Here at Urban Partners, we’re committed to making our neighbourhood a better place to live, work and study.

We are in contact with a wide range of charities in our local area, to better understand how we might be able to help them achieve their objectives and help local area employees secure volunteer placements with them.

Take a look at our current Volunteering Opportunities to see the charities we work closely with and who may have immediate opportunities available.

Access to Sports

This community led sports development project works across Islington, Hackney & Haringey. A2S organises sports activities for young people; provides training, support and volunteer opportunities – enabling people to become involved in sports coaching; provides support for organisations interested in delivering sports.

Age UK Camden

This voluntary organisation serves the interests and needs of the older citizens of the London Borough of Camden. It provides a wide range of services, from advice and information to day activities, and support for those who are housebound and isolated.

Age UK Islington

This voluntary organisation serves the interests and needs of the older citizens of the London Borough of Camden. It provides a wide range of services, from advice and information to day activities, and support for those who are housebound and isolated provides free information and advice on a range of issues for over 55s, helping people to regain or maintain confidence to live safely and well at home, perhaps after a period of hospitalisation. Age UK Islington also offers practical help with essential jobs around the house. The organisation also organises social activities, inter-generational initiatives, exercise activities, and opportunities for older people to have their voices heard through the Older People’s Reference Group.

Arsenal in the Community

Arsenal FC has developed community programmes across a range of areas which deliver both sporting and social outcomes. Projects range from sport and education, to health and social inclusion – these projects are often a springboard to training and employment. As well as working at the Emirates, Arsenal in the Community’s outreach work takes place on local estates and parks – offering local young people the opportunity to play football and take advantage of the other education, social inclusion and employment pathways the club offers.

Art Box

Artbox London works with people with learning disabilities and autism to create, exhibit and sell their artwork. Volunteers from the local community support the artists to develop their artistic skills and confidence in the workshops and trips to galleries and museums in Central London. Artwork is sold through the Artbox online shop and regular exhibitions and profits from sales of artwork are split with the artists, enabling them to earn money from their skills while helping to fund our activities on an ongoing basis. On average an artist will earn between £50 and £300 a year – a small amount, but a lot to someone who has no other way of earning money in their own right.

Camden Health Improvement Practice

Primary health care sessions at day centres and hostels throughout Camden. Health assessment and general health care. Well women checks. Hepatitis and HIV screening. Dental service. Alcohol and drug advice and treatment. Advice and assistance with using local health services, registering with a GP, finding a dentist or optician and on housing benefit. This service helps: People sleeping out or living in temporary accommodation, including asylum seekers and refugees.

Camden Town Shed

Provides a workspace with benches, tools and materials where older people can make and mend alongside others. Members work on their own projects as they choose and at their own pace, or on community projects such as making children’s archery targets, nursery equipment or planters. The club is run by the members who also decide when they come. Woodworking is the main activity at present, but the centre is also equipped with a small kiln and it is hoped to introduce clay work or other arts activities.

Catch22 – London Housing Service

Catch 22 delivers at every stage of the social welfare cycle, supporting 30,000 individuals from cradle to career working with over 80 local authorities and other commissioners to deliver public services that meet local needs. Today they deliver children’s social care, alternative education, apprenticeships and employability programmes, justice and rehabilitation services and personal and social development programmes.


Helps people gain employment or increase their employability skills as they progress towards employment. CITE also supports those in employment to develop their skills in the workplace and to progress to their next job. CITE’s services are driven and structured with job retention and job progression goals in mind.

Copenhagen Youth Project

This unique youth project works in partnership with young people to create and sustain a positive youth culture, inspiring young people to plan, initiate and lead their own projects. Through sports, arts and culture and mentoring, CYP engages children and young people providing education, training and support helping to raise achievement and levels of aspiration.


Established by Royal Charter in 1739, Coram is the UK’s first children’s charity. Today, 275 years on, Coram’s supports the most vulnerable children and young people in our communities, creating a change that lasts a lifetime. Coram helps children to feel safe, lead healthier lives; supports their education and learning and protects their legal rights when these are in danger of being ignored. Coram’s work transforms lives, strengthening families to help children thrive.

Dogs Trust Hope Project

Free neutering, vaccinations, microchipping, worming, flea treatment, and subsided emergency veterinary care for dogs whose owners are homeless/in housing crisis (squatting, sleeping rough, living in hostels, temporary accommodation, on unauthorised travellers’ sites) through a veterinary entitlement card scheme. Advice for hostels, day centres, shelters on accepting clients with dogs. This service helps: Homeless dog owners, agencies working with homeless people/those in housing need.

Focus Homeless  Outreach Team

Community mental health team offering support to homeless people with mental health problems. Street outreach work. Sessions in hostels and day centres. This service helps: Single homeless people with mental health problems.

Get Connected

Freephone helpline for young people (under 25) which provides a free connection to local and national services and sources of help, and can text information to callers’ mobile phones. The service operates over telephone, email, webchat and SMS, along with an interactive online database, Webhelp 24/7, which is available on the website. This service helps: Young people (under 25).

