Little Village
Little Village is like a food bank, but for clothes, toys and equipment for babies and children up to the age of 5. We accept donations of excellent-condition, pre-loved items, which are passed on to families who need support. The items are a gift, given with love, from one family to another.

Joining one of our friendly site teams either in Camden, Hackney, Hounslow, Wembley, Tooting or Balham, you will be sorting and packing items for families supported by the Little Village baby bank and your contribution will make an immediate difference to the lives of families experiencing hardship in London.

When you arrive on-site you will be given a clear induction as to how everything works. Checking and sorting items is an extremely important part of our work as we are an organisation giving gifts from one family to another, so they should be of the highest quality.

Time commitment

We ask for a regular commitment, which can be a weekly or fortnightly shift and you are most welcome to do more than one shift or to alternate shifts. We have lots of options, so hopefully there will be a convenient site and session for you to join on a regular basis. We don't ask you to commit for a specific length of time, so if you are only free to volunteer during the summer holiday period, that is absolutely fine!

Volunteering sessions currently run as follows (subject to change):
Camden NW1 1EE
Monday – Friday: 10-2pm
Mondays and Wednesdays: 7-9.30pm

Wembley HA9 7RH
Monday – Friday : Morning: 9.30-12.30pm Afternoon: 12.30-2.30pm Fullday: 9.30-2.30pm
Evenings: Monday, Wednesday and Thursday’s: -7-9pm
Saturdays: 9-2pm (or just the morning or afternoon)

Balham SW17 7AP
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday: 9.30-12.30, 1-4pm or 9.30-4pm
Monday Evening: 7-9.30pm

Tooting SW17 0RT
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday: 9.30-12.30, 1-4pm* or 9.30-4pm
Evenings: Monday, Tuesday & Thursday 7-9.30pm
Saturday: 10-2pm

Hounslow TW3 1ES
Monday – Friday
Morning: 9.30-12.30pm
Afternoon: 1-4pm
Full day: 9.30-4pm

Hackney N16 6BE
Monday – Wednesday: 9:30 - 4pm
Application deadline
What measures have you put in place to ensure volunteers’ safety during COVID-19?
Covid Procedures / Information:
Our approach to the Covid pandemic is to reduce risk wherever possible. Safe working
practices and procedures should be followed.
On 21st February 2022, the government announced the plan for living with COVID-19
removing domestic restrictions while encouraging safer behaviours through public health
advice, in common with longstanding ways of managing most other respiratory illnesses.
Covid Symptoms, Testing and self-isolation:
From 24 February, the legal requirement to self-isolate following a positive test has been
removed but anyone who tests positive is still advised to stay at home and avoid contact with
other people. After 5 days, you may choose to take a Lateral Flow Device (LFD) followed by
another the next day - if both are negative, and you do not have a temperature, you can safely
return to your normal routine. If you test positive, you should avoid contact with anyone in an
at-risk group, including if they live in the same household.
Whilst it is no longer a requirement for fully vaccinated close contacts and those under the
age of 18 to test daily for 7 days, and close contacts who are not fully vaccinated to selfisolate, we would encourage close contacts of a positive case to test regularly before attending
Little Village sites.
From 1 April, the Government will update guidance setting out the ongoing steps that people
with COVID-19 should take to minimise contact with other people.
Contacting employees, volunteers and co-tenants:
If we are made aware of an employee or volunteer who has received a positive test result, we
will let anyone who worked or volunteered alongside them know without sharing any
personal details.
Where our operations are located in a shared building, we will contact any co-tenant
organisations and/or the landlord who may have come into contact with the employee or
volunteer who has received a positive test, to let them know (no personal details shared)
whether we consider there to have been close contact with anyone from their organisation.
Last Updated: March 2022
Other Key Actions:
• All volunteer’s will receive a brief at the start of the session, if anyone would like to
work independently and/or ensure that a greater degree of social distancing can be
maintained, this can be accommodated
• We will encourage frequent handwashing
We will ensure hand sanitizer available throughout the building
• All volunteers and staff will be encouraged to wear a facemask on site (unless you
are exempt and have confirmation), despite government guidelines changing.
• We will constantly review our risk assessments in line with guidance and will make
any necessary changes.

This organisation is one of our community partner organisations.

Like all volunteer recruiters we work with, they have signed up to our service standards, agreeing to abide by our policy on partnership working.

In addition, the team here at Students’ Union UCL Volunteering Service is here to support you throughout your volunteering journey – you can get in touch at any time with any questions, queries or problems you encounter.