Volunteer To Get Involved

Use your time and talents to help the poorest people transform their lives.

Many churches and organisations across the country rely on the support of volunteers to make their work possible.  Those volunteers do a vast range of things: making tea, listening to people, giving debt advice, gardening, helping with fundraising, driving people to hospital, acting as trustees and much, much more.  Wherever you live there will be things that you can do to get involved in your neighbourhood. 

Church Urban Fund is providing support to churches and organisation in areas where it has active partnerships,  by hosting information about what they do and what help they need. This is a developing project that does not yet cover all areas of the country.  Use the filters below to choose an area near you and see how you can get involved.  Areas are being added gradually so please keep looking.  If there is nothing listed in your area at the moment it doesn’t mean that nothing is happening – please get in touch with your local volunteer centre or have a look on Do-it.org to see how you could get involved in your community.

The opportunities below are from BirminghamLancashireMiddlesbroughNewcastle and Nottinghamshire.

We also have Places of Support for The Black Country, Kent, Durham and Southwark.

St John the Evangelist, Balby

Balby, Doncaster

help particularly needed with our clothes bank

The Seldon Centre for the Retired

132 Addington Road, South Croydon, CR2 8LA

If you are a retired/elderly and enjoy meeting people, eat a meal at a reasonable cost or just want to pop in for a cuppa then this is for you. There are also social activities, exercises, computer training and a minibus with tail-lift to collect people if needed. Open weekdays 10.00 am - 4.00 pm.

We have a very willing bank of volunteers who help but we are always looking for extra help. You can assist in the kitchen and serve meals, or come in to have a chat with clients. You can also help with driving and escorting.

St. Leonard's Church


Coffee Morning Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday 10-11.30am. Open to all come along for a natter, a brew, the company or quiet contemplation

Anyone who can commit on a weekly basis to a particular day to staff the Coffee Mornings. We are open every day except Sunday.



Restore brings together 14 Christian social action projects, offering a holistic approach to support the most disadvantaged and vulnerable people in Sheffield. This includes Foodbank, Clothes & Fuel Bank, CAP debt help, Job Club, Life Skills, Streetwise - church celebration, Connect Cafe, Good News Cafe, Allotments and Cuthbert House supported living.

We welcome anyone who is interested in making a difference in the lives of those struggling with poverty and the challenges associated with this, roles are varied from befriending people, making tea and toast, admin tasks and much much more. We have a variety of different projects so there are a huge variety of possibilities. We look forward to hearing from you!

Sheffield Jesus Centre (JACT Ltd)

Sheffield, S10 2FB

Jesus Fellowship church. Drop-In on Wednesdays and Fridays between 10 am and 1 pm. Foodbank and CAB on Mondays between 11 am and 1 pm. Parlour Cafe on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays between 11 am and 2.30 pm. Other services and meetings and events - refer to our web site SheffieldJesusCentre.org.uk. Room lettings for functions.

Willing ones who have faith we can make a differance. Contact the Centre for current details.

Yellow Ribbon Community Chaplaincy

Shropshire, Black country, Birmingham and Staffordshire

Yellow Ribbon is a mentoring and befriending organisation. Our volunteer mentors help people coming out of prison in the early days after release . Then by building relationship and listening they enable mentees to meet their own goals: Foundation stones are i) somewhere safe to live ii) something meaningful to do iii) someone to walk alongside

Mature, resilient people who have common sense and can provide empathy to vulnerable people. Mentoring training and support helps volunteers learn about the challenges facing people leaving prison. Voluteers are then matched. The time commitment is flexible from a minimum of 2 hours to 2 days a week.- key skills are relationship building, enabling practical solutions eg bank accounts, healthy relationships, keeping focused on goals

Active Christians


At Active Christians we offer weekly worship services on Saturday afternoons. In partnership with Homeschool Social Enterprise was also run a Place of Welcome, a food bank, prison mentoring, monthly prayer meetings, a Homeless Outreach and various Community Outreach projects. Through Homeschool Social Enterprise we run an Independent Christian Primary School registered with the Department for Education (DfE). Our central aim is to educate and support children with a rich and varied education along with strong Christian values to prepare them for life. Through this service we rescue children who have been excluded as well as those children who do not 'fit in' elsewhere.