Global Generation

Connecting people to each other and the natural world by creating hands-on and reflective opportunities.

Holy Cross Centre Trust

Day centre for vulnerable people, including homeless people, those with substance use issues, asylum seekers and refugees. Help filling out forms, making phone calls to agencies. Referrals. BME groups Weds 12-3pm, Fri 12-3pm. Women’s group Tuesday 2pm-5pm. Variety of training and activities. To access drop-in new users must come to session on Monday for assessment.

Hope Worldwide

Advice for homeless people, including referrals to hostels and assistance with finding private rented accommodation. Also provide a residential drug and alcohol rehabilitation programme and a volunteer mentoring programme for people who have been through the rehab programme or the homelessness programme. This service helps: Homeless people. Drug and alcohol users.

Islington Giving

Is a campaign to tackle poverty and isolation within Islington by taking action to improve people’s lives. Islington Giving tackles three main areas to affect change “Investing in Young People”, “Tackling Poverty” and “Confronting Isolation”. Islington Giving does this by working through grass roots organisations in the local area on all three themes.

Kings Cross Primary Health Care Centre

Drop-in primary health care service for homeless people. Doctor and nurse available. Referrals to drug and alcohol services and GPs. Sexual health screening, HIV and hepatitis testing, hepatitis vaccination. Shower and clothes store for people using the medical facilities. This service helps: Homeless people, sex workers and drug users.

LB Camden

Provides a range of housing advice services to tenants and people looking for accommodation including singles and families who are threatened with homelessness, private tenants, housing association or co-operative tenants and owner occupiers. Specialist advice on housing options and housing rights. This service helps: Private sector tenants, owner occupiers and people who are (or may become) homeless in Camden.

LB Islington – Housing Aid Centre

Assessment of entitlement to housing for people who are homeless or threatened with homelessness. Housing provided for people considered in priority need of housing. Tenancy relations service, general housing advice and advice and assistance for single and non-priority homeless people. Rent deposit scheme. Out of hours emergencies phone Town Hall 020 7527 2000 (after 6 pm). This service helps: General public, including people who are or may be priority homeless.

London Irish Centre – Welfare Services Department

Community and welfare service for newly arrived and settled Irish people. Advice on housing, employment, benefits, pensions, access to mainstream services, help getting ID. Resettlement support for young people (16-24). Showers and free clothing. Alcohol counselling and assessment. Cultural and social activities. Elders day club, befriending scheme. Abstinence-based social club. Elders outreach.

London Wildlife Trust

London Wildlife Trust is the only charity dedicated solely to protecting the capital’s wildlife and wild spaces. The trust protects many nature reserves across London and we are lucky enough at King’s Cross to be a stone’s throw from Camley Street Natural Park.

London Youth

Supporting and challenging young people to become the best they can be through hundreds of diverse community youth organisations and our two residential centres

New Horizon – Youth Charity

New Horizon Youth Centre is a charity and day centre for people aged between 16 and 21 who are homeless or vulnerable.

No Second Night Out (London)

Provide a rapid response to new rough sleeping. Links those who migrate into central London back into services where their local connection means they are most likely to sustain a life away from the streets. Provide a single offer based on the assessment of each individual’s needs at dedicated 24-hour assessment hubs and liaise with services, negotiate and advocate on a client’s behalf. This service helps: People who are new to sleeping rough in London.

One Support – Mornington Crescent

This service helps: People with mental health and dual diagnosis of alcohol or drugs misuse issues who require support (not crisis or respite care). Must have local connection to LB Camden.

Only Connect

This creative crime prevention charity is based in Kings Cross. Only Connect runs members’ clubs, accredited training and outreach programmes which help prisoners, ex-offenders and young people at risk of offending realise their potential and develop solutions to the problems faced by their peers across London. Only Connect is always interested in hearing from potential volunteers

Peter Bedford

This service helps: Single people aged 23-65 who are homeless or living in inappropriate or insecure accommodation, and those with mental health issues or learning disabilities. Priority to those with a local connection to LB Islington.

Project Dirt

Project Dirt is the UK’s most active network connecting and resourcing grassroots community projects.


We’re the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) and we’re here for everyone affected by sight loss. Whether you’re losing your sight or you’re blind or partially sighted, our practical and emotional support can help you face the future with confidence.

Saint Pancras Community Association

St Pancras Community Association (SPCA) is a local charity that promotes community activity in London’s busy St Pancras and Somers Town area.  We bring local community groups together and coordinate shared activities, sports facilities and premises that can be used for meeting rooms and offices.  We run activities ranging from childcare for children to soup groups and singing for people over 60. Facilities can be hired commercially or at well below commercial rates for activities that serve the local community. We welcome new activities so if you have a project in mind get in touch!

