Volunteering is a great way to meet other locals, gain or develop skills and make a difference to the community. Below is a list of Croydon based charities and organisations that welcome volunteers.
East Croydon Cool works with local charities by promoting their activities, arranging sponsorship events, making financial contributions through merchandise sales and providing volunteer support through the East Croydon Cool Volunteer Team.
Launched in 2021, our volunteer team is made up of East Croydon Cool followers who are keen to work with charities on occasional volunteer projects as a group. It’s ideal for residents who want to volunteer locally but aren’t able to make a regular commitment to one specific charity. To learn more or sign up to join the team, CLICK HERE. If you’re part of a charity and need volunteers, get in touch!
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Park Hill Litter Pick (Sept 2021)
As part of Croydon’s Great Big Green Week (run by Croydon Climate Action) on Saturday 18th, the East Croydon Cool Volunteer Team headed to Park Hill to spend a couple of hours clearing up litter from the park and surrounding area. Having collected a pile of rubbish, volunteers sat in the sunshine with a drink and took part in a workshop led by the British Red Cross.
Start It Right Family Day (July 2021)
On Sunday 4th July, the East Croydon Cool Volunteer Team headed to the Old Town Youth Club on Duppas Hill to run an Arts and Crafts room for children. The event marked the launch of Start It Right, a new summer holiday club for local kids aged 8-12. Learn more in this feature by South West Londoner.
Croydon based Charities and Organisations
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 benefitof 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.
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. 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.
Slide aims to remove barriers to participation in dance faced by learning disabled people, addressing power imbalances. Their wider aim is to bring disabled and non-disabled people together through dance. They look for volunteers who are passionate about creative dance and understand the difference it can make to people’s lives and who are confident to join in creative dance sessions and/or get involved in their events. For more info on volunteering opportunities, CLICK HERE.
Start It Right is a non-profit organisation focused on providing exciting youth projects for young people in locations across London, starting in the Borough of Croydon. Being a volunteer at Start It Right is an exciting opportunity to make a real difference to the local community, learn new skills and make new friends along the way. Volunteers work on a range of projects implemented in their youth projects and holiday schemes so they welcome applications from all backgrounds, interests and experiences. For more info on volunteering opportunities, CLICK HERE.
Legacy Youth Zone is the ultimate hang out available to ALL young people in Croydon. Young people between 8-19 (or up to 25 if they have an additional support need) – can access all of what they offer for just £5 per year and 50p a visit. With such a wide variety of volunteer opportunities available, you will be able to share and enhance your skills or challenge yourself to get out of your comfort zone and do something new. For more info on volunteering opportunities, CLICK HERE.
Nightwatch is a non-profit organisation that provides help and support to those who are homeless in Croydon. It was founded in 1976 when a group of local people came together concerned after the death of a local homeless man. Each night, a small group from their 150 volunteers, goes out to offer practical and emotional assistance to homeless people in Croydon. They have no paid staff, all their work is voluntary. Volunteers are involved in different tasks – not all work directly with the homeless, but contribute by making food, buying goods, administrative work or fundraising. For more info on volunteering opportunities, CLICK HERE.
Methodist Homes Association is the UK’s largest charity care provider and are dedicated to enabling older people to live later life well. Through specialist care homes, thriving retirement living and vibrant community groups and befriending, they inspire the best care and wellbeing at every stage of later life. MHA Communities South London scheme is regularly in need of volunteers. They offer a variety of exciting social activities and services for people aged 55 and over, from Monday to Friday at MHA The Wilderness on Shirley Church Road and other venues around Croydon. Volunteers support with green care activities, coffee mornings, gardening and much more. 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.
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.