Looking for a new way to spice up your weekend without delving too far into your wallet? Well, why not fill a few hours of your week with some volunteering? We’ve handpicked some of the best ways to get stuck in around London. Not only will volunteering help the community, but we promise you’ll get that warm fuzzy feeling when you do it!
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GoodGym: Do good, get fit
GoodGym offers an opportunity to get fit while helping out in your area. During 90-minute sessions, volunteers run through the community before taking part in a task, which could be anything from pruning gardens to painting school fences. The best thing is, it’s hassle free as you just turn up and run. The initiative runs from the South Bank to Lordship Lane, so there’s plenty of opportunities to get involved. There are three initiatives to choose from; running regularly to see an isolated older person, helping older people complete a one-off task, or trying out the group runs to help various community projects. To find out more and to sign up, look here.
Blackfriars Settlement: Befriending Volunteer
1 Rushworth Street, London, SE1 ORB
Tel: 020 7928 9521
If you’re a cheerful and committed person, this role is perfect for you. One morning or afternoon a week you can meet with an older person in need of a friend; whether just for a chinwag, afternoon tea, a walk or a visit to the shops. So, if you’re interested, give them a call, or take a look here for more opportunities to help the elderly.
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Burgess Park, 150 Albany Road, SE5
If you fancy a jolly in the park while trying your hand at some gardening, then why not check out Burgess Park? Join the head gardener by helping with a variety of horticultural projects. At 56 hectares, it’s Southwark’s biggest park; stretching from Camberwell and Walworth to Peckham and Old Kent Road. You can look at their calendar to see when the event runs, and also check out further opportunities, here.
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International Youth Arts Festival 2017
Millennium House, Eden St, Kingston Upon Thames, KT1 1BL
The Youth Arts Festival launched in 2009 and is a precursor to the Edinburgh Fringe. It provides a platform for young and emerging artists to share their skills and artistic expression. To gain as much exposure as they can, the Festival is looking for many volunteers – including a volunteer to blog about and review performances. As part of the press team, this volunteer would be responsible for capturing the magic at each show. So, if you have a knack for writing and love watching productions, this is the perfect opportunity for you. Interested? Take a look here.
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Hackney Winter Night Shelter
Unit 13 Springfield House, 5 Tyssen St, E8 2LY
Tel: 020 8356 2929
The night shelter in Hackney is a warm and welcoming environment for the homeless. Their aim is to supply their guests with kindness, a place to stay and delicious food. As a volunteer, you can expect to prepare the venue, cook, serve, and dine with the guests. All volunteers are offered a training day to ensure the safety and wellbeing of both guest and volunteers. All you need to do is fill out a form, which you can find here.
Have you offered your services or are you planning on doing so? Tell us your volunteering experiences by leaving a comment below!