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This week’s top five volunteering opportunities

Top 5 London (2)


1. The Canvas Cafe
When: Tuesday April 7th 11am-5pm and Wednesday April 8th 11am-5pm   Canvas
Where: The Canvas Cafe, 42 Hanbury Street, London E1 5JL
Commitment level: Low
Any Dot Dot Dot guardians involved: Yes
The Canvas is a lively Cafe and Creative Venue in Shoreditch, that serves home-made food and hosts workshops and art events around the topics of confidence and self- esteem. The walls are a blank canvas for visitors thoughts, ideas, secrets and stories. With Spring kicking in it’s time to get the outside space of The Canvas ready for a ‘live’ street art project and lots of sunny days. Volunteers are needed to help paint the outside walls from a rusty red to a nice grey. The Canvas will provide drinks and snacks. Please email margriet.schuring@gmail.com if you are interested in helping.

2. Front of House Volunteers
When: Ongoing, either daytime or evening.
Where: Spotlight, 30 Hay Currie Street, E14 6GN (next door to Langdon Park DLR Station)
SpotlightCommitment Level: Moderate   
Any Dot Dot Dot guardians involved: No
Spotlight is a multi-million pound creative youth space designed to inspire. It is shaped by young people, for young people and its all free! It has state of the art studios. film, design and broadcast facilities with performance, dance, boxing, fashion spaces with a cafe, offices and meeting rooms. Spotlight are in need of a Front of House Volunteerwho will be a part of the team who welcomes all Spotlight users when they come into the building. They are looking for a volunteer who is willing to contribute positively to providing a safe, creative, inspiring and fun environment to meet the needs of all attending spotlight. Spotlight asks for a regular weekday commitment of at least 4 hours between 8am and 4pm and would like volunteers to stay with them for at least three months. Please email volunteering@wearespotlight.com to get involved.

3. Dance: Make Your Move Volunteers
When: Dates between 25th April and 12th July   Dance 2
Where: 44 Moorfields, London EC2Y 9AL
Commitment level: Low
Any other Dot Dot Dot guardians involved: No
Dance: Make Your Move is a British Red Cross dance competition open to dancers of all abilities aged 14-18. Dancers create a performance based around the work of the Red Cross and then get fundraising to support the Red Cross’ work helping with vulnerable people in crisis here in the UK and across the world. There are various roles available at the events held between April and July. These include backstage roles, front of house, presenting and being a stage manager. This is a great event and a really good way to gain hands on experience working as part of the British Red Cross events team. Take a look at the event page here and email dancemakeyourmove@redcross.org.uk to apply.

4. Welling United FC Ladies’ Day
When: April 11th    Jo's
Where: Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust, CAN Mezzanine, 49-51 East Road, London N1 6AH
Commitment level: Low
Any other Dot Dot Dot guardians involved: Low
Local football club Welling United FC is holding a Ladies’ Day at their match on Saturday 11th April where they will be raising funds and awareness for Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust. The ladies day will give all women and girls free entry to the football match and a chance to find out more about Jo’s cervical Cancer Trust and its vital work. They are in need of enthusiastic volunteers who are prepared to hold buckets at the entrance, exits and around the football grounds on the day. There will also be an information stand with materials provided by the charity. Take a look here to apply.

5. Learning Volunteer – Alexandra Palace
When: Ongoing, closing date 24th April    Alexandra Palace
Where: Alexandra Park and Palace Charitable Trust, Alexandra Palace Way, London N22 7AY
Commitment level: High
Any Dot Dot Dot guardians involved: No
Alexandra Palace first opened as ‘The Peoples Palace’ in 1873 and now provides a range of activities and events for all age groups to enjoy. They are currently seeking a Learning Volunteer to join the team and support their Learning Officer. The role will require developing and delivering education programmes for schools, families, community groups, lifelong learners and further/higher education visits. They are looking for someone friendly and approachable who is ready to help teach about Alexandra Palace and it’s history. If you are interested, please use this page to apply.