Category: Volunteering

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Alzheimers Society, Enfield Office

Services offered

  • Enfield Care attendant scheme
  • Enfield day support
  • Enfield Dementia Cafe
  • Enfield Monday peer support Group
  • Enfield Singing for the brain Southgate
  • Enfield Wednesday peer support group

CancerLIFE Project

The main focus for CancerLIFE project work is to promote cancer awareness. We have worked with many local community groups to provide basic information about the main types of cancer and availability of screening.

Carers & Parents in Enfield - CAPE

Carers and Parents in Enfield (CAPE) is a group of carers, parents and relatives of adults over 18 years with learning disabilities living in Enfield . CAPE offers support, friendship, advice, information, representation and campaigning.

Address: CAPE c/o Enfield Disability Action, Community House, 311 Fore Street , Edmonton N9 0PZ 
Phone: 020 8373 6345
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Citizens Advice Enfield

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Citizens Advice Enfield is a charity that offers free, accessible,quality advice to anyone who lives in Enfield. We can help with all kinds of problems whether they are housing, employment, benefits, debts or immigration issues for example.

Aims & Principles

The Citizens Advice service provide free, independent, confidential and impartial advice to everyone on their rights and responsibilities. It values diversity, promotes equality and challenges discrimination

Our Service aims:

  • To provide the advice people need for the problem they face
  • To improve the policies and practices that effect people’s lives


We have been providing advice in the London Borough of Enfield since 2nd September 1939. We started in tiny offices in Fore Street Edmonton, staffed by a handful of volunteers. Today, most of the people you will meet at our current offices in Ponders End are still volunteers, but they are supported by a small team of paid staff.

Crossroads Care Lea Valley

crossroads care lea valleyCrossroads Care schemes are a network of 76 local independent charities providing support to carers and the people they care for, often through the provision of flexible breaks.

Services are provided through a network of local providers across England and Wales, each offering our core service where a trained carer support worker comes into the home to take over the caring responsibilities.

The aim is to provide support that is consistent and reliable and build long and trusted relationships.

Each local provider is an independent charity which may provide additional services according to funding and demand at a local level.

All local Crossroads Care organisations provide care in the home to enable carers to take a break. The needs of both the carer and the person they care for are assessed and regularly reviewed to ensure the service is tailored to the needs of them both. Other services typically available include:

  • Group support for carers and the people they care for.
  • Young Carers groups.
  • Social activities for both carers and the people they care for (together and individually).
  • Special dementia projects.

Crossroads Care Lea Valley covers the London boroughs of Barnet, Enfield, Haringey and Waltham Forest.

Enfield Asian Welfare Association


Our Mission Statement is 'To Support, Care For, Empower and Improve the Quality of Life of Older (Asian) people and their families'

Enfield Association for the Blind

The Enfield Association for the Blind (part of the Middlesex Association for the Blind) is a registered charity working locally to provide support to blind, partially sighted and deaf/blind people throughout the Borough of Enfield. Our staff and trained volunteers work together to provide a range of high quality services, information, advice and training, all aimed at assisting the visually impaired to lead independent lives.

The Association offers the following services in Enfield

  • Home Visiting Service
  • Computer Training Braille Training (Currently available at our Stanmore office) Visual Awareness Training
  • Resource Centre
  • MidSight Hospital Information points The Enfield Association for the Blind works in partnership with the eye clinic at North Middlesex Hospital to provide invaluable information and support to patients at the point of diagnosis of their eye condition.
  • Free Radios Wireless for the blind radios distributed by our volunteers


The Middlesex Association for the Blind is very grateful to, and heavily reliant upon, its core of over 300 trained volunteers who regularly give their time to helping people with sight loss. However, we still have many more people in need of our services, particularly the Home Visiting Service and the MidSight Hospital Information Points. Our Volunteer Recruitment Campaign aims to encourage active volunteering within the local community.

Enfield Carers Centre

enfieldcarers-ctEnfield Carers Centre is a local charity offering support and advice for all unpaid carers in the borough of Enfield. A carer is someone of any age who provides unpaid support to family or friends who could not manage without help. This could be caring for a partner, relative or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or substance misuse problems. 1 in 8 adults are carers.  We offer social activities, opportunities to meet with other local carers, relaxation sessions for some 'me time' and practical advice and information.

