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.

If you'd like to chat anything through before applying, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Or give us a call on 0208 392 4590

Social Media Volunteer

What you'd be doing 

You'd be supporting our Communications Team in running our social media accounts. Tasks include scheduling posts and publicity appeals on Twitter and Facebook, writing blog posts as well as sending thank you messages to supporters. 

Qualities/Experience/Skills needed

  • Comfortable using computers, in particular using social media
  • Good written communication skills
  • Attention to detail

What this role can offer you

  • Utilise skills you already have, or learn new ones, in marketing and communications
  • A chance to contribute and develop ideas as part of our thriving Communications Team
  • Full training for the role will be provided, as well as opportunities for further training to develop your skills and knowledge

Location and availability

  • Central office in south west London - SW14 7JE
  • This would be a weekly commitment of one four hour shift on either a Wednesday or Thursday from 13:00 - 17:00
  • We need a volunteer to commit to this role for 6 months

Apply Now

Helpline Volunteer - Phone Support

What you'd be doing 

You'd be offering emotional and practical support over the phone to children, young people and adults who are affected by 'missing'. This could include the loved ones of a missing person, someone thinking of leaving home, or someone who is missing. 

Qualities/Experience/Skills needed

  • No prior helpline experience required
  • Good communication, empathetic and non-judgemental
  • Comfortable using computers 
  • Interest in learning more about the issue of 'missing' and passionate about supporting vulnerable people 
  • This role is available for volunteers aged 18+

What this role can offer you

  • A rewarding, humbling and unique volunteering experience where you can make a real difference
  • Utilise your exisiting skills, or learn new ones, in commmunication and supporting vulnerable people 
  • Training, support and travel expenses 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 four hour shift per week at either 10:00 - 14:00, 14:00 - 18:00 or 18:00 - 22:00, Monday - Sunday
  • We ideally need volunteers to commit to this role for at least 12 months

Recruitment for this role will close on Friday 15th March.

Apply Now 

Supporter Care Volunteer

What you'd be doing 

You'd be phoning our warm supporters to thank them for their donation and to ask for their contact preferences. This is to ensure we not only give our supporters the best care but also so that we're compliant with data protection regulations. 

Qualities/Experience/Skills needed

  • Good verbal communication skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Comfortable using computers, in particular Microsoft Excel
  • Passionate about the issue of 'missing'

What this role can offer you 

  • Opportunity to develop skills in communication
  • Be part of our friendly Fundraising team
  • Chance to experience volunteering within a national charity
  • Full training provided with support from the Individual Giving Team 

Location and availability

  • Central office in south west London - SW14 7JE
  • One four hour shift a week between 12pm - 4pm on a Tuesday or Thursday
  • We need volunteers to ideally commit to this role for 6 months 

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

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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. 

Bucket Collections

We need volunteers to help us in raising vital funds in order for us to continue being a lifeline to those affected by missing. You'll be chatting to the public raising awareness of the charity as well as accepting donations. 

Six Nation Rugby Matches

These are two very exciting bucket collections that are taking place locally to the the Six Nations Rugby. 


Twickenham Station - TW1 1BD

Saturday 9th March

Shifts are available at 13:00 - 17:00 and/or 19:00 - 20:30. 

Sign up here to help out at our bucket collection at Twickenham Station!


Richmond Station - TW9 1EZ

Saturday 16th March 

Shifts are available at 14:30 - 16:30 and/or 18:30 - 20:00

Sign up here to help out at our bucket collection at Richmond Station!


Royal Ascot 

This bucket collection takes place during Royal Ascot so will be an exciting event to be raising awareness at. 


Ascot Station - SL5 9EG

Saturday 22nd June 

Shifts are available at 11:30 - 12:30 and/or 17:30 - 19:30

Sign up to help out at this exciting bucket collection at Ascot Station







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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