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Team Kensington and Chelsea: Volunteers wanted to mentor a young person in care

The Royal Borough are looking for locals who are interested in establishing a long-term friendship and mentoring role with a young person in care.

Independent Visitor Mentors are there to listen and support their young person, and to take them out on day trips and activities. As well as activities planned by the Mentor themselves there is a wider network of trips, events and training opportunities that Mentors can access.

To become a Mentor, you have to be over 18 years old, have plans to live in London long-term and be willing to commit to a minimum of 2 years. No prior experience with young people is necessary, but welcomed.

The role is suited to someone who feels they are a reliable, independent and consistent role model and can bring flexibility, fun and energy to the role.

Recruitment is ongoing. For more information, or to register your interest, contact Crystal Crawford, Independent Visitor and Mentoring Coordinator via email or telephone 07739 317367.

City Living, Local Life: Sing for lung health with Royal Brompton Hospital…

With the support of Stanley ward Councillors through City Living, Local Life, rb&hArts – a charity focused on improving the wellbeing of Royal Brompton Hospital patients and the local community – is getting AIRBORNE by singing for lung health and you can get involved!

The AIRBORNE team are looking for local people to take part as singers and collaborators to help design the composition and performance. The opportunity is open to all singing abilities, so there’s no need to be able to read music as it is all taught by ear.

Led by composer, performer and musical director Verity Standen, the rehearsals will be gently paced to allow for singers who live with breathlessness and limited mobility.

If this opportunity grabs your interest, please pop along to one of the taster sessions on Wednesday, 3 May OR Wednesday, 24 May from 5:30pm-7pm at Royal Brompton Hospital, Sydney Street, SW3 6NP.

Following this, rehearsals will be on:

Tuesday 13, Wednesday 14  and Thursday 15 June, 5:30pm – 8pm at Royal Brompton Hospital

The rehearsals include a warm up and tea breaks. During these sessions, Verity will teach all the music and develop the skills of the ensemble. AIRBORNE will be a totally new composition and devised and adapted to the group through these sessions, so please attend all three evenings to help shape the piece.

And then the performances will take place on:

Friday 16, Saturday 17 & Sunday 18 June

Performances will be short (5-10 minutes) in pop-up locations around the borough and easily walkable. We expect these to take place in short bursts with breaks between, for up to 2 hours each day.

If you have any questions on the project, please email or telephone rb&hArts on 0207 352 8121 x4087.

Volunteer opp: Help map Kingston’s rich music heritage…

Kensington and Chelsea residents! Do you have an interest in musical history, want to learn research and interview skills, or just feel like doing your bit for Queen and country by helping a fellow Royal Borough?

If so, then Kingston-based charity, Creative Youth are on the look out for volunteers to help explore the rich, varied history of music in their borough.  While we have Notting Hill Carnival and the sounds of The Clash and Pink Floyd, Kingston has Decca Records, the jazz music of the war-time US army station, the Folk Barge and the launch of Ziggy Stardust.

Creative Youth are looking for a team of volunteers to research, record and transcribe the stories across May, June and July to contribute to –  and accompany – a public exhibition.

Full training in oral history recording will be provided, as well as travel expenses and a £15 subsidence per day.

For more information, or to register your interest, do contact Jarek Zaba, Heritage Researcher and Facilitator at / 07786 265992.



Callout: RBKC Arts Grants Advisory Panel members wanted!

Kensington and Chelsea’s Arts Service seeks new members for its Arts Grants Advisory Panel.

The Arts Grants Advisory Panel currently meets two times a year, in June and December, to consider applications to the borough’s Arts Grants Scheme. An annual review of the Arts Grants Scheme takes place at each June meeting, too.

Panel members should live or work in the borough, have a good knowledge of Kensington and Chelsea’s arts sector, be a practising artist or arts professional, and be willing to commit to attending Panel meetings on a regular basis. They will also be expected to visit funded projects or activities where possible.

For more information or if you are interested in applying, please contact Jennifer Wood via email or via phone 0207 361 4378.

Application deadline: Friday 11 November 2016

For more information about the Arts Grants Scheme visit

Team Kensington and Chelsea: Volunteer befrienders needed with Age UK K&C…

Kensington and Chelsea residents! Have you got a few hours a week to spare to spend with local older people living with memory loss?

If so, and you’re a good timekeeper with a warm, friendly and polite manner then befriending can be a truly rewarding way to lend a hand in your local community.

People living with memory loss can become isolated and lose touch with friends and family – many of whom may live a long way away. By visiting someone for an hour or two on a regular basis (timings depend both on your availability and what the person is looking for) you can make a real difference.

On-going training and support is provided by Age UK Kensington and Chelsea.

