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Volunteer Listings

Maria McAleer, historical research

Brompton Cemetery

We have recently formed a History / Research Group to increase our knowledge of the cemetery. We are exploring many possible avenues of research. You will be expected to share your research with the History/Research team. Research can be done at home, in your own time, or if you prefer, you can work in our offices at North Lodge during the day.
You are encouraged to liaise with other volunteers, since that makes it more fun and fruitful, and there will be regular meetings of the History Group.



A series of devastating earthquakes have hit southern Turkey and northwest Syria killing thousands of people and injuring many more. Thousands of buildings, including hospitals and schools, have collapsed, and infrastructure has been badly damaged. People need help now.


We've launched an emergency campaign to double donations made to the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC). While match funds last, your donations will be doubled.


Double my donation

DEC charities and their local partners are among the first responders, working with locally-led relief efforts. Immediate priorities are medical treatment for the injured, shelter for those who have lost their homes, heaters for spaces and winter kits with blankets, and warm clothes, and ensuring people have food and clean water.


Who are the DEC? 

The DEC is made up of 15 member charities that are experts in humanitarian aid and specialise in different areas of disaster response. They come together to speak in one voice and make fundraising more efficient when we launch an appeal. A full list of member agencies can be found here.


Who is matching the donations? 

Initial match funding to launch the campaign has been sourced from the UK Government through its Aid Match scheme and The Reed Foundation. Big Give is actively seeking more match funding to continue to offer double public donations. If you, your company, trust or foundation are interested in providing match funding (£10,000+), please get in touch with us at

Caroline B. D. Smith

Contact the Elderly

Supported by a network of volunteers, Contact the Elderly organises monthly Sunday afternoon tea parties for small groups of older people aged 75 and over who are dealing with loneliness and social isolation.

Age UK Camden (local presence: Henderson Court, 102 Fitzjohn’s
Avenue, NW3 6NS)

A wide variety of volunteering roles: as Befriender, Bookfriends by phone, Charity Boutique
Volunteer, Counselling Volunteer, Day Centre Help, Dementia Befriender, Dementia
Wellbeing Volunteer, Digital and IT volunteer, Shopping Help, Telefriends Volunteer

Henderson Court Health & Positive Living Hub is looking for kitchen staff:

1. Lunch preparation volunteer
We are looking for someone to heat up soup, put together a simple pudding and
serve lunch to our members. Food Hygiene training will be provided. This role is
needed 5 days, Mon - Fri a week or however many days someone can help. 11am-

2. Kitchen porter volunteer
We are looking for someone to assist our lunch preparation volunteer with cleaning
duties including cleaning surfaces, washing dishes during lunch service and cleaning
the kitchen after service. Food hygiene training will be provided. This role is needed
5 days a week, Mon - Fri, or however many days someone can help. 11.30 - 1.30pm.

Marian Bunzl, volunteer

Fenton House

Fenton House (built in 1693)  was lived in over the centuries by many families – but now, although it has the air of a family house, the ‘residents’ are collections, some from the last owner who died in the 1950s, and others that have come to be housed and looked after there.  It also has a large and beautifully kept garden and apple orchard.

Front of House volunteers greet visitors, sell tickets and merchandise, check or sell NT membership, and introduce visitors to the history of the house.

See -
volunteer-now/ for current volunteering opportunities

Citizen’s Advice Camden

One of the oldest citizen’s advice organisations in this country. Trained volunteers
and advisers can help with a wide range of issues. Volunteering opportunities may include: Advice Line Assessor, Trustee, Trainee Adviser,  or Financial Capability Volunteer.

Contact: Volunteer Coordinator via main library - 020 7431 1266

Keats Community Library, Keats Grove, NW3 2RR

Community library offering book loans, warm study space and computer use.
Help required with hosting evening fund-raising events featuring well-known literary
speakers, and with publicity (including local poster distribution).

Belsize Community Library, Antrim Grove, NW3

The Friends of Belsize Community Library support the library by raising funds and
holding monthly talks on the third Thursday of every month covering local and
historical areas of interest. The Friends would welcome volunteers to help with IT
tech support, publicity and promotion, setting up the room for talks or help with

Contact: Andrew Appleyard 020 7433 3267

Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel

Saturday Club Toddler Group: Friendly people to greet and help prepare and
serve snacks. Currently on the first Saturday of the month but then weekly from

Monthly Community Sunday Lunch: Servers and greeters for monthly lunch in the
Chapel’s hall, from September.

Cold Weather Shelter (Nov-Jan on Fridays): Various roles including cooking,
preparing, staying overnight, preparing breakfast on Saturday mornings.

Contact: Michele Martin. 0207 267 6635.

Queen’s Crescent Community Association (QCCA)

QCCA is a community charity that’s worked in Queen’s Crescent NW5 since 2002 -
Camden’s single most deprived neighbourhood. We support all ages and our
services include an older people’s programme, a youth service, advice and
advocacy, a health and wellbeing advisor and a food-bank. Everything is free to use
or (occasionally) heavily subsidised so that everyone can access us.

List of volunteering roles (all hours/days/frequency negotiable, subject to DBS
checks which we do for you):

Chefs and kitchen assistants. To cook a two-course lunch on Wednesdays for
people aged 55+. 10am – 2pm.

Coffee morning befrienders. Help set up coffee for our older people then join them
for a chat. Monday and Fridays 11am – 12.30pm.

Office support. Support us with vital admin. You can choose what suits you, from
data input and record-keeping to designing fliers and posters. Hours to suit.

