Chiswick House & Gardens

Chiswick House & Gardens

Volunteer Chiswick: Chiswick House & Gardens

Chiswick House and Gardens has a variety of opportunities available for volunteers. They welcome people to help the gardening team, either with the main gardens, for example maintaining the Italian Garden, or with the Kitchen Garden, where volunteers grow vegetables for sale. There are opportunities to learn about classical horticulture; you can also support their Education Programme for local schools in the kitchen Garden, or the Chiswick House team too as a Guide or Room Explainer and Front of House assistant. You would be joining a team of around 150 experiences workers, helping to restore the gardens back to their 18th and 19th century roots, learning about the English Landscape Movement, botany and conservation and the history of the house and its Palladian architecture.

Contact Chiswick House and Gardens

For further details and to register your interest, please contact Louise Randall, Volunteer Manager.

Burlington Ln, Chiswick, London W4 2RP

Email: volunteer@chgt.org.uk
Telephone: 0203 141 3367
Twitter: Chiswick_House
Instagram: Chiswick_house
Website: chiswickhouseandgardens.org.uk

To see other organisations in the Chiswick area which run on volunteer labour, please visit The Chiswick Calendar’s Volunteering Directory.

Read more about Chiswick House

The gardens of Chiswick House are open every day – Read about Chiswick House here
The gardens have repeatedly won multiple awards at London in Bloom – Read about the award winning gardens here

Dukes Meadows Trust

Dukes Meadows Trust

Volunteer Chiswick: Dukes Meadows

Dukes Meadows Trust runs the Food Market and the play area on Dukes Meadows – open land beside the river, between Chiswick Bridge and Chiswick Pier. The Trust is an award-winning charity, which transformed the area from one which had become a derelict dumpling ground into a beautiful riverside park. Since 2000, the Trust has raised over £1 million towards creating play areas, planting hedgerows and wildflower meadows and an orchard to increase the biodiversity of the park. The Trust has established successful social enterprises which generate revenue to maintain the improvements made, and has been described as a ‘model of sustainability’.

Volunteers run the Trust themselves and help with managing the improvements. The more volunteers they can find, the better they can maintain the park, so they welcome anybody who wants to help. Dukes Meadows have regular volunteering days every other Sunday. You will be briefed on the tasks which need doing – for example weeding and maintenance of the hedgerows. Anybody is welcome to come – volunteers meet at the farmers market at 11.00 am. Wear suitable clothing, for example flat shoes which protect your feet.

Volunteering dates for 2019 are below.
8 & 22 September
6 & 20 October
3 & 17 November
15 & 29 December

Contact Dukes Meadows Trust

If you would like to find out more about volunteering with Dukes Meadows Trust, their contact details are below:

The Pavilion, Market Drive, London W4 2RX

Email: admin@dukesmeadowstrust.org
Telephone: 020 8742 2225
Website: dukesmeadowstrust.org

To see other organisations in the Chiswick area which run on volunteer labour, please visit The Chiswick Calendar’s Volunteering Directory.

Read more about the Food Market Chiswick and Duke’s Meadows Trust

Read about how the Food Market and how Dukes Meadows Trust transformed the area.

Food Market Chiswick. Read the feature here

Dukes Meadows Trust Celebrates 20 years – November 2018. Read the feature here

“Chiswick Food Market enabled us to survive as a family business” – November 2019. Read the blog post here

Friends of Turnham Green

Friends of Turnham Green

Volunteer Chiswick: Friends of Turnham Green

Since 2007, Friends of Turnham Green have been ‘rescuing Turnham Green from municipal shabbiness.’ Turnham Green is the heart of Chiswick, with its  Victorian church designed by George Gilbert Scott instantly recognisable as a Chiswick landmark, particularly lovely when it’s surrounded by blossom in the spring. Owing to the efforts of Friends of Turnham Green, the Green has received the Green Flag award from the environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy several years running.

Turnham Green has many individual features which have been developed by the Friends of Turnham Green, including herb beds, (in collaboration with Abundance London), the planting around the war memorial and a wildflower meadow with a natural play area. There are a variety of roles for volunteers. Aspiring volunteers can sign up on the Friends of Turnham Green website, and will be very welcome.

Contact Friends of Turnham Green

Website: friendsofturnhamgreen.org

To see other organisations in the Chiswick area which run on volunteer labour, please visit The Chiswick Calendar’s Volunteering Directory.

Acton Homeless Concern

Acton Homeless Concern

Volunteer Chiswick: Acton Homeless Concern

Acton Homeless Concern is a wonderful charity, providing food, company, medical and dental treatment, counselling and other services for those who are homeless or living in poverty. The charity’s mission is to provide a warm, safe and friendly environment for people who are vulnerable. They offer both practical and emotional help.

