Volunteer Opportunities

If you need help with finding the right position in the right organisation, please contact Ingrid by email at volunteering@hornbeam.org.uk.

NEW: The Hornbeam Centre is looking for change champions who want to help their communities develop an idea to share, grow or nurture their resources.

This is an important part of the We Love Low Cost Living Campaign which supports people in Waltham Forest to take one step to share, grow and nurture what they have. Taking these steps will help people save money, protect local resources and boost health.

Could you be a change Champion? Click here for more information about the role and how Hornbeam can make a support you to make a difference in your community.

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NEW: Speed Volunteering at Hornbeam – Community Mondays

Join us for these one-off, drop-in volunteering opportunities which take place once a month on our Community Mondays. Learn something new, meet new people and help the Hornbeam Centre and Cafe. We have put together a varied program of voluntary activities to tickle your fancy, where you can drop in, get your hands dirty and have some fun. Email sofia@hornbeam.org.uk to let us know you’re coming!

Coming up:

Winter Soups: January 5th 2015 – 10am to 1pm
Pop in and lend a hand with making a selection of seasonal soups using locally grown organic produce. Learn how to make the delicious soups that we serve in the cafe. Get tips on how to make exciting and affordable soup out of every day ingredients.

The Big Spring Clean: February 2nd 2015 – 10am to 1pm
If you love the satisfaction of a deep clean, then we need you!
Please come along and join in with cleaning the Hornbeam kitchen. Find out about the Natural cleaning products cleaning products we use and swap cleaning tips.

Curry Making: March 2nd 2015 – 10am to 1pm
Learn as you go while helping to cook a variety of curries using locally grown organic ingredients. You will be show step by step by the chefs how to make a curry and discover what spices are use to create different tasting curries. This session will teach you how to make food that has a low impact on you wallet and the environment.

Cafe and Kitchen Assistant

Be part of the Hornbeam café and community hub, we promote sustainability and showcase locally grown, organic and fair trade produce. Join us and be part of the day to day running of the café and kitchen. You will gain practical hands-on skills and experience in food preparation, catering and customer service.

Support our chefs in producing creative seasonal vegetarian and vegan food and help us create a vibrant, welcoming environment as we provide affordable, high quality and delicious meals.

What we are looking for

  • Someone with a friendly, positive and flexible attitude.
  • Someone who can commit to volunteer at least 4 hours per week for a minimum of ten weeks.
  • Someone willing to take part in all aspects of the running a café. Including food prep, washing dishes, serving customers and cleaning.

What we can offer

  • Food hygiene and health and safety training.
  • Barista training, knife skills and food preparation.
  • Training in kitchen and customer service skills.
  • Knowledge of working with sustainable food chains, and sustainable suppliers.
  • Hands-on, meaningful volunteering.

IT Support Volunteer

Are you a tech-wizard with time on your hands, or an IT enthusiast with an interest in learning new skills? The Hornbeam is looking for a hands-on, enthusiastic volunteer who can come in regularly to help us with IT support for our staff and volunteers.

We’re looking a confident PC user with some experience of PC maintenance and a willingness to learn. A knowledge of Ubuntu and other open-source platforms and software, and experience installing and maintaining hardware would be very welcome too.

You’ll be working for around 1-4 hours a week, preferably between 10am-5pm, and will be supporting our teams at Hornbeam and the John Beanse Centre.

You can find the full role description here.

at OrganicLea

  • Veg Box Packer
  • Cycle and Van Delivery Volunteer
  • Stall Volunteer
  • Horticultural Assistant
  • and many more… (see website)

Growing site: 115 Hawkwood Crescent, Chingford, E4 7UH

Stall: outside of the Hornbeam Café (Saturdays)

For more information about OrganicLea and their volunteer positions, visit their website:



at Forest RecyclingProject (FRP)

Work Experience 

A 12 week programme for 18-30 year olds who want to gain work experience: in return for your help operating our warehouse and paint shop we will provide structured support to help you identify and make progress towards your own employment and training goals. As a participant, you will also help us prepare and deliver a small project (possibly using our paint in your own community).
When: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10 am-4 pm (Other days may be available if required)
Where: The Paint Place Warehouse in Leytonstone (near Leyton Midland Road) and The Paint Place Shop in Walthamstow (near Bakers Arms)
Commitment: Up to 3 days per week for 12 weeks

Warehouse Volunteer (The Paint Place Warehouse) 

We always need help sorting and mixing the reclaimed paint that we collect for redistribution. Warehouse volunteers play a crucial role in keeping an affordable supply of environmentally sustainable paint flowing out of FRP into the wider community. If you are prepared for physical work that can get a bit messy, this could be just for you.
When: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 10 am-4 pm
Where: The Paint Place Warehouse in Leytonstone (near Leyton Midland Road)
Commitment: At least 1 day per week for at least 12 weeks

Retail Volunteer (The Paint Place Shop, FRP Centre)

Our paint shop at the FRP centre is where we trade to the general public. We need volunteers here who can help customers choose the right paint for them, carry out and record sales transactions and help to keep the shop nice and tidy. Let us know if you are up for helping us to sell thousands of litres of paint!
When: Tuesday- Friday 10 am-4 pm, Saturday 10 am-2 pm
Where: The Paint Place Warehouse in Leytonstone (near Leyton Midland Road) and The Paint Place Shop in Walthamstow (near Bakers Arms)
Commitment: At least 1 day per week for at least 12 weeks

Events Volunteer (Give-or-Take)

FRP organise community waste exchange events, where people can leave items that they no longer need and collect things for which they have a use free of charge. Volunteers help with many aspects of these events from engaging with members of the public and staffing the stalls to giving our driver a hand with deliveries. This role particularly suits busy people who cannot commit to volunteering every week.
When: Flexible, when events are taking place, mostly on Saturdays
Where: On location, mainly in North East London
Commitment: Flexible, as and when required and you are available.

Address: 2c Bakers Avenue, Walthamstow, London E17 9AW (next door to Hornbeam)

For more information about FRP and their volunteer positions, contact Angela by email: volunteering@frponline.org.uk or telephone: 020 8539 3856.

Referral Agencies

If you are a referral agency, please email  volunteering@hornbeam.org.uk or call Ingrid on Tuesdays & Wednesdays, 10 am – 6 pm on 02085586880, to learn more about the volunteering programme.keep volunteering voluntary

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