Welcome to Hands on london

Founded in 2010, our mission has been to Inspire and Empower people to Be The Change they want to see. Almost every day HandsOn London volunteers are out supporting Homeless Shelters, Soup Kitchens, Food Banks, Older People’s projects, Children’s Centres and a host of other community groups.

HandsOn London Partners with local charities, community organisations, schools, parks and gardens to help with the challenges facing our city. We provide high-quality projects and volunteer support, creating opportunities for people to give their time. Our staff and volunteers work with each community partner to identify where help would be most beneficial.

During the summer, our Brighten Up London Campaign inspires over 2,600 people to enhance our Green Spaces, Community Gardens, Parks, Charity Farms creating new spaces, improving existing ones and making our city a better place for everyone.

During November, we all come together for Wrap Up London. Having just completed its 9th Year, the campaign has collected and distributed over 158,000 warm coats for those most in need. Almost entirely volunteer lead, the campaign attracts support from across the country and has inspired volunteers in 24 Towns and cities to launch their own collection as part of the growing Wrap Up Family.

HandsOn London gratefully acknowledges the wonderful generosity of all of its sponsors and donors. None of this would be possible without them. We would especially like to thank our Advisory Board members who have generously donated their time to help expand our organisation.

A very special thank you too, to our generous corporate donor, William Blair.

What we’re all about…

To Inspire and Empower people to Be The Change they want to see
To promote volunteering and community service as a central aspect of life in London.
To provide more flexible and convenient volunteer opportunities for busy Londoners.
To create innovative, high-impact ways of making valuable contributions to people’s lives.
To offer diverse volunteer opportunities, which address a wide variety of issues such as: poverty, education, youth, disability and the environment.
To support charity/community groups and corporate partners with volunteer project design and implementation.
To provide a high-quality experience for each volunteer, charity and businesses that works with us.
We work with charities to recruit volunteers for their existing activities and also to recruit and manage volunteers for new projects to improve and extend their core work.
We provide a Project Team Leader for each group volunteer activity. These leaders act as coordinators, liaising with the volunteers and charities, handling logistics and taking part in the volunteer activity to ensure the project runs smoothly.
Flexibility is a key aspect in each volunteer activity. We provide convenient opportunities for busy volunteers with limited time.

There is no long-term commitment and volunteers can register and sign up for activities online through the HOL website, where they can view volunteer opportunities for many different charities in one place; easy and time saving!

While flexibility is important, so is the quality of the experience for our volunteers and charity partners.

We strive to provide meaningful, ‘hands-on’ activities and most of our projects involve some direct interaction with the charity beneficiaries, through socialising, playing games or learning a new skill. We always aim for a positive impact on the charities we work with, their beneficiaries and our volunteers.

Our partner charity and community groups

Children’s groups 45
Outdoor activities 75
Homeless charities 92
Charities and community groups for the elderly 50
Rehabilitiation charities 50
Mental health groups 34