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Opportunity: Access Art Project Promoter

Gain valuable voluntary experience whilst promoting a project which aims to support young people in accessing and engaging with art. Access Art is seeking a one-off Volunteer to help recruit short term volunteers at the New Year Volunteering Fair. If you want to support an Arts project locally, without committing too much time then this is the opportunity for you. Through this role you will be indirectly supporting children and young people gain confidence accessing and understanding art as well as encouraging a lifelong love of art, museums and galleries. This role will provide the opportunity to work on your marketing/presentation skills and practice negotiating/influencing others.

Opportunity: Creating Aspirations Primary School Project

Calling to students who speak Arabic and Romanian. Come and say hello to a year 5 class, quite a few who have Arabic or Romanian as their first language, on 28 January at the Grant Museum between 10.30-12.30 . The class is taking part in a year- long project, Creating Aspirations, and will be taking over the museums in April. We’d like them to write some labels in Arabic and Romanian as part of this. Spend 15 minutes to introduce yourselves, tell them what it’s like at UCL and take questions, all in Arabic or Romanian of course. Most of these children meet the Widening Participation criteria, Creating Aspirations encourages them to think about their long term futures and begin to think that university is something they can aspire too.

Opportunity: Event Volunteer for February 6, 2020 (Music & Literature Fundraising Event)

On February 6, 2020, United Way UK will host its annual event to raise funds for the Reading Oasis, an early childhood literacy programme which builds new libraries in disadvantaged schools and puts books into the hands of children that lack reading resources.

The event will be carried out in a unique concert hall in central London. It will be an evening of music and literature and will include an intimate performance by an incredible American pianist.

United Way UK is looking for volunteers to carry out different tasks in the Reading Oasis event, including assisting with logistics on the event’s day, providing a warm, friendly welcome to all guests, providing information, and other similar tasks.

This is a great chance to:
- work in a friendly team, to make new friends and meet a diverse group of people.
- develop your confidence and interpersonal skills.
- gain valuable work experience to add onto your CV and to learn new skills
- make an invaluable contribution to the Reading Oasis programme’s goal of inspiring children’s love for reading
- enjoy an intimate and exclusive performance by a renowned pianist

Opportunity: February Half Term Family Event

The Salters’ Company is a vibrant organisation eager to engage families, schools and adults.
For this event we are exploring what is at the core of our charity work- science.
Working with ‘Sphere Science’ on Tuesday 18 February we will be inviting families to partake in mini experiments which will capture their imagination.
From designing their own lava lamps, writing with and discovering the scientific secret behind invisible ink to making grapes dance by changing the density of water these activities will capture the inner scientist in children and adults alike.
You will be engaging the families helping them to leave excited about science and The Salters’ Company. But don’t worry, you don’t have to be a scientist to volunteer for this day. If you love meeting new people, learning and being part of a team then this is the role for you- and you will have a chance to try your hand at the activities after you have a full briefing on them on the day.

Opportunity: Voluntary Assistant Coach

The role of voluntary assistant coach is to support our lead coaches at one of our school programmes.

Opportunity: Group Leader

Free to Be Kids runs crucial respite breaks for inner-city London’s most disadvantaged children. Our breaks offer the opportunity for children to have fun, try new things, build their confidence and feel brave. The holidays are packed with nature and animal focused activities like kayaking down a river or den building in the forest. Without our breaks, many of these children wouldn’t have a holiday and many have never seen the sea, been to a farm or had a bedtime story. These experiences stick in the children’s minds for years afterwards and begin to help them see the world, and their place within it.

Opportunity: Volunteer Outreach

Hackney Playbus are looking for outreach/chaperones volunteers to help reach the most disadvantaged family giving them access to free play services for their children aged 5 and under and an opportunity to build their confidence and create a network of support.

You will be working in pairs, going out into communities and letting residents know about the Hackney Playbus, where it is available, and encouraging them to use the free service.

Opportunity: Learning Mentor

We are looking for volunteer learning mentors to support children with their homework and revision at our hostel-based Homework Club.

Our Homework Club is based in one of Camden Council’s hostels, and it provides resident children with much-needed space and quiet away from their overcrowded family units to work and study. On top of this, our volunteer learning mentors offer one-to-one academic support to individual children, helping them with homework tasks, revision, and test preparation.

Volunteer participation enables us to offer an intensive level of learning support to the children attending the club, who face considerable disadvantage in their academic development due to the general lack of space and privacy for study that hostel life entails.

Opportunity: After School Club Volunteer– Now Recruiting for Spring Term!

From 3.30 – 5.30pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, we welcome around 10 local primary aged children for ‘After School Club’ where they can do arts and crafts activities, cooking, games, and play in a great indoor and outdoor space. The club encourages and develops children’s social and independent skills. The club is part of our delivery of child and family support services, in order that low income and vulnerable families have improved access to services, employment opportunities and life chances. Volunteers will help to welcome and encourage/support children in these activities.

Opportunity: Wild East Schools Project Volunteer

The purpose of this role is to support the Wild Schools Schools Officer prepare and deliver inspiring outdoor learning sessions at West Ham Park for local primary schools.

