Volunteer Opportunities

As a community hub running on a very limited budget we couldn’t survive without volunteers.

Whether you want to learn something and would like to give your time and enthusiasm, or if you have a specific skill you’d like to share – we’d love to hear from you!

To let us know how you want to volunteer, complete this form.  If you are referring someone you work with, please contact Anne by email and we’ll be in touch: volunteering@hornbeam.org.uk or drop by and say hello. 



  • People’s Kitchen volunteers – Could you help us on Mondays cooking with surplus food at Food rescue project cooking People’s Kitchen ? We always have space in our kitchen cooking and serving from 10am-2.30pm (it’s a great opportunity to learn about vegan cooking and catering).
  • Food Rescue & People’s Kitchen volunteers – help with collection and redistribution of edible food ‘waste’ from local shops to the Hornbeam, St Mungo’s and Friday Hill Estate in Chingford.
  • Food Rescue cyclists (collecting and redistributing surplus food)

  • Venue and Event Marketing volunteer for the Hornbeam and/or Learning Lodge.
  • Event volunteers – all our community events value support from volunteers helping out


We’re looking for friendly volunteers in Chingford E4 to help us out on our growing number of exciting projects at the Hornbeam Learning Lodge and Friday Hill.

  • Do you have skills in arts & crafts, admin, publicity that you could share with people who come to events at the Learning Lodge? We’d love to hear from you.
  • Caretaker for the Learning Lodge at Pimp Hall Nature Reserve – Can you help us to care for and help others to get access to this amazing venue? Please let us know if you are interested in volunteer for this position. Must live near the Learning Lodge. 10-11.30am
  • Make your dream come true?
    Would you like to run a club at the Hornbeam Learning Lodge? Would you like to be the leader of some of our sessions? Have you got an idea that could developed into a community project? We’d love to hear from you and help make it happen. Contact Elizabeth at lodge@hornbeam.org.uk

  • Hornbeam Nights volunteers (film nights, music nights, supper clubs etc).
  • Admin support – email checking and data entry
  • Fundraisers

Communications volunteers:

  • website updating (need basic knowledge of WordPress)
  • social media sharers for E17/E10/E11/E4 (Facebook, Twitter)
  • Mailchimp enews editor
  • Press liaison
  • Photography digital archivist
  • Photographers
  • Local listings uploader (upload info of our events to local papers and online listings)
Get involved with regular E17 happenings including Community Mondays Or head to the Learning Lodge E4
You can also organise a Film Night (or help out at one) … or arrange an evening Pop-Up or Workshop!

 Browse past opportunities:

Email volunteering@hornbeam.org.uk for more info or complete the volunteering form.

You can also get involved with other activities we are linked to:

at OrganicLea

  • Veg Box Packer (E4)
  • Cycle and Van Delivery Volunteer
  • Stall Volunteer (Hornbeam E17 or Leytonstone)
  • Horticultural Assistant (E4)
  • and many more… (see website)

at Forest Recycling Project (FRP)

Our sister organisation, Forest Recycling Project, are looking for Environmental Volunteers from local communities connected to Waltham Forest, especially those who are at risk of marginalisation and social exclusion.   Main tasks could include learning and assisting with recycling through our Green Office project; being part of a team and gaining experience in retail and customer service through The Paint Place. or working with our textile crafts project.  More

If you have an opportunity you’d like to share – please get in touch.  volunteering@hornbeam.org.uk
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