Volunteering Opportunities

Discover local volunteering opportunities!

You can find the latest roles on our Volunteer Centre Islington Simply Connect volunteering platform. If a hyperlink doesn’t redirect to the page, it might be possible the role is no longer active. If you can’t find a suitable role, attend a volunteering advice sessions or email us.

Opportunities by type of activity
Administration, Receptionist, Management | Arts, Activity Enabler | Children & Families, Mentoring | Cook & Food, Catering, Driving | Computers, Website Development, Graphic Design, Communications, Marketing | Customer Service, Retail, Charity Shop | Fundraising, Finance, Law | Green initiatives, Gardening, DIY | Health, Wellbeing, Mental Health, Befriender | Residential | Sports, Physical Activity, Walk, Exercise | Teaching, Reading


Volunteering roles at events (one-off)

Alzheimer’s Research UK – Cheer with Alzheimer’s Research UK at the iconic London Marathon (21 April)

Islington Faiths Forum – Admin Support – Tuesday 30th April 2024

Sense – London Marathon Cheer Point Volunteer (21 April)

Teenage Cancer Trust – Aldi Collection Weekend 2024 (3, 4 & 5 May) Volunteer

Walk the Walk – MoonWalk London 2024 (18 May) – Event Volunteers Needed! Help us to dance through the darkness, by clapping, cheering and supporting our Walkers at our Fabulous MoonWalk Fiesta!


Administration, Receptionist, Management

Herpes Viruses Association and Shingles Support Society – Administrative Assistant

Holloway Neighbourhood Group – Community Centre Volunteer

Holloway Neighbourhood Group – Service User Support: Reception and Activities

International Aid for the Protection & Welfare of Animals (IAPWA) – Islington Community Coordinator Volunteer

London Canal Museum – Front of House Volunteer

Newington Green Alliance – Event Management Volunteer

Newington Green Alliance – Community Conference Team Member

Refugee Education UK – Volunteer Educational Mentor

Refugee Therapy Centre – Volunteer Administrative Assistant

ScotsCare – Volunteer Receptionist

Volunteer Centre Islington – Community Volunteering Advisors

Voluntary Action Islington – Islington Local Wellbeing Network Project Support Volunteer


Arts, Activity Enabler

Angel Shed – Performing Arts Volunteer

Art Explora – Arts at Home Volunteer

Art Explora – Mini Art Explorers: deliver fun and lively art sessions for children aged 2-5

King’s Head Theatre – Theatre Team Volunteer

The Stuart Low Trust – Art Workshop Assistance

The Stuart Low Trust – Choir Workshop

The Stuart Low Trust – Saturday Assistant Volunteer Role


Children & Families, Youth, Women, Mentoring

Bookmark Reading – Reading Volunteer

Friendship Works – Friendship Works Mentor

HomeStart Camden & Islington – Family Support Volunteer

IntoUniversity – Academic Support Tutor

IntoUniversity – University Student Mentor

Laamiga – Volunteer Female Mentor

Light Project Pro International – Volunteer Employability Mentor

Light Project Pro International – Volunteer Homework Club Teaching Assistant

Little Village – Family Connections: chatting to families on the telephone

Ministry of Stories – Writing Mentor

National Childbirth Trust – NCT Islington Community Builder

National Childbirth Trust – NCT Islington Community Volunteer

Newington Green Alliance – Women’s mutual coaching community session leader/organiser

Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice – Home Support Volunteer

NSPCC – Building Connections Volunteer Befriender

Refugee Education UK – Volunteer Educational Mentor

Sense – Virtual Buddy Volunteer

The Kids Network – Children’s Mentor – Change a Little Londoner’s Life

The Kids Network – Mentors needed for local children in Borough of Islington


Cook & Food, Catering, Driving

Cook for Good – Volunteer Pantry Assistant @The Old Laundry

Free to Be Kids – Minibus Mechanic

Light Project Pro International – Volunteer Homework Club Chef

Manor Gardens Welfare Trust – Islington Food Partnership: Food Hub Connector

Manor Gardens Welfare Trust – Islington Food Partnership: Food Hub Volunteer

Migrateful – Help Support Our Migrant and Refugee-Led Cookery Classes in London

ScotsCare – Volunteer Caterer for Food Preparation

The Stuart Low Trust – Friday Evening Tea & Food Servers Volunteer

The Stuart Low Trust – Friday Evening Food Preparation Volunteer Role

The Salvation Army – Transport volunteer Driver &/or Chaperone

The View Magazine – Volunteer Cafe Manager (3 volunteer posts available PT)

Whittington Park Community Association – Lunch Club and Activities Assistance


Migrateful is an award winning charity which brings people together through a common love of food and culture – we train asylum seekers, refugees & migrants to teach cookery classes where they share their traditional cuisines with the public.


