Our volunteering programme is designed for teams rather than individuals

We have no vacancies for Individual Volunteers

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Kitchen Challenges for groups is very busy

Breakfast Challenge

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Clothing Challenges for groups is very busy

Clothing Challenge

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To advise, support, encourage and assist people finding employment, accomodation, benefits. Pointer to other services

Advice Challenge

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Our Work

Tea & Coffee

Tea & Coffee being served

Tea & Coffee

More sugar please


Breakfast being prepared

Clothes Sorting

Staying safe and sorting clothing

Clothes Sorting

Measuring and hanging trousers

Clothes Sorting

Preliminary sort

Computer Suite

Start of the day

Advice Room

Advice available daily from 8am

What Our Volunteers Say

Years of Service 3,013

volunteers so far this year

Completed Projects 28,078

volunteering hours so far this year

Satisfied clients 129,752

meals served so far this year

Frequently Asked Questions

We do not charge for volunteering at the Whitechapel Mission. We wish to encourage volunteering as a concept and especially at the Mission. This means that our volunteering programme is very popular and we must always leave room for our long-term supporters. Priority over our diary will always go to our Priority Partners.

Clothing challenges and Gift-sorting challenges are controlled by the amount of donations that we receive. Because we are allowing bookings upto 4 months in advance, we are limiting the clothing challenges to what we think donations will be arriving in 4 months time.. We would hate to accept a request to volunteer, and then be forced to cancel because we have nothing for your team to sort. If there are opportunites where we can increase the number of dates available, or if there are cancellations, we will open the diary to more opportunities.

We have to give our priority partners first chance at the diary and only those organizations can book that far a head. Our experience also shows that bookings made more than 4 month inadvance get cancelled more often than not.

These companies are members of our 5000Club and recognized as Priority Partners

Due to the popularity of our Volunteering programme, we can only offer one of each challenge in a given month.

These dates have been requested by a group but not yet confirmed by staff of the Mission. We will always attempt to confirm at least 1 month (usually 6 weeks) in advance. These dates are "provisionally booked". Striped backgounds are awaiting confirmation!

This is possible, but you are only likely to get the date, if the first request is not confirmed or the compant decide to pull out.

This is usually reserved for our priority partners only

This usually only happens when you book a long way in advance and we are not able to confirm yet. We will be in touch. If there is less than 6 weeks to go, it is always worth an email to [email protected]

Of course, there may always be very good reasons which may force you to cancel, but we do need a high level of commitment once the date has been agreed by both parties. Cancelling with months of notice isn't a problem at all. Failing to show or canceling at short notice is likely to result in us not being able to accept another request to volunteer.

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