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Volunteer at Crisis at Christmas in Edinburgh

Crisis at Christmas is a unique volunteer effort that provides immediate help for homeless people at a critical time of year. By volunteering with Crisis this Christmas you can make a real difference to people experiencing homelessness.

We are open to guests 25-28 December and 1 January. We have volunteer roles available in Edinburgh from 23 December-2 January.

Hair and beauty volunteer

We are looking for hairdressers, barbers and beauty therapists to help make our guests look and feel extra special this Christmas. This has become one of the most popular services with our guests, giving them the confidence boost that they deserve and really adding something extra special to their Christmas.

Massage therapist volunteer

We are looking for a team of qualified therapists to help our guests to relax and unwind with massage, therapies and natural healing services. These services are hugely valuable to our guests, helping them to rest and enjoy the event, while also providing them with some much-needed pampering. Guest facing shifts available 25 & 26 December

Podiatrists and student podiatrists

We are looking for a team of qualified and student podiatrists to provide a foot health service for our guests (please note, all students must be supervised by a qualified podiatrist)


Christmas can be a difficult time for our guests. We are looking for volunteers with a background in mental health, counselling, social work etc to provide extra support for those who might need it. You are not providing a counselling service but your skills will be very beneficial for those guests who need someone to talk to.

Welcome Team

Welcome Team volunteers are the first point of contact for Crisis at Christmas. It’s important that all our guests receive a warm welcome and introduction to the event, as well as understanding the house rules. It is beneficial to have good judgement, emotional intelligence and to be confident and assertive. The team is outside most of the time, so will need to wrap up warmly, but there will be lots of breaks to warm up inside with a hot drink. Welcome team volunteers need to be 21 years or over.

Workshop Leader

We are looking for Workshop leaders to provide a range of activities to our guests. Our guests are all different, with a range of interests and experiences, and our activities need to reflect this. Do you have a talent you could share? Workshop Leaders are needed to deliver fun, relaxed activities which accommodate a variety of skills, interests and numbers of participants. We're happy to hear your more unusual ideas, one of last years highlights was Beekeeping! (with a dormant hive).

Volunteer and Guest support (admin)

Volunteers are vital to run Crisis at Christmas, but having so many volunteers requires a lot of planning. We need organised, efficient volunteers to support the administration of Christmas.

Kitchen Assistant volunteer

Putting on a brilliant Christmas dinner is a huge part of Christmas. Our kitchen assistants run a very busy kitchen in a small team, we anticipate over 100 guests per day, and many come back for multiple helpings. It’s important that you are happy to roll up your sleeves and muck in.

General volunteer

General volunteers are vital to the smooth running of Christmas. You will be joining in with a wide variety of tasks including playing games and chatting with guests, encouraging them to join in with workshops, cleaning duties, serving hot drinks, and clearing up at the end of the day. No experience needed, just a willingness to get involved and make a positive change this Christmas.

Welcome Team

We are looking for volunteers to provide essential logistics support by transporting guests, equipment and supplies with safety and a smile. Driving volunteers create an enjoyable atmosphere for guests as they engage during trips Must be aged 25-65 (for insurance purposes) with a full UK driver’s licence and experience driving vans