Computers, Website, IT, Graphic Design, Communications, Marketing

Elthorne Pride – IT Support

Evelyn Oldfield Unit – Communication and Social Media Volunteer

GrassRootsWeb – Volunteer Web Designer

Imece Women’s Centre – Social Media Volunteer

Mer-IT – IT support for Digitally Excluded members of the community

MRS Independent Living – Digital Support Volunteer

Newington Green Alliance – Community Communications Volunteer


Customer Service, Retail, Charity Shop

Little Village – Baby Bank Volunteer: stock sorting and family shop

Little Village – Signposting & Guidance (North London)

Oxfam – Trainee Admin and Recruitment Volunteer (Islington Bookshop)

Oxfam Highgate – Fashion & Home Sales Assistant Volunteer

Oxfam High Street – Shop Assistant

Sue Ryder (Islington) – General Shop Volunteer

Sue Ryder (Islington) – Stock Processor Volunteer

The Stuart Low Trust – Meeting & Greeting Volunteer

Whittington Health Charity – Charity Merchandise Stall Volunteer


Fundraising, Finance, Law

Centre for Justice Innovation – Community Advice Volunteer

Head Held High – Fundraiser for youth violence reduction, improving mental health through the arts

Newington Green Alliance – Fundraising Volunteer

Refugee Therapy Centre – Book-Keeper

Sense – Fundraising Administration Volunteer

Terrence Higgins Trust – Volunteer Ambassador


Green initiatives, Gardening, DIY

Climate Ed – Workshop Facilitator

Culpeper Community Garden – Volunteer Gardener

Energy Garden – Community Garden Volunteer

Family Futures CIC – Maintenance Volunteer

Islington Ecology Centre – Nature Conservation Volunteer

Memory Gardens – Trustee


Volunteer in a park: Islington Community Rangers

Volunteering in an Islington Park is a great way to meet new people, improve your physical and mental wellbeing, gain practical skills and give back to your local community. Help with a range of tasks, such as pruning shrubs, creating bug hotels, planting, cultivating soil, composting, litter picking, weeding and sweeping.

There is no need to book – you can just turn up. Tools, equipment, protective items, and safety instructions will be provided. Please bring outdoor clothing, gloves, and sturdy shoes or boots.


Date Meeting place Time
Friday 5 April 2024 Whittington Park 11am-1pm
Friday 12 April 2024 Caledonian Park 11am-1pm
Friday 3 May 2024 Whittington Park 11am-1pm
Friday 10 May 2024 Caledonian Park 11am-1pm
Friday 7 June 2024 Whittington Park 11am-1pm
Friday 14 June 2024 Caledonian Park 11am-1pm
Friday 5 July 2024 Whittington Park 11am-1pm
Friday 12 July 2024 Caledonian Park 11am-1pm


The Garden Classroom runs community gardening sessions in three locations!

They are increasing biodiversity and wildlife habitats and creating imaginative gardens to promote nature connection for everyone to enjoy. Whether you’re a seasoned gardener or just starting out, our sessions offer a fantastic opportunity to: cultivate new friendships in the heart of your community; learn valuable gardening skills; transform your local greenspaces into beautiful gardens for all to enjoy; and promote biodiversity and create wildlife-friendly gardens.

Discover the joy of gardening with The Garden Classroom!


Health, Wellbeing, Mental Health, Befriender, Champions

Age UK Islington – Future Matters Volunteering

Bridging the Gap – Mentor for someone at risk of homelessness, offending or addiction

Central and North West London Foundation Trust – Breathe Stop Smoking Volunteer

Circles of Protection – People with Learning Disabilities are looking for their befrienders

Friendship Works – Friendship Works Care Leaver Mentor

HIAS+JCORE – Befriender for Young Refugees & Asylum Seekers

Islington Council – Hate Crime Prevention Champion

Islington Mind – Integrated Community Support Volunteers

Islington Mind – Structured Intervention Support Volunteers

Marie Curie – Companion (Befriender Norh London)

Newington Green Alliance – Community Outreach Volunteer

Newington Green Alliance – Dismantle Bias, Build Empathy: Volunteer with ‘What Are They Thinking?’ (WATT)

Peter Bedford Housing Association – Community Based Wellbeing and Support Volunteer

ScotsCare – Family Support Befriender Volunteer

St Joseph’s Hospice – Dementia Wellbeing East London Volunteer

St Joseph’s Hospice – Empowered Living Team

St Joseph’s Hospice – Islington Bereavement Service

St Joseph’s Hospice – Namaste Care Service Volunteer

Talk for Health – Group Facilitator

Terrence Higgins Trust – Positive Voices Volunteer



Free to Be Kids – Residential Project Kitchen Crew

Free to Be Kids – Residential Project Group Leader

Free to Be Kids – Residential Project Driver

Over the Wall – Camp Team Mate

Over the Wall – Clinical Volunteer

Refugees at Home – Islington Volunteer Host

Sports, Physical Activity, Walk, Exercise

Islington Mind – Hand in Hand Project Peer Travel Buddy

Travel Hands – Flexible Walking Volunteer


Teaching, Reading

Action Tutoring – Volunteer tutor (English or maths)

Coram Beanstalk – Trained Reading Helper

IntoUniversity – Academic Support Tutor

Light Project Pro International – Mathematics Volunteer

Light Project Pro International – Volunteer Teaching Assistant

Light Project Pro International – Volunteer Teaching Assistant (Art)

Literacy Pirates – Literacy Support Volunteer (Crewmate)

Number Champions – Primary School Teacher (past or present) to mentor volunteer maths tutors


Trusteeship, Governance

Copenhagen Youth Project – Chair of Trustees for a Youth Club

EcoCounts – Trustee / Treasurer for Climate Charity with Accounts or Finance Experience

St Luke’s School Trust – Trustee


The British Transport Police is also looking for young people, aged 13-17 years old, to become Cadets and those aged 18 years and over to become Cadet Leaders. Become part of this unique experience and join the policing family and volunteer in their local community.