Volunteer with us

Every year, as well as the vital support Coram receives from fundraising, we benefit from the teams and individuals who help us by volunteering their time, passion and skills. 

We are looking for volunteers who can support our vital work with children, young people and families – both directly and indirectly. Without their time, effort and commitment, our vision for ‘Better chances for children’ would be much harder to deliver.

You don’t need to be an expert in child care practices to volunteer with us because we have so many practical ways you can get involved. 

What it means to you as a volunteer

In return for your kindness, you will receive: 

• Full training in your chosen volunteering activity 
• Regular support sessions with your volunteer coordinator 
• Reasonable expenses paid 

Anyone over the age of 18 years old can apply to be a volunteer. Depending on the work you are engaged with, you may need an enhanced DBS check and reference checks. There will be an interview and, in some cases, there will be a two-stage assessment process. The first stage will be general to all volunteers and the second will be more specific to the volunteering role(s) you are interested in. 

Explore our range of opportunities which suit different levels of expertise and time-commitments, and find out how to apply below.

Story of Care Ambassador

Are you aged 16-25 and care experienced? Why not join our Story of Care Ambassadors and tell the history of care through inspiring creative projects?

Find out how to join our ambassador network 

Transcriber

Help us digitise our archives so we can safeguard records about the lives of children at the Foundling Hospital and make them accessible to all

Become a transcriber

Independent Visitors 

Make a difference to a looked after child by becoming an Independent Visitor - a reliable, consistent role model who visits a child independently.Become an Independent Visitor

 

Cheer for Coram!

Join #TeamCoram and help us support our amazing runners as they embark on the run of their lives to support our cause. 

Find out how to help at a marathon

 

Child Law Advice Helpline

If you have studied or are in the process of studying either family, child or education law, you can volunteer for our Child Law Advice helpline and provide advice and guidance to families. 
Find out more about the Helpline 

 

Children's Advocacy Helpline

At Coram Voice we're looking for volunteers for our Children's Advocacy Helpline. This is a great opportunity to make a difference and gain experience working for a national children’s rights charity.
 Learn about the Helpline

 

Parent Champions 

If you’re a parent, you can volunteer a few hours a week to talk to other parents about the local services available to families. 


Become a Parent Champion

 

Adoption and Fostering Champions

Every year we hold Adoption and Fostering Activity Days for prospective adopters, foster carers and children in care. This is a fun and successful way for prospective parents and children to interact in a relaxed environment. We require volunteers to help with the smooth-running of the day, which could include anything from face-painting to bouncy castle duty! Volunteers will need to be DBS checked and be able to share their motivation for wanting to join us at one of these amazing and emotional national events.

 Enquire about becoming a champion

Reading Helpers

A Coram Beanstalk reading helper is a volunteer who is trained and supported to help children develop their reading confidence and ability. You'll work with children on a one-to-one basis, giving them consistent support to practice reading skills and increase confidence and self-esteem.
Become a Reading Helper

 

Youth Offending Service (YOS) Participation Volunteers

We are looking for volunteers who want to make a difference to the lives of children and young people involved with the youth offending service in Stockport.

Find out more about YOS Participation Volunteers

 

 

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