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Summer’s here, and it’s time to get volunteering! 

Over the coming weeks, we’ll be putting a selection of our active summer roles on this page. If you want to see what sort of exciting opportunities you can get involved with - other than the roles listed below - check out our 500+ vacancies on our directory!

if you don’t have time to commit to regular volunteering, we’ve also got some great one-off events throughout the summer. We’ve listed some here, and you can also view our full range on our separate one-off volunteering pages.

Active Roles

Wild East Project
Project Volunteer

Our Wild East project connects people all ages with the hidden nature and history of two well-loved green spaces in East London.

Volunteers engage with families and community groups in a variety of outdoor activities; they will use their creativity to find new ways to engage with the public and will support individual and small groups in discovering wildlife, habitats and the history of these two remarkable places.

Time Commitment: Sessions take place all-year –round on weekdays and weekends and last approximately 3 hours

Location: West Ham Park

How to get involved!

Action for Southern Africa (ACTSA)
Volunteer Fundraising Assistant

ACTSA is the successor organisation to the anti-apartheid movement, we work campaigning for rights, equality and development across southern Africa. We also work to educate and inform on Southern Africa, providing information and analysis on the region.
We are looking for individuals with some research experience (academic or professional), who are seeking to gain experience of working alongside a small and dynamic campaigning organisation. You will be provided with a research framework and be supported by members of the ACTSA team.

Time Commitment: 3 hours per week for 3 months
Location: King’s Cross St Pancras

How to get involved!

Wheels for Wellbeing
Session Cycling Volunteer

Working as a session cycling volunteer for Wheels for Wellbeing, an inclusive cycling charity, is a great way to support people with disabilities who come to our inclusive cycling sessions. As a volunteer you’ll have a chance to see the whole fleet of our adopted cycles for people with different disabilities. You’ll learn basic bike mechanics and adapting bikes for different needs. You’ll also be able to interact with people from different backgrounds and work in a vibrant environment of avid cyclists.

Time Commitment: 3-5 hours per week

Location: Croydon, Herne Hill, or Ladywell

How to get involved!

Coin Street Community Builders
Make It Happen - Summer Volunteer

We are looking for friendly, pro-active and engaging volunteers to support our new creative programme for young people this summer. Make a difference to the often challenging lives of inner-city children and young people by providing opportunities for them to ‘make it’ happen this summer with workshops in cooking, branding, fashion, drama and music production. All volunteers working with children and young people must provide 2 references, be wiling to complete a DBS check and safeguarding training.

Time Commitment: The programme runs from Monday 23 July to Friday 16 August, 17:00-19:00 on weekday evenings. 
Location: Colombo Centre, 34-68 Colombo St, London SE1 8DP

Email the volunteering service to find out more!

Football Project Volunteer

As a football project volunteer you will assist and support the delivery of new football coaching programme for young refugees and asylum seekers. You will be a key support in organising sessions, communicating any changes with beneficiaries, keeping the register and signposting young people to other services available at CARAS.

Time Commitment: Monday Evenings, 17:30-19:00

Location: Tooting Bec

How to get involved!

Markfield Project
Open Access Volunteer

Come and play!

Every Saturday the adventure playground at our community centre for disabled people hosts children and young people and their families to in a range of inclusive play opportunities, from zipping down the zip wire, making dens, trying out our cycle rickshaw (hard work) or toasting marshmallows on the bonfire. We need volunteers to help make sessions friendly, fun safe.

Time Commitment: 3-5 hours per week on Saturdays

Location: Seven Sisters

How to get involved! 

Surrey Docks Farm
Livestock Volunteer

Paul the chicken, out on the yard

Surrey Docks Farm is a working farm that rears a range of livestock to demonstrate where our food comes from. Produce from the animals, including meat and eggs is sold through the farm shop when available. Livestock volunteers (aged 14 +) assist with all aspects of animal care. Daily duties include helping with feeding, mucking out enclosures, sweeping the yard and paths, collecting eggs, exercising and putting the animals away at night. 

Time Commitment: Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Livestock volunteers need to commit to a set morning (09:00-13:00) or full day (09:00-17:00) attending on a weekly basis for a minimum of three months.

Location: Surrey Docks Farm

How to get involved!

One-Off Opportunities One-Off Opportunities

St John’s Hospice
Summer Fayres

Over 10,000 visitors attend the Fayres which makes the day a brilliant fun vibrant place to volunteer. Volunteers are a key resource in running the events from start to finish, ensuring the Fayres are always a success.

When: Saturday 7 July and Sunday 8 July

Where: Paddington Recreation Ground 

How to get involved! 

Young Hackney
Personal Best Athletics School Competition

We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to support the Personal Best Borough Finals School competition for KS2 (years 5 and 6) from selected Hackney  primary schools. This is an easy to run athletics format that encourages participation for all ages and abilities.

When: Tuesday 26 June,  09:30-15:00

Where: Hackney Marsh Centre

How to get involved!

Canal & River Trust
Floating Litter Pick - In Partnership with Moo Canoes

Want to improve your local waterway? Join the Canal & River trust on our Towpath Taskforce events on London’s beautiful canals. We help to clean up and improve the waterways for the community to enjoy. Join us for a fun and productive day to help your community and the environment.

When: Wednesday 27 June, from 18:00 to 20:00

Where: Old Ford Locks, E3 2NN

How to get involved!

Age UK Kensington and Chelsea
Concert and Afternoon Tea

We actively combat loneliness by connecting isolated older people with their community and supporting them to join group activities. We have a different performance each month and it is a great opportunity to socialise, have fun and a cup of tea.

When: Thursday 21 June, from 13:30 to 16:00

Where:St Cuthbert’s church, 50 Philbeach Gardens, SW5 9EB

How to get involved!

Anna Fiorentini Theatre and Film School
Musical Theater Summer School

We are looking for friendly, reliable and patient volunteers to support our team of professionals at our summer schools. We are offering three different, week-long programmes for children aged seven to sixteen years old. In our courses, students make a musical in week: they will learn songs and dance routines from well-known films and West End shows, creating a show that they will perform to family and friends at the end of the course. 

When & Where: For the first two weeks (23 - 27 July and 30 July - 3 August), we’re based at Chobham Academy. In week three (20 – 24 August) we’re at Princess May. Classes are on all day, from 09:30 to 16:00. We are particularly keen to hear from volunteers who are able to commit to at least three days in any one week, but please do also get in touch if your availability is less, as we can be quite flexible.

How to get involved!