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

at The Hornbeam Centre

Kitchen Volunteer

The purpose of this role is to help with cleaning and chopping vegetables, washing up and cleaning the kitchen, cooking and occasionally baking. We are looking for someone who has a friendly attitude, an interest in catering and/or vegan/vegetarian food and an awareness of health and hygiene. Download full role description here.

Café Volunteer

Are you interested in learning more about organic, sustainable food production? Do you want to pursue a career in catering? The Hornbeam is seeking  enthusiastic and committed volunteers to lead the running of its organic, vegan café during weekdays. This opportunity will be supported by training in sustainable catering, including low-impact suppliers, food safety, and barista skills. This role entails help taking orders from customers, serving food and beverages, washing up, clearing tables and handling money. We are looking for someone who has good communication skills, a friendly attitude, is able  to handle money, and has an awareness of health and hygiene. Download full role description here.

Administrative Volunteer

This key role involves helping with the running the Hornbeam Centre’s day to day administration and building management. I will involve answering the phone and emails, supporting room bookings and adding events to the website calendar. We are looking for someone with good communication skills, a basic knowledge of MS Excel and Word or OpenOffice and the ability to work without continual supervision. Download full role description here.

Promotion Volunteer

This key role involves supporting the promotion of the Hornbeam Centre’s aims, projects and events, in order increase local people’s awareness of, and engagement with, the centre. It will involve compiling & mailing out the “What’s on” events list, creating flyers and promoting events external. We are looking for someone who has very good communication skills, has knowledge in MS Word or OpenOffice and has the ability to work without continual supervision. Download full role description here.

Kids Kitchen Volunteers

Come and get involved with Kids Kitchen at the Hornbeam!  It’s fun, chaotic and inspiring – we really do create an impressively tasty lunch, harnessing the raw power of our under-5s! We run Kids Kitchen as volunteers. We bring our kids along – they are 2 and 3. These are great roles with or without kids in tow. There are two possible roles that we have thought of: 

  • The ‘Get Involved’ Volunteer
  • Kids Kitchen: The ‘Chef’ Volunteer

Click here for more information about these roles.


Other roles to be listed soon…

  • Building Maintenance
  • IT Support
  • Fund-raising Volunteer


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)

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

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


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.