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This week’s Top 5 volunteering opportunities

Top 5 London (2)

1. SOBA (Support our Buddhist Arts)! would like some budding sous chefs.

When: Saturday 13th December – 2pm – 5pm

Where: London Buddhist Arts Centre – Eastbourne House, Bullards Place, London E2 0PT

SOBA needs volunteers for its fundraising event for Triratna Arts and for the purchase of their new venue… Hear about the project and learn more about them at: Eastbourne House Arts

Guardian Renee will be the head chef and will be mastering the meal, she needs help chopping and peeling etc. from 2pm.  More information on the event via their Facebook page.

2. The Canvas needs some DIY enthusiasts

When: Tuesday 2nd December 10am-5pm

Where: The Canvas, 42 Hanbury Street, London. E1 5JL

Help needed at Canvas on Tuesday December 2nd for little paint jobs and general beautifying.  If anyone has a few spare hours between 10 and 5 please get in touch with Margriet. – margriet.schuring@gmail.com

There is usually some greet coffee and cake involved.

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3. Volunteers needed for Lark Row Community Garden

Where: Lark Row Community Garden, E2 9JA

When: Tuesday 9th December 9.30 – 12.30

Come along to a winter maintenance session at Lark Row and get involved in a variety of tasks, including pruning, litter picking and bulb planting.  This space is reliant on volunteers so please come down and help! Please wear suitable clothing and footwear. Gloves and equipment provided.

For more information or to register your interest please contact Sam Dundas-Dunbar:


4. Male Mentors needed with Friendship Works

When: Ongoing

Where: Camden and Islington

Friendship works currently has a list of boys aged 5-15 who would like a mentor they can work with.  Some of the boys would like to have a positive role model, some would like to do sporting activities and some have never had a male presence in their life.

Friendship Works need someone to step forward and make a positive change in the lives of these young teens.  Volunteers meet up with their mentees for a few hours, mostly at weekends, to build friendships with them.  They have positive volunteers who lead full lives and they have a lot of experience and interests to share with the child they mentor. Outings are simple and local, from visiting a museum or park, to going for a hot chocolate and a chat.

Apply through there website: http://www.friendshipworks.org.uk/volunteer/

5. Hackney Co-Operative Developments – have volunteering opportunities

When: Ongoing

Where: Hackney Co-operative Developments, Bradbury Street N16 8JN

Whatever you’re interested in doing, in terms of volunteering in Hackney, HCD can help you to achieve your aspirations. If you are wondering about an internship opportunity well your problem is solved because HCD is the answer.  They will help you to understand what a Social enterprise is or how the co-operative movement works. They will shape a role that will develop you and this will support the work they do to grow the social economy in Hackney.

If you want to volunteer at community and cultural events that will bring entertainment to Dalston Town Centre, they have plenty of opportunities to get involved as a friend of Gillett Square and HCD and partners programme a wide range of events for more info you can contact info@hcd.coop to learn more.


The last two opportunities were researched and written up by our work experience student Alhassan.