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Online Opportunities


Your chance to volunteer from the comfort of your home.


We know that the current circumstances have made volunteering more difficult than normal. Check out some of our favourite online volunteering opportunities below, which you can get involved with at your own leisure!


Phone Buddy

Age UK

Become an Age UK volunteer and be part of making the UK a better place to grow older. Be there when a lonely older person needs to talk. You'll be making an incredible difference.

Amnesty Decoder

Amnesty International

Amnesty Decoders is an innovative platform for volunteers around the world to use their computers or phones to help our researchers sift through pictures, information and documents.

Sighted Volunteer

Be My Eyes

Help blind and low-vision people lead more independent lives. By providing visual aid by phone, you can help check expiry dates, distinguish colours, read instructions or navigate new surroundings.

Transcribing Volunteer

Boston Public Library

Help turn our collection of hand-written correspondence between anti-slavery activists in the 19th century into texts that can be more easily read and researched by students, teachers, historians and more

Online Mentor


Volunteer as an online mentor, and you can develop mentoring relationships with young people via our online platform to help them make confident and informed decisions about their future.

Adopt a Grandparent

Creating Happiness Daily

Get paired with a new ‘grandma’ or ‘grandpa’. Our project aims to combat loneliness. You can spend time getting to know your new friend though writing letters, sending photos and videos, having phone conversations and sharing stories from different generations!



Childline is part of the NSPCC, a charity that helps prevent child abuse. If you’re over 16, you can volunteer as an admin for Childline.

Game Player

World Food Programme

As you play Freerice and answer questions right, advertisements appear on your screen. When you see these ads you trigger a financial payment to the United Nations World Food Programme, supporting its work saving & changing lives around the world.

Transcribing Volunteer

Imperial War Musem

This opportunity is ideal for those who are less able to volunteer in person but who wish to make a valuable contribution to IWM from their home or mobile devices. You can help with transcribing, verifying records, stories, film or war diaries.

Phone Buddy

Manor Gardens

We promote mental and physical health and wellbeing and increased social inclusion. We need volunteers to join our befriending service to offer support, reassurance and friendship over the phone to vulnerable people in Islington experiencing loneliness.


Sighted Volunteer

Missing Maps

You can help to map areas where humanitarian organisations are trying to meet the needs of vulnerable people. You'll be tracing satellite imagery that humanitarian organisations use to plan risk reduction and disaster response activities that save lives. 



Transcribing Volunteer

The National Archives

The project’s aims are to identify from service records which officers and ratings served in the First World War, along with key details. We're looking for volunteers to help us create this online resource to be hosted by the National Maritime Museum.

Transcribing Volunteer

The National Archives

We're running a project to index the records of the Ecclesiastical Census of 1851, a survey to gather information on places of worship. This project will make records more easy to search and access, which will be of huge benefit to family members and local historians.

Phone Buddy

Octavia Foundation

We support people affected by ill health, social isolation, low income or unemployment in Central and West London. Join our one-to-one phone befriending services as a volunteer to help combat loneliness and bring comfort to many who are feeling alone.

Online Mentor

Prince's Trust

A flexible opportunity where you support a young person online who is looking for work or starting their own business. Talk with your mentees on a weekly basis, offering vital feedback and encouragement. 

Research Participant

Project Implicit

Project Implicit is a non-profit organisation and international collaboration between researchers who are interested in implicit social cognition - thoughts and feelings outside of conscious awareness and control.



This opportunity is ideal for those who are less able to volunteer in person but who wish to make a valuable contribution to IWM from their home or mobile devices. You can help with transcribing, verifying records, stories, film or war diaries.

Granny Volunteer

The Granny Cloud

The Granny Cloud reaches out to children with limited educational resources around the globe. As a Granny you would give praise and support to the children, enabling them to take the lead in their learning and develop their natural curiosity.


Helpline Hub Volunteer

The Silver Line

We operate the only confidential, free helpline for older people across the UK that’s open 24/7, year round. Become a Helpline Hub volunteer and be part of our team, providing information, friendship and advice to older people who may feel isolated and alone.




United Nations Volunteers

The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme contributes to peace and development through volunteerism worldwide. It offers various volunteering opportunities, ranging from Arts and Design, to Teaching and Training, Project Management, and much more.

Translation Volunteer

Translators Without Borders

You can volunteer with TWB if you are fluent in at least one language other than your native language. Whether you are interested in translating medical texts or translating for crisis response, there are engaging projects available to suit all preferences.

Project Volunteer


You can volunteer on a project, and classify the data contained in them. To get started as a classifications volunteer,  simply find the project you like the look of and get stuck in!


Beta Tester


Help us test projects before they're launched! You'll be working through classifications to make sure it works, look for bugs and fill out a survey at the end.

Project Moderator


Volunteer moderators have extra permissions in the Talk discussion tool for a project. They help moderate discussions and act as a point of contact for the project. Moderators are selected by the project owner.

Conservation Supporter

ZSL London Zoo

Using live images from cameras around the world, you'll get to tag the animals to help conservation research. You can help them uncover what threats mean for species living in one of the oldest rainforests, or monitor a wolf population in Croatia.

Carers in Hertfordshire

Keep in Touch Volunteer

Carers in Herts

Gain lots of useful skills and experience joining our team of volunteers. We reach out to unpaid family and friend carers by phone to ensure they have the support they need at this difficult time. We have a great training and support programme which is Lottery funded.


Action Tutoring

Tutor Volunteer

Action Tutoring

Volunteer as an English or Maths tutor with us and support disadvanaged young people to achieve meaningful qualifications on leaving primary & secondary school. Our support is needed now more than ever before!




We recommend getting in contact with these organisations directly if you have any questions. But if you want to know more about volunteering generally, please don't hesitate to get in touch.


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