Befriend with our Friendship Network

Do you have some spare time during the week to visit an older person in Islington and chat to them? Our Friendship Network is looking for volunteers to help us bring some cheer to isolated older people in our community. We provide training and support and the volunteering can be done at a time to suit you.

Befriending is open to anyone over 18 but we are particularly looking for older people, perhaps people who have just retired, who are able to give a long-term commitment to providing some social interaction to an older person who may well be stuck in their home.

Contact for more information.

Camden Blossoms

Do you have experience of bringing up a family? Do you have some time to spare? We are looking for volunteers to support new mums and dads in Camden with the challenges and adventures of parenthood.

Baby Champions

We are looking for volunteers to lead support groups to improve wellbeing for pregnant couples and new parents, put on events and do outreach. We will give you all the training and support you need, and the opportunity to shadow our experienced Maternity Mentors as they lead groups.

Baby Buddies

We are looking for volunteers to provide one-to-one support to pregnant women and new parents and help them settle into their new role in your neighbourhood. We will provide you with training and match you with a new parent, accompany you on your first visits, and provide regular support.

To find out more about both roles contact or ring 07483 119 763.

Stroke Club volunteer

We are looking for a volunteer to take a leading role in our Stroke Club every Friday. Here are some of the things you would do:

  • To facilitate Stroke Club on a weekly basis including preparing the room and tidying up at the end.
  • To work with the staff in managing volunteers to ensure all tasks that need to be done at club and related administration are completed.
  • To help staff and organise any outings, parties and other events, ensuring that all venues and transport are accessible, creating and sending invitations to potential attendees, coordinating transport for clients who require support and managing volunteers on the day.
  • To be accessible to and communicate with clients at Stroke Club or at events to ensure they can alert you to any problems they may have and the Stroke Service can work to support them with their issues.
  • To work with clients and staff to create club schedules with exciting, healthy and educational variety of activities.
  • At all times work with staff to ensure that Stroke Club and Events are held in a safe way.
  • To notify a member of staff of any problems, incidents or accidents, with clients or volunteers and at club or events.
  • To manage the petty cash at club/events ensuring all money spent has a receipt to account for it.

If you are interested contact or ring her on 020 7561 5269.

Mental Health Champions

We are recruiting volunteer Mental Health Champions to champion positive mental wellbeing in our local community for colleagues, clients, patients or people they encounter on a daily basis. Champions are people who live or work in Islington and are provided with training and support to:
• Promote positive mental and emotional wellbeing;
• Help their organisation or community to respond to people who may be showing early signs of anxiety or depression;
• Be able to recognise signs of other mental illness and what to do in a crisis situation;
• Help people understand and to tackle the common myths, stigma and discrimination associated with mental health issues.
• Signpost and support people to access mental health services/activities through our Wellbeing Service.

Every Champion is provided with free training and are then part of a network of Champions with ongoing support, training events and information to help people in Islington develop and maintain good mental wellbeing. We may ask you to assist us with events and activities, such as helping with a stall or a promotional event.

There are four types of Champions:
Work-based Champions

Outreach Champions

Community Champions

Support Champions

See here for more information

If you are interested contact lauren@manorgardenscentre.orgor ring her on 020 7561 5299.

Volunteer Receptionists

We are looking for volunteers who want to brush up their admin skills by volunteering in our busy public-facing community centre.

Tasks are varied and range from meeting and greeting, doing the post, topping up the tea bags and updating databases. You’ll also be answering the phone, taking deliveries and helping people find their way around.

It’s a lively, busy environment and gives an opportunity to meet a wide range of people in North Islington. It’s also a great chance to brush up your skills and help you get (back) into work.


Basic administration skills. Ability to use a computer. Good organisational skills and ability to communicate with a wide range of people.

If you are interested and have some time to spare on a regular basis, please contact to find out more.


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