They provide warm meals, clothing, showers, an optician, chiropodist, doctor and dentist, an alcohol/drugs counsellor, AA meetings and help with rehousing. What they are not able to offer is overnight shelter, but they work with other charities who do.

Acton Homeless Concern welcomes enthusiastic volunteers willing to give up their time for such a worthy cause. There are many ways that you can volunteer for Acton Homeless Concern, to find out more please contact Ian Breen, centre manager for Action Homeless Concern. They are also very much in need of donations – especially gifts of warm clothing, socks and winter coats, and of food.

Contact Acton Homeless Concern

Emmaus House, 1 Berrymead Gardens, Acton, London W3 8AA

Email: actonhomelessconcern@yahoo.com
Telephone: 020 8992 5768
Facebook: actonhomelessconcern
Website: actonhomelessconcern.org

To see other organisations in the Chiswick area which run on volunteer labour, please visit The Chiswick Calendar’s Volunteering Directory.

Cultivate London

Cultivate London

Volunteer Chiswick: Cultivate London

Cultivate London is a charity running projects across West London. Its aim is to engage the community in growing more food locally. The charity trains unemployed young people in landscaping and horticulture and works with the local community to improve both the physical environment and social cohesion through the creation of food growing and/or biodiverse green space. Cultivate London aspires to have a positive influence on young people’s lives and to reform Londoners’ attitudes towards fresh produce and its origins.

Volunteers are welcomed at Cultivate London. Volunteers (of any age) are always needed on Wednesdays at the Salopian Garden in Isleworth from 9.00am – 4.00pm. Help is needed with seed sowing, potting, weeding and so on. There is no need to book, just turn up. Tea and biscuits are provided!

Contact Cultivate London

Enfield Road, South Acton W3 8RA

Email: admin@cultivatelondon.org
Telephone: 020 8992 4941
Twitter: twitter.com/cultiv8london
Instagram: instagram.com/cultiv8london
Facebook: www.facebook.com/Cultiv8London
Website: cultivatelondon.org

To see other organisations in the Chiswick area which run on volunteer labour, please visit The Chiswick Calendar’s Volunteering Directory.

Read more about Cultivate London

Read more about some of the things Cultivate London has done in Chiswick and the surrounding area:

Read about the Salopian Garden in Isleworth

Samaritans

Samaritans

Volunteer Chiswick: Samaritans

The Samaritans are a group of volunteers who operate a helpline for depressed and suicidal people. They are open 24 hours a day to listen and to help people with any issue, without judgment. Calls are taken by volunteers in local call centres; the nearest to Chiswick is in Ealing and they are always looking for more staff to answer the phone to people in crisis.

The charity gives training to new volunteers and once trained, they are assigned a mentor and are given support with taking their first calls. People who have worked for the Samaritans described the experience as wonderful and fulfilling. Volunteering to be a caller may seem daunting to many, and so there are lots of other ways to volunteer for the Samaritans instead, such as campaigning and getting involved in all events and fundraising. Each Samaritans branch is different and is run by a team of volunteers specific to that area, and so to be able to help as many people as possible, they need as many volunteers as they can get.

The Samaritans also hold regular information events to give people a sense of what it’s like to be a Samaritans volunteer. By attending these events you are under no obligation to go take it further.

Contact the Samaritans

If you would  like to find out more about volunteering with the Samaritans, contact them through their website.

Samaritans, Ealing: 26 Junction Rd, London W5 4XL

Email: jo@samaritans.org
Twitter: samaritans
Instagram: samaritans
Facebook: samaritans
Website: samaritans

To see other organisations in the Chiswick area which run on volunteer labour, please visit The Chiswick Calendar’s Volunteering Directory.

Cancer Research shops

Cancer Research shops – 278 and 392 Chiswick High Road

Volunteer Chiswick: Cancer Research charity shops

Come and volunteer in one of Chiswick’s two Cancer Research shops on the High Rd. One store is located opposite Turnham Green Church and the other near M&S. Cancer Research is always looking for volunteers to help in their stores – they are not government funded, so count on volunteers to keep them up and running.

The stock they sell raises vital money for the research into treatments to beat cancer. Helping in Cancer Research shops will allow you to meet people from across the community with similar interests and gain additional skills while doing something good in society. For younger people it is also a great way to improve CV’s – however, their policy is 18+ unless it is through schemes such as the Duke of Edinburgh.

