Life is busy. We get that. According to the papers, it’s only getting busier. But if you feel you’re up for a challenge, there are many worthy causes to get your teeth into. Volunteering is a great way to give something back to your community, but also a fab opportunity to meet people, learn a skill, boost your CV – and get away from your television. If you’re ready to get stuck in, check out our picks of the best ways to get involved in London town.
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- Volunteer with Age UK Newham
This is a fantastic opportunity for people looking to help their community. Age UK Newham offers a range of services for people aged 50+ and is looking for volunteers to lend a hand. Are you happy to get stuck into some office administration or reception work? Or would you rather share information and advice and befriend older people? If so, this is the opportunity for you. To get involved, you’d need to be available regularly for at least three months, be reliable, trustworthy and a good ambassador for the charity.
- Help out at the Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service
This great charity based in Trent Park in Enfield rescues and rehabilitates sick, injured, orphaned or trapped wild animals and birds with the aim of releasing them back to the wild. The centre is looking for volunteers to carry out maintenance work, so if you’re a qualified electrician or have skills in plumbing or carpentry, this could be the opportunity for you. Drivers to collect animals from their veterinary surgery are also needed.
- Mentor a young person with Friendship Works
Youth mentoring charity Friendship Works is looking for people to mentor young people who are growing up in difficult circumstances. Volunteers must be committed to take part in this one, as signing up for at least two years is required. Weekly meet ups consist of simple outings, including catching up over a hot chocolate or a walk, but the aim is help the young person grow in confidence, learn new skills and talk to someone openly.
- Lend a hand at Lord’s Cricket Ground
Marylebone Cricket Club, owner of Lord’s Cricket Ground, is looking for volunteers to help during match days at Lord’s during the 2014 cricket season. Volunteers will either help as part of the venue team, media team, or activation team during Test matches, One Day Internationals or the NatWest T20 Blast double header. Are you a fan of the game with some time to spare? If so, this one’s definitely for you.
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- Organise an event with the Teenage Cancer Trust
Like to party? Why not organise one all in the name of a good cause? The Teenage Cancer Trust is looking for volunteers to raise much-needed money through various events – we’re talking anything from a raffle to a gala ball! Volunteers will be guided by members of the charity every step of the way too. The charity is really looking for organised people with great people skills and passion, so if you think this is the opportunity for you, get in touch! And if you can’t be sold on the party idea but you still want to help out, how about bringing some enthusiasm and noise to the London Marathon?