Volunteer

Ready to make a difference in your community?

Volunteering is a great way to learn new skills, meet new people and give back to your local community.
Check out the many different ways you can volunteer individually or with friends and colleagues below.
 

Week of Giving 

Be part of an insurance wide volunteering initiative, give employees a greater sense of purpose, help people in the community and boost company performance.

Taking place in October, Week of Giving is an opportunity to join hundreds of insurance professionals across the UK to volunteer and make a difference. Forming part of IICF’s international Month of Giving, there’s a variety of projects to choose from.  

Whether you can spare a few hours or a whole day, there is an opportunity for you. Perhaps you could spend your time hosting a clothing drive, complete digital maps for humanitarian relief efforts or pull on your wellies and spend the day at a City Farm.   

Find out more 

Year round volunteering

We understand that employees and companies alike are looking for a greater sense of purpose and new ways to give back and make a meaningful difference. Through our volunteering opportunities we offer new ways for our corporate partners to boost employee well-being, encourage teamwork and foster a sense of purpose while helping local communities to prosper.

Volunteer in the Community

Lend a Hand at Weald County Park
Gather your team for conservation work at Weald County Park in Essex. Although a chillier time of year, the park is actively looking for help planting trees in December through February. Contact June Jackson to get involved: june.jackson@essex.gov.uk.

Pack Toy Boxes for KidsOut
KidsOut supports kids living in refuges, many of whom are unable to attend school to remain safe from domestic abuse.  Gather a team of colleagues and volunteer to help pack toy boxes for children at the KidsOut warehouse in Luton, just a 10-minute walk from the station. KidsOut kindly request one month lead time for team volunteering. Click here or contact Sam to volunteer. 

Help out at Spartans CFA in Edinburgh
SCFA vision is to redefine what is possible for a Football Club in terms of community engagement, based in Edinburgh. To help address the issue of closing the attainment gap, Spartans have invested in robotics technology to teach STEM subjects. You can help drive forward this revolutionary learning technology by volunteering in local schools, or by helping out at Spartans. To find out more, email David Service at: info@spartanscfa.com

Join City in the Community in Manchester
Help out at City in the Community’s  disability football league matches throughout the year. All matches are held at CFA, Dome Etihad Campus M11 4TQ.  Contact Craig Bell for upcoming matches: craig.bell@cityfootball.com.

 

Volunteer Virtually

Help a Child Learn to Read with Bookmark
Make a direct impact on a child’s life in their local community and beyond: Become a reading volunteer to help a child learn to read and be more confident. Volunteer for 30 minutes twice a week for six weeks in person or online, with flexibility to fit around your schedule. Click here to register as a volunteer.

Become a Mentor with ReachOut
ReachOut is a national mentoring and education charity, rooted in local communities. As a volunteer mentor, you’ll be helping young people to grow in character and confidence while developing your own skills and experience. You’ll give two hours a week during term time and will be supported by the ReachOut Team throughout this time. Interested? Click here to learn more.

Tutor Students with The Access Project
Help a bright student from a disadvantaged background beat the odds and get into a top university: As a volunteer tutor, you’ll be paired with a 14 to 18-year-old student to support them to achieve their potential in one of their GCSE or A level subjects. In a weekly tutorial session, you’ll address topics that their teacher believes is most valuable. We provide training to get you started. Interested? Apply at www.theaccessproject.org.uk/apply

 

Share Your Career Experience

Mentor Students to Develop a Social Action Programme
We invite you to join us as a mentor at Envision, a charity using social action programmes to help young people build their essential skill and empower them to achieve their full potential. Together, we can continue to build a society where a young person’s background does not determine their future. Learn more about Envision’s mentoring programme.

Be a Mentor to St Giles Staff & Volunteers
Be a mentor to support someone on their career journey or share a particular area of expertise to help St Giles staff and volunteers to succeed and grow. St Giles’ professional mentoring scheme has been running for several years and many mentees have progressed from volunteer to paid roles thanks to the support of a mentor. Training materials will be provided alongside support from our mentoring co-ordinator at St Giles.  Please contact Georgie Swinbank to find out more.

Share you Career Experience & Skills with Vision Foundation/ Fight for Sight
Host career insight days or help people with sight loss to write their CV or prepare for an interview. Please get in touch by emailing fundraising@fightforsight.org.uk for further details.

Volunteer with Women’s Inclusive Team
Lead skills workshops or host career insight days at your office to help ethnic women living in East London gain new skills, learn about career opportunities and prepare for interviews. To learn more, contact Sahre: sahram@wit.org.uk.

Donate Goods

Donate Food, Clothes & Supplies to Help the Homeless
Whitechapel Mission has been serving the homeless and marginalised for 140 years including a day centre, skills training and career advice – meeting immediate needs as well as helping beneficiaries gain life skills and support. They are always grateful to receive donations in support of their work. Please click here for items needed at this time. Please deliver donations to their centre at 212 Whitechapel Road, E1 1BJ. Please confirm opening hours before visiting.

Donate Women’s Clothing to Smart Works 
Arrange a clothes collection at your office or in your local community. In person volunteering is not available but Smart Works is now able to accept clothing donations in their London centres. They can accept donations of high-quality women’s workwear at their Ladbroke Grove and Islington centres.  Please visit their website or contact them to confirm opening hours: smartworks.org.uk.

Donate Men’s Clothes & Accessories to Suited & Booted
Help unemployed men get back into employment by organising a collection in your community or office, or making an individual donation. Please visit the website to learn what items are needed at this time: suitedbootedcentre.org.uk.

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 through Trussell Trust.

Our volunteers in action 

Contact us

Contact us to learn how you can get involved.

Executive Director IICF UK
71-75 Shelton Street,
London WC2H 9JQ
Email: wwilder@iicf.org