Gain invaluable experiences whilst helping others.

We have opportunities throughout various departments of YMCA Walthamstow, where people can volunteer their time, skills and experience. People volunteer for many reasons. Perhaps they are between jobs and want to keep busy while they look for another, perhaps they want to add some valuable work experience to their CV or perhaps they simply have some spare time and want to help others. Whatever their motivation, we are here to work with them to ensure that they are in a role that is right for them.

All our volunteers receive induction training and are required to undergo an enhanced DBS check. We also offer a variety of benefits to our volunteers, such as expenses, relevant training opportunities and access to our Health & Wellbeing facilities.

If you are interested in applying for any of the following volunteering opportunities (excluding the Youth Worker role), please download  the volunteer-application-formvolunteer-application-guidelines and Volunteer Policy. Alternatively, if you require further information on any role please contact the Learning & Skills Team on 020 3326 6062 or email

General Roles

From time to time, exciting opportunities arise to volunteer with us at YMCA Walthamstow working alongside staff in various departments. Opportunities range from behind-the-scenes roles in our support functions, such as administrator or finance assistant, to roles such as gym instructors, play workers, food service assistants or housekeeping assistants.

Learning & Skills Team

Resident Engagement Officer 

Would you like to work in a role that makes a real difference to the lives of young homeless people? We are recruiting for a volunteer Resident Engagement Officer. Working across our Resident Support & Housing Team and our Learning & Skills Team, you will be responsible for liaising with residents and identifying, delivering and promoting and referring residents for engagement opportunities across the organisation. You will need good communication skills, be able to work under your own initiative and have a friendly  and supportive  outlook. For more information download the resident-engagement-officer-jd

Student Counsellors / Psychotherapists

This role is suited to those in their final year of a counselling/psychotherapy degree who need to gain experience to meet their degree requirements.

We are currently looking for potentially qualified counsellors to take part in our BOOM Project. On the project you will be dedicated to clients who are participating on the programme, with a view to meeting them once per week to discuss emotional issues that may be preventing them from finding and sustaining employment. The sessions are expected to run for at least 50 minutes per week and as a potential counsellor you may have more than one client.

Community Services

We need volunteers to help us run our varied community services, from book fairs to wellbeing and social events to a food bank. So whether you just want to help out, get involved in befriending/ chaplaincy support or you have a particular skill or interest you would like to share, we would love to hear from you.

Youth Service

Want to work with young people, great with old and new social media platforms such as; Instagram, whatsapp, and snapchat? Good with catchy slogans and hot on promoting activities or events, and familiar with vlogging and up on the latest youtubers young people follow? Then this could be a great opportunity for you!

Youth Worker 

Are you a young person looking to work with young people, develop your skills, meet new people, improve your CV and career prospects or just have some fun – then volunteering in our Youth Team is for you! There’s so much to choose from and you can give as much or as little of your time as you want. Interested in applying? Then please download our application form here. Please email your completed application form to