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With LINKnet you can do two types of volunteer work:

Volunteer mentors help develop another person's career or further education by providing one-to-one support over a short period.

Office volunteers help with either the administration or development work of LINKnet.

Office Volunteers

Most minority ethnic (ME) people find it difficult to get employment because they do not have prior work experience in Britain. No one offers a job to a person who does not have work experience. Without a job one cannot get work experience. Thus a lot of ME individuals get caught in a catch twenty-two situation. LINKnet offers voluntary positions either as volunteer mentors or as office volunteers to address this issue. In this way, LINKnet volunteers acquire work experience as well as many other benefits, such as:

  • Upgrading current knowledge
  • Gaining new knowledge and experiences
  • Exposure to different cultures and environments
  • Improving employability
  • Recognition by individuals and institutions
  • New contacts and wider networking
  • Seeing opportunities from within private, public and voluntary sector organisations and educational institutions
  • Increased self-esteem and self-confidence
  • Reviewing and revalidating one’s achievements
  • Good training that includes communication, coaching and counselling skills and knowledge on equality legislation, confidentiality policy and cultural sensitivity
  • Recognising one’s own true potential

LINKnet limits volunteer work with it to six months in order to offer the opportunities to others. It has developed many volunteers in this manner and they have all found paid employment. Please enquire at


Office Volunteer Volunteer Mentors
Mentors wanted


Testimonial 1

Olayinka Dada:
"I came in contact with LINKnet Mentoring Ltd through a family friend. And my first day at LINKnet was really welcoming and pleasant..."

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Testimonial 2

Pepita Gomez:
"I arrived in Edinburgh in Aug 2014 with my daughter. Our English was poor. I started learning English in a class that was conducted by an association."

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Testimonial 3

Russell Dadzie:
"I was introduced to LINKnet Mentoring by a friend who had received mentoring a couple of years ago."

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Current Funders

Scottish Government

Scottish Government's Promoting Equality and Community Cohesion Fund & Scottish Government's Adult Learning and Empowering Communities Fund


The City of Edinburgh Councils One City Trust

The City of Edinburgh Councils One City Trust


The Big Lottery Community Fund

The Big Lottery Community Fund


One City Trust Edinburgh

One City Trust Edinburgh


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