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Employer Supported Volunteering

Volunteering Barnet supports Barnet Council in finding volunteering opportunities for staff within the local community. Barnet Council employees can spend up to two days per year (pro rata) volunteering for the benefit of their community. You can:

  1. Volunteer as a team
  2. Volunteer as an individual
  3. Use your skills and knowledge – individually or as a team 
  4. Support a local cause of your choice through a fundraising activity

To find out how it works see the Volunteering pages on the council’s intranet or contact us.

If you are interested in Employer Supported Volunteering and you have discussed it with your line manager.

Register you interest here

Registering is the first step towards using your ESV days, but it doesn’t commit you to anything. It enables Volunteering Barnet to monitor the level of interest in the scheme, and if you have requested our brokerage service it provides us with the information we need to find a suitable opportunity for you. To get an idea of the kind of opportunities on offer, see the roles listed below.


Big lunch at the Granville estate (Childs Hill)

The Big lunch at the Granville estate (Childs Hill) is taking place on 29th June! The Big lunch is on the greenspace of an estate currently undergoing a big regeneration. The residents aim to bring neighbours together every year during the 4 year regeneration scheme. Last year was a big success and they imagine this year will be just as well-attended and be an excellent community event. To help ensure it’s a success they are looking for 2-3 volunteers to help man a bouncy castle and help with general running of the event. Volunteers are needed from Noon to 5PM (although volunteers are welcome even if they can only volunteer for part of this time).

Joining Old and Young (JOY)

JOY is a unique inter-generational programme that brings the elderly and the young children together. We are holding a JOY DAY on the 2nd June 13:30 – 17:00 to raise inter-generational awareness and to celebrate the wonderful work that JOY has done over the past three years. It will be a free fun filled day of entertainment, music and interactive creativity for the whole family.

To make the day a success we would greatly appreciate volunteers!! We would like volunteers to help with tea and refreshment duties on the day. To be friendly and welcoming to all guests. 

Arts deport

Matinee Lunch Clubs’ invite vulnerable older groups to artsdepot for a hot lunch and performance. This year, on the 26th June, Spiltmilk are presenting their ‘Seaside Shindig’, an afternoon of dancing, live music, singing along, tea, cake and games. The event runs from 11am-4pm.

We require volunteers to make this day a success! The volunteer role involves helping the groups into artsdepot, serving, chatting with the people attending, helping them into the theatre and being on hand during the performance. This is a chance to help older people to make new friends, build a sense of community and have an enjoyable day.

Volunteer for a day with Advocacy in Barnet

We provide a free, independent and confidential advocacy service to help people aged 50+ who live in Barnet, or whose care is funded by the London Borough of Barnet. Independent advocacy is a way to ensure people have a voice and choice in health and social care matters and services, to have as much control as possible over their own lives and maintain independence. We aim to resolve issues, concerns or queries that individuals may have about their health and well-being, and offer support at times of change.

A large part of our work is carried out by our Volunteer Advocates, who we train and support to go out into the community and Advocate for older people. To ensure that our volunteers deliver a quality service and are fully supported in their work, we are always looking for local organisations and service professionals to come and speak about their organisation, or deliver training in their field of work. We are particularly interested in hearing from those who would like to speak about health, social care or housing related topics, as these are directly related to the Advocacy work that we do.

To become a Volunteer Advocate, we do require you to be available for about 4 hours every week. However, if you are interested in coming to speak to our volunteers or provide some training, (this can be anything from an hour’s discussion to half a day’s training) we would love to hear from you!

East Barnet Festival

East Barnet Festival is made by its volunteers. North London’s biggest free-entry outdoor festival can’t happen without an army of supporters.

The Festival depends on donations – can you help us collect them? It takes time to set up stalls and tents, and to pack them up – can you lend our charities and traders a hand? And we’re hosting London’s biggest free outdoor car festival. Fancy directing some traffic – to keep the Festival in order and the public safe?

If you can spare just two or more hours on Friday 5th, Saturday 6th or Sunday 7th July, join us in Oak Hill Park and help make this year’s East Barnet Festival the best ever.

Friend in Need Community Centre

We are an independent charity seeking to provide for older adults, living in the Borough of Barnet, especially East & New Barnet.  We offer various activities, such as exercise classes, yoga, tai-chi, dance, IT training etc, so that older adults may have a friendly environment in which to meet & enjoy doing things together. We would be delighted if volunteers could help us to serve the community. We run services from 10am – 4pm, Monday to Thursday.  Volunteers help organise activities, serving ta/dinner, chat with old people etc.  Tasks usually are domestic and don’t required specific training or skills, but a lot of common sense. 

Volunteering with Norwood

For group volunteering, Norwood can support up to 15 volunteers in their homes and family centres. These tend to be practical gardening or decorating projects to improve the living environment for the people they support.

