Volunteer with us

Thank you so much to everyone who has contributed to their collection points at supermarkets across the area. Dons Local Action Group turned with not one, but two minibuses FULL of nappies, wipes and toiletries. Absolutely amazing!! 

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To say that volunteers are key to our organisation is an understatement – we are almost entirely run by volunteers across our food, furniture and digital initiatives!

Whether you can support us once a month or a few times a week, help in person or from home, your contribution is valued. We pride ourselves on having a ‘family feel‘, and we warmly welcome all of our volunteers into the Dons Local Action Group family.

Our volunteers in action

Watch the video and find out what it’s like to volunteer with us.

The joining process is quick and you can begin volunteering as soon as you’re registered

 

View our volunteering opportunities below and complete the volunteer form so we can process your volunteering enquiry and any questions you may have. For anything else, please contact us at volunteer@donslocalaction.org. Our onboarding team aims to get back to you within 3 days, and often it will be much sooner.

 

If you haven’t heard from us after 7 days, please get back in touch so we can check we have the correct contact information.

Volunteering opportunities in person or from home

Help in person

The area we need most support with is at our store stalls and to help as drivers. Occasionally, we also need volunteers to join our hub teams or help us repair furniture.

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Store shifts at our stalls

At the centre of our operations are the volunteers assisting at the supermarket stalls. Stalls are our main food collection points and, without them, we would not be able to provide to so many local people in need. Shifts can be easily booked online and tend to be 1 1/2 to 3 hours long depending on each store and season.

Shifts can be booked regularly or ad hoc to be flexible around your schedule. Volunteering on the stalls is a great way to connect with the Dons Local Action Group family and the wider community. View the stall locations here.

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Distribution hubs

Food hub: this is where donated items are sorted and packed, 7 days a week, to then be delivered locally by our drivers. We ask volunteers to commit to a regular weekly 3 hour shift to keep our operation as smooth as possible.
Address: Cappagh Group, Cappagh House, 8 Waterside Way, London SW17 0HB

Furniture hub: this is where furniture is organised, the repair team contacted if necessary, and the inventory updated. Volunteer hours are flexible but require on average 2 hours per week. Some tasks such as spreadsheet updates can be done from home.
Address: 42 station road, London, SW19 2 LP

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Drivers
Our volunteer drivers keep stock flowing between our generous donors, the hubs and the local people, organisations and schools we help.

  • Drivers from the food team collect donations from stalls to take to the hub and/or make deliveries to our recipients.
  • Drivers from the Keep Kids Connected team collect laptops from local homes or businesses, bring them to our IT specialists and may also be involved with delivering them to local schools.
To be involved with this team, we would require you to have a DBS check which we would be very happy to help you apply and pay for.
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Furniture repair

We occasionally have minor repairs to be made to donated furniture before it can be given to our recipients. This is an ad hoc team for people who enjoy fixing things and giving furniture a second life.

Help from home

We have opportunities for volunteers who can help ‘behind the scenes’. The roles vary greatly according to your interests, skills and the time you can offer.

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Onboarding

Our onboarding team welcomes new volunteers and is involved throughout the registration process, directing newcomers and acting as a point of liaison. All the team are volunteers who have been with us for long enough to get to know our organisation so they can best help and direct newcomers.
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Helpline

This team answer calls and deal with enquiries from referral organisations, prospective volunteers and respond to donation queries. Shifts are 9am–1pm or 1pm–5pm, Monday to Friday. We need volunteers who can commit to 1 or 2 shifts per week on average.

To be involved with this team, we would require you to have a DBS check which we would be very happy to help you apply and pay for.
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Marketing

The team takes care of our website, social media channels, PR, branding and other marketing activities. We welcome volunteers with experience in marketing, PR, content creation or who are keen social media users.

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Graphic design

Our marketing team works closely with graphic designers. They need help from skilled, experienced professionals who are familiar with Adobe Creative Cloud. Tasks may range from creating posters and other communications materials to developing new branded templates.

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Part of the AFC Wimbledon Foundation. Registered Charity no. 1154198.
www.afcwimbledonfoundation.com

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Helpline: 0203 301 4511