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Volunteering

Would you like to help our local community? Then please consider supporting us by volunteering.

Why volunteer for WSF?

We rely on volunteers to help us run the wide range of activities and services that we do. But we know that volunteering is about more than giving your time for free. It’s about helping your community while gaining new skills, making new friends – and hopefully having lots of fun too.

We’re currently looking for more volunteers in these areas:

Could you mentor a young person? We run a mentoring programme for year 10 students at Oasis Academy Silvertown.
No prior experience is required, as full training will be provided: you just need to be friendly, reliable, a good listener, and interested in getting to know a young person and supporting them to develop their skills and confidence.
We'll ask you to commit to being in school on a Wednesday morning, 0830-0930am, every week for 12 weeks, to spend time with the young person you're matched with. You'll probably also need to set aside about 30 minutes a week, at a time convenient to you, to prepare for the next week's session.
For further information please email alex@wsfroyaldocks.org

Under 5s programme - Do you enjoy working with young children? We have a group every weekday morning, and need help with setting up, packing down and interacting with children and families. Email families@wsfroyaldocks.org for more information.

Community breakfast - Are you a friendly and welcoming person? We need help setting up and creating a welcoming environment at our community breakfasts, on Tuesday and Friday mornings. Email naomi@wsfroyaldocks.org for more information.

Gardening for adults - The community garden near Britannia Village Hall on Evelyn Road needs volunteers to help create and maintain the garden. Email naomi@wsfroyaldocks.org for more information.

Youth club - could you support our youth club for ages 8-19 on a Monday or Wednesday evening? Or our preteen club for 9-14s on a Tuesday? To find out more, email youth@wsfroyaldocks.org

Creche volunteer - We offer a creche during our English classes so that people with young children can come along and learn. If you like working with under 5s, and would like to support our creche worker through playing games, doing activities and reading stories, then get in touch! Email hello@wsfroyaldocks.org for more information.

English language project - Are you a native or near-native English speaker? Do you have an hour a week to help a local community member who is learning English, to practice through conversation? We are also looking for volunteers who are interested in coming along and assisting with classes and/or local trips with English students. Email hello@wsfroyaldocks.org for more information.

Life admin - We run support sessions for all local people in West Silvertown where they can get support with form filling, phone calls and every day admin. We are looking for volunteers who are able to commit to 1-2 hours/week (currently Thursday 12:30-2:30pm). Email hello@wsfroyaldocks.org for more information.

Baby feeding café - An opportunity for a midwife or trained peer support person to run sessions on feeding infants (breast or bottle) for local parents. Email families@wsfroyaldocks.org for more information.

Community Events - Are you available to help us run one-off community events? If yes, this could be the opportunity for you, whether it's running an activity, working behind the scenes and planning, we'd love to hear from you! Email naomi@wsfroyaldocks.org for more information.

parkrun - Our friends at Victoria Dock parkrun are looking for volunteers to help with various roles, including marshalling, barcode scanning and timekeeping. Email helen@wsfroyaldocks.org for more information.

Games for 5-8s - help set up and pack down as well as playing games with kids and supervising. Email families@wsfroyaldocks.org for more information.

SEND play session - for children with special educational needs and disabilities and their families. Help set up, play with the children and chat to the parents. Email families@wsfroyaldocks.org for more information.

Particular skills - Do you have a particular skill or interest you'd like to share with us and your community? This could be something like running a session on public speaking, or providing advice to the charity. Email hello@wsfroyaldocks.org for more information.

Trustees - WSF is overseen by an experienced board of trustees who come from a wide range of backgrounds. Please email helen@wsfroyaldocks.org for more information.

If you’d like to volunteer with us, but these opportunities don't sound like the right fit for you, email hello@wsfroyaldocks.org to see if we can match your skills with our needs.

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Could your business or organisation partner with us?

Are you a company or other local organisation interested in making a donation? Or could we develop a bespoke sponsorship to support your company values and people development goals?

We welcome people who could give time to our youth club – whether by giving inspirational talks to young people, career and interview workshops, or advice on how to manage money.

And we’re always delighted to host teams looking for a useful way to spend a volunteering or teambuilding day.

At WSF, we love bright ideas! If this sounds like you, please get in touch with us hello@wsfroyaldocks.org to discuss potential ways of working together.

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