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Volunteering opportunities

Find out how you can support and volunteer in roles that can help make a difference across Westminster.

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.

West End LIVE, Event Stewarding Volunteering Opportunity - Saturday 22 June

For the month of June, the next big featured outdoor event is the amazing Westend LIVE showcase of performances in Trafalgar Square. We are seeking 10 volunteers on Saturday to support with customer engagement roles for the Westend LIVE showcase performances.

West End LIVE is presented by Westminster City Council and the Society of London Theatre with support from the Mayor of London.

The show features live performances from London's most celebrated West End musicals with over 50 performances expected to take place over the weekend in Trafalgar Square. Thousands of theatre fans are expected to turn up on the day.

If you would like to volunteer, we are looking for 10 volunteers to support the stewarding team who are pro-active, can provide directions and manage large queues.  You will be positioned outside the event area and expected to go as far back as Trafalgar Square, Holborn and Charing Cross Station. We are also looking for 2 volunteers to help support in the Information Tent on Sunday 23 June.

These roles are suitable for volunteers who are confident interacting and directing the public, engaging with large crowds and able to stand for a few hours.  

Please sign up below as places are limited this year!

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Westminster Connects - Gardening and Events Volunteering

This season with a mix of sunshine and rainfall, Westminster Connects has seen a demand for gardening volunteers to help vulnerable adults in the community tidy up their gardens so they can enjoy their space. Thank you to our current regular volunteers, Michael, Helen, Dick and Jono for their support and making a difference. We are seeking some more volunteers to join our group, if you are interested in gardening, please sign up below

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Chair and Trustee roles at Citizens Advice Westminster

Citizens Advice provides free, independent and impartial advice and information to help people resolve their problems. Last year Citizens Advice Westminster helped nearly 28,000 people resolve a crisis over money, benefits, debt, housing, employment or other life challenging problems.

We are looking for two trustees to join our board and help us to continue to provide vital services to the diverse communities of Westminster:

  • Chair: The Chair holds the Board and Executive Team to account for Citizens Advice Westminster’s vision and mission, providing leadership to the Board and ensuring effective governance of the charity. The Chair is pivotal in creating the conditions for overall board and individual trustee effectiveness.
  • Trustee: we're looking for new trustee with broad legal expertise to provide strategic direction; and help both the Chief Executive Officer and the Board ensure best practice in risk assessment and compliance. 

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Advantages of Age Facebook Advertising Volunteer

Advantages of Age runs business courses to support older people to become self-employed. We are funded by Local Authorities, grants from trusts and foundations and, since we started our award-winning Startup School for Seniors, has helped over 500 people to learn how to start a business.

We have been gifted ad credits by a Meta employee to help us recruit more people to Startup School for Seniors and to help build our new Get Work Done Club. We require someone who can help with the latter, discovering how we can use Facebook/Insta ads to grow awareness of this new proposition.

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Become a Paddington Development Trust Community Champion!

Paddington Development Trust is a charity committed to empowering and supporting residents within our community. Our Community Champions program is a cornerstone of our efforts. Community champions are enthusiastic volunteers who promote health and well-being messages among their friends, families, and neighbours.

We are seeking individuals passionate about making a positive impact to join our team of community champions. Volunteers are required to attend training sessions and share the knowledge gained with their networks.

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Become a Paddington Development Trust Maternity Champion!

Paddington Development Trust is a charity committed to empowering and supporting residents within our community. The Maternity Champions program is one of our key services. Maternity champions are enthusiastic volunteers who support pregnant/new mums and their babies in the local community.

We are seeking individuals passionate about making a positive impact to join our team of Maternity Champions. Volunteers will gain accredited NCT training on Birth & Beyond and Breastfeeding Support.

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Woman's Trust Communications Assistant

Woman’s Trust has been a leading advocate and provider of mental health support to women affected by domestic abuse in safe, women-only spaces, for almost 30 years. We enable women to rebuild their lives, by providing counselling and therapy, to address the psychological harm and long-lasting impact of domestic abuse on women’s mental health and wellbeing.

n this volunteer role you will be reporting to the Head of Communications and working with the team to support the communications activities of Woman’s Trust. You will be happy to support on our existing projects. Activities will include:

  • Scanning the news for related stories to our services and changes in policy
  • You will be confident at using software such as Canva to create social media graphics and leaflets following our brand guidelines
  • Answering emails to our communications email account and making sure anything urgent is picked up by the relevant team member
  • If you are able to update content on the website that would be a bonus

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Volunteer Bandstand Assistants needed at 2024 Regent's Park Music Festival

JOB TITLE: Bandstand Assistant

The concert programme will begin in mid-June and end in mid-September. There will be concerts on the main Bandstand every Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday with two sessions, from 12:00 to 14.00 and 15.00 to 17.00. There will also be concerts on Saturdays from 2:00 to 4:00 on the Broadwalk Bandstand across from the Broadwalk Cafe.

MAIN DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIESOF VOLUNTEERS

  • To support the activities of the Bandstand Manager
  • To help in case of emergencies
  • Before and after concerts, help erect and take down banners attached to the Bandstand rails/pillars (Broadwalk)
  • Video a single piece of about 1.5 minutes of the band playing using your mobile phone. Send the video by We Transfer to [email protected]
  • Use clicker to record approximately how many in audience (count taken 2 or 3 times per performance)
  • Hand out flyers to the audience
  • Interact with the audience to help if requested
  • Where possible, promote the Music Festival, The Friends of Regent’s Park & Primrose Hill, and the Sponsors.
  • Where possible, encourage donations at the donation boxes.

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Adult Literacy Trust Volunteer Reading Coach

The Adult Literacy Trust (ALT) seeks to provide adult learners the opportunity to break the cycle of exclusion and poor literacy, by providing personalised support in basic reading skills.