We need volunteers to assist with any of the services mentioned.

Sandwell Churches' Link


Sandwell Churches' Link exists to connect and equip churches and organisations to reduce poverty. We focus on improving financial inclusion, and on reducing homelessness, social isolation and food poverty.

We can help match potential volunteers to churches and faith-based organisations in Sandwell. We would love volunteers to assist with administration and communications.

Manna Day Centre

Near London Bridge

Free breakfast, lunch and hot tea provided daily 8.30am - 1.30pm

Manna has a wonderful group of volunteers, but we are always happy to hear from others who would like to help us in the kitchen and computer suite.

Brixton Soup Kitchen & Support Centre

297-299 Coldharbour Lane, London, SW9 8RP

We offer free food and support Monday to Thursday 10am - 2pm. We also offer a free legal drop in clinic on Thursday evenings 6pm-8:30pm. We run a clothing bank as well.

We are currently looking for regular volunteers to help out during our opening hours with cooking and tidying, admin, marketing and communication, fundraising and bid writing.

YMCA Open Door (part of YMCA Black Country Group)

Dudley, Walsall, Sandwell, Wolverhampton

YMCA uses host families to provide Emergency Nightstop and Supported Lodgings to people aged 16-25 who would be otherwise homeless. Our hosts offer a safe and welcoming environment to help the young person with YMCA support get back on their feet.

YMCA requires Nightstop and Supported Lodgings hosts (people who use their spare room to help a young person 16-25 in need of housing) YMCA need befrienders who can spend time during the day with somebody on Nightstop accommodation and/or drive them to the host address.

The Glebe Centre


We are a multi-functional, open access day centre for adults around issues of accommodation, drug and alcohol dependency, mental health, sex working and vulnerability.

We have a range of volunteering opportunities available, from stock control to support work, dependent on the individual's skills, interests and availability. We are open Mon-Fri, 10-2pm.

Walsall Council


Walsall council public health team.

As a priority of the Walsall's Health and Well Being Board we are encouraging more people to volunteer in Walsall through the coordination of the One Walsall Organisation (aka Walsall Voluntary Action)

Good Shepherd Support Ltd


We are a Christian Social Enterprise based in Bilston WV14 0AT. We operate a warehouse and community shop which earns its income through house clearances and sales to low income families. We use our surplus to give furniture and household necessities like bedding,cutlery,crockery etc to those leaving a hostel to take up a tenancy. We do not receive any grant funding therefore we do need referrals for beneficiaries from recognised agencies.

Working in shop or warehouse a minimum of one day per week. Collectors of goods from workplace or neighbours then calling us for collection. Churches willing to collect clothes and household items for us on a regular basis-collection always available

St. Paul's, Brixton

Brixton, South London

We are a welcoming, supportive, celebratory, local church community. A community that loves God, loves each other and loves Brixton. Everyone is welcome – children, students, men and women, young and old.

Foodbank volunteers. Tuesday and Saturday mornings. Help with welcoming, prayer and packing. Christian's Against Poverty volunteers. Help with visiting, fundraising and befriending.

St Francis of Assisi


The vision of St Francis Church is to be a growing and loving church family through which God transforms lives and builds community

Cafe assistants - Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday Help with children and young people on Tuesday afternoon/evening Help with Toddlers on Wednesday morning

St Paul's Church and Centre

Norton Lees

St. Paul's seeks to serve God, speak truth and show love to all. We desire to meet God through worship, fellowship and discipleship. We will nurture faith, promote justice and embrace our community.

Appropriately trained / experienced people to support our ongoing and active engagement with our local community, particularly Messy Church and groups / activities for adults. All volunteers must have Enhanced DBS clearance.

Lee Green Lives

Leegate shopping centre, Lewisham

A community Organisation that aims to bring life back to the local shopping centre and community. We are always looking for more people to join in.

