Each year, the insurance industry comes together for the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation (IICF) Week of Giving. During this eight-day international and industry-wide initiative, insurance professionals complete volunteer projects in support of charities across the UK and USA. Week of Giving may take a different shape this year, yet the importance of volunteering and giving back – whether virtually or safely and socially distanced in-person – is more important than ever with needs increasing throughout our communities. Volunteer projects will continue to be added during the month of September so please check back for new opportunities.

Explore volunteering projects available through IICF, or read Volunteering with IICF During Covid-19 to learn how you can adapt your volunteering programmes for Week of Giving.


The crisis caused by Covid-19 is impacting all of us. For some, particularly those without a safety net or who are socially isolated, this impact is catastrophic. How can you help? IICF has identified ways you can help others from your home or in your local community at any time of the year.

Please note: IICF identifies specific projects for Week of Giving but hasn’t contacted the organisations listed below.
For volunteer safety guidelines, please visit the NCVO website.

Connect to charities needing volunteers & resources
Business in the Community, with Founding Partner AXA, has created the COVID-19 National Business Response Network to connect community needs to companies with resources and employees who can help. Requests from charities, school and community groups include technology, professional advice and resources. Learn more.

Look out for your neighbours
Offer to help elderly neighbours or key workers with shopping and other errands. Download the NextDoor app to connect with people in your postcode, or post an offer to help thorough neighbours’ letterboxes.

Donate to your local food bank
Make a donation or help with local deliveries to support people who cannot afford the essentials in life. Click here to find your local food bank.

Adopt a grandparent
CHD Living homes are pairing residents with caring individuals in the community who want to help combat loneliness with the aim of creating long-lasting intergenerational friendships. Learn more.

Be a telephone befriender
The Octavia Foundation is looking for telephone befrienders to help an older, isolated person feel more connected and less lonely without ever leaving your home. Apply now.

Do Something Amazing
Give Blood at a local clinic or hospital.

Inspire young people at Brightside
Help update online resources, share your experience in a Brightside Talk or Ask the Expert session or act as a mentor during the school term. Learn more.

Living in London?
Explore volunteer opportunities by borough –

Looking to change the world?
Apply to volunteer with the UN or Translators without Borders

Fluent in another language?
Apply to volunteer with Translators without Borders