Be Kind To Your Mind - Give Back

Check out some of the great opportunities for you to give back during this difficult time. With a combination of online, seasonal and in-person volunteering opportunities, you can choose which one suits you!

Whilst we know this time can be difficult for a lot of people and we encourage everyone to take the right steps to protect their mental wellbeing. However, if you are feeling like you want to help out, we've compiled a mixture of online, in-person and seasonal volunteering opportunities that you can get involved in, to help others who may be struggling during this trying time. 

Want to hear a little bit more about how you can get involved in volunteering? Listen to your Mile End Volunteering Officer, Aleksandra, and Volunteering Board representative, Tasmiah, talk about your options: Introduction to Volunteering at Queen Mary 2020-21.

Make a Difference Calendar 

There are lots of opportunities listed for you to get involved in. Check out our Volunteering and Sustainability page for the latest opportunities. Our What's On page has additional one-off opportunities.

Online Volunteering 

Speak another language fluently in addition to your native language? Then why not support Translators Without Borders, a non-profit organization offering language and translation support for humanitarian and development agencies, and other non-profit organizations on a global scale.  

Join a global network of digital volunteers helping Amnesty International research and expose human rights violations. Help researchers by going through photos, information and documents to form reports on several human rights issues. 

Do you have a passion for languages, culture and diversity! Whether you are a local or a newcomer, you can make a difference in your city by sharing your language and culture with others. Become a Buddy with Speak.

Taking action makes you optimistic, taking care of others makes you happy. So join a group, from your sofa for a week long of action. Choose from 4 tracks including homelessness, supporting care givers, connecting with our elders and supporting small farmers. 

Do you have an old smartphone that could transform the life of someone in need? Gift your old phone with Community Calling to tackle digital exclusion.

Want to be paired up with a care home resident to have video calls with them to help tackle loneliness and isolation. Then why not adopt a grandparent?

Support the London Natural History Society’s efforts to transcribe historic bird data of the capital’s species. This project aims to recover this species data for use by ecologists, conservationists, decision-makers to improve knowledge of bird populations in London and support scientific research.  

Missing Maps is an open, collaborative project in which you can help to map the ‘missing’ areas where humanitarian organisations are trying to meet the needs of vulnerable people and support decision-making in relief efforts. No prior skills required. You can even organise a mapathon with your friends or join one taking place online to explore some lesser known areas of the world. 

Why not send a letter to either NHS staff or care home resident, cheer up someone’s day. 

Mentoring and Tutoring 

Do you want to do something different this term and help make education fairer? Why not look at volunteering with one of these charities to help tackle education inequality and they can all be done remotely! 

Action Tutoring – Volunteer English or Maths Tutors 

The Access Project - Volunteer Tutor 

Tutor a bright young person and contribute to social mobility in a real way, by supporting a 14 to 16-year-old to help them fulfil their potential at GCSE. You can make a genuine difference - a young person on this programme is twice as likely to go to a top university than a student from a similar background who is not receiving additional support. Help through one-hour weekly sessions take place online and can be flexible around your schedule. 

MyTime Active - Homework Club Tutor 

Volunteer at the Shadwell Homework Club supporting a local community group in their children’s education. A group of mums set-up a homework club for their children and they need support with the children’s learning development. 

CoachBright – Academic Performance Coach 

CoachBright run 1-1 tutoring sessions with pupils in secondary school students to help them improve their grades, confidence and independence. Volunteer 1 hour per week for 7-12 weeks, choose from English, Maths or Science. 

Tutorfair Foundation - Online Maths or English Tutor 

Support secondary school students delivering one tutorial a week. Choose from English or Maths, no previous experience is needed!  

Bow and Bethnal Green Foodbank Emergency Food Aid Appeal 

Support two of our local foodbanks. Due to the increased demand they are running a fundraising campaign, you can donate money here.

Or find out how to get involved on their websites: 

In-Person Volunteering

Our Volunteering website has full details of the latest in-person volunteering opportunities.


Biodiversity Volunteering with the Sustainability Team

Get involved with improving green spaces on campus and learn some gardening skills along the way, activities will include preparing ground for planting, building bug hotels, pruning shrubs and much more. Further details on our Sustainability webpage, with events on our What's On page.


Canal Clean-Up 

Join us for some fresh air as we help look after the Regent’s Canal next to Mile End Campus. 

Time: Tuesdays 14:00-15:00

Location: Mile End Campus



Nature Conservation Volunteering with Friends of Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park 

Head to one of East London’s finest Green Spaces to get involved in helping care for the wildlife and plant life of the park

Time: Tuesdays and 1st Sunday of the Month

Location: Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park, Mile End



Support Bow Foodbank 

Help support the work of Bow Foodbank, registering clients and sorting donations

Time: Monday mornings, 8am-11am or 11am-1pm

Location: Bromley by Bow Centre, Bromley-by-Bow, E3



Check out the rest of our Be Kind To Your Mind campaign by clicking here, where you can find tips about staying active, connecting with others, learning new skills and staying mindful! 


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