Volunteer at the Abbey Centre

Give some of your time to a good cause at our vibrant Westminster community centre, while you gain new skills and meet new people! Volunteering connects you to others, is good for your mind and body, and can bring fun and fulfilment to your life.

Volunteering is open to anyone: students, working, retired or anyone seeking to improve their confidence and skills as a way back into paid employment. We will work with you to develop your skills and interests.

For businesses and other organisations, we can offer corporate social responsibility days. You could bring a team to support some of our most popular events, or use your professional skills to offer advice to our service users or improve our facilities.

Travel expenses will be paid where appropriate and hot drinks will be provided, as well as free meals for those volunteering a full day, while our cafe is open. We also partner with volunteer reward schemes, so we can offer discounts and other bonuses to thank you for your time.

It doesn’t matter how much or how little time you have to offer. Even a few hours, when you can spare the time, would help!

“Volunteering at the reception was an amazing experience. The staff were the best team I have ever worked for throughout my life; they were all very dedicated to their work; and I miss them all already!

I have certainly improved on my confidence and communication. They are skills that will be cherished for life.”

Reception Volunteer

Current volunteering opportunities

Pantry Delivery Volunteer

11:00am – 5:30pm Tuesdays and/or Thursdays

Duties to include:

Download the full role description

Pantry Personal Shopper

Wednesday or Friday, 8:30 – 12:00 or 11:00 – 17:00

Duties to include:

  • Helping to set up and clean away the Community Pantry
  • Helping customers with the shop
  • Making sure all expiry dates are within time limits
  • Helping to support the pantry session team lead

This project provides vital support to local people who need it most, and the role may be ideal for CSR volunteering on a rota.

Reception Volunteer

Wednesday or Thursday, 10:00am – 4:00pm

Duties to include:

  • Welcoming and greeting people arriving at our centre
  • Answering our phone switchboard
  • Some admin support duties
  • Full training provided

Employment Mentor

One-hour minimum per week, Monday – Sunday

Duties to include:

    • To assist the Abbey Employment project in mentoring people who are attending sessions to gain employment
    • Encourage people to ask questions in a safe environment
    • To assist people in applying the skills to their working life
    • To help and support people in building confidence
    • To help and support people in applying and prepping for interviews and applications

Download the full role description

After School Club Volunteer

Mondays 3:15 – 6:15pm during school term time

Duties to include:

  • Assist the project lead with setting up and running the sessions
  • Engaging with the younger people to ensure they engage and enjoy the sessions

Download the full role description

Hot Meals Service Volunteer

Wednesdays and Friday 4pm – 8pm

Duties to include:

  • Assisting with weekly meals for homeless people, refugees and asylum seekers
  • Assist with preparing and serving food
  • Engaging with the guests

Choir Volunteer

Wednesdays 3:15pm – 5:15pm

Do you have a keen ear for singing or wonderful organizational skills? This could be the ideal opportunity for you. We’re seeking support with our amazing, fun choir sessions.

Please contact Caz for more information at caroline.gandy@theabbeycentre.org.uk

Young at Heart Volunteer

Mondays or Wednesdays 11:00am – 4:00pm

  • Supporting our Young at Heart social groups for over 50s
  • Setting up and clearing up
  • Serving drinks
  • Supporting provision of activities and days out

South Westminster Legal Advice Centre Meet and Greet Volunteer

6:30 – 8pm Tuesday and/or Thursday

Duties to include:

  • Offer a warm and welcoming greeting to people arriving at the South Westminster Legal Advice Centre
  • Show people through to the room where the service takes place and seat them while they wait for their appointment
  • Answer general queries and provide assistance to other SWLAC volunteers when requested
  • Adhere to Abbey Centre policies including confidentiality, health and safety, and equal opportunities (information will be provided

Download the full role description

Other volunteering opportunities

  • Supporting local residents with our Community Champions
  • Supporting new mums with our Maternity Champions
  • Covering our reception (weekdays 9am – 5pm)
  • A handyman to do odd jobs around our centre

We are also keen to hear from people with specialist skills which could help advance the Abbey Centre’s mission.

How to sign up

To register for volunteering at the Abbey Centre, please fully complete our Volunteer registration form.

Please fill in all relevant information, which may be required for your own safety, or your application may be rejected. This includes any medical conditions, as well as emergency and GP contact details.

Please email volunteerinfo@theabbeycentre.org.uk to let us know when you have submitted your form.

We will contact you once your application has been processed, which may take up to two weeks.

If you have any questions, please email us at volunteerinfo@theabbeycentre.org.uk or call 020 7222 0303.

“Giving support to people who are looking for work is so valuable as it can be a very vulnerable time. I worked with several clients who were in various stages of their life and it was so wonderful to get to know them as individuals. I thoroughly enjoyed my volunteering experience and would highly recommend it to anyone.”

Volunteer at our CV advice workshop

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