any further enquiries,  please contact:psedinburgh@volunteeringmatters.org.uk  or telephone 0131 564 1951.


If you want to get on in life and you’re interested in what we could do for you, get in touch today! 



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