Charities attending the volunteering and work placement fair

Who we are?

AFRIL is a grassroots charity in London, working with refugees and asylum seekers to relieve poverty and social isolation. We are a small locally run charity based in Lewisham, one of the most deprived local authority areas in England, with a very high refugee and asylum seeker population. We work to relieve poverty and isolation amongst this vulnerable group, advance their education, and provide services to improve social integration. Since our creation in 2006, we continue to help an average of 120 people in our local community each week - with education, family support services, and access to emergency supplies.

Areas of volunteering/work experience on offer?

We need volunteers across all of our services including: fundraising, admin, marketing, finance, website development, teaching. graphic design, etc.

Visit the AFRIL website. 

Who we are?

Action on Hearing Loss covers a variety of services, research, campaign and information provision to deaf people and people who suffer from hearing loss and tinnitus. Within the Local Engagement Team, we offer Hear to Help clinics (to support people with maintaining their hearing aids), Hear to Meet (befriending groups for deaf people and people affected by hearing loss), Hearing Checks and Tinnitus support groups.

Areas of volunteering/work experience on offer?

We have services running in London and in other parts of the region. We offer a variety of roles within a friendly team. We are looking for committed people with an interest in our services. We provide training and flexible hours.

Visit the Action on Hearing Loss website

Who we are?

Age UK Kensington & Chelsea is an independent, local charity working at the heart of the community to make sure that older people’s voices are heard, needs are met and their independence supported. We provide a wide range of services including befriending, practical help, information & advice and a range of social and leisure activities.

Areas of volunteering/work experience on offer?

Volunteering opportunities for one to one befriending and supporting the elderly with exercises at home.  Group opportunities for volunteering by engaging in community activities providing a range of services to help people stay independent.

visit the Age UK Kensington & Chelsea website

Who we are?

We are the UK’s leading dementia charity.  Every day, we work tirelessly to find new treatments and ultimately, a cure for dementia.  We provide expert information, training, and support services to all those who need help.  And we are creating a more dementia friendly society so people with the condition can live without fear and prejudice.  

Areas of volunteering/work experience on offer?

We offer a wide range of volunteering opportunities that involve directly supporting people affected by dementia eg. volunteering at our Singing for the Brain group, becoming a Side by Side volunteer etc or volunteering at one of our offices.

Visit the Alzheimer's Society website.  

Who we are?

Attend ABI supports people with a brain injury on their journey back into work.

Areas of volunteering/work experience on offer?

We're looking for volunteers to help support people with acquired brain injuries to return to work.
Supporting the delivery of the ABI (Acquired Brain Injury) Employment Programme
  • Arranging meetings with client and Job Coach
  • Support developing the clients action plan
  • Research role descriptions for clients and Job Coach to progress
  • Ensuring information on client placement and further education is managed and organised.

Visit the Attend website

Who we are?

The Red Cross helps thousands of people following a short stay in hospital and prevents unnecessary hospital admissions by providing extra support and care at home.

Areas of volunteering/work experience on offer?

Are you looking to make meaningful use of your spare time, and enjoy supporting others? Come and join the London Independent Living Team! Volunteering with us will enable you to be active in your own community, meet new people and gain new skills. 

Returning home after an illness or accident is a worrying and anxious time, especially for many older people. We offer practical and emotional support to the elderly that are discharged from the hospital, enable people to settle comfortably and securely back into their own homes. Helping them to live as independently at home, building trusting relationships and regain their confidence and well-being. 

Visit the British Red Cross website

Who we are?

The Centre works with homeless young people, badly housed families, refugees, asylum seekers and migrants; helping them to obtain employment and break out of the cycle of homelessness and exclusion. On site we have a hostel for homeless young people aged 16 – 25, a family centre, we run English and IT classes and other learning services. There is also a very busy employment support service alongside advice services in areas of debt, welfare rights, support around benefits and Immigration.

Areas of volunteering/work experience on offer?

The Centre has a range of volunteer opportunities in areas such as English teaching, working with children in family services, IT coaching, Job Club, Hostel support, admin support and in our busy charity shop. Volunteers are valued highly at the Centre and our clients benefit from receiving a service from individuals from all walks of life.

Visit the Cardinal Hume Centre website

Who we are?

We provide expert care and support to a wide range of people, including:

  • Older people
  • Teenage parents
  • Those escaping domestic abuse
  • Young people at risk
  • People with mental health issues
  • Vulnerable families
  • People with learning disabilities
  • Social housing tenants

We engage over 200 volunteers per year in our work, providing valuable group and individual activities that promote well-being, independence, social inclusion and happiness.

Areas of volunteering/work experience on offer?

We are looking for volunteers who are honest, reliable, committed, and enthusiastic and have a genuine interest in improving our services for the people that use them.

