Volunteers Supporting Families (VSF) Edinburgh (Volunteering Matters)

Availability : South East / South West

Who is this for?

  • Families with a least one child in the home

Who provides this?

  • Volunteering Matters


Volunteering Matters matches local volunteers with families facing a range of life challenges.

Volunteers can help empower you to overcome these difficulties and enable you to lead your life independently. This service can help build your confidence in making positive decisions around your health, finances, children’s education and more.

The Volunteers Supporting Families service helps you create your own action plan based on your referral information. A Volunteering Matters volunteer will then spend at least 1 hour every week with you and your family for 6-9 months. This time will be spent achieving your set of goals, feeding back to social services or other referrers on your progress.

Volunteering Matters has a diverse team of volunteers who bring with them a wealth of different life experiences and skills, from students with academic knowledge eager to get into the helping profession to those with years of life experiences professionally and personally. All volunteers have something to offer, are fully trained and PVG checked, and ready to start helping you in line with Covid-19 government guidelines.

How do I access this?

  • Referrals by third parties
  • Staff on behalf of service users

Is there a cost?


Is there a waiting list?


Location information

  • Community based will vary from family/volunteer.

Opening times


Contact Details

Kyle McFadden Young
7 Montgomery St Lane, Edinburgh EH7 5JT

Social media:


Volunteer Matters service poster
(1.14 MB pdf)

Type of support on offer:

Information and advice
Support from someone with similar experience
Support in person
Support on the phone


Black and minority ethnic communities
Healthy living
Housing, benefits, debt
Learning, employability, volunteering
Loneliness/isolated groups
Long term conditions/disabilities
Older people
Substance use
Survivors of abuse
Young people

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