Volunteer Centres

Volunteering fair at London Metropolitan University

The Volunteer Centre Network is made up of numerous local Volunteer Centres throughout England. Their primary purpose is to get more individuals to volunteer in their local area.

What are Volunteer Centres?

The six core functions of a Volunteer Centre are to:

  • Match both individuals and groups interested in volunteering with appropriate voluntary work in the local community;
  • Market volunteering by stimulating and encouraging local interest in volunteering and community activity;
  • Promote good practice in working with volunteers to all volunteer-involving organisations. They deliver training and accreditation for potential volunteers, volunteer managers and the volunteering infrastructure;
  • Work in close partnership with statutory, voluntary and private sector agencies as well as community groups and faith groups to develop local voluntary posts. Volunteer Centres understand the potential offered by the local
  • communities and work with them to realise this potential. Volunteer Centres will target specific groups which face barriers to volunteering. They work creatively to develop imaginative, non-formal work for potential volunteers;
  • Identify proposals or legislation that may impact on volunteering. It will lead and/or participate in campaigns on issues that affect volunteers or volunteering. Volunteer Centres campaign proactively for a more volunteer-literate and volunteer-friendly climate;
  • Inform strategic thinking and planning at a regional and national level.

The Volunteer Centres most local to the University are:

Voluntary Action Islington

Volunteer Centre Hackney 

Volunteer Centre Tower Hamlets

For a full list of other London volunteer centres, see below.

Bexley Volunteer Bureau

Bromley, Community Links Volunteer Bureau

Camden Volunteer Bureau

Ealing Volunteer Centre

Enfield Voluntary Action

Volunteer Centre Hackney

Hammersmith & Fulham Volunteer Development Agency

Harrow Centre for Volunteering

Havering, Volunteer Community Action

Hillingdon Volunteer Centre

Hounslow Volunteer Agency

Voluntary Action Islington

Go Kingston Volunteering

Volunteer Centre Lewisham

Merton Voluntary Service Council

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