How you can get involved in Birmingham

'Let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth' -   1 John 3: 18

Many churches and organisations are working hard to help people in the area who are facing the challenges that come with poverty. These organisations rely on volunteers to be able to give the help that is much needed.

Below you can see some information about organisations in the area, the work they do and the help they need. If you see somewhere you would like to volunteer, please click on the ‘I want to help’ button to fill out a very short contact form that will go direct to the organisation you want to help.

Please help: we know that when people get involved in helping others they can make a real difference to those in need and to their own lives as well.

If you are an organisation wanting to advertise for volunteers, please either click here to complete an online form or get in touch with us for more information. Follow this link for practical resources and guidance for working with volunteers. 

Springfield Project (Work Club)

Work Club

The Springfield Project is a charity offering Children’s Centre services to support local families with children under 5, including a work club to help parents find work, be less dependent on benefit and reduce child poverty.

We need volunteers who can • Make people feel welcome, offer hospitality, smile and put people at ease • Help people learn to use a computer and the internet to find work • Help with CVs, application forms, letters and supporting information

Acacia Family Support

Postnatal depression

Acacia is a warm and friendly Christian-based registered charity helping to improve the lives of mothers and families affected by pre and postnatal depression (PND). We are volunteer-led and are based in North, East Birmingham and South/Central Birmingham.

We are looking for men and women who would you like to help create a place of hope, healing and reassurance for mothers and fathers with PRE or POSTNATAL DEPRESSION providing either befriending, phone support, crèche or hospitality in N&E B'ham or in our new service on Wednesday mornings in NORTHFIELD. The weekly commitment is generally 4+ hours, usually mornings.

Lozells Methodist Community Centre Job Club

Job Club

We help people who are facing barriers to employment and the consequences of long term unemployment, including difficulties with language/understanding, difficulties with presenting themselves well, low morale/social isolation, lack of work experience, poor computer skills, and risks of losing benefit.

We need people able to help with creating CVs, using a computer, using the DWP’s Universal Jobmatch and other sites, making job applications, writing letters, filling in forms, going with people to Job Centre interviews – and, crucially, relating to people in a way which helps build their confidence and self-esteem.

Living Glory Girls and Boys Brigade

Helping young people reach their potential

The Living Glory Girls and Boys Brigade is a community initiative providing opportunities for young people to be able to discover and develop their potential through music, dance, drama, arts and crafts

We are looking for a number of volunteers to help give these opportunities to young people: Singing Coach, Drama Coach, Keyboardist, Drummer, Arts and Craft Teacher, and Child Care Assistant. If you are able to offer any of these skills, please get in touch.

St Paul's Crossover

Working with people who are unemployed

St Paul’s Crossover in Bordesley Green works with unemployed people helping them to become job ready and to access employment. We provide courses in ESOL, numeracy, literacy and employability for children, young people and adults. We also provide employment through our Conference Centre, Children’s Day Nursery, Community Café and other projects.

We have a wide range of opportunities for volunteers from reception, administration, helping clients with IT, supporting our tutors, caretaking, serving in the café and working with children, etc. If you would like to get involved, please contact us.

Karis Neighbour Scheme

Being neighbourly to those facing hardship or isolation

We are a small, community support charity working with people primarily in Ladywood and the surrounding areas (including Edgbaston and Harborne). We aim to be good neighbours by providing practical help, advice and friendship to people facing hardship or isolation.

We run a wide range of activities and are looking for volunteers to help with activities including teaching English, helping with a crèche, befriending through regular home visits, providing advocacy, and practical jobs in people’s homes such as gardening or decorating.

Saint Mark’s Day Centre for the Elderly

Supporting elderly people

St Mark's Day Centre for the Elderly caters for 35 elderly people on three days a week, offering elderly people hot meals and entertainment as well as a chance to get out and socialise. We serve the areas of Oscott and Kingstanding.

We would like volunteers who can help with giving out refreshments, help members take part in activities or just talk to them: they really love a chat! This is the chance to make a difference to the life of elderly people in our community.

St Martin's Youth Centre

Activities and support for young people

St Martin's Youth Centre (SMYC) provides a safe and secure environment where young people can participate in a range of educational, physical and challenging activities. We also run anti-gang and employability workshops and we also provide mentoring and support. We are based in Highgate and Digbeth.

We urgently require volunteers to work alongside the youth workers on a variety of evening projects where a range of skills are needed, for example video production, art & crafts etc. Also volunteers are required to help with our reception and administrative tasks including setting up databases.

St Peter's Community Project

Food, care and activities for the elderly

St Peter’s Day Centre and Lunch Club in Tile Cross is a thriving, friendly Centre offering much needed care four days a week for the elderly. The Project has contracts with Birmingham and Solihull Social Services. Our clients are offered a friendly and caring service. A hot meal and transport is offered as well as activities throughout the day.

We need one or two Trustee/Directors to complement those we have already. Applicants with business/finance backgrounds would be most welcome. This is an exciting and challenging time to join our project as we meet the needs of the elderly and the challenge of the changes ahead.

Worth Unlimited - The Hub

Building hope and unlocking potential with young people

Worth Unlimited exists to build hope, unlock potential & realise worth in every young person we work with. Our vision is for local people to be equipped to make a contribution to addressing the needs of marginalised and excluded young people

The main focus of our work is to facilitate youth and community projects centred around our 'hub' building on the Firs & Bromford estate in East Birmingham. We need people to support drop-ins, community lunches, youth groups, events & generally get involved in changing young people’s lives.


1 These organisations are known to, but not part of, Thrive Together Birmingham. The organisations have not been vetted by Thrive Together Birmingham and will have their own systems for working with volunteers. The role of Thrive Together Birmingham is simply to make it easier for you to get in touch with organisations through our website and hopefully to then join in with the important work of tackling poverty