Salvation Army – Cambria House

This service helps: Single homeless men aged 18+ with low to medium support needs who require assistance with developing independent living skills. 2 beds for single homeless men who are registered disabled. Must have a local connection to LB Camden.

Sapphire Independent Housing – Bethany House

This service helps: Single homeless women with support needs, including care leavers, and those with substance abuse problems who are on a support programme. Must have a local connection to LB Islington

Scene & Heard

A unique mentoring project that partners the inner-city children of Somers Town with volunteer theatre professionals. Children are given intensive, one-to-one adult attention, enabling them to write plays which are then performed by professional actors. The performances give the children an immediate and public experience of success, raising their aspirations and boosting self-esteem. Scene & Heard’s work improves literacy skills and attitudes towards education, developing communication and social skills. The philosophy is to affect real and lasting impact and children are invited back to continue working with the organisation over several years.

Shelter – London Housing Advice Appointment Service

Specialist advice on housing, debt and welfare for people over the age of 25. Services include help accessing employment, accommodation and local services. These services are provided at outreach sessions (by appointment only) in Hackney, Newham, Camden, Hammersmith and Fulham, Barking, Lambeth, Bromley, Barnet, Ealing and Lewisham. This service helps: People over the age of 25 who are homeless or with a housing related problem.

SHP – Frederick Street

This service helps: Young, vulnerable single homeless people aged 16-21 with medium-high support needs. Connection to LB Camden required. Will accept clients on probation, licence or community service. Target 50% women, 50% people from black and minority ethnic groups.

SHP – preventing homelessness transforming lives

We are a London-based charity that works to prevent homelessness and help vulnerable and socially excluded people to transform their lives.

Small Green Shoots

Working with NEET young adults SGSproduces excellent music projects, supporting creatives across London as well as providing platforms and opportunities for unsigned and emerging artists.

Smart Works

Help for disadvantaged women to take up employment opportunities through the provision of professional attire. Women are provided with a suit (and, if necessary, accessories) appropriate for an interview. Additional clothing is available once the client has found a job. Also offer mentoring for women returning to work, workshops on interview techniques, CVs and applications, motivation skills. This service helps: Disadvantaged women.

St Mungo’s – St Pancras Way

This service helps: Single people aged over 19 with alcohol and/or drugs issues. May accept those who also have other support needs and people with dogs. Priority to those with a LB Camden connection.

Stonham – Norman House

This service helps: Male ex-offenders aged over 18 who are in housing need and under statutory supervision of the London Probation Board. Priority to those with a local connection to LB Islington.

Thames Reach – Spectrum Centre

Day centre for single homeless people. Housing advice. Help for people with alcohol, drug or mental health problems. Referrals to CPN. Podiatrist once a month. Laundry and shower facilities.

The Camden Society

Generates new opportunities for people with disabilities to achieve greater equality. Services include employment and training, supported living services, facilitating short breaks, helping disabled people choose the support packages that are right for them and ensuring that people make the most of cultural, community and leisure opportunities in their area. The Camden Society provide catering services through their social enterprise Unity Kitchen. The society is also a campaigning organisation, promoting the human rights of people with disabilities.

The London Pathway

Charity working with the NHS to improve services for homeless people. Link the NHS with homelessness agencies so health services can play their part in helping homeless people come off the streets & rebuild their lives. GPs specialising in homeless medicine, Pathway homelessness nurses. Care Navigators (with personal experience of homelessness) offer 1-1 support to homeless patients in hospital. This service helps: Homeless people & rough sleepers who are admitted to or attend A&E departments in specific hospitals.

The Manna

Drop-in for homeless and marginalised people, offering friendship, advice and support. Evening meals are offered Tuesday, lunch on Wednesday. Alcohol & drugs worker & access to health services. Clothes store, showers, washing machine & tumble drier. Various activities, including gardening, cooking classes, women’s group, art, choir, table tennis, pool, poetry group & cookery classes.

The Margins Project (Union Chapel)

Margins run two weekly crisis drop-ins from 10 am to 1 pm. The Monday session is aimed at women and Wednesday is open to both sexes. The drop-ins offer food, a hot shower and support covering health, housing, money and legal issues. Run a winter night shelter as part of the Caris network every Wednesday night from January to March. Offer overnight shelter, a nutritious meal and a hot breakfast for up to 17 guests. In addition to the crisis services, develop people’s confidence and recovery through art and framing sessions, English classes, an employability programme and therapy sessions. Also, offer a safe training programme.

The Parent House

We aim to improve the aspirations and lives of parents and carers who are at risk of exclusion, poverty and isolation.

Viridian – Helen Graham House

This service helps: Young people aged 16-21 in housing need who have low support needs. Must be ready for living in “move through” accommodation in Camden Hostels Pathway. Must have a local connection to LB Camden. 90% of bedspaces are for women.

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We are a women-only drop-in centre in Kings Cross dedicated to supporting women whose lives are affected by or at risk of being affected by prostitution. Most women who use our services have multiple and complex needs