Project Name : IVS-GB: Tiphereth Camphill Community
Hosting Organisation : International Voluntary Service Great Britain (IVS-GB)
Volunteer Type : SCI Long-term Volunteering
Project Theme : People with disabilities
Hosting Country: United Kingdom
Start date: Open
End date: Open
Duration : 6-12 months
Deadline date: Open
Project Languages : English
Location : Edinburgh
Country Languages : English
Number of Volunteers : 12
Project Description:

Tiphereth is a Camphill Community that provides residential and day care to adults with learning disabilities. The volunteers provide invaluable support in both the houses and day care workshops. They bring enthusiasm, fresh perspectives and a diversity of cultures.

Work Description:

Our volunteers live in our residential houses, working both in the house and in the Tiphereth workshops, sharing in the day-to-day life, work, culture and social life of the community. In the house they will assist with the personal care of residents and carry out housework duties, as well as take part in social outings and cultural activities. In the workshops they may contribute to gardening, compost production, wood working and arts and crafts. Because our volunteers live in the community houses, during a working day they are not on duty for a set number of hours: their 5 working days per week are spent living and working with the other house and community members. They have 2 days off per week.


Volunteers must be between 18 and 25 years old. 

We ask for individuals who have an interest in social care and the environment, and who would like to experience community living, including participating in our social events and helping us celebrate a number of Christian festivals throughout the year.

Accommodation and Food:

Accommodation: Each volunteer will have a single bedroom within one of the residential houses. They are provided with bedding and access to a shared bathroom.

Food: Volunteers will help in preparing several meals per week and where everyone in the community eats together. All food is provided for. Dietary requirements can be catered for, but should be discussed during the application process.

Pocket Money:

250 GBP per month

Visa Info:

You will need to apply for a Temporary Work (Charity Work) Visa, Please be aware that this has replaced the Tier 5 Charity Work Visa. The application fee for this Visa is £298 and you can stay up for 12 months. To apply for this Visa you will need a Certificate of Sponsorship which will be provided by IVS at a cost of £25.


As part of your Temporary Work (Charity Worker) visa you’ll need to pay a Immigration Health Surcharge if you’re staying for more than 6 months.

If SCI health insurance is required for the volunteer, the SCI Sending partners that are not in the position to request it should get in touch with IVS.

Application Info:

Besides filling the application form of your sending organisation we ask for CV and cover letter, two volunteer references, a Police check from country of residence, plus the Protecting Vulnerable Groups scheme membership that the community organise.

Additional Information:

If the volunteer stays for 12 months, Tiphereth will contribute to the cost of travel back.