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Coronavirus - how you can help

Read about how you can support and volunteer in roles that can help make a difference to everyone.

Published on: 11 February 2021

Last updated: 12 May 2021

Volunteering opportunities

Westminster Connects’ volunteering service helps to connect individuals and organisations that want to help with those who need support.

Below you will find a list of volunteering opportunities currently looking for support.

Provide virtual support to local families

Family Lives is a charity with over three decades of experience helping parents to deal with the changes that are a constant part of family life. Family Lives is currently delivering ParentChild+, a home learning programme, virtually to families in the London Boroughs of Westminster and Kensington & Chelsea. The charity is looking for dual language volunteers - particularly Nepalese and Tigrinya speakers - with Early Years’ experience to support families on the ParentChild+ programme.

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Social media savvy volunteer wanted

Carers Network are a non-for-profit charity that supports over 5,300 unpaid carers across the London boroughs of Westminster, Hammersmith and Fulham and Kensington and Chelsea. Do you enjoy using social media or have experience using it as part of work? Perhaps you are a hashtag guru looking to develop your career in journalism or communications. If writing and social media is your passion, Carers Network needs you to help run its social media marketing campaign over Carers Week 2021 (7th-13th June).

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Setup a data system for Breathe Easy

Breathe Easy Westminster is one of 230 British Lung Foundation support groups. It is based in Westminster and is entirely patient-led and patient-funded. Do you have experience in data management? Breathe Easy currently has its membership data distributed and duplicated between Excel, Mail Chimp, online registrations, hard copy membership forms, an Outlook group and a mobile texting list. Can you help the charity develop a better system to manage the data of its 200+ members?

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Maths tutors needed to support primary school children

Number Champions supports state primary school children who are struggling with maths and numeracy. Its in-school volunteers work one-to-one with children who are behind in maths and help them acquire skills and confidence, improving their educational and life chances. The charity is looking for volunteer tutors for the academic year 2021-22. You do not need any background in maths or teaching – just basic numeracy and the commitment and interpersonal skills to help young children.

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Accounts assistant wanted for London Basketball Association (LBA)

The London Basketball Association (LBA) provides sustainable and regular participation in the sport of basketball whilst aiding and encouraging a variety of career paths for young people living in London’s most deprived and isolated communities. The LBA is seeking a driven and hardworking individual to join its small but intensely committed team as an Accounts assistant. The volunteer would provide support to the accounting department by working closely with the Accounts Manager to create and maintain solid relationships with clients and carry out basic bookkeeping and accounting tasks.

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Fundraisers and grant writers needed for Abundance Arts

Abundance Arts offers African drumming workshops, performances, interactive storytelling, dance, and visual arts workshops for people of all ages. It also provides services where most needed, working within the most deprived wards, improving wellbeing and outcomes working with the local communities, engaging, and benefiting young people, families, women and older people. Do you have experience of grant writing or fundraising? Abundance Arts is looking for two or three experienced fundraisers who can assist with grant applications and proposal writing.

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Volunteering Q&A session (online)

Are you looking to volunteer in Westminster? One Westminster will be running an online Volunteering Q&A session for Westminster Connects volunteers to meet local charities & community organisations, and find out about all the exciting volunteering opportunities they have available. The next session will be held on Friday 4 June, 12.30-1.30pm.

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WAES Conversation Club

Westminster Adult Education Service (WAES) are looking for volunteers to chat with students in a relaxed and informal setting to help with their learning of the English language. The Conversation Club usually runs twice a month with the option to visit a college and chat in a socially distanced small group, or chat via a TEAMS video call. In you’d like to get involved please specify if you are happy to meet at our colleges (Pimlico/Lisson Grove/WCC City Hall Victoria St.), join a TEAMS meeting or both.

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Become a Befriender for Family Lives

Family Lives is a charity with over three decades of experience helping parents to deal with the changes that are a constant part of family life. The charity is looking to recruit and train 4 new volunteers to become befrienders across its various projects. Befrienders will provide virtual and telephone support for families around issues such as parenting, isolation, mental health, financial, housing, etc. DBS checks will be carried out for all volunteers.

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Library volunteering – help a homework club for children

Westminster Libraries are looking for volunteers to support to support 7-11 year olds with their homework after school. This would consist of activities on a weekly basis supported by a member of the library team. Homework clubs give children a space to work and get some support on their homework. This is a great opportunity for people wanting to help children build back some of what was not available during lockdown.

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Covid-19 Health Champions wanted

Covid-19, and the measures taken in response, continue to impact all of us. The COVID-19 Health Champions network empowers thousands of Westminster residents to remain up to date on the latest advice about COVID-19. The council will keep you informed of the latest advice and guidance so that you can help your family, friends and other community members to make sense of the latest facts about the virus. By having and sharing clear information, you, your friends, family and community can make informed choices.

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