Food-bank staff. We need people to take delivery of stock; decant and label food; set
up/clear down the food-bank on Thursdays and help users ‘shop’ from what’s on
offer. Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday.

Mini-bus driver. Take our older people and youth club members on trips. We have anew 17-seater bus that you can drive on an ordinary license, but we provide training.

Guest speakers. Do you have proven skills, career success or an inspiring story to
tell? Please come and talk to our members, especially our younger people, who
often lack the confidence and knowledge to fulfil their ambitions.


Local Charity Shops

NEW Mind - needs volunteers!
Haverstock Hill shop opposite Belsize Park, NW3.
Contact: Jane Mullon, Store Manager Tel: 0208 617 9170
Mind mental health charity would welcome help in their newly opened shop on
Haverstock Hill. They ensure their volunteers can learn skills, if they want to they
can gain qualifications such as NVQs and also retail work experience. Even an hour
a week can make a difference!

British Heart Foundation Charity Shop, 6 Harben Parade, NW3 6JP
Funds research into all forms of heart and circulatory disease and what causes
Contact: Shop 020 7586 6950 or

Cancer Research UK Charity Shop, 75 Hampstead High Street,
The world’s largest cancer research organisation.
Contact: Shop 020 7431 1722 or general volunteering

Mary’s Living and Giving/Save the Children Charity Shop
International non-governmental organisation helping improve the lives of children
worldwide. Mary’s Living and Giving is a chain of boutique charity shops set up with
retail guru, Mary Portas, in aid of Save the Children.
Hampstead shop 64 Oriel Place, NW3 1QN
Contact: 020 7794 2620 or Tracy Nash or
Highgate shop 43 Highgate High Street, N6 5JX Charity Shop
Contact: 020 8340 9374 or Lauren Hounsell - or


Octavia Foundation Charity Shop
Supports people affected by ill health, social isolation, low income or unemployment
in central and west London
Shop: 179 Finchley Road, NW3 6LB. Contact: 020 7624 9053
Shop: 33 South End Road, NW3 2PY Contact: 020 7435 3453
Or for general shop volunteering contact: Wray Bennett 020 8354 5576


Oxfam Charity Shop
Confederation of independent charitable organisations focused on the alleviation of
global poverty.
Hampstead clothes/bric a brac shop: 61 Gayton Road, NW3 1TU
Contact: 020 7794 4474
Hampstead book shop: 45 Heath Street, NW3 6UA
Contact: 020 7794 3060
Or general volunteering at


Shelter Charity Shop
Campaigns for housing justice and gives advice, information and advocacy.
South End Green Shelter boutique: 57 South End Road, NW3 2QB
Contact: 020 7794 4780 or
South Hampstead boutique: 173 Finchley Road, NW3 6LB
Contact: 020 7328 2297 or

Diana Webster

Junior League

Since 1985 the Junior League of London has worked to build better communities by improving the lives of local families in need. Each year volunteers provide thousands of hours of community service through charities that supply food, clothing, and employment skills training for needy Londoners.

Contact: Rachelle McFarland-07735605128

Russell Nurseries and Jim’s Pitch Community Association (RNJPCA)

Butterfly Sanctuary-for people facing hardship in Camden to find support and do
activities in a safe and vibrant space. Everyone is welcome 16 years and over.
Currently supporting members with Fibromyalgia, ME, Anxiety, Depression, Isolation,
Learning Difficulties and hope to be able to support many more!
Volunteer opportunities-Food servers, befrienders, activity facilitators and support
workers.Tuesdays11 am –8pm
Travel Expenses paid.
Contact: Rachelle McFarland 07735605128


Green Projects:
Green space guardians-conserve all the greenspaces (many) in our boundaries
including the management of the Sensory Garden-unlimited spaces-open activity,
Contact Paul Charles 07773 223373
Community perennial vegetable garden: develop from scratch a space for
growing, learning, and sharing with our community. –unlimited spaces open activity.
Contact Paul Charles 07773223373
Family activity-Pick-a-roonies-meets every 3rdSunday during Sunday Funday to
litterpick the estate, Belsize wood and nature reserve. Open activity.3pm-4pm
Contact: Rachelle McFarland 07735605128


Jim’s Kids Company activities - Thursdays register with RNJPCA to attend
The KAF! Holiday breakfast initiative Mon-Fri 8am-10am holiday time-servers
Contact; Rachelle McFarland 07735605128


The Spot youth space for up to 16’s 4pm-6pm-play supervisors, activity facilitators
This activity will soon be divided into two age ranges and will run on separate days.
The Spot Juniors-6-11yrs Thursdays-4pm-6pm
The Spot Seniors-12-17yrs Fridays-6pm-8pm


Youth Box Fitness-6pm-7pmsport support Thursdays 6-16 yrs
Sunday Fundays-every 3rd Sunday of the month from March-October family day,
open activity-food servers, general help.


Zen day! -Adapted school bus is coming to the RNE, to provide meditation and all
things Zen to help with anxiety and stress in the community: food servers, general

Marilyn Kendall


OLIO connects neighbours with each other and volunteers with businesses so surplus food and other items can be shared, not thrown away.
If you love food, hate waste, care about the environment or want to connect with your community, OLIO is for you.

Debra Craighead, volunteer

RFH Garden

The Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust is supported by a team of hundreds of dedicated and skilled volunteers who are coordinated by the Royal Free Charity. Volunteers work closely with staff to ensure that every patient’s experience is the best it can be. Volunteers lend a helping hand to compliment the work of hospital staff and provide a welcoming environment for patients and visitors.

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