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Volunteering is when you choose to give your time to help others, either in our local community or elsewhere. It can take lots of different forms – formal or informal, individual or in groups, indoors or outdoors.

Volunteers contribute a wide range of skills such as administration, IT, care for children/elderly people, accountancy, gardening and sports.

Volunteers don’t get paid, instead they get the satisfaction of helping others, a chance to make new friends and an opportunity to develop new skills.

View the FAQs below to find out more or search the directory above to find local volunteering opportunities.

How you can get involved in volunteering

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Who can volunteer?

Just about everyone can volunteer, no matter what your age or background, or whether you are retired, in work, unemployed, or studying. Some roles may require specific skills or references to be taken up, while others may only be open to people over 18 years old.

If you receive benefits, volunteering should not affect the your claim; but you should discuss this with your advisor at DWP or check's volunteering page.

Volunteering for Hackney

Volunteering for Hackney is a new Council initiative being delivered in partnership with Volunteer Centre Hackney and Hackney CVS, aimed at providing support for small, locally based volunteer led projects to help them 'be the change' in their communities.

If successful, your group could get, among other things:

  • help with fundraising
  • free meeting rooms
  • one to one help with social media and communications
  • promotion of your activities through Council channels
  • free training on topics such as recruiting and retaining volunteers, safeguarding

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Hackney voluntary and community sector grants programme

The voluntary and community sector grants programme is available to local voluntary and community organisations to support projects for Hackney residents.

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Hackney Council tenants - ways to get involved

Get involved in the way we work, managing your homes, and the neighbourhood you live in. Some of the ways you can get involved include:

  • Tenant and resident associations
  • Neighbourhood panels
  • Resident liaison group
  • Resident scrutiny panel (formally known as the tenant scrutiny panel)
  • Over 50s forums
  • Compliments and complaints

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Volunteering at Hackney Museum

Are you looking for experience in a museum? Do you have a passion for helping people learn about local history, community and diversity? Then Hackney Museum could be the place for you.


Our volunteers support the professional staff at Hackney Museum and Hackney Archives on a regular basis across exhibitions, events, research and collections work, and learning and engagement programmes. Whether you want to develop your skills or give to the local community, we can help you.

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Volunteering in Hackney's parks and green spaces

Getting involved in your local green space is a great way to get out, get some exercise and meet new people.

There's a whole range of projects taking place in Hackney's parks that you can get involved in, such as food-growing, physical activities, gardening, and nature sessions.

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