“The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others.” Gandhi
One of the most valuable and rewarding ways you can help musicians is by volunteering with us.
Volunteers contribute to our work in a variety of ways, with commitment levels ranging from one-off event stewarding, fundraising, and selling Christmas cards, through to ongoing support for some of the older musicians we help.
You will find specific opportunities posted on this page, but please get in touch by filling in the form below, which will only take a few minutes of your time. Alternatively if you would like to talk to us about how you’d like to help or if you need help filling out this form please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0207 239 9133 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5:30pm).Thank you so much for your interest in volunteering for us.
Why volunteer for us
Volunteering can make you feel part of something bigger than yourself, part of a community and give you a real sense of achievement. You will be making a real difference raising awareness for the issues musicians face in such a rewarding yet unstable career.
There are several ways you can volunteer with us. You can apply for one of our volunteer roles we are recruiting for or you can apply for one of our one-off volunteering opportunities.
Here are some other reasons why you might choose to volunteer with us.
- Give something back to an organisation that has impacted on a musician’s life, either directly or indirectly
- Make a difference to the lives of other musicians
- Feel valued and part of a team
- Spend quality time away from work or a busy lifestyle
- Gain confidence and self-esteem
- Gaining new skills, knowledge and experience
- Develop existing skills and knowledge
- Enhancing a CV
- Improving employment prospects
- Using your professional skills and knowledge to benefit musicians
- Meeting new people and making new friends
“Our volunteer visitors are all different, what they have in common is a love of music and a boundless enthusiasm for giving their time to musicians.” Angela Riches-Heed, Senior Regional Officer.
Volunteer Visitors play a vital role by visiting older musicians in their homes. They provide a listening ear and a reassurance that Help Musicians UK is there to help when needed.
For a musician who is socially isolated or has feelings of loneliness, they are able to spend time with volunteers who are genuinely interested in them.
For our volunteers, they have the opportunity to meet a fascinating group of people and find out about their lives and careers (plus the odd scandalous anecdote).
All our Volunteer Visitors attend a one day training course at our office in King's Cross, where they learn more about our wider work and the key skills needed for visiting. We also cover travel expenses for all visits, and provide ongoing support and guidance to every volunteer.
If you would like to find out more about becoming a Volunteer Visitor, please get in touch using the details at the top of the page. We particularly need visitors in the West Midlands, East Sussex, Kent and Thames Valley. We are currently not looking for anymore Volunteer Visitors in London, please check back as this may change in the future.
If you are interested in becoming a Volunteer Visitor please read a short blog written by one of our current Volunteer Visitors, Tracy O'Connor. She explains why she volunteers for HMUK and what it means to her.