Make a splash this summer with VCH

With the warmer weather it’s the perfect time to dip your toe into volunteering! Not only are there mood-lifting benefits of the sun; it makes you want to get outdoors, socialise and be part of the community. But sharing or developing your skills and interests can be boost your confidence and help to combat isolation.


With the warmer weather it’s the perfect time to dip your toe into volunteering! Not only are there mood-lifting benefits of the sun; it makes you want to get outdoors, socialise and be part of the community.
But sharing or developing your skills and interests can be boost your confidence and help to combat isolation. VCH is ablaze with a varied selection of opportunities to have a rewarding and sun-sational time!

Test the waters…
One off activities can be a great way to try volunteering for the first time. There are lots of one off events happening throughout the summer, and you can join a team like St Joseph’s Event Squad to get the latest local one-off roles or Our Parklife at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Later on in summer, help out at the free Hidden River Festival, or get in the spirit and take part in Hackney Carnivalread more about the roles here!

Go green!
Share, grow and socialise as a Community Gardener with Beecholme Community Garden where you can learn gardening skills or share your knowledge with others at these regular gardening sessions in Clapton. No previous experience needed! 

Get a breath of fresh air and make new friends at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park as a Group Conservation Volunteer where you’ll help contribute to the conservation of the park.

Young people can catch the buzz and learn about beekeeping as a Buzzin’ Volunteer with St Mary’s Secret Garden, where they’ll build confidence, knowledge and learn enterprise skills.

Hit the ground running with these opportunities.  
For a flexible but regular role, become a KEEN London Volunteer Coach and help run free weekly sports and games sessions for children and young adults with a wide range of disabilities. Not only are the sessions tons of fun but they also provide respite for caregivers. 

Mini Mermaid Running Club UK work groups of girls and boys at Primary schools and local community centres around the Hackney and Islington area, and want female Coaches and Mentors, and male Coaches and Mentors to help them support young people and help them build self-confidence through a 6-8 week self-development and running programme. No running experience needed!

More time to spare this summer?
If you’re interested in community work or youth work, some projects run for limited periods including Kith and Kids Autism Summer Camp, where you’ll support young people to take part in exciting activities including treasure trails, camp fires, seaside trips and more. The next one takes place from Sunday 18 – Sunday 25 August in Surrey.

Participate in an unforgettable experience as a volunteer Camp Activity Leader with Over The Wall. The team are seeking enthusiastic and caring volunteers to deliver activities in Drama, Sports and Games, Arts and Crafts or Music to campers aged 8 – 17.

For something indoors in July and August, Crisis urgently need retail volunteers to help support the day to day running of their busy shop in Mare Street. St Joseph’s Hospice – also in Mare St – also need volunteers for roles including Retail Assistants and Team Leaders.

To apply for any of these roles, simply login to Volunteer Connect to get in touch with the charity.

Not for you? For more opportunities, try the search page.

If you’d like to find out more about volunteering or come in for advice from our friendly team, email or call us on [email protected] / 020 7241 4443