Volunteering in Islington

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One of the things that makes Islington unique is our vibrant voluntary sector, which is supported by a hidden army of volunteers. There are lots of opportunities to get involved and give something back to the community – from befriending to mentoring and community gardening, there is something for everyone.

Voluntary Action Islington supports charities and community organisations across the borough and also helps residents find volunteering opportunities that suit them. Read our interview with acting chief executive Philip Boye-Anawomah.

Mencap is the leading voice of learning disability. Everything it does is about valuing and supporting people with a learning disability, and their families and carers. Its volunteer roles come in all shapes and sizes. There are lots of ways you could get involved, including, supporting people to do something they love, eg going to the gym, cooking or dancing, helping at their job clubs and leisure groups, stewarding at events, fundraising and lending professional skills at its busy head office in Old Street. Search its local volunteering opportunities here.

The Parent House supports offers guidance through training courses, ongoing one-to-one support and work placements to parents. Read about its Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service here.

Find out about BIRD an Islington based charity providing one-to-one musical mentoring for 16-25 year-olds.

Chance UK, a children’s charity based in the borough, is looking for more volunteer mentors for its well evidenced early intervention mentoring programme that improves children’s behaviour. Read more here.

Islington Grandmentors is a volunteer mentoring programme which trains and supervises volunteers who are over the age of 50 to provide support, guidance and advice to young people leaving the care system. They are always looking for new volunteers, so if this sounds like something you might be interested in email or call 07841 449992.  More information available here.

Christmas is a time when voluntary organisations need extra help to support people. Find out about how you can help local organisations during the festive period.

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