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Helping others fulfils a deep need in our souls and usually results in a feeling of connection and self worth. Below is a list of Volunteering opportunities currently available from some high impact charities. Read more about volunteering here

Action Tutoring looks for passionate volunteer tutors to provide programmes in schools for pupils preparing for their GCSEs and SATs in English and maths.

Locations: Birmingham, Bristol, Liverpool and Wirral, London, Newcastle, Nottingham, Sheffield and Sussex.

Online options? Yes

Skills/Experience: Must have, or be studying for, a degree (in any subject) and have a B grade or above at A Level (or equivalent) in the subject you wish to tutor, or similar subjects. English or maths-related A Level subjects may include: history, politics or sociology (for English tutors) and physics, chemistry and economics (for maths tutors).

Commitment: A programme is usually between 8 to 10 weeks long (the equivalent of a school term), occasionally they can stretch to 12 weeks. The start and end dates will be communicated with you before you commit. A 'programme' means a term of tutoring at a partner school, with sessions at the same time and day each week.

Become a Birth Companion: all our birth support and most of our community support is done by volunteers. Volunteers also staff our 24 hour birth phone line. Birth companions who work as prison visitors and antenatal teachers can claim a sessional rate or choose to volunteer.

Locations: London, Surrey, Peterborough, Derbyshire and Durham

Online options? No

Skills/Experience: All of our birth companions receive comprehensive training and support. It takes a year to complete our training programme, a combination of training days, monthly meetings and shadowing.

Advice & Guidance volunteers lead one-to-one, advice and guidance appointments with clients and help them to navigate the UK job market and achieve their career aspirations. Support and training provided. English Volunteers provide help with language. Operations Volunteers assist the core operations of the charity.

Locations: London:Hammersmith, Clapham, Shoreditch

Online options? No

Skills/Experience: For Advice & Guidance volunteers: previous UK work experience and knowledge of the UK job market. All sectors are welcome but useful experience includes: Freelance work, HR, construction, accountancy, law, NHS, engineering, teaching, business, apprenticeships. Computer literate (MS Word and Email) Fluent/native level of English. Beneficial: language skills (including Arabic, Farsi/Dari, Tigrinya, Amharic, Somali, Pashto, Tamil etc)

Commitment: Advice & Guidance volunteers: 3-6 months of 2-4 sessions per month, each running 10:00am - 5pm. English teacher volunteers: at least 2 courses with weekly 2 hour classes over 6-10 weeks.

We have different volunteering roles available for a variety of skill sets. Please contact us to discuss further.

Locations: Bangladesh India Nepal

Online options? No

Locations: Bangladesh Burma Haiti India Lebanon Thailand Uganda

Online options? No

Warehouse volunteering is available to help City Harvest check and sort food donations, unload deliveries and carry out other warehouse tasks to help in the day-to-day running of the charity.

Locations: City Harvest depots in Acton, West London or Spitalfields East London

Online options? No

Commitment: Each shift is approximately 4 hours.

Our social clubs are free group activities that take place round 25 times a month. They offer older and younger neighbours the chance to share time, laughter and new experience. Our social clubs programme is deliberately varied: both in when the events take place (the majority are at evenings and weekends, with a handful of social clubs on weekdays) and in the types of activities we organise. Once you have been volunteering for a while through ....more

Locations: Hackney Tower Hamlets

Online options? No

Multple potential roles, including drivers, warehouse assistants & admin. Take a quiz to find out which is best suited to you

Locations: Throughout England And Wales

Online options? No

All projects are run by a team of volunteers and they are currently looking for a limited number of people to join project teams across the UK to help with cooking, collecting or hosting. Volunteers can also support their new ‘Check in and Chat’ service by signing up to make weekly phone calls and have a chat with guests.

Locations: Major cities in England

Online options? No

Commitment: Volunteers are expected to give at least 6 hours per week towards projects and manage at least one session every four weeks.

People wanting to volunteer with HENRY will receive free training to equip them with skills to support families with babies or young children. They reimburse expenses associated with volunteering activities such as travel costs and will provide detailed role descriptions with agreements.

Locations: Throughout England And Wales

Online options? No

Skills/Experience: Volunteers don’t need specific qualifications but do need to be good listeners, able to empathise, be non-judgmental and have a passion for promoting a healthy start and healthy lifestyles in communities.

Commitment: Depends on role

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Locations: Throughout England And Wales

Online options? Yes

Suitable for teams? Yes

As a Befriending Project volunteer, you will help the person you are matched with: Make healthy social connections, Engage in activities to benefit their mental health, Build independence and skills. There will be a loose program / pathway to follow that you will develop alongside the Project Coordinator and your client.

Locations: Brighton & Manchester

Online options? No

Skills/Experience: Non-judgemental, Reliable, Patient, Flexible. Experience of mentoring others, lived experience of homelessness, or working with the homeless community would be an asset but isn't necessary

Commitment: The project is flexible but we expect you to meet up or have phone contact every week for a minimum of 3 months.