Visit the Centra Care and Support website

Who we are?

Chance UK is an early intervention organisation that supports children experiencing emotional and behavioural difficulties. The children that we work with are at risk of educational exclusion, anti-social and/or criminal behaviour in adolescence and early adult life. We empower children to develop their skills, confidence and life aspirations through a year-long mentoring programme.

Areas of volunteering/work experience on offer?

We offer volunteering opportunities for mentoring children to develop their core skills and self-confidence. Volunteering once a week, we expect you to commit for a year and play an active role in a child’s development by organising and facilitating a wide range of fun and engaging activities.  

Visit the Chance UK website

Who we are?

Groundwork is a national charity that works with communities across the UK supporting them to create better places, live and work in a greener more sustainable way and to improve their economic prospects.

Areas of volunteering/work experience on offer?

Team Westminster is Westminster City Council's flagship volunteering programme. We run 3 different voluntary programmes:

1. Team Westminster Active aims to increase participation in sports volunteering with organisations and at sporting events within the city.

2. Team Westminster Ambassadors provide wayfinding and event information at events across Westminster.

3. Team Westminster Social Action deliver sessions and events to respond to bespoke requests from the local community.

Visit the Team Westminster website.

Who we are?

The Hackney Pirates is an innovative educational charity, that believes all young people should experience success in learning. Through publishing projects, reading support and the power of local community, we're on an adventure to build a fairer world.

Areas of volunteering/work experience on offer?

Volunteer Crewmates work one-to-one with our Young Pirates, aged 9-12, supporting them to develop their literacy, confidence and perseverance at our after school sessions.
During these sessions volunteers support our Young Pirates to produce one of our termly creative projects. In the past, these projects have included websites, music videos, graphic novels and radio shows.

Visit The Hackney Pirates website

Who we are?

Housing Association providing gender sensitive services for Women and their dependants. We are an independent charity and Housing Association working to improve the lives of women who have faced inequalities including those who have experienced Domestic Violence, women who have been trafficked and mothers leaving prison. Our work is focused on the provision of good quality, affordable homes and related support services across London, ensuring a stable foundation to enable women to live independently.

Areas of volunteering/work experience on offer?

In a fully supportive environment volunteers are encouraged to contribute their different skills, experiences and expertise to a variety of programmes and services. Roles include admin, emotional and practical support for residents, mentoring, research, summer interships and opporutnities for support a range of other related projects.

Visit the Housing for Women website

Who we are?

KEEN London is a registered charity that runs free weekly sports and games sessions for children and young adults aged 5-25 (our athletes) with a wide range of disabilities including Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Down's Syndrome, Learning Disability and Global Development Delay.

Areas of volunteering/work experience on offer?

Volunteers are needed to help us run our weekly sessions.during term time, on Saturday in Vauxhall and Hackney and Sunday in Tufnell park – providing one-to-one support for our athletes to access the fun and games on offer at the session and adapting the activity to meet their needs.  

We offer full training and support, and a range of additional education sessions, including Autism awareness, behaviour management and session leading.

Visit the KEEN London website

Who we are?

PLIAS Resettlement is a not for profit organisation that reduces re-offending by providing support, advice and guidance to people with criminal convictions. Founded in 2004, we focus on the communities of North and West London. 

Areas of volunteering/work experience on offer?

Mentoring Ex-offenders: meeting the mentee weekly or fortnightly to emotionally and practically support him/her.

Visit the PLIAS Resettlement website

Who we are?

ReachOut is a mentoring charity working with children in disadvantaged communities to raise aspirations and help them grow in character and attainment. We improve self-confidence and develop numeracy, literacy and communication whilst reinforcing our core values of fairness, self-control, good judgement and staying power. We do this through one-to-one mentoring with positive role models and team activities to promote leadership, trust and responsibility.

Areas of volunteering/work experience on offer?

Mentoring of school children in disadvantaged areas aiming to improve their academic attainment and develop their character.

Visit the ReachOut website

Who we are?

Rethink Mental Illness helps millions of people affected by mental illness by challenging attitudes, changing lives and impacting policy. We directly support almost 60,000 people every year across England to get through crises, to live independently and to realise they are not alone.

Areas of volunteering/work experience on offer?

We are currently recruiting for people aged 16-25 to volunteer with us and become ‘young champions’.

Visit the Rethink Mental Illness website

Who we are?

Resources for Autism support people who are autistic and their families by offering play and youth services, holiday schemes, music and art therapy, support workers, family support and volunteers.

Areas of volunteering/work experience on offer?

The opportunity is to support children, young people or adults within their home environment around sensory issues and play, communication, pursuing hobbies and supporting the family by being a listening ear.

