Volunteering is a great way to meet other locals, gain or develop skills and make a difference to the community. Below are a few Croydon based charities and organisations that welcome volunteers.
East Croydon Cool works with local charities by promoting their activities, arranging sponsorship events and making financial contributions through merchandise sales. We are also keen to work with charities on ad-hoc volunteer projects, whereby we bring a group of locals together to help complete a specific task. So if you work for a local charity, and have a project in mind, get in touch!
Age UK Croydon is a vibrant and successful voluntary sector charity whose aim is to promote the health, wellbeing and independence of older people who live in Croydon. Age UK Croydon works in partnership with the national Age UK charity, which campaigns vigorously at Government level on behalf of all older people. They offer a range of volunteering positions including Tech Befrienders and Garden Helpers. For more info on volunteering opportunities, CLICK HERE.
Croydon Voluntary Action’s principal activity is to promote charitable purposes for the benefit of the Croydon community and its surrounding areas. CVA carries out its leadership role by promoting a bigger role for Voluntary and Community Organisations in the life of the borough and by supporting local people to represent their community’s interests and to negotiate on its behalf. Volunteers play a significant role in supporting CVA’s work and enhancing the quality of the service they provide. For more info on volunteering opportunities, CLICK HERE.
Founded in 2004, Croydon Commitment is a well-established charity that helps Croydon businesses achieve the best value and impact from corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities. Croydon Commitment works with businesses to optimise their community investment through planned programmes of employee engagement, partnerships and community activity to meet local need, boost CSR achievement and capitalise on the opportunities of a changing borough. For more info on volunteering opportunities, CLICK HERE.
Croydon Food Bank is part of a nationwide network of foodbanks, supported by The Trussell Trust, working to combat poverty and hunger across the UK. They provide three days’ nutritionally balanced emergency food and support to local people who are referred to them in crisis. Volunteers are the life blood of foodbanks. There are lots of ways to get involved but whatever role you choose, you will make a real difference to the life of someone in crisis. For more info on volunteering opportunities, CLICK HERE.
Evolve Housing + Support is a homelessness and community support charity, working with around 2000 people each year, in and around London. They are the third largest provider of accommodation for homeless people in London. In Croydon alone, they provide homeless accommodation for over 300 people every day. Evolve Housing + Support’s work focuses on helping customers to achieve their independence by focusing on their strengths. For more info on volunteering opportunities, CLICK HERE.
Gig Buddies matches people with and without learning disabilities who have similar interests to go to events, gigs & activities together. The project helps to combat social isolation faced by many people with learning disabilities, by enabling people with a learning disability to make friends with members of their community who have a similar interest to them. Gig Buddies Croydon is run by local charity Club Soda and has attracted around 20 volunteers and buddies. For more info on volunteering opportunities, CLICK HERE.
GoodGym helps people get fit by doing good. This group of runners combine regular exercise with helping communities. During ‘Group Runs’, they work out by helping local community projects, and run back within 90 minutes. During ‘Coach Runs’ they run to make social visits to isolated older people who they call their ‘coaches’ because they motivate them to keep going. During ‘Mission Runs’, they run missions for older people; doing odd-jobs for people who struggle to do them alone. For more info on volunteering opportunities, CLICK HERE.
Lives Not Knives (LNK) was founded by Eliza Rebeiro in 2007 as an awareness campaign to prevent pre-teens from carrying a knife and to make parents and adults aware of the true statistics of the many teenagers who are carrying knives. It has now evolved into a huge training programme that works with a broad range of young people from the age of 8 up to 18. For more info on volunteering opportunities, CLICK HERE.
Mind in Croydon is a mental health charity that was founded in 1967. Mind in Croydon is working to promote good mental health by seeking to empower people to lead a full life as part of their local community. To achieve these aims, Mind in Croydon educates and provides services, campaigns and raises funds, works in partnership with other relevant organisations, values diversity and focuses on quality and involves service users and other volunteers in its work. For more info on volunteering opportunities, CLICK HERE.
Off the Record Youth Counselling Croydon was founded in 1994 to provide free, independent and professional counselling for 14 – 25 year olds in the Croydon area. Since then, the charity has expanded to include further areas of work including BME mental health work, a Young Carers project, a specialist counselling service for young refugees as well as a range of online counselling and workshop sessions. For more info on volunteering opportunities, CLICK HERE.
Reaching Higher was formed in 2010 as a response to challenges in the community. Reaching Higher works in an area in South Norwood where childhood poverty is high. They work with children who lack role models and who are at risk of exclusion, gang involvement and teenage pregnancy. 20% of the young people Reaching Higher works with are within the care system and require additional support navigating through life to prepare them for adulthood. For more info on volunteering opportunities, CLICK HERE.
RSPCA Croydon and Crystal Palace is a branch of the RSPCA but registered as a separate charity. They help local animals in need and are responsible for funding all our activities themselves. Their biggest focus is on rehabilitating and rehoming animals who have nowhere else to go. This involves collecting abandoned or injured animals, transporting them to the relevant boarding facilities, paying for whatever vet treatment they need and once ready, starting the re-homing process. They also help people in the local area who are on benefits or living on a low income, and suddenly face an emergency vet bill. For more info on volunteering opportunities, CLICK HERE.
SAVVY Theatre is an award-winning company, creating ambitious, inclusive productions and theatre experiences that bring different groups of people together. As a resident company in Fairfield Halls, they are committed to developing innovative, ensemble-based projects that engage with young people and local communities, where everyone is welcomed and involved regardless of their ability or disability, advantage or disadvantage. For more info on volunteering opportunities, CLICK HERE.
South Norwood Community Kitchen was founded in 2016 to use the power of food to bring the community together and build collective action. Their mission is to create free, equal and accessible community spaces where people can build relationships, have a voice and access what they need. The focus of their work is a Saturday lunch, where volunteers prepare and cook food (using ingredients that might often go to waste) to create a free lunch which anyone is welcome to join. For more info on volunteering opportunities, CLICK HERE.