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Top 5 London Volunteering Opportunities

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From giving guided tours of one of London’s most iconic buildings to teaching young people lifesaving first aid skills, this week’s volunteering roundup is a mixed bag. Get involved, learn something new and happy volunteering!

Don’t forget; if you have a volunteering opportunity you’d like us to share please do email us on hello@dotdotdotproperty.com.

Painting a new community cafe
Where: Hanbury Street, Spitalfields

When: ASAP, Ongoing
Social enterprise The Canvas are looking for volunteers to do some painting at their new site.

The Canvas is a cafe, workshop and theatre space that offers self-esteem and confidence workshops, and hosts an ever-changing debate on its walls, encouraging self-expression and community cohesion.

Sound like fun? Contact hello@thecanvascafe.org − they’re based at 42 Hanbury St E1 5JL and need volunteers week days and this weekend.


Make it! Mentor
Where: Tower Hamlets

When: November 2014 – June 2015
Make it! is a mentoring programme run by charity Toynbee Hall for Year 7 and 8 pupils aged 11-13 years old in secondary schools in Tower Hamlets. They work with schools to identify vulnerable and socially isolated young people who would benefit from a consistent and supportive relationship with an adult.

From November 2014 – June 2015 Make it! Mentors will be meeting regularly with their mentees in their schools, building relationships and helping them to set personal goals and achieve them.

More information and an application form can be found here. Please send your application form by Friday 3rd September to volunteering@toynbeehall.org.uk.


Deliver interactive first aid sessions to young people in the community
Where: Shadwell, E1 0BL

When: Recurring opportunity
St John Ambulance are looking for volunteers to deliver interactive and practical first aid sessions for young people in their local communities. All volunteers will receive comprehensive training before beginning their volunteering. This involves essential first aid skills as well as a free BTEC in Peer Education, which offers the skills needed to successfully lead groups of young people.

They recruit volunteers every 6 weeks, so this is a recurring opportunity. For more information about this opportunity please e-mail liam.hennessy@sja.org.uk or call 0207 7809859.


Various volunteer roles in a community cafe
Where: Morningside, E9

When: Start ASAP
Cafe Morningside are a new informal communal eatery based in the Morningside Community Centre. They are looking for a range of great volunteers to help them including – web designer, waiting staff, kitchen assistants and an accountant/bookkeeper.

Get in touch with the team via their website.


Volunteers needed for Balfron Season this September!
Where: Balfron Tower

When: weekends of 6-7 September and 20-21 September
During the month of September a series of art exhibitions, dinner debates, supper clubs and workshops will take place in the Balfron Tower as part of the Balfron Season.

Activities will include Open Studios for some of the artists currently living within the Tower, many of whom are creating work specifically for the Balfron Season.

Volunteers are being sought to act as guides and help facilitate access to exhibitions and activities on the weekends of 6-7 September and 20-21 September for Open House London.

What Bow Arts can offer:
− Expenses for food & travel
− Basic Training given by our experienced staff
− Hands on experience of working for an established arts organisation in the heart of East London

If you are interested in volunteering please email ledmunds@bowarts.com with ‘Volunteer’ in the subject heading and state your availability on the 6th, 7th, 20th and 21st September.

Deadline for expression of interest Wednesday 3rd September noon.

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