Volunteer opportunities

Lending us a hand during your spare time – even if it’s just a few hours a week – is a valuable contribution you can make to our work.

Here are just some of the ways you can help.

If you’d like to know more about volunteering with Mary’s Meals, please contact us.

Community Ambassador

Spread the word about Mary’s Meals in your community, encouraging support and enabling people to contribute in whatever way they can. You will be given full training and support to promote our work and campaigns with confidence, and the role can be tailored to suit your own particular skills.

Some examples of what Community Ambassadors do to promote our work include telling our story, placing collection cans with local shops and businesses, assisting with fundraising events, and representing Mary’s Meals in their own local area. 

Open quote mark You find out you have skills that you didn't know you had. One of the most rewarding aspects of this work has been meeting other volunteers. Mary’s Meals really is like being in a huge, global family. Close quote mark
John Helliwell, Community Ambassador

To register your interest or find out more about becoming a Mary’s Meal Community Ambassador, drop us a line.

Sunday Driver & Van Mates

We are looking for volunteers to help with our Sunday Rags to Riches campaign collecting textiles from parishes in the central belt of Scotland and in parts of London. Volunteers are asked to be available one Sunday in every 4 - 6 weeks. We currently have a great team of men and women who are always looking for new recruits.

London Rags to Riches Coordinator 

Mary’s Meals is looking for help to co-ordinate a busy team of volunteers that supports the Rags to Riches campaign – most Sundays, this team collects unwanted clothes and textiles around London.
A volunteer working one or two days per week would be able to ensure the smooth running of this successful campaign. This is a varied and interesting role that will allow you to meet lots of new people from many walks of life, while helping to raise much needed funds.

Raffle Volunteer

You can help by selling our annual raffle tickets to your friends and family at events or taking them along to your local church.

Host a Fundraising Event

Whether you’re planning to sell cakes, pack bags in your local supermarket, host a fashion show, or get sponsored to do something wacky, we’d love to know about it and send you our fundraising pack. Please drop us a line.

Shop Assistant 

Our charity shops are always looking for help to sort donations, price goods, and assist customers. It’s a great way to make new friends and gain confidence as well as a chance to bolster your skills and CV.

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Corporate volunteering

We are also grateful for practical help from volunteers who donate a portion of their normal working hours to us, through workplace social responsibility schemes.

Donating in kind

Sometimes we need practical help and generous companies are willing to help by donating materials, services, and expertise.

When our Oban charity shop was in desperate need of storage space, GRAHAM Construction rose to the challenge by creating a huge storage cupboard for textile donations and also fitted new kitchen units, worktops and sinks – free of charge.

The improvements carried out by the company have made our volunteers’ day-to-day duties much easier.

Open quote mark We can’t sing GRAHAM’s praises enough. We’re all absolutely ecstatic after seeing the difference in the shop. Our volunteer staff are so dedicated and passionate and it means a lot that we can now offer them better surroundings without diverting funds away from our main focus, which is feeding children in school. Close quote mark
Marie Rowan, Shop Manager

To find out more about donating in kind or corporate volunteering opportunities, contact us.