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If you can spare time – however much – to volunteer, there are many local opportunities to make a difference to those who need extra help and support.

Volunteer position: Court Volunteer with PSU

The Personal Support Unit aim to reduce the disadvantage of people facing the civil and family justice system without a lawyer, enabling them to access justice. They believe that no one should face court alone and so they work to provide immediate support to everyone who comes to them.

The PSU’s incredible service is only possible because of the time, dedication and varied experience of life that volunteers bring to bear when helping their clients.

Attending court alone is daunting. Those they support are usually unable to access any formal legal help, yet need to be able to present their own case clearly and without emotion – often facing professional barristers in court. At a time of great stress, this can seem an insurmountable task.

Their volunteers provide both reassurance and guidance, so that their clients have the very best chance of engaging with the courts in a dignified away.

Volunteers support clients by:

  • explaining how the court works
  • helping to fill in court forms and organise court papers
  • helping clients plan what they want to say in court
  • going into court hearings with them

Find out more about court volunteering with PSU here. If you can spare at least two days per month volunteering at the West London Family Court, then they would like to hear from you. Please complete an online expression of interest via their website and the relevant PSU will send you further details and a comprehensive application form. If successful you will then be required to have an interview with the relevant service.

Befriending Volunteers wanted

Have you got some free time to visit a resident in our local care home, lead a singing group or play scrabble? Local charity Embracing Age are looking for volunteers to befriend residents in the local care home. Please get in touch with or through the Embracing Age website.

Volunteer position: Accountant at the National Funding Scheme

Local charity The National Funding Scheme is looking for a volunteer accountant to provide financial management and reconcilliations to our partner charities for up to 6 hours per month. Workstreams include budgeting and forecasting, bank reconcilliations and the financial aspects of Board reporting. Training and ongoing support will be provided as required. You must have a financial background although a formal qualification is not required. A good analytical mind, comfort using Sage and Excel is essential.

Please click here for the full job description: Volunteer Position

How to apply:
Send your CV and covering letter to the following address:

Age UK Richmond upon Thames currently needs motivated volunteers for: 

IT One-to-One Support, Handyperson Service Support, Social Centre Champion, Games and Activities and Finance Manager Support

Age UK Richmond upon Thames logoAge UK Richmond upon Thames work across the borough to improve the quality of life for older people and to enhance their status and influence. They seek volunteers for a variety of new projects. Perhaps you have the skills and experience they are looking for?

As a volunteer with Age UK Richmond upon Thames you can expect induction training, ongoing support, out of pocket expenses, the opportunity to help make a difference to the lives of people in the London Borough of Richmond, the chance to gain new skills and experiences and to be part of a caring team.

What Age UK Richmond upon Thames would expect from you in return is a commitment to support older people, the ability to offer your services on a regular basis and reliability and trustworthiness.

Click here for a list of current volunteering opportunities with Age UK Richmond and details on how to apply.

Age UK Richmond upon Thames, Suite 301, 3rd Floor, Parkway House, Sheen Lane, East Sheen, London SW14 8LS.

Volunteer with the Scouts – become a Beaver Colony Leader!

Scouts logoEast Sheen Scout Group is looking for volunteers to run its Atlantic Beaver Colony.

Beaver Scouts are young people aged between six and eight years old. They belong to the first and youngest Section in the Scouting family. Boys and girls can join Beaver Scouts in the three months leading up to their sixth birthday. They can move to the next Section, Cub Scouts, between seven years and six months and eight years six months. Easily recognised by their distinctive turquoise sweatshirts, Beaver Scouts enjoy making friends, playing games, going on visits and helping others.

Beavers meet every other week at Christchurch Community Hall during term time.

We are looking for potential leaders (aged 18+) to be part of a team. Ideally you would share the job amongst you, holding a planning meeting just before each term started. If there are four volunteers sharing the role, then two people would run a meeting, on alternate Tuesdays, with the help of parents on a rota. This means each person would only have to run 4 meetings a term. It’s great fun!

We can offer training and support so no previous experience required.

Please contact Lynn at if you are interested in this rewarding role.

East Sheen Scout Group – Website

 Parent and Community Advisory Board member at Richmond Park Academy

Applications are invited to become a member of the first Richmond Park Academy (RPA) Parent and Community Advisory Board (PCAB). The board will form an important role as part of the governance of the school and will work closely with the AET Management board and the Principal, Mr Mundy-Castle.

