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Volunteering

Volunteering is about giving your time to a good cause. You don't get paid, but you do get the chance to use your talents and develop new skills. Here are some details of local and national organisations that offer volunteering opportunities.

Volunteering Kingston (VK)

is funded by the Royal Borough of Kingston to promote and develop volunteering to people that live, work or study in the borough and are over the age of 16.

Volunteering Kingston (VK) (opens a new window)

Connected Kingston

Connected Kingston is a site dedicated to helping Kingston residents find local activities and navigate local services. Their goal is to help residents of Kingston stay happy, healthy and connected to each other. The website includes lots of volunteering opportunities.

Connected Kingston (opens a new window)

 
Richmond Upon Thames Council for Voluntary Service

is the local organisation that arranges and supports volunteering in Richmond.

Richmond Upon Thames Council for Voluntary Service (opens a new window)

Good Gym

GoodGym helps you get fit by doing good. A group of runners combine regular exercise with helping their communities.

GoodGym Kingston (opens a new window)

GoodGym Richmond (opens a new window)

 
Join in

Volunteering in local sport has the power to create healthier, happier people and stronger communities

Join In is the national brand for local sports volunteering.

  • Supporting the sports clubs and groups who need volunteers most.
  • Promoting brilliant opportunities for people to volunteer in their local communities and at flagship sporting events.
  • Recognising the huge social value created by volunteers through our campaigns.

Join in (opens a new window)

vinspired

is the UK's leading volunteering charity for 14 - 25 year olds.

  • vinspired helps young people to make their mark on causes that they care about, whilst learning new skills and talents along the way.
  • vinspired recognises that volunteering can help young people thrive, and transform the communities they live in. It teaches them vital skills, like teamwork and problem-solving. It prepares them for their future.

vinspired

NCS

stands for National Citizen Service

  • It is a scheme for 15 - 17 years olds.
  • NCS helps build skills for work and life whilst taking on new challenges and meeting new friends.
  • The programme involves a short time away from home, trying new things as well as taking part in a team project in the local community.

NCS (opens a new window)

TimeBank

is a national volunteering charity, started in 2000.They recruit and train volunteers to deliver mentoring projects to tackle complex social problems. You can search on their website for volunteering opportunities in the local area.

TimeBank (opens a new window)

International Citizen Service (ICS)

is a once-in-a-lifetime, UK government-funded programme providing volunteer placements to 18-25 year olds and Team Leader placements to 23-35 year olds. It's a development programme that brings together young people from the UK and developing countries to volunteer in some of the poorest communities in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

International Citizen Service (ICS) (opens a new window)

ICS is committed to inclusion and to meeting the individual needs of those who take part.  They welcome applications from young people who have an impairment or who consider themselves to be disabled.

British Red Cross

offer volunteering and other schemes for young people.

British Red Cross (opens a new window)

Volunteering Matters

believe that everyone can play a role in their community and should have the chance to participate; they build projects and programmes to reflect this. They focus on the needs of four distinct communities; young people, disabled people, families and older people.

Volunteering Matters (opens a new window)

The Princes Trust

website has many volunteering suggestions. 

The Princes Trust (opens a new window)

 

The Environment Trust is a local organisation that looks after both the natural and built environment, inspiring love of local places. They work hard to conserve our green spaces and heritage sites in Richmond, Hounslow and Kingston boroughs. Vist their website to sign up or find out about volunteering opportunities.

The Environment Trust (opens a new window)​​

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London Wildlife Trust

have a wide range of volunteering activities at more than 40 nature reserves across the London.

London Wildlife Trust (opens a new window)