Fun, friendship and mutual support

For 135 years, local people have shared their time and talents to help their fellow community members. We strongly believe that everybody has something to give.

Volunteers are crucial to all of our work, and have always made an enormous contribution to Time & Talents. We were set up by volunteers in 1887, and their legacy continues to be at the heart of what we do.

Apply to volunteer!

Become a befriender

Can you spare a couple of hours a week to change a life? We’re always looking for local volunteers, of all ages, who are willing to give one to two hours to visit an isolated older person in their home (when this is allowed), or by telephone. It’s a great way to feel like you’re really making a difference.

Find out more about becoming a befriender.

Join Cycling Without Age

Our groundbreaking Cycling Without Age (CWA) project takes frail and isolated older people out on trishaw cycle rides in local green spaces – piloted by keen cyclist volunteers!

Find out more about CWA.

“Get Active!” with Befriending: Team-Up Take-Part

Interested in spreading the amazing benefits of sports and physical activities? Our BBC Comic Relief Team-Up & Take-Part project connects people feeling a bit lonely with a local befriender, with the shared goal of getting active! Your role will be to calm the initial nerves of joining (or re-engaging with) a new sport or activity, and to link someone up with local opportunities by meeting for an hour or so each week.

Find out more about becoming a Team-Up Take-Part Volunteer!

Collect and deliver basic necessities for people who are housebound

Elderly, disabled, and other vulnerable people who are housebound find it extremely difficult to get basic food necessities, prescription medications, and other necessities. Our volunteers help meet those needs by making collections and deliveries locally, and we always need more people to help.

Help us deliver great events

We always welcome people willing to offer their time to help with various fundraising events that we run throughout the year. You could help out at our summer party, our Christmas extravaganza, or at any number of our smaller events. They’re all a lot of fun, and wonderful opportunities to get our community together around food, drink, music, games, and a lot more.

Or if you fancy a physical challenge, why not run a marathon for T&T and raise money for your community? We have guaranteed places available in the London Marathon every year.

Click here to find out more about running for T&T!

Offer your professional skills

We always welcome help from people with specialist professional skills. If you want to offer your time and expertise to help a local charity, please drop us an email or complete the online application form and we’ll get back to you ASAP.

How to apply

All you need to do is click on the button below and fill in the application form. We’ll be in touch!

Apply to volunteer

What happens next?

Our legal obligations

For potential volunteers who want to support vulnerable people, we need to take references and perform an Enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check before we are able to welcome you as a volunteer. We are required by law to make these checks, to ensure vulnerable people are not put at further risk. If you have a criminal conviction, please tell us this in your application, or get in touch separately, in advance of us performing the check. Many criminal convictions will not automatically bar you from volunteering, and we assess every case on its specifics.

What happens if my application is accepted?

We provide an induction for all volunteers, where we provide information about safeguarding (making sure everybody knows how to keep vulnerable children and adults safe), and all other information they will need.

We keep up to date with volunteers through regular online catch-ups, or face to face – when we are able to – if you are unable to get online. Our volunteering coordinator (or another member of staff) is available to support you and answer any questions you may have while you’re volunteering with us.

What happens if my application is rejected?

We will always tell you why an application was rejected. You will still be welcome to attend T&T activities, and will often have the chance to help out informally in groups you take part in.

At times, we may not be able to offer you the opportunity to volunteer with us. If this is the case, we will let you know, and will put you on a waiting list so that you can volunteer in the future.

We are always very grateful to anyone and everyone who volunteers to help their community at T&T, and we look forward to hearing from you!