A typical day out

COVID-19 outbreak: Local tasks will resume from 11th April. We will be adding tasks on a rolling basis; please keep checking the task list page for updates.

On 2021-03-16 the Scottish Government released a timetable for easing the coronavirus restrictions which sets dates for the easing of various restrictions in Scotland. Tasks in the Edinburgh area will resume in April with the first task on 11th April at Granton Castle Walled Garden. Assuming no delays in the timetable we expect to restart tasks outside Edinburgh in mid May.

At present we do not have a full task programme but we hope to add more tasks in the near future.

The Task Leader

Each task has a Task Leader, who is an experienced volunteer who liaises with the client and directs the work to make sure we are doing what they want. The most important role of the Leader, however, is to make sure that all the volunteers have a safe and enjoyable time and it is the Task Leader who will help you out with any queries you have on your first task.

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, there may be additional instructions related to social distancing and hygiene while on task. Please follow these instructions, for your own safety and that of others.

How your day will start

Once you have met up with us, if you are a new volunteer, the Task Leader will ask you some questions so that we can fill in your details on one of our New Volunteer forms. By doing this you become a member of LCV and are then covered by our insurance. If you are not a new volunteer then the leader will merely make a note of your name on our task sheet.

On arrival at the work site

If we are meeting our client on site then we will try to get them to tell you a bit about the site and why we will be doing what we will be doing. If we aren't meeting with a client, then we'll try to give you this information ourselves but if you feel that you'd like to know anything more then don't hesitate to ask. We don't always remember to say everything.

There will be a task briefing and safety talk where the Task Leader will explain how we will be doing the planned work and tell you how to carry, store and use any necessary tools. We will highlight any sources of risk and make suggestions to enable you to minimize these. Safety is our priority and so that we can keep you safe you must listen carefully to this briefing and follow the instructions given. If there is anything you are not sure about then just ask. Finally, we will make sure that you know who the first aiders in the group are and, hopefully, remember to tell you what time lunch will happen.

When everyone is clear about what's happening we will go and get started. Our work is quite varied; you can see some examples of the work we do on this website. Pictures from more recent tasks are sometimes posted on Instagram or Facebook


We always stop for lunch, and usually for a mid-afternoon break, but if you feel you need to take extra breaks then don't hesitate to do so.

At the end of your trip

At the end of the task we will ask you to help us tidy up the site and clean the tools. Then, due to the coronavirus pandemic volunteers will make their own way home, maintaning social distancing.

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