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Islington Voluntary
Action Council
322 Upper Street,
London N1 2XQ
Tel: 020 7226 4862
Fax: 020 7359 7442
Email: information@ivac.org.uk

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Are you looking for voluntary work?

IVAC is the umbrella agency for voluntary organisations in Islington, providing a range of support services as you can see from the other pages in this website. We do not organise volunteering. The main agencies for volunteering in Islington are Islington Volunteer Centre and Finsbury and Clerkenwell Volunteers, who put potential volunteers in touch with voluntary organisations in the borough, in accordance with requirements that they have given them. They should be able to let you know about current volunteer vacancies.

Alternatively you could approach organisations direct - for information on all different types of projects in Islington, go to Islington Link
.

The following organisations who are members of IVAC have also indicated to us that they would welcome approaches from potential volunteers:

• Angel Drug Services:www.angeldrug.org.uk
• Befriending Network: www.befriending.net
BTCV: www.btcv.org
Chance UK: www.chanceuk.com
Finsbury Park volunteer project: www.finsburypark.org.uk
Friends United Network: www.friendsunitednetworkuk.com
Octopus Community Volunteers: www.octopuscommunity.net

If your voluntary or community organisation is based in Islington, or has projects in Islington, and you would like your organisation listed on this page, contact IVAC's information officer by clicking here. We cannot deal with requests from non-Islington organisations.

Advice for volunteers

If you are interested in volunteering but are worried about how it may affect your benefits or immigration status, there are details here: www.volunteering.org.uk/volunteer/accepting.htm.

Other useful sources of volunteer vacancies

Other useful sources of volunteer vacancies are www.do-it.org.uk, www.evolunteer.co.uk, www.timebank.org.uk and the Guardian's job pages on a Wednesday, which have a section on volunteering.

RSVP exists to encourage people over 50 to volunteer, details at www.csv-rsvp.org.uk, as does Experience Corps on www.experiencecorps.co.uk.

If you are looking to use your professional or managerial expertise to help a voluntary organisation, you might like to visit www.volwork.org.uk.

VolunQueer is a lesbian and gay volunteer bureau for the London area - find them at www.volunqueer.org.uk.

Businesses/employers

If you are an employer and want to set up volunteering opportunities for your staff www.employeevolunteering.org.uk has lots of useful information, as does www.capitalcares.org, which works to promote employee volunteering in London. Business Community Connections works to broker partnerships between businesses and charities: the businesses may offer volunteers, expertise or donations. Details at www.bcconnections.org.uk. OneLondon is an enterprise and regeneration agency which runs the City Action for Community Development employee volunteering scheme for corporate city firms. Details from www.one-london.com.

Looking for volunteers?

If your voluntary or community organisation is based in Islington, or has projects in Islington, and you would like your organisation listed on this page, contact IVAC's information officer by clicking here. We cannot deal with requests for volunteers from non-Islington organisations.

If you are looking for volunteers for a specific task, some of the following organisations might be of help:

REACH helps voluntary organisations benefit from the business, managerial, technical and professional expertise of people who want to volunteer their career skills. It recruits and supports experienced men and women and places them in part-time, expenses-only roles with nearby voluntary organisations throughout the UK - for free: www.reach-online.org.uk

The Cranfield Trust provides qualified volunteers for management projects: www.cranfieldtrust.org.uk.

ProHelp London is a network of firms offering free help to the voluntary sector: www.prohelp-london.org.uk.

Professionals4Free provides links to a variety of brokering agencies offering professional services free to the voluntary sector: www.professionals4free.org.uk.

Everybody Counts is the Institute of Chartered Accountants' volunteering programme: www.icaew.co.uk/everybodycounts/index.cfm.

The Company of Management Consultants, at www.comc.org.uk, provides management consultancy for charities on a pro bono basis.

The Goodwill Gallery has volunteers offering a variety of professional services free: www.goodwillgallery.com/freecharityservices.htm.

The Bar Pro Bono Unit
can provide free legal advice from barristers in cases where Legal Aid is not available: www.barprobono.org.uk. The Solicitors' Pro Bono Group does the same for solicitors: www.probonogroup.org.uk.

Information on managing volunteers

The National Centre for Volunteering on www.volunteering.org.uk has information on all aspects of volunteer management.

For more information about volunteering generally, you may find the following links useful:

Community Service Volunteers: www.csv.org.uk/
Millennium Volunteers: www.millenniumvolunteers.gov.uk/
Student volunteering: www.studentvol.org.uk/
Institute for Volunteering Research: www.ivr.org.uk
Volunteer Development England (formerly the National Association of Volunteer Bureaux): www.vde.org.uk

For information on volunteering abroad go to www.wse.org.uk.