Volunteer at the Centre

Current Opportunities

The Centre is blessed to have over 100 volunteers assisting service delivery. 

Some volunteer for an hour a week and others come in every day. There are a variety of opportunities that can fit in with your schedule. We are committed to ensuring all volunteers have a meaningful and rewarding experience during their time at the Centre.

There are many benefits to volunteering at the Cardinal Hume Centre – take a look at stories from our volunteers. Whatever your motivations we will try to match interests and skills with current opportunities.

Our current volunteering opportunities are listed below. This list is updated regularly so do visit again if you don’t see anything suitable. If you would like any further information please email our Volunteering Team or call 020 7222 1602.

All Roles

To give you a flavour, here is a list of all the volunteering opportunities at the Cardinal Hume Centre. We are only currently recruiting for the roles with a ‘apply now’ button next to them (you can also see these under the current opportunities’ tab). But if you see something that takes your interest, do send an email to volunteering@cardinalhumecentre.org.uk to register your interest and, when we next need new volunteers in this area, we will be in touch. You can also request a full role description, if you would just like to find out more.


Reading Coach

Volunteers work one-to-one with adult learners for at least one hour a week and up to 6 months to support them in being able to read.  You will meet your client for at least an hour a week and follow the, ‘Yes We Can Read’ text book.

Literacy Coach

Volunteers provide one-to-one support for adult learners for at least one hour a week and up to
6 months to support them in learning reading and writing skills in order to improve their learning/employment opportunities.

IT Learning & Development Coach

Volunteers provide ‘floating support’ to adult learners visiting the I.T Suite.  They are also matched with a client for an hour on the same day for up to four months to support them in their IT learning.  You will be given a check list of basic IT skills to go through with the client and some online resources. Volunteers are needed for Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Friday afternoons.

ESOL (English) Tutors

CELTA qualified English teachers take at least one class a week to entry level students for at least two academic terms.

English Learning Volunteer

CELTA qualified English teachers work one-to-one with entry level students for at least one hour a week and up to 6 months to support them in their English learning.

Job Club

Volunteers provide one-to-one employment support during our busy Job Club which is a drop-in service on Wednesdays in our IT suite.  Tasks include CV writing, online job searching, applications, cover letters and interview preparation.



Homework Club

Our Family Centre welcomes local primary-school children and their parents on Mondays and Friday afternoons to get help with homework and it is very busy! Volunteers work with 1 or 2 children to help them with their homework from school – particularly English, Maths and project work.

After School Club

Our Family Centre welcomes local primary school children on Tuesday and Thursday afternoon for arts and crafts, and indoor and outdoor games. Volunteers work with a small group of children engaging in the activities and promoting a positive experience.

Saturday Club – Family Fun and Learning

Our Family Centre is open in the afternoons for families with children under 12 for arts and crafts, games and other fun activities. Volunteers work as general helpers at the sessions, encouraging and supporting the children and also serving snacks and clearing away. We also look for volunteers who have particular skills to lead workshop sessions – for example origami, yoga, dance, drama or juggling!

Easter, Summer & Christmas programmes
Our popular sessions for primary-school children and their families run during the school holidays. The daily sessions follow a similar pattern to our Saturday Club and often have a theme that links them together – in Summer 2016 our theme was the Rio Olympics.



Advice and Assessment Centre

Volunteers fulfil the administrative/reception role in our Advice and Assessment Centre where all our clients arrive to access services.  Volunteers book appointments, do initial needs assessments and signpost to other services.

Immigration Advice

Volunteers support our busy immigration lawyers. Ideally we are looking for qualified lawyers or people with a recognised qualification in advice. The OISC Level 1 training and qualification is offered to suitable volunteers.



Charity Shop
Our busy shop on Horseferry Road is largely run by volunteers. We sell clothes, books, bric-a-brac, DVDs and more. Training is given so no retail experience is needed for this role, just people who are energetic, friendly and can deliver good customer service!


For this role we are looking for volunteers who are fluent in English and one other language and have, or are working towards, a qualification in community interpreting or similar. We call upon interpreters on an ad-hoc basis as required by clients seeking language support.

Hostel Support

We have a 32 bed hostel providing support and accommodation for vulnerable young people aged 16 – 25. Our vision is to provide a personalised package to support young people while they develop their independent living skills and to work with them to achieve their goals and aspirations. Our volunteers work alongside the staff team.


We have various opportunities in our fundraising team that could involve administrative support, including helping with a specific campaign or supporting the team at busy periods such as Christmas.