Our social clubs are free group activities that take place round 25 times a month. They offer older and younger neighbours the chance to share time, laughter and new experiences. Our social clubs programme is deliberately varied: both in when the events take place (the majority are at evenings and weekends, with a handful of social clubs on weekdays) and in the types of activities we organise. Once you have been volunteering for a while through ....more

Locations: Liverpool City

Online options? No

Our social clubs are free group activities that take place round 25 times a month. They offer older and younger neighbours the chance to share time, laughter and new experiences. Our social clubs programme is deliberately varied: both in when the events take place (the majority are at evenings and weekends, with a handful of social clubs on weekdays) and in the types of activities we organise. Once you have been volunteering for a while through our “Social Clubs” programme you may like to ....more

Locations: Manchester City

Online options? No

We ask that you: Have a commitment to tackling domestic violence and supporting women who have experienced abuse. Have a non-judgemental, sensitive and supportive approach. Are able to work within strict confidentiality procedures holding sensitive information appropriately. Are able to offer full day a week to spend on the charities activities. Able to engage and interact with a range of people and adapt to different situations. Have basic computer skills and good organisational abilities.

Locations: Middlesbrough

Online options? No

Our social clubs are free group activities that take place round 25 times a month. They offer older and younger neighbours the chance to share time, laughter and new experiences. Our social clubs programme is deliberately varied: both in when the events take place (the majority are at evenings and weekends, with a handful of social clubs on weekdays) and in the types of activities we organise. Once you have been volunteering for a while through our “Social Clubs” programme you may like to ....more

Locations: Camden Islington

Online options? No

We are looking for volunteers to support us in our shops, as a friend to disabled people, or on a Sense holiday.

Locations: Northern Ireland Throughout England And Wales

Online options? Yes

Our social clubs are free group activities that take place round 25 times a month. They offer older and younger neighbours the chance to share time, laughter and new experiences in locations across Southwark and Lambeth. Our social clubs programme is deliberately varied: both in when the events take place (the majority are at evenings and weekends, with a handful of social clubs on weekdays) and in the types of activities we organise. Once you ....more

Locations: South London

Online options? No

As part of our commitment to improving the lives of young people we work with, we partner with organisations to help prepare those in our service for the world of work. Could your team volunteer support for skills workshops, employability taster days, mock interviews and mentoring? Your time engaging with our young people is crucial to enhancing our offering and plays a vital role in helping them move into sustained employment.

Locations: Birmingham City Dudley Sandwell Worcestershire

Online options? No

Suitable for teams? Yes

Organise or take part in a beach clean. Become a Plastic Free Community Leader

Locations: Scotland Throughout England And Wales

Online options? No

Suitable for teams? Yes

Help a bright student from a disadvantaged background beat the odds and get to a top university by signing up as a volunteer tutor with The Access Project. Tutor online for an hour a week during term-time, in a subject you are passionate about. Support someone else to get as much out of the education system as you have

Locations: Mainly South East & Midlands but can also be virtual

Online options? Yes

Skills/Experience: Good A Level pass in relevant subject

Commitment: ! hour per week during term time

If you are able to help with any of the following we would love to hear from you:Gardening, Decorating, Cooking, Art / music / drama / sport, Numeracy and literacy, Driving Amberteers to appointments, Fundraising

Locations: Devon Surrey Wiltshire

Online options? No

Bike Buddies matches refugee cyclists with a buddy in their local area to help build confidence using their bike.

Locations: London & Birmingham

Online options? No

Skills/Experience: All a volunteer needs to do is love cycling and want to share knowledge on quiet and safe cycle routes in green and open spaces.

The Cares Family makes programmes as accessible as possible to volunteers. Our activities often occur during evenings and weekends, and we do not require a commitment of volunteering for weeks at a time unless volunteers want to. As well as our Love Your Neighbour and Social Clubs activities, volunteers can also get involved in our Community Fundraising programme and participate in challenge events (i.e., sponsored walks) to raise funds for ....more

Locations: London, Manchester, Liverpool

Online options? No

Sing at a choir or just help out with organising them. We look for people who aren't afraid to get their hands dirty and who can cook for the masses (we'll help you with ideas!). We're also keen to find experienced musician volunteers who can sing, lead warm-ups, or play instruments in choir rehearsals, and folks who would be able to help out at gigs.

Locations: London, Birmingham, Brighton & Liverpool

Online options? No

Donate milk If you have milk that is surplus to your own baby's needs, then please contact your closest milk bank by checking the list at www.ukamb.org/milk-banks/. If your baby is already older than six months, contact the Hearts Milk Bank in the first instance, who will help you through the process.

Locations: Ireland Northern Ireland Scotland Throughout England And Wales

Online options? No

We are seeking volunteers who are non-judgemental, warm, caring, reliable, empathetic and supportive. Listening Volunteers provide confidential ongoing face-to-face support to visitors; Helping Volunteers provide support to the shift, greet visitors and undertake a variety of admin and other tasks.

Locations: TLP locations in Pimlico, King's Cross & Hammersmith

Online options? No

Commitment: Minimum of 1 year providing a minimum of a regular 4 hour shift per fortnight after training for Listening Volunteers, 6 months for Helping Volunteers

Before the pandemic, Panathlon trained thousands of young leaders to officiate their competitions across the country. As all events are currently virtual, they do not have the same need for young leaders as usual. They hope to return to external events as restrictions ease and will then require school groups to volunteer in these roles.

Locations: Throughout England And Wales

Online options? No

Suitable for teams? Yes

Become a tree watering champion: young and newly planted trees need regular watering in the summer months to survive during their first few years. Will you help us water trees local to you?

Locations: Throughout UK

Online options? No

Suitable for teams? Yes

Champion our work within your organisation and introduce upReach to your recruitment, diversity and CSR teams. Mentor an upReach Associate to help provide professional and careers-focussed support. Volunteer your time and share your expertise at one our many events, including insight days, careers academies and skills workshops.

Locations: Northern Ireland Scotland Throughout England And Wales

Online options? No