Volunteering opportunities

"It’s amazing just what people do to help make Special Days a reality. I love being part of the team."

Chenai, Willow Volunteer

We rely on our army of volunteers to make sure our events run smoothly, motivate our challengers, and help Willow be the best it can be. We really couldn't do it without you! 

Check out our latest volunteering opportunities below... 

Our Charity Shops

Could you give your time and volunteer at our shops in Welwyn Garden City, Barnet, Hatfield, Stevenage or Hemel Hempstead?

From sorting donations, to serving customers, if you could spare a few hours we'd love to have you on the team. 

Please telephone 01707 259777 or email Cheryl, our area retail manager, on volunteering@willowfoundation.org.uk to find out more.

We're also always in need of stock donations so please do encourage friends, family and colleagues to have a clear out. We have van collection available if you're not able to visit us in store or you simply have too much to bring yourself! 

Willow events: On the Day

We need cheerleaders, traffic marshals, race course marshals, raffle ticket sellers, bucket collectors and more! There are lots of ways to be involved both in Willow-led events and other fundraising opportunities, including... 

Sunday 28th April 2019, The London Marathon (London)
Volun-CHEER at the London Marathon

Can you shout loud? If so join us on Sunday 28th April and help cheer, shout, clap and make some noise for our amazing team of runners as they take on the 26.2 mile event.  We have two cheer teams along the course, as well as volunteers to meet the runners at the finish line and walk them to our recover centre. 
Family and friends of runners who may be coming up to watch their loved one’s run are especially welcomed to join, you can come and go as you please.

Free to come along and join the fun? Let us know! 
volunteer@willowfoundation.org.uk
01707 259 777

Sunday 5th May 2019, Herts 100 (Welwyn Garden City)

Back again in 2019 for a fantastic sixth time, the Herts 100 is a mighty 100 mile cycle ride through the Hertfordshire countryside. We are looking for volunteers to help us at the finish line, handing out medals and water, and cheering for our Willow cyclists. All volunteers will be based at Stanborough Lakes, Welwyn Garden City, where our cyclists start and finish their bike ride.

Free to come along and join the fun? Let us know! 
volunteer@willowfoundation.org.uk
01707 259 777

Saturday 25th May – Sunday 26th May 2019, LeeStock Music Festival (Sudbury, Suffolk)

‘Leestock is about music, it’s about people, it’s about fun and it’s definitely about remembering’ 
Held in memory of Willow beneficiary Lee Dunford, LeeStock is a music festival which takes place in the grounds of historic Melford Hall in Suffolk. This year's headliners include Pixie Lott, B*Witched, Starsailor and The Wildhearts. As LeeStock’s benefitting charity, we are looking for volunteers to offer on the day event support, promote Willow and enjoy a day of music.    
Find out more about the event here: http://leestock.org/ 

Interested in finding out more? Let us know!
volunteer@willowfoundation.org.uk
01707 259 777 

Sunday 14th July 2019, Folk by the Oak (Hatfield)

Join Team Willow at this one day festival at Hatfield house. This is the eleventh time Folk by the Oak have chosen Willow as their benefiting charity and have raised over £12,000 for Special Days. We need volunteers to help Willow have an amazing presence and man our Willow stall, assist with the bucket collection and sell raffle tickets. It’s a really lovely day of music, sunshine (hopefully) and supporting Willow. 
Find out more about this event here: https://www.folkbytheoak.com/line-up/main-stage/ 

Free to come along and join the fun? Let us know! 
volunteer@willowfoundation.org.uk
01707 259 777

Sunday 6th October 2019, Willow 10K (Hatfield)

Willow’s 10K event at Hatfield House is a great race for beginners and experienced runners alike, which now includes 5K and Junior 1K route. This event attracts over 700 runners every year who can expect a safe and enjoyable event thanks to our volunteers. We need a team of volunteers to be marshals along the course, to give out water, to present medals to finishers and spread Willow cheer. 

Free to come along and join the fun? Let us know! 
volunteer@willowfoundation.org.uk
01707 259 777

December 2019 date tbc, Arsenal Bucket Collection (Emirates Stadium)

Join Team Willow on Arsenal’s charity match day in December where Willow are invited to hold a bucket collection. Put on your festive outfit or Willow tee and join us at the Emirates stadium where we can collect pre match donations. Last year our amazing team collected £1,800! This is always a really fun day, where you can spread Christmas joy all whilst raising money for Special Days.

Interested in finding out more? Let us know!
volunteer@willowfoundation.org.uk
01707 259 777 

Volunteering in your area

Volunteering from home: Spread the word: Tell people in your community about Willow, share our messages on social media, or even arrange your own talk to local groups!

Become a Willow Champion: We need more charity champions across the UK and you could help! You'll deliver talks to local schools, groups and businesses in your community and spread the Willow word. You'll be helping us promote Willow in local press, raise awareness and fundraise for more Special Days. 

Take Time for Tea promoter
Are you a fan of tea and cake? So are we! 
Why we need you… Willow is relaunching our Take Time for Tea (TTFT) campaign. TTFT is a fundraising campaign where we encourage people to host their own tea parties, invite their friends and enjoy a slice of cake, all whilst raising money for Willow. We need enthusiastic individuals to play a vital role in promoting this campaign. 

Read the role description and how to apply here.

Collection tin coordinator
Why we need you… Willow are looking for collection tin coordinators to help us raise funds and awareness for Willow across the UK. You will be responsible for distributing collection tins in and around your local area, collecting the (hopefully full!) tins and banking the funds raised, keeping in touch with the Willow team with regular updates.

Read the role description and how to apply here.

Volunteering at Willow HQ

Corporate Fundraising volunteer:

We are looking for a confident and motivated volunteer to join our busy Charitable Giving team. This role will support our Major Partnerships Manager who works with Willow’s corporate partners. This role predominantly involves desk research, identifying new opportunities for Willow. Your research support will enable Willow to continue supporting seriously ill young adults across the UK at a time when it is needed most.

Read the role description and how to apply here.

Fundraising researcher volunteer:

We are looking for an enthusiastic volunteer to join our busy Charitable Giving team. You will help us research potential trusts and foundations that Willow may apply to for funding. This is a great opportunity to work in and learn about fundraising, gaining new skills along the way.  Your research support will enable Willow to continue supporting seriously ill young adults across the UK at a time when it is needed most.

Read the role description and how to apply here.

Become a Media Volunteer

Would you like to help raise awareness of Willow by sharing your Special Day story in the media?

By sharing your story about the positive impact your Special Day has had on you and your loved ones, you will help us to reach others in a similar situation, so that they too can have a Special Day.

For more details and how to apply, please click here.

Can you help? Email us to find out more

We have lots of exciting events throughout the year, including The London Football Awards and the Willow Senior Golf Classic. We always need volunteers to help with set-up during the day as well making sure the evening runs smoothly, too. 

To find out more about joining Team Willow as a volunteer please contact Florence Moffat or call 01707 259777. Thank you.

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