Happy New VoluntYear!

“I’m not quite sure what a volunteer’s meant to feel like but I feel like I’ve contributed something. I feel like I’ve actually helped to make a difference in the day of these people. It’s nice to know you’ve done something that makes people feel better. If that’s what a volunteer’s meant to feel like, it’s easy; I could volunteer all day long.”

If you've ever thought about volunteering, New Year is a wonderful opportunity to get involved! There’s sure to be something to suit your interests and the time you are able to give, whatever it is, and lots of organisations with all sorts of opportunities available:

  • one-off
  • monthly, weekly or several times a year
  • short term
  • long term
  • from home
  • in the community
  • inside
  • outside
  • with others
  • by yourself

We’ve put together a couple of opportunities to give you an idea about some of the opportunities available with Volunteering Hounslow. It's easy to get started: just click on the title to apply for the role

A couple of opportunities available with Volunteering Hounslow​​

Green Gym Volunteers – The Conservation Volunteers

 

The Hounslow Green Gym provides a perfect chance to get fit and volunteer for a great cause at the same time. Groups meet to do some light exercise and conservation work at two green spaces in the borough. Volunteers take part in a range of conservation activities cutting back vegetation, replanting ponds, construction, pathwork and tree pruning. Meet new people, learn about the environment and how to care for different habitats, spot wildlife, give something back to the community and improve your health and wellbeing through practical activities.

Time commitment: 3 hours a week, whenever you can make it

Apply here

Street Outreach Volunteer – St Mungo’s

Provide practical outreach support to homeless or at risk of homelessness individuals in West London by becoming becoming an outreach volunteer with St Mungo's. St Mungo's Street Outreach services engage and support rough sleepers away from the streets - helping them find accommodation; get into drug, alcohol or health treatment; support them to re-establish their relationships with friends and family; or return home to their city or country. In Hounslow, St Mungo's small team works with a range of people who are or have been rough sleeping, many of whom are entrenched rough sleepers, and who require support to achieve a more stable lifestyle. This is a great opportunity to be involved at the front-line of homelessness, and gain experience of the sector with a respected and innovative charity. St Mungo's especially welcomes applicants who can speak a second language.

Apply here

Volunteer – Hounslow Community Foodbox

The Foodbox is sadly one of the busiest teams Volunteer Hounslow supports, and they can always use more volunteers. The Foodbox is a volunteer-run registered charity, which provides primarily emergency food, support, and advice to those who are in need of help and live in the London Borough of Hounslow. Find out more about the Foodbox here.

Apply by calling Oonagh Lacey on 07718 263 614

Baby Café Volunteer – NCT

South Isleworth Children’s Centre would like some volunteers to support their popular and busy baby café. You'll help to sign parents into the café, prepare refreshments and generally act as a friendly face.

Apply here

Participant – Resco

The Resco programme is a 16-week programme that supports people into work. Extensive and comprehensive training provided. Nearly 60% of Resco graduates go into full-time work after volunteering on the programme.

Apply here

You’ll need to register with Volunteer Connect to apply. It’s free and this means you can search and apply for hundreds of other volunteering opportunities. If you get stuck, there’s lots of help available on our FAQs, and you can get in contact with us from Tuesday 2 January 2018 on 0300 365 9960 or enquiry@volunteeringhounslow.org.uk 

Meet us at an outreach session

We hold a drop-in event every week. Come and meet the team, search for the latest volunteering opportunities and let us help you register to become a volunteer! Check out when we are next near you on our events page