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... 

Thursday 28th February 2019: The London Football Awards, day time set up (London)
The London Football Awards celebrates the very best in London football. There are eight awards up for grabs at our prestigious awards night at Battersea Evolution. Find out more about the night here.
We are looking for volunteers to help with setting up the venue ready for our guests arrival. Responsibilities will include dressing the tables, assisting with setting up the auction, and placing programmes and signage around the room. Lunch will be provided. 

Email us on volunteer@willowfoundation.org.uk if you’re free to come along.

Thursday 28th February 2019: The London Football Awards, evening (London)
The London Football Awards celebrates the very best in London football. There are eight awards up for grabs at our prestigious awards night at Battersea Evolution. Find out more about the night here.
We are looking for volunteers to help us with greeting guests as they arrive, selling raffle tickets and with our auction.

Email us on volunteer@willowfoundation.org.uk if you’re free to come along.

Sunday 28th April 2019, The London Marathon (London)
We would love you to join Team Willow to cheer on our amazing runners in this years’ London Marathon. We have cheer teams along the course, as well as volunteers to meet the runners at the finish line. This is a really fun day out, and it would be brilliant to have a cheering squad to support our marathon runners as they take on the 26.2 mile event. 

Email us on volunteer@willowfoundation.org.uk if you’re free to come along.

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. 

Email us on volunteer@willowfoundation.org.uk if you’re free to come along.

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. 

Collection tin coordinator: We are in desperate need of collection tin coordinators to help us raise funds and awareness for Willow across the UK. You will be responsible for distribute collection tins in and around your local area, monitoring them, counting and banking funds raised and keeping in touch with fundraising team with regular updates. 

Charitable Giving Volunteer:

We are looking for a volunteer to join our busy Charitable Giving team, ideally being able to offer longer term volunteer support committing a minimum of 1 day per week (days of the week and hours can be flexible).

This is a great opportunity to support and work alongside key areas of our Charitable Giving team.  Firstly, this role will support our Major Partnerships Manager who works with our Corporate partners.  This element of the role will predominantly involve research - identifying opportunities for involvement in industry award ceremonies, exhibitions and trade shows.

The second element of the role will involve supporting and working with our Trusts and Foundations team to ensure delivery of our Small Trust Mailing early in 2019.

What we are looking for

We are looking for an enthusiastic person who has an eye for detail and excellent communication skills.
The volunteer will receive training from the team and Raisers Edge database training will also be provided. 

Skills required:

• Have excellent verbal and written communication skills.
• Well organised and able to work under pressure, on occasions, to tight deadlines.
• Have good IT skills.
• Have previous experience of working in a busy office environment; and
• Have the ability to work as part of a team whilst being proactive and using your initiative.
• Understand the needs of confidentiality

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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