Abbey Community Centre

About us

Abbey Community Centre is a multiple award-winning small community charity located in Kilburn, North West London, helping local people of all ages, ethnicities, backgrounds, and circumstances to come together and improve their health and wellbeing. Established in 1976, the centre provides a warm, welcoming venue alongside numerous social groups, community activities and projects, services, special events, and volunteer opportunities. The centre is enjoyed by and helps a wide variety of local residents. However, much of its work is focussed on those affected by multiple disadvantage, particularly local low-income families with young children, and older and elderly people at high risk of suffering social isolation and loneliness. Through the centre residents develop friendships, strengthen connections, enjoy socialising, pursue and expand their interests and hobbies; increase their confidence, skills and opportunities; improve their health, fitness and wellbeing; and receive support, information and advice. Local people greatly value the centre, and most of the centre’s volunteers live locally, helping to make where they live an even better place. Abbey Community Centre is a fun, rewarding place to work, especially if you are friendly, thrive on variety, enjoy helping people, have a strong sense of purpose, and want to make a difference.

Volunteering opportunities

Volunteer Centre Assistants (mornings, weekdays)
Abbey Community Centre Kilburn Onsite Weekdays +1

A crucial volunteer role at the centre, volunteer Centre Assistants help out at least one morning per week to warmly welcome members to the centre, help with queries (in person, by email and over the phone) and direct people to our various activities. This is an active and varied way to volunteer where no two days are the same!

Befriender Volunteer: Home Visits
Abbey Community Centre Kilburn Onsite Weekends +3

Make an amazing difference in someone’s life through being a friendly face connecting them with the outside world, reducing isolation and loneliness and bringing a much-needed smile to their day. Our award-winning Kilburn Good Neighbours scheme has been a lifeline for over 60s in Kilburn and West Hampstead for almost 25 years. Volunteers visit members regularly in their homes, building a relationship with them and working with the Kilburn Good Neighbours lead to communicate any additional needs they have. Some volunteers also support with odd jobs like shopping, escorting the member to the centre or DIY tasks. Training and induction is provided.

Volunteer Centre Assistants (afternoons, weekdays)
Abbey Community Centre Kilburn Onsite Weekdays +1

A crucial volunteer role at the centre, volunteer Centre Assistants help out at least one afternoon per week to warmly welcome members to the centre, help with queries (in person, by email and over the phone) and direct people to our various activities. This is an active and varied way to volunteer where no two days are the same!

Data Entry/Admin Volunteer
Abbey Community Centre Kilburn Onsite Weekdays +1

Our data entry and admin volunteers keep all the Abbey cogs turning, keeping our various databases and systems up to date which is vital for our monitoring, fundraising and project management. Gain valuable office experience while making a difference to a local community organisation. Help us once a week for up to 2 hours max between 11am and 1pm (minimum 2 month commitment) and we'll shower you with gratitude, cuppas and biscuits!

Volunteer Reception Helpers (afternoons, weekdays)
Abbey Community Centre Kilburn Onsite Weekdays +1

A crucial volunteer role at the centre, volunteer Reception Helpers help out at least one afternoon per week to warmly welcome members to the centre, help with queries (in person, by email and over the phone) and direct people to our various activities. This is an active and varied way to volunteer where no two days are the same!

Volunteer Reception Helpers (mornings, weekdays)
Abbey Community Centre Kilburn Onsite Weekdays +1

A crucial volunteer role at the centre, volunteer Reception Helpers help out at least one morning per week to warmly welcome members to the centre, help with queries (in person, by email and over the phone) and direct people to our various activities. This is an active and varied way to volunteer where no two days are the same!

Children’s Services: Creche Volunteer and Drop-in Support Volunteer
Abbey Community Centre Kilburn Onsite Weekdays +1

Mornings couldn’t be more fun! You’ll be part of a wonderful team of dedicated staff gaining excellent experience in childcare and family support. Our Children's Services runs creative, fun sessions for under 5s and their parents/carers which offer a nurturing and supportive environment for all children. In these roles you could be assisting with activities like crafts, storytime and songtime, helping children develop skills inline with Early Years Foundation Stage Framework, setting up and clearing away equipment, greeting parents and carers and building relationships with them.

Friday Morning Coffee Co-Host
Abbey Community Centre Kilburn Onsite Weekdays +1

Perfect for you if you are a people-person, warm and chatty (and love cuppas and biscuits!). Co-host our Friday Coffee Mornings at 10.15 am – 12.15 pm (event runs 10.30 am -12.00 pm), welcome, chat and engage others in conversation. Help us set up and clear away as well to round off the fun!

Tech Buddy Volunteer
Abbey Community Centre Kilburn Onsite Weekends +2

Tech Buddies is a project with a huge positive impact on social connectedness and mental health among our older neighbours. The aim of Tech Buddies is to inspire and then support older people to get digitally connected and confident, to stay safe online and to use the internet regularly until they are happy to do so on their own. Together, the Tech Buddy volunteer and learner explore what technology can offer. Wednesdays and/or Saturdays you’ll be helping members aged 60+ get savvy using their smart phones, tablets, and laptops. You could be helping with anything from sending emails to installing apps.