About volunteering with Shelter Scotland

There are so many different reasons to volunteer. You might be looking to meet new people, use your existing experience or develop new skills. People often volunteer to support a cause they care about and to make a difference. Whatever your motivation, we welcome your application!

Fighting Scotland’s housing emergency

Every 19 minutes

a household becomes homeless in Scotland.

11,804 children

were made homeless in Scotland last year.

13,097 households

are in temporary accommodation in Scotland. 

Find out more about Scotland's housing emergency to discover why volunteering with Shelter Scotland is so important.


You'll get all the training you need to complete your role confidently and safely.

You’ll be kept informed about other opportunities to get involved and receive ongoing support from Shelter Scotland staff.


We try to make our roles as flexible as possible to suit your availability.

Most of our volunteer opportunities are available within office hours. Our shops are open six or seven days a week.


Volunteering should not cost you anything.

You'll be able to claim for travel and other relevant expenses. We explain what is covered and how to claim the money back as part of your induction.

Volunteering should not affect your benefits

You can find information on Citizens Advice about making sure volunteering does not impact your benefits.

“I have really enjoyed volunteering with Shelter Scotland and feel like I make a genuine difference to the individuals that get in contact. I have learned so much about housing and homelessness that I can not only use to help others but also myself. Volunteering with Shelter Scotland has also allowed me to meet so many lovely people, who really made volunteering fun and worthwhile.”

Apply for a volunteer role

Find and apply for volunteer roles

Contact us

Email VolunteerScotland@shelter.org.uk

Call 0344 515 2444

Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm

We're here for everyone, but only with your support