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. 

The nature of our work with children - many of whom have suffered from trauma and neglect - means our volunteering opportunities are largely focused on the smooth-running of our charity. With your help at our events, on our historic Bloomsbury campus and through providing pro bono support, we can continue to ensure that your generous donations go exactly where they are needed most.

At Coram, 89 pence in every £1 donated goes directly to the services we provide to vulnerable children and young people, making us one of the most efficient charities in the UK.

Here are seven brilliant ways you and your team can get involved.

1. Volunteer at our campus 

Coram was established as the UK’s first children’s charity 1739. Today, we are still based on the same site –  a leafy three-acre campus in the heart of Bloomsbury.

We always appreciate help from our volunteers to help with the maintenance and upkeep of these grounds – with activities such as gardening, painting and repair work available for volunteers.

It makes a great team building exercise or CSR day and cost per volunteer is based on numbers and demand.

So, get a team together, roll up your sleeves, and help maintain our three acres of history. Whether a green-fingered gardener, DIY-don or passionate painter, you will be working together to make a difference to vulnerable children.

Please do pass on a massive thanks to everyone involved, always smiling and ever professional. Can't wait for next year.

2. Volunteer at a Coram event

We depend on our wonderful volunteers to make every event a success and help us raise as much money as possible for Coram. We have a range of ticketed fundraising events throughout the year and always need volunteers to help with:

  • welcoming guests,
  • selling programmes or raffle tickets,
  • working at the bar or cloakroom,
  • raising awareness of Coram’s work,
  • collecting donations from event attendees,
  • serving canapés to guests.

Visit our Events for details of forthcoming events where you could volunteer.

It was a pleasure to help you guys and I am so happy to know it was a success for Coram and will benefit all the children. You all do a marvellous job too.

3. Help out at an Adoption event

Every year we hold Adoption Activity Days (this links takes you to our dedicated adoption website) for prospective adopters and children in care. This is a wonderful and fun 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 many things such as face-painting or bouncy castle duty! Volunteers wishing to help out at an Adoption Activity Day will need to be DBS checked. Contact our volunteer team for more information.

4. Cheer on a runner for Coram

Coram also has places in a number of challenge events including the Virgin Money London Marathon; we are allocated a dedicated Coram cheering spot and welcome supporters to join us in cheering on our brave runners! Contact our challenge events team for more information.  

5. Share your skills or pro bono 

You or your company may be able to offer your expertise to Coram to help us deliver or enhance our work. There are many ways you could contribute your skills. Please get in touch with the volunteer team for more information and to find a project to suit you.

6. Team volunteer days

Every year a number of teams from Coram’s Corporate Partners’ programme take part in volunteer days on our campus, helping to ensure that we remain an inspiring place for everyone who visits us. We can typically put together a day’s event with a range of activities that will support Coram as well as inspiring and motivating staff. These typically include a guided tour of the Foundling Museum, which tells our charity story and holds our archives.

As part of this we can also deliver the Coram Business Challenge. This challenge is a chance to bring teams together from across your company to work on a single task that will showcase skills and strengthen collaboration across teams. Each team is tasked with devising a fundraising project in aid of Coram, and the team that raises the most is the winner. This is great for team-building and is very popular with graduates as it builds communication skills and demonstrates powers of persuasion. To arrange a team volunteer day or to find out more about the Coram Business Challenge, please get in touch

7. Railway Station collections

Fancy cheering up some weary commuters by wearing fancy dress in your local station and raising money for Coram? 

You can register to raise money in your local mainline station or tube by applying via Network Rail or TFL. We can supply you with collection tins, leaflets and T-shirts to help attract attention and donations from passers-by.

I just wanted to say thank you again for last night.  Thank you for your team that made me feel so welcome. I hope I can help out again.

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