Are you looking for a volunteering opportunity and you don’t know where and how to start?
You can start volunteering from today with Skills and Training Network.
STN offers excellent volunteering programs, and all our volunteers are happy with us and recommend us.
Volunteering can make a real difference to your own life and the lives of those around you. It is rewarding!
Every day we work with inspirational volunteers and our partners to transform lives in their communities.
STN caters to beneficiaries living in London. We have a core professional team of enthusiastic, multi-skilled volunteers.
We have grown our pool of volunteers that all come from the local
community, have diverse backgrounds, and bring invaluable skills in areas such as accounting,counselling, social media, and mentoring. Examples of success include volunteers moving into sustainable employment after supporting and developing their work experience at STN. STN volunteers also contribute to our interpretation service as many are bi-lingual speaking different community languages including Arabic, Turkish, French, North African languages.And as mentors they often assist our beneficiaries with developing their English language,using computers and social media platforms, or studying for their British citizenship exam.
STN is currently seeking volunteer teachers, mentors, carers, advocates, and befrienders.
Hear from our volunteers
"I have loved working with STN and being able to positively help my local community. The work STN does in offering academic and training support to those who need it most is really inspiring and I am proud to be able to help this worthy cause. Being a volunteer has enabled me to work on my IT skills, such as formatting and using Google Docs in a more detailed way."
“I'm grateful to STN for the chance to expand my skills by volunteering as a graphic designer. They are a pleasure to work with and the end results are always satisfying. The designs we have created will help people find the resources that they need.”
A graphic design volunteer
“I am enjoying my volunteering with STN so far as it is good to feel productive and do something helpful for the community. Thank you for this opportunity and your help."
Admin assistant volunteer
“I am really enjoying volunteering with STN! They have been great in providing clear instructions and feedback on my designs, which has been very useful for me. Volunteering with STN has allowed me to build my design portfolio, and this will be a great platform to allow me to pursue a career within design. I look forward to continuing volunteering with them! “
Graphic Design volunteer
"I’ve been a volunteer at skills and Training network for about a month, I heard about the charity through the unemployment office. The charity fitted in with my previous roles like working in an office for a media company and for Trading Standards and obviously involved meeting people, talking to people I’ve done that before. I currently hold an admin position in the charity but I help in other areas as and when needed. I was hoping to help whoever I was working for and gain some experience, have a good reference and time in a job because I haven't been working so it helps. Through my previous experience I’ve been able to bring some organisational skills, talking to the public, when I used to work for trading standards I would liaise between the police, different government bodies and agencies. By volunteering I was hoping to gain more admin skills because I haven't done it in a while, it helps getting back into the swing of office based work. I’ve really gained more confidence because you’re out of the job market for a while and you’re not used to work based interaction, it’s given me more confidence, I really like the people who work here. You meet lots of people from different backgrounds and cultures.
"I’m originally from Somalia and have been here in the UK for 6 months. I've been volunteering for a month. I first heard about Skills and Training Network when I was attending the ESOL classes to improve my English. I enjoyed what they were doing and decided to volunteer. I help some of the Somalis students with translation in the ESOL classes so they can understand the lessons and the teachers. I also help with some of the administration. I would like to use my time spent here to go on and do further education, or perhaps further volunteering within the charity in the Health and Social Care classes. I’ve met so many helpful people from the manager to the other volunteers; I’ve learnt a lot from them as well, they’ve given me a hope to really enjoy this country. I’ve already recommended to someone to volunteer, my time at the charity has been interesting.
" I’m originally from Yemen, and have been here for eight years. I’ve been a volunteer at Skills and Training network for three months. My advisor at the jobcentre told me about the charity. I’m hoping to improve my skills and experience in administration and IT while at the charity. I cover some of the secretarial and administration work in my current role; I was hoping to get some office experience while I’m here, hopefully it will help me to get a job. Since coming to the charity I would be very interested in seeking further training within secretarial and administration work. I’ve met new people and I really like that. I've leant to be patient with others and to respect them. My time at the charity has been challenging and enjoyable.
" I’m originally from New Zealand; I’ve been in the UK since 1978, nearly 40 years. I’ve been a trainer for over 25 years, mostly work based training, functional skills training, I was training in administration, ICT, customer service and in functional skills I was trainer in English and Mathematics. I’ve been a volunteer since January 2016, I had a long time unemployment, and I needed to get a more up to date work experience on my C.V. This was offering me experience in a job I knew and a job I wanted to continue in. I'm principally an ESOL trainer at Skills and Training Network. I was a bit nervous because I hadn't previously been an ESOL trainer. Because of the short term nature of the volunteering I was not expecting to pick up new skills, my immediate plan as a result of coming here I want to try to get some specialist ESOL teacher training which until I come to Skills and Training Network I probably would not have thought of. I'm satisfied that with a bit more training I think I can do it, so it is adding another string to my bow. I would recommend volunteering on two points, it gets you into a field of work you probably would not have considered or been able to get into and secondly in my case long term unemployment, it gets you back into the state of having to get up and get somewhere by 9 clock in the morning.
ESOL / Basic Skills volunteer teacher
Our volunteers come from the local community and offer a variety of support actions to:
*Socially isolated people and those with health problems who might need encouragement to re-engage with their communities
*Unemployed people wanting to build self-confidence and develop new skills to help them find work.
*Ethnic minorities looking for information about life in the UK
*Disadvantaged young people who may lack positive role models