Enfield Caribbean Association

enfield caribbean associationEnfield Caribbean Association (ECA) established in 1986,  aims  through engagements with the London Borough of Enfield and other relevant statutory and voluntary bodies, to create an inclusive, fair and equal Enfield community, in which people of Caribbean origin can develop their full potential as visible, positive  participants and contributors.

The association aims to advance the interests of Caribbean people in the areas of education, health, employment, social welfare and wellbeing by providing facilities and an environment that contributes to improving the life chances of people through promotion of events, activities and developing links with other like minded groups, individuals and organisations.

ECA Luncheon club at takes place at Trinity at Bowes Church each Friday at 1.00pm.  It provides a Caribbean lunch, socialisation and exercise. Combined with this, at the end of each month there is a visiting speaker with a focus on health and other related matters. The speakers are influential, are experts in their field and offer information and advice.

Enfield Conservation Volunteers

enfieldconservationvolunteersEnfield Conservation Volunteers carry out practical conservation work in Enfield's parks and countryside on alternate Sundays. An opportunity to gain experience in traditional crafts such as hedge laying, coppicing, bridge building and path construction. No experience is necessary as training will be provided. More information is available by clicking on the title link above and on

Enfield Disability Action

EDA Logo Grey on White Disc SmallEnfield Disability Action (EDA) is a pan-impairment organisation run by and for disabled people of all ages. EDA works to, and promotes, a social model of disability.

As an umbrella organisation for local disability groups, EDA shares training, policy development and best-practice guidance to facilitate the development of this section of the local third sector.

EDA works strategically with Voluntary and Statutory partners, provides input to local planning and consultative mechanisms, conducts research, enables project development, sources funding, provides a core organisational infrastructure, facilitates quality-assured practices and hosts the following services:

  • Advocacy & Community Forum Project – for groups and individuals
  • CancerLIFE – also offers Cancer Awareness and Healthy Living sessions
  • Challenging Abuse and Tackling Hate Crime
  • Deaf Project – working with Deaf people who use British Sign Language, and with deafened and hard of hearing people who do not use sign language, including those who have caring responsibilities
  • Udirect- formerly known as Direct Payments Support Service
  • Disability Information & Advice Project
  • Enfield Advice Plus Partnership Project
  • Independent Living Project - including Enfield Wheelchair Users Forum & Self Directed Assessment

Enfield Local Involvement Network


A Local Involvement Network (LINk) is an independent network of local people, organisations and groups established by law to work together to:

  • Encourage and support more local people to get involved in shaping local health and care services by: helping to decide what services should be commissioned, helping to influence the way they are run;
  • Actively seek to find out the views of people from every part of the local community on their experience of local health and care services, especially of those who may not often get their point of view across;
  • Provide the local community with a way to monitor and review local health and care services and hold commissioners and providers to account;
  • Tell those who commission, run and scrutinise local health and care services what local people have recommended to help improve services.

Enfield Mencap

mencapEnfield Mencap provides a variety of services for adults during the day (Monday to Friday) and young people in transition from children’s to adult services in the early evenings.

Weekend Respite Services currently only available on Saturdays is a special project funded through the London Borough of Enfield Carers’ Grant to provide up a day of respite for up to 15 families each week.

New volunteers are always welcome and at the moment we are looking for people willing to offer any of the following skills:

  • All things IT related from from simple office programmes to photo and music editing
  • Music, dance and drama, playing an instrument or leading a singalong with the karaoke machine. We plan to have a Zumba team at the Town show in 2012 and even put in an entry for the Zumbathon
  • Cooking – both to help service users with their independent living skills or to bake something special for our open days
  • Crafts, art and modelling – still very popular with our service users young and old
  • Gardeners to help in our sensory and vegetable gardens
  • Walks leaders with an interest in natural history or local history to help lead trips in the spring and summer
  • Befrienders and buddies (18-25), mentors, escorts and support workers – we have a range of openings to suit almost everyone

Enfield Mental Health Users Group

emuEnfield Mental Health Users Group (EMU) is a registered charity providing group advocacy for people using Mental Health Services in the London Borough of Enfield. The Charity is run by Mental Health Service Users.

