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Digital Communications Volunteer

Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home is offering a digital communications volunteer opportunity within our Communications team. Volunteer tasks include:

  • Social media post writing and scheduling
  • Create and edit video website content
  • Design work
  • Update documents and files in line with brand guidelines
  • E-Newsletter writing and compiling (MailChimp)
  • Social media support for adhoc fundraising events and activities
  • Video and photo capture
  • Website updates

This placement offers the unique opportunity to use your creative skills to further the Home’s animal welfare cause while learning and gain valuable experience in a dynamic, fast paced Communications team. Role description can be viewed here – Digital Communications Volunteer

Application Form

Volunteer Shop Assistants

We are seeking volunteer shop assistants to join our dedicated team of volunteers and staff, who together ensure that our shops are manned seven days a week. Volunteer tasks include:

  • Sorting donations and prepare goods for the sales floor
  • Pricing and researching incoming donations
  • Replenishing stock as required
  • Arranging displays
  • Serving customers

This is a fantastic opportunity to gain retail experience, while helping a great cause. We welcome volunteers of all levels of experience, and only ask for a regular and flexible time commitment every week to ensure that our shops are covered.

Fundraising and Events Volunteers

Volunteer roles that support our Fundraising team vary depending on the nature of the event or activity. Whether it’s shaking buckets at events to raise much-needed funds, putting together hampers for our raffles, or wearing our Hamish mascot costume at an event, we’ll find a role to suit your preferences and availability.

Our fundraising and events roles can include:

  • Event planning and assistance
  • Hosting stalls at events and fairs
  • Taking part in bucket collections
  • Growing the Home’s collection can network with local businesses
  • Selling raffle tickets
  • Putting up posters and doing leaflet drops
  • Wearing our Hamish mascot costume
  • General admin activities

All these activities contribute greatly to raising awareness of the important work we do and bringing in vital funds to keep our doors open.

Office Volunteers

Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home is the city’s oldest animal welfare charity, working with the Council and Police across Edinburgh and the Lothians. The Home receives no government or statutory funding, so relies on the generous support of volunteers and donors to carry out its vital work in rescuing, reuniting and rehoming Scotland’s stray and unwanted dogs and cats.

The Home’s operational activities are supported by volunteers who provide administrative services to the organisation, which are essential to continue caring for the hundreds of lost, stray and abandoned animals that come through our doors each year. Office volunteers help us with a variety of administrative tasks including:

  • Reception duties
  • Assisting the public with the rehoming process
  • Responding to customer enquiries
  • Answering and directing calls
  • Data entry
  • Fulfilling sponsor packs and thanking donors
  • Filing
  • Photocopying
  • Ad hoc administrative duties

Portobello Charity Shop Volunteers


The Friends of Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home charity shop in Portobello offers further Volunteer Shop Assistant opportunities, Monday to Saturday, morning or afternoon. If you would like to gain retail experience in the Portobello area, then pop into the Friends shop at 104 Portobello High Street for a chat.

Apply For a Volunteer Role

Ready to join us as a volunteer and help us continue our mission to give vulnerable dogs and cats a second chance at life? Get in touch to find out more about how you can help make a big impact, while enjoying the benefits of volunteering

For more information, please contact us on 0131 669 5331 or by email at volunteering@edch.org.uk. Alternatively, complete a volunteer application form and return it by email or by post to Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home, 26 Seafield Road East, Edinburgh, EH15 1EH.

Download an Application Form

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