Volunteering in Islington

Group of community gardeners litter picking

One of the things that makes Islington unique is its 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 (VAI)

VAI supports charities and community organisations across the borough and also helps residents find volunteering opportunities that suit them. Voluntary Action Islington has an online volunteering portal called VC Connect. You can register on VC Connect to browse volunteer opportunities in the borough and apply online.


Mencap s 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.

The Islington Bereavement Service

The Islington Bereavement Service needs volunteers to befriend bereaved people. You don’t need any previous experience, just good communication and listening skills, empathy and flexibility. To find out more, visit the St Joseph’s Hospice website.

Islington Grandmentors

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 020 7527 7837 or 07889 556730. Read our interview with social worker Lew Rowe  to find out more, or visit the Volunteering Matters website.

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