Support our busy facilities and building manager. Volunteers need a wide experience in the practical maintenance of buildings gained either at home or work. If you can build flat-pack furniture, hang pictures and unblock sinks, this could be for you!

IT support technician

Help our IT manager with maintenance issues such as keyboards not working, replacing faulty parts, correcting computer faults, printer issues and more. A good up-to-date knowledge of PCs, Internet and software is needed, gained either at work or through supporting friends and family.

Volunteering & ESOL Team admin support
All round administrative support to our busy Volunteering and ESOL teams. A knowledge of Word, Excel, database entry and a friendly confident telephone manner is needed for this essential role.


Volunteer stories

Kory - Family volunteer

Kory volunteers in the Cardinal Hume Centre’s family services as a way to help others he whilst prepares for parenthood.

“The people at the Cardinal Hume Centre were so welcoming and excited to have me. They told me about the services they offered, the people who use them, and how much they relied on volunteers to deliver these incredibly important services. It made me happy to be there and I felt I would actually be contributing to something worthwhile.

I really wanted to get some childcare experience out of volunteering to help me prepare for parenthood. I also wanted to dedicate the time I had to something that would actually impact on other people. My expectations were exceeded! I learnt so much from the experienced staff and the children, too.

I didn’t expect to enjoy getting to know the children’s little faces, personalities, and characters so much, but I did! The people delivering the services are amazing – so very dedicated – and I have made some really good friendships that I will cherish long after my time at the Centre.

Jovan - shop volunteer

Jovan volunteers as a sales assistant in the Cardinal Hume Centre charity shop.

“I wanted to gain experience and develop my customer service skills. I always wanted to work in a charity shop and I think it is the best place to get my career started.

I’ve achieved a lot more than I’d expected to. Working in the shop every day is different, with each day bringing new responsibilities and duties. I’ve also been able to experience some of the Centre’s other services, such as being part of the family centre during the Easter break, and representing the Centre at a careers fair in Kensington.

I also get to meet other volunteers, getting to know them and working as a team. It’s a great feeling when we are appreciated, especially when we’re able to get to our target for the day! My manager is really friendly and supportive, and she keeps me motivated, inspiring me to learn new things each day. And the team’s a great one to work with, and fun loving too!”

If you want to kick start your career, the Cardinal Hume Centre is the best place for you to start.

Jean Newbold

Jean has been volunteering as an English teacher at the Centre for more than 10 years. In that time she’s taught hundreds of people, many of whom have fled terrible atrocities in their home country, enabling to them to better participate in British society. 

“I like teaching. In life I think everyone wants to use their skills, but to be able to use them to help people means that you can really enjoy it. The Centre is a place of mutual respect. I might never hear my students’ whole story, but there is an unspoken knowledge that I am on their side – even if I am not running the Visa service. The classroom is a place where – even if it’s just an hour – they can think of something else.

I don’t always know what happens next, you don’t hear from everyone. But sometimes I bump into students in the street – and when I hear how they are doing it makes me feel so good.”



Charity Shop Volunteer

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Time Commitment: One full day (10am – 4pm)
or two half days

Duration: 4 months or more commitment

Sales from our charity shop provide a valuable source of income for the Centre. This is a customer service role encompassing all areas of retail as part of a fun and friendly team. Training is provided and no special qualifications are needed. We are looking for a friendly, polite manner and a good level of spoken English (Entry 3).

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ESOL Admin

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Time Commitment: One day a week - preferably Thursday (flexible hours)

Duration: Minimum of 6 months

We are looking for a volunteer administrator to support the expanding work of the ESOL department, in particular maintaining accurate and up to date records of the students at the Centre and fielding queries both internal and external.

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ESOL Cover Teacher

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Time Commitment: occasional classes
Mon–Fri 10am–12pm, 1–3pm or 3.30–5.30pm

Duration: Minimum of two terms on an ad hoc basis

We are looking for CELTA/ TRINITY TESOL qualified teachers with at least 6 months experience to run two-hour English classes on an ad-hoc basis as and when required during the day (Monday – Friday, mornings or afternoons ). This is to provide cover when our regular volunteer teachers are on holiday or sick. This could develop in to a regular role (one or two classes per week in term time) for those who are interested.

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After School Club

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Time Commitment: Tuesdays or Thursdays 3.30 - 5.30pm

Duration: Spring Term starting Tuesday 9th January

We welcome a group of ten children for 'stay and play' after school. Children are mostly from refugee and migrant families. The activities include arts and crafts, cooking, singing, indoor and outdoor games. The club encourages and develops children’s social and independent skills.

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