The Volunteer Outreach Project was originally conceived as a pilot project based in Midlothian managed by a part-time Outreach Officer working 3 days a week, however, such was the demand, it was expanded to cover Edinburgh and the Lothians in September 2009 and the Outreach Officer increased to a full time post. The project offered schools and Additional Special Needs (ASN) students, the chance to participate in a range of exciting, hands-on archaeological activities in their school or at their group. The activities provided students with a fun way to engage with archaeology and to stimulate their interest in the past. CPD sessions were also run for teachers to help them understand the potential which archaeology can give for both multi-disciplinary and outdoor learning.
The project provided quality volunteering opportunities for those interested in heritage education and aimed to recruit and train a network of c. 30 local volunteers to assist in the delivery of the workshops and the development of resources. This was to allow the transfer of skills and knowledge between individuals with a range of experience.
By the end of the project, it had reached over 5,000 participants through school sessions, public events and working with Additional Special Needs schools and groups as well as training over 30 volunteers.