Got some free time and like mucking in? Help get Leith Theatre open and running again as an arts and community centre.

DIY - Our small band of DIY Volunteers help maintain the building by clearing debris, painting, varnishing, carrying out small repairs, moving furniture, organising storage, preparing the theatre for events, and cutting back vegetation at the back of the theatre – anything that needs doing. You don't need to be a DIY expert (although you're very welcome if you are!), but do need to have a reasonable level of physical fitness.

Gardening - Our Gardening Volunteers have transformed the small garden area at the front of the building since the summer of 2016. We plant and maintain the two flower and shrub beds, sweep the paths and generally keep the entrance area tidy. There is always some weeding to be done ...

WHEN - For most of the year, our DIY and Gardening volunteer sessions are usually on Sundays, starting around 11.00 or 11.30am and lasting for 2 -3 hours. We don’t meet every Sunday and try to give a couple of weeks’ notice of each Sunday session. In the summer months, we have some volunteer sessions on weekday evenings, making use of the long hours of daylight and keeping everyone’s weekend free for other things.

Events - Our Event Volunteers help us run a variety of events, doing everything from helping to set up before an event, to meeting and greeting guests, to stewarding, to clearing up at the end. If you like working with people, making things run smoothly and are able to work an occasional evening or at the weekend, apply to join our events team! This is an occasional commitment.

We welcome applications for all roles. See the role descriptions below.

Please note that at the moment (May 2018) we have limited tasks for DIY volunteers as plans are still being developed for the refurbishment of the theatre. There may not be many volunteer sessions in the coming months and our main tasks over the summer will be clearing up after the Hidden Door Festival and preparing the building for the return of the Edinburgh International Festival in August. We are happy to accept applications for DIY volunteers and you will be informed of all future activities. We hope that there will be some specific DIY projects for volunteers within the next year.

What we offer in return for your help:

  • Free tickets for you to parties and fundraiser events organised by Leith Theatre Trust (LTT)
  • For some ticketed events, such as concerts, we will advise volunteers of availability of complementary tickets, which will be balloted for anyone who is interested
  • Reasonable expenses paid for travel and subsistence (or food and refreshments provided)
  • References and recommendations, upon request

How to apply
If you are interested in volunteering with us, please complete and return an application form by email to volunteer@leiththeatretrust.org or by post to:

Volunteer Coordinators
The Leith Theatre Trust
Thomas Morton Hall
28-30 Ferry Road

We have two Volunteer Coordinators. One (Katharine, also a volunteer) who organises DIY and Gardening activities, and a member of staff (Erin) who coordinates our Event volunteers. One of us will get back to you as soon as possible.


NOTE: The application form is in .pdf format.

PC users - unless you already have Acrobat Adobe Reader installed, the simplest way to complete the application form online is to use a desktop reader. First, download a copy of the application form onto your PC. Try https://smallpdf.com/ , click on the box called EditPDF and follow the instructions.  Or equally good is http://edit-pdf-online.com

Mac users can complete the application on Preview.

Volunteer Application Form

Role Profile – Event Volunteer
Role Profile – DIY
Role Profile – Gardening