The general volunteering programme is for individuals who wish to volunteer within Norwood services. Volunteers can support children or family centres, work in their retail shops or work directly with service users to master a new skill or enjoy an activity.

Colindale Communities Trust

This is a skilled volunteering opportunity to help the trust as it will be adopting new financial software (Xero) from the 1st April 2019. They require 2 days worth of volunteering to transfer information from excel to new software and provide guidance on how to use the new software if possible.

The Good Neighbour Scheme

The Good Neighbour Scheme is a community-based charity that harnesses the skills and goodwill of volunteers (currently 69) to support vulnerable people in their community. It gives neighbourly support to older, less mobile and isolated people in the Mill Hill and Burnt Oak areas of the London Borough of Barnet. At the core of the charity’s operations – and we could not function without them – is a large team of local volunteers who help to deliver a variety of services. Over the last 3 years we have been updating our administration which needed a bit of an overhaul. We would really benefit from some expertise from a member of the Council to help create a guidance manual for each of our volunteers tasks when they join us and it would be wonderful to have someone help in this. 

Barnet Branches Out

We require volunteers to  walk along pavements recording where trees are growing and also where  trees could be planted. The information will be fed to Barnet tree officers in an effort to replace the huge numbers of trees removed and not replaced. Trees are essential for biodiversity, reducing climate change and for creating a pleasant environment. This is your chance to make volunteer to make a positive difference to the local and global environment!! Volunteers will be allocated roads to document the trees present and absent. This can be completed any day of the week. Pens and recording forms will be provided.

The Challenge

The Challenge is the UK’s leading charity for social integration. Nationally over 175,000 young people have taken part in our programmes since 2009. It would be great if you would like to volunteer to help us to continue to make a difference to the lives of young people. You can be involved in two ways:

Professional Partnership

  • A team of 10-13 NCS participants visit your workplace, learn about what you do and receive feedback for the social action project pitch.
  • The visit should last 1 hour, ideally from 14:30 – 15:30 if possible.
  • Teams are always accompanied by at least 1 DBS checked NCS staff member, who is responsible for managing the team during the visit.
  • This is a fantastic opportunity to contribute to improving the quality of youth-led social action projects in the local area and to introduce young people to the world of work.

Professional Partnership visit dates

Friday 12th July, Tuesday 16th July, Saturday 20th July, Sunday 28th July, Friday 22nd August, Tuesday 6th August, Wednesday 14th August

Pitch Advisors

  • Pitch Advisers act as panel members in a Dragon’s Den style event, where NCS teams pitch for seed funding (provided by The Challenge).
  • Pitch Advisers are required to listen to the team’s pitches, ask questions about the quality of their planning and deliberate on the amount of money to allocate teams. Pitches are located at the local NCS venue from 14:30 – 17:00
  • This is a brilliant way to champion positive social action in young people and is an extremely fun and memorable role!

Pitch Advisor Dates

Saturday 13th July, Wednesday 17th July, Sunday 21st July, Monday 29th July, Saturday 3rd August, Wednesday 7th August, Sunday 11th August, Thursday 15th August, Wednesday 14th August, Sunday 18th August

Colindale Communities Trust

The Colindale Communities Trust is a charity committed to developing sustainable services and projects that improve the economic and social wellbeing of people who live in and around Colindale, by working together with local people and a range of partners. The Shared Enterprise CIC, a consortium partner, run Enterprise Clubs in Colindale (and other areas) to support people with starting up their own business. Its members would like advice on commercial law particularly in relation to insurance and licenses. They have questions which go beyond Employers and Public Liability which the consortium has little knowledge. They would like to receive a volunteer with knowledge of this area, as this would make an important contribution to the scheme. Volunteering would involve speaking at one club session and answering questions the participants my have. Travel costs will be paid.

Resources for Autism

Resources for Autism is a dynamic charity that aims to improve the lives of children and adults who are diagnosed with autism. We provide practical specialist services for people of all ages with an Autism Spectrum Condition and support for families and friends. We have a team of trained, enthusiastic and kind staff and volunteers offering a wide range of support. All our staff are autism specialists who understand communication and sensory needs. Volunteers who want to contribute on the front line with a family would have to commit to at least 6 months and 3 hours a week. However, there are a range of extremely useful tasks that volunteers can complete as a one-off task or for a short duration. For example, we have a small garden that needs weeding and some TLC, we have toys that need sorting and cleaning and we have inflatables that need inflating and checking for leaks. We also need drivers occasionally who can drive a minibus. These tasks are extremely useful and vital for helping our organisation continue to make a real difference in the community; we welcome anyone who is kind enough to offer to help us.

Come and meet us

26 Jun

Volunteering Advice Session

BOOST Burnt Oak Library

27 Jun

Volunteering Advice Session

BOOST Childs Hill