Helping you make a difference
People choose to volunteer for a variety of reasons. What unites them all is that they find volunteering both challenging and rewarding.
Volunteering England has produced a campaign on YouTube which tells five inspirational stories from people who volunteer. The films can be viewed at:
Some of the reasons people choose to volunteer include to:
- give something back to an organisation that has had a positive impact on a person’s life
- help improve the lives of others
- improve the environment
- help those who are less fortunate or without a voice feel valued and part of a team
- spend quality time away from work or a busy lifestyle
- gain confidence and self-esteem
- act as a route to employment or improving job prospects.
Volunteering also appeals to people because of its social benefits, including meeting new people and making new friends; a chance to socialise; and getting to know the local community.
Organisations who use volunteers benefit too, by developing stronger links with the local community, by inspiring people who then promote their activities to the wider community and by tapping in to local knowledge and skills that may not exist within the organisation.
Register with the Volunteer Centre Kensington and Chelsea
The Volunteer Centre Kensington and Chelsea offers both volunteers and organisations looking for volunteers, a brokerage service to match people with the right opportunity from the hundreds available in the Royal Borough.
So, whether you want to volunteer in local sports, youth work, befriending and activities with older people, become a trustee or have talents in IT or music that you want to share with others, register with Volunteer Centre Kensington and Chelsea and search their database for the right opportunity for you.
Become a Kensington and Chelsea Ambassador
Every year Kensington and Chelsea hosts a varied and diverse range of activities including concerts, cultural events, art exhibitions, sports activities, the Exhibition Road Show and the Notting Hill Carnival.
If you are interested in becoming a friendly face of the Royal Borough and helping to support these flagship events while meeting people from the world over, then do get in touch with Volunteer Centre Kensington and Chelsea at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 020 8960 3722.
Get Involved with the Westway Trust
Based under the Westway at Thorpe Close, the Westway Trust offers a host of opportunities to volunteer locally across the varied services and activities they provide for local residents, including:
- Westway Sports & Fitness
- Westway Pop-up Crèche and children’s activities, just like Rahma
- Westway Learning and developing yourself and others through volunteering
- Westway Presents and the local arts and culture scene
- Westway Futures and linking in to local apprenticeships and employment scheme
For more information and to get involved, please visit www.westway.org or telephone Val Patterson on 020 8962 5739.
Volunteer with Open Age
Open Age provide over 350 weekly activities from the New Horizons Centre in Chelsea and the Second Half Centre in North Kensington for older residents of the borough. To help them deliver these activities, Open Age are always looking for people who want to lend a hand in all aspects of the organisation, from lunch group support, learning and community development as well as administrative roles and cafe duties at their café in the Second Half Centre.
Are you retired or thinking about retirement? If so, then Retirement Reinvented – co-founded by a local resident – is on hand to help you make the most of your skills, interests and experiences and give back to your local community. The website includes information on local trusteeship positions, as well as a broad range of interest-led volunteering opportunities, advice and guidance, to help link residents up with local community groups, businesses and charities.
Other ways to get involved locally
- Join your local residents' association. To find out if your house is part of a residents' association, search our database.
- Start or support local community projects and find helpful how-to's at City Living, Local Life.
- Are you a resident of the World's End and Lots Road? The Big Local is an opportunity for you to improve your community, by bringing together local talent, ambitions, skills and energy to make the area a better place to live.
- Offer or request skills, and get in touch with your neighbours with StreetBank.
- Report, view or discuss local problems at FixMyStreet.
Inspire young people to engage in social action, both in their school and the local community, by becoming a Team London Borough Ambassador for the Young Ambassador Programme.
Find more borough-based and London-wide opportunities with Team London.