EMU's Vision

  • To challenge stigma within the London Borough of Enfield community, to promote social integration and work towards more positive images of people with mental helath problems/illness.
  • To be an independent user group led by service users for all adult service users to promote personal development with all their different needs and with all their diversity.
  • To improve communications between service users and service providers so as to infulence/effect improvements. This will involve representation on as many committees and recruitment panels held by service providers as possible. It will also involve monitoring of service providers.
  • To be the voice of mental health service users in the London Borough of Enfield working in a constructive spirit.

Enfield Time Bank

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Our vision is to achieve a cohesive community in Enfield using Time banking whereby, neighbours come to know their neighbours and can rely on each other for help and support. We welcome people of all different ages, cultures and backgrounds who have the abilities to interact with each other on an equal footing and share mutual respect and understandings.

In these economic hard times, many people have time on their hands and in return would want to contribute and become useful. These people have skills and the experience that goes many times unrecognised and unrewarded. The Enfield Time Banks value these people, and their contributions, encourages their connections within their respective communities and neighbourhoods. They will alleviate isolation. As people start to help and get to know their neighbours, they will rebuild a sense of trust, and start to feel that they also are part of their community/neighbourhood again.

Enfield Voluntary Action

evaEVA provides a wide range of services for voluntary sector organisations and for individual volunteers, including training courses,  advice on setting up, running and developing voluntary groups and a detailed list of volunteering opportunities in the borough.

EVA's Volunteer Centre helps individuals find volunteering tasks and prepare for them.

Every Parent & Child


Previously known as Enfield Parents & Children

Every Parent & Child (formerly Enfield Parents & Children) is a registered charity working for the benefit of children, young people and families in the London Borough of Enfield and surrounding areas. We offer services to children, young people and their families to support with advising on accessing educational provision for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, applying for school places, young people’s mental health and wellbeing and skills and confidence building.

Our Mission is to offer children in our community opportunities to learn, develop and thrive.


SENDIASS - Special Educational Needs & Disability, Information Advice & Support Service

"My Time" - Child Counselling Service and Volunteering Service

Contact details

Community House, 311 Fore Street, Edmonton, N9 0PZ

Contact: Isabella Di Natale

Telephone: 020 8373 6243


Friends of Arnos Park

friends of arnos parkThe Friends of Arnos Park are local residents who work hard to ensure that the park continues to be a well maintained and safe place of recreation for the whole community. We lobby the London Borough of Enfield and work with them to improve the tidiness of the park, increase its bio diversity and fundraise for improvements. Our work includes some maintenance of flowerbeds, pruning of trees and shrubs and landscaping work.

Sadly, as budgetary constraints increasingly restrict the amount of resources provided by local authorities to parks, the work of Friends groups becomes more and more essential to maintain and improve them.

We plan to stage several fun events each year and hope you will join us in working together to make our park an even better place. If you have any suggestions please contact us:

If you are interested in becoming involved as a volunteer or even as a committee member, we would love to hear from you.

Hands On London


Hands On London, a registered charity with the Charity Commission, was founded in 2010.  We are the local affiliate of the global umbrella organisation, Hands on Network (HON), which is headquartered and registered in the United States. Hands on London (HOL) strives to be the first point of contact for individuals in London who want to be involved in community service. Using an international model of volunteerism that has been utilised successfully in over 250 locations in the US and 14 other countries, HOL acts as an intermediary between volunteers and charity/community groups.


  • To help charities, not-for-profits, and community organisations meet their volunteer needs.
  • To help individuals and organisations to give back to the community in a meaningful way.

To accomplish our mission, we partner with local charities/community groups to develop volunteer projects, then recruit, train and manage volunteers and the  projects. We organise a range of volunteer projects including activities with children, assisting in soup kitchens, helping to improve the environment, helping the elderly, helping people with disabilities and animal welfare projects.

Noah's Ark Children's Hospice

Noah's Ark is an expanding children's hospice service, seeking to serve an estimated 900 life-limited or life-threatened children or young people, and their families, living within the communities of Enfield, Barnet, Camden, Haringey and Islington.

Our aim is to support these families, often by working in partnership with other agencies, delivering flexible services that encompass the whole family - enabling them to live positive lives and face the future with hope, following the death of their child.  These services range from practical and emotional support, ultimately through to end-of-life and bereavement care.

Volunteer roles

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  • Family support volunteers
  • Event support volunteers
  • Home support volunteers
  • Fundraising & Event Volunteers
  • Noah's Ark Ambassadors
  • Administrative volunteers
  • Receptionist volunteers
  • Charity shop volunteers


North Enfield Foodbank

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North Enfield Foodbank is located at 2 Lumina Way, Enfield, EN1 1FS (off Lincoln Road).

