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Volunteer Stories

Mitra with Persian Chicken and jewelled Rice

Mitra's Iranian barberry rice

Many of you have tasted the scrumptious fare that Hilary, Christine and their band of volunteers create every day.

One of our new volunteers to the HomeFood Café is Mitra. With support from Hilary and the team, Mitra recreated one of her favourite dishes from her homeland, Iran. It was so delicious we thought we would share the recipe with you!

Click here for Mitra's recipe to recreate a taste of Persian cuisine for yourself.

Kiki and mum

Merton’s youngest volunteer celebrates her special day with some very special friends

Click here to read more about the Wimbledon Guild and possibly Merton's youngest volunteer, Kiki.

Volunteer Vacancies

Here are some examples of the volunteer roles we have at the Wimbledon Guild.

Volunteer at Christmas in the Village

The annual ‘Christmas in the Village’ will take place on Sunday 9th December 2018 from 10am to 4.30pm in Wimbledon Village.

Wimbledon Guild will be running Santa’s grotto where children can visit Santa and receive gifts. All donations collected throughout the day will be given to support Wimbledon Guild.

Volunteering opportunities are:

  • Managing queue control and money collections at Santa's grotto: 3 volunteers per hour
  • Carol Singing Bucket Collections: 3 volunteers per hour
  • Activities Bucket Collections: storytelling, biscuit making, etc: 3 volunteers per hour
  • Santa replacement from 12pm to 1 pm and from 3pm to 4.30pm
  • Our knitting group needs extra help to set up and sell knitting items: 1 volunteer per hour

What will the experience give you?

You will be part of a wonderful Christmas event!
A chance to have your dreams come true and be a member of Santa's magical team!
A fun day helping for a good cause!


For full role description and how to apply click here



Counselling Volunteers: for placements as a counsellor, please go to the JOBS page or email counselling@wimbledonguild.co.uk

Befriending Volunteer
Befrienders play a crucial role in overcoming loneliness and helping older people live independently. Some of our clients have little or no social contact and a visit can make a very real difference to their life – and something to look forward to. Visits can be on a weekday, weekend, morning, afternoon or evening as it’s based on mutual agreement between the volunteer and the client. For example, a number of our befriending volunteers work in Merton and arrange to visit their client after work once a week. The visits can often develop into warm friendships and can bring peace of mind to relatives who don’t live locally. Perhaps you could pick up some small shopping for them, post some letters or help with some paperwork. Or you can sit and chat, play games, music or go for a walk round the block. As a befriender, Wimbledon Guild will give you full support and training as well as ideas to engage and build long-lasting relationships.

For a role description click here


Activity Team Volunteer

Our volunteers help prepare the room for sessions and aid the instructor during class. Some of our activities are led by volunteers with a particular skill or interest to offer.

For a role description for an Actvity Assistant click here.For a role description for an Actvity Leader click here. We are also currently looking for volunteers to help with Chess and Checkers on Fridays click here, and with leading activities on Thursdays. click here.

Garden Befriending Volunteer
Our garden befriending volunteers help with garden maintenance for older people in Merton, whilst chatting and engaging them and being a friendly face. For a role description click here
Bank Volunteer
Our Bank volunteers are there when we need extra help, and may get called in on short notice. This can include helping with activities, transport, or one-off events. For a role description click here
Café and Kitchen Volunteers

Our cafe volunteers help the kitchen staff to prepare and serve daily meals, help with the clearing and washing up and create a comfortable atmosphere for our customers.

For a Café Kitchen role click here

For a Café Front of House role click here


Charity Shop Volunteer
The shop in Mitcham boasts a clean, tidy and friendly atmosphere people enjoy visiting. Volunteers also play a crucial role in spreading the word on all the services the Wimbledon Guild provides. For a role description click here.
Exercise Class Assistant
Our exercise classes are run by professional instructors and our volunteers help prepare the room for sessions and aid the instructor during class. For a role description click here
Outreach Volunteer
Outreach volunteers make a massive difference for our older community in Merton and are committed to helping older people live independent and fulfilled lives. For a role description click here

Become a Volunteer


Over 320 talented volunteers are currently part of our volunteer team. Our volunteers come from every walk of life and range in age from 16 to over 80 years old. Our team of volunteers help by leading activities, serving meals in our café, working in our charity shop, and befriending people throughout Merton. Whatever time you can give will make a positive impact to someone’s life. Volunteering with the Wimbledon Guild is a rich and rewarding experience that helps to deliver great services to people. 

If you have a few hours to spare, let us know what your interests are and we can find something that’s right for you. Whether you’re retired, work full time, in full or part time education, we have volunteer roles that are flexible and can fit your schedule.

Interested in finding out more about our volunteer programme? Please contact our Volunteer Manager for more information: E volunteer@wimbledonguild.co.uk or T 020 8946 0735


Before you become a volunteer with us, we ask that you complete an application form. Please click here to download a version in Word or click here to download a PDF version of the volunteer application form. Please also read through our Privacy Notice on how we use your information

A befriending volunteer

Here we answer some common questions we are asked about how volunteering can open up new opportunities and avenues.

Q: What are the benefits of volunteering? Are there any unexpected benefits?

A: Many people choose to volunteer because they want to make a difference in people’s lives. They want to make a positive impact in their communities, and volunteering is a great way to be able to connect to other people. When you choose to volunteer, not only are you helping someone else, but the volunteer gets a lot out of it too. It can be anything from gaining confidence, learning new skills, meeting new people and generally having fun! We have volunteers from all over the world and many of them come to us hoping to improve their English skills. I think it is important for volunteers to have opportunities to learn and improve skills. Volunteering can help with future career prospects, and boost confidence, in ways they might not have thought of and even discover hidden talents!

Q: Can anyone volunteer? What attributes do you look for in a volunteer?

A: Just about everyone can volunteer! While we do have some age-restricted roles, we have a wide range of activities and services we provide, and there are many options to best suit someone’s interest and abilities. Most of our roles don’t require any previous experience, just an open mind, a positive attitude, and a desire to help other people. We are a social charity, so a willingness to get involved and help create a comfortable environment for our customers is important.

Q: What can someone expect if they volunteer?

A: When someone chooses to volunteer with the Wimbledon Guild, they join a great team of volunteers with full support from staff members. Whatever role someone might choose, volunteers are helping to improve the lives of people in Merton. Along with a full induction and training, we have an annual volunteers’ barbecue in the summer, our Christmas party, and opportunities to meet other volunteers. We also reimburse travel costs for volunteers, making it easy to visit someone within Merton or coming to help in our Activity Lounge.

Q: Is there anything you'd like to add or I should know about?

A: We are always looking for volunteers, so if people are interested, please get in touch. Our community garden project is useful for corporate groups of up to 10 or so people, and it’s a great day for team building and getting some exercise. To meet with us to discuss how you could become part of Wimbledon Guild's volunteer team please email us.






Volunteer application form (Word). Volunteer application form (PDF)
Volunteering Privacy Notice - how we use your information
Become a Befriender
Volunteer in your local community leaflet
Volunteer Handbook

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