A PCAB member will be either a parent or a member of the local community. They are likely to have backgrounds in finance, HR, communications, education or sport administration. Successful applicants will also: be good inclusive communicators, creative problem-solvers and positive in outlook.

The PCAB will meet at least once a term and ideally, once every half term. In addition, where members have professional expertise in areas of relevance to the academy, they may be invited to attend meetings of the Governing Board for particular topics.

Please find the description of the position and how to apply in this PDF document: RPA-PCAB

Richmond Park Academy, Park Avenue, East Sheen,London SW14 8RG | 020 8876 8891 |  Website | Facebook | Twitter

Missing People needs Helpline Volunteers for Project 42:

MP_LOGO_KProject 42 is new initiative that aims to ensure that Missing People’s Helpline Volunteer Rota is filled every single shift, every day of the week. That’s 42 shifts every week.

Helpline Volunteers provide vital emotional and practical support to people who are away from home and their loved ones left behind. Often supporting people in crisis, it is a vital role, which relies heavily on the compassion and generosity shown by our team of wonderful volunteers. Ensuring full coverage of our volunteer rota each day will mean we’re able to respond to more people who need our help.

This is a brilliant role if you’re a great communicator. If you’re interested in finding out more you can read the full role description or register your interest on our volunteer management hub.

The deadline is 5th April. Full training to equip you with the necessary skills and knowledge for this role is provided. If you’d like to find out more from a member of the volunteering team, you can email or call 020 8392 4590.

Click here for a list of other current volunteering opportunities with Missing People.

Missing People,284 Upper Richmond Road West, East Sheen SW14 7JE  | Tel: 020 8392 4590

Community Governors ~ Richmond Park Academy

The Governing Board of Richmond Park Academy (RPA) is looking to recruit new community governors. They would be especially interested in talking to people with a background in, or an in-depth knowledge of, the secondary education sector, professional experience in working with young people or a track record in Human Resource Management.

If you’re interested in finding out more or have a contact in the local community who you think could be a strong asset for RPA, please contact Chair of Governors, David Heath, in the first instance. Further details are available on the RPA website
Richmond Park Academy, Park Avenue, East Sheen,London SW14 8RG | 020 8876 8891 |  Website | Facebook | Twitter

Volunteer at Shelter, East Sheen:


Shelter helps millions of people every year struggling with bad housing or homelessness through our advice, support and legal services. And we campaign to make sure that one day, no one will have to turn to us for help. We’re here so no one has to fight bad housing or homelessness on their own.

Shelter East Sheen is looking for any help from people of all ages and backgrounds. Please drop in, e-mail, or call for further information: | 0208 878 4990

Shelter East Sheen, 337 Upper Richmond Road West, East Sheen SW14 8QR


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Home-Start UK is the leading family support charity. They offer outreach services through volunteers giving regular support, friendship and practical help to families with young children who may be under stress. This support can be fundamental to helping prevent family crisis and breakdown.

The Richmond scheme, based on Sheen Lane, runs FREE regular training courses which cover an introduction to Home-Start, Safeguarding, Boundaries, Listening Skills, Confidentiality, Values and Attitudes, Parenting and Play, plus supporting families with issues such as bereavement and loss, special needs, mental illness, early language development and domestic abuse.

For more information,please contact Angie Ahmed 020 8487 8500 or 

Find out more about being a volunteer here.

Home-Start Richmond upon Thames, 211 Parkway House, Sheen Lane SW14 8LS


FiSH Neighbourhood Care

FiSH logoFiSH Neighbourhood Care provides voluntary help for the residents of Barnes, Mortlake & East Sheen with the aim of combating loneliness and providing practical support.

FiSH needs friendly, practical people to give whatever time they can afford.  They need befrienders, escorts, drivers, gardeners, listeners, chatters…  But they’d also love to hear from you if you have clerical skills or specialist skills in IT, marketing, PR, finance or fundraising.

Please click here for a list of current volunteer requirements

Click here to apply as a volunteer or please contact FiSH on 020 8876 3335

Other East Sheen Charity Shops

Your local charity shops are always keen to hear from people who would like to volunteer, including Duke of Edinburgh students. Please feel free to drop in any time and see how you can help. All help is much appreciated, however much time you have to spare.


A full listing of your local charity shops can be found here. They include:

  • Princess Alice Hospice
  • Octavia Foundation
  • The Children’s Society
  • Cancer Research UK
  • Fara
  • Mind
  • Barnardos
  • Youth Education Sport Charity Shop