Big impact in the big city

Living in London? Want to have a positive impact on the lives of others? Is volunteering on your list of 2016 resolutions? We’ve handpicked 5 charities that are making a big difference in the big city. Get involved!

Hebe Foundation

Urban Debaters: Young people acquiring skills for the future.

The Hebe Foundation works with young people to help them discover and develop their talents. The focus of the organisation is to grow business and leadership skills amongst 13–20 year olds through projects such as Urban Debaters and London’s Next Top Role Model. They’re seriously passionate about helping young people and equipping them with the skills they need to have a bright future. Volunteers work directly with participants on short as well as long-term projects. So if you feel you could help inspire the younger generation and can spare just a few hours a month then get in touch with them!

Food Cycle

Volunteers help prepare meals in the kitchen

At Food Cycle they don’t want anybody to go hungry. They’re completely committed to reducing food waste and fighting food poverty. How are they going about it? Well, they’ve got supermarkets to donate surplus food and volunteers take care of the rest. It’s proven to be a winning formula as hundreds of vulnerable people benefit from it every week. London hubs are in Wandsworth and West Norwood. Reckon you can cook or just want to lend a helping hand? Don’t hesitate to get in touch with them through their website.

Time Bank

Mentor and students: a close and prosperous relationship.

Time Bank run projects across the country to tackle a wide variety of social problems. City Opportunities Mentoring is their London initiative which aims to help teens who are leaving care and guide them through a difficult transitional period. Volunteers work closely with participants and help them with anything from applying for jobs to navigating the universities’ application process. Mentoring is an extremely rewarding experience that enables you to have a positive impact on someone’s life. You’ll learn a lot about yourself in the process too so why not give it a go?

Mayhew Animal Home

Kitten socialising: fun for everyone involved!

In operation since 1886 the Mayhew Animal Home has helped thousands of animals escape from cruelty, abandonment and neglect. Last year alone over 500 pets were re-homed and many others were reunited with their owners thanks to this brilliant charity! From dog walking and kitten socialising to administration and foster homes inspections there are plenty of opportunities for animal lovers. What are you waiting for? Stop watching cute puppy videos and get involved!

Wide Horizons

The environment centre: city kids get a real taste of nature.

Wide Horizons’ mission is to give children and teens a taste of ‘adventure’. At the core of this is their Environment Centre in South East London. This incredible nine-acre wildlife site allows young people from the city to get stuck into the great outdoors. Activities range from orienteering to team building challenges and everything in between so if you’re looking to help a worthy cause while getting a big dose of fresh air then this is the one for you!

Do you volunteer with a London charity which is making a big impact? Let us know!

Originally published at on January 11, 2016.