Volunteer Centres (VCs) are local agencies that promote volunteers and volunteering. In London they are borough based and normally work with people living, working or studying in the borough, and support organisations operating or wanting to recruit locally.
Volunteer Centres offer a brokerage service, matching volunteers to local organisations. If you want to volunteer, get in touch with you local Volunteer Centre. They will help you find the right volunteering opportunity for you, they will give you details of the organisation hosting the volunteering opportunity, and encourage you to get in touch. Volunteer Centres can help volunteers in person, over the phone or via email. Some Volunteer Centres offer specific services to volunteers with disabilities, organise group volunteering or work with companies.
Volunteer Centres can help with any question you have regarding volunteering, and if they cannot help directly they will refer you to someone who can. Volunteer Centres work with organisations to ensure that your volunteering experience is fulfilling, that you are safe and treated fairly, and that the volunteering experience fits your personal and professional development.
As well as the London Volunteer Centres there are several specialist organisations that can help you find rewarding volunteering opportunities:
Jewish Volunteering Network (JVN) – interfaith volunteering and opportunities to volunteer with refugees and asylum seekers.
Reach – for skilled volunteers and those wishing to find a Trustee role.