Project Mentors

What are project mentors?

Mentors support participants and teams in our Material Matters Trainee Programmes and our Zero Waste Advocate Network.

They’re involved in…

  • Guiding our trainees in developing their projects, offering advice and acting as a sounding board for their ideas.
  • Connecting teams with relevant partner organisations who can assist them in meeting their goals.
  • Planning events and setting agendas for meetings of the Zero Waste Advocate Network.
  • Recruitment for our trainee programmes
  • Attending fortnightly volunteer meetings with our Community Projects Working Group.

Essential skills:

  • Problem solving
  • Communication skills
  • Teamwork
  • Open mindedness
  • Wish to motivate participants
  • Ability  to commit to a project for longer time period

Useful skills/interests:

  • Experience in project or team management
  • Interest in zero waste/circular economy

What experience would volunteers/mentors gain?

  • Networking and partnership building with different organisations
  • Planning strategies and skills
  • Team support

Other benefits:

  • Free volunteer membership of Shrub: free items from member’s freeshop, monthly Shrub parties, decision making in the open meetings
  • Getting to know about  fantastic organisations from all around the city
  • Making Your CV look great and getting references for job applications
  • Meeting like minded people
  • Making a change towards the zero waste future

How to apply:

Please send an e-mail to with a short explanation of why you are interested in this role and any relevant experience you may have.

After receiving your application, we will ask you to come in for an informal chat about the role.

About Shrub Coop & Zero Waste Edinburgh

Zero Waste Edinburgh is a project coordinated by SHRUB Coop, a grassroots organisation which aims to provide a welcoming space for rethinking our relationship to waste and developing creative solutions based on the principles of the circular economy.

In addition to the Zero Waste Advocate Network, in the next 2 years Zero Waste Edinburgh will also be:

Creating a Food Sharing Hub to distribute surplus food to those who need and want it within the community, funded by Pay As You Feel donations.

Running a Material Matters workshop programme themed around Textiles, Bicycles, Electronics, and Furniture that will upskill the community and create new upcycling enterprises.

Expanding end of term Collections beyond student halls of residence to high density student streets to reduce fly-tipping and encourage better relationships between students and the local community.