Volunteer opportunities

Lending us a hand during your spare time – even if it’s just a few hours a week – is a valuable contribution you can make to our work.

Here are just some of the ways you can help.

If you’d like to know more about volunteering with Mary’s Meals, please contact us.

Administration Volunteer

Become an integral part of our team by ensuring that everyone gets the support they need from the Mary’s Meals Glasgow office. Our amazing administration team deals with supporter enquiries, arranges backpack collections, prepares deliveries of publicity materials, and generally ensures that all our administration runs smoothly.

If you have excellent communication and administration skills, love meeting new people and enjoy a hands-on role then this could be for you! Be part of the global movement of people who will not accept that any child in this world of plenty should endure a day without a meal.

Raffle Volunteer

If you can you spare a few hours on a Saturday evening or a Sunday morning then you could become an important part of improving the lives of over 1.2 million children across the world.

Our raffle team visits churches around central Scotland, giving short talks, selling raffle tickets, and collecting donations. Helping with any of these tasks for even one day every four to six weeks will mean that you are part of achieving our shared goal and reaching the next child in need. 

Shop Assistant

Be the face of Mary’s Meals – raising awareness and much-needed funds while making new friends and strengthening your CV – by joining our retail team.

If you are able to give just four hours per week to volunteer in one of our shops – in Glasgow, Barrhead, Troon, Oban, Lochgilphead, Dunblane and Inverkeithing – you could help to reach the next child waiting for Mary’s Meals.

Open quote mark You find out you have skills that you didn't know you had. One of the most rewarding aspects of this work has been meeting other volunteers. Mary’s Meals really is like being in a huge, global family. Close quote mark
John Helliwell, Community Ambassador

Community Ambassador

Spread the word about Mary’s Meals in your community, encouraging support and enabling people to contribute in whatever way they can. You will be given full training and support to promote our work and campaigns with confidence, and the role can be tailored to suit your own particular skills.

Some examples of what Community Ambassadors do to promote our work include telling our story, placing collection cans with local shops and businesses, assisting with fundraising events, and representing Mary’s Meals in their own local area. 

To register your interest or find out more about becoming a Mary’s Meal Community Ambassador, drop us a line.

Sunday Driver & Van Mates

We are looking for volunteers to help with our Sunday Rags to Riches campaign collecting textiles from parishes in the central belt of Scotland and in parts of London. Volunteers are asked to be available one Sunday in every 4 - 6 weeks. We currently have a great team of men and women who are always looking for new recruits.

London Rags to Riches Coordinator 

Mary’s Meals is looking for help to co-ordinate a busy team of volunteers that supports the Rags to Riches campaign – most Sundays, this team collects unwanted clothes and textiles around London.
A volunteer working one or two days per week would be able to ensure the smooth running of this successful campaign. This is a varied and interesting role that will allow you to meet lots of new people from many walks of life, while helping to raise much needed funds.

Host a Fundraising Event

Whether you’re planning to sell cakes, pack bags in your local supermarket, host a fashion show, or get sponsored to do something wacky, we’d love to know about it and send you our fundraising pack. Please drop us a line.

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Corporate volunteering

We are also grateful for practical help from volunteers who donate a portion of their normal working hours to us, through workplace social responsibility schemes.

Donating in kind

Sometimes we need practical help and generous companies are willing to help by donating materials, services, and expertise.

When our Oban charity shop was in desperate need of storage space, GRAHAM Construction rose to the challenge by creating a huge storage cupboard for textile donations and also fitted new kitchen units, worktops and sinks – free of charge.

The improvements carried out by the company have made our volunteers’ day-to-day duties much easier.

Open quote mark We can’t sing GRAHAM’s praises enough. We’re all absolutely ecstatic after seeing the difference in the shop. Our volunteer staff are so dedicated and passionate and it means a lot that we can now offer them better surroundings without diverting funds away from our main focus, which is feeding children in school. Close quote mark
Marie Rowan, Shop Manager

To find out more about donating in kind or corporate volunteering opportunities, contact us.