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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Case Study Writer

What you'd be doing 

You would be gathering and writing stories to form a case study bank that holds examples of the unique work we do. These stories would be from the perspective of people who have been missing or from family members who have a loved one who is currently missing or has been in the past. These case studies are used to help raise awareness of the charity's work, in training, for funding bids and much more. 

Qualities/Experience/Skills needed

  • Good communication, both written and verbal
  • Accuracy and attention to detail
  • Comfortable using computers

What this role can offer you

  • Play a vital role in conveying the experiences of people who are or have been missing and their family members
  • Opportunity to increase your own as well as the public's understanding of the issue of 'missing'
  • 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 4 hour shift per week at either 10:00 - 14:00 or 14:00 - 18:00, Monday to Friday
  • We ask that volunteers ideally commit to this role for at least six months 

If you'd like to apply, please do so by Monday 19th November.

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Online Chat Volunteer

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, please do so by Wednesday 17th 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

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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. 

Cheer Squads

Join a enthusiastic and friendly Cheer Squad where you'll be cheering on and motivating our challenge events participants. All you need is plenty of enthusiasm and a loud voice! 

London to Brighton Cycle 2018

Come along to the beautiful Brighton seafront and spend the afternoon cheering on our amazing cyclists! 

  • Madeira Drive, on the Brighton Seafront - BN2 1EN
  • Sunday 16th September
  • You will be meeting at 12pm and will finish at approximately 3pm

Sign up here to cheer on our London to Brighton cyclists

 

Royal Parks Half Marathon 2018

  • Hyde Park, near the mile 10 marker of the route (Nearest tube: Lancaster Gate on the Central Line)
  • Sunday 14th October
  • You will be meeting near the mile 10 marker at 9:45am and will finish at approximately 12:30pm (or until the last runner passes)

Sign up here to be a part of our Cheer Squad at the Royal Parks Half Marathon 

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.  

Sutton

This is a special bucket collection in tribute to Lee Boxell, who will have been missing for 30 years come September. He was a big supporter of Sutton United. 

  • Sutton United Football Ground - SM1 2EY
     
  • Saturday 22nd September
     
  • You will be collecting from 2pm before kick-off at 3pm, during half time and after the match until roughly 6pm

Sign up here to help out at our bucket collection at Sutton United Football Ground


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.