Octavia Foundation supports people affected by ill health, social isolation, low income or unemployment in central and west London.

Octavia works with people affected by unemployment, ill health, social isolation or low income to connect them with opportunities for positive personal change. Our vision is to build stronger, happier and healthier communities in central and west London to help create an enriched life where we live. Please help us to do this by volunteering to befriend a member of the local community, who is isolated and vulnerable, in Westminster or Kensington and Chelsea.
Reasons to volunteer
Would you like to assist an isolated person to feel less lonely, particularly during this difficult time? Would you like to provide them with the emotional support and confidence that will help them to feel happier in their everyday life?

 You will know that you have helped someone to feel more connected to society and less lonely
 Full induction, ongoing training and support (all provided remotely). This includes training on: communication, empathy, health and safety, confidentiality and safeguarding
 Opportunity to enhance your CV and to learn new skills
 We are able to provide references to employers and/or further education establishments

Time commitment

We ask our befrienders to volunteer one hour a week, for a minimum of six months; either remotely over the telephone or in person, or a combination of the two - this is something the volunteer and their befriendee can agree between them, whatever they are most comfortable with!
What measures have you put in place to ensure volunteers’ safety during COVID-19?
We carry out Covid Risk assessments for all volunteers who will be befriending in person.

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.