Legends of the Forest

Waltham Forest Adult Learning Service has recently partnered with Legends of the Forest, Waltham Forests’ volunteer centre, delivered by Groundwork London.

The Legends of the Forest made the year of culture a massive success by connecting people in the local community. From garden parties and festivals to busking in shop windows and human libraries. It was a spectacular celebration of the communities in Waltham Forest with music, art, culture, and more.

Our volunteer service unites active citizens in Waltham Forest with organisations to strengthen the local community and promote volunteering opportunities. Whether you live, work or study in the borough we can support all aspects of volunteering:

Click here to see the latest opportunities available.

Become a volunteer

‘It’s given me reassurance that I can learn a new skill in retirement.’

Volunteering is a great way to develop your skills for work, meet new people and contribute to your local community.

It can also increase your self-esteem and confidence. Waltham Forest has volunteering opportunities for all abilities, ages and levels of commitment.

Volunteer as a digital mentor

Young adult at a table showing an older adult something as they type on a laptopWant to give back to the community? If you have good digital skills and a digital qualification (at Level 1 or higher), you could become a digital mentor! We are offering free training for adults who want to become a digital mentor:

  • You will do a free 6-week Peer Mentoring course (Level 2 qualification)
  • After your course, you would mentor digital help sessions in Waltham Forest at least once a month.

To become a digital mentor, please contact us with your full name and phone number:

Volunteer to lead an English Conversation Club

Woman smiling and talking to other people at a table.‘I love watching the confidence of people grow, often within the first session as they relax and realise that the group is very supportive of each other.’

Local volunteers lead our Conversation Clubs in the community. Our clubs have been hugely successful since we started in 2016. How to become a Conversation Club volunteer

Be there for London: volunteer as a police officer

Logo displaying crest, Metropolitan Police, Working together for a safer LondonSpecial constables are volunteer police officers who play a vital role in our mission to make London safer. By investing your free time, you can make a real difference to our city. You’ll have the same powers as a regular police constable and will get a tremendous amount of pride from giving back to the community.

Those committed to taking on this exciting and rewarding role will need to complete a minimum of 200 hours annually, equating to 16 hours per month.

You will wear the same uniform and have the same powers and responsibilities as regular police officers and enjoy a variety of roles and carry out the same duties as paid Police Officers.

Recruiting in Waltham Forest and Newham

Apply to become a special constable. If you have questions about these roles, please email Declan.Halton-Woodward@met.police.uk