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TimeBank is a national volunteering charity, started in 2000. We recruit and train volunteers to deliver mentoring projects to tackle complex social problems. We also work with businesses to engage their staff in volunteering. We believe that great volunteering can transform the lives of both volunteers and beneficiaries by building stronger, happier and more inclusive communities.

Application deadline: 

We’re looking for volunteers to teach basic English to classes of up to 15 adults. Classes are informal and focus on spoken English and building confidence. This opportunity is open to anyone who would like to make a difference in the lives of those with little or no English- no prior teaching experience needed and full training is provided.

Role Aim: 

850,000 people living in the UK have no or poor language skills. Not knowing English is isolating, making the learners we work with dependent on others to do the most basic things like visit the doctor, call the emergency services or discuss their child’s progress at school. Since Talking Together began in 2014, 4600 people have completed our absolute beginner level Talking Together English classes, funded by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. Through informal classes focused on spoken English, we support our learners to gain the skills and confidence they need to use English in their everyday lives


We are looking for volunteers to teach classes of up to 15 adults in community venues across London. This opportunity is open to anyone over 18 who would like to make a tangible difference in the lives of those with little or no English skills. We provide a challenging and enjoyable volunteering experiences, and help volunteers to gain valuable new skills and boost their CV.

After receiving three days of training, Language Trainers will teach classes using a specially designed functional English course, adapting it as necessary to the requirements of the class. As learners begin with a very low level of English, our curriculum begins at the very basics (alphabet, numbers) and moves on to topics such as accessing the emergency services, using public transport and visiting the doctor.

Our next training sessions will take place in July and August for classes starting in September.

Talking Together Language Trainers are expected to teach classes either twice a week for a 6 weeks or once a week for 12 weeks. Classes last 2 hours, and all classes take place during working hours Monday-Friday. Classes are often shared by two volunteers.

We are primarily looking for volunteers who are able to teach in the following boroughs:



Waltham Forest



From September, we’ll also require volunteers in:




Tower Hamlets

Skills needed: 

Volunteers don’t need to have any teaching experience, however experience working with people and delivering training would be helpful.

We are looking for people who have the following qualities:

- Fluent in English

- Enthusiastic and self-motivated

- Good listener and communicator

- Reliable, punctual and organised.

- Confident speaking in front of a group of people.

- Imaginative and able to think on your feet.

The following would also be desirable:

- An understanding of issues affecting people with little or no functional English.

- Willing to travel to class locations. We aim to match volunteers with classes at convenient locations for them, but this is not always possible.


Our next training will take place in July and August for classes starting in September.

Training includes intro to the project, boundaries, confidentiality, safeguarding and an introduction to teaching ESOL at a basic level in an informal community setting.

Classes are held in community venues (schools, children's centres, community centres, etc) in the following boroughs: Islington Haringey Waltham Forest Hackney Enfield Brent Ealing Camden Tower Hamlets
Time commitment: 
3-5 hours per week
Opening times: 
- Volunteers need to be available to teach either once a week for 12 weeks or twice a week for 6 weeks. Each class is 2 hours long. - All classes take place during working hours Monday – Friday, and tend to follow the school term times.

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