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What is Community Works?

A programme specifically for Royal Borough of Kingston Council and shared service employees, Community Works offers staff the chance to spend up to three days per year (pro rata) volunteering for the benefit of the local community.  Participants can sign up as an individual or as a team to make it a group volunteering event.

How can you get involved?

If you’re a staff member at Royal Borough of Kingston Council, or a shared service, and looking to volunteer, you can apply for a volunteer opportunity that matches your skills or interests. For example, we often have opportunities involving nature conservation and environment, event stewarding, charity donations sorting, employment skills support, organisation infrastructure support (such as book-keeping, admin support, communications & fundraising), plus more. Check out the current opportunities below!

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Getting started is easy!

All you need to do is follow these 3 easy steps to get started as a volunteer with Community Works:

1. Find an opportunity from the list below.

2. Inform your line manager of your interest via email and gain approval.

3. Email Michael Green at with details of your interested opportunity and we will help you with the rest of the process!

Current Royal Borough of Kingston Staff Opportunities


Friends of Canbury Gardens

There is always something to be done to enhance Canbury Gardens, all are welcome to join their gardening team.


RBKares Wellbeing Days

Monthly wellbeing events supporting hard to reach, vulnerable people in the community by bringing much needed services directly to them in a ‘one stop shop’, helping support their physical, mental, financial and digital health. 

First Tuesday of every month at 10am. 


Kingston Environment Centre (KEC)

Volunteer opportunities are available weekdays at KEC in New Malden. Please bear in mind that morning volunteering is preferable.

Group of 6 or individuals could usefully do the following outdoor tasks: Compost turning, sorting and putting into bags / bulb planting in the public space / sweeping / mini greenhouse tasks

Lighter outdoor tasks: Repotting bulbs, strawberries, perennials / painting notice boards, or, room / main room cupboards clear out and clean.

Please email our team at

Greenspace Friends Groups  

The Community Development programme across the parks in Kingston is managed by Glendale services and can support you/ your groups volunteering requests in parks, open spaces and neighbourhoods throughout the borough. 

Hogsmill Community Gardens  

The garden addresses the need for more outdoor community spaces, with opportunities to improve health and gain practical skills in environmental practices. Lots of support required with gardening, DIY and cleaning up tasks.  

Save the World Club  

Working with a wide range of community partners to ensure items go directly where they are needed, such as refugee organisations, food banks, churches, community groups, homeless charities and more. They need volunteers to help with admin & fundraising. Also sorting through donations received from the public.  

Community Brain – Kitchen Roots Community  

New social enterprise collaborating with The Community Brain to feed the local community healthy, tasty and sustainable meals. They need help with serving meals/helping with front of house admin.  

New Era Community  

Join in as growers & helpers to nurture allotments to grow produce for the community. 


Kingston Eco-Op
Kingston Eco-op depends on volunteers to improve the quality and diversity of the service for their clients. This club focuses on promoting a sociable space for adults with learning disabilities to make new friends and express themselves.  Activities include arts & crafts, a variety of board games and music sessions.

Voices of Hope- Brite Box Volunteer 

Join team, packing recipe kits with all the ingredients and an illustrated recipe guide to families to cook a healthy meal on a budget. At various locations, term time only.  

Momentum Children’s Charity – Event Volunteer  

Looking for enthusiastic, friendly, trustworthy people who enjoy being in a group with other volunteers. Depending on the event, you will need to be able to withstand all weather conditions. 

Wheels for All – Session Volunteer 

Support inclusive cycling sessions (meet/greet participants, lead elements of the activity, provide encouragement, help to move equipment to/from storage, and help to check safe working order of cycles).  

Community Brain – Kitchen Roots Community Assistant Volunteer 

Join friendly team serving meals for the community.

Surbiton Farmers Market (Saturdays) – Event Marshalls  
Operate on the third Saturday of the month on Maple Road, Surbiton. 

Looking for people to act as Marshall’s on community market days, no experience required.   

Volunteers don’t have to be present for the whole period. Just a couple of hours would make a difference. 

Save the World Club – Donation Sorting Assistant 

Working with a wide range of community partners to ensure items go directly where they are needed. They are looking for volunteers to join team to help sort through donations that have been received from the public 

Are you an organisation interested in offering volunteer opportunities?

Go to our Community Works for Organisations page for more information.

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