The charity is seeking Reading Coach volunteers to support the delivery of literacy learning at Entry Levels 2 and 3, and Level 1. In particular, to work with and provide support to adult learners on a 1-1 or 1-2 basis. 

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Free to be kids Residential Project has multiple volunteering opportunities!

Free To Be supports particularly vulnerable children to begin to change their stories about who they are, and who they can be. We help children who have often grown up with significant adversity or hardship to more often feel proud of themselves and to experience feeling brave, adventurous, included and successful - often for the first time in a long time. We do this via overnight adventures and nature based residentials; weekend groups; and mentoring support. 

1. Kitchen Crew volunteer: You’ll stay on-site for 1 week and ensure that our adventures are possible by creating nutritious meals for the children, running cooking workshops for the young people and you also have the option to go out on the activities too! You’ll spend your days singing along to the radio whilst you food prep with the other Kitchen Crew team members, going for walks to pick flowers to decorate the tables or just generally helping out with things around the site. 

2. Residential Group Leader: You’ll stay on-site for 1 week, and gain invaluable experience working with a dynamic range of truly incredible children to help them have a break and a chance to get continual positive adult support. Alongside at least one other volunteer, you will help foster the empowerment of young people from a variety of underprivileged backgrounds, showcasing their individual spirits through inclusivity and togetherness.

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Community Celebration Event Volunteer needed!

The Community Priorities Programme is a grants programme funded by the council and coordinated by our communities department. This event is for people to meet the Community priorities team (a part of Westminster Council) and learn more about the fund. Attendees will get the chance to connect with neighbours, savour delicious food, and participate in exciting activities. 

There will be options to support the event in several ways including:

  • General support
  • Information stall
  • Food support
  • Activity stall 

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New opportunity with Westminster Connects! Compassionate Companions

This rewarding opportunity provides a chance for volunteers to make a real difference within their community by supporting residents to integrate into society and combat loneliness.

Responsibilities include:

  • Basic IT support including assisting with emails 
  • ‘Life Admin’ support including organising letters, booking appointments and correspondence 
  • Providing company and well-being support
  • Basic support with food and drink

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Volunteers needed for Pride in London 2024!

Pride in London has a renewed sense of purpose to highlight the challenges still facing the LGBTQI+ community today. It aims to raise awareness of LGBTQI+ issues and campaign for the freedoms that will allow all of the community to live their lives on a genuinely equal footing.  

You'll be at the heart of the event, joining one of the many shifts with hundreds of other volunteers who are integral in helping Pride in London to deliver a safe event. As a volunteer you may involved in helping to:

  • Keep the parade flowing
  • Supervise crossing points
  • Liaise with parade groups
  • Be the point of contact for spectators
  • Shake fundraising buckets
  • Support volunteer check-in

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Introduction to Westminster Connects Session

We are inviting Westminster Connects volunteers to attend a Volunteer Introduction Session at City Hall. These sessions will provide volunteers with information about our Westminster Connects volunteering service, guidelines, expectations and a chance to meet other Westminster Connects volunteers. 

The sessions are planned to be informative, fun and to provide you with a better understanding of what it means to be a Westminster Connects volunteer, what is expected from you and what you can expect from us. The sessions will be participatory in a workshop setting with an opportunity for you to ask questions.

Some of the topics covered will be:

  • Role of the Volunteer
  • Expectations
  • Volunteering Opportunities
  • How to navigate our digital newsletters
  • Health and Safety
  • Safeguarding
  • GDPR
  • Training
  • Recognition & Incentives

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The Abbey Centre has multiple volunteering opportunities available!

To promote the health and wellbeing of local people is the heart of this project. We do this by hosting a broad range of community activities that support some of our communities most vulnerable residents. We help them access local services that are delivered by the Abbey Centre and partners. We work with local health & wellbeing organisations such as NHS partnerships.

1. Community Champions is part of a wider Public Health Service commissioned by Westminster Council. 

2. Young at Heart - Assist in setting up and helping with creative activities, engaging and talking to service users who attend the Young at Heart clubs and reporting any issues straight away, in line with the Abbey Centre safeguarding policies.

3. Hot Meals Project - The Abbey Centre is currently seeking volunteers to help with running the weekly Hot Meals on Wednesdays and Fridays from 4pm to 8:30pm.

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Become a host with Refugees at Home

Refugees at Home connects people with a spare room to refugees and asylum seekers in need of somewhere to stay.  We don’t think people who come to the UK for sanctuary should end up on the streets. Our vision is for every refugee and every person seeking asylum to have a safe place to stay.

We are recruiting volunteer hosts who are willing to offer a temporary home and a helping hand. Our role is to assess each guest and host, match according to preferences, advise on hosting arrangements and preparations, and provide ongoing support to hosts throughout the placement.

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Workshop Facilitators needed for Children's Climate Action Project

Climate Ed is an educational charity which teaches children about climate change. We operate across London and have worked with many schools delivering assemblies and workshops about all aspects of climate change. We currently focus our work on primary schools by sending trained volunteers in to give workshops about climate science and carbon literacy. 

About the role:

  • As a volunteer you will go to a primary school in London to deliver a workshop programme about climate change/carbon footprints and inspire the children to start taking action on climate change. This involves:
  • Undertaking a short training to gain familiarity with the workshop materials (this can be done remotely).
  • Delivery of a programme of workshops (five in total, each lasting one hour) during school hours. (You won't manage the students alone - the teacher remains with you the whole time).
  • Providing feedback to Climate Ed about the effectiveness of the programme.
  • Conducting a follow-up evaluation with the workshop participants two months after the end of the programme to see how much CO2 they have saved.

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Published: 18 August 2023

Last updated: 17 May 2024