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Volunteering with Coram

Coram welcomes volunteers who are prepared to offer their time and expertise to support our vital work with children, young people and families – both directly and indirectly. Without their time, effort and commitment, our vision for ‘Better chances for children’ would be much harder to deliver.

Every year, we benefit from the teams and individuals who help us by volunteering their time, passion and skills in a range of ways. You don’t need to be an expert in child care practices to volunteer with us because we have so many practical ways you can get involved. Read more about volunteering

Read more about volunteering

Volunteering work with children, families and young people

Of course, we also benefit from volunteering support on our various advice helplines. This can be providing young care leavers with practical advice or acting as Independent Visitors in remand centres across the country.

Adoption Activity Days are another popular activity for volunteers. They are a great way for prospective parents and children to interact in a relaxed environment. We often need volunteers to help with the running of the day, which includes such things as face painting or bouncy castle duty.

Coram was chosen by Coutts staff as their Charity of the Year in 2017. Coutts has a long tradition of supporting charity work, Thomas Coutts was a Governer of Coram in 1807 and his granddaughter, Angela Burdett-Coutts, was a progressive 19th century philanthropist concerned with breaking cycles of poverty and the provision of basic human needs.

What it means to you as a volunteer

In return for your kindness, you will receive:

• Full training in your chosen volunteering activity
• Regular support sessions with your volunteer coordinator
• Reasonable expenses paid

Anyone over the age of 18 years old can apply to be a volunteer. Depending on the work you are engaged with, you may need an enhanced DBS Check and reference checks. There will be an interview and, in some cases, there will be a two-stage assessment process. The first stage will be general to all volunteers and the second will be more specific to the volunteering role(s) you are interested in. Come and be part of our story by applying to our current volunteering opportunities or by emailing us at