Contact Cancer Research Chiswick

Email: supporter.services@cancer.org.uk
Telephone:(278 Chiswick High Road): 020 8742 2501
Telephone:(392 Chiswick High Road): 020 8994 4391
Twitter: CR_UK
Instagram: CR_uk
Facebook: cancerresearchuk
Website: cancerresearchuk.org

To see other organisations in the Chiswick area which run on volunteer labour, please visit The Chiswick Calendar’s Volunteering Directory.

Boutique by Shelter, Turnham Green

Boutique by Shelter, Turnham Green

Volunteer Chiswick: Boutique by Shelter

Boutique by Shelter, designed by Wayne Hemmingway, sells vintage, high end and often unique finds for great prices. By volunteering here, or even shopping and donating, you will be helping tackle homelessness and helping those in critical situations.

Shelter count on people volunteering with them to keep the shop running, so they’re always looking for more volunteers. They particularly like people with an eye for fashion and creative flair who want to use this skill to give back to the community. Any amount of volunteering makes a huge difference for Shelter and for the people that they help. You can sign up to volunteer with Shelter in Chiswick through their website.

Contact Boutique by Shelter

82 Turnham Green Terrace, London, W4 1QN

Email: info@shelter.org.uk
Telephone: 0208 747 3714
Twitter: Shelter
Instagram: sheltercharity
Facebook: ShelterUK
Website: england.shelter.org.uk

To see other organisations in the Chiswick area which run on volunteer labour, please visit The Chiswick Calendar’s Volunteering Directory.

Octavia Foundation, Turnham Green

Octavia Foundation, Turnham Green

Volunteer Chiswick: Octavia Foundation

Octavia Foundation charity shops are common in west London. Their shop in Chiswick has a large range of high-quality clothes, including many designer brands, all sold for modest prices. The Octavia Foundation’s charity shops are rated among the best in London.

The Octavia Foundation contributes to local communities, helping those who are on a low income, unemployed, isolated or suffering ill-health. They care for elderly people, support children through outreach activities such as tennis, photography, music and video production, and help unemployed people back into work.

The Octavia Foundation is always looking for enthusiastic and reliable volunteers who are able to help in their shops for a minimum of four hours per week for at least three months. The role is varied and can include sorting stock, operating the till and handling cash, working on the shop floor and dealing with customers. Not only will you be supporting a great cause, but you will also be gaining valuable experience which will help in many fields of life.

Contact The Octavia Foundation

294 Chiswick High Rd, Chiswick, London W4 1PA

Telephone: 020 8747 8744
Twitter: octaviashops
Instagram: octaviashops
Facebook: OctaviaFoundation
Website: octaviafoundation

To see other organisations in the Chiswick area which run on volunteer labour, please visit The Chiswick Calendar’s Volunteering Directory.

Abundance London

Abundance London

Volunteer Chiswick: Abundance London

Abundance London is a voluntary organisation with charitable aims, founded in 2010 to make the most of Chiswick’s public spaces and to make sure that fruit crops don’t go to waste. Volunteers harvest surplus fruit, organising groups of school children to pick fruit in gardens where the owners have more fruit than they are able to cope with themselves. They plant orchards, hedgerows and trees, working with local schools, volunteers, businesses, community groups and local government. ‘We try and reconnect people with nature and protect it in an urban setting’.

Abundance London has created many beautiful spaces, mainly through planting but also through art. Most notable among the group’s achievements are the Chiswick Timeline mural in the railway bridge at Turnham Green Terrace and the Piazza alongside, recently refurbished, as well as flower beds throughout the area, for example on the corner of Sutton Court Rd outside the Town Hall.

The organisers put out calls for help when they need volunteers for particular projects. Sign up to their email list through their website for volunteering alerts, but also keep an eye on Twitter. They particularly need volunteers to help keep the little gardens maintained; they create small teams of volunteers who look after a specific garden, keeping it litter-picked, weeded and watered. If you live near one of their little gardens and think you can help, please get in touch.

Contact Abundance London

Email: info@abundancelondon.com
Twitter: AbundanceLondon
Instagram: abundancelondon
Website: abundancelondon

To see other organisations in the Chiswick area which run on volunteer labour, please visit The Chiswick Calendar’s Volunteering Directory.

Read more about Abundance London

Read more about some of the things Abundance London has done in Chiswick: tree planting; the Chiswick Timeline; the launching of the Piazza in Turnham Green Terrace; collaborations with the Cookbook Festival

Read a profile of co-founder and director Karen Liebreich here.

