Volunteering benefits

  • Learn new skills

  • Gain experience

  • Join a supportive team

  • Make a real difference

Make a difference

Volunteers are central to the work of the Sunshine Charity. We are always on the lookout for enthusiastic and talented new people to help us in a variety of ways, from running sessions online or in local communities, being a befriender, helping us raise funds or doing the behind-the-scenes work that makes us an effective team. You’d be joining volunteers from a diverse range of backgrounds and sectors, with different skills and experiences, who are really making a difference.

 

If you want to help out and have a few hours per week/month (or can help out as a one off, raising funds or helping us behind the scenes), then contact us by: 

 

Email: volunteer@sunshinecharity.org.uk

Tel: 0333 335 5049

Current vacancies 

Befrienders

We’re looking for volunteers who are committed and dedicated and who have excellent communication skills, empathy and a caring nature, to take on a brand-new voluntary role at Sunshine as one of our Befriending Volunteers who can help us make a difference by providing the much-needed human connection missing in people’s lives, providing active listening and befriending to those who need it in London at our offices in EC4M and in E14 or remotely from home.

This will include at our Drop-Ins and through 1-2-1 befriending appointment sessions, as well as telephone or live chat sessions or via Zoom/Teams. 

You will get to use motivational interviewing techniques and other solution focused methods, to bring the best out of those suffering from loneliness and social isolation while being the ‘sunshine’ needed in people’s lives.

We need volunteers to take up the challenge of this multifaceted role for approx. 2 to 4 hours per week. This role is flexible and can be done during the daytime, evenings and/or weekends, however you must provide some flexibility as we have training, meetings and other organisational activities that will occasionally need you to attend.

A current DBS Check is desirable but not essential. 

Facilitators

We are seeking qualified and experienced volunteers who are willing to run sessions for people living with loneliness and social isolation either online (remote) or face to face (based in London). We are particularly interested in facilitators in the following key areas:

  • Mental Health/Wellbeing Skills, Tools and Techniques

  • Thai Chi, Yoga, Relaxation Techniques

  • Fitness, Zumba and Exercise Sessions

  • Healthy Living and Wellbeing Sessions

  • Confidence Boosting Sessions

  • Alternative Therapy Sessions, including art, drama and music

  • Sports and Games Sessions

  • Creative Arts Sessions

  • Cooking healthy mood boosting meals in under an hour

  • And other sessions that will increase social networking and help stop loneliness and social isolation.

 

These sessions can be online based via Zoom/Teams or physically in the park or at our centre in EC4M or E14 in London. The sessions can be one off, short term or longer term depending on your availability and how much you would want to volunteer with us at the Sunshine Charity.

Fundraising Volunteers

We are seeking experienced volunteers who will help us in our fundraising efforts to generate much needed income for the charity, to ensure we can continue our work. Over the last 8 months we have been working very hard to help those who need our help, working with over 272 people living with loneliness and social isolation on very minimum budget, imagine what we can do with funding. 

We need volunteers to help us in any of the following areas:

  1. Planning and organising fundraising activities and events.

  2. Writing Grants/Funding Bids.

  3. Creating Crowdfunding Campaigns.

  4. Contacting businesses to seek in kind with items that help us run or that we can use as raffle prizes or that help us fundraise.

  5. Contacting Corporates for Sponsorship or CSR support or Donations.

  6. Attending street, station or store collections.

  7. Running stall at events.

  8. Sharing your own fundraising ideas to help us generate the needed income we need to run.

  9. Other fundraising activities.

General Volunteers

We are looking for general volunteers who can help out the Sunshine Charity in any areas of need, when needed, this includes:

  1. Helping out at the office when needed.

  2. Helping us move into and out of our office and community spaces we use.

  3. Contacting service users, businesses, or organisations to promote the Sunshine Charity or seek support and donations.

  4. Attending street, station, and store bucket collections.

  5. Run a stall at local events to promote the Sunshine Charity and our services and volunteer opportunities.

  6. Meeting and greeting visitors at our office, at events or during activities.

  7. Helping out with general admin duties.

  8. Putting up posters or handing out flyers around London.

  9. Other tasks and duties required from the Sunshine Charity.

 

This role is London based with majority of the tasks and duties done from our office in EC4M.

The role offers great flexibility, and you will only need to come in when we require help and support.

Not seen a role here suited to you? Get in touch, we are always on the lookout for qualified and experienced people who can support us as a one off, short term or longer term in areas of your expertise that will help us make our charity bigger, better and reaching out to more people who need our help as loneliness, mental health and wellbeing is very important to us.