If you would like to become a befriender, or would like more information, please contact Paul Higgins on / 07985 718744.

Team Kensington and Chelsea: Volunteer Ambassadors and more wanted at the Design Museum…

The Design Museum has relocated to High Street Kensington where it will open on 24 November at the site of the former Commonwealth Institute building.

The Museum is recruiting now for visitor-facing volunteer roles and is particularly keen to involve local residents. So, if you have a friendly, welcoming personality, enjoy working with people, have excellent spoken English and would like to be part of an exciting new experience, please get in touch, preferably before 18 October.

The volunteer roles available include:


Deliver excellent customer service, provide information and handouts, orientate people and supervise an activity table.

Library volunteer

Help set up the new library and its procedures; assist the public, students and museum curators with their enquiries & research. An interest in contemporary design is desirable. 

Family Activity volunteer

Set up and supervise design activities for families on the last Sunday in the month


Speak to local organisations, shops and community centres and deliver leaflets to raise awareness of the museum at various locations in west London. 

Tour Guide (recruiting Jan/Feb 2017)

For a full role description on any of the above roles, please contact:

Claire Robinson, Volunteering Manager.

Email:    Tel: 020 3862 5875

Team Kensington and Chelsea: Make a difference at your local library…

Kensington and Chelsea residents! Love your library? Or wish you could spend more time there and help out other locals? If so, the Royal Borough’s Library Service are looking for people to volunteer to help them deliver a fantastic range of classes, services and sessions for residents of all ages.

There are a great range of opportunities available, each with varied time commitments and required skills/experience, including:

  • becoming an Online Assistant and helping people get to grips with things such as organising files, online shopping and using applications such as Skype;
  • helping to plan Children’s and Young People’s activities, particularly through half-terms and the Summer Reading Challenge;
  • mentoring in homework clubs for children between 7-11 years old and helping them navigate the Library’s collections.
  • supporting the borough’s Adult Learning programme in Libraries in areas such as literacy, numeracy and ESOL; and
  • planning and delivering weekly reading groups to share stories, poems and novels with others over tea and biscuits.

More information on these opportunities – and how to sign up – can be found online at the Team Kensington and Chelsea volunteer portal, along with other ways you can lend a hand in Council services.

Volunteers! Spare some time and pick up a spade in Holland Park

Come along to a conservation volunteer work day at Holland Park and get hands on with nature. You can gain knowledge, meet like-minded people, get active outdoors and if you like, take a valuable step towards a career in nature conservation.

The team meets at 10.30am on the third Saturday of the month at Holland Park Café. The day closes at 3.30 pm but you can give as many hours as you can.

No specialist skills are required – all that’s needed is enthusiasm and time. Refreshments, gloves, tools and instructions are provided. All you need to bring are sturdy shoes, old clothes, waterproofs and your lunch!

Team Kensington and Chelsea: Become a volunteer befriender and change lives…

As part of the borough’s Team Kensington and Chelsea initiative, which aims to help local people volunteer across Kensington and Chelsea, the volunteer spotlight is turned on to the Octavia Foundation’s befriending service.

Befriending volunteers offer friendship and emotional support to isolated adults in Kensington and Chelsea and the Octavia Foundation match befrienders who will spend an hour a week with someone, for a minimum of six months.

Befriending can involve many things including having a chat with someone over a cup of tea, going for a walk or supporting someone to try activities such as art, reading, or visiting places such as libraries or galleries. Befriending can take place at someone’s home or in the community.

Becoming a befriender is ideal for those who enjoy meeting new people and supporting others to feel positive about their lives.

All volunteers are provided with training, support, guidance and travel expenses and the role requires two references and a DBS check.

For more information, and to apply, please contact Raksha Gadhvi, Older Person’s Coordinator, at / 0208 354 5532.


Team Kensington and Chelsea: Volunteering for all the seasons at Leighton House

Across Kensington and Chelsea, there are hundreds of ways you can lend your time and skills to help the organisations and institutions that make the borough a great place to live, work and visit.

Leighton House Museum is one of these places. The former home of Frederic, Lord Leighton – a Victorian painter, sculptor and one time commander of the 38th Middlesex Rifle Volunteers – Leighton House became a ‘private palace of art’, heavily influenced by Leighton’s love of Middle Eastern art and design.

As part of the borough’s Team Kensington and Chelsea initiative which aims to get more people volunteering locally, the video below will help you find out what it’s like to pitch in at Leighton House and the Royal Borough’s other museums.

And if this video inspires you to make a difference locally, visit to find out how you can!

Can you help the Royal Borough’s older residents celebrate the Queen’s 90th?

Kensington and Chelsea residents! As you probably know, Her Majesty turns 90 this year and to celebrate, local organisations have clubbed together to hold a quintessential British tea for the Kensington and Chelsea’s older residents on 12 June 2016 at Kensington Town Hall.

