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There are a number of ways to volunteer and find the right volunteering opportunity for you. You could approach a service you already use and ask if there are opportunities. There are also a number of national or regional websites which can be searched for opportunities. These include the Mayor of London’s Team London and the national volunteering database, Do-it.

The City Corporation also supports volunteering for our residents. If you live on one of the City of London’s Housing estates and are interested in volunteering where you live, then please do get in touch with our Community Engagement team on  who can help you find the right opportunity for you.

Befriending in the City

Did you know that around one million older people nationwide regularly go an entire month without speaking to anyone?

To tackle the problem of loneliness among older people living in the City, together with Age UK we offer the following befriending services:

  • Friend at Home - befriending older and isolated residents in the City of London.
  • Friend on the phone - telephone and e-befriending.
  • Out and about - group-based befriending in partnership with Age Concern, City of London.
  • Support for residents who are struggling with their mobility.
  • Signposting to other services to meet identified needs.

With these services each older person is assigned a befriender, who provides friendly conversation and companionship on a regular basis over a long period of time.

Befriending provides an older person with a link to the outside world and often acts as a gateway for other services and valuable support.

Volunteer as a befriender in the City

If you would like to volunteer some of your time as a befriender in the City, you can find out more by contacting Age UK at:

Age UK East London
82 Russia Lane
London, E2 9LU
Email Sharon Waddams
Tel: 020 8981 7124

Portsoken Health Centre and Community Centre

Working with local residents and partners to create new volunteering opportunities, the community centre​ runs regular group workshops and activities.

You can earn and spend Time Credits by getting involved at the centre, running activities, helping to manage the centre or working alongside providers to run activities.

If you would like more information about the Community Centre and Time Credits please email Stephen Berwick or telephone on 020 7332 1934.

Green spaces

    Highgate Wood
    ​Highgate Wood

​The City of London owns and manages almost 4,500 hectares of historic and natural open space for public recreation and health.

Volunteers support these green spaces in a variety of ways. From conservation to education, there are roles and programmes to suit everyone at all times of year.

Opportunities by area

Culture and heritage

  • Culture and heritage
    Keats House
    ​Keats House

​There are various volunteer opportunities at several of the cultural and heritage sites managed by the City Corporation. Some located within the Square Mile and others further afield.

Opportunities by location