How a foodbank works

Food is donated.  Schools, churches, businesses and individuals donate non-perishable, in-date food to the foodbank. All food given out by foodbanks is donated.

'Supermarket Collections' are one of the main ways that food is donated: These are food drives held at supermarkets where volunteers give shoppers a 'foodbank shopping list' and ask them to buy an extra item or two for local people in crisis.
Food is sorted and stored

Volunteers sort food to check that it's in date and pack it into boxes ready to be given to people in need.

Frontline care professionals identify people in need. Care professionals such as doctors, health visitors, social workers, CAB and police identify people in crisis and issue them with a foodbank voucher.

Clients receive food. Foodbank clients bring their voucher to a foodbank centre where it can be redeemed for three days emergency food. Volunteers meet clients over a cup of tea or free hot meal and are able to signpost people to agencies able to solve the longer-term problem.

Donations for North Enfield Foodbank are accepted every Saturday morning at Palmers Green United Reformed Church, Fox Lane.

North London Cares

north london caresNorth London Cares is a community network matching north Londoners to volunteering opportunities to support our neighbours in need of a little extra help, time or companionship.

Our ambition is to build relationships between people who might not normally interact, bridging social divides and bringing our communities closer together.

North London Samaritans

samaritansNorth London Samaritans provides emotional support across north London boroughs, both inner city and suburban. Consequently, our range of callers and the problems they need to talk through covers the widest spectrum. EHB Samaritans never know who or what they are going to encounter when they answer the 'phone or open the front door to a visitor to the branch. Which is why our selection and training to become a Samaritan volunteer necessarily needs to be rigorous and thorough. However, while the work is very challenging at times, it is always rewarding.

Parkinson's UK Enfield Branch

We offer information, friendship and support to local people with Parkinson's their families and carers.

We also organise regular events and social activities, such as drop-ins, bowls, pub lunches and outings. Join us - and meet other people affected by Parkinson's in your area.

Pymmes BrookERS

Pymmes BrookERS (short for "Pymmes Brook Restorers") are a group of Londoners who want to make the Pymmes and Salmons Brooks more lovely!

London’s rivers are heavily polluted by misconnected sewers, and also by the toxic heavy metals that wash off our roads after rain. Wetlands will help to clean the water naturally and will provide beautiful habitat for wildlife. We’d like to see more kingfishers, herons, frogs and riverfly along Pymmes Brook!

If you live in Barnet, Enfield or Haringey, or even further afield, and would like to get involved, get outside, and get wet, then get in touch!  There’s plenty to do, so message us to let us know your ideas and how you’d like to help!

Read about the project on the Thames21 website and visit our Facebook page.

Ruth Winston Centre

Logo of Ruth Winston CentreThe Ruth Winston Centre is a registered charity whose mission is to promote independence, well-being and activities for the over 50s in Enfield. Ruth Winston Centre has around 1100 members and offers 60 classes and/or activities per week exclusively for the over 50s. In addition to learning and staying connected with others, we promote healthy living and well-being through our faciliation of additional services such as blood pressure checks, chiropody, hairdressing, flu jabs, stroke clinic, health trainer advice and support to name but a few. Ruth Winston Centre is a place where information of interest to the over 50s may be presented and exchanged. For those who otherwise would spend their days at home alone it is a vitally important resource for the over 50s in this borough.

Solace Women's Aid

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Solace Women’s Aid is an independent charity working across London, with a dedicated team of staff and volunteers, providing life-saving support to more than 11,000 survivors of domestic and sexual violence a year. Solace Women’s Aid works to empower survivors to rebuild their lives through a holistic range of specialist services including refuges, advice, counselling, advocacy, support groups and family & children’s projects enabling them to live their lives independently, free from domestic and sexual abuse.

The charity recognises that breaking free from domestic violence or escaping sexual abuse is only the start. This is why they not only provide practical advice and a safe space to live, but also help women and children recover emotionally and build a future free from abuse.

It doesn’t happen overnight and takes courage and determination but, with Solace’s help women will continue to be able to develop the confidence and independence they need to rebuild their lives.

One Solace service users sums it up “Your bruises go away and your bones mend. But it’s the despair, being hopeless. It’s a very dark place to be. Solace has given me hope.”

