What does volunteering at The Risk Factory involve?

The Risk Factory needs volunteers to ensure that the visiting children and other groups leave the centre equipped to cope with, and safely overcome, the dangerous situations they might encounter in their every day life.  This includes in the home, whilst travelling or doing leisure activities.

There are two volunteering roles available:

  • Safety Guide (Day or Evening) - each guide is responsible for taking a small group of visitors around the scenarios, delivering the key safety messages and interacting with the group as they go;
  • the Emergency Operator/Timekeeper - is responsible for answering the emergency calls made by the visitors and ensuring the Safety Guides keep to time and move on as appropriate through the course of the session.

Both roles are vital to the delivery of the programme and for better insight into the roles please read our role descriptions.

Click here to download a PDF of the Safety Guide (Daytime) role description.

Click here to download a PDF of the Emergency Operator/Timekeeper role description. 

Click here to download a PDF of the Safety Guide (evenings) role description.

How much time will it take and can I fit it around my other commitments?

Each daytime session lasts approximately three hours and this includes a briefing session prior to each visit and a debrief session at the end.  The minimum commitment we ask is two sessions per month, however, this is flexible.

A evening session last approximately two hours from 1800-2000 hours.  Evening sessions are less frequent.

Do I need any qualifications in order to volunteer?

No.  You will of course need to enjoy working with people of a range of ages and backgrounds and have a friendly and positive outlook.  All volunteers undergo PVG checks and references are taken up.  Training in the role and a handbook is provided. 

Click here to download a PDF of the Volunteer Guidance and Procedures.

I'm interested - what do I do now?

Contact us on 0131 455 8931 / 8934 or email riskfactory@edinburgh.gov.uk to arrange an introductory visit.  This will provide you with the opportunity to meet staff and volunteers, and where possible, join a group of visitors on their tour to find out more about what volunteering at The Risk Factory involves.