This informal event aims to remember our older residents, many of whom are isolated and away from family and friends in an inter-generational event with local cadets and other youth organisations.

Can you help out?

So far local schools, voluntary groups, residents and local businesses have contributed towards the event and the organisers are on the lookout for more people who would like to get involved.

As this is a community event, it will rely on lots of willing hands and support. The organisers will welcome anyone interested to get involved with any of the following activities:

  • Helping secure donations for the Tea (including support from local shops, community groups or generous residents);
  • Assisting older guests to get to and from Kensington Town Hall, including volunteer drivers; and
  • Assistance at the event itself.

To get involved, do contact Zara Ghods (Kensington and Chelsea Forum for Older Residents) on 0207 352 1336 or at


Retirement Reinvented – A local resource to help you get the most out of retirement…

Are you retired, or thinking about retirement? If so, then Retirement Reinvented ( – co-founded by local resident Graham Ross Russell – is on hand to help you make the most of your skills, interests and experiences and give back to your local community.

The ever-growing website contains a wealth of information, from developing your interests in everything from architecture and yoga to providing advice on healthy living, finance and travel tips.

Retirement Reinvented also recognises that people are retiring much fitter (in health, if not years!) and with the desire to give back to their local community or help nurture local businesses and charities. That’s why the website has a whole section dedicated to ‘giving back’, providing support and helpful links about becoming a Trustee, local volunteering and other ways you can lend both your time and skills.

The website also has an active community  of contributers, and are always looking for people to get involved in expanding the information on offer – just get in touch via the website.

So, do check out and see where retirement takes you!


Team Kensington and Chelsea: The Chelsea Oxfam Needs You!

The treasure trove of books, fashion and homewares along the King’s Road is looking for volunteers to lend a hand and raise thousands for charity.

Oxfam Chelsea, situated at 432 King’s Road  are looking for people to help run the shop. So, if you would like to spend a couple of hours or days a week volunteering your time to work the till, sort, price and merchandise the pre-loved items of Chelsea or simply keep the shop looking great, get in touch!

To find out more telephone 020 7351 6863 or pop into the shop at 432 King’s Road (next to Vivienne Westwood’s backwards clock).

Travel and lunch expenses will be reimbursed.


Clean for The Queen! Help keep the borough beautiful, 4-6 March 2016

In the run-up to the Queen’s 90th birthday on April 21st 2016, a range of environmental charities, community groups and people from around the country will be taking action and enjoying a few hours making the places where they live more beautiful – and what better place to get involved than the Royal Borough?

From Friday 4 to Sunday 6 March 2016, ‘Clean for The Queen’ will blitz through the country and here in Kensington and Chelsea the Council’s ‘Cleaner and Greener’ team are looking to support people who want to do their bit for Queen and country.

So, if you would be interested in lending a hand for a couple of hours, do get in touch. The focus will be on three specific areas, but if you have your own suggestions we’d love to know!:

  • Earl’s Court
  • Portobello Road Market
  • Brompton and Knightsbridge

All materials and equipment will be provided.



Team Kensington and Chelsea: Conservation volunteers wanted in Holland Park

Take a step closer to nature in 2016 and help to keep the flora and fauna of Holland Park in tip-top shape throughout winter and spring.

Every third Saturday of the month, the Royal Borough’s Ecology Service run hands-on sessions with tasks ranging from pond clearing, dead hedging and planting. The sessions run from 10.30am to 3.30 pm and tea, gloves, tools and instructions will be provided.

No registration in necessary – just turn up at Holland Park Café (wearing sturdy shoes!) on the following dates (and then every third Saturday thereafter)..

Saturday, 16 January 

Saturday, 20 February

Saturday, 19 March 

For more information on this opportunity, please contact the Ecology Services at or telephone 020 7938 8186. For information on the many other ways you can give some time and make a difference locally visit

Team Kensington and Chelsea: Volunteering with Open Age

This month our volunteer spotlight focuses in on borough-based Open Age, who have been providing a range of activities and championing active lifestyles for older people for over 20 years.

Providing over 350 weekly activities from hubs including the New Horizons Centre in Chelsea and the Second Half Centre in North Kensington, there are a range of opportunities for you to get involved in and make a difference for others (and yourself too!):

Men’s Group Support

If you have a passion for helping other men and would like to volunteer your skills or time to help the men’s group, please get in touch! This could include helping with publicising the programme, assisting with admin, supporting the delivery of activities or creating and managing the men’s group blog. Please contact Russell on 020 8962 5583 or email

The Second Half Centre

Open Age are currently seeking enthusiastic and reliable volunteers to assist with administrative, reception and café duties in our friendly and dynamic centre located in the St Charles Centre for Health and Wellbeing.

