Whether you’re new to the area and would like to make new friends or have lived in Islington your entire life, volunteering is a great way of giving back to the community that you know and love. You can gain new skills and help people at the same time.
Are you interested in volunteering on Islington projects? Here’s how you can get involved:
Finding Islington Volunteering Opportunities
Whether it’s taking part in charity craft evenings or doing a spot of gardening, there are a number of different organisations in Islington that can help you find a volunteering project that suits your interests and schedule. Here are a few of the biggest:
Here To helps to connect volunteers with ‘local projects in fun, flexible ways’. It aims to make volunteering quick and easy to get involved with by helping you utilise your skills. So, if you’re a budding graphic designer why not help out with one of the poster creation projects? Or if you like to keep fit, why not do what you love while leading walks with older people around the borough?
Here To has something for every taste. Oh and did we mention, Here To’s services are completely free to use!
Voluntary Action Islington offers support and advice for both individuals looking to give up their time and organisations who are looking for volunteers. Take a look at its site if you need help finding volunteering opportunities, would like to advertise an opening or are interested in the Volunteer of the Year awards.
Do-It encourages everyone to ‘do something good today’ with its postcode search tool, which allows volunteers to search for projects near their homes. The site hosts an amazing 1.5million volunteer places and works with nearly 50,000 organisations, so there’s plenty of options to choose from.
From becoming a volunteer police officer or special constable, to residential activity leaders and shop assistant positions, check out its listed opportunities in Islington online.
You could become a social action hero with vInspired’s help. vInspired motivates young people to get involved with projects which help others and provide new experiences. You could gain skills for life!
And it’s not just volunteering opportunities that vInspired encourages. If you have an idea for a social action project you could get £500 in sponsorship to make it happen. Plus, its friendly team will help you find paid work at companies who want to fill short-term positions.
Providers Who Offer Regular Volunteer Positions in Islington
Here in Islington we have a number of volunteering opportunities available at all times and a number of large charities and organisations are always on the lookout for helpers. Could you help any of the following?
Mind – a mental health charity
Placements here may involve admin and grant application work, computer training or spending some time in one of their local day centres.
Age UK – helping older people in the community
Help connect older people with sensory impairments to everyday activities by taking part in Age UK’s Sense pilot or why not attend a weekly get together session which aims to fight loneliness?
Keen – providing recreational clubs for young people with special needs
If you’re good at sport then this may be the charity for you. Keen works to provide sports and recreational sessions for children and adults who have special needs and live in London. If you’re enthusiastic you could become a coach.
Home Start – sharing emotional support to local families
Get involved with Home Start and you could prevent families with under 5s from feeling isolated and help build a parent’s self-esteem. Volunteers visit families in their homes a few hours a week and full training is provided.
Barnardo’s – working with vulnerable children and young people
There are plenty of different volunteering options with Barnardo’s. Volunteer at one of Barnardo’s many charity shops, help fundraise and raise support or spend some time working with the children this charity supports – it’s up to you!
Tell Us About Your Islington Volunteering Work
If you offer a volunteering placement in Islington or are a regular volunteer, we’d love to hear from you. Tweet us your thoughts @HughGroverN1 and we may add them to this blog post.