St Mungos

St Mungos

Volunteer Chiswick: St Mungos

St Mungos is a charity helping people who are homeless or in critical circumstances. They are one of the largest outreach services in the UK, with multiple centres across the south and south west of England offering beds to over 2,800 people each night. St Mungo’s outreach teams go out each night to meet people who are homeless and to help them off the streets. They have a centre on Kings Street, Hammersmith and a centre in Ealing who are often looking for volunteer support.

Volunteers are an integral part of St Mungo’s and they recognise and value the huge contribution and impact volunteers make. St Mungo’s believes that people can – and do – recover from the issues that cause homelessness. They work to prevent homelessness and support people at every step of their recovery from homelessness.

St Mungo’s advertise their vacant volunteer roles on the first and third Fridays of the month. Applying is easy – look here to find a volunteer opportunity that interests you on the site, fill in the application and wait for a response.

Contact St Mungos

Contact St Mungos at:
Email: info@mungos.org
Telephone: 020 3856 6000
Twitter: StMungos
Instagram: stmungos
Facebook: StMungosUK
Website: mungos.org

To see other organisations in the Chiswick area which run on volunteer labour, please visit The Chiswick Calendar’s Volunteering Directory.

GoodGoingOut

GoodGoingOut

Volunteer Chiswick: GoodGoingOut

GoodGoingOut is a non-profit-making organisation in Chiswick which helps older residents get a bit more enjoyment out of life. It puts on a range of activities and also organises transport, as often it is the inability to travel independently which prevents elderly people from going out.

The aim is to prevent elderly people from feeling helpless and isolated by allowing them to meet others and attend outings by minibus, to places such as garden centres and pubs for lunch. Goodgoingout uses volunteer drivers and are particularly looking for those experienced in driving minibuses. Such is the nature of social isolation that the people who are most in need of these services may not get to hear about them, so GoodGoingOut are always interested also in introductions to potential clients.

Contact GoodGoingOut

Email: info@goodgoingout.org.uk
Telephone: 07484 669949
Website: goodgoingout

To see other organisations in the Chiswick area which run on volunteer labour, please visit The Chiswick Calendar’s Volunteering Directory.

Gunnersbury Parkrun

Gunnersbury Parkrun

Volunteer Chiswick: Gunnersbury Parkrun

Every Saturday at 9.00am an average of 500 people gather in Gunnersbury Park and run 5K against the clock. This is thanks to the wonderful volunteers at Gunnersbury parkrun who make this happen. Anybody is welcome to run – it is completely free and a great way to bring the community together, whether you are taking part or volunteering.

There is a large variety of jobs from operating the timer, to general marshalling. The jobs aren’t difficult, and you’ll get instructions on what you need to do. You don’t have to do it every Saturday – helping out just on occasional Saturdays is fine. The event wouldn’t be able to function without its volunteers and so new helpers are warmly welcomed!

Contact Gunnersbury Parkrun

Gunnersbury Park, South Ealing, West London

Twitter: gpparkrun
Instagram: parkrunuk
Facebook: gunnersburyparkrun
Website: parkrun.org

To see other organisations in the Chiswick area which run on volunteer labour, please visit The Chiswick Calendar’s Volunteering Directory.

Move into Wellbeing®

Move into Wellbeing®

Volunteer Chiswick: Move into Wellbeing

Move into Wellbeing is Chiswick- based charity which provides unique and specially crafted weekly dance, movement, and exercise classes for people with Parkinson’s and other mobility restrictions, some of whom are elderly. The dance and movements in the classes are especially important for co-ordination, flexibility, balance, and other qualities conducive to improved management of daily tasks that may be difficult. The classes also bring personal enjoyment and relief and aim to advance social interaction not only for the participants, but also for their carers and thus form the centre of a vital community network. They are the only organisation to be offering this programme in the area.

This local charitable organisation was conceived and founded by Chiswick resident Donna Schoenherr in 2014. Donna, a former professional dancer, founded Chiswick- based Ballet4life.com® 15 years ago. Her father had Parkinson’s for 30 years and Move into Wellbeing® is dedicated to him and is a living legacy to his life, courage, and strength. MiW was “Commended” Charity of the Year in the Hounslow Business Awards 2018, and recently was a recipient of the prestigious Atul Pathak Community Award 2019.

Their unique weekly dance classes are devised and run by Ballet4Life.com, using specially trained and experienced teachers. Two classes per week take place in St Peter’s Church Hall on Southfield Road, Chiswick W4 1BB and they also run two weekly classes in Brentford at the Danehurst Activity and Resource Centre, TW8 as part of the Hounslow Over 60s Activities Programme. They have a wide reach with people travelling to their classes from Ealing, Hounslow, Acton, Hammersmith, Brentford, Richmond and Twickenham.

