Volunteer with Us

RST is a small charity with a tiny staff and relies on voluntary income from a variety of sources to carry out our work. A lot of our successes are down to the dedication and enthusiasm of our volunteers.

RST is not able to take donations of clothing, books etc. If you have clothing and household items to donate please visit the Scotland Welcomes Refugees site.

Edinburgh based Re-Act (Refugee Action Scotland) also accept donations of useful items such as boots, toiletries and warm clothes. Visit their website for a full list of needed donations and when and where you can drop them off.

If you are offering to host a refugee in your home please register with Positive Action in Housing (PAiH).

RST is currently interested in hearing from people who would like to volunteer in the following areas:

Glasgow Welcome

Through this befriending programme, people who have an established life in Glasgow will be paired with newcomers – asylum seekers and refugees who have recently come to the country – to explore the city of Glasgow. Partners will commit to meeting each other at least once per fortnight for a minimum period of six months, although we hope that their friendships will extend beyond this period.

As part of the programme, we will encourage the couples to visit interesting places in and around Glasgow together, and to take photos and write reviews of these places. The locations might be free museums and galleries, interesting buildings, hikes and cycle routes and so on. These will be uploaded onto a Facebook page, and compiled into a hard copy Glasgow guide that we will be able to distribute to future participants of the programme (as inspiration of where they could meet). Once printed, the guide will be distributed across Glasgow’s 32 libraries.

Fundraising Volunteers

Fundraising volunteers are crucial to the continued work of RST. A small team shares the tasks of researching potential funders, helping to write applications, and tracking submissions. This is a great opportunity to gain experience in grant writing, learn more about the experiences of refugees and asylum seekers in Scotland and make a huge difference to people’s lives through our Destitution and Access to Education and Employment grants. This opportunity can be home based.

Main tasks

  • Researching potential funders and the criteria for applying
  • Tailoring template funding applications to specific funders
  • Tracking application progress
  • Optional: writing more in-depth applications, processing data to produce statistics, collecting case studies

Social Media Volunteers

Help us share the word about RST, promote our grants and raise awareness of destitution as it affects refugees and asylum seekers. This is a great opportunity to gain experience in running social media accounts for a small charity, learn more about the experiences of refugees and asylum seekers in Scotland and make a huge difference to people’s lives by helping increase awareness of RST and our work. This opportunity can be home based.

Main tasks could include

  • Researching relevant news, events and information
  • Scheduling Tweets and Facebook updates
  • Thinking of creative, engaging ways to share our messages & reach new people
  • Opportunities to help with online fundraising campaigns

Community Event and Fundraising Volunteers

RST is supported by a great team of fundraisers who host a variety of events in support of RST. If you are interested in helping out with events in Edinburgh, or have some fundraising event ideas of your own, please get in touch with Sarah at: fundraising_volunteer@rst.org.uk. If you would like to host similar events in support of RST in Glasgow please get in touch with RST’s Volunteer Coordinator Katherine using the contact details below.

If you would like to find out more about any of the above opportunities, or if you have a specific skill or idea for volunteering please contact Katherine at: volunteer_coordinator@rst.org.uk, or call 0141 353 5602 (Monday, Tuesday & Friday).