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.

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. 

We currently don't have any one-off volunteering roles available. 

We will be putting new one-off roles up very soon though so watch this space or feel free to check out our other volunteering opportunities! 

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.

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 existing skills, or learn new ones, in communication 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 shift per week at either 10:00 - 14:00, 14:00 - 18:00 or 18:00 - 22:00, Monday to Sunday depending on your availability 
  • We ask for volunteers to commit to all of the training sessions in order to carry out the role (training dates will be sent to you after you've applied)
  • We ideally need volunteers to commit to this role for at least 12 months 

Apply here to become a Helpline Volunteer!

Supporter Engagement Volunteer

What you'd be doing

You'd be providing vital assistance to our lovely Supporters Team in a variety of different ways including:

  • Distributing fundraising materials to supporters
  • Writing thank you letters and corresponding with supporters
  • Updating our database with essential records and actions
  • Researching new areas for fundraising 

Qualities/Experience/Skills needed

  • Good communication, both written and verbal
  • Attention to detail
  • Comfortable using computers
  • A Basic DBS check will be required for the role but will be arranged by us

What this role can offer you

  • An opportunity to volunteer within a thriving Fundraising Team at a national charity
  • Utilise your existing skills, or learn new ones, in communication, database work and research
  • Having ownership of project-based tasks with full support from the Supporters Team 

Location and availability

  • Central Office in south west London - SW14 7JE
  • Ideally, you'll be able to commit to 1 full day of volunteering (10:00 - 16:00) on either a Monday or Tuesday but this can be flexible depending on your availability
  • We ask for volunteers to commit to this role for 6 months 

Apply here to become our Supporter Engagement Volunteer!