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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.


The Loop/Circle Grahame Park – Job skills/client support.

The Loop and Circle Project are looking for volunteers to help individuals who are trying to get back into work.

The Loop is an Upcycling Project run out of the Grahame Park estate which supports people in practical skill development and waste prevention. Circle is a socio-economic integration programme working with refugees, migrants and UK nationals; funded by the EU and the Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government.

We need volunteers to pass on their wisdom of employment related process. This could include; interview techniques, CV writing, job applications, self-confidence building, job search techniques, LinkedIn and other social media profiles, digital technology and more! There are a wild field of valuable skills and knowledge that you could disseminate to the individuals in need of support, some of which are presently socially isolated or in resource poverty.

The venue for these opportunities is The Colonnade in Grahame Park, 5 minutes work from 2 Bristol Avenue. The suggested split is 4 half days with the 1st half day including an introduction/induction to the needs and challenges of the beneficiaries and insight into the difference your contribution will make to the lives of these individuals. The other 3 sessions will be either with a group of 3-4 persons or in some cases one to ones.

The Loop/Circle will provide the equipment needed to run the sessions and as part of the induction you will be introduced to the people you will be helping. This opportunity is on a rolling basis so start is flexible.

Please note the likely day of the week for this activity is a Tuesday or a Thursday. Please also be aware DBS checks may be required.

Please contact enquiry@volunteeringbarnet.org.uk for more information or to sign up.

Inclusion Barnet – Health and Safety Auditor  – As soon as possible

We are a Peer-Led Deaf and Disabled People’s Organisation (DDPO). We are delivering a package of capacity building support for the local sector under contract with London Borough of Barnet – and in partnership with the Young Barnet Foundation and Volunteering Barnet as Barnet together (https://barnettogether.org.uk/).

We would like someone with IOSH qualifications to do a one off health & safety audit for us in our shared office. We have 16 desks. This should take about one day site visit and one day for report writing. We would like the audit to look over our health & safety documents, training records, maintenance records and have a look at our office and see what we can improve on.

Stonegrove Community Trust – Group Outdoor Gardening Work

The Stonegrove Community Trust was originally set up in 2014 with a vision to establish a sustainable joint community and church centre, as the social and cultural hub of our community.

We require a group of volunteers to help us with outdoor gardening work. This will involve improving our allotments through tasks such  as – path clearance, raising beds, repairing compost bin, digging over soil and other bits and pieces. Inside areas available for shelter, lunch. We are looking for up to 15 people per day (20 if we can borrow some tools) for 2 days total. This is an interesting volunteering role that will provide a real sense of accomplishment for participants.

Age UK Barnet – Event Assistant – 16th October and 20th November

We are an independent local charity working with and for older people across the borough to serve and promote the interests of all older people in Barnet, from all walks of life and ethnic communities. We are running 3 evening talks by one of our Trustees and would appreciate some volunteers to assist with running the events eg setting up, running the bar/refreshments, clearing up etc. Dates are 16 October and 20 November. Times would be from 5.30 to 10pm. Location is the Ann Owens Centre, N2 8LT.

Age UK Barnet – Safeguarding Trainer – As soon as possible

We are an independent local charity working with and for older people across the borough to serve and promote the interests of all older people in Barnet, from all walks of life and ethnic communities. We would like to do some Safeguarding training for our staff team. Ideally this would be interactive and will discuss local issues and updates beyond the online courses available. If any relevant staff were interested in helping provide this it would be appreciated. Also if any staff are available to offer training to staff or volunteers on any aspect of social care it would be very helpful.

Bread n Butter – Cookery Assistant – As soon as possible

Being able to feed ourselves is a basic life skill we need and yet so many people don’t cook and rely on convenience food. Through our classes and workshops we demonstrate that home cooking can be simple and easy to do with rewarding results, as well as being affordable and healthy. We aim to give people the skills, knowledge and confidence to cook from scratch so that they are well equipped to feed themselves and their families. By working with groups of children and families we show how food brings people together and that it is a positive social experience. We are looking for a volunteer cookery assistant to help with our weekly cooking sessions at Grahame Park Community Centre, Colindale starting from Tuesday 17 September 11am-1.30pm. 10.30am set up, 

The immediate role is to help facilitate the smooth running of the session and to help the attendees create the recipes. This will involve:
Being prepared for each class i.e. reading the recipe and any other relevant literature required for that class. 

Asking the cookery leader any questions you have prior to the start of the class.
Help set up the session according to specific instruction provided by the Cookery Leader.
Helping the participants when they ask for help. If you are unable to help then you need to push that query onto the cookery leader.
Using your initiative to interact with the participants when you think they could do with some guidance.
Report any incidents or issues to the Cookery Leader.
Help co-ordinate the tidy up at the end of each session. 

Whetstone AllotmentsGarden Allotmenteers – Available every Tuesday

Whetstone Stray has an award-winning Community Plot (BAF Ted Green Award for Community Initiative), facilitated by plot holders.  The Community Plot is for local groups and volunteers who want to learn how to grow vegetables organically & in harmony with nature.

We are looking for Volunteer Garden Allotmenteers to help on our community project.

Garden Allotmenteer roles are open to anyone who wants to learn about organic food and wildlife gardening, or develop their skills.   This is a welcoming group which meets on Tuesdays, and is led by a professional gardener.   By taking part in this Group, you will support our community project to grow and prepare the Plot for the users with Learning Disabilities who attend on Thursdays.

POhWER – Event and Fund Raising Assistant – As soon as possible

We are a charity that provides information, advocacy and advice services across England, offering direct and local support via Professionals and Volunteers. Our independent, free services reach individuals struggling with particular challenges in their lives.

Volunteers are required with event management and fundraising experience to support our organisation with organising/managing and fundraising for future events. The volunteers potentially will be required for 3-12 months as events usually take place every quarter but also annually. The volunteers will also be willing to raise the awareness of POhWER ‘s IMHA (independent Mental Health Advocacy and NHS complaints services in Barnet.

Volunteer for a day with Advocacy in Barnet -Training Assistant – As soon as possible

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!

Friend in Need Community Centre – Project Assistant – As soon as possible

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 – Project Assistant – As soon as possible

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 – Xero Assistant – As soon as possible

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 – Administration Assistant – As soon as possible

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 – Tree Monitor – As soon as possible

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.

Stonegrove Community Trust  – Group Volunteering Opportunity – November

This is an opportunity to volunteer for a day in November along with other members of Barnet Council staff. The role will involve helping the Stonegrove Community Centre with outdoor gardening work for a day (10am – 2pm). There will be lots to help out with on the day, tasks include, path clearance, raising beds, repairing compost bin, digging over the soil and other bits and pieces. You will be able to select your preferred volunteering date by following the link below. Once we have a set date we will email you to confirm your shift.  

Register an interest:  Follow this link to select the dates that you will be available to volunteer.

Colindale Communities Trust – Commercial Law Advisor – As soon as possible

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 – Project Assistant – As soon as possible

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

10 Dec

14 Jan

Volunteer Coordinators’ Coffee Morning

International Gospel Church

27 Nov

Volunteer Advice Session

Burnt Oak Library