We welcome all types of volunteers, and have hundreds of opportunities for you to get involved in over many areas of interest and activities. You can volunteer for as little or as long as you like – from one hour a week, to several months or even years.
You can volunteer in an office or at home. You can help with growing a charity’s business, or you can just talk to people. You can join their board of directors (their trustees), or run a marketing campaign, or just walk someone’s dog.
“I am really delighted to tell how much I have got my life on track once again. My mentor has had a great impact on my confidence and helping me to learn a new skill and get confident with the use of the computer.”
Step Up participant.
And there are a number of ways you can search for your perfect match.
Do it yourself with an online search
You can search for volunteering opportunities online here. (Details of how the process works – registering and what VC Connect offers).
We offer individual appointments on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays when you will meet a trained advisor who will talk you through what’s available and help you find roles that match your interests, skills and availability.
Before you arrive, think about why you want to volunteer e.g. to have fun, learn new skills, try something new, and what you enjoy, so that we can narrow down the search. And feel free to bring someone with you, such as a friend or support worker.
Appointments need to be booked in advance. Phone us on 020 7241 4443 to book.
We can help you with corporate events, team-building days, or with sustainable volunteering programmes for your company. There’s also extra support available:
The Step Up project is our mentoring programme that encourages those suffering with mental health problems gain
self-confidence and new skills back into work. We have had a number of successes with this, some individuals found volunteering placements, while others found full-time employment. Neighbourhood Skills Share allows those in the community with social anxieties share their hidden talents.
Volunteers make a huge difference to the groups and communities they help. As well as helping others there is a lot you can gain from volunteering:
- Meet new people
- Develop new skills
- Get involved in the community
- Improve your CV if you are job-hunting
- Try out a new career
- Share what you know with others
- Or just to have some fun.
VCH can help you choose the right volunteering placement for you, based on what you want to do, who you want to help and how much time you can offer.
You could get involved in:
- Office administration or Reception
- Outdoor activities: working with animals 0r improving the environment
- Sports – coaching, fun runs, or organising tournaments
- Arts – film, theatre, dance, music
- Children and youth activities including mentoring and after school clubs
- Befriending an older resident or someone with disabilities.
We’ve had some great feedback from our volunteers, past and present. Here’s some recent feedback we received from one of our volunteers, highlighting just how great volunteering is for bringing you new opportunities and rewards:
“To Volunteer Centre Hackney,
Yes, I have started volunteering!
I began at Foundation Training Company or FTC about a month ago. They’ve recently been taken over by the St Giles trust so I am currently in the process of applying for further volunteering with them plus taking part in a 6-part course on mentoring at St Giles after succeeding in an interview for the position.
Thank you for your support, without VCH I wouldn’t have all these new opportunities and will happily recommend the centre to anyone I feel would benefit from it.
We have volunteering opportunities with over 400 different voluntary organisations across Hackney, all working with different client groups and providing a whole variety of services. We can help you choose what’s right for you. Interested? Then contact us to get started.
What about welfare benefits?
If you are unemployed, you can volunteer without it affecting your benefits. The Job Centre and other employment agencies recognise that volunteering is an excellent route into paid employment, as it provides practical experience, recent references, a chance to learn new skills and keep existing knowledge up-to-date, useful contacts and sometimes accredited training. More information about volunteering while on benefits can be found here.