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This week’s top five volunteering opportunities


Top 5 London (2)

1. After Hiroshima Project Interviewer   
When: Ongoing, please apply ASAP   London Bubble
Where: London Bubble, 5 Elephant Lane, London, SE16 4JD 
Commitment level: Moderate
Any other Dot Dot Dot guardians involved: No
The After Hiroshima project will explore and disseminate the woefully neglected subject of contemporary British reactions to the world’s first atomic bomb being dropped on Hiroshima in 1945. The project will examine how the longer term response grew into the peace movement of the 1950’s and 1960’s, including the formation of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament. The stories and research will be gathered into a new show to be performed in early 2016. London Bubble are looking for volunteers for a team of interviewers who will explore and record personal responses to the atomic bomb. Oral history training will be provided on Saturday 11th of April by an accredited Oral History Society/British Library trainer. Please see here for more information and contact Ruth on 02017 237 4434 to be a part of the project.

2. Easter Duck Hunt Trail Leaders   
When: Various times between Saturday 28th March and Sunday 12th April.    London Wetlands
Where: WWT London Wetland Centre, Queen Elizabeth’s Walk, Barnes, London SW13 9WT
Commitment Level: Low
Any Dot Dot Dot guardians involved: No
The London Wetland Centre is looking for volunteers to support them in encouraging visitors to take part in their giant Easter duck hunt trail. Spring is a wonderful time to visit WWT London Wetland Centre as new life is bursting out all around with babies, bugs and buds so it’s a great time to get involved. Volunteers will be interacting with visitors about the giant Easter duck hunt trail, particularly talking to children and adults about how they enjoyed it and what they have learned. Also directing visitors to trail points and helping them if they get stuck. An induction, training and support will be provided. WWT believes the best way for people to understand and connect to the wetlands is to experience them, so if you want to get involved, please look here.

3. Refashioning Aldgate Volunteers
When: 25th & 26th of April   HubBub
Where: Somerset House F60 First Floor, The Strand, London WC2R 1LA and Aldgate, London EC3N 1AH
Commitment level: Low
Any other Dot Dot Dot guardians involved: No
Fashion Revolution Day marks 2 years since 1133 people were killed and over 2500 were injured when the Rana Plaza factory complex collapsed in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Social and environmental catastrophes in fashion supply chains continue and Fashion Revolution says enough is enough. Refashioning Aldgate will be celebrating the diversity of food and fashion in the Aldgate area, with a strong emphasis on sustainability and the circular economy. The festival will both mark the start of Refashion Week 2015 and plant seeds for mid and long term regenerative fashion endeavours in Aldgate’s underused spaces. Events and a walking tour will unravel the area’s century’s old fashion and textiles heritage and use Aldgate’s rag trade roots as an impetus for people to think about where their clothes are made now and to what ends. The festival aims to empower Londoners to make the most of their clothes through various re-fashioning activities and provide them with the opportunity to explore London’s fashion history.
Volunteers could really help to bring this event to life through their creative input. Refashioning Aldgate needs lively individuals with a passion for food, fashion or sustainability.You may want to lend a hand with the marketing, planning or execution of the day. You may want to spend a week with the team, or just contribute a few hours.Get in touch with what it is about this festival that interests you and the role that you would ideally like to play.

4. The Moonwalk London 2015 Event Cyclist

When: 16th May 2015   Walk the walk
Where: MoonWalk City, Clapham Common, London SW4 9DE
Commitment level: Low
Any other Dot Dot Dot guardians involved: No
Walk the Walk raises money and awareness for breast cancer, and hosts walking events throughout the year. For the Moonwalk they are in need of five cycle teams that support the walkers and route marshals along the sections of the route overnight. The cycle team is dedicated to being the front and back markers for the Full Moon and Half Moon routes and the other teams work together to provide support as required along sections of the route. Look here to be a part of this fun night.

5. Speak Street Language Cafe Journalist
When: Ongoing   Speak Street
Where: Camden, Islington and Peckham, London  
Commitment Level: Low
Any Dot Dot Dot guardians involved: No
Speak Street helps people improve their everyday English by bringing them together with their native English speaking neighbours, creating stronger more resilient communities. If you want to practice your interviewing and writing skills, then this opportunity is perfect. Volunteers will be needed to interview one of the attendees and write up a short piece (500 words or less) that will be published on the website and shared on social media. This opportunity is flexible and one off capturing the stories behind the people who attend the Speak Street language cafe. Have a look at their website for more information.