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How to volunteer

Westminster volunteering is organised via Westminster Connects, which is run by Westminster City Council. Volunteers who sign up with Westminster Connects receive a fortnightly email newsletter that includes a wide range of the latest volunteering roles in the borough. 

If you are interested in volunteering through Westminster Connects, please sign up here.

We at the Volunteer Centre can help you - if you live, work or study in Westminster - to find your ideal volunteering role with Westminster voluntary organisations and community groups. If you need support relating to any aspect of volunteering, please email us and we'll do everything we can to assist you.

JOIN US FOR A FUN VOLUNTEERING DAY!

Yes - our first gardening day of 2022 is coming up soon.

It's on Wednesday 27 July between 11am to 2pm at St John’s Wood Church Ground Gardens, NW8 7PF (nearest station St John's Wood).

The main tasks will include carrying out work in the only local nature reserve in Westminster that lies within the church grounds.  A sandwich lunch will be provided and volunteers' travel expenses covered. 

This is a great ‘taster’ volunteering day – ideal for someone who wants to take the first step (or as a refresher) on their volunteering journey.    

Interested? Simply email Nigel Barber with your contact details.

Check out the poster below for more details.

Introduction To Volunteering Course

Westminster Adult Education Service (WAES) offers a free half-day course to help you understand the basic principles of volunteering and some of the practices underlying working as a volunteer.  At the moment all courses are held online via Zoom. The dates of the next courses will be confirmed soon.

To book your place on a course, simply send an email to WAES

DROP IN FOR 1-2-1 SUPPORT WITH FINDING A VOLUNTEER ROLE

We are pleased to confirm that our fortnightly volunteer drop-in session at One Westminster have resumed on Tuesdays between 1pm to 3pm - same time, same place, every fortnight - at our offices at 37 Chapel Street,NW1 5DP.

There's no need to make an appointment - simply turn up at the office for one-to-one support to help you find your ideal volunteering role with Westminster voluntary organisations and community groups.

Going forward, the drop-in sessions will take place on:

5 July, 19 July, 2 August, 16 August, 30 August, 13 September, 27 September, 11 October, 25 October,  8 November, 22 November, 6 December.

We look forward to seeing you.

 

VOLUNTEER CASE STUDY: 'We needed to start from scratch'

I started volunteering for One Westminster’s Volunteer Employment Support Project in November 2020 and so far have supported six clients.

One lady had not been able to work for six years due to ill health. She did not have a CV and had not used LinkedIn. As I started conversations with her, it was evident that we needed to start from scratch. She was not aware of what route to take in building a strong professional network of contacts or who to reach out to for sector-specific recruitment agencies and so on.

I was there to advise and guide so ultimately the decision on what to include in her CV was my client’s. She was so committed and eager to learn and improve that supporting her through the interview process and seeing her grow in confidence, self-belief and, most importantly, self-worth, was heart-warming. To top it off, she was successful in securing a job in her sector.”  

Jason Green

Successes in 2020-21

  • The team responded to more than 500 enquiries about volunteering in Westminster by phone and email.
  • More than 80 people attended the new Zoom ‘Introduction to volunteering' workshop that is run in partnership with Westminster Adult Education Service (WAES).
  • We also provided key support to Westminster Connects, a new council-led volunteering programme that was set up during the COVID-19 pandemic. This has included launching a new project for more than 50 volunteers to support unemployed Westminster residents and help them become more employable.