Volunteering

Volunteer in the Community

Help Young People Facing Homelessness
EveryYouth offers group volunteering projects including DIY and decorating to help them get settled into their new home. Register your interest at: https://everyyouth.org.uk/get-involved/work-with-us.

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 products called ‘Sphero RVR+’ and ‘Sphero Mini’. You can help drive forward this revolutionary learning technology by volunteering in local schools to support the Sphero Project, or by helping out at Spartans.  To find out more, please drop by The Academy or 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.

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 learn more: june.jackson@essex.gov.uk.

Share Your Career Experience

Offer Work Experience with Envision
In 2023, Envision launched a Grad Network to allow young people who complete their programme to access opportunities with corporate partners who can help them develop their skills in a real work setting and give them an insight into the world of work.  Envision is now looking to engage new companies to grow its structured work experience and transition opportunities for its graduates. To learn how you can offer work experience for Envision graduates within your organisation, click here or contact Ella:  ella.howard@envision.org.uk.

ReachOut to Create Better Futures for Young People
Mentor a secondary school or university student or hold workshops in your office to broaden young people’s horizons. Volunteer opportunities available in cities including Manchester and London through www.reachoutuk.org/get-involved.

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.

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. Interested? Please contact Eshani: eshani.gheewala@stgilestrust.org.uk.

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 6 weeks in person or on-line, with flexibility to fit around your schedule. Click here to register as a volunteer.

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.

Pack Toy Boxes or Translate World Stories for KidsOut
KidsOut supports kids living in refuges, many of whom are unable to attend school to remain safe from domestic abuse.  At the same time, one in seven UK children speaks a language other than English as their first language. World Stories is a growing collection of stories from around the world representing the fifteen most commonly spoken languages by children in the UK. You can volunteer to help grow the story collection by lending your language skills to translate a story into of one these languages. You can also gather a team of colleagues and volunteer to help pack toy boxes for children in one of the Kids Out warehouse. Click here to find out more.

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. We are always grateful to receive donations in support of our work. Please click here for items we need at this time. Please deliver donations to our centre at 212 Whitechapel Road, E1 1BJ. Please confirm 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 not available but SW is now able to accept clothing donations in our London centres. We can accept donations of high-quality women’s workwear in our Ladbroke Grove and Islington centres.  Please visit our website or contact us to confirm opening hours: https://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. To learn what items are needed at this time visit: www.suitedbootedcentre.org.uk/donations/clothing-donations.

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.

IICF Week of GIVING: How will you make a difference?

JOIN HUNDREDS OF VOLUNTEERS ON 12-19 OCTOBER 2024

Join hundreds of insurance professionals across the UK and United States in the largest largest ongoing volunteer initiative in the industry. Week of Giving may continue to take a different shape this year, yet the importance of volunteering and giving back is more important than ever as needs remain great in our communities. To participate, you can volunteer individual or with a group of colleagues with a charity in the local community, share your skills virtually or make a donation. Together, we can make a difference!

Past projects include helping out at Spitalfields City Farm, donating or sorting clothes with SmartWorks, helping out at St Giles’ food pantry and holding mock interviews for Vision Foundation.

2023 volunteering projects will be announced beginning in June.