Top 5 London Volunteering Opportunities
This week we’re delighted to feature a volunteering opportunity from fellow Nesta New Radicals winner Mazí Mas. Other great positions include helping out on a thriving city farm and getting creative with Mental Fight Club.
Don’t forget; if you have a volunteering opportunity you’d like us to share please do email us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Social Media and Communications volunteer
Mazí Mas is a social enterprise that creates and sells authentic home cooking via pop up restaurants across London while employing women from migrant and refugee communities.
The Social Media and Communications volunteer will be in charge of maintaining Mazí Mas’s different social media channels, boosting their profile, running the website and newsletter, and sustaining outreach to other media and relevant parties so as to promote and develop the project. The role will require up to 3 hours dedicated to the weekly team meeting, and between 8 and 10 hours of independent work.
For more details on the position and how to apply visit their website.
Listening volunteer for Samaritans
Where: Across the UK
Listening volunteers deliver the Samaritans’ service to people who get in touch by phone, email, letter and in person at one of their 201 branches.
You don’t need to have previous experience or qualifications, but you do need to be interested in other people and be open-minded. You also need to be over 18 years old.
They want volunteers from a range of backgrounds and circumstances, because they believe this helps them provide the best service for people who contact them. In many branches listening volunteers also reach out to people in their community – talking about Samaritans and their work in schools, colleges and community groups.
Spitalfields City Farm
Where: Buxton Street, London E1 5AR
When: Saturdays 10am – 4pm
Spitalfields City Farm was originally set up by volunteers in 1978 and they still rely on volunteers today to help maintain the farm and gardens, look after the animals and assist in delivering projects.
If you love nature and want to help out, here is how you can get involved.
Dragon Cafe Seeks Creative Volunteers!
Dragon Cafe, part of Mental Fight Club, is a not-for-profit organisation with a reputation for running inspirational creative events and projects around mental health and wellbeing.
They need fit and able people to help with the following:
Monday 9am – mid-day – being part of their dynamic team and hardworking team and helping with setting up our project
Monday 6.30pm – 9.30pm – help with overseeing the space, assisting creative delivery as well as being part of the pack down team at the end of the day
Monday – various shifts throughout the day – working in the Kitchen serving food, clearing tables, washing dishes etc. 4-5 hours Max
Previous experience is not necessary. The main thing they need is a willingness to commit to regular, weekly volunteering every Monday (they are only open on Mondays), good physical health and a willingness to listen to and learn from shift leads. If you or someone you know is interested in volunteering then do get in touch with Seth Hunter, Project Manager, by emailing email@example.com or call 07867 330967.
Volunteer with Neighbours in Poplar
Where: various locations across Poplar
Neighbours in Poplar came into being in October 1969, when some concerned people gathered together a large number of senior citizens in Pope John House for a Christmas Party.
Because this was so successful and a need had obviously been met, volunteers began to meet regularly, visiting and providing necessary service for people living in the Poplar area of Tower Hamlets, London E14. They are always looking for volunteers to help with their various services across Poplar. You can read more about how you can help here and email Nazma on firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to get involved.