Volunteer with Missing People

 

“I would tell anyone thinking about volunteering for Missing People that it is the most rewarding thing I have ever done. You really feel like you are making a difference. The training, support and  encouragement the charity offers all their volunteers is brilliant. I cannot speak highly enough about this amazing charity!”

Current Opportunities

Contact us

Telephone: 020 8392 4590
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Post: Missing People Volunteering, Roebuck House, 284 Upper Richmond Road West, London SW14 7JE

 

Volunteers at Missing People help us to extend the lifeline we're able to offer to those affected by missing. Whether utilising skills you already have or learning new ones, volunteers support in different areas of our work from direct support on our helpline, to assisting staff teams in the office, to raising awareness about the work we do at events in local communities.

Ready to join the team? Select from our list of currently available roles to find out more about how you could get involved.

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Helpline Volunteer - Online Chat 

What you'd be doing 

You would be providing support via instant messaging to vulnerable children and young people who are affected by missing. They may have run away, be thinking of running away or, have a loved one who is missing. 

Qualities/Experience/Skills needed

  • No prior support experience needed 
  • Good communication, empathetic and non-judgemental
  • Passionate about supporting vulnerable people
  • Comfortable using computers
  • This role is available for volunteers aged 18+

What this role can offer you

  • Utilise skills you already have, or learn new ones, in communication and supporting vulnerable children and young people
  • A rewarding volunteering experience where you can make a real difference 
  • Training, support and travel expenses for the role will be provided throughout your role

Location and availability

  • Central Office in south west London - SW14 7JE
  • This would be a weekly commitment of one shift per week on either weekday evenings between 18:00 - 21:30 or weekends between 14:00 - 18:00 or 18:00 - 21:30. 
  • We ideally need volunteers to commit to this role for at least 12 months. 

If you would like to apply, the application deadline has been to extended to 4pm on Monday 22nd October

Apply now 


Events Support Volunteer

What you'd be doing

This role is really varied and flexible around your diary. It can include:

  • Being part of cheering squads for our amazing runners and cyclists at events
  • Join our enthusiastic bucket collection events across the city. You could even organise one yourself with our help
  • Help at our community events by assisting set up, welcoming guests, distributing information materials and more

Qualities/Experience/Skills needed

  • You like to be active in your community and want to support our vital cause
  • Motivated by making a difference, reliable and willing to get stuck in
  • Good communicator with a non-judgemental approach
  • This role is available to volunteers aged 16+

What this role can offer you

  • Fun, flexible and social volunteering
  • Make a big difference to the amount of funds and awareness we're able to raise so we can continue to be a lifeline 

Location and availability

  • Ideally you'll be happy to volunteer at least three times a year
  • Specific location depends on the event. Each event typically lasts between 1 - 8 hours

Apply Now


One-Off Volunteering  

If you're not able to commit to a regular volunteer role but still want to get involved, how about checking out our one-off volunteering opportunities? 

Take a look at the menu below to see what options are available and to apply. 

G4 Concert - Usher

Get in into the festive spirit by volunteering at G4’s Christmas tour. Hear wonderful renditions of Christmas classics, and join in on a few hymns yourself all while supporting us. This is a fantastic opportunity to volunteer at a truly enjoyable evening so don’t miss out!

Volunteers will be acting as ushers, showing guests to their seats on arrival. You will also help collect donations at the end of the night. You'll be needed from 17:30 and be finished at approximately 22:00. 

We need volunteers for the following dates at the following places:

20 November, Ely - Ely Cathedral

21 November, Peterborough - Peterborough Cathedral

23 November, Chelmsford - Chelmsford Cathedral

24 November, Rochester - Rochester Cathedral

27 November, Coventry - Coventry Cathedral

28 November, Derby - Derby Cathedral

29 November, Manchester - Manchester Cathedral

30 November, London - St James’s Cathedral

                                                           