If you are interested please contact:

The Second Half Centre, St Charles Centre for Health and Wellbeing, Exmoor Street, W10 6DZ

Telephone: 0208 962 5500 or email the Centre Facilitator, Claire Goodwin at

Friday Lunch Group Support

If you are a patient, friendly, and supportive person with a natural empathy for being with older people, then please do get in touch! Open Age are currently looking for volunteers to support them with the Friday lunch group that runs every other week. You will need good communication skills and have a positive attitude to ageing.  Being organised and efficient will also be important as well as having the ability to use your own initiative

Location: Ladbroke Grove   Hours:12:30pm-2.30pm every other Friday

Please contact Catrin on 020 8962 5584 or email

Learning and Community Development

If you are an organised multi-tasker and like to work in a busy yet friendly department, supporting the Head of Learning with enrolments and all things education then this is the opportunity for you!

Open Age run many I.T classes, as well as language classes, relaxation classes and a range of artistic classes. Duties would include designing and assisting with publicising the courses, enrolling learners and completing documents for classes. The role would also involve speaking with learners, assisting with administrative tasks, such as telephoning members, responding to enquiries and supporting the Head of Learning and the tutors in the delivery of education within Open Age. Please call Emma O’Hara on 020 8962 5590 or please email Emma on

For more information about Open Age, please visit their website: More information on volunteering in Kensington and Chelsea can be found at!

Twilight tours, Open Access and your chance to get involved at 18 Stafford Terrace

18 Stafford Terrace, the former home of Punch cartoonist, Edward Linley Sambourne, his wife Marion and their two children from 1875 just got easier to enjoy with the museum opening its doors on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 2pm-5:30pm without the need to pre-book!

Originally decorated by the Sambournes in-keeping with fashionable Aesthetic principles, the interiors evolved into wonderfully eclectic artistic statements within the confines of a typical middle class home.

And that’s not all! As a festive treat, 18 Stafford Terrace is also offering an evening of Victorian intrigue and drama, based on the Sambourne’s family diaries on Thursday, 10 December and Friday, 11 December. This evening of performance in the untouched interiors of the house offers a voyeuristic view of unspoken Victorian eccentricity along with mulled wine and mince pies.

Tours start promptly at 7:00pm and 8:30pm. Tickets are £22 and can be booked here:

Book a Twilight Tour on 10 December

Book a Twilight Tour on 11 December

Get involved!

18 Stafford Terrace are looking for Room Guides to help with their new Open Access arrangements (2pm to 5:30pm on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays)

So, if you think you can lend a hand, learn more about the house and its Victorian owners and guide others around the eclectic rooms then do contact / 020 7471 9158 for more information.

Thinking about volunteering? Then pop down to Volunteer Centre Kensington and Chelsea’s winter volunteer fair!

Volunteer Centre Kensington and Chelsea’s next volunteer fair will take place on Monday 30 November at Latymer Christian Centre, 116 Bramley Road, W10 6SU, from 10am – 2pm.

Volunteer fairs are the perfect opportunity to meet a range of local services, charities and community groups where you can lend your time to make a difference in Kensington and Chelsea. For more information please contact / 020 7598 4633.

Team Kensington and Chelsea: On the beat with Special Constables

One of the many ways to volunteer your time and get involved in community life in Kensington and Chelsea is to become a Special Constable. ‘Specials’ work alongside police officers and have not only the same uniform, but the same powers as they help to reduce crime, the fear of crime and form a vital link between the police and the community.

Through our Team Kensington and Chelsea initiative, we followed our local team on their beat around Portobello.

So, check out the video below and if it inspires you to make a difference locally visit to find out how you can!

Thank you to all of the Special Constables who took part and showed us what it’s like to be a Special!

Have a good neighbour? Recognise your local unsung hero with Volunteer Centre Kensington and Chelsea!

Do you have a neighbour who helps you with your shopping? Pops round for a cup of tea or helps you keep up to date with technology?

The Volunteer Centre Kensington & Chelsea are delighted to open the nominations for their first ever ‘GOOD NEIGHBOUR AWARD’ especially designed to recognise and celebrate the unsung heroes that live in our community.

This is the perfect opportunity to say thank you to the people who go out of their way to help, without expecting anything in return. Everybody needs good neighbours and the Volunteer Centre would love to hear from you about yours!

On 27th November 2015, your good neighbour will receive a Volunteer Award and will be publicly thanked. The Awards ceremony will be attended by the Mayor and Mayoress of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and hundreds of volunteers and organisations.

To nominate your good neighbours please email, or telephone 0208 960 3722, with the name and the story of your good neighbour by Monday 16th November 2015.

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