Visit  to find out more about Solace Women’s Aid services in Enfield and see how you can get involved to make difference to the lives of women and children.

Solace Women’s Aid’s confidential helpline FREEPHONE: 0808 802 5565

Services provided by Solace Women's Aid

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The Advice team takes calls from women across London affected by domestic and sexual violence and provides immediate advice and short-term support on safety issues, housing options, financial concerns and child related issues.

Refuge Accommodation
Our refuges provide safe emergency accommodation for women and their children fleeing violence. Staff work with women to find permanent accommodation and provide support with their practical and emotional needs during this difficult time of transition.

Community based advocacy & support
Local Advocacy teams work with women, offering specialist advice and support specifically in relation to safety, housing, financial and welfare benefits, and available services for children.

Counselling and therapy
We offer one to one counselling sessions which provide a safe space for women to explore the impact of violence on their lives. Therapeutic groups and workshops enable women to meet peers, share experiences and begin to rebuild their self-esteem and confidence.

North London Rape Crisis
Our North London Rape Crisis service works with women and girls over the age of 13 who have experienced any form of sexual violence at any point in their lives. A dedicated emotional support helpline, specialist advocates, counsellors and group therapists provide practical and therapeutic support to help women heal from the trauma they have experienced.

Children and Young People
Our team deliver a range of services for families and young people living in the community including therapeutic support for mothers and children to explore their feelings and rebuild vital relationships.

Specialist services groups and programs
We provide specialist support including our Silver Project for women over 55, IRIS Project working with GPs and patients, the Sanctuary project to provide in-home security, WRAP (Women Resilience & Awareness Program) and our Irish Traveller Project.

Stroke Rehab Dogs

stroke rehab dogsThe "Stroke and PAT" programme is a collaborative project between the national charity Pets As Therapy, founding Director Sallie Bollans​ and the Ruth Winston Centre​.

Having introduced Animal Assisted Interventions to the multi-disciplinary therapy programme within neurological rehabilitation at a local hospital in 2004, Sallie witnessed first hand the positive effects that occurred when stroke survivors were given the opportunity to interact with dogs during therapy sessions. Working alongside Pets As Therapy volunteer teams, regular visits were arranged for those patients wishing to participate, utilising the dog as a focus when working towards a range of rehab goals.

Frustrated by the limitations and restrictions that inevitably occur when working in a large organisation, but empowered by the testimonials of participating stroke survivors led to the vision, and consequent birth of the community based Stroke and PAT project.

The Felix Project

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More than 10 million tonnes of food is wasted in the UK each year. At the same time food poverty is a huge and growing problem, with 1 in 10 children in the UK living with parents who struggle to put food on the table. This means an estimated 870,000 children in England go to bed hungry because their parents are unable to provide the meals they need.

Free of charge, the Felix Project collects good quality food from suppliers. We check it’s fresh and then deliver it to charities so they can give vulnerable people a healthy meal or snack. Put simply, we’re saving food and changing lives.

We have warehouses in Enfield and Park Royal where we use daytime volunteers.  Evening volunteers work from a number of van and courier collection points in various parts of London.

The London Community Foundation

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We have a vision of a strong and generous London - where residents, business and government act collectively to create a fair and good society for all who live or work in the capital. Known for prosperity and opportunity (even in current times), it's easy to forget about the thousands of Londoners left on the margins. Wealth and poverty live side by side, with middle class terraces, green spaces and trendy high streets blending into run-down estates and empty playgrounds. Poverty, isolation and crime affect too many.

The Nightingale Cancer Support Centre

nightingaleThe Nightingale was formed by a local group of concerned individuals who felt that more could be done to support people affected by cancer in Enfield. We aim to work together with existing local services to ensure that we provide comprehensive support. We are here to help patients, relatives, carers, friends or those who are affected by cancer. We hope to be able to provide you with help along the way.

The Shane Project

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The Shane Project is a charity for African/Caribbean and Ethnic Minority People living with MS, their families and carers. It was founded in April 2002 by Norma McFarlane, whose two sons were diagnosed with MS. It is named after her eldest son Shane who was diagnosed with Primary Progressive in 1993 but sadly passed away in December 2003. The lack of available support, which was further compounded by isolation, prejudice and stigmatisation that she and her family endured from the local community, prompted Norma to set up the Shane Project.