Contact Move into Wellbeing

No dance experience or knowledge is required to help out at MiW. They are looking for friendly people to assist at their classes, to do local leafletting, to help out at their fundraising events, to help at their Tea & Coffee Socials which take place after class on a termly basis.

To find out further details or to register your interest, please send them an email. If you wish to speak with someone directly please leave your number and someone will get back to you.

Registered Charity number 1172264
Website www.moveintowellbeing.org.uk
Twitter @Movein2Welbng
Facebook facebook.com/Movein2Welbng/
Email info@moveintowellbeing.org.uk or ballet4lifeuk1@gmail.com

To see other organisations in the Chiswick area which run on volunteer labour, please visit The Chiswick Calendar’s Volunteering Directory.

City Harvest London

City Harvest London

Volunteer Chiswick: City Harvest London

City Harvest London is a registered charity operating across London from their warehouse in Acton. The goal of City Harvest London is to put surplus food from restaurants and supermarkets to use by distributing it to organisations around London which feed the hungry. They have a refrigerated fleet of vans which  collect food from supermarkets, restaurants, manufacturers and other food business, and distributes it to any community programme which serves meals to vulnerable people.

Through the work of City Harvest London, people facing obstacles such as food poverty, homelessness, and domestic abuse will have access to a nutritious meal. To date, the charity has served more than 6,000,000 meals to Londoners and because the food has not gone to waste, it has also prevented over 8,000 tonnes’ worth of greenhouse gas emissions.

City Harvest believes that the first step in tackling food waste and food poverty is to invest in individuals and in the community. Not only do they work to feed those suffering from food insecurity, but they also believe in providing opportunities to educate the wider public about food insecurity and food waste. The volunteer programme is integral to its operation and enables them to deliver over 30 tonnes of surplus food per week to Londoners in need.

Contact City Harvest

Unit 22, Acton Park Industrial Estate, The Vale, Acton, London W3 7QE

Email: info@cityharvest.org.uk
Telephone: 020 7041 8491
Twitter: CityHarvest_LDN
Instagram: cityharvestlondon
Facebook: cityharvestlondon
Website: cityharvest.org

To see other organisations in the Chiswick area which run on volunteer labour, please visit The Chiswick Calendar’s Volunteering Directory.

Refugees At Home

Refugees At Home

Volunteer Chiswick: Refugees At Home

Refugees At Home arranges hosting for asylum-seekers and refugees who need somewhere to stay, in the homes of generous hosts. Since they started, just over three years ago, they have hosted for over 135,000 individual nights. They always need hosts in west London – where one of the founders lives and hosts – and would love to hear from anyone with a spare room and a welcome to give.

Refugees At Home supports its hosts through each placement and is very careful about checking out all proposed guests. Many hosts find they appreciate the hosting placements almost as much as the guests: hosting offers not just a chance to help others in real need, but also the opportunity to meet new people, learn about their cultures and experiences and, often sample their food. The charity’s guests have come from 68 nationalities but the vast majority are Syrian, Afghani, Iranian, Eritrean, Sudanese and Ethiopian.

Contact Refugees At Home

To find out more please visit www.refugeesathome.org or email info@refugeesathome.org

To see other organisations in the Chiswick area which run on volunteer labour, please visit The Chiswick Calendar’s Volunteering Directory.

Keep Chiswick Tidy

Keep Chiswick Tidy

Volunteer Chiswick: Keep Chiswick Tidy

Cllr Ron Mushiso is on a mission to keep Chiswick tidy. He organises regular litter picking sessions around the area, which involve a gentle stroll with a bin bag and litter picking tool, in convivial company. It generally ends up with a session in the pub after an hour or so.

Contact Councillor Ron Mushiso

All welcome. If you’d be happy to help on his next litter picking session, please contact Ron at: ron.mushiso@hounslow.gov.uk

To see other organisations in the Chiswick area which run on volunteer labour, please visit The Chiswick Calendar’s Volunteering Directory.

Volunteering in Hounslow

Volunteering Hounslow

Volunteering Hounslow is a Brokerage Service delivering in the London Borough of Hounslow.

They help volunteers to find all sorts of volunteering opportunities across the borough. They help organisations find volunteers and they offer support for volunteers with additional needs.

Whether you are just starting your volunteering journey, or are a volunteering veteran, they are here to help.

If you would like to know more about Volunteering Hounslow, email enquiry@volunteeringhounslow.org.uk or call 0300 365 9930

volunteeringhounslow.org.uk

To see organisations in the Chiswick area which run on volunteer labour please visit The Chiswick Calendar’s Volunteering Directory.