We need people to help with running support sessions eg. computer literacy, to provide advice on areas such as housing and employment or help with organising social activities.

Southwark Day Centre for Asylum Seekers (SDCAS)

Copleston Centre, Copleston Road, London SE15 4AN

SDCAS seeks to help relieve poverty and distress, and to promote health and further education for asylum seekers and refugees. Our Advocacy Service is the cornerstone of our day centres' work helping clients to overcome a variety of issues around immigration. We also provide parenting workshops and English classes.

We always need Volunteers to help run the centres, fundraise, research and much more. They bring with them a variety of skills, lots of energy, enthusiasm and commitment.

Citizens Advice Wolverhampton

Wolverhampton & Bilston

We give free, confidential, independent and impartial advice to help people overcome the problems they face. We can advise on a wide range of issues, but most often help people with benefits, debt, housing, employment, consumer and family problems.

Volunteers to assess and advise people, help people find information, run reception and provide administrative support. Full training provided.


6 Mitre Passage, London(North Greenwhich), SE10 0E

We deliver disability services, community projects, education and training resources that promote inclusion and well-being. We are an enabling network of people, tackling barriers in society to make community ‘livable’.

Volunteer opportunities range from odd jobs or gardening, to representing Livability at one of our events, or simply offering a friendly face for a chat and a cup of tea once a week.

Christian International Peace Service(CHIPS)

17 Hopton House, Loughborough Estate,London, SW9 7SP

Our Brixton project is the most recent of the CHIPS projects. The aim is to help address issues of gang violence amongst youth and bring reconciliation between different tension groups.

You are very welcome to volunteer by praying, donating, completing a challenge for CHIPS and/or by becoming a CHIPS Ambassador.

Oasis Hub Waterloo


From schools to church, food banks to youth work, we're involved in a whole range of services aimed at benefiting our local community.

There's room for everyone to get involved - if that's you, please do get in touch.

Advising London

The Foundry, 17 Oval Way, SE11 5RR

We cover Lambeth and Southwark boroughs. Topics we can advise on include debt and money issues, welfare benefits, housing, employment, immigration and consumer issues.

We have flexible Volunteer roles and a very supportive staff team. We also provide excellent training and encourage personal development. Please do get in touch to find out more.

Lambeth Face


Lambeth FACE helps Lambeth residents become more confident and aware of how to take control of their finances. We also train people to become Money Mentors.

Make a difference, become a Face Money Mentor Volunteer.



Emmaus Lambeth offers up to 54 formerly homeless people a home, work and the chance to rebuild their lives in a supportive environment.

We are always looking for people keen to become involved. Retail and driving experience are especially helpful.


Unit 7 Deptford Trading Estate, Blackhorse Road, London, SE8 5HY

FareShare London saves in date, good food from going to waste and redistributes it to over 200 charities and community groups across the capital, who turn it into nutritious meals for Londoners in need of support.

Our centre is seeking dozens of volunteers who can spare a few hours to help save and sort food in the warehouse, drive a FareShare van to deliver food, call charities to create their food orders...and more.

SUIT (MBE) - Service User Involvement Team


Peer led drug and alcohol and recovery and community re-connection service. Offering support in the following (but not limited to) - education, employment, training, recreational activities, advocacy, strategic involvement, consultations, forums, welfare, housing, indebtedness, poverty, tackling stigma and prejudice, desistance from crime, volunteering, media work plus more...

Recovery Support Outreach/In-reach Trainers Administration

Holy Trinity church

Tulse Hill

A dynamic and diverse parish church actively addressing the spiritual, social and relational challenges of our local area.

As we redevelop our drop-in we will be looking for debt counsellors and immigration advisers.

St Francis Church, Monks Hill

Monks Hill Selsdon

A lively Anglican church with 70 members, focussing on making an impact on the Monks Hill estate in South Croydon.

We need Volunteers to help with running our Youth Club 11+ years Thursdays 6.30 - 8pm and Football academy 11+ years Sundays 2.30 - 4pm.