Opportunity: Literacy Support Volunteer

The Hackney Pirates are looking for enthusiastic and inspiring people to support young people’s learning at our after school sessions. Based on the premise that young people progress fastest when given personalised attention from an adult who cares, we give our young pirates the opportunity to benefit from one-to-one support from volunteers, as they work on creative writing projects that result in professionally published products such as storybooks, CDs and websites.

Opportunity: Play and Chat Volunteer - Bromley / Chigwell

During afternoons of diagnostic assessments, parents/carers are given feedback and a possible diagnosis of child/young person. Whilst our clinicians spend time with the parents/carers the child/young person (CYP) is left alone to play - we need to make sure that the child/young person is happy and safe.
This is an important role, as well as spending time talking and/ or playing with a CYP, parents will be relaxed knowing that their CYP is being looked after during this time.

Opportunity: Child's Reading Mentor

Kick off 2020 by helping a child learn to read, booking sessions flexibly on our app!

Leaving school unable to read well affects everything from employment to well-being, but by spending 1 hour a week at your local school you can help a child, age 5-8, become confident and enjoy reading.

As a Bookmark volunteer you will work with the same child during fun and creative sessions, twice a week, throughout the 6-week programme.

On the Bookmark app you can pick where you want to volunteer and choose sessions at times that suit you. You will receive full training and chances to develop your professional skills, as well as ongoing support from your community manager.

So if you love reading, and want to help a child near you, then start a new chapter and join the Bookmark team!

Science Outreach for International Students/Scientists


Calling international students and researchers to help tackle educational disadvantage! Immigrant pupils are more likely to underachieve and to be unemployed when leave school. We organise innovative, cross-curricular workshops in schools to help immigrant pupils reach their full potential by meeting role-models.

Opportunity: Co-Coach

We are looking for enthusiastic and committed Coaches to help run the Yes Futures Programme from September 2017 to February 2018. The Yes Futures Programme is a challenging out-of-the-classroom experience that develops young people’s confidence, resilience and life skills. It includes one-to-one coaching sessions as well as three immersive trips to dynamic workplaces, local community projects and a 3-day residential adventure!

Coaching provides a unique opportunity for young people to receive valuable, one-to-one support. As a Coach, you will be responsible for supporting up to 10 students throughout the duration of the programme, delivering one-to-one coaching sessions as well as helping with the running of all programme elements.

Coaches will be integral to the running of our programme and a key part of the growth of the organisation. We often see our volunteer Coaches going on to paid Coach roles.

Opportunity: Student Ambassador

The purpose of the role is to engage with students on campus telling them all about what we do at The Literacy Pirates.

We’re currently entering an exciting period of growth and we need to spread the word as much as possible so that we can continue our award-winning programme of one-to-one support to young people that are falling behind at school.

Opportunity: Education Volunteer

To enhance opportunities for 8-14 year olds taking part in our outdoor education clubs on weekends.

Unit Helper


GirlGuiding UK, as part of a worldwide movement, enables girls and young women to fulfill their potential to take an active and responsible role in society through its distinctive, stimulating and enjoyable programme of activities delivered by trained volunteers.

As a Unit Helper you will assist the Guider in the running of the unit. You will work with small groups of young people, helping to provide a safe environment for the girls and others working in the unit. You will also help in the preparation of unit records and financial records.

Volunteer Counsellor


Camp Counsellors play a pivotal and crucial role in supporting volunteers by offering one-to-one coaching sessions. You will use an empowering and participative approach to help take the Volunteer Team Leaders to the next level in their professional and personal development.

You need to have, or be working towards a qualification in mentoring or counselling and have experience in mentoring. You need to be available to provide at least 3 evening mentoring sessions between Mondays and Thursdays and give effective assistance to people in a short time period.

Opportunity: IntoUniversity Student Mentor

The IntoUniversity Mentoring Scheme pairs university student mentors with young people aged 10-17 from some of London’s most disadvantaged areas, giving them the opportunity to receive tailored, one-to-one support in areas including academic attainment, social skills and future planning.

Opportunity: Volunteer Tutor

We deliver tutoring programmes, in partnership with schools, to support disadvantaged pupils across the country. Education isn’t a level playing field in the UK today, as the income of a child’s parents can directly impact their own academic attainment.

We want to change this through our tutoring support for both primary and secondary pupils - and help pupils achieve regardless of their backgrounds. We recognise how powerful tutoring can be in supporting a child academically and we believe it shouldn’t be accessed only by those who can afford it.

The way we deliver our programmes is by recruiting volunteers as our tutors. Through this activity our volunteers are able to develop a wealth of different skills (interpersonal, organisational, communication), it also provides a link between them and the youngest members of their community - empowering them to give back.

Opportunity: Learning Team Volunteers

We are looking for friendly and enthusiastic people to help our visitors to understand and enjoy their visit to Kenwood House.

Camp Volunteer


Change the lives of children affected by serious illness and their families.

Over The Wall is a national charity that runs camps for seriously ill children. We provide a bit of respite for children whose lives are filled with hospital visits and medication. We rely on our volunteers to help our campers relax and discover they can achieve things they didn’t think they were capable of.

Opportunity: Mentor - Islington and Lambeth

To encourage the child to grow in self-confidence, build more positive relationships and overcome behavioural difficulties so that they can imagine a better future.