Family Supporters in Edinburgh (FSE) (Volunteering Matters)

Availability : Edinburgh Wide

Who is this for?

  • Families with a least one child in the home


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 supporting you.

How do I access this?

  • Self referral
  • Staff on behalf of service users

Is there a cost?


Location information

  • Community based will vary from family/volunteer.

Opening times


Contact Details

Arlaine Barbour
7 Montgomery St Lane, Edinburgh , EH7 5JT

Social media:


FSE Volunteer Flyer
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Types of support on offer:

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

Type of services on offer:

Healthy living
Housing, benefits, debt
Learning, employability, volunteering
Long term conditions/disabilities
Relationships and Family Life
Substance use

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