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Westminster Befriend a Family

The Borough of Westminster has many vulnerable/disadvantaged families with lone or young parents, on low incomes, facing mental or physical ill health, depression, language barriers or coping with disabilities. Many are refugees or asylum seekers, have been in temporary accommodation for several years or are struggling to establish a home and cope with huge changes in their lives. Westminster Befriend a Family is a small charitable agency which has been working in partnership with local families in Westminster since 1989 to provide help and support for vulnerable families with at least one child of 14 years or under in their own homes. We help to break cycles of disadvantage and social exclusion, helping family cohesion, wellbeing and achievement by providing family support solutions for a wide range of issues by means of volunteer befriending, mentoring and advocacy support, and professionally led sports, arts and recreational activities.

We are looking for an enthusiastic team player with excellent research and admin skills to join our dynamic small team. You will be an essential part of the fundraising team - identifying and researching new prospects, delivering high quality donor care, managing the contact database and supporting our fundraising efforts across all income streams. This is a great opportunity to make an impact in a growing organisation passionate about supporting vulnerable and disadvantaged children and families

Role Aim: 

The volunteer will be contributing to the work of Westminster Befriend a Family by assisting with finding new sources of funding, as well as raising the profile of the charity through creating links with outside agencies.


- Assisting in managing fundraising events.

- Researching potential new income streams.

- Researching trusts and grant-making foundations appropriate to the charity’s work.

- Developing new and imaginative fundraising activities, many of which will be events-based.

Skills needed: 

Commitment and enthusiasm to the work of WBAF.

Excellent communication (written and oral) and presentation skills.

Flexible working style.

Research and analytical skills.

Existing experience in fundraising skills this would be an added bonus.


On-site training with experienced fundraiser

18 Buckingham Palace Road, London, SW1W 0QP
Time commitment: 
At least one day per week
Opening times: 
Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays
Once you’ve registered interest in this volunteering role, we’ll send your name and UCL email address to the organisation for their records. You’ll also receive information about the next steps to take if you do wish to take things forward. The organisation has signed up to our code of standards, which includes a commitment to protecting your data. We won’t share your information with anyone unless you’ve given explicit consent to. We’ll also retain your details so we can follow up to see how you’re getting on with your volunteering and offer support if necessary. We take good care of your data – you can see full details here