Visit the Resources for Autism website

Who we are?

St Mungos supports people who are facing homelessness.

Areas of volunteering/work experience on offer?

St Mungos has many opportunities to volunteer across out services - these can be found on the St Mungos website. We will also be pushing a volunteer role with a project called StreetLink (www.streetlink.org.uk). This is becoming a volunteer led service and helps connect those that are rough sleeping on the streets with local services.

Visit the St Mungos website

Who we are?

We train inspirational students to tutor school children from disadvantaged backgrounds in English and Maths, in order to increase their ability and confidence.

Areas of volunteering/work experience on offer?

Expand your professional network, enhance your CV and gain a business mentor - all whilst tutoring young people from low-income backgrounds! As a participant on our leadership programme you will develop teaching and leadership skills whilst volunteering as a tutor for pupils from low-income backgrounds. We will provide you with training and resources to enable you to deliver high-impact tuition. 

Visit the Team Up website

Who we are?

The Listening Place provides free face-to-face on-going support to those who feel that life is no longer worth living, given by trained volunteers in a warm, caring and empathetic environment.

Areas of volunteering/work experience on offer?

Listening Volunteers to provide our visitors with non-judgemental, warm, caring and empathetic supportive listening. Helping Volunteers to meet and welcome visitors, deal with administrative tasks and support the functioning of a shift. Interpreting Volunteers able to interpret what a non-English speaking visitor shares with us.

Visit The Listening Place website

Who we are?

Youth charity The Prince's Trust gives practical and financial support, developing key workplace skills such as confidence and motivation. It works with 11 to 30 year-olds who are unemployed or at risk of unemployment through underachieving in education; supporting over 58,000 young people across the UK. Volunteers play an integral roles in supporting The Trust, through delivering our programmes, providing one to one mentoring and helping in our offices ensure the programmes run.

Areas of volunteering/work experience on offer?

There are two opportunities to support The Trust, E-Mentors and Volunteer Coordinators.

  1. E-Mentors - We’re looking for volunteers to become e-mentors and provide one to one support for young people. You will help young people to navigate the platform, set goals and work through the programme content – supporting their learning. The platform can be accessed from your own home, and you can support up to three young people at any one time through Live Chat and webcam conversations at a time which is convenient and flexible for you and your mentees. You’ll contact your young people regularly, speaking each week to make sure they are progressing through the programme, and working towards achieving their goals.
  2. Volunteer Coordinator – We’re looking for volunteers to help us manage our e-mentors, undertaking a volunteer coordinator role. You will oversee and support a cohort of volunteers, helping them support their young people and ensuring the relationships continues to progress. You’ll use email and Skype to support volunteers and this can be based at home or within one of our offices.

Visit The Prince’s Trust website

Who we are?

We recruit,train and place volunteers in the family context so that they can provide weekly emotional,social and enabling support. Families are from low economic and social backgrounds in the Westminster area. We also provide a weekly mentoring service for young people age 13-18 years old who need academic or career support. Lastly, WBAF provides a weekly Mothers Social Support group for women in Westminster who are socially isolated.

Areas of volunteering/work experience on offer?

  1. Mentors
    We are particularly looking for Mentors to work with (mentees) young people age 13-18 years old. Mentors volunteer for a minimum of 6 months once a week with one mentee. They support a mentee on his or her path to educational and career success. 
  2. Family Befrienders
    We are also interested in recruiting  Family Befrienders who will work with a family once a  week for a minimum of 6 months. Family Befrienders engage in empowering a family to connect more with society, services and so on. They help families to improve confidence levels, aspirations and more.
  3. Office Volunteers
    we always require volunteers to get involved with our Social Media profile, admin, reaserch, evaluation processes and much more. 
  4. Mothers Social Support Group Volunteer
    we are also now looking for a volunteer who would be able to support our Mothers Social Support Group. This volunteer would work with the main facilitator of this group. Sessions are twice a week on Mondays and Thursdays for 2-3 hours, 10am-12noon in Victoria and 11am-1pm in Queens Park area respectively.

Visit the Befriend a Family website

Who we are?

We provide emotional and practical support for those affected by crime

Areas of volunteering/work experience on offer?

We are looking for service delivery volunteers and placement students who are able to provide face-to-face and over the phone support to clients after being affected by a crime. Volunteers will meet clients at an agreed location to and will help individuals to identify their needs and explore their feelings. Volunteers will sometimes need to deliver practical support, like delivering personal alarms and providing information about other agencies, to clients. Expenses are reimbursed and more about this will be provided during the recruitment process.

Visit the Victim Support website

Volunteering fair

Volunteering and work placement fair

Visit our volunteering and work placement fair for the Faculty of Science and Technology to meet exhibitors and find out what opportunities are on offer.