Volunteering at The Junction




Over the years we have had amazing volunteers! A diverse bunch of individuals with a common desire to positively contribute to the support & services of The Junction. We strive to ensure high quality volunteer experiences, which encourage both personal and professional development.

There are various ways people can volunteer within The Junction:

Junction Youth Advisors – for 14 – 21’s. The Junction Youth Advisors (JYA) is a group of local young people who support The Junction to provide free accessible health and wellbeing services to their peers in Leith and North East Edinburgh.

Board of Trustees – over 21’s. The Junction could not do the vital work they do without the support of the Board of Trustees who have overall responsibility for the organisation.

Trainee Counsellor Placement – we offer students working towards a professional counselling qualification to join us on placement for a year. Whilst we welcome your notification of interest at any time (we will hold your name on a waitlist), we typically hold recruitments when in need across the year. Please keep checking our Trainee Counsellor page for recruitments dates.

Specialist Volunteers – In the past we have had two qualified Reiki Practitioners volunteering their skills, and a Volunteer Yoga Tutor. Specialist Volunteers bring opportunities for young people (and staff) to explore new activities.

Fundraising Volunteers – We are always grateful for those individuals who choose to support our work by fundraising for The Junction, whether it’s through running a marathon or holding money raising events. We have been lucky to have the support of a range of Volunteer Fundraisers, like:

Kyle Morrison, students from Edinburgh CollegeThe Junctioneers and The Junction EH11’ers.


Current Opportunities

Trainee Counselling Placement

An opportunity for students working towards a professional qualification in counselling or psychotherapy. Trainees will work with up to four young people on a weekly basis supporting them to explore their emotions, thoughts and feelings in a safe and confidential space.

Please see the Role Description (below) and Trainee Handbook (on Trainee Counsellor page) on for further information.

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We are looking for committed individuals to join our Board of Trustees. This is an incredible opportunity to make a difference with The Junction and build your skills. We are currently recruiting for Trustees to join our board from January 2024, with a particular interest in candidates with experience of the charitable sector. We are looking for candidates with Trustee/Board experience, who are committed to our values and in supporting young people in the community, with an understanding of the issues affecting them as well as the opportunities and challenges of the third sector landscape. The most important attributes of trustees joining us include a willingness to ask questions, share our values of equality, transparency and community as well as their time commitment to the role. If this sounds like you, we would love to hear from you.

Role responsibilities
Duties/tasks for the year include:
• Attend 4 board meetings a year (quarterly)
• Attend or dial-in to 4 informal meetings with board members
• Contribute to a sub-groups that meets roughly 4 times - a team of staff and board members
• Attend 2 Development Days with staff and/or trustees (usually but not always a Saturday in Spring and Autumn)

Application and recruitment process:
If you are open to a new opportunity, looking to contribute to a community and to develop your skills please submit an expression of interest to [email protected] who will confirm next steps for applying.

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