03 December, Chester - Chester Cathedral

04 December, Blackpool - Blackpool Tower Ballroom

05 December, Edinburgh - Greyfriars Kirk 

06 December, Durham - Durham Cathedral

07 December, Salisbury - Salisbury Cathedral

10 December, Chichester -  Chichester Cathedral

11 December, Gloucester - Gloucester Cathedral

12 December, Swansea - Swansea Brangwyn Hall

13 December, Exeter - Exeter Cathedral

14 December, Wells - Wells Cathedral

18 December, Oxford - Sheldonian Theatre

19 December, Leeds - Leeds Town Hall

20 December, Hull - Hull City Hall

21 December, Bury St Edmunds - St Edmundsbury Cathedral

Sign up here to be one of our G4 Concert Ushers

Bucket Collections

In order to continue being a lifeline to those affected by 'missing', we need volunteers to help raise vital awareness and funds at one of our local bucket collections. Alongside a friendly team, you'll be chatting to the public, accepting donations and representing Missing People.  

Mortlake

  • Mortlake Station - SW14 8LL
  • Thursday 29th November
  • The bucket collection will be from 5pm till 7pm

Sign up here to help out at our bucket collection at Mortlake Station

Central London 

  • Kings Cross Station - N1 9AL
  • Friday 7th December
  • The bucket collection will be from 5pm till 7pm

 

  • Paddington Station
  • Friday 7th December 
  • The bucket collection will be from 5pm till 7pm

Sign up here to help out at our bucket collection at either Kings Cross or Paddington Station


Poster Partners Support

What you'd be doing

Poster Partners display posters of people who have gone missing. Our Partners, who are based across the country, are simply vital in ensuring that appeals of missing people are seen by as many people as possible. Including, potentially, the missing person themselves.  

We're launching a project to update the details we hold for Poster Partners and need volunteer support to contact Partners over the phone to check and update these. Your support would be pivotal in helping us to reach all our Poster Partners.  

Qualities/Experience/Skills needed

  • Confident using the telephone and speaking with a wide variety of people
  • Comfortable using computers (full training on our database will be provided)
  • Good attention to detail

What this role can offer you

  • Play a vital role in ensuring that appeals for missing people reach as many locations as possible
  • Learn new skills or utilise existing ones in communication and databases
  • Be part of a lovely team of staff and fellow volunteers 
  • Full training and ongoing support provided

Location and availability

  • This role will be at our Head Office in south west London - SW14 7JE
  • We need support for four hours once a week between Monday - Friday at 10:00 - 14:00 
  • We ask that volunteers ideally commit to this role for a minimum of six months

Apply Now


Micro Volunteering

Want to volunteer but can't make a regular commitment? Or can't find a volunteering opportunity with us in your local area? Then Micro Volunteering could be perfect for you.

It's bize-size volunteering with no long-term commitment. Most tasks can be done from the comfort of your own sofa or within your local area.

Join the Search

Share our Appeals

Thousands of people in the UK are searching for a missing loved one. You can help us be a lifeline when someone disappears by sharing our appeals for missing people online.

We regularly post new appeals every day on Facebook and Twitter. Start following us and share our appeals - you never know who might see it so your share could be vital.

Child Rescue Alert

If your child, or a child you know, went missing wouldn't you want the world to stop and look for them?

A Child Rescue Alert (CRA) is activated when a child is known to have been abducted or their life is believed to be at immediate risk. You'll get a text with the photo of the child and a number to contact if you want to report a sighting.

Every second counts and your support is vital.

You can register to receive Child Rescue Alerts here. It's free to reigster and you won't be charged if you receive an alert.

Help Build our Network

Poster Partners are organisations and businesses who publically display poster appeals of missing people when someone goes missing in their area. Poster Partners play a crucial role in the search for a missing person and can make a real difference.

Examples of Poster Partners may include cafes, libraries, shops, offices, bars, pubs and restaurants.

Do you know of any in your local area that might be happy to become a Poster Partner? Why not pop in to speak with them and see whether they're happy to sign up. They can register on our website here.

Get your Community Involved

Do you think your family, friends, colleagues, neighbours (and anyone else you can think of!) would be passionate about supporting Missing People too? If so, organising an event to raise awareness could be perfect.

Events like cake sales, fancy dress days, quizzes, raffles, and so many more, are brilliant ways to have fun in your community while raising vital awareness and funds for Missing People.

There are heaps of materials available online to help you get started. You can find them here.

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