Royal Edinburgh Hospital Volunteering Hub

The Volunteering Hub exists to promote happiness and wellbeing in the Royal Edinburgh Hospital through the involvement of volunteers and the promotion of volunteering.

Service Description

The Volunteer Hub aims to bring moments of joy, laughter, peace, belonging, success, relaxation and validation for patients, and to improve the community and environment of the hospital. Waiting to be cured is not conducive to recovery. Instead, the Volunteer Hub people to get up, get out and get involved in order to achieve the best quality of life possible with or without their symptoms.

Everyone has something to offer, even in the darkest of times in their lives, and the Volunteer Hub works to involve people in ways which play to their strengths and interests. Many patients volunteer during their time in the hospital – pleased to be able to contribute and feel capable in a setting where they are more usually the recipients of help and support. They start with the person and create a volunteering role or activity around them, ensuring that they have the greatest chance of success in following through, despite the challenges they are facing in their illness.

A large team of public volunteers are involved in the delivery of a constantly changing range of activities and support, in partnership with hospital staff. This gives volunteers a broad range of experience and training, as well as continuously adapt to the opportunities for positive involvement of patients. The Hub promotes an atmosphere of equality where patients and public volunteers work as a team, with complementary skills. Often this might mean one person providing the skill and knowledge in a certain area, and the other providing initiative, confidence and encouragement. Both parties are encouraged to learn from each other. 

The Volunteer Hub is conscious of the role it plays in training public volunteers to be future members of the NHS workforce and hold them to high standards of attitude and behaviour. Members of the public who volunteer are coached and supported to develop their social and emotional skills in this challenging setting, in order to create the most positive outcomes possible for patients.

Service Categories


Intended Client Groups:

  • People Experiencing Mental Health Difficulties


This service is available to residents of all parts of Edinburgh

Applicants for this service should also meet this condition:

This service is available to residents of all parts of Edinburgh who have a connection with the Royal Edinburgh Hospital. Priority is given to current inpatients of the hospital. For people who do not have a current connection with the hospital, Volunteer Edinburgh has a Health and Wellbeing team who can support people into volunteering.


Self Referral

This service accepts direct self referrals.

Contact Info. & Service Address

Volunteering Hub Mackinnon House Corridor
Royal Edinburgh Hospital
Morningside Terrace
EH10 5HF

Provider's Name: Volunteer Edinburgh

Type: Charity/Voluntary


Volunteer Edinburgh’s mission is to involve more people in volunteering and active citizenship.  Volunteering is a powerful tool for communities, improving personal well being, building social capital, and for personal development which can improve an individual’s employment prospects.

Volunteer Edinburgh believes that there are fundamental principles that must be maintained if volunteering is to thrive.  These principles, which are embedded in the core values of Volunteer Edinburgh,  are volunteering must always be about freedom of choice, that it must never exploit the volunteer and that volunteers must not directly replace paid staff.

Both these principles, and our other core values, have been developed to ensure that when individuals volunteer they can do so safely, positively and to the benefit of volunteering as a force for good.  All organisation who advertise with Volunteer Edinburgh are expected to sign up to our values.

Volunteers are an enormous asset to Edinburgh.  Tens of thousands of people volunteer their skills and time which helps improve life for everyone in our city.  Without volunteers, the third sector cannot survive and the public sector would be diminished.  Volunteers are therefore a precious resource and must be valued, championed and engaged in a positive and mutually beneficial way.


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