Covid-19: Volunteering vacancies

Covid-19: Volunteering vacancies

Due to the coronavirus, charities are under more pressure than ever and as a result new volunteering opportunities have opened up. We really appreciate so many of you are getting in touch with us to see where you can help.

We are working with organisations to gather all of the volunteering opportunities that they have available. Many organisations are still working out what they need, but this is what we have so far:

(We will keep updating this web page as we receive more information).



Role: Receptionist
9.30am – 5pm Monday – Friday and would welcome any additional hands!
The role involves keeping the reception open and a welcoming space, receiving foodbank donations, directing phone calls and crucially helping to keep it a safe and healthy space. Contact:, 020 7732 0007 - (added 23 March)

Southwark Foodbank (Pecan)

Role: Emergency Volunteers (delivering provisions). Contact:, 020 7732 0007 - (added 23 March)

Peckham Pantry (Pecan) 

Contact:, 020 7732 0007 - (added 23 March)

Kingswood Estate (SE21) 

Role: food/ essentials delivery. If you are able to volunteer to help the elderly and other vulnerable residents on the Kingswood Estate, please email:, or call: 07958064597 - (added 30 March)

St George the Martyr Church

Role: walk, cycle or drive food deliveries. St George the Martyr are running a delievery service for the Borough Free Fridge. They are looking for volunteers to drop food to households. Contact: - (added 31 March)

Compliments of The House

Role: Buying, collecting, sorting and delivering food. Contact: - (added 31 March)


Age UK Lewisham &Southwark

Role: Shoppers to deliver food. Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday - You need to have your OWN car and be able to drive to the supermarket. Contact: - (added 24 March)

Pembroke House - Response Distribution Hub 

Role: Help in the distribution hub. The Pembroke House Covid-19 distribution hub, is being set up to help the most vulnerable residents, in partnership with Southwark Council and other local charitable organisations. They need local residents to help with sorting, packing and delivering food and medicines. Register here to join this collective effort - (added 23 March)

Children and Families Empowerment Foundation

Role: Volunteer Food Deliverers - Volunteers are needed to deliver items to clients houses and to help children with online studies. Contact:  - (added 2 April)



Paxton Green Time Bank

Role: Phone befriending, helping with shopping. Contact: - (added 2 April)

Time and Talents

Role: Telephone Befriending Service - helping to keep people #SafeAndSocial. Please complete the volunteering application form and the team will then process it and be in touch - (added 23 March)

Southwark Pensioners (Near Camberwell Green)

Role: Various - Social contact phone calls, collecting and delivering food from foodbanks prescriptions, urgent home visits, accessing urgent or essential services. Contact:, 020 7708 4556 (added 23 March)

Southwark Irish Pensioners Project

Role: ‘keep in touch’ phone service - volunteers to phone clients, especially those with Irish accents, to maintain community links - DBS checks are required. (The situation changes daily). Plus help us set up video conferencing. Contact: - (added 23 March)

Southwark wellbeing Hub

Role: Contact with children or young adults with learning disabilities. Contact: - (added 31 March)

ADMIN roles:


Role: Admin and social media. Contact: - (added 31 March)



Role: Delivery of online talks to schools and organisations. WaterAid's Speaker Network has made their PowerPoint presentations available for teachers to download. If you know how to use Microsoft Teams or Skype with slides and would like to deliver webinars then let them know when you apply to be a volunteer - (added 30 March)

VARIED roles:

Central Southwark Community Hub  

Three roles:

  1. Organisational side, people who can be on admin support / managing volunteers working in office or from home M-F 10am-1pm (will need numerous)
  2. Delivery volunteers with car / bike
  3. Food searchers until proper supply chains come in - they are very short on food donations and need people to go out looking for required items in shops

Contact:, 07762501656 - (added 23 March)

Latin American Multicultural Group

Roles: Various - Volunteer drivers, translators, interpreters, carers, call takers, collection and delivery of food and medicines and registering vulnerable people. Contact:, 07960183635 - (added 30 March)

Holistic Well Women

Roles: Various - Time to Talk Befrienders, Pastoral Care Assistant, Pick up and Drop Volunteer,  Online Craft Volunteer. Contact: - (added 31 March)


Roles: Shopping and Admin - Shopping for those residents who are at risk, helping people with their documents and applications to Universal Credit. Contact: - (added 31 March)

IBA Charity

Role: Telephone befriender, food parcel  / prescription deliverers. Contact: - (added 31 March) 

Time & Talents


Roles: Phone befrienders; shopping and delivery, dog walking. Contact: - (added 31 March)

Pembroke House

Role: Distribution hub packers/sorters and delivery riders/drivers (regular volunteers preferred). Contact: - (added 31 March)  

Southwark Carers

Roles: Various - Fundraiser making calls to ask for donations of supplies, website/ social media/ marketing. Packaging food parcels and essentials, delivery drivers, qualified counsellors to provide bereavement and emotional support, peer supporters to provide telephone/skype support, peer Supporters to provide support for challenging behaviour. Contact:, 07782225177 - (added 31 March)  

Burbage Road Residents’ Association

Roles: Various - Delivering foood/ essential, keeping in touch, morale and distraction roles. Contact: - (added 2 April)  

Leather Market JMB 

Roles: Various - Telephone contact and support, help to get food, medicine, mobile phone/IT coaching. Help to get food, medicine. Provide income maximisation advice, support residents who have need from other agencies. Contact:

HEALTH related roles:

NHS Volunteers 

Role: NHS Volunteer Responders. This is a national campaign to recruit 250,000 volunteers to help with the coronavirus outbreak. Fill in the form on this page to register as a volunteer - (added 25 March)

National Care Force 

Roles: Care Providers, Healthcare Workers and Volunteers  are needed to support the most vulnerable members of our society. Enter your details here to join The National Care Force and help support the UK's response to COVID-19 - (added 24 March)

British Red Cross

Role: Community Reserve Volunteer. This is a national campaign to recruit local volunteers. Sign up here to join the Red Cross Covid-19 response - (added 25 March)

How else can you help?

  • You can check the mutual aid groups to find out what you might be able to do to help in your area.
  • You can give to local food banks who are really over stretched at this time. 
  • You can get in touch with the Nunhead Knocks team here, they have set up a Nunhead Community support group.

If we all work together, we really can make a difference!

If you have a query about any of these volunteer roles, please contact the individual charities directly. For any other queries, please email:

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